Union Station announces plans to expand early childhood learning in Kansas City

Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-10 18:26:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Union Station leaders announced on Tuesday that it will partner with the Boston Children’s Museum, one of the oldest children's museums in the world, on a new expansion.

“We will have three areas of dedicated space for children from 0-3, 3-6 and then other program areas including messy areas,” Union Station President George Guastello said.

Though parents and kids alike already love the learning space -- 

“It's an awesome place for them to grow and learn and challenge their brains a little bit,” 4-year-old Brennan Farmer’s mother Jenna Parker said.

-- Union Station executives said the expansion will help continue the center's legacy in Kansas City.

“We think this will continue to make Kansas City a city of learning , a city of youth and also a city of science,” Guastello said.

Science City will fill 13,000 square feet with early learning and STEM education programs.

“We know that the jobs of the future are going to be more technology based -- more thinking based -- and kids really need to start developing these skills early on,” Boston Children’s Museum President Carol Charnow said. “Early STEM skills, numeracy, observation, experimentation, are critical to being able to learn science."

The $7 million project should be finished within 21 months.

The Hall Family Foundation donated $4 million to the project.