Union Station is a Kansas City landmark that houses so many memories for Kansas Citians. A metro family with a child with special needs had a pretty unique experience in the historic train station that's now growing into something even more magical.
More than 35,000 people have walked through the Da Vinci: The Exhibition at Union Station, including 7-year-old Sean Bamber. Sean has cerebral palsy and is visually impaired. His recent visit to Union Station surprised him and his mother as they unlocked the mind of a master through interactive play.
"We quickly found with the Da Vinci exhibit we could abandon the wheel chair; he walked around, he checked out everything that he could possible touch in there," said Bamber. "With a visual impairment, it's so hard to find things that he can learn from in a public setting."
Union Station has plans to expand to help even more families like the Bambers create lasting memories.
"We're getting ready to launch the largest renovation and construction project since the day we made this place beautiful," said president and CEO George Guastello.
The $7 million upgrade will make it easier to park, create a new outdoor festival area and transform Science City into an indoor/outdoor attraction.
"Today we're creating the stories and the memories for the next generation," said Guastello.
Lisa Benson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.