KidScape is a hands-on exhibit at the Johnson County Museum running until January 9, 2011. I've visited this display twice and have spent over an hour there each time with our kids, 8 and 3 years.
The exhibit is a miniature city of sorts. It's handmade and beautifully painted. It includes a Park, City Hall, Kids Book Store, Fashion Boutique, Hospital and Theatre.
Inside City Hall there's numerous vehicles, movable buildings, roads, and lots of building stuff. The Boutique is full of items to encourage your kids creative talents. The Kids Book Store is full of books, crayons, and quiet places to curl up with a book.
The Hospital has a fake human that can be "operated on" and lots of babies to be checked. The Park includes a fishing bond, mini golf and a Wii station. The Theatre has loads of costumes, a stage, theatre seating and the kids can even control the lighting.
The first visit was on a Tuesday at 10am and it was very busy with field trips and lots of parents and kids. We were so engrossed with the whole display and activities that we didn't even notice how crowded it was.
The second visit was on a Sunday (museum is open 1-4pm) and our family had the whole place to ourselves for over an hour! We got to take our time and explore each display. The kids put on a stage show for us much to our delight! It was a full production with numerous costume changes.
Did I mention the best part? It's free! Donations are encouraged but not necessary. This was a great, affordable family day and we look forward to visiting again and again.