Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum continuing late founder’s mission of equality through summer camps

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – A children’s museum is gearing up for a summer of fun and learning for children in the community.

Richard Pitts was instrumental in the history of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum in Manhattan.

After he died of his battle with cancer in 2020, those who shared his passion for helping every child in the community are helping carry on the legacy now that he’s gone.

Cindy Pitts said her late husband was all about giving back to the Manhattan community.

‘He was the rock. He was very outgoing. He never met a stranger, ”Pitts said. “I don’t know what he didn’t like.”

In 1989, Richard, along with a group of others who shared the same passion, sent it to the tiny turquoise and white house on Fourth Street in Manhattan.

Today it is the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum.

“He just had a passion for learning and discovery, and he shared that with the community and the kids who were going through this,” Pitts said.

Summer Camp Directory Patsy Johnson said the museum is a place where children of all backgrounds can learn and celebrate each other’s differences.

“We just have to get to know each other, and it starts when we’re young,” Johnson said. “If we learn at a young age that we are all friends, as we get older we will all become friends and that is very important. That’s one of the main missions here. “

It’s also about just keeping it fun for the kids who come in and have a lot of queues for the summer camp that’s around the corner.

“There’s a lot of architecture you can build downstairs and there are easels,” Pitts said. “The art room is popular, and it’s all about the Frida Kahlo theme. She loved art and we know she was a Mexican artist. “

This year’s camp runs from May 24 to August 2, every day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

It costs $ 60 per session.

Click here for more information about applying and possible scholarships to pay for the camp.

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