Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum Continues Deceased 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 an instrumental figure in the history of the Wonder Workshop Children’s Museum in Manhattan.

Following his passing from 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’s never met a stranger, ”Pitts said. “I don’t know what he didn’t like.”

In 1989, Richard, along with a group of others with that same passion, channeled it into the tiny turquoise and white house on Fourth Street in Manhattan.

Today is the Wonder Workshop children’s museum.

“He just had a passion for learning and exploring, and he shared that with the community and the kids who passed through here,” Pitts said.

Summer Camp Directory Patsy Johnson said the museum is a place where children from all walks of life can learn and celebrate their differences.

“We all just need to get to know each other, and that 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 be friends and that is really important. This is one of the main missions here. “

It’s also about keeping it fun for the kids who come inside and have plenty to do for this summer’s camp which is just around the corner.

“There’s a lot of architecture down there that you can build and there’s easels,” Pitts said. “The art room is popular and it is entirely centered on 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, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

It costs $ 60 per session.

To learn more about registration and potential scholarships to help pay for camp, click here.

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