Kaleidoscope is an imagination machine created and funded by Hallmark (headquartered in Kansas City) They know how to inspire a kid. Markers, glue, paper, ribbon, scissors, paint, melted crayons galore.
Our kids were wild and crazy in transit, but they sure did concentrate on their creations! They loved painting necklaces and crowns, and sending their artwork through the cool drying machine. I love the puzzle maker (I went to kaleidoscope as a kid and they had that machine 20 yrs ago!) You design a square piece of cardboard and then crank it through the puzzle cutter! Oh! It's magical! As is the dark room with black lights. Melted crayons and glowing clothes, really, it's hard to imagine an afternoon more fun. I loved watching their little faces hard at work. Lily painted and painted until she could paint no more. And Zachary loved building with the magnetic bolts. Bless those Hallmark people. The rooms are cheerful and interactive, there is fun music playing. The kids are encouraged to make and do whatever their hearts desire. And wait...it's all free!