The mission of the Kansas Children's Discovery Center in Topeka, Kansas is to enhance the lives of children; inspire creativity and a lifelong love of learning; enrich the health of our community through education; and provide an exciting and safe place for families to learn, play and interact together.

Since opening June 1st, 2011, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center has become a special place where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The Discovery Center engages children and families in Serious Fun through hands-on exhibits, camps, daily programs, field trips, birthdays, special events and other exciting learning opportunities throughout the year.

The Discovery Center's 15,708 sq. ft. building is nestled within 4.5 wooded acres of Topeka's Gage Park, providing numerous opportunities for outdoor exploration and discovery. Guests of the Discovery Center can learn and play in a safe and fun educational environment.

Our Staff

Dene' Mosier, Executive Director
785.783.8300, ext 102

Debra Ricks, Director of Finance
785.783.8300, ext 103

Catie Rutkowski, Director of Operations
Facility Rentals 
785.783.8300, ext 107

Caitlin Luttjohann, Manager of STEAM Education
785.783.8300, ext 110

Tracey Goering, Communications Manager
785.783.8300, ext 108

Nancy Nelson-Moore, Early Childhood Educator

Draque Carver, Facilities & Maintenance

Britany Dirks-Gustafson, Visitor Services Coordinator
Birthday Parties & Event Donations
785.783.8300, ext 106

Payton Friess, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator
785.783.8300, ext 105

Please contact any of our Board Trustees for more information, as well.

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Group Visits!
For more information regarding group visits, please contact Catie Rutkowski at
or 785.783.8300 x 107.

Building Tours and Civic/Corporate Presentations
If your group, organization or business would like to tour the building or hear more about the Discovery Center,
please contact Catie Rutkowski at or 785.783.8300, ext 107.

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If you would like to receive progress updates, please email your contact information to Tracey Goering at

Support the Discovery Center ALL GIFTS are TAX-DEDUCTIBLE, appreciated and help bring the Kansas Children's Discovery Center to OUR CHILDREN!

Volunteer...we need you!

The Discovery Center is always looking to expand its team of committed volunteers.  New job opportunities are first presented to volunteers. If you are interested in a position with the Discovery Center, please come and volunteer!!

All resumes will be kept on file for one year.