Serious Fun Mondays
Kansas Children's Discovery Center staff travels to community centers where free lunches are served to children in under- resourced areas during the summer. We offer hands-on play and learning to participating children. This is done in partnership with other wonderful community organizations and generous donors!
Topeka Shawnee County Passports
The Topeka Shawnee County Public Library has Kansas Children's Discovery Center Passports available for check out. Each passport is good for 2 adults and up to 5 children. There are eight total passports--four can be reserved and four are available for walk-in check outs on a first come, first serve basis. Upon entering the library, proceed to the Youth Services desk in the Kids Library to inquire.
For more information about these passes, visit the TSCPL website.
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to encourage increased and regular museum attendance by low-income and underserved families. Any Kansas family that qualifies for state food assistance and is in possession of an EBT card (known as the Benefits Card) can simply present the card or ID to receive admission for up to six people for $3.
We host Puzzle Pieces Programming which offers free admission to families with children on the Autism Spectrum on the second Sunday of the month. We provide an opportunity for families to interact together in a safe, understanding environment. We have therapists, early childhood education specialists, a therapy dog and a music therapist who all help facilitate this free programming.
Low Cost Memberships
By working with social service partners in our community, we offer reduced cost annual memberships for $15 to families in need.
Medical Warriors is a free program that is designed to allow children battling life-threatening illnesses to come to museum after hours for a private party. Children experience high quality hands on learning experiences with their family, while avoiding the crowds and germs that are a concern when the museum is open.
In 2016, the Christmas Bureau was given over 1,500 passes for free admission.
We also provide free admission passes and subsidized field trips to local schools based on a sliding fee scale.
Social Service Memberships
In 2016 we subsidized over $15,000 in admissions for our social service partners such as TARC and Family Service and Guidance Center. We are proud to partner with such excellent organizations to help meet the needs of families in Northeast Kansas.