Mission: The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center enhances the lives of children and enriches the communities it serves.

Vision: Kansas Children’s Discovery Center strives to offer a safe, welcoming environment offering high quality hands-on experiences that inspire a lifelong love of learning for every child. We aspire to be a community anchor and a statewide leader among supporters of all children.

Diversity Statement: The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center believes every child deserves rich and diverse museum experiences. We are committed to ensuring accessibility for every family. We strive to remove barriers that prevent play at our children’s museum, including financial, medical and developmental. We are proud to serve as a community anchor where all families are celebrated. Our guests are all welcomed to visit without regard to age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, language, family circumstances and cultural backgrounds.


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

Dené 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 crutkowski@kansasdiscovery.org
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 crutkowski@kansasdiscovery.org 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 tgoering@kansasdiscovery.org

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.