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In the News: KCDC bringing kids, incarcerated mothers together through new program
McKenzi Davis, KSNT
June 20, 2019
"The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in Topeka has been a place for families and kids to learn in fun and different ways, but for some kids, that learning experience isn’t easy to get to.
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is making sure no child is left behind, which is why they’ve started programs to help kids who can’t get here easily, like kids whose mothers are incarcerated.
Community and togetherness, one of the most important goals for the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, as they bring kids and mothers together, specifically moms who are in prison."
In the News: Danielle Norwood on Location at Play Free
Danielle Norwood, WIBW Radio
June 24, 2019
Danielle broadcasts live from the Kansas Children's Discovery Center and talks to Dene Moser about the Play Free program. Debra and Lori, inmates at The Topeka Correctional Facility, discuss being able to play with their kids and grandkids for a day at the Discovery Center.
In the News: Kids blast off at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Rick Felsburg, WIBW
June 14, 2019
"Kids had an out-of-the-world experience at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Friday.
The center opened their new exhibit Friday, called Discovery Space, in honor of the moon landing 50 years ago this July.
The exhibit includes a rocket ship designed by Washburn Tech students and a mission control center that's a live-feed between the discovery center and a mission control center at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library."
Discovery Center launches summer space exploration exhibit
Tim Hrenchir, Topeka Capital Journal
June 14, 2019
"A 12-foot-tall steel replica of a rocket ship was Ali Deters’ favorite part of the new summer space exhibit Friday at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center.
Isabella Pischer said her favorite feature was the exhibit’s “mission control center,” where she was able to see and speak with people in a similar center at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.
Ali and Isabella, both 8-year-old students at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School, were among participants in Friday morning’s launch of Discovery Space, a summer exhibit designed to get children learning about space exploration."
Kids slip and slide in mud Sunday during annual Mud Run at Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
Brianna Childers, Topeka Capital Journal
June 2, 2019
"Parents work tirelessly their whole lives to teach kids not to play in the mud, but that rule was thrown out the window Sunday as more than 200 kids got to do just that.
The fifth-annual Serious Fun Mud Run took place from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, 4400 S.W. 10th Ave. in Topeka."
In the News: Discovery Center sets sail with new exhibit
Andrew Adams, KSNT
May 15, 2019
"Kids in Topeka have a new way to sail on their own adventures.
The Kansas Children's Discovery Center unveiled their new pirate ship Wednesday. The ship is part of the outdoor learning area at the Discovery Center.
The ship has been named 'Seas the Day' after a social media vote. The name was suggested by six-year-old Macy Archer, and her mother, from Carbondale."
Kids set sail on new exhibit at Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Eric Ives, WIBW
May 15, 2019
"Local kids set sail on a new adventure at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center Wednesday.
"We had spent some time outside and we noted a need for some really interactive, imaginative play," said Dene Mosier, the Discovery Center's CEO.
The Discovery Center opened their new pirate ship exhibit. The vessel, named 'Seas-The-Day,' was built by the Discover Center Facilities Manager Draque Carver and volunteers."
In the News: KCDC debuts new "Lift Yourself" exhibit
Christina Reis, KSNT News
March 29, 2019
"The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is lifting people up with a new exhibit.
The new "Lift Yourself" exhibit lets kids see the Discovery Center from new heights.
Kids can learn about pulleys by hoisting themselves up into the air.
It's part of the "Fuel Your Body Through Play" initiative at the Discovery Center."
New Kansas Children's Discovery exhibit uses science and fun to teach students strength
Doug Brown, WIBW News
March 29, 2019
"The 'Lift Yourself' exhibit opened Friday. It allows kids and adults to use a rope and pulley system to life themselves off the ground, teaching the science of simple machines and the strength of one's body. The CEO of the Discovery Center says they want people to learn in fun ways.
'We know that that's how children and adults alike learn best, is learning through play," Dene Mosier said. "When opportunities come, we really look at exhibits that focus on science, technology, engineering art and math that bring it to life in a hands-on, fun, playful way.'"
In the News: Dené Mosier Promoted to President/CEO of Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
March 14, 2019
"In recognition of the museum’s growth, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Board of Trustees promoted Dené Mosier to president and CEO in February. Mosier has served as Executive Director of the nonprofit children’s museum since 2015. ... The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center also announced record attendance in 2018, hosting 88,423 visitors in 2018. Attendance increased 10.28 percent from 2017.The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is gaining prominence as a regional tourist attraction. Of the museum’s 88,423 visitors in 2018, 30.84 percent lived outside Shawnee County. Over 3,000 visitors came from outside Kansas in 2018, including three foreign countries. One family visited from Australia in 2018. Another family drove 1,800 miles from Eugene, Oregon to see a traveling exhibit at the museum. Since opening in 2011, the museum has hosted over 600,000 visitors from all 50 states and 23 countries. "