Birthday Parties

Perfect Party Room

Parties include our festive, fun party room with a full-size refrigerator with freezer.

two KCDC staff members pose in a pile of balloons

Sensational Staff

Setup? Cleanup? Got it! Bring your child's party to the birthday party experts, and let us handle the rest.

Full Day of Play

Your party includes all-day admission for you and your guests. No game cards to reload. No charges for extra playtime. Play all day!

Party Packages

Discovery Center birthdays include...

  • Admission for up to 30 people (includes both adults and children).
  • Free admission for the birthday kid!
  • Unlimited play at the Discovery Center before, during and after your party.
  • Use of our private party room for two hours, including your set up and pack up time.
  • 10% off in the Discovery Shop the day of your party.
  • A special birthday announcement broadcast throughout the museum.
  • Staff member to assist with loading and unloading as needed.
  • We clean up!


  • Discovery Center birthdays are $300.
  • If you plan on having more than 30 attendees, each additional guest must pay regular admission. Please note that the party room capacity is 46.


Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Discovery Center the best spot in Topeka for birthdays?

Birthdays at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center create special memories for children, full of fun and adventure. At the Discovery Center, we know birthdays are a big deal. We'll help you create an experience your child will never forget.

What is available in the party room for our celebration?

The party room includes eight child tables with chairs, ten grownup chairs, two gift tables, one full-size refrigerator with freezer, two sinks and one trash can. Restrooms are conveniently located directly across from the party room.

What is your payment, cancellation, and schedule change policy?

Full payment is due at the time of booking. If you need to cancel more than 7 days in advance of the party, you may receive a refund minus a 50% nonrefundable booking fee. Failure to notify of cancellation at least 3 days prior to the party date will result in forfeiture of the full payment. Contact us for information about rescheduling.

When can I book a birthday party?

Birthday parties at the standard rate must be held during regular museum operating hours. For an epic, after-hours, private birthday party, see our facility rental page.

How do my guests check in?

Guests check in under the birthday child’s name. A team member will be at the front desk to escort them to the party room. If the group is early, they will be invited to play until the designated in-room party time.

When can the host set up the party room?

Your two hours in the party room includes your setup and pack up time. Please schedule your party accordingly if you would like extra time for decorating.

What if we have more than 30 guests for our party?

No problem! You can pay regular admission, currently $9 plus tax, for any additional guests. Please note that the party room capacity is 46.

Can I decorate the party room?

Absolutely! Decorations may be attached to the orange panels in each room with the push pins provided. Tape and other adhesives are not allowed on any walls in the Discovery Center. Your two hours in the party room includes your decoration and pack up time. Please schedule your party accordingly if you would like extra time for decorating.

Are piñatas allowed?

The Discovery Center does not allow piñatas.

Can I bring in outside food?

Yes, outside food is always welcome at the Discovery Center, but must be consumed in our party room or café area, not in the galleries. Discovery Center birthdays do not include food.

Do I need to clean up afterwards?

You are welcome to assist with pick-up of trash and leftover refreshments, but the Discovery Center provides staff to clean up and prepare the room for the next birthday party. There is a trash can located in the party room for your convenience.

How long can my guests play at the Discovery Center?

Guests of your party are welcome to unlimited play the day of your party while the Discovery Center is open. With over 15,000 square feet of indoor education exhibits, including science, careers, building, art, and a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, your guests will find plenty to do!

Will my guests be asked to pay for activities, extra playtime and other experiences at the party?

Absolutely not, your guests are our guests! All play and programs at the Discovery Center are included in the price of admission. Your guests won't have to reload game cards or buy more play time to enjoy your party. Their admission is good all day, before or after the party.

Can we delay our party arrival or departure in the party room?

There is often a party scheduled before and/or after yours, so we ask for your help in arriving and departing the party room on time.

Will staff be onsite to help with my party needs?

Yes. Team members are at the museum at all times to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience. Visit the front desk to speak with staff.

Does booking a Discovery Center birthday support the museum?

Revenue from birthdays is a significant source of funding for the Discovery Center, a nonprofit children's museum. Birthdays help fund new exhibits, develop educational outreach programs and provide access to the museum for children in need. Learn more about how we make play accessible to every child. 

How do I book a party?

You can book a party conveniently and securely online. Just click and celebrate!