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Birthday Parties

Perfect Party Room

Parties include our festive, fun party room with seating for up to 25 and a full-size refrigerator with freezer.

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 20 people (includes both adults and children).
  • Unlimited play at the Discovery Center before, during and after your party.
  • Use of our private party room for one hour, with 15 minutes of setup time.
  • Plates, cups, napkins, and plasticware.
  • 10% off in the Discovery Shop the day of your party.
  • A special birthday announcement broadcast throughout the museum.
  • Customized button for the birthday girl or boy.
  • Birthday party invitation template.
  • We clean up!

Cost

  • Up to 20 guests is $175
  • If you plan on having more than 20 attendees, each additional guest is $9, or have up to 30 guests for $250, up to 40 guests for $325.
  • Extra time in the party room or cupcakes are available for additional cost with advance notice.

Discounts

  • KCDC Members save 10% on birthday parties.
  • Weekday parties save 25% (member discount does not apply).

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 your payment, cancellation, and schedule change policy?

Full payment is due at the time of booking. Cancellations received 7 days in advance of the party date will result in a refund of payment less a $50 non-refundable booking fee. Failure to notify of cancellation at least three (3) days prior to the party date will result in forfeiture of the payment.

When can I book a birthday party?

Birthday parties at the standard rate must be held during regular KCDC 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 birthday coordinator 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?

Hosts can begin set-up 15 minutes prior to the reserved party room time. Please check in at the front desk and your birthday coordinator will escort you to your room.

What if we have more than the maximum number of guests for our selected party?

No problem! You can pay $9 per additional guest over your maximum (20, 30, or 40 depending on the party selected) or upgrade to the next highest party with advance notice, whichever works best for you!

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. Please discuss arrangements with the birthday coordinator.

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 cafe area, not in the galleries.

Do I need to clean up afterwards?

You are welcome to assist with pick-up of trash and leftover refreshments, but KCDC provides staff to clean up and prepare the room for the next birthday party. There are trash cans located in each party room for your convenience. Please do not throw away Eco-friendly, reusable tableware!

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 your help in arriving and departing the party room on time. Additional time can be added on to your party package based on availability for an additional fee.

Will staff be onsite to help with my party needs?

Yes. Birthday coordinators will be onsite at all times to ensure you and your guests have a wonderful experience.

Does booking a Discovery Center birthday support the museum?

Revenue from birthdays is a significant source of funding for the Kansas Children's 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?

Call birthday coordinator Heather McKee during business hours at (785) 783-8300 or email hmckee@kansasdiscovery.org.