Camp Kindergarten

Camp Kindergarten helps kids get ready for school! This year Camp Kindergarten will be offered:

  • June 21, 28 and July 12, 19 from 4-6 PM at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center
  • July 21 from 4-6 PM at the Hillcrest Community Center

Children and their caregiver(s) will join in a simulated kindergarten classroom with teachers and learn how to prepare for the first day at school! Caregivers will get tips on developing skills at home.

Camp Kindergarten is free but registration is required. Register here.

Discover Bees! Opening Day

Step into the world of bees in Discover Bees! Visitors will explore a hollow tree bee habitat, operate a honey stand, pollinate flowers, run an entomology lab and get all the buzz about the critical role of pollinators in the Kansas environment and economy. Explore real pollinator habitats outdoors in the Discovery Center’s tallgrass prairie, monarch waystation, and pollinator garden. This special exhibit created by the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will be open July 9 to September 5, 2021. This exhibit is generously supported by Security Benefit.

Grandparents Day Celebration

Join us for a celebration of grandparents on Sunday, September 12 from noon to 5. Grandparents get half off admission. We’ll have hands-on family fun, giveaways, goodie bags, and more! Thank you to Lexington Park for generous sponsorship of Grandparents Day!

Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events for more serious fun!

Visit https://kansasdiscovery.org/clean for our cleaning and infection control procedures. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center cares deeply about its employees and visitors and is taking new measures that focus on health and safety in response to COVID-19. Our goal is to reduce the risks to you, other visitors, and our staff.

Last Day for Bees! Open Labor Day!

We’re open for special hours on Labor Day, Monday, September 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.! This is also the LAST day to visit the Discover Bees exhibit before it flies away forever! Discover Bees is an exhibit where families can step into the world of bees! Explore a hollow tree bee habitat, operate a honey stand, pollinate flowers, run an entomology lab and get all the buzz about the critical role of pollinators in the Kansas environment and economy. Explore real pollinator habitats outdoors in the Discovery Center’s tallgrass prairie, monarch waystation, and pollinator garden.

Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events for more serious fun!

Visit https://kansasdiscovery.org/clean for our cleaning and infection control procedures. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center cares deeply about its employees and visitors and is taking new measures that focus on health and safety in response to COVID-19. Our goal is to reduce the risks to you, other visitors, and our staff.

Prairie-Palooza!

It’s a prairie party on Saturday, August 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center! Join us for the final weeks of the Discover Bees! Exhibit as we celebrate our favorite bee habitat: the tallgrass prairie! Enjoy prairie tours, scavenger hunts, grass texture art, and more! Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Now, only four percent of this grassland remains. Native plants and prairies are an important part of our ecosystem and the Discovery Center maintains a prairie on our grounds.

This program is offered as part of Discover Bees, a new exhibit where families can step into the world of bees! Explore a hollow tree bee habitat, operate a honey stand, pollinate flowers, run an entomology lab and get all the buzz about the critical role of pollinators in the Kansas environment and economy. Explore real pollinator habitats outdoors in the Discovery Center’s tallgrass prairie, monarch waystation, and pollinator garden. This special exhibit created by the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will be open July 9 to September 5, 2021. 

Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events for more serious fun!

Visit https://kansasdiscovery.org/clean for our cleaning and infection control procedures. The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center cares deeply about its employees and visitors and is taking new measures that focus on health and safety in response to COVID-19. Our goal is to reduce the risks to you, other visitors, and our staff. Nonetheless, COVID-19 is very contagious and there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public environment where people are present. Those visiting the museum do so at their own risk of exposure.

 

Community Kindness Week

Join us at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center during Community Kindness Week from August 25 to August 29 to participate in a community art project. Create paper flowers to add to the communal pollinator garden mural and see how it changes! Choose a way you can Bee Kind on our special kindness wall.

This program is offered as part of Discover Bees, a new exhibit where families can step into the world of bees! Explore a hollow tree bee habitat, operate a honey stand, pollinate flowers, run an entomology lab and get all the buzz about the critical role of pollinators in the Kansas environment and economy. Explore real pollinator habitats outdoors in the Discovery Center’s tallgrass prairie, monarch waystation, and pollinator garden. This special exhibit created by the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will be open July 9 to September 5, 2021. 

Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events for more serious fun!

 

National Honeybee Day Celebration

Join us for National Honeybee Day on Saturday, August 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center for a whole day of honeybee fun! Celebrate the Kansas state insect with honey slime, prairie tours, pretend bee launches and more!

This program is offered as part of Discover Bees, a new exhibit where families can step into the world of bees! Explore a hollow tree bee habitat, operate a honey stand, pollinate flowers, run an entomology lab and get all the buzz about the critical role of pollinators in the Kansas environment and economy. Explore real pollinator habitats outdoors in the Discovery Center’s tallgrass prairie, monarch waystation, and pollinator garden. This special exhibit created by the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will be open July 9 to September 5, 2021. 

Regular admission applies, which is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. Admission also lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, plus a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.  Check out https://kansasdiscovery.org/events for more serious fun!

 

Puzzle Pieces: Sunflowers to Skyscrapers Special Event

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is partnering with the Guggenheim Museums of New York to serve children with autism and their families.

On the morning of Sunday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, families will gather in both New York’s Central Park and in the Discovery Center’s outdoor classroom to participate in a simultaneous art experience. The program is an extension of the free, sensory-friendly programs offered by both museums in which they welcome families with children on the autism spectrum.

Children will enjoy the outdoors with their families as they explore the architectural connections between the white, spiral-shaped Guggenheim and the bright yellow, sharp angles of the Discovery Center. Visual visiting stations will be available, allowing participants to engage with participants in the other city.

No advance registration or sign up is required.

The Puzzle Pieces program provides opportunities to enjoy family time at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center in a safe, understanding environment, allows parents to network with one another, and helps families discover new resources available to them.

The Discovery Center is not open to the public during this time.

Half off Admission for Dads on Father’s Day

Regular admission is $9 for children and adults, $8 for seniors, and free for infants under 12 months and Discovery Center members. On Father’s Day, we thank dads with half off! Admission lets you play all day at the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center with over 15,000 square feet of indoor educational exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom and special space for babies and toddlers to explore.

National 529 College Savings Plan Day

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is hosting Kansas State Treasurer Lynn Rogers on Saturday, May 29, 2021, to celebrate National 529 College Savings Plan Day. State Treasurer Rogers and staff are kicking off their promotion of Learning Quest 529 College Savings Plans by sponsoring admission, providing information, and offering an opportunity to win a $529 scholarship. The winner of the scholarship will be chosen at random from those who sign up for the drawing.