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North Topeka McDonald’s Fundraiser
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm – Aug 21 @ 2:00 am
North Topeka McDonald's Fundraiser @ McDonald's

Visit McDonald’s at 2001 North Topeka Blvd. between August 20 at 2 pm and August 21 at 2 am and 20% of your business will be donated to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center! The Discovery Center is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization that relies on admission revenue to operate. The museum receives no ongoing government or taxpayer dollars, and is lost an estimated $1,797 every day we were closed due to Covid-19, with significant ongoing losses continuing even now that the outdoor area is open. As a high-touch, hands-on environment, the museum will have to make many changes before fully reopening to the public.

Why support the Discovery Center?

  • Because play is powerful! Play can heal and transform. Children need play to imagine, create, reduce stress and inspire joy. As play advocates, we are working to transform our communities through play.
  • Because we’re needed to help support parents and teachers during this crisis. We have shared free online educational activities since closure  because we believe every child deserves access to quality, educational play experiences.
  • Because all children need access to museums. Families with money will always be able to access cultural experiences for their children, but the loss of smaller, nonprofit cultural institutions means that families with more need will have less access. This is an equity issue that is even more critical with school buildings closing. One in ten Discovery Center admissions are free or subsidized based on need.
  • Because we have a significant economic impact. The Discovery Center hosts over 95,000 annual visitors, one quarter of which are from out of town. We are a significant driver of regional tourism, bringing families to Topeka to eat, stay and play.