Come play at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Frequently Asked Questions
When are you open and what does admission cost?
See our hours and admission page for complete information.
Are masks required?
Masks covering the mouth and nose are recommended inside the Discovery Center for visitors age 2 and up.
How else are you reducing risk?
See our cleaning and infection control procedures for complete information about how we clean. 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.
What age of child would enjoy a visit to The Discovery Center?
The museum is designed to be entertaining and educational for all ages, but we find children between birth and 10 particularly enjoy their visits to The Discovery Center, with older children especially enjoying the outdoor exhibits.
How long should we plan to visit?
We recommend planning at least a two-hour visit. Kids will want to stay all day!
Do special programs or activities cost extra?
All exhibits, programs and activities are included with the cost of admission. We do host a few annual fundraisers at additional cost, which are advertised in advance.
May I visit without children?
For the safety of our visitors, we require all adults to be accompanied by a child 16 or younger, and all children to be accompanied by a parent or guardian over 16. We welcome individual adults or groups who would like to see our museum for scheduled tours. Contact us to schedule a tour.
Why do adults need to pay admission?
All exhibits at the Discovery Center are designed for adults and children to play and learn together.
Is there food sold at the museum? Can we bring in our own food or drinks?
Snacks and drinks are sold at the front desk. Visitors are also welcome to bring in their own food and drinks. There are indoor and outdoor spaces to enjoy food. The Discovery Center is an alcohol-free facility during operating hours.
Are there places for babies and toddlers to play?
We offer a special infant area just for pre-walkers, allowing them to explore age-appropriate toys and watch the big kids play in a safe, clean environment. Even babies who are not crawling enjoy this space. Toddlers also have a special exhibit just for them!
Are there facilities for breastfeeding, pumping or bottle-feeding infants?
Breastfeeding is welcome anywhere in our facility. The infant area offers comfortable seating and positioning pillows for nursing mothers. Private space for pumping and a microwave for bottle preparation are available upon request. During your visit, please let our staff know if there is anything we can do to make feeding your baby easier.
Are strollers allowed?
Strollers are welcome and there is typically ample room for them. However, we recommend they be left in the car during busy times.
Is the museum accessible to people using wheelchairs?
Yes. Our museum is all on one level. Accessible parking is available. A wheelchair is available upon request. Please let our staff know if there is anything we can do to make your visit better.
Where do I park?
The Discovery Center has ample, free parking directly in front of the museum, including accessible parking.
Is there a lost and found?
Lost and found is located at the front desk. The Discovery Center cannot be responsible for items left behind at the museum.
What forms of payment are accepted for admission and at the Discovery Shop?
We accept cash, credit and debit cards. Personal checks are not accepted.
May I rent space at the Discovery Center for my party or event?
Yes! Your family or adult event is perfectly placed at The Discovery Center to inspire creativity, innovation and fun. See our rental page for full information.
What else is there to do nearby the Discovery Center for families?
When you're in Topeka, affordable family fun is around every corner! The Discovery Center is located in historic Gage Park, home to the Topeka Zoo, mini train, carousel, and more. Top City is a top family destination perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway. Check out Visit Topeka to plan your trip!
My gift certificate or daily admission passes expired in 2020 or 2021, may I still use them?
Yes. All gift certificates and daily admission passes expiring in 2020 or 2021 will continue to be honored throughout 2022.
How is The Discovery Center funded?
The Discovery Center is a private, nonprofit organization. We do not receive ongoing government funding and rely on admissions and memberships support the bulk of museum operations. Donations from generous individuals and businesses allow the Discovery Center to offer new exhibits and special programs. Give today.