In the News: Discovery Center Invites New Kindergarten Students to Play, Learn at Community-Wide Fair
The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center hosted our fourth annual free Discovery Kindergarten Fair for incoming kindergarten students and their families from 4-6 p.m. Monday, July 25. The Discovery Kindergarten Fair brought 83 excited attendees and 16 community partners together for activities, learning resources, health screenings and more. A real school bus let children practice riding, and the full museum was open for play. The fair was the cumulative event of the Discovery Kindergarten program, which included four camps for incoming kindergarten students and online resources.
Community resource providers included:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Capper Foundation
- Child Care Aware of Eastern Kansas
- Family Service & Guidance Center
- Kansas Ballet Company
- Parents as Teachers (Topeka Public Schools)
- Sunflower Lions Club
- Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
- Topeka Lutheran School
- Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center
- USD 345 Seaman Schools
- USD 437 Auburn Washburn
- USD 450 Shawnee Heights
- USD 501 Topeka Public Schools
- Vaughn Pediatric Dentistry
This program is a part of the Discovery Center’s work to ensure access to educational play experiences for all children. More than one in ten Discovery Center admissions are free or donor subsidized. These admissions included over 1,000 Museums for All visitors from families receiving TANF or WIC, and over 5,000 field trip visitors from schools with a high percentage of children receiving free or reduced cost lunches. Discovery Kindergarten is funded by the Greater Topeka Partnership.
The Discovery Center is a hands-on children’s museum with a mission to enhance the lives of children and enrich the communities it serves. Since opening in 2011 in Topeka, Kansas, the Discovery Center has become a special place where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The museum features over 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits and a 4.5 acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. Outreach programs bring quality, hands-on experiences into our community to inspire a lifelong love of learning for every child.
Thank you to Discovery Kindergarten supporters, volunteers and attendees for helping make this event a success!