The Kansas Children's Discovery Center needs your help.
Provide every child with rich and diverse museum experiences. More than 1 in 10 visitors to the Kansas Children's Discovery Center receives a free or discounted admission to be able to play. The Discovery Center is a privately-funded, nonprofit organization that relies on admission revenue to operate. Your generous financial gift is an essential part of creating a vital educational resource for our children, families and educators. The support you give today impacts the lives of our community's dreamers, teachers and leaders of tomorrow.
Most new donors come to us from Facebook.
In less than a minute, you can create a fundraiser for the Discovery Center on Facebook, and we receive 100% of the money raised! To create a fundraiser, click here or follow these steps:
- Visit www.facebook.com/fundraisers on a computer, or from the app, click the icon that looks like three lines on the bottom right of your screen, then click "community resources" and then "fundraisers"
- Click "select nonprofit"
- Search for the Kansas Children's Discovery Center.
- Fill in the fundraiser details. Share your favorite thing about the Discovery Center! Choose a cover photo from the suggestions, or use your family's favorite photo from your time at the museum.
- Click "create" and you're done!
Why should people 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. While playing, children’s natural desire to explore is stimulated. They use scientific processes while playing, exploring, creating and investigating. A child who builds is engineering, a child who climbs is building muscles, a child who pretends is practicing interacting with others.
- Because the Discovery Center is committed to access for every child. More than one in ten Discovery Center admissions are free or donor subsidized. In a typical year, these admissions include 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. Special programs serve children with incarcerated mothers, medically fragile children, children with an autism spectrum disorder and children in foster care.
- 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.