Space for Adventure
Get out of the house on 4.5 acres to become a bike racer, pond biologist, mountain climber, or pirate of the high seas. Learn more about what's here.
Thorough sanitizing before your visit using our aqueous ozone device or appropriate medical-grade cleansers. Learn more about our infection control procedures.
Support What Matters
Your admission supports your community nonprofit children's museum as we work to serve the community and fully reopen.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is in the outdoor adventure area?
The 4.5 acre outdoor adventure area at the premier children’s museum of Kansas features a pirate ship, treehouse, music garden, stream, bikes, trikes, wagons, challenge courses, a child-friendly zipline, giant sandbox, and more. A new water mister helps keep things cool! Clean, indoor restrooms are available for your use. Read more about what's here.
How does admission work with timed, ticket entry?
Visitors will need to sign up on this website to purchase admission tickets for two hour sessions of play in our Outdoor Classroom. To limit attendance, admission will not be sold at the door. You will receive printable tickets via email. Please bring your tickets with you, either printed or on a smartphone, for admission.
What play times are available?
Playtime will generally be available:
- Monday-Friday: 9-11
- Saturday: 1-3
- Sunday: 1-3
When are free play times?
Advisors Excel has generously sponsored free play sessions on the following dates and times. Advance registration is required to limit capacity.
- Tuesday, November 10 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Wednesday, November 11 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Sunday, November 15 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- Friday, November 20 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
- Saturday, November 21 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- Saturday, November 28 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
- Sunday, November 29 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Can I sign up for multiple sessions?
Yes! As long as space is available you can sign up for as many sessions as you would like. You will need to leave between sessions to allow for cleaning.
Are masks required?
Yes. Masks are required for all Discovery Center visitors age 6 and up. All Discovery Center staff will wear masks when interacting with the public. Medical exemptions are recognized in alignment with the Shawnee County Resolution and Order on masks and face coverings. Visitors are required to follow all local, state and national mandates while visiting the facility.
May I drop my children off for playtime? 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 caregiver 16 or over.
When do I need to book a play time?
You may buy tickets up to an hour before each playtime begins. New play times will be released approximately two weeks in advance.
How do I use my membership to book a playtime?
Members need to complete a one-time registration using the email they used when creating their membership. After registration, your admission discount will be automatically applied.
How do I use gift certificates, complimentary passes, reciprocal memberships, and passes from the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library?
Passes will be honored. Please contact us to redeem them.
My membership expired during closure, how do I use it to sign up for playtime?
One of the best ways to support your community nonprofit children’s museum is to voluntarily donate closure membership days back to the museum. If you would like to do that, you don’t need to do anything, and your membership expiration date will remain the same. But we will honor our commitment to members by extending memberships upon request. If you would like your membership extended, simply visit https://kansasdiscovery.org/extend/ to do so. Memberships are a vitally important source of financial support for the museum, especially now. We are grateful for our members’ support!
Will all of the outdoor exhibits be open?
Yes! All outdoor exhibits will be open and available to interact with, including a selection of bikes and wagons. While we do have helmets available that will be disinfected prior to every rental, we do recommend bringing your own helmets if you plan to ride the bikes.
Where do I enter when I arrive?
Come in the gate entrance on the North side of the building, signs will point the way! For previous visitors, this is the entrance closest to the butterfly chairs.
What should I expect when I arrive?
All visitors are required to sanitize hands before entering the facility at the sanitizing station provided. We ask visitors to socially distance in line and while playing at the facility.
Are restrooms open?
Yes. The main restroom is open for your use and is regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day. Please avoid congregating near restrooms.
Is drinking water available?
Yes! Please bring your own water bottle to fill at our bottle filling station. Drinking fountains will not be available.
How is the area cleaned?
Before each session, all high-touch areas will be thoroughly sanitized by a staff member using an aqueous ozone device or appropriate medical-grade cleansers. The staff member will wash hands frequently to ensure your health and safety. Bikes, wagons, helmets and toys will be exchanged for additional sets of new, disinfected items. Restrooms are open for your use and are regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day.
May we bring our own food and drinks?
Yes, you may bring your own food and drinks. We ask that you throw away trash in the cans provided. There are two picnic tables available that will seat approximately six people at each. There is also plenty of space for a picnic!
Why is the full Discovery Center not open to the public for regular admission?
We will not reopen the museum until we believe we can do so in a way that is safe for our staff, visitors and community. The purpose of a children's museum is to allow children to move freely between exhibits and engineer their own experiences. As a high touch, hands-on facility, we are evaluating each exhibit and experience within the museum with the help of public health experts. At this time, allowing use of our outdoor area is the safest option for our community. We miss our visitors, and hope to fully open as soon as possible!
Are private rentals still available?
Yes. Private outdoor rentals are still available.