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Serious Fun!

Fun exhibits designed to stimulate imagination and encourage creativity. Learn more about what's here.

Thorough Cleaning

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does general admission work?
Visitors will need to sign up on this website to purchase admission tickets for three hour sessions of play indoors and outdoors. To limit attendance, admission will not be sold at the door. Sessions are typically:

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9-12 and 1-4
Thursday 9-12, 1-4 and 5-8
Sunday 1-4

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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 covering the mouth and nose are required for visitors age 2 and up in alignment with guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We understand that some guests may be unable to utilize face masks and we offer reasonable accommodation by allowing the use of an approved clear face shield. Mask policies will be strictly enforced by Discovery Center staff for the safety of your guests, our staff, and the community. We will instruct visitors who do not follow these requirements to leave the museum.

How else are you reducing risk?
See our infection control procedures for more 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.

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.

What happened to my 2020 membership?
The Discovery Center was fully closed for four months in 2020, and members had the option to request their memberships be extended to cover that time. After July, members could use their memberships to play outdoors. Many members chose to donate closure membership days back to the museum to help sustain the nonprofit organization and fund reopen expenses. These gifts allowed us to reopen.

How do I use gift certificates, daily admission passes, reciprocal memberships, and passes from the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library?
Passes will be honored. Please call us at 785-783-8300 to redeem them.

My gift certificate or daily admission passes expired in 2020, may I still use them?
Yes. All gift certificates and daily admission passes expiring in 2020 will continue to be honored throughout 2021.

May we bring our own food and drinks?
Yes, you may bring your own food and drinks. Eating is only permitted outdoors while seated at a table. The Discovery Center is a smoke and alcohol free facility. Snacks and drinks are sold at the front desk.

Are private rentals also available?
Yes. Private indoor and outdoor rentals are available.