Spark Curiosity! Give to the Discovery Center

Spark curiosity and problem solving through play by making an end-of-year donation to the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center. One in six kids in Shawnee County lives in poverty, and many have never been to a museum. We’re working hard to change that. A gift from you will help every child access rich and diverse museum experiences — over 33% of admissions are free or reduced-cost, funded by donors like you.

Thanks to your support, our museum is thriving. Within the last year, we hosted more than 100,000 visitors for the first time in our history. We set a new attendance record with 1,192 visitors on March 16, and the number of mobile museum events tripled! As our visitor count grows, your gifts make it possible to fund and expand our play areas. This year, we hosted the “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit” and “Curious George: Let’s Get Curious!” traveling exhibits for kids to experience meaningful interactive adventures.

You enable us to build new programs like Camp Kansas, a summer fun exhibit that introduces families to Kansas parks and outdoor activities. We also launched a new Native American Public Art Installation Series that will bring art and performances to the prairie habitat each summer. We’re dedicated to making sure every child in our community gets to start a lifetime of learning with curiosity and joy. By continuing our access programs and free or reduced-cost admissions and field trips, we ensure that all children and families get the chance to play.


Donations Support Access Discovery programs

Medical Warriors

Honors medically fragile children or those battling life-limiting illnesses who need private play time.

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Play Free

Helps children with incarcerated caregivers get the love and support they need to heal.

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Admission Access

Increases access to underserved and low-income families so finances are never a barrier to play.

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