What do volunteers do at the Kansas Children's Discovery Center?

The Discovery Center is a nonprofit children's museum built to inspire a lifelong love of learning for every child. Volunteers aid our mission by creating these memorable experiences for every family who walks through our doors. Volunteers engage children in fun educational activities, pitch in at special events, maintain our outdoor space, help facilitate field trips, celebrate birthdays, and keep exhibit areas ready for play.

What is the process to become a volunteer?

  • Complete the Adult Volunteer Application (18 and up) or Teen Volunteer Form (14-17) online to get started!
  • If you are planning to volunteer as a family with children ages 6-13, let us know that by emailing: volunteers@kansasdiscovery.org once you complete your adult application.
  • Receive an initial email from the volunteer coordinator
  • Attend an on-site orientation
  • Successfully pass a background check (18 and older)

What are volunteer requirements?

Volunteers must be at least 14 years old, successfully complete a background check (18 and older), and attend an on-site orientation before their first volunteer shift. Volunteers must enjoy interacting with young children and families.

Children 6-13 may volunteer as part of our family volunteer program and must be accompanied by an adult family member or trusted friend who has completed the background check and orientation. Family volunteers will work as a unit and will not be separated during their volunteer experience. If the adult volunteering with the child is not the legal guardian, we ask that a signed release from the child's legal guardian is signed during the orientation process.

What is included in the volunteer orientation?

After you complete an application, the volunteer coordinator will call you to schedule your orientation. The hour-long on-site orientation will provide an overview of our mission, volunteer expectations, and a tour of the museum.

Can groups volunteer?

Yes! The Kansas Children's Discovery Center welcomes businesses, civic groups, or other organizations to volunteer on a one-time or seasonal basis. Outdoor and indoor projects are available. Please contact the volunteer coordinator to learn more or schedule your day of volunteering.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

In addition to the serious fun, each volunteer who completes 50 hours of volunteer service will receive two free passes to the Kansas Children's Discovery Center. Discovery Center volunteers receive a monthly e-mail newsletter, attend recognition events, and have the chance to meet other great volunteers.


Please contact us at (785) 783-8300.

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