Thank You, Topeka Lodging Association!

Thank you, Topeka Lodging Association!

The Kansas Children's Discovery Center received a generous donation from the Topeka Lodging Association to bring an exciting new dinosaur experience to the museum!

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center will host Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies from February 24 to May 30 as a part of Topeka Dino Days, a community-wide exhibition that will span various family-oriented venues across the city, drawing visitors from throughout the Midwest. This multi-organization campaign, dubbed “Topeka Dino Days,” unites Visit Topeka, The Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center, Shawnee County Parks and Recreation, Downtown Topeka Inc., and the Topeka Lodging Association, resulting in three core experiences and other exhibits that could bring up to 100,000 additional visitors to area attractions in spring 2022. Visit Topeka estimates those visitors may inject $4 million to $5 million in the local economy over the course of their stays, through lodging, dining and retail.

Throughout the year, the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center Multimedia Gallery transforms into new and exciting spaces opening a world of possibilities to young guests. This remarkable hands-on exhibition offers an astounding array of authentic dinosaur eggs and nests collected from all over the globe, in addition to great hands-on play experiences! Kids can dig for eggs, dress up like a parent dinosaur to brood their nest, and feel the texture of dinosaur eggs. Cute babies and fun dino facts will keep the whole family playing and learning.

The Kansas Children’s Discovery Center is a nonprofit children’s museum that has hosted more than 720,000 visitors from all 50 states and 23 countries. More than one in four visitors to the Discovery Center comes from out-of-town, making the museum one of Topeka’s most popular tourist attractions. Tiny Titans will be included in the cost of regular admission to the Discovery Center, which also includes 15,000 square feet of indoor exhibits exploring science, careers, art, building and more, special space for babies and toddlers, and a 4.5-acre certified Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom.

This exhibit will be accessible for all children. The Discovery Center is committed to access for every child. More than one in ten Discovery Center admissions are free or donor subsidized. In 2019, these admissions included 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. 

Thank you, Topeka Lodging Association!