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Kansas Children's Discovery Center

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Address: 4400 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1959
Phone Number:
+1 785-783-8300
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:00 - 15:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Since opening June 1st, 2011, the Kansas Children's Discovery Center has...

Since opening June 1st, 2011, the Kansas Children's Discovery Center has become a special place where children can explore, create, discover and learn through play. The Discovery Center engages children and families in Serious Fun through hands-on exhibits, camps, daily programs, field trips, birthdays, special events and other exciting learning opportunities throughout the year. The Discovery Center's 15,708 sq. ft. building is nestled within 4.5 wooded acres of Topeka's Gage Park, providing numerous opportunities for outdoor exploration and discovery. Guests of the Discovery Center can learn and play in a safe and fun educational environment.

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A beautiful day in the neighborhood

I took my two small grandkids on a warm day last week. They had a great time with the car, the rice and pulleys, painting,the scarfs in the air and outside. One rode bikes and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Debbie H
Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my two small grandkids on a warm day last week. They had a great time with the car, the rice and pulleys, painting,the scarfs in the air and outside. One rode bikes and the other played in the sandbox of rice. The only problem was they didn't want to leave. The four year old wants to go every... More 

Thank Debbie H
Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had so much fun here! Definitely had a ton to do there, so you won't get bored! Indoor and outdoor activities, and we happened to go on the day they were doing an engineering day. It was awesome! My son loved it. We will definitely be back! :)

Thank Caroline M
Topeka, Kansas
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I was very skeptical when I first visited with my daughter especially because of it's size, but we have been back time and time again and always love to visit (over 2 years now). They add new activities and have events. My wife and I went to one of the adult events and it wasn't worth it, but the kid... More 

Thank ny_us_traveler
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We live 2 minutes from The Discovery Center. Our grandkids beg to go as often as possible. There are so many things for them to do both inside and out. There are activities for every age level ( including adults!)

Thank CindyDee
Topeka, Kansas
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

There is nothing like this in Topeka. What a great way to have your kids experience many different indoor and out door games and things. Do this for 1/2 a day then go over to the Zoo and round out the day.

Thank John V
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

We live in Topeka KS and are lucky enough to have this wonderful playland for children of all ages. I took our 6 year old grandson this past week and he loves it there. He played inside and spent 2 hours alone with building blocks constructing an entire complex of building, bridges, walkways, train tracks.......what a great time he had.... More 

Thank 63mossy
Lawrence, Kansas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The Kansas Children's Discovery Center offers a wide variety of informational and educational exhibits/activities and is a good place to spend some time with the kids during the cooler days.

Thank buffalojim67
Saint Louis
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We are membership card holders. This is an investment worth the money. No matter what age range, there is something for everyone from crawlers, to walkers, to runners, and even young teens. At different times there are different theme weeks where you can dive into vast knowledge of other areas that aren't always available in the center. There is a... More 

Thank 370pollyh
Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This newer facility keeps changing and adding new things that kids of all ages will find enjoyable to visit with its hands on displays. There is literally something for everyone to do, but just not enough time in a visit to see and do everythig.

Thank lj3efird
Manhattan, Kansas
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

We have a membership to this children's museum. It is fantastic. If you have children under 10 I would totally bring them here. So much to do!

Thank ducty

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