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Kansas Children's Discovery Center

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Address: 4400 SW 10th Ave, Located in Topeka's Gage Park, Topeka, KS 66604
Phone Number: +1 785-783-8300
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a place of discovery and...
The Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a place of discovery and exploration. Children learn best by "doing" in a hands-on environment. The primary focus of the Discovery Center's colorful exhibit areas is education.
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Fun place for an afternoon

They offer both indoor and outdoor play areas. When you visit, please know that the stream out back has been built for you to take your shoes off and dangle them in the cool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Topeka
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

They offer both indoor and outdoor play areas. When you visit, please know that the stream out back has been built for you to take your shoes off and dangle them in the cool water. Simply wonderful on a hot day!

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Davenport, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The children's museum was very interactive and a great learning experience. They had a variety of activities and we spent hours engaged as a family. It was a bit hot so we spent most of our time inside.

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Topeka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Things are ALWAYS broken. Exhibits are mediocre, at best. Communication to the community and their members is poor. Events are not well thought out. They have hired a new ED with VERY little experience, that won't even be living in the community. The governing board is a complete disaster. I've given up hope on this place ever being great.

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Topeka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This is a great attraction if you have young kids. They have a variety of hands on activities focused on learning and improving developmental skills. Has both indoor and outdoor facilities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

It was crazy hot today so we played inside with the 3 and 4 year old grandkids. There was no problem finding enough to do all afternoon. Only left because it was closing time. Outside activities are just as engaging. It's a great way to wear them out. If you live in the area I recommend the membership since a... More 

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Lawrence, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Kansas Children's Discovery Center is a fantastic place to play with your grandchildren and let them discover so many new and interesting things! Some of our favorites were to watch scarves and balls fly threw tubes and fly out at the top so we could catch them. You can interchange the tubes to make the scarves and balls go different... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I have been to the Discovery Center both as an educator and on a family outing. It was rather crowded when I was there with my great niece. She enjoyed all of the activities. I especially liked the float and sink demonstration and the boat craft as the children were taught a science lesson and were able to do hands... More 

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Topeka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Discovery Center is so much fun for your smaller children. There are so many different things to see and do and experience!! Something for every interest! It is a little pricey but it's worth it!

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Emporia, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I have taken my grandchildren to the Discovery Center a number of times. They always love going there but I think my oldest two have aged out. The last time I took them they just didn't have that excitement. So, I would say 10 is a maximum age. Now my younger two had a blast, as the photos show. It... More 

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We've gone with our younger children several times. It is pretty pricey to buy one-time admission tickets, though, especially for a large family. Buying a year-long membership pays for itself in just a couple of trips. The Discovery Center is very well-maintained and clean despite having little kids run around inside it all day. Lots of good activities to keep... More 

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