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Kansas Children's Discovery Center

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Address: 4400 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604-1959
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+1 785-783-8300
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Infant friendly

We took out 8 month old son and he had a blast. There were two specific areas designated for non walkers. He also explored much of the rest of the Center. There is indoor and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Omaha, Nebraska
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Omaha, Nebraska
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We took out 8 month old son and he had a blast. There were two specific areas designated for non walkers. He also explored much of the rest of the Center. There is indoor and outdoor activities. We visited on a Saturday morning and it wasn't overcrowded either. Admission for adults is a little high but worth the cost.

Thank HuskerFAN05
Oronogo, Missouri
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots to do, the little one loved it. I do think parents are over charged, due to basically we were spectators.

Thank MikeGarrett
Clarksville, Tennessee
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189 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Children are allowed to explore and discover through several exhibits. In the build gallery, creative discoveries can be made by using the tools and geometric wood pieces available. In the careers section, children discover their inner doctor or mechanic. There are so many things in this building to keep their interests high. My favorite was the interactive outdoor classroom with... More 

Thank Hitheroadwithme
Dayton, Ohio
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71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This visit is for young children. I took an 12, 9, 8, 6, and 4 year old with me. The older two were uninterested quickly. The younger ones could have stayed all day. Check the website. They have some funky hours and are closed one day. It's a large open space with plenty of activities to engage the children. Educational... More 

Thank Jennifer C
Topeka, Kansas
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to take granddaughter. It keeps her entertained for hours. I have to take her home crying, so sad. The outdoor space is really great for her to get exercise. She loves the zip line.

Thank crabtreedolores
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My 2 yo daughter and 3 yo niece love this place! They are happy spending several hours here. The paint booth is their favorite!

Thank 522703
Topeka, Kansas
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 13, 2017 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
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed March 8, 2017

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
Level Contributor
29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 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
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed February 13, 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

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