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“Great place for kids to go during the long winters”

Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Ranked #7 of 54 things to do in Topeka
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you haven't taken your kids here before, find some time during the winter to go visit. The staff are always nice and friendly. The things for the kids to do are fun and entertaining. We've been there 3 times now with our triplets, and they always have a ball. There's different things for older kids to do as well as younger ones as well.

Thank JPTinKS
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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is a great place for kids up to about 10 or 11. They have a variety of hands on activities, both inside and outdoors, all centered around learning. The outdoor space is excellent. The staff is helpful and they frequently plan special events, camps, etc.

Thank Brian T
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

The educational hands on exhibits are awesome and the outdoor play areas frm tree house to ride on cars for kids are super. The kids can learn about finance or take a car apart or build a wood car- paint on a glass house or augar grain through the farm elevator system- Snack area to buy and eat snacks, awesome science type books gifts, The staff and volunteers are wonderful and really count it a privilege to educate children. medical clinics, vet clinics, air machines, baby areas, toddler areas, very safe secure and can watch several children simulatenously, By an annual pass with reciprocal privileges and even a nanny addiiton/ grandparent add on is great!

Thank DorothyOz
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

I have a 6 and a 2 year old, and they both love the Discovery Center. The outdoor area is rapidly improving, with its new treehouse, its obstacle course, and its cement trails for young children to ride various trikes and bikes on. I hope that they are planning on adding even more to the outdoors. Favorite indoor exhibits include the autoshop, grain elevator, paint room, and wind machines. My children also like some of the toys for pretend play like puppets and the child's kitchen. It gets expensive unless you buy a membership and go fairly regularly. Also, I was shocked at how terribly crowded it can get when I took the kids over the summer during the week (they literally bring in busloads of kids and it is hard to keep track of your own in the crowd).

1  Thank cindy435
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

Lots to do for kids including painting, woodworking, and an awesome tree house. Many of the activities encourage interaction and assistance from the parents. We spent about three hours with our four year old. Very reasonably priced at $6.50 for children and adults.

Thank n0uzn
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