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“Great place to spend two hours”

Kansas Children's Discovery Center
Ranked #7 of 52 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: Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Great place to spend two hours”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

We took our two grandchildren, a five year old girl and a two year old boy, last weekend. We went on a Friday afternoon. There were a few other kids around but no day care or other large groups in attendance which we thought was a big bonus.

We were made to feel welcome and given a quick overview of the facility. I was impressed with the variety of exhibits and how they targeted so many age groups and interests. The mechanic's area with the car was by far the favorite of both children, followed by the air tube area and the grain elevator section. They both enjoyed painting on the glass walls, although didn't like having to wash their work away when they were done. The five year old was intrigued by the air tubes that would hold ping pong balls without falling, and the two year old kept going back to the air tubes that would blow scarves and balls out that he could try to catch.

It was a hot humid day when we visited and none of us enjoyed the outdoor area at all. There were bigger kids monopolizing the bikes and other ride-ons. The five year old did take a turn on a four wheeler, but I was uncomforable that the path took her through the woods and out of our sight, especially with so many older kids zooming around. The water feature includes a waterfall area and small pond, and playing in it is allowed. It was somewhat green and didn't look very clean. I realize it is designed to mimic a natural creek area, but with lots of kids in there I wasn't sure about how well sanitized it was. We decided to keep the kids out of it completely and promised to take them swimming at our hotel later.

I rated this facility four stars because we loved the inside activities but were disappointed by the outside ones. It also cost $31.55 for the four of us. For comparison, we took the kids to Laugh Out Loud in Lawrence the next day, which the kids liked equally as well, and paid only $16.33 total. Admission charge there is for the children only, the adults are free.

Visited August 2013
Thank lvnlife
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Topeka, Kansas
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Variety”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Discovery Center is new and a delightful place for boys and girls up to 8 or 10. Variety of activities to interest the little artist, the builder and the inquisitive child.

Visited December 2012
Thank Roxy H
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Topeka, Kansas, United States
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Good day out”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

We took the grandsons and they had a blast. There are areas that are geared to all ages. There is plenty to keep the kids occupied and it teaches them about how to do things too.

Visited July 2013
Thank Jared W
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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great place for Grandma and the Grandkids”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

So I know this is great for parents and kids too....but I'm writing from the view of the Grandma and I love the Discovery Center.
Topeka has very little to do for the kids if the weather isn't perfect.....so what a treat it is to be able to take the kids no matter the weather and watch them both enjoy and learn!
It's a bit pricey but worth it...your Grandkids from toddler to grade school age will have a blast and thank you at the end of the visit.

Visited October 2012
Thank Atcruiser
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Topeka, Kansas
Level 4 Contributor
15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great playtime experience here!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

My 4 year old grandsons love playing here. So many things that require them to think and create playtime, car mechanic, painting, science/physics, outdoor play-cool trikes. Nice areas for infants and toddlers as well.

Visited June 2013
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