Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center in Wichita is Kansas’ premier science center and was established to inspire a deeper interest and understanding in science through creative and enjoyable experiences for visitors of all ages. Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center


»History & Mission

History & Mission


Exploration Place is housed in a building designed by internationally acclaimed Boston architect Moshe Safdie and spans over 100,000 square feet on a 20-acre property. Known as the ‘Island Building,’ due to be surrounded by water on one side and a tranquil reflecting pond on the other, Exploration Place boasts a 70-foot high traveling exhibits space with a perimeter of one mile.

Exploration Place is also home to the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, which is the largest dome theater in Kansas and features a 360-degree, 60-foot high screen and the Kemper Creative Learning Studio, a 150-seat theater equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a sound system, a podium and stage lighting. The theater and studio host a variety of digital films and live performances throughout the year. Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center - Photo: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

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»Exhibits

Exhibits


Exploration Place features a variety of science-based exhibits and displays for visitors of all ages. ‘Big Mouth’ is a seven-foot tall model of the human mouth that explores and tests visitor’s knowledge of good oral health. ‘Bridging Art and Science’ features a range of local artist’s works and explores important connection between art and science, while ‘Nano’ examines real world applications to the fields of engineering, nanoscale science, and technology.

‘Exploring Flight and Design’ has a giant ‘wind wall’ on which thousands of tiny reflective discs illustrate how air currents are generated by two wind generators mounted on a tower. The exhibit also features working flight simulators, which explain flight in easy-to-understand ways.

‘Exploring Our Only Home’ is a family-friendly exhibition that explores the local animals found in the area in the past, and includes a stream table and a replica of a fossil dig, as well as a real ancient mammoth tusk. It also has two tornado simulators to show how the weather patterns and climate affected the local wildlife.

‘Kansas in Miniature’ is a fantastic small-scale recreation of early-1950s Kansas complete with buildings, landmarks, cars, people, and more, while ‘KEVA: Build Your Mind’ focuses on design aesthetics and engineering. Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center - Photo: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

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»More Things to See

More Things to See


Designed for the youngest visitors, ‘Tots' Spot’ is a fun-filled, immersive area packed with educational toys and costumes for the little one to enjoy. ‘Where Kids Rule’ caters for slightly older children with a three-story medieval castle and over 60 hands-on, STEM-based exhibits.

Traveling exhibits at Exploration Place have included ‘Dinosaurs Unearthed,' ‘ A T. rex Named Sue', ‘Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition,' ‘CSI: The Experience’, and ‘Star Wars:® Where Science Meets Imagination.’ Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center - Photo: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

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»Education

Education


Exploration Place offers a variety of educational programs for visitors of all ages from youth to adults. Adult programs include Member’s Night, Pilot Innovation, Senior Wednesday and Team Building, while Homeschool programs include Family Nights, Fields Trips, Science Classes and Science Fairs. Additional programs for homeschool children and their parents include Science on the Go, Sensory Friendly Fun, and Sensory Friendly Group Visits. Teen programs range from Science Fairs, Tinker Techs, and Tinker Tech Summer Camps, as well as Volunteer Programs, while youth organizations can enjoy Afterschool Activities, Camp-ins, Family Nights and Field Trips. Summer Library Programs and Summer Science on the Go are extra activities that visitors of all ages can partake in. Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center - Photo: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information


Exploration Place is located at 300 N McLean Blvd in Wichita and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from Noon to 5:00 pm. Exploration Place also features an 18-hole mini golf putting course and adventure park with an adventure play yard, a wetlands habitat, picnic groves and a Festival Plaza. Exploration Park is a fantastic family-friendly park designed for spontaneous learning and play for all ages, as well as an inviting gathering place for the community.

Park highlights include a giant sandbox in which to dig and play, community-built climbing structures built to scale, a beautiful rain garden in which to observe local Kansas Wildlife, and The Pyramid and The Hill for some energy releasing. The Explore Store is a 1,900 square-foot shopping extravaganza that boasts an array of educational toys, books, apparel, and fair trade items.

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Wichita Public Schools, 300 N McLean Blvd, Wichita, KS 67203, website, Phone: 316-660-0600 Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center - Photo: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center

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Things to Do in Wichita: Exploration Place, The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center