Exploration Place is Kansas' premier hands-on science center for all ages, located on a 20-acre site along the Arkansas River in Wichita's downtown Museums on the River district. Five hands-on exhibit areas focus on flight, Kansas, medieval life in a three-story castle, imaginative spaces for toddlers, and a special traveling exhibition area. In Kansas' largest domed theater, the Boeing Dome Theater and Planetarium, travel to faraway destinations and embark on unforgettable adventures during these state-of-the-art, digitally-produced films. Other EP amenities include a snack bar, free parking, picnic grove/adventure play yard, Explore Store and family restrooms.
Inspiring a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience for people of all ages.
This place was incredible! We went there about 9 years ago and were fairly impressed. It has improved vastly since then. The design, build, fly aircraft exhibit is excellent. The 5 & under kids area was great. The castle section is fun for kids, but was also really cool to walk through as an adult. The model train setup of old Wichita is also very well done. Then there is always a revolving door of cool exhibits. This time was a "Rescue" exhibit.
Ashley Peel Smith
Lots of great family activities. I love that they have a rotating exhibit so there's something new every 6 months. There have been lots of new additions and updates in the last 2 years. My only complaint is that the castle/kids area needs to see some of those updates and repairs.
Visited with my grandchild. She had a blast. I took lots of pictures and made a photo book out of it. She still talks about it half a year later. Must have made an impression because I forgot all about it. Interestingly she went with her school class before but they were herded thru at a pretty fast clip. She wanted to play in the castle area! So, that's where gran and her spent most of our time! :)
If you love science you will love exploration place. Went with my daughter on a field trip and we had a blast. From their dome movie theater to the man made tornado and hurricane simulator it is an amazing place to spend an afternoon.
If you have a little one with excess energy this is a must! My family and I really enjoyed our time at the Exploration Place! If we lived near Wichita we'd probably buy a season pass. We found the exhibits engaging for our three year old and inforaive for us. I especially liked the aviation exhibit and my daughter really enjoyed the presentation on air pressure.