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Kansas Families Visit FreeSunflower Summer

Kansas families with students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade – download the Sunflower Summer app and visit Exploration Place for free!

  • Explore the hit summer exhibit DC Super Heroes as well as permanent exhibits like Where Kids Rule, Design, Build, Fly, Health Inside Out, Explore Kansas and more!
  • Tap into your inner superhero at Super Science – To the Rescue! in the Live Science Theater
  • Enjoy the comfort of a cool theater with unlimited Dome movies, including Volcanoes, Kansas, Sea Lions and The Dark Side of the Moon

May 25 – August 11, 2024

Save 50% on Annual Memberships

Annual Family Membership starts at just $42.50 on the day of your Sunflower Summer visit.

Unlimited visits and Live Science Shows await! Show your stamped Sunflower Summer passport at the front desk and sign up for an annual membership for 50%. This offer is valid for new and renewing members.

Get Started in 3 Easy Steps

  • Step 1: Download the Sunflower Summer App
  • Step 2: Create an Account
  • Step 3: Visit Exploration Place and Show Your Passport at the Ticket Counter

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What's Included In Your Visit:

Kansas students pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, and up to two adults, can visit free with the Sunflower Summer app. When visiting, each person registered to your Sunflower Summer passport will receive a free All-Access Pass that includes:

  • Exhibit admission
  • Live Science Show
  • Unlimited Dome movies

Students are able to visit Exploration Place once during the summer, May 25 – August 11, using the Sunflower Summer app.

Want to extend the fun? Stop by the ticket counter to turn your day pass into an annual membership! Receive 50% off new or renewing membership, making the Family Membership just $42.50 on the day of your Sunflower Summer visit.

Hours: Open Today 10 am to 5 pm
Monday-Wednesday: 10 am to 5 pm Thursday: 10 am to 8 pm Friday-Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Exploration Place is open Memorial Day

Q-Line Offers Free Transportation to Museums on the River this Summer

  • QLine Trolley

    Explore downtown with free Q-LINE shuttle service. The Q is a part of Wichita Transit and serves Historic Delano, Old Town, the Douglas Design District in addition to downtown. If you’re visiting Wichita, you can enjoy hopping on The Q just steps away from your hotel. If you’re a local, park once and and enjoy the free ride.

    The City of Wichita has announced that they will be expanding the routes for the free transportation service known as Q-Line to cover transportation between the Museums on the River.

    Wichita Mom has a great article with more information on routes and hours. Follow Wichita Transit on Facebook.

Sunflower Summer FAQs

To participate, download the app and register your family. When you get to Exploration Place, visit the ticket counter and we’ll help you check in and stamp your passport. The Sunflower Summer passport can be used at Exploration Place once per qualifying student.

  • What is Sunflower Summer?

    Sunflower Summer is a program of the Kansas State Department of Tourism and is designed to provide a wide variety of ways for families to get out, explore something new, and enjoy time together. Families with children enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and residing in Kansas can take advantage of the Sunflower Summer app, which offers free access to more than 90 attractions throughout the state.

    Sunflower Summer offers a diverse range of activities, including visits to museums, zoos and historic landmarks, allowing families to discover new things and spend quality time together. Exploration Place is one of over 90 attractions participating in Sunflower Summer this year.

  • Who can create a Sunflower Summer account? How do I get the app?

    Kansas residents with students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, are eligible to register an account. You can download the free app from the Google Play Store or from the Apple App Store. Once you’ve downloaded the app, open it and register for a free account. Learn more about the program at sunflowersummer.org.

  • What if my app isn't showing this year's attractions or my family members?

    If you previously downloaded the app, an update has been made available. Go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and update your app. Open the app again and you should see this year’s information and updates once they have been published by the Kansas State Department of Tourism.

  • How do I use the Sunflower Summer app and benefits at Exploration Place?
    1. Have the app open to the Exploration Place page, listed under “Attractions & Landmarks” on the wheel
    2. At the ticket counter, show our staff member your passport and tell them how many adults and children are registered on your account and visiting that day
    3. Choose what time you would like to see the Live Science Show and/or Dome movie(s)
    4. Our team member will mark your passport as redeemed.

    Important: Please do not click “stamp passport” ahead of time or it will mark your offer as redeemed and we won’t be able to issue tickets for the day.

  • What do I get for using the Sunflower Summer app at Exploration Place?

    With the Sunflower Summer app, everyone registered with your family will receive an All-Access Pass. This includes visiting the exhibits, a Live Science Show and unlimited Dome movies on the day of your visit!

    • Explore the hit summer exhibit DC Super Heroes as well as permanent exhibits like Where Kids RuleDesign, Build, FlyHealth Inside OutExplore Kansas and more!
    • Tap into your inner superhero at Super Science – To the Rescue! in the Live Science Theater
    • Enjoy the comfort of a cool theater with unlimited Dome movies, including VolcanoesSea LionKansas and The Dark Side of the Moon
  • What is the 50% off Membership promotion all about?

    Enjoy an entire year of unlimited visits by purchasing a membership for 50% off on the day of your Sunflower Summer visit. This is valid for new and renewing memberships and must be redeemed on the same day as your Sunflower Summer visit. This offer is available in-person only and cannot be used towards previous membership purchases or renewals.

    • Family Membership – Includes unlimited museum/exhibit admission for one year. Also includes unlimited Live Science Shows for one year. Includes discounts on Dome tickets, as well as exclusive perks and discounts. Regular Price is $85/year.
    • Premium Membership – Includes unlimited exhibit admission, Live Science Shows and unlimited Dome films for one year. Includes exclusive perks and discounts. Regular Price is $145/year.

    All membership levels include free general admission to 300 science centers and museums through the ASTC Travel Passport Program.

  • Do Exploration Place members get any perks for using the Sunflower Summer app?

    Yes! If you have a Family Membership to Exploration Place, there are two ways that you can benefit from checking in with the Sunflower Summer app for a visit:

    1. You will get free unlimited Dome movies on the day of your visit (which is typically an additional cost for Family Memberships).
    2. You can still participate in the half price membership promotion by renewing your membership on the day of your Sunflower Summer visit, even if your membership isn’t expiring yet. If you renew before your current expiration date, another 12 months will added to the current expiration date.
  • Can I visit more than once? Who gets a ticket?
    • Via the Sunflower Summer app, each Kansas student and their parents/guardians are provided one free visit to each of the participating attractions per year. When you visit, your Sunflower Summer “Passport” will be stamped (in the app) and the ticket will no longer be accessible.
    • Up to two adults may access a ticket voucher on the Sunflower Summer app, when accompanying Kansas students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on a visit to a Sunflower Summer participating attraction.
    • There is an option in the Sunflower Summer app for you to transfer a child’s ticket voucher to another adult who also has downloaded the app. Each child will have one ticket for each participating attractions; when it has been used their passport is stamped and will no longer be accessible.
  • Can grandparents register an account?
    • Parents and legal guardians, which sometimes includes grandparents, can create a Sunflower Summer app account that includes their children. Once the adult account is created, the children are added. This becomes the family account.
    • Up to two adults may access a ticket voucher on the Sunflower Summer app, when accompanying Kansas students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade on a visit to a Sunflower Summer participating attraction.
    • If you are not the legal guardian, the child’s parent or guardian can transfer their ticket to you. After the parent or legal guardian creates an account, there is an option in the Sunflower Summer app for you to transfer a child’s ticket voucher to another adult who also has downloaded the app. Each child will have one ticket for each participating attractions; when it has been used their passport is stamped and will no longer be accessible.
  • What do I do if I am having technical issues with the app?

    Sunflower Summer is a program of the Kansas State Department of Tourism. For app support, please visit sunflowersummer.org.