May 22, 2024

Sunflower Health Plan partners with Kansas Children’s Discovery Center

LENEXA, Kan. (WesternKansasNews.Com)  – As part of its ongoing mission to address social determinants of health across Kansas, Sunflower Health Plan (Sunflower) is partnering with the Kansas Children’s Discovery Center (KCDC) this summer to offer free, educational play access for children growing up in underserved communities.

Sunflower and KCDC are offering two dates for its Discovery Play mobile museum, which highlights mini versions of its most popular exhibits, including building machines, creating art, and more:

· June 18 – The mobile museum will be in at the Dodge City Civic Center in Dodge City, Kansas, in partnership with Genesis Family Health Clinic. Genesis will be offering free sports physicals onsite. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
· July 30 – The mobile museum will be in Nicodemus, Kansas, for Homecoming. Located on Washington Avenue (Main Street), the mobile museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Homecoming Celebration in Nicodemus, Kansas, takes place the last weekend of July to commemorate the only remaining all-Black western town established after the Civil War. The event also marks the August 1, 1834, anniversary of the emancipation of slaves in the West Indies.

“Sunflower is pleased to partner with KCDC to further the education of our youth in this type of fun learning environment while bringing our communities together this summer,” said Michael Stephens, President and CEO of Sunflower.

The KCDC has made a huge impact not only in Kansas but across the country. The museum has more than 95,000 visitors annually and has hosted visitors from all 50 U.S. states and 23 different countries. Providing free entry days gives kids, some who have never even been inside a museum, an informal learning opportunity through playing.