Kansas Cosmosphere shares plan to become more family friendly with $500,000 gift


HUTCHINSON, Kan. An out-of-this world educational facility in Hutchinson is taking steps toward becoming more family friendly thanks to a $500,000 grant.

The half-of-a-million-dollar gift to the Kansas Cosmosphere from the Sunderland Foundation of Kansas City will fund the CosmoKids Discovery Area of the Hall of Space at the Cosmosphere’s world-renowned science education center and space museum.

“We are eager to begin construction on CosmoKids this fall and hope to have it open early in 2020,” says Cosmosphere CEO Jim Remar in a news release announcing the $500,000 grant. “The area will include STEM-based interactives and space where families can learn through interacting together or children can enjoy supervised play time while older family members enjoy the museum.”

The latest gift from the Sunderland Foundation follows a $500,000 gift in 2017 to the Cosmosphere’s Revitalization Campaign, intended to upgrade the entire facility. The Cosmosphere says the latest gift brings total campaign funds raised to $4.3 million toward a goal of $7.4 million.

Sunderland Foundation President and Trustee Kent Sunderland says his family is proud to have the Cosmoshpere in Kansas and wants to see the facility continue to thrive, welcoming visitors from around the world.

“We are especially happy to support CosmoKids and to bring STEM experiences to even the youngest Cosmosphere visitors,” Sunderland says.

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