Skip to Main Navigation Skip to Content
A daily look back at the toys, games, and objects that captured our attention as children and continue to fascinate us today.

Support independent toy stores! Visit Being Toyetic, our online directory that makes it easy to find neighbourhood toy stores everywhere!

Cosmosphere – Hutchinson, Kansas

Next time you’re near Hutchinson, Kansas, drop into the Cosmosphere, a museum and education center housing more than 13,000 U.S. and Russian space exploration artifacts.

The museum was established in 1962 as a public planetarium in a building on the Kansas State Fair Grounds. Thanks to multiple expansion campaigns and a move to Hutchinson Community College campus, the facility has expanded to over 100,000 square feet and now includes an exhibit gallery, classrooms for STEM-based school programs, and an IMAX Dome Theater. The Cosmosphere is also affiliated with the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.

In the Cosmosphere, you’ll find a wide variety of family-friendly programming, including Dr. Goddard’s Lab – an interactive show that uses a variety of real-time experiments to explore the history of rockets. Daytime and over-night camps during the Summer give children  an opportunity to learn deeply about various aspects of space travel. There’s even a three-day Astronaut Adventure camp for adults ages 21 and up who “love space.” Ongoing space-themed events and educational curriculum packages round out the programming.


Plan your next vacation to include a visit to a play-related store, museum, or private collection.