Science/Nature Centers, Wichita
The Lake Afton Public Observatory is one of the few places in Kansas where someone can view stars and planets through a truly LARGE telescope (16" in diameter).
Clouds! No problem. There are lots of exhibits inside. Meteorites and interactive displays.
Open Fridays and Saturdays (after sunset, for 2 hours) - Bring Cash, no cards!
The local astronomy club meets there on the third Friday of the month (May-September).
They help people figure out their own telescope or let you see things through theirs.
The local university wants to close it.
But, I hear the local stargazers are trying to take it over.
Omnisphere and Science Center has hands on science exhibits and a planetarium. It is mostly a place for kids but I'll have to admit I had fun there and got my self some neat toys at their shop. It is located next door to the Historical Museum at 220 S. Main Street. It is another of the places in Wichita that is closed on Mondays.
The Great Plains Nature Center is Great! It just opened in September of 2000 so it is still pretty new. I just went there for the first time this last weekend. There is a giant aquarium with catfish and bass in it. Lots of things for children there also. Kids can see how it feels to touch a coyote's fur or a deer's antler. They can push a button to hear different sounds from different animals. It is a nice place. The Great Plains Nature Center is located at 29th and Woodlawn. Woodlawn is a north and south running street that intersects with Kellog and Douglas.