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December 22

ADVENTURE CAMP: The Shortest Day (ages 5-7)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

What is the winter solstice and what it is the big deal?  Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center team as we learn why this is the shortest day of the year through exciting activities and experiments!   As the mark of the winter season, we will discover what causes winter and the solstice.  We will even make our own snow globe to help us remember that the Earth is always spinning, moving and sometimes it may be snowing.  We will wrap up our explorations by looking at how different cultures from around the world celebrate the winter solstice. The day may be short but the fun continues on at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

December 23

ADVENTURE CAMP: H2 Oh My Fun (ages 5-7)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

From the glaciers to the sky to the ocean, H2O travels great distances and changes as it moves.  In fact, it lives inside you making up a majority of the human body.   We will discover the different states of H2O and where all it can be found in this exciting Adventure Camp dedicated to water.  We will follow the water droplet trail as it travels falling from the sky to discover all the places it will go by pretending to be a water droplet ourselves.  You might get frozen on this amazing journey or get washed out to sea.  The fun will last all day when you learn about water the Flint Hills Discovery Center way.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

December 24

Christmas Eve FHDC closes at 1 p.m.
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm

The Flint Hills Discovery Center will CLOSE AT 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, December 24 and ALL DAY on December 25. We will reopen on Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m.

December 25

Christmas Day FHDC closed
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

The Flint Hills Discovery Center will be CLOSED on Thursday, December 25 in observation of Christmas Day. We will reopen on Friday, December 26 at 10 a.m.

December 26

ADVENTURE CAMP: Smooth Operators (ages 5-7)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Not feathers, nor hair, or scales.  The smooth operators of the Flint Hills are the misunderstood amphibians.  The toads, frogs, salamanders and newts of the outdoors.  The next Adventure Camp at the Flint Hills Discovery Center will take us on a journey to understand the uniqueness of amphibians.  We will learn what characteristics make amphibians different from other animals including an exploration of their life cycles as we compare them to mammals, reptiles, and others.  We will make a frog to hang on your door at home and play frog trivia.  We will have a hopping good time discovering all about these smooth operators of the Flint Hills.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

December 29

ADVENTURE CAMP: Small World After All (ages 8-12)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

What is the smallest living thing in the Flint Hills?  A mouse?  A butterfly? An ant?  Not quite.  Bacteria, viruses, mold and yeast are all much smaller yet play an important part in sustaining life in the Flint Hills. In this Adventure Camp we will learn all about the microscopic organisms that live throughout the Flint Hills.  Using microscopes and the Underground Forest exhibit, we will get a good look at the various tiny natives.  We will also scout out places in and around the building hunting out these microscopic organisms.  You may not be able to see everything because it truly is a Small World After All.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

December 30

ADVENTURE CAMP: A Wealth of Geology (ages 8-12)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

There’s black gold in those hills!  Discovered in 1915, the Flint Hills town of El Dorado became a major oil producing site for the United States.  Between the black gold and the yellow gold further to the west, the Flint Hills experienced growth and travelers based on geological formations outside that of the limestone and chert.  The Wealth of Geology Adventure Camp will explore the use of geology to locate natural resources.  Using our gained knowledge, we’ll practice being an oil prospector as we look for the next big find in the Flint Hills, and we will learn to pan for gold as if we were headed out west by way of the Flint Hills over 150 years ago.  Even through the chances are slim we will bring home any actual oil or gold, we will still strike it rich with knowledge.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. 

December 31

ADVENTURE CAMP: Dust Bowl Disaster (ages 8-12)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Explore one of the biggest manmade disasters in history that impacted the Flint Hills and beyond.  During Dust Bowl Disaster, we will explore the timing and causes for this event.  Through roll playing games, we will experience the decisions that farmers have to make and which choices led to this disaster.  We will watch videos of dust storms to help us understand how these events impact our sight and breathing.  Finally everyone will get to make their own protective mask just like the old timers did during the Dust Bowl.  We are not going to talk about a cereal bowl this Adventure Camp but you will definitely be able to eat up the facts as we work to understand the Dust Bowl Disaster.

Adventure Camp is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo throughout the school year.  The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.  Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. each session in which they are enrolled. Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 p.m. and 12:15 p.m., and pick up for full-day registration is between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.  All participants will need to complete emergency release and permission forms here and return them to the Flint Hills Discovery Center Education Department on or before the date of your first program of the season. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  

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$4.00
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$7.00
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