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July 26

NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Celebrate cowboy history and culture with the Flint Hills Discovery Center’s National Day of the Cowboy event on July 26, 2014 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Activities include cowboy poetry by Ron Wilson and Jim Gray, buckboard rides, stick pony barrel racing, roping, bull riding, reenactors,  music by the Oldtimers Band,  food and more.  Regular Flint Hills Discovery Center admission fees apply:  Adults $9, Military, Seniors, Educators, College Students $7, Youth ages 2-17 $4.

July 28

ADVENTURE CAMP: Cowboys & Cowgirls (K - 2nd)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Were you born to live on a ranch? Discover what cowboys and cowgirls face while working out in the pastures and prairie in this day camp for K-2 graders. You will make the items needed while working on a ranch and wear them while we practice our roping. Learn a few chores ranchers have to complete like washing clothes and experience how cowboys and cowgirls round up their animals. Make sure you come dressed as a cowboy or cowgirl then saddle up with the Flint Hills Discovery Center and give a yeehaw for this exciting day camp!

NEW! Adventure Camp: Experience Manhattan, the Flint Hills, and the world like never before. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is continuing this program into the summer to provide a unique experience for kids year-round. Together, adventurers will learn about plants and animals from their own backyard, and have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology and fossils that make their home a special place. There is a maximum of 24 participants per session. Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can choose either half day or full day sessions, with drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided. Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Please click here to access permission/release form required for participation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for this class, click here.

July 29

ADVENTURE CAMP: Here Fishy Fishy (K - 2nd)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Where’s the bait, because it’s fishing time at the Flint Hills Discovery Center! Join us as we explore the waterways of the Flint Hills and the fish that reside in them. We will try our hand at casting a fishing line, and engage in a friendly competition to see who can pull in the biggest catch as we go on our mock fishing trip without leaving downtown Manhattan. So, come help us pack the bag with poles, worms and more for an unforgettable adventure.

NEW! Adventure Camp: Experience Manhattan, the Flint Hills, and the world like never before. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is continuing this program into the summer to provide a unique experience for kids year-round. Together, adventurers will learn about plants and animals from their own backyard, and have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology and fossils that make their home a special place. There is a maximum of 24 participants per session. Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can choose either half day or full day sessions, with drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided. Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Please click here to access permission/release form required for participation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for this class, click here.

July 30

ADVENTURE CAMP: Sunshine Gardens (K - 2nd)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Starting with plants, the sun provides the jump start for all of life. Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center as we follow the shining rays of light that starts it all, from the flowers on the tall grass prairie to the backyard gardens. Sunlight’s the start, but there is much more to the growing plants. We’ll move beyond in our discoveries to observe how plants use water, and examine the impacts of insects on the plants we grow. With the sun leading the way, this camp will chart a course for us to learn about the gardens and plants around us.

NEW! Adventure Camp: Experience Manhattan, the Flint Hills, and the world like never before. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is continuing this program into the summer to provide a unique experience for kids year-round. Together, adventurers will learn about plants and animals from their own backyard, and have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology and fossils that make their home a special place. There is a maximum of 24 participants per session. Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can choose either half day or full day sessions, with drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided. Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Please click here to access permission/release form required for participation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for this class, click here.

July 31

ADVENTURE CAMP: Hungry, Hungry Insects (K - 2nd)
Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

Insects are everywhere! From the tops of trees to the soil below, they number in the thousands. Join the Flint Hills Discovery Center team to explore this diverse group of animals starting with what they eat. From a siphon to a pincher, insect adaptations for feeding are vast. During camp, we will explore the pros and cons of each strategy, and we will go about a journey to collect the things they eat. Beyond their food, we will explore insect characteristics like symmetry and homes. We are bound to be amazed!

NEW! Adventure Camp: Experience Manhattan, the Flint Hills, and the world like never before. The Flint Hills Discovery Center is continuing this program into the summer to provide a unique experience for kids year-round. Together, adventurers will learn about plants and animals from their own backyard, and have the chance to travel back in time to explore the history, geology and fossils that make their home a special place. There is a maximum of 24 participants per session. Enrollment is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are enrolled will receive confirmation by mail. Parents can choose either half day or full day sessions, with drop off as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m. Registration includes morning and afternoon snacks, as well as supplies for activities and access to exhibits. Lunch is NOT provided. Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Please click here to access permission/release form required for participation. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. To register for this class, click here.

ICE AGE IMPERIALS EXHIBITION
Time: 10:00am - 5:00pm

In the second floor gallery June 14 - September 14, 2014. The Ice Age Imperials exhibition provides a rare opportunity for visitors to "touch" the Ice Age. Interacting with real fossils from ancient animals like the saber-toothed cat, woolly mammoth, giant sloth, dire wolf, giant beaver and teeth from a huge prehistoric bear makes the Ice Age come alive for visitors like never before.

Lessons of the Ice Age abound. How did glaciers form and move? During the Ice Age, was there ice where you live now? Discover the answers within graphic displays about glacial size and ice depth. Try assembling the 3-D Mastodon puzzle, or immerse yourself in the History of Earth timeline where you can touch a variety of fossils from more than 500 million years ago to less than one million years ago. Ice Age Imperials was curated by the Antiquities Company, LLC.

Access is included with the cost of admission. Adults $9 | Military, College Students, Seniors (age 65+) & Professional Educators $7 with ID | Youth (age 2 to 17) $4. Click here to purchase admission tickets.

 

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Adult (18-64):
$9.00
Youth (2-17):
$4.00
Military (with ID), College Students (with ID), Educators (with ID) & Seniors (65+):
$7.00
Under 2:
FREE
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