Coming Soon: Dream with Da Vinci

Dream with Da Vinci


May 25 - September 8, 2019
Located in the Tallgrass Gallery on the Second Floor

As a time of learning and growth, the Renaissance anticipated modern science, modern thinking and society. One of the most important people to take part in the Renaissance was Leonardo Da Vinci, commonly known as the “father of modern science.” 

Da Vinci was a dreamer and inventor. His love for math, science and art are highlighted through this interactive exhibition. Catapults, parachutes, and a hang glider are just some of the inventions used to explore the art of science. Add your own creativity and ideas, explore engineering and flight, and see how Da Vinci’s inventions contributed to the inventions of modern technology. 

This exhibit encourages a wide variety of creativity and exploration expressed through multiple STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).

Dream with Da Vinci was created by Curious Kids' Museum.


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Exhibit Programs


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  1. Tallgrass Tour Bus
  2. Astronomy Night
  3. Da Vinci Day
Explore the Flint Hills and beyond with the Tallgrass Tour Bus! Join us as we embark on day trips to exciting locations in Kansas. We will dive into the history, culture and natural beauty of our remarkable state.

Secrets of Tuttle Creek


Saturday, June 1, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM
Get a behind the scenes look at the Tuttle Creek Dam with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tour will explain why and how the dam was built. Find out how the dam is operated and the benefits it brings to the local area. On the tour you will visit Tuttle Creek dam, tower, and spillway with Natural Resource Specialist Angelia Lentz as your guide. All participants should be comfortable walking and climbing stairs.

Special Requirements Apply to this Tour
• Participants must be able to climb multiple flights of stairs
• Due to security concerns, all participants must be US citizens

Restrictions inside the tower and spillway:
• No Cameras
• No Cellphones
• No Bags

Round trip travel and tour are included. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:00 AM and returns no later than 1:00 PM. No lunch is provided. Guests are encouraged to bring a re-sealable water bottle. Light snacks will be provided.

Pre-registration is required by May 31 at 5:00 PM. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $20 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $25

Secrets of Manhattan


Saturday, June 22, 8:00 AM-1:30 PM
Learn the secrets to Manhattan infrastructure on this special behind-the-scenes Tallgrass Tour Bus. Begin at Manhattan Regional Airport for a tour of the terminal including the air traffic control tower. Travel next to Go Flex Air flight training school to see an airplane up close and their state of the art flight simulator. The day ends with a double dose of Public Works. Get insider tours of Manhattan’s water treatment plant and wastewater treatment facility. See where our clean water comes from and what really happens to everything that goes down the drain.

Round trip travel and tours are included. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:00 AM and returns no later than 1:30 PM. No lunch is provided. Guests are encouraged to bring a re-sealable water bottle. Light snacks will be provided. Tour requires moderate walking and climbing stairs.

Pre-registration is required by May 31 at 5:00 PM. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $20 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $25

Secrets of Energy


Saturday, August 10, 8:00 AM-1:30 PM
Get a behind the scenes tour of two amazing energy destinations in our region. Your day begins with a tour of the Jeffrey Energy Center, the state’s biggest power plant. Learn how Westar Energy turns coal into electricity that runs our modern lives. The tour bus heads next to Kansas State University for a tour of the Triga Mark II Nuclear Reactor Facility. Learn how this research reactor supports academic programs and offers industrial services.

Round trip travel and tours are included. Tour leaves the Flint Hills Discovery Center at 8:00 AM and returns no later than 1:30 PM. No lunch is provided. Guests are encouraged to bring a re-sealable water bottle. Light snacks will be provided.

The follow restrictions apply to all attendees for safety and security reasons:
• Long pants and shirts with sleeves are required; no shorts or capri style pants, no sleeveless tops
• Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes; no sandals or high heels
• Age 9+ only; all attendees must be able to follow directions
• Must be able to climb stairs

Pre-registration is required by August 8 at 5:00 PM. Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Youth & Adult FHDC Member: $20 I Youth & Adult Non-Member: $25