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Events

  1. Breakfast with Santa

    December 3, 2016, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The whole family is invited to join Santa for a morning of food, fun and holiday cheer. Start with a delicious hot breakfast as Santa judges the ugly sweater contest. Then children can decorate real gingerbread men, face the North Pole obstacle course and search for clues on the candy cane scavenger hunt! Everyone will have the opportunity to get their family photo with Santa including printed photos and custom picture frames for the kids to take home! All program participants, youth and adult, must register. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Youth and Adult FHDC members: $14 | Youth and Adult non-members: $16 To pre-register, please call 785.587.2726!

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  2. Restoring Historic Photographs, Advanced Workshop

    December 3, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Join us for a free workshop to learn advanced Adobe Photoshop techniques to improve digital materials. Learn how to optimize scanning, restore original coloration, and repair small blemishes and irregularities. Participants can bring their own photographs and computers or practice a wider range of techniques with provided materials and technology. Participants are encouraged to bring their own photographs and Photoshop equipped computers or can practice a wider ranges of techniques with provided materials and technology. Computer terminals will be first come, first served. Tom Parish is the visiting instructor in Digital Humanities at the Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Spaces are limited, please preregister by calling 785-587-2726

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  3. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Indian Paintbrush

    December 6, 2016, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes a story time, snack and themed craft or activity!

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  4. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Indian Paintbrush

    December 6, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes a story time, snack and themed craft or activity!

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  5. Breakfast with Santa II

    December 10, 2016, 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The whole family is invited to join Santa for a morning of food, fun and holiday cheer. Start with a delicious hot breakfast as Santa judges the ugly sweater contest. Then children can decorate real gingerbread men, face the North Pole obstacle course and search for clues on the candy cane scavenger hunt! Everyone will have the opportunity to get their family photo with Santa including printed photos and custom picture frames for the kids to take home! All program participants, youth and adult, must register. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Youth and Adult FHDC members: $14 | Youth and Adult non-members: $16 To pre-register, please call 785.587.2726!

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  6. Oral History Workshop

    December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Come learn how to conduct your own oral history interview at this FREE workshop. Staff from the Chapman Center for Rural Studies will provide hands-on instruction in interview technology including the StoryCorps app and will share tips for a successful interview. No registration is required. Workshop is free and open to all ages.

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  7. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Fun Fish

    December 20, 2016, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes a story time, snack and themed craft or activity!

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  8. Preschoolers in the Flint Hills: Fun Fish

    December 20, 2016, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Preschool-age children begin discovering the wonders of the Flint Hills where they live, but look beyond the city limits in their exploration. Every session includes a story time, snack and themed craft or activity!

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  9. Adventure Camp: Ice, Ice, Baby, K-2nd

    December 21, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    On this chilly day, learn all about ice! Campers will discover the science behind glaciers, make ice cream, frost pine cones and more.

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  10. Adventure Camp: Town and Country, K-2nd

    December 22, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Learn all about being a farmer! This program will offer campers the opportunity to learn all about running a farm, farmer's markets and more.

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  11. Adventure Camp: Inventing the Future, K-2nd

    December 23, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    The future is here! Campers will make new discoveries, look at the science behind virtual reality and design a zip line.

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  12. Adventure Camp: We Like Ike! 3-6

    December 27, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Campers will take a trip to Abilene and explore the childhood home of President Eisenhower, learn more about his life and the impact he made on the nation's history.

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  13. Adventure Camp: Pioneer Technology, 3-6

    December 28, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    In this program, campers will learn about the technology of the pioneers. The day's activities will include quill pen making and making rope and paper!

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  14. Adventure Camp: Technology of Time, 3-6

    December 29, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Even time has its own history. Campers will spend the day learning about historical methods of telling time, recording history, cave paintings, oral histories and sun dials.

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  15. Adventure Camp: Ancient Tools

    December 30, 2016, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Learn all about the tools that people of the past used on a daily basis. Through this program, campers will be immersed in history!

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  16. Family New Year's Eve 2017 - Flint Hills Super Heroes

    December 31, 2016, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Ring in the New Year with Flint Hills Super Heroes! The evening will include a variety of fun activities including a balloon drop at 9 p.m., kid’s dancing music, make your own superhero mask and decorate your own cape, snack on superpower food, a costume contest and much more! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Youth and Adult FHDC members: $14 | Youth and Adult non-members: $16 Under 2: Free To pre-register, please call 785.587.2726! Registration deadline December 29 at 5:00 p.m.

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Exhibits

  1. Going Home: Hidden Histories of the Flint Hills

    September 24, 2016 - January 8, 2017 @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Laura Ingalls Wilder once said, "Home is the nicest word there is." However, what if your town or home is no longer there? Explore hidden places in the Flint Hills and tell us all about what 'Going Home' means to you. There will be many interactives within the exhibit, including a map to help located lost town in the Flint Hills, iPad stations with stories of communities, a place for visitors to record their memories, a children’s area and more. This exhibition represents the work of undergraduate students over the past several years working with faculty in the Chapman Center for Rural Studies at KSU, and made possible by an estate gift from Mr. Mark Chapman. The stories, images, sounds and even the exhibit films were written, discovered and shot by an amazing and talented group of young scholars who care deeply about the Flint Hills.

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