Adventure Camp

Adventure Camp (Grades K-6) is a unique program offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo. This popular Day Camp makes learning fun! Camps include hands-on activities like exciting experiments, outdoor excursions, and creative crafts.

Camp Schedule & Registration

Children may be dropped off as early as 7:30 a.m. for each session in which they are enrolled. Themed camp activities start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude by 4:30 p.m.

Pick up for half-day registration is between 12:00 and 12:15 p.m. Pick up for full-day registration is between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Full-day registrants must bring their own sack lunch.

Pre-registration is required either online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Camp Eligibility and Expectations

The Education Team at the Flint Hills Discovery Center works hard to create a safe and inclusive environment for learning. We also expect that all camp participants and parents do their part to create that same environment. The following expectations apply to all campers:
  • Respect all participants, staff, exhibits, and property
  • Participate in all activities
  • Work as a team when asked
  • Play safely and practice self-control
  • Follow all rules and verbal staff instructions
  • Use appropriate language
  • Remain in sight of staff at all times
If unacceptable behavior continues beyond staff interventions, staff will contact the camp participant’s parents or legal guardians. Please note that refunds will not be given if campers are sent home due to inappropriate behavior.

COVID-19 Information

The health and safety of your child is extremely important to us.  We are currently enacting enhanced cleaning protocols to ensure the camp environment is as safe and clean as possible.  In addition, we are limiting camp enrollment to a max of 16 youth per day. Until the COVID protocols are significantly relaxed, we will not be taking any half-day participants.

Face Masks Required

Appropriate face coverings are currently required for all youth participants in the Adventure Camp program. Face coverings must be worn for all indoor activities. They may be removed at meal times and when outdoors. This camp policy supersedes any existing building policy for the Discovery Center.

Winter/Spring 2022 Camps

During the school year, Adventure Camp (Grades K-6) is offered at both the Flint Hills Discovery Center and Sunset Zoo. The age of the child attending determines the camp location when offered at both sites.

School Year Pricing for 2021 Camps 
 Session  FHDC Member Fee  Non-Member Fee
 Full Day, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
 $24/day  $28/day
 Half Day, 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.*
 $16/day*  $18/day*
*Due to enhanced COVID restrictions, we are NOT enrolling half-day participants at this time.

Grades 3-6 

Date Theme Description
January 3 Cold Science Dress warm because we're playing with ice! Explore the science behind winter snow and ice as we learn through experimentation. 
January 17 Diverse Kansas Kansas is home to many people and cultures, some ancient and some new arrivals! Let's explore the many different people who call our state home. 
February 11 Puzzlemania Can you think outside the box? What about outside the room? Explore your detective skills as we navigate through escape rooms, make our own fidget toys, and investigate the secrets of coding. 
February 17 Baking and Beyond Come find out how math can taste so good! We will measure ingredients to make our favorite treats and experiment with what happens when we leave the math out!
February 18 Cooking 101 Cooking is all about chemical reactions. Get ready for a fun filled day of edible experiments. Touch, taste, smell, explore and unlock the science behind the culinary treats we create!   
February 21 Nocturnal Journey Time to turn out the lights! Lets learn about nocturnal animals, astronomy, and other night time wonders!
March 11 Hometown Superheroes What does it mean to be a superhero? Create your own superhero costume and alias then meet our hometown superheroes!
March 14 Dream it, Build it: Towers Dream, design, build, and... destroy! We will construct tall towers, earthquake proof buildings, and explore different building materials.
March 15 Dream it, Build it: Interior Designs Have you ever dreamt of living in a spaceship, a tiny home, or even a barn with a praire view? Come design your dreams with us!
March 16 Dream it, Build it: Legos From robots, to sky scrapers, to catapults come dream and build with everybody's favorite bricks! We will design and build our own lego creations.
March 17 Dream it, Build it: Roller Coasters Time to think outside the box and learn how physics can take us for a wild ride. We will design and build our own roller coasters! 
March 18 Dream it, Build it: Gardens Lets dive into the dirt to become green thumb detectives searching for the best way to build a garden! We will start seeds that you can take home to start making your dream garden come to life.
April 18 Happy Birthday Discovery Center!  Today we’ll be celebrating the Discovery Center’s 10th Birthday! The party will include vinegar and baking soda balloons, learning about the design of the Discovery Center, decorate a cake and lots of birthday games.

Enroll Your Child on Their Next Adventure

1. Pick a Camp
Choose the appropriate camp from the schedule and class descriptions chart based on grade and season.

2. Pre-Register for Each Session
Pre-register online, by phone at 785-587-2726 or in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

 3. Fill Out Forms

Complete emergency release and permission forms and return them to the FHDC Education Department on or before your first program of the season.
4. Review the Parent Handbook
All parents should read the Adventure Camp Parent Handbook prior to dropping their child off at camp. Parents failing to follow the rules and regulations outlined in this handbook may result in a child’s removal from camp.
5. Review the Refund Policy
Registrants will receive a full refund if the program is canceled or may be transferred to another class. A full refund is granted if a request to withdraw is received one week (seven days) prior to the start date. A partial refund is granted if requested between one week and at least 48 hours prior to start date. There will be no refund if request is less than 48 hours in advance or if the participant fails to show.