Discovery Camp (Grades K-2)

Discovery Camp (grades K-2) is a unique program offered at the Flint Hills Discovery Center throughout the school year. 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.; pick up is no later than 5:30 p.m. Registrants must bring their own sack lunch. Pre-registration is required.

Or give us a call at 785-587-2726, or visit us in person at the Flint Hills Discovery Center. Registration for fall camps opens Monday, August 15 at 8 a.m. Registration for spring 2023 camps opens in January 2023.

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.


FHDC member fee is $29/day and the non-member fee is $33/day.
Date Theme Description
September 23        Painter’s Paradise! Bring your creativity through your brush! We will learn from a local artist and create our own paintings!
October 10       Engineer It! Find out how Engineers make things! Join us as we go through the engineering process to create innovative designs and builds.
October 14        Fabulous Fall! Come discover what makes fall our favorite season! We will make leaf lanterns, learn about the fall foods, and what happens to our animal friends as the weather changes!
October 20 Cool Science, Day 1! Where art and science collide, part 1! We will learn about the science of extreme weather and make drawings to teach others what we learned!
October 21 Cool Science, Day 2! Where art and science collide, part 2! We will continue the discovery about extreme weather. We will use experiments to get hands-on and learn how to use art to express what we learn.
November 21 Color Your World! Discover the colorful world around you! We will make our own chalk, funky crayons, and experiment with color!
November 22 Musical Me! Discover the science of sound! We will make musical instruments and discover sound around us.
November 23 Cool Chefs! Come discover how things are made in the kitchen! We will make ice cream and other delicious recipes while learning the science and math involved.
December 19 Full STEAM Ahead: Science! All Aboard! We’re going Full STEAM ahead: Join us as we explore science and discover the fun with magnets and slingshots!
December 20 Full STEAM Ahead: Technology! All Aboard! We’re going Full STEAM ahead: Join us as we explore technology through the years. From an atlatl to computer coding. Technology has changed our world!
December 21 Full STEAM Ahead: Engineering! All Aboard! We’re going Full STEAM ahead: We will think like train engineers and so much more as we uncover the "E" in "STEAM"!
December 22 Full STEAM Ahead: Art! All Aboard! We're going Full STEAM ahead: Join us as we discover the multitude of mediums in the art world!
December 23 Full STEAM Ahead: Math!  All Aboard! We're going Full STEAM ahead: Join us as we discover the "M" in "STEAM" with patterns, puzzles, and games. Who knew math could be so much fun!
December 27 Hibernation Hideaways! What is hibernation? What animals hibernate? Let's explore these questions while we create hibernation dens and learn about animals that hibernate in the Flint Hills.
December 28 Wonderful Winter! Come discover what makes winter a wonderful season! We will make snow, paint with ice, and learn why the seasons change! 
December 29 Lights and Sights! Discover the secrets of light in winter. We will learn about waves and colors, explore reflections and refractions, and make our own Aurora Borealis. Get ready for a colorful day of light!
December 30 Dream it, Build it: Legos! Everybody's favorite brick! Let's build tall towers, learn about Lego masters, and unlock our imagination while we engineer our masterpieces!
January 3 Crazy Chemistry! Let's investigate the chemistry happening around us every day! We will build crystals, make our own bath bombs, and learn what happens when we make instant snow!

Enroll Your Child on Their Next Discovery

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 Discovery 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.