HAYS, KS -- Adventure, discovery and learning are what children young and old can find in several events the Sternberg Museum of Natural History is offering this summer.
"So Many Snakes" is an adventure full of snake games, snake crafts and live snakes sure to make visitors squirm with excitement. The event will be offered from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the Sternberg Museum. Registration is due June 30. The fee is $8 for the public and $6 for Sternberg members.
"Animal Babies" will give visitors the opportunity to see the newborns of the Sternberg Discovery Room. The class will be offered from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 14, and 1-2 p.m. Friday, July 15. To discover these wild youngsters, registration is due June 27. The fee is $6 for the public and $4 for Sternberg members.
"Dig-A-Dino" not only lets kids learn about some real excavations and dinosaur fossils, it also lets them dig in themselves. Although kids won't get the "specimen" all out of its matrix in one day, they can take the whole dig home after class and discover what dinosaur's skeleton they've found whenever they want to work on it. This excavation class will be offered from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, and 1-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 Registration is due July 11. The fee is $15 for the public and $12 for Sternberg members.
Registrations may be picked up at the Sternberg Museum front desk. To have a registration form mailed to you, to check whether a class is full or for other inquiries, call the main office at (785) 628-5516.
The classes are designed for mixed ages, so families may attend together. Children entering grade 5 and younger are eligible to participate. Those under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. No registration fee is required for an adult accompanying children or for children too young to participate.
"Each class is given twice to provide a variety of day and time options in order to fit as many families' schedules as possible," Cami Liggett, museum educator.
In addition to the classes at Sternberg, McDonald's Restaurants will benefit two sleep-overs for the Sternberg Discovery Room. With McDonald's as a major sponsor of this event, the registration fee paid is applied entirely to supporting the Discovery Room. The sleepovers are for children in grades 1-3. The boys' sleep-over is July 29-30, and the girls' sleep-over is Aug. 12-13. Registration forms may be picked up at WaKeeney, Russell and Hays McDonalds' and are due July 18 for boys and Aug. 1 for girls.
Most of the summer activities are held in the Sternberg's Discovery Room.
"The Discovery Room exists to enable visitors of all ages and learning levels to personally experience the process of discovery and hands-on learning," said Liggett. "With real specimens, both to touch and to view behind glass, the Discovery Room provides freedom for individuals to have personal encounters with scientific specimens and formulate and pursue their own questions."
The Discovery Room has everything from leaf rubbings and deep sea fish models to snakes and spiders.
For those who would simply enjoy visiting the museum, hours are Tuesday-Saturday: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday: 1-7 p.m. The admission price is $6 for adults (ages 13-59), $4 for seniors (ages 60+), $4 for youth (ages 4-12), $3 for FHSU students (with I.D.) and is free for members and children aged 3 and under.