By Amber Keck, Children’s Librarian
The Flint Hills Discovery Center, located in the Blue Earth Plaza of downtown Manhattan, has consistently been a source of education and fun for adults and children of all ages. With its mission of “creating an engaging and educational atmosphere,” the FHDC staff focus on the ecology and history of the Flint Hills. In its two years of existence, the FHDC has established itself as a wealth of knowledge about the Flint Hills ecoregion, as well as an exciting place for kids to be.
The new Ice Age Imperials exhibit has been in full swing since June 14th. The exhibit answers such questions as: When and where did the Ice Age occur? What was it like to live during the Ice Age? Visitors will have the opportunity to view such beasts as the saber-toothed cat and the woolly mammoth. Play stations for children include 3-D puzzles, a dig site for fossils, and rubbing plates, on which visitors can make drawing of fossils using only charcoal and paper. The exhibit will run until September 14th. The price of a yearly membership to the FHDC for is $10 for a child and $22.50 for an adult. Children under the age of two attend for free.
Before, or after, visiting the exhibit, continue your exploration of the Ice Age by visiting the library. The Manhattan Public Library has a wealth of resources for continuing to answer the questions presented by the FHDC exhibit. Here are a few great items we recommend:
- You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Mammoth Hunter! by John Malam
- Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne
- Sabertooths and the Ice Age: A Nonfiction Companion to Sunset of the Sabertooth by Mary Pope Osborne
- The Great Unknown by Taylor Morrison
- Iceman: Uncovering the Life and Times of a Prehistoric Man Found in an Alpine Glacier written by Brenda Fowler
- Ice Age Mammals of North America: a Guide to the Big, the Hairy, and the Bizarre by Ian M. Lange
- Once & Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth’s Largest Animals by Sharon Levy