The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Explore Herrett:

Spring Fever!  Hands-on activities for kids

Free, walk-in classes (no registration required), 1:00 to 4:00 PM each day.  Activities take under an hour; come when you like.

Class Date Description

Potato Printing

March 22nd Potato stamping fun! Carve your own "spud stamp" or use the ones provided to make festive art projects!

Nature Collage

March 23rd Make your own treasure box using a huge selection of collage materials. You can learn to decoupage to create a beautiful project!

Clay Pottery

March 24th Make your own clay pot using the same techniques as North and South American Indians, then take it home to dry overnight!

Fling-it Friday

March 25th Join us for one of our most popular activities. Test your skill with traditional slings and spear throwers and see how far you can fling!

2016 Science Camp-In

2016 Explore Herrett Science Camp-In

  • Who: For kids in grades 3 through 5 (ages 9 - 11)
  • When:
    • Drop-off/sign-in: Friday, April 1st, 5:30 PM
    • Pick-up: Saturday, April 2nd, 8:00 - 8:30 AM
  • What:
    The Herrett Center at the College of Southern Idaho is excited to invite students to the 18th annual "Science Camp-In" overnight event. This program is designed for students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade who are interested in learning about various science topics in a fun, engaging environment. Participants are invited to the museum for an evening packed with science workshops, a planetarium show, a trip to the observatory, and many other fun activities. The Science Camp-In is meant to show students that science is everywhere, and it's really fun!

    Each camper gets:
    • A 2016 Camp-In T-shirt
    • Two interactive science workshops (see options, below)
    • Planetarium show
    • Snacks!
    • Observatory visit
    • Midnight movie
    • Camping overnight in the museum
    • Saturday morning breakfast
    • Rise and shine scavenger hunt/hands-on activity tables
  • Fee:
    $50 per camper
    • Space is limited; pre-registration (.pdf form) is required
    • Registration is now full.  Names are being accepted for a waiting list in case of cancellations.

Frequently asked questions:

  • How do I select workshops for my child?
    Each camper will participate in a "Column 1" and a "Column 2" workshop (see below for workshop titles and descriptions). Please rank your child's preference in each column (i.e. rank each Column 1 workshop from 1 to 7, and each Column 2 workshop from 1 to 7). Because workshops will fill up on a first come, first served basis, not all participants will get their first choice of workshops. (The earlier you register, the higher the probability of getting your top choices before they fill up!)

  • How do I register my child?
    Registrations may be submitted by mailing the registration form and check to:
    Herrett Center Science Camp-In
    P.O. Box 1238
    Twin Falls, ID 83303

    Or, register by phone:
    (208) 732-6655

  • What should I pack for my child?
    We ask that participants pack lightly for this event. Please only bring the bedding required for sleeping and any vital necessities. Pajamas and a change of clothes are not necessary, as children will just sleep in the clothes that they wear to the event.

  • What should my child wear?
    Children will be travelling around campus at night, so please wear weather appropriate clothing. Children will also be sleeping in the clothes that they wear, so they should be comfortable.

  • Will food be served at the event?
    Please feed children a full dinner before arriving at the event. Snacks will be provided throughout the evening, including pizza at around midnight and a light breakfast in the morning. Please notify the Herrett Center of any food allergies when you register.

  • Can I volunteer for the event?
    We are currently not recruiting parent volunteers for the Camp-In. All of our volunteers will come from our corporate sponsor or the CSI student body, and they will all pass a background check.

  • What if I have other questions not listed above?
    Contact our "Camp-in Director" Laura Browarny
    Phone: (208) 732-6664


Column 1 Column 2
Sun Print Impressions! Edible DNA!
Participants become part of the Sun Print photographic process by collecting objects and exposing them using UV light on top of hand-coated, chemically light-sensitive surfaces. The results are beautiful blue photographic impressions! Participants will extract real DNA from household ingredients that they can look at under a microscope. They will then build their very own edible DNA models using candy! Students will learn that DNA is everywhere, in all living things. *It is not recommended to combine this workshop with "Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry" as there will be some overlap.
Honey, I Shrunk the Solar System! Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry
Participants will discover just how mind-boggling the distance between the sun and planets really is by building a true scale model of the Solar System, too big to fit indoors! Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from Strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations!
Birds, Beaks, Barf, and Bottles Leapin’ Lizards
Participants will examine preserved birds to identify different beak types and hypothesize on diet. Students will be given different beak types to participate in a feeding frenzy to see who can survive. Owl pellets will be examined and dissected to learn about what the owls have been eating. Students will make a bird feeder out of a plastic bottle so they can continue their observations of birds after they return home. *This workshop requires dissecting a real owl pellet and handling real animal bones. Participants will get a chance to meet some of the Herrett Center’s most interesting objects: our reptiles! Participants will learn how to tell a snake from a lizard, what kinds of snakes live in Idaho, and how to properly handle a reptile. *Live snakes will be present during this workshop.
Stuffed Animal Clinic Terrific Teeth! Dental Experiments
Participants will see and perform procedures that might happen during a visit to the doctor. Students will perform BP checks and pulse checks, take a temperature, and learn how to wash their hands properly. They will also learn how to take care of instruments used for surgeries in an office, how to put on personal protective equipment, and how to bandage/splint an arm! Participants will work together to make elephant-sized toothpaste! They will perform experiments to see what acid does to your teeth, and take the challenge to see if they can brush all the bacteria off their teeth. They will also learn about and make a plaster mold to take home. *Snacks including dairy ingredients will be shared during this workshop.
A Spark in the Air Awesome Archaeology!
Participants will “play” with air pressure and static electricity. Prepare for some bright sparks and loud bangs. You will be shocked and blown away! Participants will learn the basics of an archaeological dig. They will perform an artifact investigation and make hypotheses about how some real artifacts were used. They will then get a sneak peek at where the Herrett Center stores its artifacts!
Cool, Hot, and Colorful Chemistry April Fools Fossils!
Participants will get to do different hands-on experiments in one of CSI’s chemistry labs. Experiments include writing with invisible ink, extracting DNA from strawberries, and making slime. The workshop leaders will also do several exciting chemistry demonstrations! *It is not recommended to combine this workshop with "Edible DNA!" as there will be some overlap. Participants will become fossil detectives as they study actual fossils from the Herrett Center’s collection and learn how to tell and real fossil from a fake. Students will then create their own fossil models to take home with them.
3,2,1 Blastoff! Why the Earth Shakes: Plate Tectonics and Earthquakes
Participants will build and launch their very own bottle rocket constructed from 2 liter soda bottles, tennis balls, and wood fins. Participants will also discuss Newton’s Laws of motion that govern rocket flight, discovering what makes their rockets, and NASA’s rockets, lift off the launch pad and reach for the sky and beyond. Participants will learn about the basics of plate tectonics through videos, simulations, and other activities. They will then have a chance to build their own personal seismometer to take home!