The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

Summer Workshops for Kids

Summer Workshops for Kids

Explore the physics of catapults, the culture of mandalas, the harmonic motions of a pendulum, and more.  These fun and educational workshops are for kids only (no adults, please).

Space is limited, and each workshop will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  Registration opens Tuesday, June 5th.  Payment must be received in order to reserve a spot.  Please note age restrictions for all workshops.

To register call: (208) 732-6655 or stop in to the Herrett Center during museum hours.  Download the registration form here (Adobe Acrobat format).  For questions about the workshops call Kindy Combe: (208) 732-6664

2017 Classes Date Ages Fee
Fun With Masks June 14th 6 - 10 $5
Rockin' Mandalas June 21st 11 and up $5
Catapulting into Physics June 28th 8 - 12 $10
Krazy Kaleidoscopes July 12th 8 and up $10
Sticky Situations July 19th 8 and up $10
Medicine Bags July 26th 10 and up $15
Solar Pinhole Projectors August 2nd 10 and up $10
Pendulum Painting August 9th 8 and up $15
Origami August 16th 10 and up $5

Fun with Masks

Masks are found all over the world and are worn for many different reasons: for protection, special ceremonies, disguises, or just for fun!  Students will learn about different masks around the world and their uses; then create a mask or two of their own.

For ages 6 - 10.

Wednesday, June 14th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $5

Rockin' Mandalas

Mandalas are everywhere you look right now, but did you know that they have been found in many cultures throughout the world for centuries?  In this class, students will learn a short history about mandalas and their basic form and then try their hand at creating their own mandalas on paper and rocks.  Students will have the opportunity to display their mandalas at the Herrett Center for everyone to see!

For ages 11 and up.

Wednesday, June 21st, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $5

Catapulting into Physics!

Catapults have been around since ancient times, but how do they work?  In this class, students will learn about the science behind catapults and get the chance to build and test their own catapult.

For ages 8 - 12.

Wednesday, June 28th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Krazy Kaleidoscopes

Kaleidoscopes are a classic toy that many people have enjoyed throughout their childhood, but how do they work?  Students in this class will learn the science behind kaleidoscopes and make one to take home.

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, July 12th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Sticky Situations

What did we do before Elmer’s?  Discover the ins and outs of sticking together—naturally.  Students in this class will explore a variety of native glues and natural binding materials and then mix their own glue following top-secret Herrett Center recipes.

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, July 19th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Medicine Bags

Unearth the secrets of Native American medicine bags in this crafty class!  Participants will learn the history and significance of medicine bags among native peoples, view examples of historic medicine bags, and then assemble and decorate their own medicine bag to take home.

For ages 10 and up.

Wednesday, July 26th, 1:00 to 2:20 PM.

Fee: $15

Solar Pinhole Projectors

One of the only safe ways to view the sun is by projecting its image. In this class, students will build their own camera obscura (pinhole projector)— perfect for viewing the solar eclipse on August 21st—and use the geometry of similar triangles to measure the sun's diameter.

For ages 10 and up.

Wednesday, August 2nd, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Pendulum Painting

Pendulums are everywhere in our lives: they are used to help keep time, in music, in construction, even at the playground.  In this class, students will learn what pendulums are and some of their uses and use the pendulum to create a work of art.  This class will be a messy one, so dress accordingly!

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, August 9th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10


Find out how the art of folding paper is connected to math and science!  Students will learn how an ancient art form can be found in nature and in modern day science applications before trying their hands at origami.

For ages 10 and up.

Wednesday, August 16th, 1:00 to 2:20 PM.

Fee: $5

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Kindy Combe (208) 732-6664.