The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

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Story Time

Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 11:00 AM for Summer Story Time!  Free admission for all ages.

Date Title & Author
March 21st Mother Earth and Her Children: A Quilted Fairy Tale by Sibylle Vyn Olfers
April 4th Pattern Fish by Trudy Harris and Anna Green

Spring Break Hands-On Activities for Kids

Spring Break Activities for KidsSpring Break Activities for Kids

Free admission!  (No adults, please.)

2019 Activities Date Time Description
Trilobite Tuesday March 26th 1:00–3:00 PM Check out some fossils in our exhibits, then create lifelike replicas of these prehistoric creatures using clay, toothpicks, and a little imagination!
Wiggle Wednesday March 27th 1:00–3:00 PM Get the wiggles out this afternoon with interactive games and activities designed to get you up and moving.
Rock Painting March 28th 1:00–3:00 PM Join the rock-painting craze and create your own small piece of “rock art.”  Take it home or hide it on the CSI campus for others to find.
Fling-it Friday March 29th 1:00–3:00 PM Try your hand at using an atlatl to throw a spear, just like prehistoric hunters in Idaho!  Imagine hunting a mammoth like the one in our Keveren Gallery.

Primitive Skills for Modern Man*

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

*or Woman

Interested in primitive living, outdoor survival, or even just camping and hiking?  Would you like to learn a unique set of skills?  Then take a crash course in caveman living!  Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of hands-on workshops teaching the survival skills of our ancients forebears.  Led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, these fun and friendly workshops offer participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment.

Register early!  Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Participants under age 12 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2019 Classes Date Time Fee Class size
Stone Daggers and the Ice Mummy:
Exploring ÷tziís Prehistoric Toolkit, Part One
Monday, April 8th 6:00 – 8:30 PM $35 15
Wednesday, April 10th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, April 11th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Friday, April 12th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Quivers, Arrows, and a Fanny Pack?:
Exploring ÷tziís Prehistoric Toolkit, Part Two
Monday, May 13th 6:00 – 8:30 PM $50 15
Tuesday, May 14th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, May 15th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Thursday, May 16th 6:00 – 8:30 PM
Beginning Flintknapping Tuesday, June 25th 6:00 – 9:00 PM $50 12
Friday, June 18th 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 29th 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Walk in the Wilds: An Introduction to Southern Idaho Ethnobotany Friday, September 6th 6:00 – 9:00 PM $15 20
Saturday, September 7th 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Stone Daggers and the Ice Mummy: Exploring Ötziís Prehistoric Toolkit, Part One

Primitive tools

Explore the mysteries surrounding Ötzi, a prehistoric mummy found high in the Italian Alps, and delve into the replication of some of the items from his ancient toolkit.  This class will focus on manufacturing a prehistoric dagger and sheath while introducing students to basic primitive skills techniques useful in the replication of stone age technology, including cordage making and weaving.  Please note this is not a flintknapping class. Includes all materials.

Monday, April 8th, Wednesday, April 10th, Thursday, April 11th, and Friday, April 12th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM each day (attend all four sessions).

Class limit: 15

Fee: $35

Quivers, Arrows, and a Fanny Pack?: Exploring Ötziís Prehistoric Toolkit, Part Two

Bow and arrow

Continue exploring the tools of ÷tzi in the second part of this two-class series. In this workshop, students will take a closer look at the leather goods carried by Ötzi while focusing on recreating an ancient quiver and a set of arrows discovered with his remains.  Includes all materials.

Monday, May 13th through Thursday, May 16th, 6:00 – 8:30 PM each day (attend all four sessions).

Class limit: 15

Fee: $50

Beginning Flintknapping

Hafted point

Learn the ins and outs of breaking rock in this exciting workshop!  Assemble your own tool kit, learn some flintknapping lingo, and create simple flaked obsidian tools.  Through hands-on instruction and live demonstrations, this workshop will focus on the creation and recognition of expedient stone tools by the beginning flintknapper.  Knapping safety will be emphasized for all students.  Includes all materials and lunch on Saturday.

Tuesday, June 25th and Friday, June 28th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM each day.
Saturday, June 29th, 9:30 AM – 2:00 PM (attend all three sessions).

Class limit: 12

Fee: $50

Walk in the Wilds: An Introduction to Southern Idaho Ethnobotany


Learn to identify many common local plants, including some used by the prehistoric Shoshone, and dangerous plants to avoid.  Students will participate in a field day hike south of Hansen on Saturday in the Sawtooth National Forest.  Students will be expected to provide their own transportation to and from the field day site, approximately 25 miles southeast of Twin Falls.

Friday, September 6th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM and Saturday, September 7th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (attend both sessions).

Class limit: 20

Fee: $15

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center front desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655, download the registration form (Adobe Acrobat document), or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.