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SummerFun Class Schedule for 2014 is Here!

Bugs & Botanicals. Superheroes & Space Camp. Messy Art, Machines, & Motors. This summer, get up close with art, science, and history! Registration for SummerFun classes is now open. In fact, some classes are filling up, so call soon!

To register, call Hastings Museum at 402.461.4629 or download (pdf) and mail the registration form. Class details are listed below by date (and in the pdf).

Please note: All Summer 2014 scholarships have now been awarded. The Ashley Kulwicki Scholarship is available for students to participate in Hastings Museum SummerFun Classes. To apply, students must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Funds are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Limit one class per child. To apply, download the form (pdf) or stop by Visitor Services at the Museum. Please return applications at least two weeks prior to the start of the class. Contact Russanne Erickson, curator of education, at 402.461.4629 for more information.

Cost for Classes Members Non-Members
Messy Art, Machines & Motors, Space Camp
Camp Exploremore
All Others

Note: Grade levels refer to the grade your child will enter fall 2014. SummerFun Classes require advance registration. Fees are due at time of enrollment.

Photo Disclaimer: Registrants and participants permit the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children during Hastings ­Museum activities for publication and use as the Museum deems necessary.

Sign-up deadline for each class is the Friday before. In order to provide adequate supplies, deadlines are firm.

June 9-13

Messy Art (Grades 1-3)
June 9-13, 1-3 p.m.
Signup Deadline: June 6
Instructor: Pat Harpham
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Ever notice the best cooks are the messiest? This proves true for many a creative mind as children will see in Messy Art. We’ll learn the techniques of Jackson Pollock, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, and others as we squirt, fling, bounce, pour, and drip to make amazing masterpieces.

June 17

Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway (Grades 2-6)
Tuesday, June 17, 9 am-5 pm
Signup Deadline: June 13
Instructors: Mark and Beth Funkey
Members: $35; Non-Members: $40
You’ll want to hop in the car with us because we’re Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway in this class! We will go back in time millions of years with cool art and unique fossil specimens that aren’t normally on display. Have fun digging for fossils, making prehistoric art, searching for ancient creatures, and discovering flora and fauna from the past. Note: Students need to bring their lunch. We will provide a snack.

June 19

Machines, Motors, and More (Grades 4-6)
Thursday, June 19, 9 am-5 pm
Signup Deadline: June 13
Instructors: Doug Mills and Lynn Zeleski
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Class size limited to 10.
People have been creating amazing devices for a long time. Building on the knowledge from ancient Greece to modern science, we’ll learn about basic machines, motors, and electricity. We will combine prehistoric times with present day materials to build a fun motorized toy. Note: Students need to bring their lunch. We will provide a snack.

June 23-27

Back in Time with American Girl (Grades 3-6)
June 23-27, 1-3 p.m.
Signup Deadline: June 20
Instructor: Russanne Erickson
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Enter the exciting worlds of Caroline, Marie-Grace, Kirsten, Molly, and Julie. We will explore the lives of these American Girls through food, games, crafts, and music. What did Caroline eat? What music did Julie listen to? What did Molly do for fun? Where did Kirsten live? We’ll find out the answers to these questions and so much more as we go back in time and visit each girl.

July 7-11

Let’s Pretend! (Grades PreK-K)
July 7-11, 9-11 am NEW! Afternoon session just added! 1- 3 pm
Signup Deadline: July 4
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Children love to pretend! Each day we’ll go on a new adventure; cowpokes on the trail, superheroes to the rescue, undersea diver, go on an African safari, and explore space. The crafts children make will allow them to keep their adventures going all summer long.

July 14-18

Space Camp (Grades 2-3)
July 14-18, 9-11 a
Signup Deadline: July 11
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Ever wanted to travel through space, perhaps visit all the planets in our Solar System? We’ll explore how NASA and other space agencies plan solar system exploration and train for the unexpected.

July 22

Birds, Bugs, and Botanicals (Grades 2-6)
Tuesday, July 22, 9 am-5 pm
Signup Deadline: July 18
Instructors: Russanne Erickson (Hastings Museum), Amy Sandeen (Prairie Loft)
Members: $35; Non-Members: $40
Get outside and explore Prairie Loft to discover habitats in the pasture, fields, grass, and sky.  Be a scat detective, a wildlife tracker, and a field scientist to learn fascinating facts about the plants and animals around us. We’ll make (and taste!) edible scat, go on nature hunts, play games, make art, and more!  Note: This class will take place at Prairie Loft. Students need to be dropped off and picked up at Prairie Loft. Students need to bring their lunch. We will provide a snack.

July 24

Superheroes! (Grades 3-6)
Thursday, July 24, 9 am-5 pm
Signup Deadline: July 18
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Ever dream about becoming a superhero? What special powers would you have? How would you get them? Maybe you’d like to be like Batman or a real superhero, whose special skills and knowledge save people’s lives. We’ll learn about superheroes around the world and create our own, costume and all. Note: Please bring a sack lunch to power up your child. We will provide a snack.

July 28-30

Camp Exploremore (Grades 3-6)
July 28-30, 9 am-5 pm
Signup Deadline: July 25
Instructors: Russanne Erickson (Hastings Museum), Danielle Wagoner (Lochland Country Club), and Amy Sandeen (Prairie Loft)
Members: $165; Non-Members: $180
“DIG IT!” Join us for three days of NEW adventures at Lochland Country Club, Hastings Museum, and Prairie Loft. Engage your mind and body with activities that include fossil fun, gardening and food preparation, seeds & soil science, and volcanoes, plus a 3D film, creative arts, sports, and outdoor exploration! Note: This camp will take place at 3 different locations: Lochland (Monday), Hastings Museum (Tuesday), and Prairie Loft (Wednesday). Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at each location. Snacks and lunches are provided for students each day.


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