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SummerFun Class Schedule for 2015 is Here!

This summer, get up close with art, science, and history! Registration for SummerFun classes is now open. Class details are listed below by date. Call soon!

The Ashley Kulwicki Scholarship is available for students to participate in the Hastings Museum’s SummerFun program. To apply, students must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Funds are limited, and we will award scholarships to the first 25 qualified applicants. Scholarships cannot be used for Camp Exploremore. Limit one scholarship per person. Please fill out the scholarship application form and return it, along with your registration form for SummerFun classes, to the Hastings Museum. Or mail it to Hastings Museum, P.O. Box 1286, Hastings, NE 68902.
Only a few scholarships still available! 

To register, call Hastings Museum at 402.461.4629 or

Download Registration Form Here  Download scholarship Application Here
Cost of Classes

 Space Camp, Art Classes

 Camp Exploremore

 Film Fest, Barbie Fun

 All others

Note: Grade levels refer to the grade your child will enter fall of 2015. 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.
Each class has a minimum/maximum number of participants in parentheses after the date and time. Example: (10/20)
Sign-up deadline for each class is the Friday before. In order to provide adequate supplies, deadlines are firm.

How in the World? (Grades K-1)

June 1-5, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Have you ever wondered how volcanoes explode? Why the moon has so little gravity? Or how dinosaur fossils are found? Then join us as we explore the multiple fields of science and ask, how in the world does that happen?

Kids Around the World (Grades 1-3)

June 8-12, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Kristen Busboom
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Journey to numerous countries on five different continents and see how kids live all around the world! We will experience new foods, play fun games, and learn all about special festivals from each country.

All About Animals (Grades K-1)

Almost full, call soon to reserve a spot

June 15-19, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Becki Kulwicki
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Join us as we explore the exciting world of animals, including mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and aquatic life. Each day we’ll investigate a new classification with stories, art, games, exhibits, and live animals. Discover where they live, what they eat, and how they survive.

Decades of Barbie Fun (Grades 2-6)

June 15-19, 1-4 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $55; Non-Member: $60
Explore Barbie’s fabulous life as you make a portable Barbie house, see vintage dolls, create runway fashions, investigate her many careers, and learn how to style Barbie’s hair from the experts! We’ll look back over the last 5 decades of Barbie through music, games, hands-on projects, and more!

Can We Build It? (Grades K-2)


June 22-26, 10-12 pm & 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Yes we can! Anything is possible when you unlock your creativity and explore with Legos. We will learn the unique history behind Legos, work together to overcome Lego challenges, and create our very own Lego mazes.

Legos Worldwide (Grades 3-6)


June 22-26, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Kristen Busboom
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
What do Yo-Yos, wooden ducks, and Legos have in common? More than you think! Learn all about Lego’s fascinating history and unleash your creativity in this class. Together we will explore the world of Legos and how they came to be one of the most successful toys worldwide.

Film Fest (Grades 3-6)

July 6-10, 9 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $55; Non-Member: $60
Each day we will watch a large format film and explore it in depth. Tornado Alley 3D: Learn how tornadoes form and build one to take home. We the People: Explore how people lived during the 1700s and how they were inventing ways to improve daily life. Galapagos 3D: Discover the many habitats of the Galapagos Islands and the animals that call them home. Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D: Look through microscopes and conduct hands-on experiments. Titans of the Ice Age 3D: Go back in time and dig up fossils that hold clues to the past.

Beautiful Nebraska (Grades K-2)

July 6-10, 10 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Marci Schroeder
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Join in the fun of learning about nature and Nebraska’s magnificent sites. We will make fingerprint trees, a watercolor landscape, and a construction paper foldable book about nature. There will be a lot to enjoy as we explore our wonderful state!

Art from Different Angles (Grades 3-6)

July 14, 9 am-4 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Kristen Busboom
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Art comes in many different shapes and sizes. Explore the similarities and differences as we make new from old by upcycling found objects, construct foam sculptures, create yarn art, form coil bowls, and depict a story through felt. Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Museum.

Charlie Brown’s Natural World (Grades 3-6)

July 15, 9 am-4 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Charlie Brown and the gang are ready to teach you about the natural world! We will travel outside, to the planetarium, and through the Peanuts … Naturally exhibit as we discover the natural side of life. Through hands-on activities, we will explore life cycles and food chains, the stars and solar system, trees and elements, plants and gardening, and more! Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Museum.

Junior Detectives: Mission Possible (Grades 4-6)

July 16, 9 am-4 pm (15/30)
Instructors: Mark and Beth Funkey
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
There has been a crime at the Hastings Museum and we need your help to solve it! Join us as we learn from the best detectives around the world to help us solve the case. Students will learn how to write with invisible ink, move through laser beam traps, and how to break secret codes during this mission. Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided by the Museum.

Once Upon a Time (Ages 4-5)

July 20-24, 10 am-12 pm (8/15)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Each day, students will go on a new adventure as our story books come alive. We will become a prince or princess, meet friendly monsters, and learn what it takes to be a local hero.

Snoopy’s Nature Camp (Grades K-2)

July 20-24, 10 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Kristen Busboom
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Go on a different nature adventure each day with Snoopy and friends. We will discover the natural world around us as we travel outside, to the planetarium, and through the Peanuts … Naturally exhibit. Through hands-on activities, you’ll learn about flowers and trees, the stars and planets, animals and habitats, and more!

Camp Exploremore (Grades 3-6)

July 27-29, 9 am-4 pm (15/30)
Instructors: Russanne Hoff (Hastings Museum),
Danielle Wagoner (Lochland), Amy Sandeen (Prairie Loft)
Member: $135; Non-Member: $150
Engage your brain and body through activities that will include swimming, golf and tennis, food fun, nature exploration, a 3D film, animal encounters, and much more! Note: This camp will take place at 3 different locations: Lochland (Mon), Hastings Museum (Tues), and Prairie Loft (Wed). 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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