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This summer, get up close with art, science, and history! Classes fill quickly, call today!

Member Registration for Summer Fun classes is NOW OPEN. Non-Member registration opens March 30.

NOTE: Online Registration will be available very soon! Check back often, and thank you for your patience.

Class details are listed below by date. Call soon!

The Ashley Kulwicki Scholarship is available for students to participate in the Hastings Museum’s Summer Fun program. To apply, students must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Funds are limited, and covers 2/3 of the class fee. You owe the other 1/3 at the time of registration. Limit one scholarship per person. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship registration form for Summer Fun classes and bring them to the Hastings Museum or mail it to Hastings Museum, P.O. Box 1286, Hastings, NE 68902.

To register, call: 402-461-2399 or go to:

Download Non Scholarship Registration Form Here Download Scholarship Registration Form Here
Cost of Classes
Members
Non-Members

 Animal Art-o-rama
$45
$50

 Artventure
$45
$50

 Little Artist
$45
$50
 Grandparent Camp
$30 per student
Adults FREE

 All Others
$35
$40

Fees are due at time of enrollment and are refundable up to 7 days prior to the first day of class. 

Note: If you pick up your books for ‘Who Was? Book Club’, you cannot cancel your registration, even if it is before the 7 day deadline. If needed, you can transfer your registration, and books, to another student.

Grade levels refer to the grade your child will enter in the Fall of 2019. Classes require advance registration. To register, please call the Museum at 402-461-2399 or complete the form above and return it to the Museum with payment.
Sign-up deadline for each class is the Friday before. In order to provide adequate supplies for each class, deadlines are firm.
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.
Minimum and maximum number of participants for each class are in parentheses after the date and time. Example: (10/20)

Hidden Gems (Grades K-1)

June 3-7, 10a-12p (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Join us as we explore the Museum’s hidden gems through hands-on activities, scavenger hunts, art projects, and more! We’ll celebrate National Donut Day and learn the cool history behind this sweet treat; discover artifacts that are prickly such as cacti and porcupines; explore Shel Silverstein’s poetry; make things glow-in-the-dark; and play train games.

Animal Art-o-rama (Grades 4-6)

June 3-7, 10a-12p (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50

With over 8.7 million different species of animals in the world, there is a lot to investigate in the animal kingdom! Students will discover how animals are classified by exploring the Museum, discover ways they adapt to their surroundings, and determine what role food webs play in creating a stable environment. To connect everything together, students will create a habitat diorama to take home.

Beginning Bookworms (Grades K-1)

June 10-14, 10-12p (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

We will go on a different reading adventure each day as we explore five books: Diary of a Worm, If I Built a Car, If You Give a Moose a Muffin, Madeline and the Old House in Paris, and Press Here. These books will come alive through Museum exhibits, art projects, games, dancing, science, and more!

Space Adventures (Grades 2-3)

June 10-14, 10-12p (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Rovers, landers, and satellites—oh, my! Space is full of incredible robots and apparatuses that help us learn about the unknown universe. Blast off with us as we design and build a Martian rover, track the International Space Station in real time, and investigate our galaxy to learn just how far a light year really is. 

Wild World Wonders (4-5yrs)

June 17-21, 10a-12p  *Full*
JUST ADDED 1p-3p (8/15)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Each day, we will travel to a new continent and explore its countries. We will create a yummy snack, dance to music, play traditional games, and investigate the animals that call it home. So grab your passport and come on a wild adventure with us! Note: This preschool class is only for children who will be four or five years old by the first day of class.

Summer Camp (Grades 2-3)

June 18, 9a-4p (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

We will have all the fun of summer sleep away camp without the sleeping! Take part in arts and crafts, go for hikes, play games, tell stories around the fire, and more. Oh, and there will definitely be s’mores! Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Magical Menagerie (Grades 4-6) 

June 20, 9a-4p (10/20) 
Instructor: Justine McMurray, Samantha Cassidy, Terri Cushman & Amanda Snell
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Harry Potter fans and animal lovers alike will enjoy a day full of fantastic beasts! We will investigate all sorts of magical creatures, from the tiny and timid, to the sleek and majestic, and the large and ferocious! You will be sorted into the houses of llvermorny, the American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learn about the myths and legends that have brought these beloved animals to life. Dressing as a wizarding student is highly encouraged! This class contains spoilers to the ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts’ stories. Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Out of This World (Grades K-1)

June 24-28, 10a-12p (10/20) 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

From bears to queens to an ever changing moon, the sky is full of astonishing things to see at night. Each day we will investigate a new constellation and learn how to find it in the night sky. We will also discover why the moon has so many craters by conducting a science experiment, and learn how hard it can be for astronauts to travel in space. To end the week, each student will create their own rocket to take home.

Artventure (Grades 2-3)

June 24-28, 10a-12p (10/20) 
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50

Join us for fun-filled art projects galore! We will put ourselves on canvas, make miniature art galleries, learn how to draw from a professional artist, try our hand at making art with squeegees, make a Batik hanging, paint on wood, and so much more! Your little artists won’t want to miss out on this hands-on week.

Super Lego (Grades 4-6)

June 25, 9a -4p (10/20)
Instructors: Mark and Beth Funkey
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

In a world where heroes and villains compete, who will come out on top? You decide! Come design your own superhero or evil villain Lego character, construct a Lego superpower tool for your creation to use, and create a comic book featuring a hero or villain. Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Investigate! (Grades 1-2)

July 8-12, 1-3p (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

How does Nebraska have fossils of sea creatures? How do sharks stay afloat in the water? What makes machines work? Investigate the answers to these questions as we learn about different STEM careers. We will put on our paleontology hats as we hatch dinosaur eggs, become deep sea divers to learn the layers of the ocean, build our own Rube Goldberg machine to display in the classroom, and so much more!

Who Was? Book Club (Grades 4-6)

July 8-12, 1-3p (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

A different historical era will come to life each day as we explore the lives of Annie Oakley, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, John F. Kennedy, and Jackie Robinson. We will hone our target practice skills; get our science on, Einstein-style; explore our Coney Island exhibit; celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing; play baseball; and more. 

Class registration includes a set of books to read prior to the first day. Note: If you pick up your books, you cannot cancel your registration, even if it is before the 7 day deadline. If needed, you can transfer your registration, and books, to another student.

Candy Science (Grades 2-3)

July 15, 9a-4p (10/20)
Instructors: Becki Kulwicki & Emmy Reimer
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

We will experience geology by making rock eggshell geodes and agate slices. We will be become engineers as we build STEM structures out of a variety of candy pieces. In chemistry, we will investigate the chemical reaction between Mentos and Pop Rocks. We will dip into the discovery of the cell model and DNA in the field of biology. Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Snacks will be provided.

Outdoor Explorers (Grades K-1)

July 15-19, 1p-3p (10/20) 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

With over 1,500 native plants, 400 million living trees, and more than 80 native mammals, Nebraska has a lot to explore outdoors. Throughout the week, we will build a nature collage frame, design a blooming flower garden, and learn how to help keep our environment healthy for years to come. We will also learn how our weather influences the plants and animals around us and the world.

Photography 101 (Grades 4-6)

July 15-19, 1p-3p (10/20) 
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Learn how to take great pictures from the experts! We will explore nature, humans, and still life through the lens of a camera. You will get up close to objects as you photograph the micro details and capture people smashing things. We will end the week by teaching you how to edit your photos. The Museum will provide cameras and iPads.

Lego Mania (Grades 2-3)

July 22-24, 1p-5p (10/20) 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Calling all Lego masters! Come test your Lego abilities by creating a one-of-a-kind roller coaster, designing a Museum exhibit, embarking on Lego scavenger hunts, and building a Lego car that is powered by wind! We will also compete in a Lego obstacle course using only Lego hands.

Citizen Scientists (Grades 4-6)

July 22-24, 1p-5p (10/20) 
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40

Calling all citizen scientists! During this class, we will collect data for real science projects conducted by professional scientists. Projects include hunting for and identifying ladybugs, observing and recording information about plants, and helping to preserve the dwindling monarch butterfly population. No science background needed!

Grandparent Camp (4-10yrs)

July 25-26, 9a-1p (8/18) *FULL*
Instructors: Russanne Hoff & Amy Sandeen
$45 per student; Adults: FREE

Join us for two days of fun for grandparents and “grandfriends” with their grandkids to create, explore, and learn together! This camp will include free choice time indoors and outdoors, plus story time, outdoor exploration, creative activities, and take-home ideas. Participants will bring a sack lunch on the first day and Prairie Loft and the Hastings Museum will provide lunch on the second day, as well as a healthy snack both days. Each grand adult can bring up to three grandchildren for $30 each. Note: Camp takes place at Hastings Museum on July 25 and at Prairie Loft on July 26.

Little Artist (Grades K-1)

July 29-August 2, 1p-3p (10/20)
Instructor: Carla Scheierman
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50

Each day our little artists will experiment with different materials to create new masterpieces. They will play with color mixing, create marbled art, cut paper chandeliers, paint with glue, make their own unique dot art, and more!