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Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our 2017 Summer Fun classes! Stay tuned for 2018 Summer Fun classes to be announced!

Registration NOW OPEN! | Classes fill quickly, call today!

Is the class you want already marked FULL? If so, call anyway and put your name on our waiting list. If the list gets large enough, we’ll offer the class twice instead of once! Scroll down for our full list of classes!

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

**All Scholarships for 2017 have been awarded**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 we will award scholarships to the first 25 qualified applicants. Limit one scholarship per person. Please fill out the scholarship application form and return it, along with your registration form for Summer Fun classes, to the Hastings Museum. Or mail it to Hastings Museum, P.O. Box 1286, Hastings, NE 68902.

To register, call Hastings Museum at 402.461.4629 or

Download Registration Form Here  Download scholarship Application Here
Cost of Classes

 Film Fest

 Flashback Art

 Creative Masterpieces

 All Others

Fees are due at time of enrollment and are refundable up to one week prior to the first day of class.
Grade levels refer to the grade your child will enter in the Fall of 2017. Classes require advance registration. To register, please call the Museum at 402.461.2399 or complete the form below 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)

The World of Eric Carle (Grades K-1)

June 5-9, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
We will journey through the busy and colorful world of Eric Carle with books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Draw Me a Star, A House for Hermit Crab, and more! Students will explore each story with art projects, hands on activities, music, Museum exhibits, and snacktivities.

Myths … Busted? (Grades 2-4)

June 9, 9 am – 4 pm (15/30)
Instructor: Mark and Beth Funkey
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Does your sense of sight influence what you taste? Does the shape of a paper airplane affect how it flies? Can you pull a
tablecloth off a set table—without breaking anything? Put on your lab coats and help us challenge these and other common myths.
Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Two snacks will be provided.

Creative Masterpieces (Grades K-2)

June 12-16, 1-3pm (10/20)**FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
June 12-16, 9-11am (10/20)
Instructors: Marci Schroeder
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
What kind of artwork can you make with everyday objects like duct tape, buttons, scraps, and clothes pins? No ideas? No worries! Each day we will turn everyday objects into wonderful masterpieces to take home!

Barbie’s Magical World (Grades 3-6)

June 12-16, 1-3pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $45; Non-Member: $50
Join us as we explore the cool careers and interesting hobbies that have made Barbie the strong leading lady she is today. We will make human and Barbie-sized accessories, meet some real life professionals from Barbie’s many careers, and try a few of Barbie’s favorite hobbies. Students will take part in a song writing workshop and perform their original creation at the end of the week.

Flashback Art (Grades 3-6)

June 19-23, 1-4pm (10/20) **FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
Instructor: Marci Schroeder
Member: $55; Non-Member: $60
Ready for a crazy art adventure? Students will travel back in time to learn about different artists, such as Andy Warhol and Edgar Degas, and create works of art inspired by their techniques.

Old McDonald’s Farm (Grades K-2)

June 19-23, 1-3pm (10/20) 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
From farm to plate, there is a lot of work to be done! Come learn how farmers started in Nebraska and see how much has changed. Together we will make butter, plant a crop, and learn how to work with farm animals.

Junior Park Rangers (Grades 3-6)

June 26-30, 1-3pm (15/30) **FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Glaciers, volcanoes, deserts—oh my! Each day we will travel across the United States to discover a new National Park. We will learn what they have to offer and how we can preserve their beauty. Students will also watch National Parks Adventures 2D on our large format screen.

Lego Mania (Grades 3-6)

July 6, 9 am-4 pm (8/15)**FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
July 7, 9am-4pm (8/15)

Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
For 85 years, Legos have been sparking our imagination. Show off what you can create as we compete in Lego challenges, make Lego artwork, and design your very own Lego game to take home at the end of the day!
Note: Students need to bring their own lunch. Two snacks will be provided.

Blast Off! (Grades 1-3)

July 10-14, 10 am-12 pm (10/20) **FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
The Milky Way Galaxy is full of stars, planets, and mysteries. With the help of our planetarium, we will learn all about what makes our galaxy so extraordinary, why the Earth orbits the sun, and the differences between solar and lunar eclipses.

Meet the Presidents (Grades 4-6)

July 10-14, 10 am-12 pm (10/20) 
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
This class will blend fact with fun! Discover little known details about the presidents’ private lives and public accomplishments. We will tour Air Force One, get to know the First Ladies and presidential children, and learn secrets of the White House. Students will make a 3D puzzle of the White House, participate in White House traditions, and more!

Museum Explorers (Grades 1-2)

July 17-21, 10 am-Noon (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Each day will take us on a new adventure around the Museum. We will look at bird beaks and feet, hit the Overland Trails with the pioneers, make magnetic car tracks, craft a storytelling bag, and look at layers of the ocean. Music, snacktivities, art projects, games, and scavenger hunts will make these topics come alive!

Abracadabra (Grade PreK)

July 17-21, 10 am-Noon (10/20) **FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
July 17-21, 1-3pm (10/20)
Instructors: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Dust off your wand—it’s time for some magic! Students will learn fun tricks, astonishing illusions, and conduct enchanting science experiments all week long. We will end our class with a magic show for friends and family!

Journey to Space (Grades 4-6)

July 24-28, 10 am-Noon (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
It has been 45 years since anyone has stepped onto the moon, but why? How has space travel evolved though the years? To help us answer these questions and many more we will build our own rockets, interact with planetarium shows, and speak to a space expert.

Natural Wonders (Grades K-2)

July 24-28, 10 am-Noon (15/30)**FULL, WAITING LIST AVAILABLE**
Instructors: Russanne Hoff
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Join us for a week that is part observation and part imagination as we journey through the wonders of nature. We will discover surprises above and below ground while exploring the world around us, including the Nature Nook Exhibit. Your child will make a nature journal, paint with natural objects, learn to identify clouds, make paper from scratch, and so much more!

Film Fest (Grades 3-6)

July 31-Aug. 4, 9 am-Noon (10/20)
Instructors: Russanne Hoff
Member: $55; Non-Member: $60
A new film will come alive each day as we explore Extreme Weather 3D, Earthflight 2D, D-Day D, Lewis and Clark 2D, and a surprise movie! We will conduct weather experiments, take part in our own bird migration, go on a reconnaissance mission, and join Lewis and Clark’s expedition across the country.

Prehistoric Kingdom (Grades K-1)

July 31-Aug. 4, 10 am-Noon (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $35; Non-Member: $40
Who ruled the land and who controlled the oceans millions of
years ago? Together we will find and study the fossils of prehistoric creatures to answer these questions. Join us as we learn about a new prehistoric creature each day through songs, games, and crafts.