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August 9-11 | This festival is the perfect time to visit the Hastings Museum. We’ve got special hours, activities & prices! The 2019 theme is Jamaican Me Smile. Join us and get in on the fun. While you’re here, don’t miss our exhibit: Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream. It tells the story of Nebraska’s famous soft drink and it’s inventor, Edwin Perkins. Remember, the activities at the Museum are just one part of Kool-Aid Days. Scroll through our schedule to find a link to the festival’s full line-up! Or download a printable version of the Museum’s 2019 Kool-Aid Days Calendar. Oh Yeah!

$5 MUSEUM ADMISSION! Each day of the festival, per person!
Theatre requires separate
 special $5 ticket per film.

Kids in front of 2 Kool-Aid Men

Museum Activities Calendar 2019

Giving Kool-Aid Man a High Five

Friday, August 9

Museum Open: 9a to 8p
Kool-Aid Up Close: 10 to 11a
Kool-Aid Stand: 1 to 5p
Solar Observing: 1 to 5p (weather permitting)
Limbo Contest: 1 to 5p (Details Below)
Planetarium Shows: Every hour 1 to 5p

Fruit & Miss Kool-Aid 2016

Saturday, August 10

Museum Open: 9a to 8p
Pineapple Ring Toss: 10a to 5p
Kool-Aid Stand: 1 to 5p
Solar Observing: 1 to 5p (weather permitting)
Still from 'Coney Island' filmSpeaker on Vintage Swimwear: 1p (Details below)
Magician in the Coney Island Exhibit: 2 to 4p (Details below)
FREE Silent Film with Piano Music: 3:15p (Details Below)
Planetarium Shows: Every hour 11a to 5p

Kids with the Kool-Aid Man

Sunday, August 11

Museum Open: 10a to 6p
Egg Drop Challenge: 1 to 4p
Kool-Aid Stand: 1 to 5p
Planetarium Shows: Every hour 11a to 5p

Limbo Contest

Fri, August 9

Kids Limboing

This activity is FREE on our front lawn. Stop by any time between 1 & 5 pm. Good old-fashioned fun. How low can you go? No need to pre-register. Find us outside the Museum near our Kool-Aid stand. Winners of each heat get put in a drawing for a special prize. Each one-hour heat starts at the top of the hour. Look for heat winners on social media! 

Pineapple Ringtoss

Sat, August 10

Pineapple Ring Toss

 HEY kids: Step right up and enjoy the fun, FREE! Show us what you got!  This activity is FREE on our front lawn. Stop by any time between 10a & 5p to see if your rubber band will be the one to break the watermelon.

Art of old swimsuit

Speaker on Vintage Swimwear

Don’t miss this 45-minute presentation from Sue McLain on swimwear from the Victorian era through the 1960s. Examples will be on display from each decade. Join us at 1p. $5 Museum admission or Membership is required for this program. First come, first seated.

Magician in the Coney Island Exhibit

We added some midway-type fun to the Coney Island from 2-4p. This activity requires $5 Museum admission or Membership.

Still from 'Coney Island' film1917 Silent Film: Coney Island

This 26-minute film is FREE in our super screen Theatre. Join us at 3:15p to for some old-time fun: a silent film with piano music! After the show, take advantage of the Museum’s special $5 Kool-Aid Days admission, and see the Coney Island exhibit before it closes!

Face Painting | AUG 9-11Face Painting

On all three days of Kool-Aid Days, the Hastings High Flag Squad will be at the Museum painting faces from 1-5 pm. Small – 50 cents
Large – $1


Kids pouring Kool-Aid at the Kool-Aid Stand

Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream Exhibit
Exhibit open daily at Hastings Museum. Enter the life of Edwin Perkins, the inventor of Kool-Aid, through the thriving general store, where this young entrepreneur began the journey of creating the soft drink that became famous around the world.


Kool-Aid Socks & more in the Museum Store

The Museum Store
Kool-Aid socks, mugs, and color-changing tumblers, as well as hand-crafted items and exclusive Peggy Karr glass designs! So many choices!

Full Festival Schedule: Kool-Aid Days Website

Check back soon for information on the 2019 Kool-Aid Days!

Kool-Aid is a registered trademark of Kraft Heinz.

  1. Joanne Kolbe says:

    Is the Kool aid store on line? I LOVE Kool aid! I drink a package every day or two. I even have a Kool aid pitcher doll. Had several but gave them as presents to new babies in the family. I am really going to try to come to see the exhit,,but I am handy capped and not sure I can make it. That’s why i hope the store is on line.

  2. Patti Bessey says:

    Do u have senior discount

  3. Our Kool-Aid days admission is already discounted. Our regular admission is Adult:$8.00 | Senior:$7.00 | Child: $6.00. During Kool-Aid days admission is $5 for everyone!

  4. Unfortunately our store is not online. However you can call 402.461.2399 and order over the phone. You would have to pay shipping and handling.

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