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Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum

The Nebraska150 Celebration’s “Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum” will visit Hastings during Kool-Aid Days 2017, Aug 12 & 13.

The museum will be set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday August 12 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday August 13, in the Hastings Museum parking lot.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. While exhibits in the Mobile Children’s Museum are intended for children ages 5-12, audiences of all ages are welcome.

The Mobile Children’s Museum is on a 26-week, 42-community tour across Nebraska now through October 2017.

First Lady Shore said, “We created the Mobile Children’s Museum to provide a fun, hands-on learning experience for children who may not normally be able to easily access a children’s museum. Through play, interactivity and the latest technology, Nebraska’s children will explore their heritage and envision their futures. We hope the experience will help power the imagination and create an excitement about learning.”

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Shore added, “We could not have accomplished this enormous undertaking without the support and guidance of the Omaha Children’s Museum. We are incredibly grateful for their partnership and the expertise they brought to the project. It’s only appropriate that we kick-off the tour in their backyard – the beginning of our 26-week, 42-community tour across Nebraska.”

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The Mobile Children’s Museum is contained in a 53-foot, state-of-the-art, custom air-ride, double-expandable trailer that is specially designed and outfitted for traveling museum exhibits. The unit is climate controlled, has GPS tracking, Wi-Fi, its own generator and is ADA accessible.

Interior exhibits will include areas where kids will build shelters and test them in a wind chamber or earthquake simulator, design their own 10-acre homestead, test their knowledge of Nebraska, create their own movie, explore toys from the past, craft their own postcards and more.

Exhibits will also surround the exterior of the trailer, allowing for optimal play and learning space. Those exhibits will include a timed “chore” challenge obstacle course, foam block invention area, toy creation station and more.

The Mobile Children’s Museum is sponsored in part by Children’s Hospital, First National Bank, Peter Kiewit Foundation, BNSF, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America – Nebraska Chapter, AGC Nebraska Building Chapter, TransCanada and Nebraska Educational Savings Trust (NEST 529).

More information about the Nebraska150 Celebration is available at www.ne150.org on Facebook at facebook.com/nebraska150 and Twitter @ne150.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Nebraska150 Celebration Executive Director Regan Anson said, “We want to extend our sincere thanks to all of the communities involved for agreeing to partner with us on this initiative. A project of this magnitude requires a huge commitment on the part of the communities we will visit, including extensive volunteer support. We are grateful to all of our partners for taking on this project and look forward to ‘Truckin’ Through Nebraska’ in 2017!”

If you would like to volunteer for
‘Truckin’ Through Nebraska’ in Hastings
please contact:

Hastings Museum’s Volunteer Coordinator
Katie Karr | 402.461.2399 | kkarr@hastingsmuseum.org

 

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