Hastings Museum has many special programs for preschool and kindergarten groups. There are program fees for for some groups, see details below.
Of course Hastings Museum has many other wonderful things for your group to see and do, including First Stars, a great introduction to the sky hosted in our planetarium. The show takes 15-20 minutes, and kids love to begin their adventure with a sunset before “waking up” with a sunrise! Be sure to check out the rest of our website to discover other areas of the Museum!
Preschool & Kindergarten Programs
Special programs for preschool groups and kindergarten classes. Call to schedule your program today, 402.461.4629!
Yee-haw! Grab your hat and have a rip roaring time at our Cowpoke Rodeo. You’ll be entered in cattle branding, corralling doggies, and barrel racing. Of course it wouldn’t be a true western experience without tall tales and music.
We’ll explore dinosaurs as we read a book, sing a song, and try to match up the dinosaur bones. Our paleontology adventure will end as we go on a hunt for dinosaur eggs.
Explore with Lewis and Clark
Join our expedition as we follow the trail of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. Grab a boat and work together on your search for a river route to the Pacific Ocean. Seaman, a most valued member of the team, guides you through a treasure hunt of animals and native artifacts.
Fins, Flippers, and Feet
Ever wonder what might tickle your toes as you dangle them in the water? Meet the museum’s underwater animals and find out what makes them swim so well in our oceans and lakes. Tour our underwater animal exhibits, join a bait ball, and make an underwater craft to take home.
Kool-Aid Kids will learn about colors as they create a work of art to take home. They will explore the story of Edwin Perkins, inventor of Kool-Aid, and take an eye-spy tour of the Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream exhibit. You can’t leave without having a Kool-Aid party snack. Oh, yeah!
Native American Children
Join us by the Pawnee village as we learn like Native American children did. We’ll listen to a Native American story, hear the drums as we learn to dance, practice using a talking stick, and make a craft to take home.
Over the Trails with Laura and Mary
Meet Laura, Mary, and the whole Ingalls family as they travel overland to their new home. Children will experience a bit of pioneer life as they pack their wagons and head west across the Plains. After the hard work of building a cabin, we’ll learn about pioneer chores and take a turn or two as Pa fiddles a reel.
Reservations are required for all programs – please contact the Museum at 402-461-4629.
Preschools within Hastings city limits: Free admission to the Museum, preschool programs, planetarium and Groundwater Discover Adventure. Special programs are an exception and may include a fee – just check with Museum staff.
Preschools outside Hastings city limits: $3.00 admission to the Museum, preschool programs, planetarium and Groundwater Discover Adventure. Special programs may have an additional fee – just check with Museum staff.
Daycares within and outside Hastings: $3.00 per person for Museum admission, which includes preschool programs, planetarium and the Groundwater Discover Adventure. Special programs may have an additional fee – just check with Museum staff.
Note: Films do require an admission fee, but there are discounts for schools and groups. Just contact the Museum for details.