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Museum-346Hastings Museum has many special programs for preschool and kindergarten groups. Our exhibits engage even the youngest children.

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!
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Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

Special programs for preschool groups and kindergarten classes. Call to schedule your program today, 402-461-2399!

Cowpoke Rodeo

Yee-haw! Get ready to have a wild time at our Cowpoke Rodeo. You’ll try your hand at branding, cattle corralling, and barrel racing. Of course, it wouldn’t be a truly western experience without a cowboy hat and some horse riding.

Dinosaurs

Little dinosaurs will learn about our prehistoric past through an interactive play. After making their dino tails, they will shake them in a fun movement-based song. We will even get to look at real fossils and learn how they travel from the dig site to a museum.

Native American Children

We will gather around the tipi as we explore the lives of young Native Americans. Children will get a peek inside an earth lodge, touch real bison objects, decorate a tipi, and end the class by dancing to the beat of a drum.

Nature Explorers

Walk through the Nature Nook to find animals that live in the water, underground, and in the air. Students will discover animals in their natural habitat while learning what they need to survive. We will do a search activity in the exhibit and stamp footprints to take home.

Program Fees

Reservations are required for all programs – please contact the Museum at 402-461-2399.

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.