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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!

Preschool & Kindergarten Programs

Special programs for preschool groups and kindergarten classes. Call to schedule your program today, 402.461.4629!

Nature Explorers NEWLY REVAMPED!
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.

Bugging Out
Butterflies, beetles, and bees, oh my! Join us as we explore why bugs are great. We will sing a bug-tastic song, search for insects on exhibit, and make a bug to take home.

Cowpoke Rodeo
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.

Dinosaurs
Learn all about dinosaurs through an interactive play and a fun movement-based song. We will make our own dinosaur tails before we go look at real fossils.

Native American Children
Join us as we learn what life was like for Plains Indian children. We’ll listen to a story told by a Native American elder, play a hunting game, dance to the beat of the drum, and make a Native American craft to take home!

Program Fees

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.