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And so excited about summer 2022. Scroll down to check out our schedule of 20 super cool Summer Fun classes. Each class name listed below is a red link so you can register and pay online. Registration is now open to Members only. Non-Member registration begins March 15.

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We are thrilled to announce our 2022 schedule of summer classes for kids! We welcome all school-age learners and offer a variety of programs designed for students PreK–6 to explore the Hastings Museum.

The Ashley Kulwicki Scholarship is available for students to participate in the Hastings Museum’s Summer Fun program. To apply, students must qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program. Funds are limited. The scholarship covers 2/3 of the class fee. You owe the other 1/3 at the time of registration. Limit one scholarship per person.

REMEMBER:
Members can register now.  Registration for Non-Members begins on March 15.  If you want to pay with cash or check, please download and complete the registration forms below. Forms can be dropped off at the Museum or mailed to Hastings Museum, 1330 N. Burlington Ave., Hastings, NE 68901.

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2022 Class Prices Members Non-Members
Museum Inspired Art $50 $60
Art Mania $50 $60
All Other Classes $40 $50
Grandparents Camp $30 per student; adults free

Fees are due at time of enrollment and are refundable up to 7 days prior to the first day of class. 

Art Explosion (Ages 4-5)  FULL
June 6-10, 1-3 pm (8/15)  FULL, but please feel free to call (402) 461-2399 and get your name on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, we’ll try to schedule an additional section of this class. 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Calling all junior artists! Grab some paint and splatter into the world of art with us this
week. Each day we will get messy and make a new work of art to take home. Exploding
galaxies, smash bomb paintings, and tie dye creations are just a few masterpieces we
will create in class. Note: Please send students in old clothes and shoes. Though we
will do our best to contain our mess, we will be working with materials that will not wash
out of clothing.


Storybook Kitchen (1-2)
June 6-10, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Marie Law
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
“Pizza is the best food, It’s a scientific fact,” according to Pipo in Every Night is Pizza
Night. Edgar, Allan, and Poe find beets revolting, but have you ever tried hot pink
pasta? Join us each day as we read a new book that will be the setting for our
storybook kitchen and craft projects.


Science Investigators (3-6)
June 6-10, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Calling all curious kids! Ever wonder about what will happen when you combine this
with that? Wonder no more! We will experiment with food to find out how good our
noses are, dissect diapers to learn about absorbent materials, find out how quickly we
react to dropping objects, test the bounciness of balls, see how quickly we can de-color
candy, and more!


Animal Take Over (K-2)  FULL
June 20-24, 1-3 pm (10/20) FULL, but please feel free to call (402) 461-2399 and get your name on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, we’ll try to schedule an additional section of this class. 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Each day we will travel to a different ecosystem and discover what animals live there.
We will investigate why beavers build dams, how arctic animals survive the cold, and
how animals in the desert find water. We will end our week of animal exploration by
creating our own animals to take home.


Museum Adventures (4-6)
June 20-24, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Each day will be a new adventure at the Museum! We’ll explore our exhibits on Museum
Exhibit Monday, go back in history during Time Travel Tuesday, explore the great
outdoors on What’s in Nature Wednesday, see a large format film during Theatre
Thursday, and end the week in our planetarium with Five Star Friday.


Science Detectives (K-1)  FULL
June 27-July 1, 1-3 pm (10/20) FULL, but please feel free to call (402) 461-2399 and get your name on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, we’ll try to schedule an additional section of this class. 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
There has been a crime at the Museum and we need your help! First, detectives will
learn how to find patterns in fingerprints and shoe prints, take a look at their DNA,
conduct science experiments to figure out unknown ingredients, and more. After the
training is completed, we will use their skills to help us solve the crime!


Nature’s Forecasters (2-3)
June 27-July 1, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Marie Law
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Can animals predict the weather? Are animal forecasters as accurate as technology?
You will find out when you investigate animal folklore and create a weather forecasting
station to confirm or refute the folklore.


Art Mania (4-6)
June 27-July 1, 1-3 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $50; Non-Member: $60
Join us for a week of art, art, and more art! We will use our imaginations to build 3D
plants, form faux fossils (that look pretty real!), make movable art, construct colorful
cityscapes, create a reverse pastel painting, and more!


Fairy Tale Adventures (Ages 4-5)
July 11-15, 10 am-12 pm (8/15)
Instructor: Marie Law
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Go on an adventure each day as we recreate a new fairy tale from around the world.
Follow our heroes and heroines as they get stuck to a goose and are covered in
feathers, use flower petals as a boat, conquer monsters on distant islands, or have a
magical pasta pot.


Brickmania (K-1)  FULL
July 11-15, 10 am-12 pm (10/20) FULL, but please feel free to call (402) 461-2399 and get your name on a waiting list. If there is enough interest, we’ll try to schedule an additional section of this class. 
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
It’s time to get building! We will bring a LEGO brick cupcake to life, try our hand at
building in the dark, and explore our new exhibit, “Let’s Build.” Each day will also have
its own special building challenge to tackle and a brick magic trick to master. Students
will make a travel friendly LEGO brick kit to take home.


Museum-Inspired Art (2-3)
July 13, 9 am-4 pm (10/20)
Instructors: Becki Kulwicki and Jenna Hermann
Member: $50; Non-Member: $60
Students will explore multiple mediums of art on display at the Museum. This class is a
hands-on walk through time with an art twist! Students will examine different types of
pottery and create their own pinch pot. We will also gather materials from nature with a
variety of textures for print making. To end our day, students will create their own
American Indian-inspired weaving.

NOTE: Snacks will be provided, but students need to bring their own lunch.


Underwater Art (K-1)  FULL
July 18-22, 10 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Marie Law
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
One fish, two fish, 3D fish! Spend the week under the sea as we create underwater
treasures, fashion a fish dish, construct a koi kite, shape a shark puppet, and
experiment with various media to build three-dimensional aquatic creatures.


Junior Brickineers (2-3)  FULL
July 18, 9 am-4 pm (10/30)
Instructors: Katie Karr and Russanne Hoff
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Think you can build a brick creation in the dark? What about constructing a suspension
bridge capable of holding a soup can? Come test out your skills, play in the “Let’s Build”
exhibit, and learn a few new tricks to use in future challenges. We will also build a
LEGO brick kit to take home to continue mastering our skills.

NOTE: Snacks will be provided, but students need to bring their own lunch.


Brickineering Masters (4-6)
July 20, 9 am-4 pm (10/30)
Instructors: Katie Karr and Russanne Hoff
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Our brickineering masters will take on our hardest brick challenges yet! Some include
making a carnival ride that moves, inventing a brick-based Rube Goldberg machine,
and constructing the tallest building to survive extreme weather conditions. We will also
explore our new “Let’s Build” exhibit and build a travel size LEGO brick kit to take home.

NOTE: Snacks will be provided, but students need to bring their own lunch.


Grandparents Camp (Ages 4-10)
This class is full, but you are welcome to put your name on a waiting list in case there are cancellations. Call (402) 461-2399.
July 21-22, 9 am-1 pm (8/18)
Instructors: Russanne Hoff and Amy Sandeen
$30/student; Adults free
Online registration is not available for this class.
What is happening under our feet? Who walked these paths before us? Kids and their
“grandpeople” will find answers to these questions and more during two days of
discovery together! This camp will include free choice time indoors and outdoors, story
time, guided outdoor exploration, creative activities, and take-home ideas. Participants
need to bring their own lunch. The Museum and Prairie Loft will provide healthy snacks
both days. Each grand person can bring up to three grandchildren.

NOTE: Camp takes place at Hastings Museum on July 21 and at Prairie Loft on July 22.


Museum Mix-It-Up (K-1)
July 25-29, 10 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Russanne Hoff
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Each day will be a new adventure at the Museum! We’ll explore our exhibits on Museum
Exhibit Monday, get our mad science on during Test Tube Tuesday, take part in Wacky
Wednesday (who knows what will happen!), see a large format film during Theatre
Thursday, and end the week in our planetarium with Five Star Friday.


Movie Making (4-6)
July 25-29, 10 am-12 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Marie Law
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Do you have a creative story to tell or want people to know more about your favorite
exhibit in the Museum? Create a short film project with iMovie. Learn to organize a short
story film from storyboard to filming, editing and production. We will be using iPads the
Museum provides. The last day of class we will be sharing our short films at our own
mini film fest.


Space Cadets (2-3)  FULL
July 26, 9 am-4 pm (10/20)
Instructor: Katie Karr
Member: $40; Non-Member: $50
Junior space cadets will go through astronaut training and learn how rockets work by
building their own to launch. Once in space, we will investigate the Moon’s surface,
learn why robots are used and how we control them from Earth, conduct experiments to
see how satellites stay in orbit, and so much more!

NOTE: Snacks will be provided, but students will need to bring their own lunch.

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