Fight the summer slump by exploring the world with your kids at fun, science-related places and events in Nebraska!
Explore right here in Hamilton County
The Edgerton Explorit Center provides a hands-on, creative space for kids to explore and discover at their own speed. The center is a tribute to Dr. Harold Edgerton, who grew up in Aurora, Nebraska, and features many of his inventions, photography, and inspiring ideas for kids to work with. Perfect for an afternoon adventure, the Explorit Zone has over 30 different exhibits to choose from. The center is a great way to get kids excited about scientific discovery. It also features camps for all ages during the summer and special events throughout the year.
If your kids aren’t afraid of a little river water, Summer Orientation About Rivers is a summer program sponsored by the Prairie Plains Institute to engage Nebraskan students in their local environments. SOAR takes third through sixth grade students down to the Platte River and the surrounding prairies to study the flora and fauna and have a little fun in the process. SOAR is broken into two sessions, July 10-14 and July 17-21.
Programs like SOAR and places like the Edgerton Center help your kids prepare for a new school year of science classes and show them that what they learn in school is deeply connected to what they see in their environment.
From the soil to the skies of Nebraska
Want to explore beyond Hamilton County? Nebraska has science museums across the state, so no matter where in Nebraska your family travels this summer, you can always find something science-y for your kids to do.
Near Omaha, the sky’s the limit at the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, which is affiliated with Offutt Air Force Base. SAC Aerospace Museum offers day camps lasting one, three, or five days that focus on everything from Spy Games to Advanced Robotics and much more.
Want to help your kids better understand the geology and biology of a Nebraska far different than the one we experience today? Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in northeastern Nebraska displays ancient fossils and lets kids do their own digging, Ashfall also offers insight into the way experts study these discoveries. However, parents should be aware that Ashfall’s secular, old-earth viewpoint doesn’t line up with HLS curriculum.
Explore science anywhere and everywhere
Going out of state for vacation? You can find kid-friendly museums and centers through a quick Google search or through lists like this one from the Early Childhood Education Zone.
Even if you don’t get around to visiting one of these places this summer, you and your child can always stay sharp in science by exploring the world around you with the resources you have. Encourage your child to keep asking questions about their environment, and look for the answers to those questions together. Is your child is interested in a particular scientific subject? Let them check out books about the topic from the Hampton Lutheran School library during our summer reading program.
Most importantly, help kids discover the complexities of God’s creation for themselves, and encourage them to be good stewards of the miracles they find.
Psalm 24:1-2 “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it, for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.”