A move and then a delay has not slowed down the Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska summer camps.
Officially opening to the public July 2, the museum has kept up with its weekly Sizzling Summer ScienceNature Camps since the first full week of June, excluding July 1–5 because of the Fourth of July.
The July 9–12 camp, Dinosaurus=Funasaurus, was the first camp after public opening.
Deb Boesen, executive director of the museum, lined up dinosaur-focused activities for the week, including making toy footprints in clay, doing a dinosaur egg hunt in the park and making art with paint and dinosaur-shaped stamps in the camp space next to the museum.
“My dinosaur is purple,” said one kid, as they decorated their paper.
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“I am going to redo my pterodactyl,” said another.
“I think we need some more paint,” said a third.
But when the kids got back to the museum space, they got back to playing in the in the new museum space in the lower level of Allen’s Superstore.
Previously, the museum at the Imperial Mall, but moved because of the recent closure. Original plans were to open the museum in early June, but issues with supply orders pushed the public opening back to early July.
As of now, the museum is mostly done, according to Boesen. They are still waiting on a climbing wall, after receiving a defective one. Boesen also said some toys had to be re-ordered.
The museum now has a city façade, including a mini Allen’s Superstore, a bank, a pizzeria and a veterinarian. Each is equipped with playthings, like a toy ATM for the bank and a toy oven for the pizzeria.
On the other side of the museum space is a farm play area. Kids were planting toy vegetables in a box outside of the red barn structure.
The barn also has chickens with eggs under them and horse heads to practice putting halters on.
“As they’re playing, they’re learning,” Boesen said.
Boesen said that while the museum is different, she is content with how this one is turning out.
“I’m prejudiced. I love them both but this is good,” she said.
Boesen said the museum will have a grand opening ceremony Aug. 4.