Hey, all — today’s entry is from Andrea Weed — one of the great volunteers here at the Museum! She volunteered for a couple hours today and had a fun experience with some of our visitors on this blustery March day….
Considering the weather today, folks thought was a good day to come tour the museum. Ages 2 to seniors today! The children had a great time sketching the tablets in the gallery, and trying on the bunker gear and climbing on the toy box. It is always a pleasure visiting with those that come to visit, where they are from, etc. One lady was from Calif. She was here with her family who were originally from NE, and she had never experienced the neat things we have to offer here, reading about the history of the fire service, etc. She took great pictures of the kids, and will have something for them to forever treasure about their visit.
…SO… if you’re interested in having a fun time with the visitors at the Nebraska Firefighters Museum, like Andrea, give me a call at 308-338-FIRE(3473) or connect with me via our Volunteer page!
So far this year, already, it’s been so much fun to see the calendar starting to fill up with special community events for this spring & early summer! The Museum boasts a couple community rooms that are available to rent out (at really affordable rates!) for any number of special events — like ………. BIRTHDAY PARTIES!!
The very first birthday party we had at the Nebraska Firefighters Museum was for 21 third-grade boys — and let me tell you — it was a BLAST!! Not only was it fun for me & my staff to engage the whole group with interesting & educational firefighting stories, but it was also wonderful for the kids to get to spend some time around the big candy-apple red trucks, to get a storytime with Smokey Bear, to suit up in bunker gear & play on a toy truck, and to just have some FUN while they were learning (shhh… don’t tell them that it was actually a LEARNING opportunity, too!)
Besides — best of all — the MOM was absolutely thrilled to not have to clean the house for the party & to not have to decorate & to not have to come up with something… ANYTHING… to entertain the gaggle of little guys & to not have to clean up the aftermath! “Priceless” is how many of the moms sum it up!
Since that first party of little “future firefighters” we’ve had the privilege of hosting many birthday parties for boys & girls ages 2 to 85!
Most parties look like this:
- Attendees arrive!
- Cake & ice cream are served!
- Gallery tour (at a reduced group rate!) — dress up, scavenger hunt, fire hazard find, play on toy fire truck, handcranked siren, etc!)
- when available: Meet a REAL firefighter — photos & high-fives!!
- when desired: Pinata!
- Gift-opening & goodie bags distributed!
- Free-play in Gallery as attendees head home!
Most parties are between two and three hours long — but can be tailored to suit any desired structure or time frame!
So — if you’re looking for a fun, unique & memorable location for your child’s upcoming birthday, somewhere that comes already cleaned & decorated, somewhere that can offer a built-in educational & entertaining activities for all ages to enjoy, somewhere that can have all the party “extras” (like themed plates, cups, napkins, balloons, pinatas, goodie bags & goodies, etc!) all in one place & ready for you when you arrive… We’re the place for you!!
So, be sure to check out our “Events” tab for more information about the Party Room at the Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center — or just call 308-338-FIRE to chat with me about dates, times, pricing & available activities!
THE COOLEST PARTIES ARE AT THE HOTTEST PLACE IN NEBRASKA!
Hello, all — first of all, let me introduce “Me”:
I’m Lindsay Schluntz, the Director of the incredible (if I DO say so, myself!) Nebraska Firefighters Museum & Education Center, home of the Nebraska Firefighters & EMS Memorial and the upcoming Nebraska Firefighters Hall of Fame!
Let me just say that I feel so blessed to have been a part of celebrating the historic opening of this, the only statewide firefighters’ museum in Nebraska, in 2009, AND the only statewide memorial available for all members of Nebraska’s fire & rescue services!
How much more amazing can it get?!
Some of you I’ve had the pleasure of meeting… the rest of you, not yet! But I’ll be looking forward to meeting more of you as you come to see the place that enthusiastically tells your stories! …and speaking of stories… This little blog will be an opportunity for me to share some of the fun & exciting stories that are going on here on campus… there’s usually something fun happening here! So this will be a chance to keep you connected to what’s going on!
Do keep in mind that I love hearing back from ya’ll, so do join in the fun by commenting here on the blog, becoming a “Friend” of the Museum on Facebook, & by sharing your personal Nebraska Firefighters Museum visiting experiences here on our GuestBook!
And, hey… Fan the Flames of a Great Day!
It’s so great to see that the sun is trying to come out to melt away the snow & ice that we’ve been battling for the past few weeks! The Firefighters Museum is always a HOT place to be, so come on out, enjoy the sunshine & check out the shiny red fire trucks that have been used in Nebraska! We’re showcasing trucks from 1929-1963 right now, from Kearney, Shelton, North Loup & Snyder! ONE of those trucks was built here in Nebraska! Which one? Come find out!