Family Fun


Together the nation’s more than 2,500 YMCAs are the largest not-for-profit community service organizations in America, working to meet the health and social service needs of 18.9 million men, women and children in 10,000 communities in the United States. Y’s are for people of all faiths, races, abilities, ages and incomes. No one is turned away for inability to pay. YMCAs’ strength is in the people they bring together. You can find a YMCA near you in Hastings (31 miles from Giltner) and Grand Island, Nebraska (25 miles from Giltner).

  • Hastings Phone: 402-463-3139
  • Grand Island Phone: 308-395-9622

Leadership Center

You can find everything you need at the Leadership Center in Aurora, NE (12 miles). They have twenty-eight motel-type rooms in Kiewit Lodge. There is a wide variety of delicious food choices which are served in the dining room. They also have small breakout rooms and large auditoriums. Their recreations consist of an indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, volleyball and basketball courts that provide year-round fun. Outdoor sand volleyball, horseshoes, paddle boats and fishing add hours of pleasure to your visit. Golf courses and tennis courts are close by for your enjoyment. For more information, call (402) 694-2979.

Edgerton Explorit Center

The Edgerton Explorit Center Exists to instill and nurture in all people the joy of scientific discovery and exploration through hands-on learning experiences. Located in Dr. Harold Edgerton’s home town of Aurora, NE (12 miles) the EEC inspires kids age 2 to 92 through exciting activities and state-of-the-art programming. Come join them as they help you see through the eyes of discovery. For more information, call (402) 694-4032.

Stuhr Museum

Praised as “one of the top ’10’ places to relive America’s past” by Good Housekeeping magazine, Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer offers a hands-on living history experience that tells the story of early town building in Nebraska. Stuhr Museum is a world-class, nationally recognized educational and cultural institution, an outdoor living museum in Grand Island, Nebraska (25 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (308) 385-5316.

Bremer Center

The Bremer Center is an organized athletic facility for adults as well as children. They also facilitate many meetings for the Hamilton County area. Located in Aurora, Nebraska (12 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (402) 694-2035.

Great Platte River Archway Monument

The Great Platte River Archway Monument is a bridge that pays tribute to the perseverance and ingenuity that developed our wonderfully diverse culture and dynamic American heritage and culture. Located in Kearney, Nebraska (Approximately 55 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (877) 511-ARCH.

Hastings Museum/Lied Super Screen Theatre/J.M. McDonald Planetarium

The Hastings Museum, Lied Theatre, and J.M. McDonald Planetarium are located at 14th St. & Burlington Ave (Approximately 31 miles from Giltner). For more information, call (402) 461-4629 or (800) 508-4629.