From 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, a "Fantastic Future Me" tour sponsored by the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust will open at North Platte Area Children’s Museum downtown.
The tour features a number of interactive exhibits where children envision themselves in future roles.
Opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and will be incorporated into the museum’s annual Husker Tailgate membership rally. The event will include a number of activities to inspire kids to think about their future, including a scavenger hunt, plus visitors who represent professional roles.
Free pizza and drinks will be provided after 11 a.m. by First National Bank North Platte.
As a part of the Fantastic Future Me tour, NEST is offering incentives for families to begin saving for higher education.
The first 50 families to open new accounts using a North Platte-specific promo code will receive a $25 bonus in their account. And, the owner of one new account opened will win a $1,000 NEST scholarship.
All new accounts using the North Platte code will be entered in the $1,000 drawing. Details and information on opening accounts can be found at NEST529Direct.com/futureme – click on "Maximize Your Savings" and "Drawings and Scholarships."
Before North Platte, the tour has also stopped at Kearney Area Children’s Museum, Lincoln Children’s Museum and Children’s Museum of Central Nebraska in Hastings where it was met with much success, including more than 58,000 visitors, organizers say.
Following North Platte, the tour will continue on through spring with a stop at Elkhorn Valley Museum in Norfolk.
The exhibit will be open in North Platte through Jan. 19.
“At NEST, we talk about the importance of children dreaming for their futures and parents and grandparents saving for those dreams," said Nebraska State Treasurer Don Stenberg, who is the Trustee of the Nebraska Educational Savings Trust.
"The theme fits perfectly with this traveling exhibit as children begin to explore career possibilities through Fantastic Future Me. How these children envision their futures is up to them, but the adults in their lives have a very important role to play in how the children get there.”
“NEST is committed to encouraging parents and children to dream of the future," "Recent studies have shown that children are six times more likely to attend college if they have a savings account in their name," said David Cota, Senior Managing Director of First National Bank of Omaha, the Program Manager for NEST.
To use Fantastic Future Me, children take a photo of their face using a large touch screen and camera, then drag and drop elements representing different careers and grown-up roles onto their own "Future Me."
Children can mix and match their personal interests and future aspirations to create a one-of-a-kind future self. Careers and roles range from artist to programmer, scientist to teacher, pilot and even president of the United States.
Fantastic Future Me was created by Omaha Children’s Museum and inspired by the organization’s work with Dr. Shane Lopez, Gallup Senior Scientist and an architect of the Gallup Student Poll, organizers say.
The North Platte Area Children’s Museum, 314 North Jeffers, has served the needs of children, families and schools as a center of learning and discovery since 1999 and will continue in our effort of “Making a World of Difference” through interactive play.