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June 15, 2018

Celebrate Summer at the Union Pacific Museum - July 6, 5-7 p.m.

June 15, 2018

Celebrate Summer with the UP Museum

Create, learn and play at Union Pacific Museum’s monthly family night celebrating all things summer on Friday, July 6. Make your mark at the sidewalk chalk party, and see a fire engine up close. There will be crafts, games and information about fun summer activities in Council Bluffs and Omaha. Our partners: Heartland B-cycle, Midlands Humane Society, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Pottawatamie County Conservation, Council Bluffs Fire Department, Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and Operation Lifesaver will show us how to be safe and have fun. All ages are welcome. Visitors can even grab a quick bite to eat at the hot dog cart in front of the museum.

This month, enter to win one of five free Railroad Days family passes. Railroad Days 2018 is July 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The fun-filled weekend gives families an opportunity to explore the exhibits and collections at five of the area’s railroad-themed attractions.

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2018 punch card, and check in upon arrival. Individuals who have their card stamped at least seven times this year will be eligible to win a trip for six on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. New visitors can request a card upon check in at the museum.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

Family nights at the Museum are held the first Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In addition to providing extended hours for visitors to access the museum’s range of interactive displays on railroading and the history of the west, each family night features a unique arts and learning opportunity that is fun for the entire family. Next month’s family night is August 3, when you’ll be invited to take a break from the heat and cool down with some ice crafts, the history of refrigeration on wheels and relaxing activities - all in the comfort of the museum’s AC.

Family Night with the Omaha Storm Chasers! June 1, 5-7 p.m.

May 24, 2018

The Omaha Storm Chasers will host Union Pacific Museum’s June 1 family night [at the Museum] and commemorate the proud history of baseball in the metro. Celebrating their 50th season in franchise history, the minor league team will wear five Flashback Jerseys throughout the 2018 campaign in honor of their longstanding heritage. These Flashback Jerseys will commemorate each of the organization’s five decades dating back to 1969. The Omaha Royals, Golden Spikes and Storm Chasers will all be represented over the course of the year.

During Family Night, visitors can enjoy stations memorializing the five decades throughout the museum, each station hosted by Storm Chaser staff. In addition to the flashback exhibits, the Storm Chasers will have a special exhibit for their Copa de la Diversión nights, part of the initiative where the team will play as the Cazadores de Tormentas.

"Given the Hispanic influence in our community, and in baseball, playing as the Cazadores de Tormentas is a natural thing," said Martie Cordaro, Storm Chasers president and general manager. "The Omaha Metro has one of the fastest growing Hispanic communities in the United States, and we are very excited to celebrate that at Werner Park this season."

There will also be opportunities for visitors to purchase flashback jerseys and hats, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Union Pacific Museum Association.

"We are excited to partner with the Union Pacific Museum for this free event," said Cordaro "With this year being the franchise’s 50th season, we look forward to many people learning more about our team’s history in Omaha, and specifically when Union Pacific was the principal owner of the franchise."

The Omaha Storm Chasers are in their 50th season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and play at Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska. For more information please visit www.omahastormchasers.comand follow us on Twitter @OmaStormChasersand "like" us at www.facebook.com/omahastormchasers.

Repeat guests should bring their Family Night 2018 punch card, and check in upon arrival. Individuals who have their card stamped at least seven times this year will be eligible to win a trip for six on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad in Boone, Iowa. New visitors can request a card upon check in at the museum.

Admission is free to all family nights. Donations are gladly accepted.

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