Family Activities

The 2019 Central States VHF Society Conference is pleased to offer the following family activities and tours during the event.

Friday, July 26

  • We will start off the day with a bus ride to the historic General Crook House Museum and Heirloom Garden. Constructed in 1879, the Museum is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. The Italianate style house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, places you in the rooms and life of a Commanding Officer living on the edge of the Frontier in the 1880s. The garden contains nearly 100 varieties of heirloom flowers, trees and shrubs. After our visit there we will travel to the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall. Nebraska Crossing Outlet is a 376,000 square foot outdoor mall that features over 80 retail brands and restaurants. Lunch will be on your own at the outlet mall.
    Cost: $33. Includes fee to enter the Historic General Crook House Museum.
    Depart Hotel: 9:00 AM
    Return Hotel: 4:00 PM

Saturday, July 27

  • In the morning we will take a short bus ride to the Sunken Garden. The Sunken Garden was constructed in 1930-31 and is the only garden in Nebraska that is listed in the National Geographic Guide to Public Gardens 300 Best Gardens to Visit in the United States and Canada. Following this is another short bus ride to the International Quilt Museum. This museum has the world’s largest publicly held quilt collection dating from the early 1700s to present representing more than 50 countries. We will then lunch as a group at Lazlo’s located in the historic Haymarket District where everyone can order off their amazing menu with separate checks. Lazio’s offers creative comfort food served with a contemporary flair. After lunch it’s another short bus ride to the Nebraska History Museum where you can learn about life in Nebraska before it became a state, what it was like to live in Nebraska during the early years of statehood, and the moments that have affected all Nebraskans.
    Cost: $33.  This includes your admission to the International Quilt Museum.
    Depart Hotel: 9:00 AM
    Return Hotel: 3:30 PM