Excerpt from Winter issue of Connect Member Newsletter
You are never too old for Holiday Traditions
There’s a unique attribute that comes with being a children’s museum; we can purposely blur the lines between childhood and the adult world. As you prepare to celebrate the upcoming winter holidays with your family, ask yourself, “Why did I love this holiday as a child?” Give yourself permission to recall the thrill of sitting on Santa’s lap, lighting the menorah each night of Hanukkah or trimming the tree with your loved ones. For my family and I, the holidays begin as soon as I put that turkey in the roaster for Thanksgiving and end mid-January when my family and I host a post-holiday sledding party at a local state park. As we prepare for a second season of Santa’s Magic and host Celebrating Hanukkah on December 3, we hope you’ll plan to spend some of your holiday traditions here at Omaha Children’s Museum. And while you’re here, don’t be afraid to lose yourself in those childish activities of painting your face, driving the fire truck, letting the balls of the Gravitron fall on your head, riding the carousel or whatever it takes to transform you back to your yesteryears – do it! You’ll come away refreshed and excited, with a new perspective on the importance of play in the lives of children (and grown-up children!).
There’s truly no age limit to the experiences we offer this holiday season. The only limitation rests in you, and I invite you to let that limitation go and discover a world still waiting for you.
May this holiday season be bright, joyful and filled with hope and laughter. May the time spent with loved ones generate cherished memories that will last a lifetime. This truly is a magical time of year and we hope to share some of it with you.
As executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum since June of 2002, Lindy Hoyer brings 26 years of passion for reaching out to children through children’s museum work and continues striving to inspire young people to play, explore and learn.
During Hoyer’s tenure as Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum has seen fantastic growth and accomplishment from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits to completing a $6.6 million capital campaign and renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibits and seeing attendance soar to over 270,000 annually.
Hoyer participated in the inaugural Noyce Leadership Institute along with 17 science center executives from across the world. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and participates in Qm2 Roundtable for Museum Executives. Locally, she serves on the Omaha Sister City Association Board and serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for Nebraska.