ZooZeum 2009

Emerson Macfee shyly approaches Augustus, a cat from the Cat House, during ZooZeum Day at the Lincoln Children's Museum in 2009. Partnerships between the museum and local organizations offer interaction with animals so kids can learn about the importance of caring for them and their habitats. Sunday is the 2012 ZooZeum.(Journal Star file photo)

Journal Star file photo

As the weather revisits a bit of its wintry chill, family activities abound this weekend -- many of them indoors.

The Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St., hosts its annual ZooZeum Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. ZooZeum Day is a partnership between the museum and several other local organizations dedicated to educating children about habitat preservation and the importance of humane treatment and interaction with animals.

ZooZeum activities are included with regular admission: $6.50 ages 2-61; $6 for seniors; $4 for 1-year-olds.

On Sunday, the University of Nebraska's monthly Sunday with a Scientist program is set for 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Morrill Hall. The theme is parasites. Activities will be led by the faculty, staff and students of the Nebraska State Museum's Parasitology Division. Scientists will teach about parasite diversity and life.

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for ages 5 to 18; free for 4 and under; and $10 for families (up to two adults and children.  Sunday with a Scientist programs are held on the third Sunday of each month.

Also happening this weekend:

* Nebraska Robotics Expo will get under way Saturday at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland. Nearly 800 elementary, middle and high school students from across the state will show off their science, engineering, technology and math skills in this competition. Opening ceremonies will be at 8:30 a.m. with competition beginning at 9 a.m. Closing ceremonies will begin at 4:15 p.m. Admission: $12 for adults; $11 for seniors and military; and $6 ages 6 to 12.

* Great Backyard Bird Count Activity Day will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pioneers Park Nature Center. The day begins with a winter bird walk at 9 a.m., followed by refreshments and programs on how to attract birds to your back yard in the Chet Ager Building. To register for the walk, call 402-441-7895.

* Marcus Theatre's Frosty Flick is "Alpha & Omega" in 2-D. Showtimes are 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday at The Grand and SouthPointe theaters. Admission is $2.

* The annual Prairie Princess Party takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Stuhr Museum in Grand Island. This year's theme is Winter Wonderland. The day includes entertainment, activities, games, music, crafts, treats and history. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for ages 6-12; and $5 for 5 and under. For more information, call 308-385-5316 or visit www.stuhrmuseum.org.

Monday is Presidents Day, and Lincoln Public Schools elementary students have the day off. The Lincoln Children's Museum is open, and will offer a daylong camp, Shocking Science. The cost of the camp is $75. To register, call 402-477-4000.

-- Erin Andersen

Friday

Storytime Spectacular -- 10:30 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2910 Pine Lake Road. Theme: Friends and Family. New titles are introduced. Free. 402-421-7979.

Saturday

Model Train Show -- presented by Lincoln Area Model Railroad Club & Museum, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Lancaster Event Center, 84th Street and Havelock Avenue. Includes tours of the Burlington Northern caboose, which was at State Fair Park. $6/adults, $5/children, ages 12 and under free with paid adult.

Frosty Flicks -- kids' winter film series, "Alpha & Omega," 10 a.m., The Grand, 1101 P St., and SouthPointe Cinema, 2920 Pine Lake Road. $2/person.

ZooZeum Day -- 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Lincoln Children's Museum. Interact with animals and learn about their care and habitats. Regular admission.

Bilingual children's storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Free.

Saturday morning movies -- 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Feb. 26, Bennett Martin Public Library, 14th and N streets, youth services area. For all ages. Bring your own movie treats. Free.

Kids' Chess Club -- noon-2 p.m., Cultiva Cafe, 727 S. 11th St. For ages 3-17.

Prairie Princess Party -- 1-4 p.m., Stuhr Museum. Magical Winter Tea Room with the Snow Queen and Jack Frost. $8/adult, $6/child, free for members. 308-385-5316.

Sunday

Frosty Flicks -- kids' winter film series, "Alpha & Omega," 11 a.m., The Grand, 1101 P St., and SouthPointe Cinema, 2920 Pine Lake Road. $2/person.

Sunday with a Scientist -- 1:30-4:30 p.m., Morrill Hall, University of Nebraska State Museum, south of 14th and Vine streets. Topic: Parasites.

Feel the Love: Sunday Family Movie nights -- 6-7:30 p.m. every Sunday in February, South Branch Library. Free.

Monday

Lincoln City Libraries -- closed today in observance of Presidents Day.

Storytime Spectacular -- 10:30 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers. Theme:Friends and Family. New titles are introduced. Free.

Tuesday

Tuesday Moms' Club -- 9:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday, Lincoln Children's Museum. Free with regular admission.

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson, Eiseley, Gere, Walt branches. Toddlers: 10, 10:35 a.m., Gere; 10:30 a.m., Walt.

Wednesday

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson, Eiseley, South, Walt branches; 2 p.m., South Branch. Toddlers: 10:30 a.m., Walt; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley.

Thursday

Lincoln City Libraries storytimes -- preschool: 10:15 a.m., Bennett Martin; 10:30 a.m., Bethany, Eiseley, Gere branches. Toddlers: 10, 10:35 a.m., Gere; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley.

University of Nebraska State Museum Morrill Hall free admission -- 4:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through February, south of 14th and Vine streets.

Shows

Paul Mesner Puppets "Flossie and the Fox" -- ends Sunday, Paul Mesner Puppet Studio, 1006 E. Linwood Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 816-235-6222.

Littleton Castle and Sir Burnie exhibit -- through April 24, Lincoln Children's Museum, Discovery Gallery. Castle, forest and nonscary dragon named Sir Burnie.

Planetarium Astronomy shows -- "Attack of the Space Pirates," 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; "Extreme Planets," 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; "Black Holes," 7 p.m. Thursdays. Admission: $8/adults, $5.50/ages 5-18, $2.50/ages 4 and under (includes admission to University of Nebraska State Museum), Mueller Planetarium. 402-472-2641.

Hyde Observatory shows -- "The Moon" and "Winter Constellations," 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Memorial Observatory. Free.

Register now

indiBEE: A Spelling Bee -- 1-5 p.m. Feb. 19, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Kindergartners through fifth-graders will be divided into three divisions; prizes awarded. Fee: $10. Limited to 30 participants. Registration at store, ends Feb. 16.

Winter Camp -- Shocking Science, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 21, Lincoln Children's Museum. $50/members, $75/non-members. www.LincolnChildrensMuseum.org, click on camps button.

American Girl Afternoon (Kanani) -- 2 p.m. Feb. 21, SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers. For girls ages 8-12. Free. Preregister: 402-421-7979.

Nature Explorers Camp -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m. March 21-25, Pioneers Park Nature Center. For ages 6-12. $150. Register by Feb. 21 and save $10. 402-441-7895.

Woodpecker Pizza Party -- 10-11:30 a.m. March 5, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Chet Ager Building. Learn about woodpeckers, go for a walk and make a suet pizza for the birds. For grades kindergarten-second. $8/child. Register by March 2. 402-441-7895.

Navigating the Ocean of Child Care -- 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. March 26, Lancaster Extension Education Center, 444 Cherrycreek Road. Conference for those who provide child care. $15. Registration required by March 18. 402-441-7180.

Workshops/classes

Breast-feeding support groups for pregnant and breast-feeding women -- contact La Leche League, Angie, 402-450-3240 or www.lllusa.org/web/LincolnNE.html or BryanLGH College of Health Sciences, 402-481-3328.

Lincoln-area Families with Multiples -- support for families with or expecting multiples. For support/information, call 402-434-6533 or www.lincolnmultiples.org.

Coming up

"Fantastic Mr. Fox" -- Feb. 25-March 13, Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St., Omaha. 402-345-4849.

Lincoln Stamp Club Stamp Show -- 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 26, continues 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 27, Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 N. Ninth St. Free admission. Information: 402-483-6626 or www.lincolnstampclub.org.

Lied FamFest -- Disney's "Choo Choo Soul," 7 p.m. March 2, Lied Center for Performing Arts. $14/regular, $7/students. 402-472-4747.

This column includes events that are of interest to families. Material must be received at least two weeks before the event. Address suggested material to Family Calendar, P.O. Box 81689, Lincoln, NE 68501 or e-mail to eandersen@journalstar.com.

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