Lincoln Children's Museum Make Believe Midnight

Children and their parents watch the balloon drop last year during the Make Believe Midnight celebration at Lincoln Children's Museum. This year's event is Sunday night.

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The following is a rundown of family activities for the week of Dec. 29-Jan. 4:


Early New Year's Eve party -- 2-3 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.


Bilingual story time -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Book: "Un Dia De Nieve" by Ezra Jack Keats. Free.

"The Story of Ferdinand" story time -- 11-11:30 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5150 O St. and SouthPointe Pavilions locations. Free.


New Year's Eve closings -- Lincoln Public Libraries, Lincoln Children's Museum (will open at 6:30 p.m. for special ticketed event), University of Nebraska State Museum and Morrill Hall, Nebraska History Museum, Homestead National Monument of America closes at 2 p.m., Pioneers Park Nature Center closes at 3 p.m.

Make Believe Midnight -- family-friendly event, 6-8:30 p.m., Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Dance party, bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop. $10/members, $13/non-members. Register at 402-477-4000 or


New Year's closings -- Lincoln Public Libraries, Lincoln Children's Museum, University of Nebraska State Museum and Morrill Hall, Nebraska History Museum, Homestead National Monument of America, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Nebraska State Capitol


Celebrate Star Wars: Light Saber Training -- with the Husker Saber Academy, 10:30-11:30 a.m. and 3-4 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, auditorium, 136 S. 14th St. Light saber duel, training and obstacle course. All day Star Wars movie.

Library storytimes -- Toddler: 10, 10:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Gere Branch; 10:30 a.m., Bethany Branch. Preschool: 7 p.m., Eiseley Branch. Wee Workouts (preschool): 10:30 a.m., Eiseley Branch. 

Build a New Year LEGO event -- build with LEGOS and enjoy a family-friendly movie, 2-4 p.m., South Branch Library, 2675 South St.


Library storytimes -- Baby: 10 a.m., Gere Branch. Toddler: 10:35  a.m., Eiseley and Gere Branches. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson and Eiseley Branches.


Library storytimes -- Baby: 10:30 a.m., Walt Branch; 6:30 p.m., Gere Branch. Toddler: 10 and 10:35 a.m., Gere Branch; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley Branch. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Bethany and Eiseley Branches.

Pop in storytime -- "Musical Zoo," 4:4-3:30 p.m., University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St. Free with regular museum admission.

Shows and exhibits

Planetarium astronomy shows -- "Firefall" 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. "Solar Superstorms" noon Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; "Big Red Sky Tour," 1 p.m. Saturdays. Additional shows of "Firefall," 11 a.m. Dec. 29 and Jan. 2-5; :Solar Superstorms," noon Dec. 29 and Jan. 2-5, University of Nebraska Museum of Natural History, Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets. 402-472-2641.

Hyde Observatory shows -- 7-10 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free. Reservations available for Monday-Thursday nights. 402-441-7094. The Observatory will be closed Dec. 30 in observance of the holidays.

Coming up

First Friday Family Night -- 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 5, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. String Beans CD release "Kiss a Fish," 6 p.m. Regular museum admission.

Winter Walkabout -- 2:30 p.m. Jan. 6, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, 11700 SW 100th St., Denton. Free.




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 email to


Calendars clerk

Jane Swanson handles calendars and is a news clerk.

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