The following is a rundown of family activities for the week of Dec. 8-14:


Cookies with Mrs. Claus and the Elves -- 4-7 p.m., Scheel's, 2960 Pine Lake Road. Decorate cookies, face painting, photos with Mrs. Claus.

IndiExplore -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. "Musical Petting Zoo" with special guests Harris Academy of the Arts. Music exploration session based on their Kindermusik program. Free.

Family movie night -- "The Polar Express," 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane. Wear your pajamas, bring a sleeping bag, pillow and blanket. Bring a treat to share. A craft project is included. Open to the public.


Breakfast with Santa -- 8-11 a.m., Atrium of the Candy Factory, between Seventh and Eighth streets on P Street. Breakfast catered by Lazlo's, coffee from The Mill, holiday music by pianist Dorothy Applebee, pictures with Santa, visit Santa's sleigh and reindeer, toy trains, entertainment by Elf friends from The Haymarket Theatre. $6/ages 4 and older, free for ages 3 and younger. Tickets may be purchased at door as available.

Bilingual story time -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Book: "Happy Hanukkah, Curious George."

"Olaf's Frozen Adventure" story time -- 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5150 O St. and SouthPointe Pavilions locations. Free.

Christmas on the Farm -- 1-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Dec. 28, Wessels Living History Farm, York. 402-710-0682.

Christmas in Wonderland -- 2-4 p.m., The Rabbit Hole Bakery, 800 Q St. Family-friendly cookie decorating event. $5/person, includes two sugar cookies and buttercream icing for decorating and a mug of peppermint hot cocoa. Decorating tools provided. First-come, first-served, limited to 30.

Family movie night: "An American Tail" -- 5-7 p.m., The Black Cat House, 1601 B St. Free, open to public.

Holiday on Ice -- Star City Figure Skating Club members and special guest Santa Claus, 5:30 p.m., John Breslow Ice Hockey Center, 433 V St. $7/person, ages four and younger/free.


GrinchFest 2017 -- annual fundraiser for Food Bank of Lincoln, 8:30 and 9 a.m. (doors open 8 a.m.), Lincoln Grand Theater, 1101 P St. Movies: "Home Alone" and "Elf." Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Admission is a donation of four non-perishable food items per person. Seating is limited.

Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 annual Children's Christmas Party -- noon-5 p.m., Pinnacle Bank Arena, west Haymarket. Doors open at noon, entertainment at 1 p.m. and Santa arrives at 2 p.m. Each child receives a free goodie bag. Free to all youth.

Historic Ferguson House holiday tour -- 1-5 p.m., 700 S. 16th St. Free.

Winter Wonderland story times -- 1:30 p.m., Eisley Branch Library; 4 p.m. Bennett Martin Public Library. Free.

Nebraska state tree lighting and carol sing -- 2-3 p.m.; music prelude, 1:30 p.m., Nebraska State Capitol, enter at south entrance (H Street). Free.

Holiday Ice Showcase -- Star City Figure Skating Club outdoor program, 5 p.m., Railyard Ice Rink, Canopy Street. Free.

World Wide Candle Lighting Day -- for those who have experienced the death of a child, their family and friends, 6:45 p.m., Bryan College of Health Sciences, 5035 Everett St.


No library storytimes in December.


Children's storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Book: "Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins."


No Library storytimes in December.


No Library storytimes in December.

Railyard Holiday Movie Night -- "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 6:30 p.m., The Railyard, 350 Canopy St. Free.

Shows and exhibits

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" the musical -- 7 p.m. Dec. 15, 22: 2 p.m. Dec. 17, 23; 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, The Rose Theater, 2001 W. Farnam St., Omaha. 402-345-4849.

Planetarium astronomy shows -- "Into the Deep" 11 a.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. "The Dark Matter Mystery Exploring a Cosmic Secret" noon Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays shows begin Sunday through Nov. 26. University of Nebraska Museum of Natural History, Mueller Planetarium, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets. 402-472-2641. Planetarium closed on UNL home football game days.

Hyde Observatory shows -- 8-10 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free. Reservations available for Monday-Thursday nights. The Observatory will be closed Dec. 23 and 30. 402-441-7094.

Coming up

"The Nutcracker" -- Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company annual production, 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 16; 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. 402-441-0739.

Camp Sonshine Christmas open house -- 3-7 p.m. Dec. 17, 13440 S. 25th St., Roca. Gingerbread house making, Christmas carols and fun. Free.

Christmas with the Cows -- 4-6 p.m. Dec. 17, Darby Springs Farm, 414 County Road 15, Ceresco. Live animals, seasonal ice creams, hot cocoa, coffee floats, decorate Christmas cookies, caroling, bonfire. Live Nativity shows at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Free. Donations to Raymond Central School Backpack Program.

Santa & His Reindeer -- 3-7 p.m. Dec. 19, Super Saver Foods, 840 Fallbrook Ave.


Candy House Funshop -- all materials provided, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Members: $25/house; non-members: $30/house; take home kit/$25. For dates, times and registration call 402-477-4000.

Breakfast with Santa -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Masonic Temple, 16th and L streets. All-you-can eat pancakes, sausages, fruit cup and beverage. Hosted by Bethel #5 Job's Daughters International. Fundraiser for HIKE (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment). Contact Karen Swisher, 402-202-7113 or Krisa828@7113.

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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