Learn Earth's history, animals and their environments past and present at "Dinosaurs and Disasters" Saturday at the Nebraska State Museum.


The following is a rundown of family activities for the week of Feb. 2-8


Kids Dream Winter Film Series — "Despicable Me 3" (PG), 10 a.m. Friday-Sunday, Lincoln Grand Cinema, 1101 P St. and Edgewood Cinema, 5220 S. 56th St. Admission: $3. Special prices on popcorn and beverages.

Barnes & Noble storytime — 11-11:30 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble.

First Friday Family Night -- 5-7:30 p.m., Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Theme: Paw Patrol. Regular admission.

Family movie night -- "Sing," 6 p.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 7130 Kentwell Lane. Free.


Dinosaurs and Disasters — 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St. Family event. Learn Earth's history, animals and their environments past and present, travel through time in the Antarctic Time Machine and bring your rocks and fossils to be identified. Regular museum admission.

Reading with Domesti-PUPS -- 10-11 a.m., Live 360 Community Studio, Gateway Mall, 6100 O St. Free.

Bilingual story time — 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Book: "Guess How Much I Love You."

Maker Morning for Families — 10:30-11:30 a.m., Walt Branch Library, 6701 S. 14th St.

"I Am Harriet Tubman" storytime -- 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5150 O St. and SouthPointe Pavilions locations.

LEGO and DUPLO Build -- 1:30-3:30 p.m., Gere Branch Library.

Abendmusik Presents: Sing Around Nebraska -- a Children's Choir Festival concert, 3 p.m., First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St. Freewill offering.

Owl Prowl -- guided hike along Tree House Trail, learn calls of the wild, see what the owl had for lunch and a make-and-take craft, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Feb. 10, Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, 2600 Arbor Drive, Nebraska City. Regular admission. 402-873-8717.

Harry Potter book night -- 6 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, SouthPointe Pavilions. Come dressed as your favorite character, play games and more.


Storytimes for Families — 1-1:30 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library, 1530 Superior St.; 4-4:30 p.m., Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St.

LEGO Sunday -- 2-4 p.m., Eiseley Branch Library.


Library storytimes — Baby: 10 a.m., Gere Branch; 10:35 a.m., Eiseley Branch. Toddler: 10:30 a.m., Anderson Branch. Preschool: 6:30 p.m., Gere Branch.


Library storytimes — Toddler: 10, 10:35 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Gere Branch; 10:30 a.m., Bethany Branch. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., South Branch; 10:30, 11 a.m., Walt Branch; 7 p.m., Eiseley Branch. Wee Workouts (preschool): 10:30 a.m., Eiseley Branch.

Children's storytime —10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. 

Pancakes for PCAN -- 4:30-7:30 p.m., Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and School, 3825 Wildbriar Lane. Proceeds to the Pediatric Cancer Action Network, which helps local families who have a child diagnosed with cancer. Freewill offering.


Library storytimes — Baby: 10 a.m., Gere Branch. Toddler: 10:35  a.m., Eiseley and Gere branches. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Anderson, Eiseley, South and Walt 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.

Free Thursday Night admission -- 4:30-8 p.m. Thursdays in February, University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St.

Annual Abraham Lincoln Birthday celebration -- 6 p.m.; Lincoln Municipal Band concert, 7:30 p.m., Southwest High School, 7001 S. 14th St. Activities before and after the concert include historical displays, free birthday cake and music from Chris Sayre. Free.

Shows and exhibits

"The Meaning of Maggie" world premiere — through Feb. 11, The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St., Omaha. For dates, times and tickets: 402-345-4849 or rosetheater.org.

"Peter and the Starcatcher" -- Nebraska Wesleyan University Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2-3, 8-10 and 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, McDonald Theatre, Elder Memorial Speech and Theatre Center, 51st Street and Huntington Avenue.  402-465-2384 or theatre.nebrwesleyan.edu.

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. 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.

Arctic Wonderland -- daily through April 8, Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St., Omaha. Information: ocm.org.

Coming up

IndiExplore -- 10-11 a.m. Feb. 9, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Celebrate Black History Month with guests from MAMA (Midwestern African Museum of Arts). Free.

Lincoln Public Schools Spelling Bee -- 8:30-10:30 a.m. (doors open at 7:45 a.m.) Feb. 10, Culler Middle School, 5201 Vine St. Open to students in grades 5-8. Free.

Children's storytime and book signing -- with Carole Levin, 4-5 p.m. Feb. 10, Francie & Finch Bookshop, 130 S. 13th St. Levin is author of "The Secret History of How England & Elizabeth I Defeated the Spanish Armada."

Westminster Drama Camp 2018 -- for grades kindergarten through six, "The Little Mermaid," 9 a.m. March 12 to 5 p.m. March 17, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd. Register at westminsterlincoln.org.

Little Ladies Date Night -- 6-8 p.m. Feb. 16, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Fun activities and special night for little ladies and their "date" (dads, grandpas, uncles). Members: $20/couple (one adult/one girl), $5/extra guest (adult or child). Non-members: $30/couple, $10/extra guest. Register at lincolnchildrensmuseum.org.

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 eandersen@journalstar.com.


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Jane Swanson handles calendars and is a news clerk.

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