The following is a rundown of family activities for the week of Nov. 3-9:


First Friday Family Night -- 5-7:30 p.m., Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. "Thanksgiving Extravaganza." Regular admission.

The Salvation Army Harvest Festival -- chicken noodle dinner, 5:30 p.m.; live auction, 6:30 p.m., Salvation Army, 2625 Potter St. Family friendly event with music by the Root Marm Chicken Farm Jug Band and a bake sale. Tickets available at door: $6/adults, $4/ages 4-12, ages 3 and younger/free. All proceeds benefit programs of Salvation Army.

Parents Night Out -- 6-9 p.m., Lincoln Children's Museum. Leave your children with museum staff to enjoy special activities. For ages 3-10. Drop-off begins at 5:30 p.m.


Bilingual English-Spanish story time -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St.

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch -- 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Camp Fontanelle, 9677 Country Road 3, Fontanelle (off Highway 91). $5/ages 3-11, $7/ages 12 and older and ages 2 and younger are free. Additional charge for zipline and laser tag. Concessions available for purchase.


Dia de Los Muertos event -- 1-7 p.m., venues throughout Lincoln. Begins at 1 p.m. with mayor's proclamation on north steps of Nebraska State Capitol and activities conclude from 5-7 p.m. at UNL Student Union, 1400 R St. Activities during day at Nebraska History Museum, 131 Centennial Mall North; Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. and Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. Free.


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.


Children's storytime -- 10-11 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Book: "Pumpkin Soup."


Library storytimes -- Toddler: 10:30 a.m., Walt; 10:35 a.m. Eiseley and Gere. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Eiseley. Baby: 10 a.m., Gere.


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

Shows and exhibits

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 -- 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free. Reservations available for Monday-Thursday nights. 402-441-7094.


Princess Power -- 6-8 p.m. Nov. 10, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Bring your favorite princess or prince for special activities. $20/child/members, $25/child/non-members (adults are free).

Nocturnal November -- 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 10, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center, 11700 SW 100th St., Denton. Walk to listen for owls, coyotes and more. $5/person, $8/family. 402-797-2301.

Coming up

Lincoln City Libraries holiday closing -- Nov. 10-11 in observance of Veterans Day.

IndiExplore -- 10 a.m. Nov. 10, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Theme: Pumpkin Soup, story and kid make pumpkin soup with Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln. Free.

Jurassic Quest -- 3-8 p.m. Nov. 10, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Nov. 12, Lancaster Event Center, Pavilion I, 4100 N. 84th St.

Prairie Pines Celebrate Fall -- 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; scavenger hunt, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 11, Prairie Pines, 3100 N. 112th St. Nature Ninja Course for kids. Free.

Investigate: Second Saturday Science Lab -- "Scientific Illustration," 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 11, Morrill Hall, University of Nebraska State Museum, 14th and Vine streets. Regular museum admissio.







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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