The following is a rundown of family activities for the week of Nov. 24-30:



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

"Everything Is Mama" story time -- 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 5150 O St. and SouthPointe Pavilions locations.

The Santa Celebration -- 6-8 p.m., SouthPointe Pavilions, 2910 Pine Lake Road. Santa and holiday characters, music, activities, performers, refreshments and lighting the Christmas tree. 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: "Frederick."


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 -- Baby: 10:30 a.m., Walt; 6:30 p.m., Gere. Toddler: 10 and 10:35 a.m., Gerel 10:35 a.m., Eiseley. Preschool: 10:30 a.m., Bethany, Eiseley and Gere branches.

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 -- 8-10 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free. Reservations available for Monday-Thursday nights. The observatory will be closed during the week of Thanksgiving because South Shore Road into Holmes Park will be impassible due to construction. 402-441-7094.

Coming up

Library storytimes -- there will be no story times during the month of December.

Railyard Ice Rink grand opening -- 5 p.m.-midnight Dec. 1, 350 Canopy St. Free admission. Skate rental: $9/ages 12 and older, $6/children.

The Polar Express at Hogwarts special event -- 6:30 p.m.: "The Polar Express" read by Tony Esquivel at 7 p.m.; easy craft and complimentary hot chocolate Dec. 1, Barnes & Noble, 5150 O St. and SouthPointe Pavilions locations. Dress in your Harry Potter world costumes.

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" the musical -- 7 p.m. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22: 2 p.m. Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 17, 23; 2, 7 p.m. Dec. 16, The Rose Theater, 2001 W. Farnam St., Omaha. 402-345-4849.

Boy Scout Troop 25 celebrates 25th anniversary  -- open house, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 3, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Family Life Center (gymnasium), 8550 Pioneers Blvd. Displays of Boy Scout gear and memorabilia of past and present, canoes, kayaks, old and new tents, Scout handbooks, "Boys Life" magazines and uniforms. If you have items to display, contact Tim Texel, 402-420-6996.

Pop-in Story time -- "Dinosaurs," 6:30-7 p.m. Dec. 7, University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, third floor Jurassic Gallery, 645 N. 14th St. Stories and activities are planned for ages 3-5. Regular museum admission.

Family movie night -- "The Polar Express," 6 p.m. Dec. 8, 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.


North Pole Express -- 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, Lincoln Children's Zoo. Ride on North Pole Express, decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus's Bakery, visit with Santa in his workshop, access to entire zoo, special animal demonstrations, hot chocolate and candy cane treats. Tickets required for ages 2 and older. $8.95/members, $11.95/non-members. Number of tickets limited, order early at

First Friday Family Night -- Holiday Spectacular, 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Lincoln Children's Museum. Includes Santa Claus, entertainment, indoor snowball fight, and vendor area for parents. Members/free, non-members/$5/person. Tickets required for everyone.

Deck the Tree Adventure -- 6-9 p.m. Dec. 1, Stuhr Museum, Grand Island. Holiday ornaments "hunt" across Museum grounds. "Deck" your small Christmas tree with your "found" ornaments (take home your tree), have hot chocolate and s'mores, sing carols and more activities. $35/per group of up to 6. Reservations at 308-385-5316.

Breakfast with Santa -- 8-11 a.m. Dec. 9, 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 available at The Mill (Haymarket), From Nebraska Gift Shop, Burlington Antiques, The Haymarket Office, Buzzard Billy's and Downtown Lincoln Association. Tickets may be purchased at door as available.















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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