Streets Alive, Lincoln encourage families to take to the streets

2012-09-07T23:35:00Z 2015-02-10T16:53:31Z Streets Alive, Lincoln encourage families to take to the streetsBy the Lincoln Journal Star
September 07, 2012 11:35 pm  • 

Families are invited to take to the streets Sunday for the second annual Streets Alive! event running from 12:30 to 5 p.m.

More than 3 miles of streets will be closed to vehicle traffic for the free program that is designed to get families outside and playing in the streets.

Participants are invited to bike, skate, walk, run, skateboard or use any other human-powered transportation along a 3.3 mile car-free route from Trago Park to Woods Park. Along the route, exhibitors will provide health education and free activities for getting your health and wellness on.

Mayor Chris Beutler will open the event. Entertainment will be provided by Cool Papas and The Rockerfellers Classic Rock Band. The YMCA will hold a yoga exhibition. There will be vendors featuring healthy food, clinics, demonstrations and contests.

Also this weekend:

* The Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P streets will host a free family workshop celebrating the centennial celebration of the Lincoln Monument located on the west side of the State Capitol. People are invited to look at a Lincoln statue display, make a Lincoln penny pendant, create a paper log cabin or make an Abraham Lincoln mask. Supplies are provided. The program is free. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 402-471-4782 or visit


Children's Storytime -- 10:30 a.m., SouthPointe Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 27th Street and Pine Lake Road. Theme: Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street?

Japanese Fall Festival -- 4-7 p.m., Auld Pavilion, 1650 Memorial Drive, Antelope Park. Featuring Kokyo Taiko Drummers, martial arts demonstrations, traditional games, crafts and snacks. Free.


The Waffleman & the Wonderful Outdoors -- benefit for Dimensions Early Education Programs, 8:30-11:30 a.m., First-Plymouth Church, Mayflower Hall, 2000 D St.

"Fuel Up with Color:" 5K Race and one-mile Kids Course -- 8:30-10:30 a.m., Holmes Lake Park. Sponsored by The Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Benefits the Food Bank of Lincoln and the Backpack Program. Amanda, 402-493-0390.

Bilingual storytime (Spanish and English) -- 10 a.m., Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Free.

Children's Country Fair -- 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Prairie Hill Learning Center, seven miles south of Lincoln on U.S. 77. Includes face painting, cakewalks, pony rides, farm animals, games, entertainment, food and tours. $2/donation per car and nominal fee for activities. 402-438-6668 or

Lincoln Monument Centennial Celebration Family Workshop -- 2-4 p.m., Nebraska History Museum, 15th and P streets. View Lincoln statue display, make a Lincoln penny pendant, create a paper log cabin or an Abraham Lincoln mask. Supplies provided. Free.


Streets Alive! -- 12:30-5 p.m., miles of Lincoln's streets, trails and parks will be opened to bikers, walkers, skaters and strollers. Activities for all ages, health information and healthy food samples. Free. 402-483-4800.


Wednesday Nights Live -- 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays through May 15, First-Plymouth Church, 2000 D St. Healthy dinner is served ($6/adults, $3/children, ages 6 and younger eat free). Adult classes, children/youth activities, music and worship follow meal.


Preschool storytime -- 10:30-11 a.m., Bethany Branch Library.

Shows and exhibits

"Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly" -- Fridays-Sundays, Sept. 7-23, Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St., Omaha. 402-345-4849.

Planetarium astronomy shows -- "A Starry Tale," 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday ("Curiosity" rover updates presented with each public show),  Mueller Planetarium, south of 14th and Vine streets. There are no shows on University of Nebraska-Lincoln home football Saturdays. 402-472-2641.

Hyde Observatory shows -- September shows TBA, 8-11 p.m. Saturdays, Hyde Observatory, Holmes Lake. Free.

"Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure" exhibit -- ends Sept. 14, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets.


Jr. Blackshirts -- day camp for ages 2-12 during Nebraska home football games Sept. 15, 22, 29; Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, 17, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Campus Recreation Center, east of Memorial Stadium. $25/child/game. Preregistration required, 402-472-3467 or

Donut Dash for CASA (family fun run) -- 10 a.m. Saturday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus, 35th and Holdrege streets. Reigster at (keyword donut) or call 402-475-5161 for a form.

Indoor shooting activities -- Beginning BB Gun, six-week sessions 6:15-7:45 p.m. beginning Sept. 12; Intermediate and Advanced BB Gun, six-week sessions 4:30-6 p.m. beginning Sept. 12, Easterday Recreation Center, 6130 Adams St. For ages 8-15. $30/child. Register at Belmont Recreation Center, 402-441-6789.

Pioneers Park Hayrack Rides -- Sept. 14-Nov. 10. Family, group and special event rides available. For fees, available dates and registration call 402-441-7895.

"D Is for Dinosaur" camp -- 8:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 17, 19, 24 and 26, Lincoln Children's Museum. For ages 3-5. $65/members, $80/nonmembers. 402-477-4000,

PTI Webinars, Early Childhood Services -- 12:30 or 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Free. Registration required at Connection links and information will be provided after registration is received. 402-346-0525, 402-284-8520.

Car Seat Safety Checkup -- 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 22, AAA, 2900 O St. Free. Call Janette for appointment: 402-441-8045.

Fairytale Tea -- 6-8 p.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 27 and Dec. 15, Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St. $30/child, $10/adult, includes dinner. Limited seating.

BryanLGH Run to Overcome -- One-Mile Kids' Fun Run, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Lincoln Southwest High School Track, 7001 S. 14th St. For ages younger than 12. $10, includes short-sleeve cotton shirt if registered before Sept. 17; registration deadline is 3 p.m. Sept. 28. 402-481-8855 or

Coming up

IndiZoo -- special visitor from Lincoln Children's Zoo, 10-11 a.m. Sept. 14, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St.

Family Outdoor Movie Night -- "A Smile as Big as the Moon," 7:45 p.m. Sept. 15, Piedmont Park Seventh-day Adventist Church, 4801 A St. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Free admission and popcorn. Everyone welcome. 402-489-1344.

Sunday With a Scientist -- 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sept. 16, University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets. Topic: Biofuels.

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