Henry Stewart, 2, of Lincoln sits with the Easter Bunny as his parents take a photo after the Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at UPCO Park. 

Easter Activities and Events

Barnes and Noble Easter bunny visit — 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 and April 20. Families can meet Bitsy the Easter bunny, photo opportunity with the bunny, bring your own camera, free, SouthPointe Mall, 2910 Pine Lake Blvd. 402-472-2114.

Easter egg hunt and lunch: Matt Talbot Center — 11 a.m.-12:30 April 19. 11 a.m. Lunch; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Egg hunt. Ages up to 8, bring your basket, sponsored by Southwood Lutheran Church, free, Matt Talbot Kitchen, 2121 N. 27th St. Mtko.org or 402-477-4116.

Easter egg hunt: Arnold Heights Air Park Recreation Center — 9 a.m. April 20. Meet on the south side of the center, bring your basket, free, 3720 NW 46th St. lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/airpark/programs.htm or 402-441-7876.

Easter egg hunt: Belmont Baptist Church — 10 a.m. April 20. Ages 2-12, bring your own basket, prizes, free, 3424 N. 14th St. Belmontbaptistchurch.com or 402-476-8276.

Easter egg hunt: Highlands Neighborhood Association — 1-3 p.m. April 20. Meet at the park shelter for instructions at 12:50 p.m., east of Fredstrom Elementary, ages 2-fourth grade. There will be an egg toss for fifth grade and up, collect your prize if you find a special egg with a ticket inside, free, Highlands Park, Northwest 10th and West Harvest Drive. 402-467-6195.

Easter egg scavenger hunt: Museum of American Speed — 9 a.m. April 20. Ages 6-17 free admission with a paying adult, kids under 5 are free, bring your basket, get a clue card for hints on where to find eggs filled with candy and prizes, check for a golden ticket inside your egg for a special prize, 599 Oak Creek Drive. Museumofamericanspeed.com or 402-323-3166.

Easter egg hunt: Piedmont Shoppes — 10-11 a.m. April 20. 10 a.m. Ages birth to 2 years; 10:05 a.m. ages 3-4; 10:10 a.m. ages 5 and up. There are 3,000 eggs for kids to hunt, meet in the grassy area north of the Piedmont Shoppes, kids must be accompanied by an adult, bring your basket, bring a toothbrush for the City Mission’s toothbrush drive, meet at the Harbor Coffeehouse afterwards for a photo opportunity with the Easter bunny, free, 1265 S. Cotner Blvd. Email Brian: brianw@executivetravel.com, if you want to donate additional plastic eggs.

Easter egg hunt: New Visons Southminster United Methodist Church — 10-11:30 a.m. April 20. Crafts, bags provided to hunt eggs, crafts and games, 2915 S. 16th St. 402-570-8602.

Easter celebration: Calvary Church — 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 21. Ages 3-12, bring your basket, free, 4400 N. 1st St. 402-474-0642. 

Easter egg hunt and celebration: Epic Church — 10 a.m. April 21. Interactive activity packed children's service, family photo booth, Easter cookie decorating for kids, free bounce houses, obstacle courses for the kids, 3000 eggs for hunt (age 1-5th grade), photo opportunity with the Easter bunny, bring your basket, 6601 S. 70th St. 

Easter egg hunt: First Plymouth Church — Noon. April 21. All ages of kids are welcome, meet in the outdoor courtyard, bring your basket, 2000 D St. Firstplymouth.org or 402-476-7550.

Easter egg hunt: Upco Park — 10 a.m. April 20. Ages 3-9, but the whole family is invited, bring your basket, candy, prizes, coffee, pop and photo opportunity with the Easter bunny, free, 40th and Adams streets. 402-466-6357.

“Be Hoppy” Photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny: Gateway Mall — 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and Noon-6 p.m. Sundays, April 17-20. Families meet in the Bunny Garden in the mall, to get a high quality digital photo with the Easter bunny, more information on photo packages go to http/bit.ly/2hejqK5, Please enter through the Lenscrafters/Shoe Department Encore entrance, northwest parking lot, Gateway Mall, 6100 O St.

“Be Hoppy” Pet photo opportunity at Gateway Mall — 6-8 p.m. April 18. Dogs and cats are invited to get along with rabbits in a photo, and pet owners can get in the photo too, photo packages apply dogs and cats only, pets need to be leashed or in carriers. Please enter through the Lenscrafters/Shoe Department Encore entrance, northwest parking lot, Gateway Mall, 6100 O St.

"Hop in to Marcus Theatre" Easter Celebration at Edgewood — 9-9:30 a.m. Get your picture taken with the Easter bunny, enjoy coloring and craft stations; 9:30-10 a.m. Easter egg hunt; 10 a.m. Movie “Peter Rabbit.” $9 per person, Edgewood Theatre, 5220 S. 56th St. Marcustheatres.com


All ages storytime “Tales and Rhymes” — 11-11:30 a.m. April 17. The whole family is invited to join in storytime and activities, Walt Branch Library, meeting room 2, 6701 S. 14th St. Lincolnlibraries.com or 402-441-4460.

All ages storytime — 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 20. The whole family is invited to join in storytime and crafts, Walt Branch Library, meeting room 2, 6701 S. 14th St. Lincolnlibraries.com or 402-441-4460.

Bilingual kids storytime — 10-11 a.m. April. 21. Listen to a story in English and a second language, songs, games and a craft, kids ages 3 to 8, must be accompanied by a parent, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P St. Indigobridgebooks.com or 402-477-7770.

“Cherish Nebraska” exhibition at Morrill Hall — 9:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday; also open until 8 p.m. Thursdays.; and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays, closed on Easter. View the cultural and natural history of Nebraska with interactive and educational activities, fourth floor, Nebraska History Museum, 645 N. 14th St. Museum.unl.edu or 402-472-2642.

Craft social night — 6 p.m. April 18. Families bring your own project to make, and socialize with new friends while making your craft, bring your own food and drink, free, Makit Takit, 4720 Prescott Ave. 402-483-4232.

Earth Day celebration: Fresh Thyme Market — 7 a.m.- 10 p.m. April 20; Noon-3 p.m. Activities start, celebrate Mother earth, get free reusable bags, starting at 7 a.m. while supplies last, kids seed craft, enter to win an Earth Day gift basket, free, 5220 O St. 402-417-1135.

Family Late Night event — 5-8 p.m. April 18. New games and activities throughout the museum will be available for working parents and families, free for members, $ 9.95 adults, $10.95 kids 18 months to 15 years, free kids under 18 months, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 1420 P St. LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or 402-477-4000.

Saturday With a Naturalist — 2-3 p.m. April 20. Explore the trails and learn about plants in the nature center, all ages welcome, $5, register: 402-441-7895, 3201 S. Coddington St. 

”Treasure Island” — 2:30-3:30 p.m. April 19. Live performance by the Hampstead Theater Company, a tale of pirates, adventure, and buried treasure, meet Long John Silver and his band of pirates, enjoy a journey across the seven seas, free, Gere Library, 2400 S. 56th St. Lincolnlibraries.org or 402-441-8560.  

"The Wizard of Oz" — 10:30 a.m. Live performance, free, Anderson Branch Library, 3635 Touzalin Ave. Lincolnlibraries.org or 402-441-8560.  

Save the Date 

Soup Supper at Legion Hall — 5-7 p.m. April 26. Veteran prepared home made soups including chicken noodle, chili, ham and bean, vegetable beef and oyster stew, breads, salads, and pies, free will donation accepted, 970 Monroe St., Bennet. 402-440-0018.


American Spring Live event — 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 20. Learn how you can get involved in citizen science activities such as the Great Sunflower Project, urban birds, lilacs, bird cams, monarch larva, water quality, entomology bird and plant surveys,  guided hikes, presentations, and informational booths including Master Naturalists, NE Game and Parks, Ducks Unlimited, and UNL Science Department, Homestead National Monument of America, 8523 W. Nebraska Highway 4, Beatrice. Nps.gov/homestead or 402-223-3514.

Arbor Day Farm: Easter scavenger hunt — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20; Noon-4 p.m. April 21. Families can see the live chicks, bunnies and lambs, kids can play with the animals, no baskets required, the kids will get clues to go on the trail, afterwards everybody gets a bag of treats; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Easter craft (April 20th only), 402-873-8717 or Arbordayfarm.org.

Arbor Day Farm: Discovery Ride — 1 p.m. April 20 and April 21. Get a seat on the Discovery Ride, enjoy a guided journey into the backwoods of Arbor Day Farm, the ride departs from Arbor Day Farm Tree Adventure, rides last approximately one hour, $5.00 per person, ages 3 & up, 2611 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City. Reservations: 402-873-8717 or Arbordayfarm.org

Arbor Day Farm: Easter Family get away — 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20; Noon-4 p.m. April 21. Includes an overnight stay at Lied Lodge, plus four tickets to Arbor Day Farm’s Tree Adventure featuring chicks, bunnies, lambs, and scavenger hunt, 2611 Arbor Ave, Nebraska City. Reservations: 800-546-5433 or 402-873-8717 or Arbordayfarm.org.

Arbor Lodge: State Historic Home and indoor scavenger hunt  9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 20; Noon-4 p.m. April 21. Families can see the Historic home and participate in the indoor scavenger hunt, $1 with combination day pass, see website for admission, 2600 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City. 402-873-7222 or Arbordayfarm.org.  

Robot Zoo — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 5-May 10. Interactive exhibition featuring robotic animals and hands-on activities. Larger-than-life-size machinery, simulating a variety of moving animal body parts. Everybody can participate in sensory activities, including "Swat the Fly," "Sticky Feet" and "Tongue Gun," $12 adults, $11 military and seniors, $6 kids 4-12, free kids 3 and under, Strategic Air Command, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland (Exit 426). Sacmuseum.org/event/robot-zoo or 402-944-3100.

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