"A Universe of Stories": Lincoln City Libraries Summer Reading Program — A variety of activities available for families and kids throughout the summer, at your nearest library, check the website for more information: Lincolnlibraries.org.
Barnes and Noble Storytime event — 11 a.m. June 22. Featuring “Toy Story 4: Forky in Craft Buddy Day,” by Drew Daywalt. This picture book introduces fans into the world of Toy Story 4, with a brand-new breakout character Forky, hands-on activities, get a coupon from the cafe for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4, 2910 Pine Lake Blvd. Barnesandnoble.com/store/2939 or 402-421-7979.
Blue Star Museum program: Free admission for military families Lincoln Children's Museum — 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sundays 1-5 p.m. June 12-Sept. 2. Museum will participate in Blue Star museum program, providing free admission to all military personnel and families from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, Lincoln Children's Museum, 1420 P St. Arts.gov/bluestarmuseums or LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or 402-477-4000.
Book Swap — 8 a.m.-noon, and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Free books for families during these times, Carol M. Yoakum, 4321 NW 48th St., 402-434-2621.
Breslow Hockey Center: Public open skating and Cosmic skating — 1-4:45 p.m. daily, public skating; 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cosmic night skating, $6, adults; $5, kids; $3, skate rental, 433 V St. Breslowhockeycenter.com or 402-472-2758.
“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. 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.
College View Farmers' market — 10 a.m. June 23. Featuring the Master Gardeners Program, families can use their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards, 4801 Prescott Ave. Sundayfarmersmarket.org
Craft and Vendor Fair — Noon-4 p.m. June 23. Food, jewelry, clothing, raffle, a bit of something for everybody, free Firefighters Hall, 241 Victory Lane.
F Street “Juneteenth” Family Celebration — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 22. Families and friends gather for a free, summer block party, fun and informational event, live music entertainment, basketball clinics, speakers, vendors, free food and prizes, F Street Community Center, 1225 F St.
Family Late Night event — 5-8 p.m. June 20. New games and activities throughout the museum 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.
Fez Walk: Seostris Shrine Annual 5k Run and 1 Mile Walk — 8 a.m. Registration: 9 a.m. Start time, June 23. $30, includes T-shirt, hotdogs available from Flydogz. Proceeds benefit Shriners Healthcare for kids Camp Explore, Holmes Lake Park, 70th and Normal.
Haymarket Farmers' market — 8 a.m.-noon. June 22. Items for purchase including artwork, baked goods, food, beverages, crafts, jewelry, furniture, yard art and more; 9:30 a.m. Kelly Oh Brian Band, Iron Horse Park, Downtown Historic Haymarket, Seventh and P streets.
Hy-Vee Lil Chefs: Fun cooking + fit class — 10 a.m. June 25. Kids ages 3-11 will learn to prepare two to three brunch recipes, then head outside to the south yard and play an active learning game. Parents must accompany kids, and are encouraged to attend the class for at least 20-30 minutes, you can bring an apron or chef hat, $12 per kid, Hy-Vee, Williamsburg Hy-Vee, 6001 Village Drive. Register:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 402-421-2462.
Kids Dream Family movie series: “The Lorax” — 10 a.m. June 23, 24 and 26. “The Lorax,” by Dr. Suess, $3 movie tickets, sponsored by American Family Insurance. Also, visit one of Lincoln’s participating agents at American Family Insurance, and get two free tickets. If you can’t make it to your local agent’s office then go to amfam.com/-/media/files/amfam_kd_electronicvoucher_summer2019.pdf to download your free tickets, Edgewood Cinema, 5220 South 56th Street, and Dwontown Lincoln Grand Theatre, 1101 P St. Marcustheatres.com/Kidsdream.
Lunch Box Mysteries — 10-10:30 a.m. June 27. Engage in storytime where kids will find out about where popcorn comes from, become a farmer for a day, and learn to plant their own cornhusker necklace from a farming expert, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 1420 P St. Lincolnchildrens.org or 402-477-4000.
Play in the Pool: Arnold Heights — 6:15-7:30 p.m. June 25. Bring yourself or the whole family for a free night of underwater hockey, logrolling, water poo, and other games, Belmont Pool, 12th and Manatt. More information: 402-441-4829
Roller Skating at the Ice Box — 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays; noon-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, $5, with or without skate rental, 1880 Transformation Drive. Lincolnstars.com.
Star City Shores — 12:30-8 p.m. Monday-Sunday. Families can enjoy a large public pool area, multiple water slides, picnic tables and pool chairs, 4375 S. 33rd Court. Lincoln.ne.gov/CITY/parks/parksfacilities/pools or 402-441-7847.
"Stories for Everybody" Book group for Spanish speaking skills — 11 a.m.-noon. Saturdays, June 22-29. Families are invited to a bilingual book reading group, learn to read aloud, discuss books and visit the library regularly, registration is required: call 402-314-8249, Bennet Martin Library, 136 S. 14th St. Lincolnlibraries.org or 402-441-8500.
Trail Trek family bicycle ride — 6:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. Early registration; 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Ride time, June 23. $15 kids, $30 adults, with options for 3 different rides including a 10 mile, 20 mile and 37 mile route, see website for details. Every rider gets a free t-shirt, water bottle (first 1,000 registrants), on-trail snacks and lunch. All proceeds benefit trail building and maintenance in and around Lincoln. 17 bikes and 20 helmets will be given away in a drawings sponsored by Bike Rack and Cycle Works. Helmets are mandatory for all riders. This event is non-competitive and is geared towards families, all biking skill levels welcome, rain or shine, Haymarket Park, 403 Line Drive Circle. Registered cyclists may pick up ride packets and register for the drawings, one day before, at the Jayne Snyder Trails Center, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 22, 21st and Q Streets. Online registration is due 10 p.m. June 21. Register: gptn.org.
Food Bank Veggie Truck — 3 p.m. June 20. Please bring your own bags, first come first served, Malone Community Center, 2032 U St.
Stransky Park Summer music series — 7 p.m. June 20. The Wildwoods, bring your lawn chair and blanket, pets welcome but must be on a leash, free, 17th Street and Harrison Avenue.
SouthPointe Pavilions Friday night concert series — 6:30-8:30 p.m. June 21. MoSynth Band, bring your lawn chair and blanket, free, concessions available, Center Courtyard, 2910 Pine Lake Road.
Capital City Jazz Series: Chez SoDo — 7 p.m. June 24. Pete Fucinaro Group, 440 S. 11th St.
Jazz in June — Food market, 5 p.m.; Live music 7 p.m. June 25, Nubya Garcia, free, Sheldon Museum of Art, sculpture garden, 12th and R streets.
Lincoln Community Garden Performance series — Noon. June 19, Will Hutchinson; June 26, Nebraska Jazz Quartet. Families can enjoy music in an outdoor setting, free, concessions available, Lincoln Community Foundation Garden, 1415 N St.
Storytime with Scotty the Tyrannosaurus Rex — 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, June 19- July 31. Featuring a different dinosaur themed book and craft, lead by a museum facilitator, all ages welcome, registration not required, regular admission applies, Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., Omaha. Durhammuseum.org or 402-444-5071.
Tyrannosaurs at Two: Meet the dinosaur Family — 2 p.m. Saturdays June 22-Sept. 1. Enjoy an interactive exhibit with 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens, showcasing the Tyrannosaur family tree and showing how this dinosaur group became the world's top predators. View Scotty the world's largest t-rex ever discovered, Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., Omaha. Durhammuseum.org or 402-444-5071.