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Events  

Cookie Mouse visits three locations — 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Eiseley Branch, 1530 Superior St.; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Walt Branch, 6701 S. 14th St.; 4 p.m. Sunday, Bennett Martin Public Library, 136 S. 14th St. Kids can meet the character from "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," get bookmarks, do crafts and coloring activities.  Lincolnlibraries.org

Indiexplore — 10-11 a.m. Friday. A book, speaker and hands on activities for kids with curious minds, Indigo Bridge Books, 701 P. St. Indigobridgebooks.com or 402-477-7770.

Investigate 2nd Saturday — 10 a.m.-noon. Saturday. Science and nature with hands-on activities, Saturday's theme is arachnid defenses, every three events attended qualifies you to move up as a science investigator, and you get a prize, Morrill Hall, 645 N. 14th St. Museum.unl.edu or 402-472-2642.

First National Bank Late Night family event — 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Art tek is the theme, hands on art activities for working families, Lincoln Children’s museum, Tinker Theatre, 14th and P streets. LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or 402-477-4000.

Storytime and activities — 11 a.m. Saturday. Featuring the book "Love Z," by Jessie Sima, find out how a robot named Z discovers a message signed "Love Beatrice," and decides to find out what love means. Get a coupon for a grilled cheese sandwich with milk or juice for $4, Barnes and Noble Books, SouthPointe Pavilions, 2910 Pine Lake Road. Stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/2939 or 402-421-7979.     

The Very Hungry Caterpillar — 5:30 p.m. Family Fest, food and activities; 7 p.m. Show, Jan. 17. Enjoy puppetry and innovative black-light staging as you follow a caterpillar on his life journey, with vibrant scenery and colorful foods, Lied Center, 301 N. 12th St. Liedcenter.org or 402472-4747. 

Ongoing 

Kids storytime — 10 a.m.-noon. Wednesdays. Interactive and African-themed stories, Midwestern African Museum of Art, 1935 Q St. Mamamuseum.org or 402-438-0529.

Railyard ice rink — 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 5 p.m.-midnight, Fridays; noon-midnight, Saturdays; noon-9 p.m. Sundays, skate rental $9 (adults), $6 (kids), 350 Canopy St. Railyardlnk.com.

Nearby 

Magic shows — Wednesday-Feb. 23, times and dates vary. "Winter Wonderland" and "Midwinter's Nights Dream," interactive freestyle magic show featuring magician Ryan Chandler. Park entry permit required for each vehicle entering park, Kountze Memorial Theatre, Mahoney State Park, 28500 W. Park Hwy., Ashland. Musicalmagical.com or 402-944-2523.

Robot Zoo — 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 19-May 10. An interactive exhibition featuring robotic animals and seven 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.

Upcoming

Kids Escape Rooms — 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays in February and March, sign up ahead of time, three 45-minute escape rooms to choose from, up to six people per room, $15 members, $20 non-members, group rate available, please register 24 hours in advance, Lincoln Children’s Museum, 1420 P St. LincolnChildrensMuseum.org or 402-477-4000.  

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