University . . .the word brings to mind lots of images . . .but, do you think of plants, artists, and musicians? Because this weekend, this is what we associate with the word “University”. We are blessed in Lincoln to have several universities within a close distance. This provides us with lots of enrichment including art museums, vibrant music and theater groups, and even great food. You can find all of that and more in this week’s University Sample Saturday. There is Always Something To Do In This Town.
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
What do plants have to do with the university? Well, the Spring Plant Affair, the midwest’s largest gardening event, is sponsored by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This sale is huge and takes lots of helping hands to put it on. It is definitely worth checking out. If you have spring fever – you can find a solution. Here it is in their words, “More than 500 different varieties of plants will be offered at the day-long plant sale, with educational talks, “Talk-abouts” and garden vendors all under the same roof. Plants are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness and demand and are provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc. of Clarkson, NE. Gardeners will find perennials, herbs, native plants, temperennials, vines and a variety of trees and shrubs—something for everyone.”
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Speaking of something for everyone, here is another twist on our University theme. University Place – near Wesleyan University is located at approximately 48th & St. Paul Avenues. This weekend you will find a plethora of exhibitors, artists, local businesses and musicians all in one place trying to raise awareness of University Place and the contributions UniPlace makes to the Art & Cultural environment of Lincoln. I have it on good authority that a great time to show up will be around 1:00 p.m. There will be fun performances throughout the day including music, dance, and art demonstrations. Neighborhood businesses shown in this post will have “Art Festival” sales.
Lied Center – UNL’s School of Music presents Verdi’s Requiem
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
One final benefit a great university brings to the community is performance. This one will be hard to beat. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for students, but it will be worth the price – guaranteed. According to the Lied Center website, “Around 350 members of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Symphony Orchestra and combined choruses will perform Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem in honor of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. ‘It’s also a piece that has not been heard in this location for a very long time, so that, in itself, makes it really extraordinary.’ The piece was last performed at UNL in 1968 in the Coliseum.”
Spring may be in the air, or it may never come to Lincoln, Nebraska. I’m just thankful for rain rather than snow, cloudy skies rather than chemical-filled ones and a few more weeks of training for those racers who will, God-willing, run safely in the Lincoln Marathon. We live in a great city with great people and even greater opportunities. Find Something To Do In This Town.
9:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Morrill Hall and the Mueller Planetarium are a cool place to visit any weekend. There you will find fun exhibits, interesting facts, and hands-on experiences. But, this weekend is special. This is Astronomy Day. According to a UNL press release, “Attendees will learn about planets, optics, telescopes, physics, robotics, space travel, nanotechnology and more. Many organizations will be presenting activities and demonstrations. The event features prizes, educational laser shows, and activities about space, science and more. Regular museum admission will be required. Museum members are free.”
Showings of “Lasers in Astronomy” by Prismatic Magic are also available for an additional fee in the Mueller Planetarium. This educational laser show explores how state-of-the-art laser technology is helping astronomers better understand the universe. Show times are 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Evening performances are also available – “Laser Beatles” (which is 40 minutes long) shows at 8 p.m. “Laser Led Zeppelin” (50 minutes) shows at 9 p.m. The Led Zeppelin show is not intended for children.
Tickets, available at the museum’s front desk the day of the show only, are $8 general admission and $7 for members (with a valid ID card).
Lancaster Event Center
Noon – 4:00 p.m.
If stars aren’t your thing, perhaps you are a bit more into animals? Well, if so, you should mosey on out to the Lancaster Event Center. There you will find 250 college rodeo athletes from Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota who will be trying to earn their way to the College National Finals in Casper, Wyoming. They will compete in 9 different events composed of Bareback Riding, Break Away Roping, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down Roping, Team Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Goat Tying, Barrel Racing and Bull Riding. Come and help support your Husker Rodeo Team!
Kids day will start at noon on Saturday. There will be FREE family friendly activities to participate in promoting agriculture and rodeo awareness. Children 12 and under will get in free for the Saturday 1:30pm performance ONLY. Tickets are $8 for adults in advance or $12 at the door.
9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Last week we featured an event at the Lancaster Event Center – if you didn’t make it to the Northeast part of Lincoln, perhaps you can venture down into the Southwest corner. Neat Repeatz is in a new location this year – 8400 Cody Drive. And, while it is a bit of drive, it can be worth your time to pick up in season items for your kids that are in great shape at even better prices. Get brand names and save a bundle. Many of the items on Saturday will be 25% off – for an even better sale – check it out Sunday where lots of items will be 50% off.
**Special Sunday Event**
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Earth Day is officially Monday, April 22nd. However, Lincoln will celebrate on Sunday, April 21st. You can find the majority of the kid friendly events at Antelope Park. From Noon – 5:00 there will be a Party in the Park with farmer’s market vendors, expo booths, and earth-friendly demonstrations. Some of the activities are yet to be announced, so if you are feeling like an adventure, bike on over to Antelope Park on Sunday and check out the many unique Earth Day offerings.
Build Lincoln this weekend at the Children’s Museum – all for free! Or, if that isn’t your style, perhaps you would like to update the kids’ style by outfitting their summer wardrobe. You can find that opportunity at the Lancaster Event Center with the Take 2 Consignment Sale. Finally, there are lots of great theater offerings in the next few weeks as the local universities finish up their seasons. Visit the town of Spoon River and hear the stories the dead have to tell in Spoon River Anthologies at Nebraska Wesleyan. Or, check out the UNL Theatrix program’s version of Taming of the Shrew. There is Always Something To Do In This Town.
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Exciting doesn’t begin to describe this event on Saturday! First, admission to the Children’s Museum is FREE all day Saturday. The Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and many business partners are planning to break two Guinness World Records on Saturday. The Lincoln Log build event will be in the center of the museum, however there will be tons of great kid activities throughout the entire building. You can have a free lumberjack photo taken in the FOTObrations FOTObooth. Or, you can build your own Lincoln Log structure or other fun activities based on this weekend’s big goal! This is certainly one for the record books!
Lancaster Event Center
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
‘Tis the season where the weather changes, repeatedly, and as it warms up you realize just how much your children have grown in just a few months. There are several consignment sales – this one kicks off the season. Take 2 will be at the Lancaster Event Center. The sale opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. Stop out there and peek at the next larger size for your kiddos. We have always found great bargains there.
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
If you aren’t familiar with Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology, let me encourage you to attend this show. A bit dark and twisted at times, this is a bunch of epitaphs of the community’s most upstanding and down in the gutter citizens. Plus, you get the perspectives of everyone in between. I think seeing this show staged would be a great experience – especially if you have read a few of the stories of the people from this small Illinois town. Tickets are $10 and the show will be performed in the Miller Theater on the Wesleyan Campus.
7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
If you haven’t been to a UNL Theatrix production lately, this would be a great one. Not only is it a great show, being one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, but I have it on good authority that this is an exceptional cast. The show runs this weekend and next, so if your calendar is full this week, you may want to get your tickets now. You can call the Lied Center box office at 402-472-4747 or get them online at the link above.
Easter is in the books, now bring on Spring! Below are a few events that might get you and your family in the mood for more fun. There are a wide variety of events this weekend – if these don’t suit your tastes, check out our Calendar of Events for more! You Can Always Find Something To Do In This Town!
Lancaster Event Center
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
I featured this event last year because I thought it was cool. However, I just couldn’t pass it up this year because it is has a very special theme – the “Emerald Jubilee”. The event will be held in conjunction with the Annual Convention of the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies and the Nebraska Association of Earth Science Clubs. Dealers, demos, children’s activities, educational programs, rough & uncut gems, agates, gemstones, minerals, fossils, petrified wood, equipment & supplies, gifts, and fun! Adult Admission: $5, Adult 2-day pass: $9, Children 11 and under free with paid adult. They have a featured International Gem Dealer by the name of Dallas Patterson who has been called the “Indiana Jones of Gems.” Check this event out and then tell us what you think in our Comments section.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Last year’s event was called due to weather. This year’s event looks to be a great one as always. A full game is often too expensive or too long for kids to enjoy. The Spring Game brings all the excitement and atmosphere of the Husker Nation Game Day experience without all the expense. That makes this an ideal “First Game” experience. And, if the kids get bored, you can always head out early – there are no concerns about who is going to win. Tickets are available online – over 40,000 have been sold which means there are still plenty available – get them online or at the game. $10 for adults. Kids grades 8 and under can get in free if they take a Drug Free pledge at halftime. If this is your plan, here is a note from the Husker site, “Youth must still secure a complimentary ticket for admittance by contacting the Ticket Office this week. On game day, complimentary tickets for youth must be obtained at the Ticket Office main inside windows.”
Season 68 Announcement
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
I have it on good authority that this will be a fun event! We love the Playhouse, and they always put on a great show – even if it is just to tell you what shows are coming up next season! Preview scenes and songs from next season’s shows will be performed by Playhouse actors. The event is free and open to all with a freewill offering being taken to assist the DOUBT company as it travels to Fargo, North Dakota on April 27 at the American Association of Community Theatre Region V Festival. This is another great way to introduce your family to a Lincoln tradition in a free, non-threatening, and brief manner. Young children probably won’t enjoy it – so I would suggest this event for older children and family members.
Lincoln has plenty to offer on this Easter weekend. If you have friends and family visiting, and you need to show them a good time, look no further. You can always Find Something To Do In This Town!
10:00 a.m. – Noon
Skate with the Easter Bunny! This is typically an early matinee for kids under 10. However, there is no age limit for skating this Saturday. Skate for $4 plus skate rental. Plus, enjoy skating with the Easter Bunny by your side. Don’t forget to take some cash for the concession stand – no trip to the skate rink is complete with out a pickle juice popsicle!
10:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Well, this technically isn’t in Lincoln, but it’s not too far for a quick jaunt. The Strategic Air & Space Museum is a great place to take guests. There are always lots of cool planes on display. This particular Saturday is All About Engineering. You can participate in the egg drop. Create a device to keep the egg safe out of every day materials. Then, watch as your egg is dropped, and see if it comes down safely. Egg drop is included in the regular admission price of $12 per adult or $6 per child ages 4-12.
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
I know we featured them in their season opener earlier this month. However, I can think of nothing more impressive to outside guests than taking them to see roller derby! Doors open at 6pm on Saturday, March 30. The 7pm bout will feature the in-house Junior Varisty team dividing into two respective teams, the Roadies and the Warriors, to face off against each other for the first time this season. Several rookie skaters will be making their roller derby debut during this bout. The Mad Maxines will follow at 8pm skating against the highly ranked Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis. Now, how many of your Easter guests would be impressed if you took them to see this event – admission is only $12 for general admission, and kids 10 and under are free.
Easter is nearly upon us Lincoln! While it is extremely early this year, we are only one week from this annual celebration of life. There are two Easter-themed events below, and one for those who can’t wait for spring to get outdoors. There is Always Something To Do In This Town!
Lancaster Event Center
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last fall, we had some inquiries about archery in Lincoln. Well, if you have a child interested in archery, this might be a free and fun event for you to check out Saturday. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission sponsors an archery in the schools program across the state. This is the state tournament for those programs. Winners at Saturday’s event qualify to compete nationally. Even if you are not competing, there are likely to be interesting displays and people to talk with about this popular and growing sport.
10:00 – 11:30
Michael’s has changed their children’s events a bit recently. According to their website, you can shop in the store for 30 minutes while your child participates in the activity for $2 per child. The activity for this Saturday is listed as an Easter Egg Mosaic by Perler Beads. This looks to be a fun activity for a variety of ages. The website indicates that the events begin each half hour beginning at 10:00. I haven’t personally participated in one of these since the changes. However, prior to this, my daughter and I have always enjoyed their store crafting events.
Southview Baptist Church – This Day of Resurrection
3:00 – 5:00 or 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This is an annual Easter event. We have attended once in past years, but from all recent reports, it has only improved. The event is free and guests are encouraged. They do provide free child care for those six and under. The show is a musical and includes an orchestra and live animals as they re-enact the resurrection story. This is a great way to kick off your Holy Week and get your family in the Easter spirit.