Places at a glance

Places at a Glance

Place at a Glance

Name/Location Museum of the Far Trade(located just east of Chadron, NE on Highway 20)
Website/Facebook Museum of the Fur Trade; Museum of the Fur Trade on Facebook
Open hours Open May-October from 8-5 daily; off-season by appointment
What to Know Request a scavenger hunt (picture or word versions) to engage kids
Cost Children age 18 and under are free; adults are $5;
Group Tours Educational tours are a possibility; small groups are probably ideal
Museum Manners Limited tactile opportunities, although there are plenty of places to explore;

Fragile objects are on display – no running or touching most display objects

Recommended Ages Ideally for ages 8 and up, although certain parts would appeal to all


Place at a Glance

Name/Location Spring Creek Prairie Audubon: 11700 SW 100th Denton, NE
Website/Facebook Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center; Prairie Audubon on Facebook
Open hours Center: 9-5 weekdays; 1-5 week-ends; trails until sunset; closed 6 holidays
What to Know Bring sunscreen, bug spray; proper shoes, water and snacks
Cost Adults: $4; Seniors: $3;Children (6-17): $3;  All are free on Tuesdays
Group Tours $3 admission – some adults free; several programs available; 2-6 hours
Museum Manners You can hike throughout the grounds – keep in mind that you need to leave the trails how you found them (no collecting items or unnecessary trampling)
Recommended Ages A lot of walking for little kids – while the Visitor’s Center is nice, it would not occupy preschoolers for long; could possibly hike with an all-terrain stroller; perfect for hikers about age 8 and up


Place at a Glance

Name/Location Memorial Stadium in north Downtown Lincoln, NE
Website/Facebook (more about stadium);Memorial Stadium on Facebook
Open hours Tours on Wednesdays and Thursdays generally – made in advance
What to Know Heisman and other trophys on display; a lot of walking (strollers okay)
Cost Free self-guided tours are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (except major holidays?)
Parking Parking garage west of stadium- cash or check only
Group Tours For 10 or more on Wednesday or Thursday mornings; (402)472-3333
Museum Manners No asking for autographs or pictures in unauthorized areas.
Recommended Ages Any age – my kids loved this even when they were little!

Place at a Glance

Name/Location University of Nebraska Museum of Natural History (14th & Vine in Lincoln)
Website/Facebook The museum is also known as Morrill Hall; Museum on Facebook
Open hours Monday-Saturday 9:30-4;30 (Thursdays until 8); Sunday 1:30-4:30
What to Know This museum features natural and cultural history items
Cost Adults: $6; Children 5-18: $3; under 4 free; maximum family cost for museum is  $13; additional cost for planetarium; UNL students/faculty are free; Blue Star Museum
Parking Free parking outside museum; must write down license plate #
Group Tours Self-guided tours are free; extra for gallery or planetarium tours
Museum Manners Many items are irreplaceable; supervision is necessary for much of the museum; discovery room is kid friendly but still requires child observation
Recommended Ages Stroller accessible; most kids and adults any age would enjoy the visit

Place at a Glance

Name/Location Larsen Tractor Test and Power Museum in Lincoln (UNL East Campus)
Website/Facebook UNL Tractor Museum; Larsen Tractor Museum on Facebook
Open hours Tuesday-Friday from 9 to 4; Saturdays from 10-2; closed major holidays
What to Know Mostly stroller accessible – (stairs to get inside but could use alt. entrance?)
Cost Donation
Parking Lot directly north of the white museum building
Group Tours Can definitely happen; smaller groups may work better
Museum Manners Do not climb on any tractors without permission (different guides have different expectations); no running as cement floors can be slippery
Recommended Ages About age 2 + to be able to sit on the tractors and really enjoy the fun

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Name/Location Pioneer’s Park Nature Center: near Coddington and W. Van Dorn: Lincoln
Website/Facebook Pioneer Park Information; Facebook (includes event updates)
Open hours Monday-Saturday: 8:30-5:00; Sunday Noon-5; closed only 3 holidays
What to Know The park itself is open from sunrise to sundown; only building hours are limited; BUG SPRAY IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED; allow at least two hours to explore if you are coming from a distance
Cost Free, although donations are always welcome
Parking Directly in between the two nature center buildings: West part of the park
Group Tours No reservations needed, although you may want to call first if you are hoping for a specific talk to make sure there is adequate staff.
Museum Manners Most exhibits and animals on display are for touching – occasionally certain animals may need space.  Always check when in doubt.  Only real “rule” to follow is no running inside – could scare the animals that live there.
Recommended Ages Child friendly for any age; sturdy strollers recommended for long hikes

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Name/Location Walking tour of Wilber – Nebraska’s Czech Capital!  1-888-4-WILBER
Website/Facebook Wilber Chamber of Commerce: Tour info and more
Open hours Weekday walking tours available (lasting from 9:30- until mid-afternoon)
What to Know Light breakfast and lunch is included
Cost Adults: $15; ages 3-8: $5 (cost of 8-12 year old might be negotiable?)
Parking Free parking available in front of Hotel Wilber; will walk the rest of time
Group Tours If your group is too large, more than one guide might be needed
Museum Manners Some of the locations you visit are naturally more kid friendly than others
Recommended Ages To walk around: ages 6 and up; strollers could work for younger ones
Name/Location Nebraska History Museum
Website/Facebook; Nebraska History Museum on Facebook
Open hours 9 – 4:30 Monday – Friday; 1 – 4:30 Saturday &Sunday ; closed state holidays;Investigation Station: open from 1-4 daily: excellent hands-on learning room
What to Know Both set & rotating exhibits; must check large bags; no food/drink
Cost Suggested donation of $2; great Museum store – items for kids too
Parking Meters for $1/hour; Area garages: $1/hour; first hour is free
Group Tours Schedule 2 weeks to year in advance; field trip cards available; Tours
Museum Manners While there are certain parts that are interactive, much of the museum is “no touch, no climb”; parental supervision is definitely necessary
Recommended Ages Investigative Room: ages 3 and up; rest of museum: ages 6 & up

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Name/Location Ivanna Cone 701 P Street in the Lincoln Haymarket area| 402.477.7473
Website/Facebook Ivanna Cone ;
Open hours Seasonal – not open before noon.  Today: 12:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
What to Know They only take cash or check!  Most flavor choices change daily!
Cost Varies from about $3 and up, depending on what you order.
Parking Metered parking on the street.($1 per hour Monday-Saturday 8-6) OR 1st hour is free at parking garages – one a few blocks away
Group Tours Can arrange – tours last about 10 minutes; would need to order own ice cream cones – no discount.  Would be fun for ages 3-8.
4 Standard Flavors They consistently have:
Vanilla A sherbet AND a sorbet
Chocolate A coffee version
Strawberry A nutty version
Cinnamon A mint version
  Vanilla Ice Milk

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Name/Location UNL Dairy Store (East Campus) 35th & Holdrege in Lincoln; 402-472-2973
Website/Facebook Dairy Store ;
Open hours 4/7 – 12/23: Mon-Fri: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sat. & Sun:  10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Check website for winter hours.
What to Know Besides enjoying ice cream there, you can bring ice cream home, as well a variety of cheese, meat & other snacks; light lunch is available
Cost Kids cones $1.63; more sizes available; weekday specials – 2:30 to 3:30
Parking Meters: M-F 7 a.m. -7:30 p.m. Sat. 7 a.m.-noon; other times those stalls are “free”; most parking on campus is permit only. (This is not usually an issue – a few places you can park on the edge too!)
Group Tours Free, but you definitely need to coordinate in advance.  They process cheese and ice cream in house, but their production is limited.  So, some tours would only show the empty equipment and not the actual making of the food.  Worth going if the timing works!
7 Standard Ice Cream Flavors Vanilla Strawberry
Capucino  Chocolate Chip Karmel Kashew Scarlett & Cream: double strawberry (Go, Huskers!)
Bavarian Mint Butter Brickle

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Name/Location Veteran’s Memorial Garden (3200 Veteran’s Memorial Drive) – located within Antelope Park in Lincoln (just off of 30th & “A” Street)
Website/Phone ;402-441-7847
Open hours & length of time to allow Daylight hours; to study all of the monuments could take an hour; we spent about 20 minutes just briefly walking by and acknowledging them.
What to Bring Walking shoes; a stroller is suggested if bringing young children.
What to Know Follow the paths to see 21 military monuments and a star garden
Museum Manners While this is not a graveyard, it is a place to remember the sacrifice of soldiers.  Walking around in a respectful manner is highly recommended.
Recommended Ages 0+ if in a stroller; walking age depends on the child – can just go to parts
Cost Everything for the soldiers and their families!  Free to walk around & honor.

Place at a Glance

Name/Location Wyuka Cemetery: 3600 “O” Street, Lincoln, NE 68510
Website/Phone; (402) 474-3600
Open hours & length of time to allow For Lincoln passport stamps, visit during M-F business hours; for driving tours, the gates are open until 4:30 Monday through Saturday.  Allow 20-30 minutes minimum to drive through (more if you are stopping at all 50 “stops.”  To walk would take a few hours.
What to Bring Good walking shoes if you want to really explore; otherwise you can drive through if you want a shorter experience
What to Know $5 guide: WyukaCemetery: A Walking and Driving Tour by Ed ZimmerOR via printable PDF check out a copy from Lincoln City Libraries
Museum Manners This is still an active cemetery, so grieving families may be present.  Also a place to practice showing respect and honor to those who have gone before.
Recommended Ages 8 and up for appreciation (younger ones can definitely ride along!)
Cost Free, unless you decide to buy the guide
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