Nebraska Science Festival 2014
When I first heard about the Nebraska Science Festival, I felt a bit behind. How did I miss this huge event going on? But now that I know that this gigantic science fair of sorts is only in its second year, I realized I am not quite as out of it as I thought. I must say for this being a relatively new event, they have quite the line-up. What is possibly the best part? Free or discounted admission to many places! NOTE: Tickets are still required. To print out your complimentary tickets and to see the schedule, please visit their site!
Now to highlight a few of the events that are especially for families … (information taken directly from their website!)
The Expo will be held April 24-26 from 8:30 am to 2 pm at The Durham Museum and The Strategic Air & Space Museum. The Expo on April 26 at The Durham Museum will be held from 9 am to 1pm. It’s expected to attract up to 2,000 plus visitors, so be prepared for a busy day!
City Sprouts Community Garden will have special events happening this morning. This Omaha place is all about involving the community in planting. They will feature an Arbor Day theme today with educational stations.
(Unfortunately the “Science of Ice Cream is full at E-Creamery. Doesn’t that sound like a delicious opportunity?)
April 26 – 27 | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stop by the Fontenelle Forest Nature Center on April 26-27 and receive free admission to the forest from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Thanks to a partnership with NET Television, Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie will make a special appearance both afternoons to meet and take photos with children.
I haven’t been to Fontenelle Forest since I was a child and was trying to figure out how we could make it up there today. Alas with two baseball practices, a party and a gathering, our visit will have to wait for another day. Normally it would cost our family $34 to attend, so the free admission is a BIG deal. Go out and enjoy the free event!
(The “Science of Bacon” at the French Bulldog is also sold out. I think I am getting hungry …)
The Heartland Organization of Rocketry (T.H.O.R.) had to cancel their plans for the next two days due to the possibility of impending bad weather.
Laurtizen Gardens: I mentioned their TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration, but I forgot to mention that a kid is admitted free with each paying adult – a definite bargain. Plus, again the first 100 households leave with a free tree seedling! (If you have never been to the Gardens, they are absolutely beautiful!)
Lincoln Children’s Museum
April 26 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Join us for Science Saturday at Lincoln Children’s Museum. We’re teaming up with University of Nebraska-Lincoln engineering and science students to conduct experiments and engineering feats. (NOTE: I heard a rumor that they also have free children’s admission for the first early arrivers today!)
Lincoln Children’s Zoo
April 26 – 27 | 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Special stations are happening throughout the zoo!
Omaha Children’s Museum
April 27 | 1 – 5 p.m. (TOMORROW)
Enjoy quirky science with the Mad Scientist Show or the April Fool’s Science Show, immerse yourself in a 360-degree science program in the Discovery Dome Planetarium, or enjoy our newest permanent exhibit, “Maker Space.” Always a fun musuem to visit!
University of Nebraska State Museum
April 24 – 27 | UNL’s Morrill Hall and Mueller Planetarium
Today just happens to be “Astronomy Day” with all kinds of activities planned. Yes, there is still admission. But how many days do you get to meet an astronaut?
I hope you are able to check out some of these fun events! They are hoping to make this even more of a statewide event. So, if this week does not work for you, be watching for it next year! I know that I am already hoping we can attend the school day portion next year!
P.S. I have no idea why the last half is all in italics. Sorry about that! Computers!