Local Area Events: March 2017

Lincoln Area Local Events: March 2017

Check out our list of things to do in the Lincoln area this month:

3/1 Celebrating Statehood Day check for events throughout the day

3/1-3/25 Sesquicentennial Photo Exhibit “Bridges: Sharing Our Past to Enrich the Future  Great Plains Art Museum 1155 Q St

3/2-3/4 NSAA 2017 Girls State Basketball

3/2-3/5 Sitting Bull’s Last Waltz The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/3 Crooners Over Lincoln The Nebraska Club

3/3 Lincoln Children’s Museum First Friday Family Night

3/3-3/5 Mamma Mia! The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/6 Capital Jazz Society presents First Monday Jazz Jam

3/9 Heather Henson’s Crane: On Earth, In Sky  The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/9-3/11 NSAA 2017 Boys State Basketball

3/10-3/12 15th Annual Husker Lawn & Leisure Show Lancaster Event Center

3/10-3/11 Laser Led Zeppelin Morrill Hall- Mueller Planetarium

3/10-3/12 March Madness Quarter Horse Show Lancaster Event Center

3/11-3/12 2017 Lincoln Parade of Apartments

3/11 Super Hero Day The Lincoln Children’s Museum

3/11 Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra Maestro at the Piano The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/11 Spring Arts & Crafts Fair St Mark’s United Methodist Church

3/11 Mall Walk for Down Syndrome Gateway Mall

3/12 Red Dirt Shamrock Shuffle 5k The Railyard

3/13-3/17 Nature Explorers Camp Pioneer Park Nature Center

3/14 March Madness The Railyard

3/15-3/19 72nd Annual Shrine Circus Lancaster Event Center

3/17 Trinity Irish Dance Company The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/18 Lincoln Volksport St. Pat’s Walk Fallbrook YMCA

3/19 Happier Lincoln KZUM 3534 South 48th St, Suite 6

3/23-3/25 Cornhusker Classic Tractor Pull Lancaster Event Center

3/24 Billy Joel Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/24 Riders in the Sky The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/26 Boston Pops Explanade Orchestra The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/30 Kris Kristofferson Rococo Theatre

3/31 Taikoproject: Interlocking Rhythms The Lied Center for Performing Arts

3/31 Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy Pinnacle Bank Arena

3/31-4/1 Mother of All Garage Sales Lancaster Event Center

3/31-4/2 Mr. Poppers Penguins Lincoln Community Playhouse

Ongoing Museum Exhibits:

Check websites for dates, hours and admission

Ongoing MARCH sporting events:

Check websites

Get away with a staycation

Winter staycation ideas in and around Nebraska.

If winter has you feeling stir crazy, you might be in need of a staycation. What exactly is a staycation? It’s a simple getaway—maybe for just a weekend—that’s just far enough from home to feel like an adventure. We have a list of fun-filled destinations that the whole family can enjoy:

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Any time of year is a great time to visit Mahoney State Park, but winter offers extra fun like skiing, ice skating, and sledding. The park itself is gorgeous for sightseeing, but you can warm up inside too. Mahoney has its own restaurant, cozy lodging, and indoor play area. You can also enjoy their theater productions and arts and crafts center.

Omaha

Omaha is the perfect staycation destination for anyone in Southeast Nebraska (even if you already live in Omaha). The Ramada Plaza is a lovely hotel that houses the Coco Key Water Resort. It’s a booming indoor water park with lazy river tubing, plenty of slides, and a separate pool for the smaller kiddos. Plus your room fee includes entrance to the park. But while you’re in Omaha, make time for some great restaurants, like Joe’s Crab Shack, and the Henry Doorly Zoo, which is open every day except Christmas Day.

Lied Lodge

The Lied Lodge in Nebraska City is perfect for holiday get-togethers and family reunions. And they’re particularly festive during December. Head down now through December 30th and enjoy a holiday mansion tour with an array of vintage Christmas décor. You can also enjoy concerts, trolley car light tours, or a brunch meet-and-greet with Santa himself. Take a look at the dates and details.

Kansas City

Kansas City is the place to be, especially if you have little ones. The Great Wolf Lodge has adorable camping themed rooms, an indoor water park, arcades, and games. But when you’re read to dry off, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in the city. From shopping, to museums, LegoLand, and aquariums, Kansas City has it all, even the Federal Reserve Bank. Enjoy a refreshing vacation with memories that can’t be beat.

Must-See Holiday Lights in and around Lincoln

Must-See Holiday Lights in Lincoln, NEPiling the entire family in the car, armed with hot chocolate and the best Christmas tunes, is a time-honored holiday tradition. The goal, of course, is to drive around town to see the best holiday light displays. With all the hustle and bustle of every holiday season, this tradition is one of the best ways to just relax and enjoy the family. To make the most of your holiday light sightseeing, be sure and use this handy list to guide your tour around town:

Start Close to Home

The Lincoln Journal Star shares their list of must-see light displays from 2015, so it’s a great idea to check back at these locations to see how they’ve outdone themselves this year. But on your way there, don’t forget to check out your neighborhood. After you’ve decorated your own home, of course, take a drive around to see the creativity of your neighbors.

Nativity Scenes

Many churches offer a drive-through nativity scene in their parking lot. It’s a warm way to get into the holiday spirit. There are plenty around town to choose from, but you can start with the Journey to Bethlehem at Piedmont Park Seventh Day Adventist Church or the living nativity scene that Southern Heights Presbyterian Church hosts from December 15-16.

Lincoln’s Capitol

For an indoor display, you have to include the Christmas tree displayed inside of the Capitol building. The tree arrives each year during the first week of December, and it’s even decorated to represent each of the 93 counties in Nebraska. There’s plenty of history and learning involved, and the building is open to visitors every day except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Stuhr Museum

Grand Island is the perfect destination for Christmas tree enthusiasts. The Stuhr Museum has dozens of trees on display until January 4th. You’ll find the admission prices hard to turn down: ages five and under get in free, and tickets range from $4-$6 depending on age. The Stuhr hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and you can check out more details on their website.

Omaha

Whether you’re from Omaha or not, you can’t pass up all that the Old Market has to offer, especially during the Christmas season. There are endless restaurants and coffee shops to choose from for a quick snack or elaborate meal, and the mood is set perfectly with the light displays brightening up downtown. See other Omaha lighting displays from our sister company, CBSHOME.

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Lastly, you can please everyone in the family, including the little ones, with a trip to the Lincoln Children’s Zoo to see Santa. The zoo offers The North Pole Express on December 1-4, 9-11, and 16-18. The zoo is decorated for the season and with a train ride, hot chocolate, elves, and Santa himself, you can’t go wrong. Learn more about times and ticket prices on their website.

Thanksgiving Fun at the Kids’ Table

Thanksgiving Fun at the Kids' Table

Most of us have memories at the kids’ table during Thanksgiving and holidays. It can seem like an exclusion from all the adult festivities, but with these fun and creative ideas, the kids’ table doesn’t have to be a banishment. Incorporate some of these concepts into your Thanksgiving table for little ones, and even your adult guests will want to join in the fun.

Elbows Off the Table, Crayons On

If the best part of eating at Macaroni Grill was getting to color on the table, then this idea is for you. A large roll of white paper (or orange to keep it festive) is all you need to add creativity to Thanksgiving. Cover your own kids’ table in paper, provide plenty of crayons, and let the kids’ imaginations go wild. Show them how to turn their handprint into Thanksgiving turkeys for extra fun.

Corn Husk Friends

If you’re a Little House on the Prairie fan, you might remember this concept. Use corn cobs or corn husks to create pilgrim dolls, and watch your Thanksgiving table decorations double as interactive play for all the kiddos. Martha Stewart outlines how here.

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Timeless Pilgrim Decorations

Martha also gets credit for this simple yet oh-so-appealing table decoration. You don’t even need to be a master crafter to pull off this look. It’s a simple “less is more” design that still incorporates a nice history lesson into your Thanksgiving meal. Throw in some Thanksgiving trivia questions to get the conversation flowing. Use this link for directions and free printables.

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Activity Book

Double the use of your tablecloth crayons by giving each child a Thanksgiving coloring and activity book. The book is free to download and print and can keep kids of all ages occupied for hours … or at least until the pie is served.

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Centerpiece with a Surprise

We can’t get enough of this paper bag turkey centerpiece. But the best part is the surprise snack inside. You can show off your creativity and impeccable taste in snacking, but the best part is how easy this craft is to pull off.

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A Healthy Dessert

We know, we know, it’s not quite pie (We really encourage you to serve that, too.) but you just can’t go wrong with these cute and healthy fruit cornucopias. Plus, we all know the easiest way to get kids to eat healthy is to make it eye appealing. This healthy after-dinner snack only comes with one catch—make enough for the adults, too, because these are just too difficult to pass up.

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Lincoln’s Antelope Park

Antelope Park ShelterLifelong Lincoln-ites already know the beauty of Antelope Park, but Trip Advisor and its reviewers confirm what we already knew:

“Wonderful walking path. Many relaxing stops along the way. Easy access points. Snow cleared. Beautiful landscaping.”

“Antelope Park has a lot to offer. There are monuments, a band shell, enclosed and unenclosed picnic areas, walking trails, a Veteran’s Memorial Garden, and a wonderful playground suitable for all ages. Auld Pavilion, within the park, holds local events including contra dancing on Saturday evenings. I like to go here to read, and my whole family likes to hunt Pokémon here. The playground at Antelope Park is my kids’ favorite in the city […]”

Even better, Trip Advisor gives Antelope Park a review of 4.5, meaning you can’t really go wrong.

lincoln-antelope-parkLocated at 23rd & N to 33rd & Sheridan Blvd on a 92.93 acres, there is more than enough room for kids to explore, burn off energy on the ample play equipment, dig in the sand, or take a break for a picnic snack. Antelope Park is even within walking distance of the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, making a day at the park more like an effortless staycation that will please the whole family.

The park offers shelters for renting. (Hey there, epic birthday parties and reunions!) Other features offered are a golf course (remember to reserve a tee time,) basketball and baseball areas, and a tennis court. It’s not too late to soak up some fall weather, so fill that picnic basket and head on out.

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October 2016 Events: Lincoln

gourds-webCheck out this month’s local events:

10/1 8–10 a.m. Breakfast with the Penguins!  Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/1 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/1 2:30 p.m. UNL Football vs. Illinois Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/1-10/2 7:30 p.m. My Fair Lady Lincoln Community Playhouse www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/1-10/22 (Sat’s) 3:30 p.m. String Beans at Roca Berry Farm http://www.thestringbeans.com/

10/2 12 p.m. EYE RUN Holmes Lake Park www.EYERUN.info

10/2-10/9  See website for times Fall Parade of HOMES www.hbal.org/events/parade-of-homes/

10/4 7:30 p.m. Chamber Singers Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/04/112026/

10/04 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Make Lincoln 2016 Trago Park 20th & U St www.makelincoln.com

10/04 7:30 p.m. MAROON 5 Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/06  7:30 p.m. Chiara String Quartet Kimball Recital Hall http://events.unl.edu/music/2016/10/06/112028/

10/6-10/9 8:30-4:00 p.m. Husker Valley Cluster Dog Show Lancaster Event Center http://www.cornhuskerkennelclub.com/All-Breed-Dog-Show.html

10/06 5:30 p.m. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk Haymarket Park http://pages.lightthenight.org/ne/Lincne16

10/06 5-8 p.m. National Fossil Day Morrill Hall http://www.museum.unl.edu/

10/07 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cork N’ Stogie James Arthur Vineyards http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/08 7:30 p.m. KEITH URBAN Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/07 5-8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk http://www.exploredowntown.org/first-friday-artwalk

10/08 gates open 4 p.m. event starts 6 p.m. Dirt Diva Pulling Team Muhlback Motor Sports Complex http://www.lancastereventcenter.org/all-events/event-details?EventID=7573&CalDate=1475946000000

10/11 doors open 4 p.m. show starts 7 p.m. Taste of Home Cooking School Embassy Suites 1040 P St https://www.facebook.com/events/102693153521417/

10/12 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Timberwolves VS Denver Nuggets Pinnacle Bank Arena https://www.pinnaclebankarena.com/

10/12 7:30 p.m. Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound www.liedcenter.org

10/13-16 7:30 p.m. Thurs-Sat & 2:00 p.m. Sun Young Frankenstein TADA Theatre 701 P St www.tadaproductions.info

10/14 5-9:30 p.m. Okto Beerfest Lancaster Event Center  http://www.oktobeerfestnebraska.com/

10/15 5-9 p.m. Twilight On The Tallgrass: Nature@Night Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center http://springcreekprairie.audubon.org/events/twilight-tallgrass

10/16 1-4:30 p.m. Walk Like MADD/MADD Dash 5K  Holmes Lake www.walklikemadd.org

10/18 6 p.m. Peppa Pig’s Big Splash Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/21-23 see website for times 2016 Little Boo Bash @ Bair Tournament Doris Bair Softball Complex www.nesoftball.org

10/21 7:30 p.m. The Capitol Steps Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/22 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 2016 Household Hazardous Waste Collection Woods Park http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/health/environ/Waste/HHazWaste.htm

10/22 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m Cornhusker Tailgate FREE at the Lincoln Marriott Cornhusker Hotel 333 S 13th St https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cornhusker-tailgate-tickets-26806722629

10/22 Time TBD UNL Football Vs Purdue Memorial Stadium http://www.huskers.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=100&SPID=22&SPSID=3

10/23 7 p.m. Clint Black Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/23 5:30-8:30 p.m. Haunted Hike Through the Vineyard James Arthur Vineyards, Raymond www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/25 7:30 p.m. Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Tour Lied Center www.liedcenter.org

10/26-30  5:30-8 p.m. Boo at the Zoo Lincoln Children’s Zoo www.lincolnzoo.org

10/27 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m Nebraska Product Show for Business and Industry Lancaster Event Center http://www.showofficeonline.com/products.htm

10/28-30 7:30p.m. Fri, 2p.m Sat & Sun The Boxcar Children Lincoln Community Playhouse  www.lincolnplayhouse.com

10/29 2:30-6:30 p.m. Celebration of Nebraska Books Museum of Nebraska History http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/programs/celebration.html

10/29 7:30-9 a.m. Monster Dash Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://smallvoicesorg.presencehost.net/monsterdash/registration.html

10/29 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Murder Mystery James Arthur Vineyards www.jamesarthurvineyards.com

10/30 1-4 p.m. 15th Annual Suite Memories, A Bridal Affair Embassy Suites https://www.facebook.com/events/158063147932722/

10/31 6:30-8:30 p.m. World Famous Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner at Billy’s 1301 H St, http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com/events/world-famous-murder-mystery-dinner-2/#11/40.9389/-96.7473

 

Ongoing October sporting events:

Check websites

University of Nebraska Sports Schedule: www.huskers.com

Nebraska Wesleyan University Sports Schedule: http://nwusports.com/

 

Ongoing Farmers Markets:

Oct 1 & 8 Saturdays 8 a.m.-12noon Historic Haymarket Farmers’ Market http://lincolnhaymarket.org/

Oct 2 – Oct. 30 Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rain or shine Old Cheney Road Farmers Market www.oldcheneyroadfarmersmarket.com

Oct 4 Tuesday 4-7p.m. F St Neighborhood Farmers Market 1302 F St www.facebook.com/fstreetmarket/

 

Area Pumpkin Patches:

JK’s Pumpkin Patch 757 Bluff Rd, Lincoln http://www.jkspumpkinpatch.com/#!

Roca Berry Farm, 16531 S 38th St, Roca https://rocaberryfarm.com/

Martin’s Hillside Orchard 2024 Ashland Rd, Ceresco http://hillside-orchard.com/index.htm

Bloom Where You’re Planted Farm 911 108th St, Avoca http://www.bloompumpkinpatch.com/

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5 ways to keep your superparent game strong through the school year

superhero kidsWe all start off as heroes at the beginning of the school year. Those school forms are signed and returned on time. Perfectly coordinated outfits are strategically laid out the night before. Showers, fresh haircuts, homework schedules—they’re on par for the perfect school year.

And then … there’s week two. We stumble a bit. But not to fear, there are simple steps you can take to keep your game strong from now all the way through that last day of school.

The Clothes

You can avoid those early morning outfit arguments by laying out clothes the night before, but do we really have time for that five nights a week? Try the zip lock back method. When you’re folding laundry, pair and fold matching outfits in bags that can be conveniently stored in the closet or dresser. Kids can pick the colors and outfit that suits their mood each morning, matching accessories and all. Those favorite (and probably well worn) T-shirts can be hung in the closet within reach, and we all know that the “favorite” shirt really goes with anything anyway. And as far as laundry goes, relax. Try one load a day. The real trick to stress relief is making sure just that one load gets folded and put away each day. Even better if you can get the kids to help.

Cold Lunch

Want to make your lunch packing extra economical? Use leftovers! Every real pizza lover loves cold pizza, so don’t toss those extra take-out pieces before you stock pile a few days of lunches. You can also spend just a few (key word: few) minutes each night throwing a few premade items into lunchbox. Juice boxes, fruit cups, and those magic Uncrustables, are perfect for making your morning a breeze—even before your coffee. Invest in a well-sealed, leak-proof water bottle, and keep the kiddos hydrated all school day long.

The Forms

Oh, the dreaded forms. They come home crumpled in the bottom of backpacks covered in crumbs, but it’s okay! Just take five minutes each day after you arrive home, and empty out each backpack. Create an easy filing system with baskets or shelves to organize each child’s papers.

The Perfect Planner

Some of us are old school fans of putting the pen to paper to help us keep organized. A Franklin planner (though a little pricier than others) will let you customize the perfect planner for your needs. Just pick the pages you want, the size, and relish in your organization. For the more tech-minded, an endless number of apps will solve all of your scheduling needs, particularly if you want to sync up with other phones in your family. Shared Google calendars are handy for multiple parents to juggle activities.

Weekly Meeting

Lastly, set aside just a few minutes each week to dish out the scheduling details with your family. Plan rides, which meetings to attend and by whom, and don’t forget to ask each kid the best part of their week and any concerns they have. Essentially, being that super parent is less about the hectic craziness, and more about just a few minutes each day staying on top of things.

Tips to tailgate like a pro

cornhole toss gameThe countdown is on, and September 3rd is fast approaching. It’s the date Husker fans have been counting down to since the end of last season: the first Husker football game of 2016. If you haven’t scored season tickets, you can relax and instead enjoy a season of football tradition. A tailgate is the next best thing to sitting in the stands, and we’ll tell you how to tailgate like the diehard fan that you are.

Head to the Action

Obviously, downtown is the place to be on Husker game days. Fans head to Haymarket park as early as 8 a.m. on game days to kick off their Husker rally. $25 dollars per car is all it takes to partake in the celebrations, and with food vendors surrounded in a sea of red you really can’t go wrong. For a more family and wallet-friendly option, the Husker Nation Pavilion is free to enter and has enough music and food to keep you going throughout the entire game. You can even arrive early for autograph sessions; just plan to be there three hours before game time. Take a peek at this handy downtown parking map beforehand to avoid traffic headaches.

Throw Your Own Tailgate

Downtown crowds aren’t for everyone. If you’re a comfort-seeking fan use your own driveway for a tailgate. Keep an eye out for a great deal on a sturdy, portable firepit, and use it to heat up comfort food snacks, like s’mores, or to keep friends and family warm during colder games. A big screen television is essential, and red decorations will bring Memorial Stadium to you. Tie a few red balloons within arms’ reach to cheer on that first touchdown, and some dollar store red silly string will make cheering even more exciting. And Husker temporary tattoos are a delight for adults and kids alike.

Cheer with a Full Belly

Eat like a champ and clean up like a pro by utilizing the magic of your slow cooker. Chili and cinnamon rolls are a Nebraska tradition, but don’t forget about the other football food staples like hot wings and chips and dip. Even your dessert can find a warm home in your slow cooker. This apple treat is absolutely perfect for autumn.

Games

Don’t let the party die down during half time. Every Nebraskan should be a cornhole master, and you can learn how to build your own regulation cornhole set here.

Toss around your own football to keep the game and energy going, but also try Frisbee golf, darts, and card games.

Most of all, get your most enthusiastic Husker friends at the party. Whether you choose to head downtown or keep the party in your own driveway, tailgating is a tradition that will get even those non-sports fans bleeding Husker red every game day.

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Family fun at Pioneers Park Nature Center

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Lincoln is full of fun and festive parks to spend an afternoon, but none are quite as diverse as the Pioneers Park Nature Center. In their own words, Pioneers Park has “668 acres of tallgrass prairie, woodlands, wetlands and a stream.” Protected grasslands, Nebraska native wildlife, and natural beauty expand as far as the eye can see. Consider just a few of the wonderful perks this fascinating park has to offer.

The Nature Center Trails: The Pioneers Park Nature Center has been adding acres upon acres of grassland and trails to its park since 1963. Tour guides are happy to take you through the various trails and point out the wildlife along the way. An adventurous bridge offers a lovely view of the Pioneer’s Park stream, and beyond that there are seemingly endless trails that could easily fill an entire afternoon, either alone or with friends and family. You can also admire the rehabilitated animals, like owls, hawks, and various birds, all safely housed in cages.

Buffalo Wildlife: Who isn’t completely enamored with the gentle beast that is the Nebraska buffalo? Not gentle enough to feed or pet, but you can spend quite a bit of time just enjoying their majestic presence. Elk are housed nearby, and even if you aren’t a self-proclaimed animal lover, it’s hard not to be fascinated with these creatures. If you’d like to get a little more up close and personal, head on over to the water fowl feeding area. Geese are anxious for a good meal provided by you, and if you’re lucky a painted turtle or snapping turtle might enjoy your snack as well.

Pinewood Bowl: Whichever sort of arts you enjoy, the Pinewood Bowl has you covered. Comedians, artists, shows, and musicians frequent this outdoor amphitheater during the summer for a relaxing atmosphere and great entertainment. All you need is a comfy blanket and some great company to enjoy the evening, entertaining, and the beauty of a Nebraska evening.

Play Equipment: Of course, every park needs a slide. Pioneers Park offers a large play area with slides, swings, and various play equipment for all ages. Best of all? You can wrap up the playground fun with a quick hike over to the iconic Native American Statue. It’s a small hill to climb, but totally worth the historical art at the top.

Rental Areas for Parties: Rent a picnic area for your next birthday party or family reunion and enjoy everything Pioneers Park has to offer. Grills, covered picnic tables, and every perk of this 668 park makes for an epic get-together. Just make sure to call ahead for a reservation.

Day Camps: Pioneers Park preschools and day camps are “a place where it’s ok to get a little dirty.” And there’s no harm in a little dirt. Little ones love to be immersed in nature, but with the Pioneers Park children’s program, they’re also immersed in knowledge. Take a look at the different programs offered, and find the right one for your child to follow their passion.

http://lincoln.ne.gov/City/parks/naturecenter/index.htm

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Creating a Kid-Friendly Home

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The Center for Disease Control reports a startling fact about child safety: unintentional injuries are the number one cause of casualties in children. While not all of these injuries occur inside the home, many of them do. But there’s no need to panic. When that squishy bumble of brand new baby begins embarking on new adventures like crawling, walking and general mobile curiosity, there are some simple steps you can take to baby proof your home. These tips also won’t even break the bank.

(http://www.cdc.gov/safechild/child_injury_data.html)

For starters, think small. You don’t have to go overboard and bubble wrap your whole house, even if you may be tempted to. There are fancy baby proofing experts available for hire to search your home for potential baby hazards, but a little common sense on a small budget can go a long way in keeping your child safe. So think minimalism – especially in regards to decorating. Move your favorite, breakable trinkets to a tall shelf. They’re easy to admire from afar, and unreachable for little curious hands. And in a few years, you can place those fragile pieces to a lower space and enjoy them for years to come.

Moving those trinkets, along with other objects, costs no money at all. Those shiny glass coffee tables are another great thing to store for a later stage of parenting. The sharp corners are a bullseye for a clumsy toddler’s head, not to mention…the sticky little fingerprints are never ending.  So find a storage area, or unused room to keep them clean and safe for a few years. For all of your wooden furniture, and fireplaces edges, apply a simple cushy adhesive to mask the corners.

As for those critical essentials, they don’t have to break the bank either. Baby gates can be found at garage sales and baby consignment shops. Plus, they have more uses than just keeping stairways safe. Connectable baby gates can make great a safe haven while you’re cooking, or make a nice barrier around fireplaces. You can also keep that curious, roaming toddler safely in their room at night. Other affordable essentials include drawer and cupboard locks that are simple to install and remove when you’re done with them. Temperature guards on bathtubs give peace of mind, and if you’ve ever lost your car keys at the hands of a little one, you know toiled locks are crucial

Outlets are one of the most feared hazards because the injuries happen in the blink of an eye. But if you’re currently out house hunting, notice that most newer houses have outlet covers built right in. You can’t see them, and little fingers can’t remove them, but the design only opens when two prongs are entered at once. So say goodbye to the toddler with a butter knife fear. If your house isn’t equipped with this safety feature, a local hardware store and the help of an electrician can upgrade this hazard in no time.

Safety is the first concern when you start to considering babyproofing, but you still want to enjoy your house once the kids are grown. So cover beautiful wooden tables with decorative cloth or doilies, and use placemats to prevent scratches from those vigorous toys with wheels. You can also consider some trendy rugs to cover up the carpets from spills. In a few years when you’re out of the parenting trenches, you’ll thank yourself for keeping your children safe and your home beautiful.

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