1 Go to an Alphabet PartyCome to the south Omaha Library at 10:30 a.m. Thursday for an alphabet Party. The event will include a story time and different activities centered around the alphabet and letters. The library is located at 2808 Q St.
2 Check out an art crawlThe North Omaha summer arts Crawl will take place Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The family-friendly community event is free and has something for everyone, with six venues encompassing ethnic folk art, icons, quilts, paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The venues include the Charles B. Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave.; Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, 30th and Fort streets; Church of the resurrection, 3004 Belvedere Blvd.; Nelson Mandela school, 6316 N. 30th St.; and Trinity Lutheran Church/heartland Family service, 6340 N. 30th St.
3 Celebrate back-to-school time with Elephant and PiggieCome to the Florence Library, 2920 Bondesson St., at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to celebrate back-to-school time with Elephant and Piggie. The event will include Storytime, play time, crafts and plenty of laughs.
4 Meet wild animalsCome to Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., at 10:30 a.m. for Big Play Saturday. The event will include live animals for kids to meet and learn about. Then, real-life Timber Tot Nut Nut will greet kids. There will also be a raffle for a Timber Tots Tree house play set.
5 Learn about animals at nightCome to heron haven at 8 p.m. Saturday to learn about animals at night, make a glowing firefly take-home craft and then go on a hike. stay later to join UNO researcher dr. Jeremy White as he attempts to study captured bats through mist netting. heron haven is located at 11809 Old Maple road.
6 Attend a back-to-school bashThe Durham Museum will host a Back-to-school Bash on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Watch the movie "We're Back" on the big screen, jump into the "bounce-a-saurus" bounce house, get your face painted and explore the museum's newest exhibit, "Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family." There will also be a food truck roundup on the lower level of the museum parking lot. reservations are required. regular museum admission applies; members are free.
7 Check out the night skyCome to Hitchcock Nature Center on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to midnight to check out the night sky. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, binoculars and telescopes. The event is free, but participants must purchase a $3 per vehicle daily pass. Hitchcock Nature Center is located at 27792 ski hill Loop in honey Creek, Iowa.
8 Get ready for schoolThe Hy-Vee located at 3410 N. 156th St. will host a back-to-school celebration Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will include bounce houses and games. For a small fee, kids can ride a pony or enjoy a root beer float.
— ASHLEE COFFEY
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