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The 87th annual Tangier Shrine Circus will perform seven shows, next Thursday through Feb. 21, at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.


Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions:

1. Cowboy Up! at The Durham Museum. Alongside "From Nebraska to the World: Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show" is an experience designed especially for kids. It is an interactive western-themed experience for the museum's youngest visitors, exploring the world of cowboys, horses and all things "wild west." The exhibit opens Saturday and will run through March 27. Cost is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children (ages 3-12). The exhibit is free for museum members. More.

2. Seventh Annual Nebraska Robotics Expo. On Saturday, the Strategic Air & Space Museum will host the seventh annual Nebraska Robotics Expo. More than 800 K-12 Nebraska students, team leaders and math and science teachers will gather for this robotics event that brings together two robotics competitions, the CEENBoT Robotics Showcase and FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and the Creative Visual Arts Expo for a day of robotics inspiration in a historical venue. Nebraska Lt. Governor Mike Foley will headline this year’s opening ceremonies, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. in the lower atrium of the museum. The public is invited to attend; general museum admission applies. Click here for more information.

3. Attend a fish fry. It's officially lent, which means local churches and organizations will host fish fries every Friday. For a full list, click here

4. Trinity Classical Academy Open House. Trinity Classical Academy is a new collaborative, Christian school that will open in fall 2016 for kindergarten through fourth grades. The open house will take place Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Central Church, located at 344 North 115th St. The open house is free. For more information, click here.

5. Girls Who Code Club information session. Those interested in learning more about the Omaha Public Library's new Girls Who Code Club, a community-based affiliate of the national non-profit organization Girls Who Code, are invited to attend a free information session Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Milton R. Abrahams Branch Library, 5111 N. 90th St. The club seeks to inspire, educate and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Girls wishing to participate must complete an online application and undergo an interview with club mentors. The program is limited to 24 participants. For more information, click here.

6. Tangier Shrine Circus. The Mid-America Center, located at 1 Arena Way in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will host the Tangier Shrine Circus Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature exotic animals, mesmerizing acts and the comedic routines of the Tangier Circus clowns. Children of all ages can enjoy an up-close interaction as they ride on elephants, camels and ponies at the Circus Fun Fair, which takes place an hour prior to each show. Along with animal rides, the fair also hosts a variety of games, carnival rides and a live petting zoo. Tickets are $15. For more information, click here.

7. Second Annual Love One Child Gala. The second annual Love One Child Gala will take place Saturday at Cascio's Steakhouse. A silent auction will take place starting at 5 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. dinner and entertainment by the Burundi Choir. Tickets are $45. Proceeds will go towards Sparrow's Nest, a transition home in Kigali, Rwanda. The house serves as a community space for tutoring, counseling and bible study. For more information about the house, click here. For more information about Saturday's gala, click here. Cascio's Steakhouse is located at 1620 S 10th St.

8. Omaha Rollergirls Booster Night. The Omaha Rollergirls operates as a not for profit organization and is skater-owned and operated. The group will host a booster night Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ralston Arena, located at 7300 Q St. Cost is $12 for adults. Tickets for children ages 10 and younger are $6. Funds raised go directly back to the community or to further development of the league. For more information, click here.

9. Open House at St. Bernard Catholic School. Come to St. Bernard School's open house Sunday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and learn what a Catholic learning environment can offer your child. St. Bernard has pre-K to 8th grade and on-site child care. The school also offers tuition discounts. All faiths welcome. RSVPs appreciated. The school is located at 3604 N. 65th St. in Omaha. More.

10. Clifford Visits Omaha Public Libraries. Clifford the Big Red Dog will be visiting various Omaha Public Library locations. He will be available for pictures, high fives and lots of tail wags. Be sure to bring your camera. Times and dates are subject to change. To find out which library Clifford will visit, go to the library's calendar page here.

11. Hands-on-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest. ParentSavvy and Fontenelle Forest are providing a fun, educational, hands-on class Friday for pre-school age children and parents from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, located at 1111 Bellevue Blvd. in Bellevue. The class is free three times a year with the promo code "ParentSavvy." Friday's theme is "tracks in the snow." Registration is required. For more information, click here.

12. Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe. This exhibition, open Saturday through May 8 at The Durham Museum, showcases intimate and iconic images of President John F Kennedy and his family, taken by Kennedy's personal photographer. The exhibition features more than 70 photographs and contact sheets, which document Kennedy's rise to power, his 1958 Senate re-election campaign to the White House and intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home. Cost is $11 for adults, $8 for senior (ages 62+), $7 for children (ages 3-12) and FREE for members. More.

13. Try Hockey for Free Day. Moylan Iceplex, 12550 W. Maple Road, will host a free experience to try youth hockey for kids between the ages of 4 and 9 Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A limited amount of equipment will be available to borrow. Top coaches will be on the ice to assist children in learning the basics. No previous skating or hockey experience is required. Sidner Ice Arena, 1558 E. Military Ave in Fremont, will also host the same event from noon to 1 p.m. More.

14. Draw-A-Thon for teens at Joslyn Art Museum. Draw-a-Thon is a special lock-in style event Saturday for teens to meet local artists, make art, dance and eat pizza. Plus, the event is free. Draw-a-Thon will teach drawing tricks and techniques it takes to turn a doodle into a masterpiece. The fun will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight at Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. Reservations are required for Draw-a-Thon. For more information and to register, click here.

15. Science on a Sphere at Do Space. The science exhibit for all ages is open weekdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Science on a Sphere is an exhibit by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that illustrates Earth System science to visitors. It's located on the second floor at Do Space, located at 7205 Dodge St. Demonstrations by UNO, MCC and other science experts will be held throughout the exhibit. More.

16. "Water" exhibition at KANEKO. Exploring and understanding water in a multitude of forms is the theme of KANEKO’s Spring 2016. Admission to KANEKO galleries are free and open to the public. Public gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 2 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. KANEKO is located at 1111 Jones St. in Omaha. More.

17. Science & Art Exhibit at Strategic Air & Space Museum. Come to the museum to see how a nano meter of water can be fun, how Origami uses geometry, why a worm is considered art, and how music is created from a micro-chip. The traveling exhibit will be available every day at the museum until April 10. The Strategic Air & Space Museum is located at 28210 West Park Highway in Ashland, Nebraska. More.

18. Centennial Film Festival. The Centennial Film Festival will be held each weekend in January and February of 2016 in the Homestead National Monument of America Education Center, located at 8523 W. State Hwy 4 in Beatrice, Nebraska. This year will feature popular movies filmed at National Park Service sites across America. This weekend's feature is "Taps." More.

19. Weekend Wildlife Films at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday and Sunday, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, located at 1434 316th Lane in Missouri Valley, Iowa, will show a free wildlife film – "Raccoon Nation." Go deep inside the hidden world of raccoons. They are far more elusive and wily than most ever imagined. The 60-minute film is for the entire family. The movie starts at 1:30 p.m. both days. More.

20. Go ice skating with your kids. The Ralston Arena offers public ice skating for $5, with free ice skate rental. More. Motto McLean Ice Arena (inside Hitchcock Park at 45th and Q Streets) offers Family Skate time Sunday from 4 to 6:15 p.m. More.

21. See an indoor movie with your kids. Film Streams' 2016 Winter Forever Young Family and Children's Series promises fun for film lovers of all ages. The series continues Thursday with "Beauty and the Beast (1946)." This run of Jean Cocteau’s fairy-tale masterpiece includes a Free Valentine’s Day Screening at 2 p.m., sponsored by Borsheims Fine Jewelry. Once upon a time, in a world of magic and wonder, the true love of a beautiful girl may finally dispel the torment of a feral but gentle-hearted beast. Marcus Theaters will host a "Kids Dream Winter Film Series" Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m. Admission is $3. Concession specials include $2.75 popcorn and $2.75 fountain drinks. Participating Omaha locations include Majestic Cinema (144th & Maple), Twin Creek in Bellevue and Village Pointe. The series will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through March 20. To receive two free tickets, visit one of the participating agents at American Family Insurance or click here. This weekend's film is "Hotel Transylvania 2." MoreAksarben Cinema, at 2110 S. 67th St., has $5 movies all day every Tuesday, plus $2 hot dogs, popcorn and pop (and $2 Bud Light beers for the parents).

22. Do some crafts. Several area stores are hosting craft time for children this weekend. At Michaels, the KIDS CLUB will be creating a "Monogram Clothespin Frame" craft Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. The cost for that is $2. Kids can create a "Chore Chart Door Hanger" craft at Lakeshore Learning Store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by Mangelsen's Saturday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. where kids can create a Fuzzy Caterpillar craft – for free.

23. Omaha Children's Museum Super Powers exhibit. The Omaha Children's Museum's newest exhibit, "Super Powers," is open. The exhibit runs through April 17, 2016. More

24. Social Play Group. Snyder Charleson Therapy Services, located at 8031 West Center Road, Suite 300, is hosting social play groups every Monday and Thursday. The play group sessions are 60 minutes long and take place at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. All groups are run by speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists. Group time will focus on sensory integration, communication and social skills through structured play-based activities. Social play groups are targeted toward children 2 to 6 years old. Groups will consist of two to four children depending on their age, skill level and areas of need. To schedule an appointment, call 402-763-4408 or email pediatrics@snydercharleson.com.

25. Do something you've never done before: Check out 40 off-the-beaten-path things to do in Omaha if you're looking for something new to keep you busy this weekend.

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