Family-friendly activities for cold-weather months; Southeast Lincoln

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It’s December! Christmas and New Year’s Eve are rapidly approaching. Unfortunately, there are a few things that come with those festive holidays; namely cold, snow, ice, and the like.

So instead of bunkering down in your house with an electric blanket and an endless supply of Netflix, consider venturing out for a few activities that won’t take you too far from your Snuggie and heated blanket.

Paint Yourself Silly

Surprise! The well-loved Paint Yourself Silly is not just a downtown attraction. 70th and Pioneers offers these hours to let your inner child out, our just enjoy watching your child be a creative mastermind:

Hours

Monday 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Tuesday 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Wednesday 11:00 AM-7:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM-9:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM-5:00 PM

The Parthenon

The Parthenon Tavern and Greek Grill will also warm you up, even if you’re not a fan of ouzo. They frequently offer live music on Friday nights, Belly Dancers, Wine Dinners, and plenty of family friendly events. And here’s a tip: always ask for warm pita bread to be brought out while the kiddos wait for their food. The staff is more than happy to oblige!

Frozen Bubbles

If you love winter, and need those kids to get some fresh air, consider this fun trick! Popular blog Apartment Therapy offers this recipe for FROZEN bubbles. But beware, they recommend temperatures as low at 9 degrees Fahrenheit. AparmentTherapy.com gives the following instructions:

Giant Soap Bubble Solution
3 cups water
1 cup liquid dishwashing detergent
1/2 cup white corn syrup

“By adding corn syrup to a basic soap bubble recipe you create a sugar polymer and a much stronger bubble that is able to live long enough to be frozen.”

Hyde Observatory

Also in Southeast Lincoln, the Hyde Observatory at Holmes Lake is a crowd pleaser for every age group. October – March they are open Saturdays from 7 PM to 10PM.

They offer four telescopes for viewing the moon, starts, and planets. They also state that “members of the Prairie Astronomy Club will often set up their own telescopes outside on the lawn to the southwest of the observing deck for classes or for special events to accommodate larger crowds.” Contact them at 402-441-8708.

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