Earth Day is almost here.
It’s officially Monday, April 22, but dozens of people will get a jump start to that anniversary celebration this weekend.
So what exactly is Earth Day?
It’s a holiday we’ve been celebrating since the 1970′s. A day to reflect on our planet and how we can work together to keep it clean and healthy for many years to come. In Omaha, there are several events scheduled to celebrate our beautiful planet including a party at Elmwood Park on Saturday.
But you don’t have to wait until then to enjoy spring and all the beautiful things it brings.
Check out our list of top events to check out this weekend.
Join ”Kicks for a Cure,” the 8th Annual Soccer Exhibition Weekend at Creighton University. The Creighton’s women’s soccer team will sponsor a 90 minute soccer clinic for 150 boys and girls ages 8 to 14. The clinic is free and is held at Morrison Stadium, 2500 California Plaza. Later, a dinner will be held at the Doubletree Hotel at 6 p.m.
Check out the Spring Festival at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center. This arts and crafts show will feature hundreds of the nation’s finest artists and craftspeople from all across the country. The festival goes from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and children under 10 are free.
Listen to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at the Holland Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased at www.ticketomaha.com. They’re only in town for one night so don’t miss out.
Party for the planet at the Henry Doorly Zoo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Discover ways you can help save our planet with family fun activities to enjoy.
See your favorite robots and superheros at the Children’s Museum on display during the Modern Makers: Recycled Robots & Superheros show. Characters such as Batman, Superman, Optimus Prime, and Star Wars will be there. Each life-size costume is hand-made from recycled materials. Show times are at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Shows are included with regular museum admission.
Enjoy delicious free food samples throughout Whole Foods Supermarket from noon to 3 p.m. There will also be tips to help you tread a little more lightly on our planet.
Celebrate Earth Day at Elmwood Park, 808 S 60th St. today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature exhibit booths, children’s activities, demonstrations, food vendors and live music. If the weather isn’t great and you’d prefer to stay indoors, head to the Strategic Air & Space Museum for hands on activities concentrating on earth science.
Free kids outdoor skills event at Bass Pro Shop on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Kids were learn skills such as casting, archery and note tying. Free crafts will take place as well from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
It’s Kid’s Night Out at BounceU. Drop your kids off from 5:30 to 9:30 for a night of pizza and drinks, movies and popcorn, games and unlimited bouncing. Reservations are required and can be made at 402-884-9093. Price is $17.50 for the first child and $12.50 for siblings.
Earth Day events continue in Lincoln today. Celebrations include a 5K race at 8 a.m. (register at www.lincolnearthday.org/5k.asp) a farmer’s market and activities during the day. Earth Night will take place at the Rococo Theater, 128 N 13th St #208, from 6 p.m. to midnight with bands and a fashion show.
Chelsea Flynn, 21, is a University of Nebraska at Omaha student interning for momaha this spring.
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