Morrill Hall provides family fun on 'Colorful Creature Day' May 15

Released on 05/05/2010, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, May. 15, 2010

WHERE: UNiversity of Nebraska State Museum (Morrill Hall), south of 14th and Vine streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., May 5th, 2010 —
Mike Mennard
Mike Mennard

Kids and families are invited to celebrate Colorful Creature Day 1:30-4:30 p.m. May 15 at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus [map].

A fun-filled afternoon of music, art and animals is planned to celebrate the museum's new Colorful Creature art exhibit, which is comprised of all of the entries received from its statewide art contest this spring. From 1:30-4:30 p.m. only, there will be free museum admission for children ages 18 and younger and $1 off the adult admission (regularly $5) on Colorful Creature Day. Regular admission will be charged prior to the start of the event this day. Regular Planetarium admission will apply all day. Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Museum visitors will enjoy family-friendly performances by musician Mike Mennard at 1:45 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Artists from UNL and the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators will provide hands-on art activities, answer questions and demonstrate their creative talents. Several naturalists and volunteer groups will be on hand to give children the opportunity see live animals up close and personal, including an alpaca, llama, great-horned owl, red eastern screech owl, female merlin, vulture, macaw, cockatoo, parakeet, rabbits, turtles, insects, reptiles, amphibians and more.

Children are also encouraged to bring colorful rocks and minerals to the museum for a scientist to identify. Other activities include fun with beads and at 2 and 3 p.m., the 30-minute fulldome Planetarium show "Enchanted Reef," a fun and educational story about the fantastic world under water and ways we can help preserve the environment. Families can also enter to win an artistic rain barrel.

In addition to the University of Nebraska State Museum, presenting organizations include Pioneers Park Nature Center, Raptor Recovery, Capital Humane Society, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon, Nebraska Parrot Rescue, Nebraska Herpetological Society, Star City Llama and Alpaca 4-H Club, Rabbits R Us 4-H Club, The Bead People, Great Plains Chapter of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators, the Watershed Management Division of City of Lincoln Public Works and Utilities, Beak N Wings Inc., and the UNL Department of Art and Art History and Environmental Resource Center. Special support is also provided by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.

All of the entries from the museum's Colorful Creature art contest will be on display on the third floor of Morrill Hall for the participants, their families and the general public to enjoy. More than 400 children in preschool through fifth grade contributed paintings and drawings of their favorite ancient or modern creatures to the exhibit. The first-, second- and third-place winners among four different age groups will be unveiled. The art exhibit will remain on display through Labor Day.

The art contest judges included Nancy Childs, curriculum specialist for visual art for Lincoln Public Schools; Angie Fox, scientific illustrator for the NU State Museum; and Mark Harris, associate director of the museum.

The University of Nebraska State Museum of Natural History in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $5 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $10 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, visit the museum's website,, or contact Dana Ludvik, public relations coordinator, at (402) 472-3779 or by e-mail. For more information on Mueller Planetarium visit For more information about Mike Mennard, visit

WRITER: Dana Ludvik

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