Art, animals celebrated at Morrill Hall's 'Colorful Creature Day' April 2

Released on 03/22/2011, at 2:00 AM
Office of University Communications
University of Nebraska–Lincoln

WHEN: Saturday, Apr. 2, 2011

WHERE: University of Nebraska State Museum, Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets [map]

Lincoln, Neb., March 22nd, 2011 —

Families are invited to celebrate Colorful Creature Day from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 2 at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.

This event is part of a year-long celebration of the museum's 140th anniversary. Regular museum admission will be charged.

Colorful Creature Day is a fun-filled afternoon of live animals and hands-on art activities in the museum. Several naturalists and volunteer groups will be on hand to give children the opportunity to learn about and interact with different creatures, including a hedge hog, alpaca, llama, owl, pigs, birds, rabbits, turtles, reptiles, amphibians and more. Artists from the UNL Department of Art and Art History and the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators will provide art activities and demonstrate their creative talents. Children may also take pictures with "Pebbles," the giant piping plover, and enter to win an artistic rain barrel following the event.

On April 2 only, Mueller Planetarium will present the fulldome show, "Enchanted Reef," a 30-minute adventure exploring the ocean world. Show times are 2 and 3 p.m.

Colorful Creature Day also celebrates the museum's new Colorful Creature art exhibit, comprised of all the entries received from its statewide art contest this spring. The ribbon winners among four different age groups will be unveiled. The exhibit will remain on display through June 26.

In addition to the University of Nebraska State Museum, presenting organizations include the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Pioneers Park Nature Center, Raptor Recovery, Capital Humane Society, Spring Creek Prairie Audubon, Nebraska Parrot Rescue, Star City Llama and Alpaca 4-H Club, Rabbits R Us 4-H Club, Great Plains Chapter of the Guild of Natural Scientific Illustrators, the Lincoln's Watershed Management Division, the Nebraska Herpetological Society, the UNL Department of Art and Art History, the UNL School of Natural Resources, among others. Generous support for this event is provided by the Hixson-Lied Endowment.

Established in 1871, the University of Nebraska State Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary with special promotions and educational events throughout the year. Hours are 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. 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. Planetarium tickets are sold at the museum's front gate the day of the show. Parking is free.

WRITER: Dana Ludvik

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