Morrill Hall's 'Colorful Creature Day' celebration is April 2

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The University of Nebraska State Museum will celebrate Colorful Creature Day, 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 2 at Morrill Hall. This event is part of a year-long celebration of the museum's 140th anniversary. Admission to the museum is free (with a valid NCard) for faculty, staff, students and their immediate family members.

Colorful Creature Day is an 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 hedgehog, 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.

During the celebration, 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.

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