Lux Center for the Arts’ Date Night art-making classes unite couples for creative collaboration in a laid-back atmosphere. After signing up for a two-hour workshop, held at least one Friday each month, each participating couple will combine brainpower with up to four additional twosomes and an experienced artisan to channel their collective subconscious into nifty collaborative pieces. Monthly meetings highlight different mediums; guests may spin a custom-made swear jar on pottery night to collect FCC donations, paint themselves into historical events, or forge a backup ring to rule them all in the glass fusing class. Feel free to pair up with a blind date, a new friend, or a well-behaved barista in the Date Night art-making classes, which are open to right-brained couples of all skill levels.
Ten different types of grapes sprawl across 12 acres that sit along banks of Spring Creek, soaking up the ample Nebraskan sunlight. Mac's Creek Winery & Vineyards—a joint venture of the McFarland family, whose roots run deep in central Nebraska—handpick these grapes to produce a collection of red and white artisanal wines, including their award-winning 2009 Mac's Lantern.
Guests can savor the cherry flavor of the Frontenac grapes found in the above-mentioned Mac's Lantern or sip on other varieties—such as the light-bodied 2010 Spring Mist—in the spacious tasting room or on the sun-drenched lawn. On weekends, they can enjoy a prairie bistro lunch from 12-4p.m., and on Friday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., they can toast to live entertainment or dramatic readings of the wine list.
Angie Lewis never considered herself an artist. When she first began dabbling with paint, she found herself overwhelmed by choices. After fretting over what paintbrush to use and what brand of paint to buy, she eventually gave up and stuffed her art supplies—and her creativity—in the back of her closet.
They remained there until one day, while visiting friends in Denver, Angie attended an "entertainment-style" art class. It had music, wine, and a casual "it's OK to mess up" vibe, and Angie knew she just had to bring the concept home with her to Nebraska. And thus The Corky Canvas was born, a place where friends and artists of all skill levels gather with paintbrushes in one hand, and wine glasses in the other. At two Corky Canvas locations, Angie and her team of instructors lead groups through nightly featured painting, private parties, team buildings, and more. Painters are always welcome to change the colors of their class's suggested design, or to even paint something new entirely, following the whims of their creative spirits.
Morrill Hall's exhibits showcase biodiversity, Nebraska's wildlife, paleontology, and scientific studies. With your membership, you'll receive unlimited admission to the hallowed history hall, as well as access to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Royal and the Trailside Museum of Natural History in Crawford. You'll also receive discounted admission to the Mueller Planetarium, 10% off gift shop purchases and themed birthday parties, and invitations to exhibit openings. Click here to see a full list of membership benefits.
The experienced framers at Against The Wall Gallery & Framing encapsulate artwork in custom borders, transforming pictures, photographs, and paintings into ready-to-hang wall art. Proud owners can bring in creative works and select from an array of metal ($50+) or wood ($75+) confinements. The shop's hundreds of mat options come in a multitude of textures and colors to complement pictures and prints of all types. A sky-blue backing makes the eyes of a portrait pop, while a pure white mat can help harmonize a painting with the family poodle. Ten different types of glass top off casing options, ranging from basic to museum quality. Though time varies depending on the project, Against The Wall generally finishes custom frame work within a week.
Nearly 50 years old and recognized as one of the Best Zoos for Kids by Parents magazine, the Lincoln Children's Zoo continues to foster an exciting educational atmosphere that encourages kids to interact firsthand with their furry, scaly, and leafy neighbors. There's already an ample, varied herd of animals that will be joined by the rare Humboldt penguins—the zoo is one of only 16 zoos nationwide to feature the warm-climate tuxedoed birds—and the mischievous squirrel monkeys. Curious kids and professional petters will want to flock to the hands-on exhibits. Feed a llama from your hand and listen closely for his penny-stock tips at the Firsthand Farm, or watch a friendly ZooCrew handler parade small creatures before youngsters at Critter Encounter. Because plants and animals are still reconciling creative differences, you can visit bodacious buds separately at the nearby botanical gardens, where a wide variety of plant species bedeck their expansive green areas.