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6 YMCA of Greater Omaha 10 University of Nebraska Medical Center 14 Boys Town Pediatrics 26 Huntington Learning Center 30 Goldfish Swim School
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A SPECIAL BOND
ou don’t really get much better in this world than grandmas and grandpas. Truly. My grandparents taught me so much about life — like always try new things even if you’re scared; it’s good luck to have a butterfly land on you; pineapples and bananas go super together; and would I like some cheese with that “whine”? (Something I now ask my kids.) This month we’re focusing on those ties with grandparents. Over the years, I took many trips with my grandparents, and I loved every one. It was a chance to enjoy my grandparents alone. We visited Colorado a few times, and they even accompanied me on one of my first outof-town reporter assignments in Winnebago, Nebraska.
The first time I went outside of the United States was with my grandparents. They took me to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, when I was in eighth grade. It was such a cultural eye-opener. On that vacation, I flew in a plane for the first time, saw the ocean for the first time, tried foods I never thought I’d try in a million years and was introduced to people from all over the world. (I met the nicest German couple on that trip, and I still think of them from time to time.) Every trip was a chance to bond with my grandparents and learn something new. Even though my grandma has passed away, and my grandpa doesn’t travel much, those are memories I will cherish forever. I look forward to the day my kids start making special memories like that with their grandparents.
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THINGS TO TRY THIS MONTH KEYS AND MORE UNDER PRESSURE When you have the little ones visiting, it’s much more fun to play with them than slave over the stove. While the Instant Pot continues to be all the rage, don’t give up on the original pressure cooker. This year, Kuhn Rikon is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Duromatic Pressure Cooker. It’s smaller than the Instant Pot, easier to store, offers lots of control and is long-lasting. amazon.com, $159.
Love to camp or help around the house if you’re visiting family? The Keyport Pivot, part key holder and part Swiss Army knife, is an innovative way to keep track of your keys while including various helpful tools and security for the forgetful carrier. The airplane carry-on allowable device can hold up to nine keys before expansion, and comes with a bottle opener, pen, flathead screwdriver, hex bit driver, wrench, ruler and LED flashlight. The only drawback is that car keys and fobs must be clipped on externally. The Pivot comes with a free two-year subscription to Keyport ID, a service that will allow a way for your keys to be returned to you if lost. mykeyport.com, $19.99.
PLAYING IS A SNAP Those long vacation drives no longer will be a drag for young girls in your family. They’ll be too busy playing with SnapDolls. The cloth dolls are charming and durable and can go anywhere. Each has its own story and accessories, which snap on and off easily. They can be put in an envelope when done and stored in a car pocket for easy access. The dolls improve imagination, creativity, dexterity and fine motor skills. cortextoys.com, $12.99.
STORAGE WITH STYLE When the grandkids come to play, a mess usually follows. Make cleanup easy with a Lorena Canals fringed basket. It’s perfect to store books, toys or electronic items. If blue doesn’t fit your decor, pick another color. Or try the versions with stripes or balls. We love them because besides being statement pieces, they’re durable, made of all-natural materials and are machine washable. lorenacanals.us, $69.
TIME FOR DINNER It’s fun to teach the grandkids how to cook, especially when you make new foods they don’t get at home. For your next cooking session, try out the wok skillet designed by Christopher Kimball of Milk Street for Kuhn Rikon, which was a big seller this past Christmas. It’s heavy enough to get a good sear on proteins or vegetables and sized just right to feed the whole family. amazon.com, $69.95
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Health ‘impacts everything’ Mom sees firsthand how CHI-YMCA partnership benefits the community’s well-being STORY+ PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Watkins
s a working mom, Kristin Wolford wears many hats for many different reasons. In addition to her role as the director of rehabilitation services for CHI Health – overseeing locations at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs and Midlands Hospital in Papillion – she directs several outpatient clinics throughout the metro area. She also sits on several community boards and is active with her kids’ school in Treynor, Iowa. One of the clinics she oversees is CHI’s onsite partnership with the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs. She said the relationship makes sense because the two organizations share similar faith-based missions centered on creating healthy communities. Wolford was a member of the volunteer board that actively fundraised to build the Charles E. Lakin YMCA and continues to raise money for scholarships for kids in the community to be able to enjoy the Y. She said the facility has special meaning to her and her family – husband Trent; daughter Nori, 9; and son Talin, 7. “The YMCA is a big part of our entire lives,” said Wolford, who lives in Council Bluffs but is originally from Oakland, Nebraska. She earned her DPT (doctorate in physical therapy) from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “Trent and I come here to work out regularly, and the kids love coming here to swim and
Kristin Wolford is the director of rehabilitation services for CHI. One of the clinics she oversees is CHI’s onsite partnership with the Charles E. Lakin YMCA in Council Bluffs.
participate in sports. “I’m also here often for board activities and to check in at our CHI office housed in the building. I love this new Y. It’s so beautiful.” In addition to workout classes, the Charles E. Lakin YMCA mirrors CHI’s shared commitment to healthy living by offering classes to teach people how to make healthy
and delicious meals. The combination of those two elements works toward reducing the prevalence of diabetes and other health ailments. “That’s the goal for both organizations – for everyone to be healthier no matter their race, gender, age or socioeconomic status,” she said. “Good health transcends
every other part of our lives. Not having it impacts everything in our lives.” Wolford said she worked out regularly at the previous Council Bluffs YMCA, but the structure – designed and built in the 1970s – had functional issues that made it unreliable and unpredictable. Still, despite its physical shortcomings, Wolford said she has always benefited from the YMCA’s spiritual offerings – something the new location continues to embody and exude. “(At the old Y) I never knew if the showers were going to have hot water, but at the core, Y membership for me is about the relationships you build there,” she said. “It’s a great support structure to help you reach your goals.” Since her experience with the Y is a family affair, she said she appreciates the fundamentals of respect and teamwork that the organization emphasizes in its youth programs and sports. She said she takes heart in knowing her kids learn these and other valuable life lessons – sportsmanship, in particular – every time they play at the Y. “In a world of sports specialization, it’s so refreshing to know my kids are learning the important aspects of sports through their experiences at the YMCA,” Wolford said. “We are a Y family and always will be. I can’t imagine that ever changing.” To learn how you can become part of the Y family, visit metroymca.org/supportthe-ymca.
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Top picks from the Omaha Public Library Are you looking for something to read for yourself or your kids but are unsure what to try next? The Omaha Public Library makes it easy to find good books with its list of top circulating titles from 2018. We highlight some categories here. In addition, the library staff shares more than 100 of its favorite titles from 2018, along with brief reviews, at topshelf.omahalibrary.org.
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1. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway” by Jeff Kinney 2. “Dog Man and Cat Kid” by Dav Pilkey 3. “Pete the Cat and the New Guy” by Kimberly and James Dean 4. “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio 5. “My New Friend Is So Fun!” by Mo Willems 6. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal” by Jeff Kinney 7. “Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses” by Kimberly and James Dean 8. “There’s a Wocket in My Pocket” by Dr. Seuss 9. “Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties” by Dav Pilkey 10. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling
1. “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle 2. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” by J.K. Rowling 3. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” by J.K. Rowling 4. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” by J.K. Rowling 5. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling 6. “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” by J.K. Rowling 7. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” by Jeff Kinney 8. “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis 9. “The Hidden Oracle” by Rick Riordan 10. “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis
1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas 2. “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green 3. “Eleanor & Park” by Rainbow Rowell 4. “The Dark Prophecy” by Rick Riordan 5. “The Burning Maze” by Rick Riordan 6. “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi 7. “The Ship of the Dead” by Rick Riordan 8. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” by J.K. Rowling 9. “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” by J.K. Rowling 10. “The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan
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1. “The Woman in the Window” by A.J. Finn 2. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah 3. The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham 4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng 5. “The 17th Suspect” by James Patterson 6. “The Midnight Line” by Lee Child 7. “Hardcore Twenty-Four” by Janet Evanovich 8. “The President Is Missing” by Bill Clinton and James Patterson 9. “The Disappeared” by C.J. Box 10. “Twisted Prey” by John Sandford
1. “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis 2. “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover 3. “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” by Michael Wolff 4. “Fear: Trump in the White House” by Bob Woodward 5. “A Higher Loyalty” by James Comey 6. “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” by Michelle McNamara 7. “The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning” by Margareta Magnusson 8. “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” by Jordan B. Peterson 9. “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann 10. “Home Sweet Murder: TrueCrime Thrillers” by James Patterson
1. “Origin” by Dan Brown 2. “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham 3. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood 4. “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng 5. “Two Kinds of Truth” by Michael Connelly 6. “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks 7. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah 8. “Into the Water” by Paula Hawkins 9. “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate 10. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan
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INFLUENZA CRACKDOWN Keeping students up-to-date on immunizations is front line of defense
t is winter, which in most years means it is also flu season, a time of year that many school administrators dread. “Some years are worse than others, but every year when the flu season arrives, we see big hits to our attendance,” says Robert Cooksey, head of schools for Concordia Lutheran Schools of Omaha. “No matter what we do in terms of cleaning and personal space, once someone comes to school with the flu, it is going to spread. In a typical winter, one or two schools in Omaha have to close because of the number of students and teachers out sick with influenza.” But influenza isn’t the only preventable disease showing up more frequently in middle and high schools in the past few years. “Just this past year, we had a case of whooping cough (or pertussis) at Concordia Junior-Senior High School, and we were not alone,” Cooksey says. “We worked with the Douglas County Health Department to manage it, and thankfully, no one else was infected. It has become a more frequent occurrence in Omaha and elsewhere.” Several school districts across the region, including Papillion-La Vista South and Ralston Public Schools, reported cases of pertussis in 2017 and 2018. These outbreaks beg the question: Why are adolescents coming down with diseases that they should be protected against? While there are a number of factors, the simple truth is that not all adolescents are getting the vaccines that are recommended and required. In addition to a seasonal influenza vaccine, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all 11- and 12-yearolds be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (TDAP), human papillomavirus (HPV) and meningococcal (MenACWY). The TDAP booster is required for all students in Nebraska before entering seventh grade.
Some adolescent vaccinations are recommended while others are required in Nebraska. Check with your family physician or pharmacist for the guidelines; most private insurance plans cover the cost of the immunizations.
Unlike infants and toddlers who see their pediatricians regularly and receive required vaccinations to enter kindergarten, some adolescents may not have regular visits with a doctor, and the parent may not be aware of the need for the adolescent vaccinations. The good news for parents is that there are a lot of options for getting an adolescent up to date on their vaccines. In addition to their doctor’s office, almost all pharmacies in Nebraska offer the recommended adolescent vaccines and can give them at any time of the year, including when giving an annual flu shot. Because the adolescent vaccines can be more expensive than a flu shot, many parents may be concerned about paying out-of-pocket for the vaccines. Since 2014, all private insurance plans, except grandfathered self-insured plans, are required to cover all ACIPrecommended vaccinations with no deductible or cost sharing to the patient. In most cases, the coverage extends to vaccines received at a
pharmacy, but it is best to confirm with your insurer. For adolescents covered under Medicaid, the Vaccine for Children program provides free vaccines that are administered by participating providers. Parents concerned about their child’s vaccines being recorded with their school or physician can take comfort knowing that most providers, including pharmacists, report vaccines to the Nebraska State Immunization Information System. This system allows a doctor or pharmacist to look up a child’s vaccination status even if the parent is unsure. As a recent editorial in the Omaha World-Herald stated, “Getting children up to date with their vaccinations is one of the most important things a parent or guardian can do, with benefits for not only the children, but for our community as a whole.” Cooksey and other school administrators across the region no doubt are nodding in agreement.
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A how-to guide to being a minimalist grandparent
he joy of being a grandparent comes with a lot of stuff. If a new grandchild spends extended time at your home, begin with items a baby needs, such as a high chair, car seat and bathtub. As the baby grows, you can start accumulating toys. Then there is the fun of giving them things they really want for their birthdays and other holidays. Here are ideas to help you foster a good relationship with your grandchildren without all the stuff.
TELL STORIES Your own childhood adventures can be entertaining and educational for your grandchildren. Sharing your stories gives kids an opportunity for a lesson in listening, asking questions and learning from others. If your grandkids keep asking for the same story, consider creating a journal. This will be something
they will treasure and can share with their children and grandchildren.
TEACH THEM A SKILL Life skills are important, and learning them from a grandparent can be more fun than a parent. Any life skill that you have the patience to teach will be beneficial. Not only will the grandkids become more independent, they also will develop stronger self-esteem.
SHARE A HOBBY Do you bake? Play tennis? Or maybe do woodworking? We all have a hobby that we can teach children. Spend time sharing the fine art of your craft or sport. You never know what a little exposure might inspire.
VOLUNTEER TOGETHER As we age, we tend to have more time to give back to our community. Exposing kids to the experience of community
service is a good thing, especially if you share why you give your time to an organization or a cause.
GIVE THEM EXPERIENCES Most kids don’t need another toy or article of clothing. When it’s time to give a gift, consider experiences. Movies, the zoo, ice skating and Broadway shows are all experiences that kids love. You might even consider a monthly outing with your grandchild, for the sake of bonding and making memories together.
BE A MINIMALIST You have the hindsight and wisdom to help your grandchildren identify what’s really important. Simplify your life so you spend less time maintaining the stuff and more time nurturing family relationships. You could be just the inspiration your grandchildren and children need to embrace a minimalist lifestyle.
The Muir family on vacation: From left, front row: Steve, Marilyn, Kooper and Kameron. In back: Nathan, Kolby and Zak.
MAKING MEMORIES Trips with the grandkids are twice the fun STORY Marjie Ducey
arilyn and Steve Muir have been taking their five grandsons on vacations since they were babies. Except for one of the boys getting the flu during a trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City a few years ago, they’ve enjoyed every minute. Vacations with brothers Nathan and Zak Muir and Kolby, Kameron and Kooper Muir, ages 10 to 18, are a priority and Marilyn hopes that time together will mean much more to them someday than buying them things they’ll soon forget. “I just love making memories,’’ Marilyn says. They’ve taken the boys to Disney World and most recently to San Diego, where Steve was able to show them and tell them stories about an aircraft carrier similar to the one he served on
while in the Navy. They’ve also traveled around Nebraska. Mahoney State Park and Louisville State Recreation Area are among their favorite destinations. Mahoney has lots of activities, Marilyn says, and Louisville has good fishing. “We’re big outdoors people,’’ she says. “We love to take them camping. They love to go fishing, swimming and hiking.’’ (Mahoney is on our list of places to visit, from A to Z, beginning on page 16. Start with the Archway east of Kearney and finish up at the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. Most are an easy drive.) Marilyn packs the car with lots of drinks and snacks. On long drives, the boys stay entertained with movies or games on their smartphones. But once they hit their
destination, the phones are tucked away. “I don’t want them to be on their phones all the time when they are having quality grandmagrandpa time,’’ she says. They also bring along card games, with Uno a favorite. Hotels with swimming pools are a hit. The Muirs make sure the grandkids have a say in their trips. For the Disney trip, they had a white board where they wrote what everyone wanted to do and used it to build their itinerary. As the kids get older, the biggest challenge is working around sports, activities and now jobs. But their time together is still too much fun to let that be a deterrent. Marilyn’s biggest advice to grandparents contemplating a trip with the littles: “Be prepared. Have patience. And have fun.’’
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ou’ve counted down the weeks, and you’re ready to start counting up the years. Boys Town Pediatrics explains what to expect those first six months.
Most babies are sleeping through the night by 4 to 6 months of age. To help your baby start or continue sleeping through the night, develop a bedtime routine. A warm bath, bedtime story or gentle rock to a lullaby can help your baby transition to sleep. Start putting your baby down for naps and bedtime while awake or drowsy. It’s OK if your baby cries for a bit as you start this process. This will teach your child to soothe himself or herself back to sleep if he/she wakes up in the middle of the night.
Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly why a baby is crying. If you cannot soothe your baby, place him/her in the crib. Chances are, your baby
is overly tired and will fall asleep. If your baby continues to cry for more than two hours, call your pediatrician to make sure there isn’t an underlying factor. When babies cry for no reason at all, it’s called colic. Colic crying usually lasts one to two hours about the same time every day. To help a colicky baby relax, try placing your baby in a vibrating chair or swing, swaddling with a light blanket or running the vacuum for a dull, constant sound. A crying baby can be stressful for parents. It is OK to put your baby in the crib and walk away for a few minutes to calm your nerves. Crying will not hurt your baby.
By 4 months, you’ll see lots of signs that your baby is ready to interact more with his/her environment. The more you talk, read and sing to your baby, the more fun sounds your baby will make back to you. Continue frequent floor play time as your baby will be learning to roll, scoot
and sit up at 4 to 6 months. Your baby may be intrigued with his/ her fingers and hands. Put a toy in front of your baby and watch as your baby tries to reach for it. Your baby may even shake the rattles and toys once he/she grasps them. Make sure the objects are clean and ageappropriate. Everything in a baby’s hand usually ends up in the baby’s mouth.
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A to Z tour of Nebraska From the Archway in Kearney to the zoo in Omaha, you wonâ€™t run out of things to see across the state STORY Marjie Ducey ILLUSTRATION Matt Haney
ARCHWAY Impossible to miss since it opened over Interstate 80 in 2000 in Kearney, the Archway celebrates Nebraska and the Great Platte River Road’s role in the settlement of the American West. Walk with pioneers over the Oregon Trail or watch a rider switch horses at a Pony Express Station. archway.org BOYS TOWN The Rev. Edward J. Flanagan had a dream that every child could become a productive citizen, and that work continues more than 100 years later. Visit the Hall of History to see that journey, then stop by Dowd Memorial Chapel to explore how Flanagan lived in 1929. boystown.org
CANOE THE NIOBRARA RIVER Take a trip down a stretch of the 76mile National Scenic River near Valentine and see everything from waterfalls to plentiful wildlife and birds. If canoeing sounds like too much work, float down on a tube instead. Plenty of camping available in the area if you want to enjoy a weekend trip. nps.gov/niob/index.htm
DURHAM MUSEUM Step into a replica of an earth lodge or a worker’s cottage while exploring the region’s past at Union Station. Traveling exhibitions cover subjects ranging from history and culture, to science, industry and more through the museum’s affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution and strong ties with the Library of Congress, National Archives and the Field Museum. durhammuseum.org EDGERTON EXPLORIT CENTER They want you to touch the exhibits at this Aurora museum, which inspires kids from 2 to 92. It’s filled with science-related activities, exhibits and demonstrations. Even a portable planetarium. It’s all about advancing science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics education. edgerton.org
FOSSIL FREEWAY Thousands of years ago dinosaurs walked this area. This one-of-a-kind corridor between Nebraska’s Panhandle and the Black Hills in South Dakota offers rich fossil treasures from that prehistoric past. Check out the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs or Agate Fossil Beds National Monument. fossilfreeway.net
GOLDEN SPIKE TOWER AND VISITORS CENTER Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Bailey Yard, which at 2,850 acres is the world’s largest rail yard. Watch the action as Union Pacific crews sort and connect more than 10,000 rail cars. Don’t worry about climbing eight flights of stairs; an elevator is available. goldenspiketower.com HALSEY: NEBRASKA NATIONAL FOREST Climb up the Scott Lookout Tower and gaze out at the largest human-planted forest in the United States. The nursery supplies 2.5 to 3 million seedlings per year. There’s all kinds of fun activities, too, at this popular camping stop for cross-country travelers, including cycling, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and water activities. fs.usda.gov/recarea/nebraska/ recarea/?recid=10604 INDIAN CAVE STATE PARK Explore a cave with prehistoric petroglyphs or the partially reconstructed river village of St. Deroin. The 3,052-acre park along the Missouri River is known for its beautiful camping and picnic spots, 22 miles of trails and a spectacular show of colors in the fall. outdoornebraska.gov/indiancave
JOSLYN ART MUSEUM Nebraska’s largest art museum was a gift to the people of Omaha from Sarah Joslyn in memory of her husband, George. The museum’s 1931 Art Deco building and 1994 Scott Pavilion addition house nearly 20 galleries of art from antiquity to the present. Other museum highlights include a fountain court, sculpture garden, café, gift shop and Art Works, an interactive space for art exploration. General admission is free to all, always. joslyn.org KIMMEL ORCHARD Since 1925, apples, cherries and other fruits and veggies have been produced in these rolling hills of southeast Nebraska. Pick your own or just find the perfect speciman in the apple barn. Stop by the tasting room and experience a wide variety of the wine produced from local grapes. Open March 1 through Dec. 23. kimmelorchard.org LAKE MCCONAUGHY Lake Mac is 20 miles long and four miles wide, and it’s listed on the top 100 family places to fish and boat in the U.S. It offers natural white sand beaches, camping and all types of outdoor recreation. Try for a trophy fish, wind surf or scuba dive or just enjoy a relaxing day along the shore. ilovelakemac.com
MAHONEY STATE PARK The crown jewel of the Nebraska park system offers a spectacular array of activities along with cabins with all the modern conveniences. Hike, swim, ride, fish, golf or try the treetop ropes course. Don’t let cold weather deter you; there’s indoor rock climbing, sledding and ice skating in the winter months. outdoornebraska.gov/mahoney NEBRASKA STATE CAPITOL Visit the seat of the state’s government in Lincoln, which is described as the nation’s first truly vernacular state capitol. At the top of the 400-foot domed tower is a 19-foot bronze figure of “The Sower.’’ Stone carvings on the exterior represent historic events in the evolution of democracy as a form of government. Murals inside depict the natural and social history of Nebraska’s Native American and pioneer cultures. capitol.nebraska.gov OLD MARKET Wander the cobblestone streets of this entertainment district in Omaha where warehouse businesses once stood. Enjoy an amazing dinner at one of more than 40 restaurants in the area, shop at some unique stores, take a historical tour and then round off the night at a jazz club. Several hotels are within walking distance, so get up and do it all over again the next day. The possibilities are endless. oldmarket.com
PONCA STATE PARK Popular for its forested hills, scenic vistas, great wildlife watching, Missouri River access and beautiful and varied lodging options, Ponca is one of Nebraska’s most visited state parks. During the spring, the wetlands are a popular layover spot for many migrating bird species, and the park draws many bird watchers. Don’t miss the fruitcake fling each winter. outdoornebraska.gov/ponca
QUILT TOUR (BARN QUILTS IN PENDER) Women in the area decided to beautify their own community after being amazed by the barn quilts they saw during a trip to Iowa. View the more than 150 community barn quilts on display in a self-guided driving tour. You’ll find them on houses, barns, fences and on signs in yards. Maps are available at both Pender banks.
RABBIT HOLE BAKERY Enter the world of Alice in Wonderland when you walk down the stairs to this Lincoln establishment. It’s everything Alice, from rabbits to teapots and lots of clocks. There are no shouts of “off with her head,” though, if you enjoy too many of the delicious sweets, all made from scratch each morning. therabbitholebakery.com
STUHR MUSEUM OF THE PIONEER PRAIRIE The 200-acre Grand Island museum is dedicated to telling the story of the people who settled central Nebraska in the late 19th century. Visit Railroad Town from May 1 to Labor Day, where you’ll find a replica of what life was like in the 1890s in Nebraska. At the Fonner Rotunda, view Native American and cowboy exhibits and artifacts. Exhibits covering art, history and travel rotate at the Stuhr Building. stuhrmuseum.org TIN ROOF SUNDAES AT POTTER SUNDRY The Tin Roof Sundae was created in Potter, inspired by either the tin ceiling of the onetime pharmacy or the stable business across the street. Visit during Potter Days and watch fountain workers make hundreds of the vanilla ice cream concoctions, which are covered with chocolate syrup, chocolate ice cream, marshmallow cream and nuts. Few people can handle a large version of the treat. Other unique shops dot Chestnut Street. www.facebook.com/PotterSundry UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA STATE MUSEUM AT MORRILL HALL Visit the worldfamous collection of ancient elephants and see the fossil rhinos, camels and horses that once lived in Nebraska. Celebrate Native American culture, past and present. Check out the Weapons Throughout Time exhibit. You’ll find all that and more at this museum on the UNL campus. museum.unl.edu
VICTORIA SPRINGS STATE RECREATION AREA The thirdoldest area in the state park system is located six miles east of Ansemo and has been described as an oasis in the Sand Hills. The scenic 60-acre area draws its name from the mineral springs, which were once bottled and sold throughout the country. Tour the historic buildings that remain from the spa’s heyday. outdoornebraska.gov/victoriasprings
WESSELS LIVING HISTORY FARM Step back in time with hands-on activities, demonstrations and displays and learn about life on a 1920s farm. The evolution of agriculture is depicted through a collection of antique farm equipment, tools, artifacts and the fully furnished farmhouse. Events are held May through September and in December. Classes and private events may be scheduled year-round. livinghistoryfarm.org
XYLOPHONE AT FONTENELLE FOREST Enjoy a relaxing walk at this 1,400-acre forest in Bellevue and then entertain the little ones in the kids area, which includes a treehouse, wooden xylophones and other hands-on activities, all in a place for them to explore nature. You don’t have to wait until summer; buckle up your show shoes or boots and head outdoors. fontenelleforest.org
YARN MILL AT BROWN SHEEP COMPANY Tour the family-owned spinning mill located between Mitchell and Scottsbluff on land bought by the family in 1910, and then shop to your heart’s content at the outlet store. Take fiber-related classes in a refurbished rural school the family once attended. The mill makes more than 1,000 colors and has provided yarn for knit products for the last two Olympics. brownsheep.com
OMAHA’S HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM Visit a world-class zoo, where you can trek through an indoor desert and then marvel at the largest indoor rain forest in North America. See thousands of animals from across the globe, including elephants, in their natural setting. Watch sea lions train, meet a reptile keeper or have a blast at a Sleeping Bag Safari. omahazoo.com
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â€˘ You can learn about all types of wonderful travel opportunities at visitnebraska.com. Request a copy of the 2019 Travel Guide. â€˘ Learn more about the amazing adventures available at state parks by visiting outdoornebraska.gov. Thereâ€™s trail rides, fishing, archery, paddleboats and more. You can even spend the night in a teepee or a new glamping cabin. â€˘ With older and more adventurous kids, check out outdoornebraska.gov/ventureparks. Scale a wall or go on the ape climb. â€˘ Involve the grandchildren in the planning process. Ask them what type of things they might enjoy doing. â€˘ When traveling with children, be sure to follow the new child passenger safety regulations that require all children through age 7 (up to age 8) to ride safely secured in the back seat in a car seat or belt-positioning booster seat. â€˘ Some other important tips from Rose White, the public affairs director for Nebraska AAA: 1. Always know where the nearest restrooms are located. 2. Bring along some games and snacks that the grandchildren will enjoy. 3. During your adventure, take plenty of photos capturing the fun you are experiencing. 4. Pack a first-aid kit and expect a few minor mishaps. 5. Be sure to review the events calendar of the communities you are visiting as many host fairs, rodeos, concerts and other events during the peak travel months.
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Take creativity on the road A custom activity book is the perfect way to keep kids from asking “are we there yet?” STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY Kiley Cruse
When you’re on a road trip, do you look for ways to keep your kids off the electronics? A custom activity book can provide hours of entertainment. All you need is a small three-ring binder, a hole punch and several pages of car-friendly activities for kids. Think Tic-Tac-Toe, car bingo, wordguessing games, word searches, coloring pages — the variety is endless. We get you started with custom templates you can download for free at momaha.com. If your kids love to color, search “free coloring pages” on the Internet and hundreds will pop up. Simply print your faves and add them to the binder. Include a pencil case with crayons and colored pencils, and you’re ready to roll!
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Fun at the grandparents is a great idea, as long as everyone follows the rules
hildren can never go wrong with having extended family in their
lives. That is, if everyone plays by the rules. For children, a relationship with grandparents, aunts and uncles and close family friends means more people to provide Dr. Peg unconditional Miller Evans love. It’s a way to learn about family traditions that their parents don’t know about or don’t have time to share. They can make cookies together or learn a family recipe. Or it can be other things that kids learn to enjoy. “Love of outdoors, love of sports, music or art; grandparents typically have more time so they have the opportunity to spend it with their grandkids,’’ says Peg Miller Evans, a psychologist with Children’s Behavioral Health at Children’s Hospital & Medical Center.
Having grandchildren in their lives is just as beneficial for the older generation. It keeps grandparents active, involved and engaged with their family. It’s a way for them to continue to be loving and supportive as well as sharing their knowledge. “To be a mentor for the next generation of the family,’’ Miller Evans says. It goes wrong when parents and members of the extended family are at odds about what is best for the children. Maybe the way the parents want their children raised isn’t being respected or family members are undermining the parents’ efforts. Or maybe a child’s safety is at risk because there’s not as much supervision. That’s when it’s probably time for a talk. “It requires some openness and communication in a direct and respectful manner,’’ Miller Evans says. That doesn’t mean that grandparents can’t have more relaxed rules about watching TV or having a piece of candy or two. Or maybe allowing the children to stay up a little later on
a weekend visit. It’s all about moderation. “If it doesn’t happen frequently, if it’s not something impacting the child’s ability to function at school and other activities, or the child complying with parental expectations, it’s not a concern,’’ Miller Evans says. Infants or toddlers can start by spending an evening with members of the extended family when their parents have a special occasion. School-age children are much more comfortable about staying overnight. If as a parent you are concerned about visits, talk with your kids. Miller Evans says children can be very sophisticated and can share what they need and what may be making them uncomfortable. Bottom line: Make your feelings clear about what rules are important to you on visits. Then let your child go. Chances are, it will be a good time for everyone. “It gives them a different perspective and a break from the parents,’’ Miller Evans says. “It gives parents a break from their children.’’
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One-on-one teaching Huntington Learning Center’s personalized program helps mom and daughter STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY Mike Watkins
hen Sadie Walkowiak helps children realize their learning potential at Huntington Learning Center, she knows firsthand the highs and lows they’re experiencing. Growing up, she went through a period of frustrated learning, suffering through undiagnosed dyslexia that made reading and comprehension difficult. Fortunately for Walkowiak, her mom, Gwyn Morris, started a Huntington franchise in Omaha early in her high school career. Due to the intensive, oneon-one educational assistance and attention she received, by the time she was a senior, she was excelling in Advanced Placement classes and saw her ACT score jump 13 points over the course of a summer. “I honestly don’t know where I’d be right now if it wasn’t for what I learned at Huntington,” said Walkowiak, who went on to earn a degree in accounting from the University of Maryland. “When I was struggling, I saw so many other kids who were in the same classes with me at Millard West, and they never got the help I did. “Many of them got left behind and have had difficult post-high school lives, not able to make enough to live on their own or work in professional-level jobs. I am
Sadie Walkowiak reads with her daughter, Mia. Huntington Learning Center helped Sadie when she was a child, and Mia now is at Huntington.
so grateful for everything Huntington did for me.” Walkowiak’s experience with Huntington Learning Center was ultimately so positive that she began working there her senior year of high school. She married shortly after high school and moved to Italy for her now-ex-husband’s work in the Air Force. After the birth of her daughter, Mia, she moved back to the United States. Upon her return to Omaha, she started working again with her mom at Huntington Learning Center’s west Omaha location, and within a few years, took over direction of that location when Gwyn opened a second franchise in Millard.
Not long after that, she noticed Mia was showing some of the same learning deficiency signs she had when she was young. But most notably, Mia suffered through a speech impediment that made it difficult for her teachers and other people to understand her. “I didn’t realize she was difficult to understand because I always understood what she was saying, especially when she used sign language I taught her. I thought I was helping promote her language, but it wasn’t working that way,” Walkowiak said. “I didn’t want her confidence to suffer because she had trouble understanding and relating to
people like I did.” Walkowiak enrolled Mia in classes at Huntington and quickly saw marked improvement. Now she not only speaks at a much higher level but she also has considerably improved her reading skills. Based on her own experiences as a student and mother, Walkowiak encourages parents who notice reading or communication struggles to get their children into Huntington as soon as possible so they can enjoy successful academic lives and futures. “One of the reasons I struggled as a child was, I needed a more personalized program to address my specific needs, and that’s just too hard for teachers in schools to do with so many students,” she said. “But at Huntington, I had one-on-one classes with teachers, and that helped me break down my issues into manageable problems. “With the help of the caring teachers at Huntington in conjunction with the individualized program, they helped me figure out what my strengths and weaknesses were, and they worked to build both of them. Mia also benefited from Huntington’s teaching methods, and now I get to see those methods positively impact the lives of children every day. It’s so rewarding.”
ABOUT HUNTINGTON Huntington is the tutoring and test prep leader. Its certified tutors provide individualized instruction in reading, phonics, writing, study skills, elementary and middle school math, algebra through calculus, chemistry and other sciences. Huntington offers prep for the SAT and ACT, as well as state and standardized exams. Founded in 1977, Huntington’s mission is to give every student the best education possible. Learn how Huntington can help at www.huntingtonhelps.com. For franchise opportunities please visit www.huntingtonfranchise.com.
A TRIP TO REMEMBER Stitched map art follows your travel route STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY Kiley Cruse
DIY souvenir is likely to be so special, you’ll frame it
WHAT YOU NEED • Map or printout of map • Embroidery floss • Needle
WHAT YOU DO
1. Use the needle to poke holes about every ¼ to ½ inch along your route on the map. We put the map on a firm pillow to poke out the route. 2. Thread the needle with all strands of the embroidery floss. Pull through the starting point and secure end with tape on the back of the map. (Tape works better than knots because the knots can pull through the paper.) 3. Stitch the route, being careful not to pull the floss so tightly that it rips the paper. 4. Once you have completed your last stitch, secure end with tape. 5. Trim map to fit into a frame.
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A special occasion isnâ€™t necessary to make pie, but the math day is as good a reason as any. STYLING + PHOTOGRAPHY Kiley Cruse
he traditional way to celebrate Pi Day on March 14 is to eat a pie. Or bake one. Mason jar lid pies are a fun way to pay homage to the ratio of a circle to its diameter. They’re sized just right for little hands and score big points for portion control, too. Hey, it all adds up!
Mason jar mini pies • Cooking spray • 14-ounce box refrigerated pie crusts (2 crusts) • All-purpose flour, for rolling • 6 wide-mouth (3½-inch diameter) mason jar lids • 4-inch round cutter, optional (or use a 4-inch bowl and cut rounds with a knife) • Parchment paper
For fruit pie • 20-ounce can pie filling of choice • 1 large egg, beaten • Demerara sugar, for sprinkling
For pudding pie • 3.4-ounce box cook-and-serve pudding • 2 cups milk • Whipped topping
For fruit pies
For cream pies
1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place the inside rings of the canning lids on it with their rubber seals facing down. Spray the insides of the lids lightly with cooking spray. Set lids on a rimmed baking sheet. 3. Roll out crust on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 6 bottom crusts with a 4-inch round cutter. Fit the crusts into the prepared lids and press up the sides so the crusts slightly overhang the edges. 4. Use the dough scraps to roll out and cut 6 circles for the top crusts. Option: Make lattice tops or use a small cookie cutter to make shapes to lay on top of the filling. 5. Add 2-3 tablespoons pie filling to each bottom crust. Place top crust. Wet the edge of the crust with water and pinch edges to seal top and bottom crusts together. Make three small slits in each top crust for steam vents. Brush the tops lightly with beaten egg and sprinkle with demerara sugar. 6. Place parchment paper over pies and bake for 15 minutes. Remove the parchment and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes, until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is bubbly. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. To serve, press the bottom of each lid up and pop out the pie, leaving the ring and lid behind.
1. Heat oven to 375 F. 2. Prepare mason jar lids so that the rubber seals on the inner part of the lids are face down, then spray the insides of the lids lightly with cooking spray. 3. Roll out crust on a lightly floured surface. Cut out 6 bottom crusts with a 4-inch round cutter (or just cut slightly larger than the circumference of the lids). Fit the crusts into the prepared lids (see above) and press up the sides so the crusts slightly overhang the edges. (Do not re-roll dough for this. It will shrink while cooking and end up flat, not shell-shaped.) 4. Use a fork to prick the bottom of the crust and bake for 13 minutes. 5. Cool. Add 1/3 cup pudding to each shell. Decorate with whipped topping just before serving.
Muffin tin option Instead of using mason jar lids, pies can be made in a muffin tin. Grease muffin tins and press 4-inch pie crust rounds into tin. Fill and bake the same as the mason jar pies.
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ost people are surprised to learn the drowning is the leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 4 — and the second-leading cause of injury death for children ages 1 to 14. Each year, about 1,000 kids die from unintentional drownings, and nearly 5,000 require treatment for non-fatal water-related injuries. The water and swim safety experts at the new Goldfish Swim School West Omaha are eager to connect with local families and help reduce the risk of drowning accidents through free water safety presentations and swim instruction, beginning in early March. Swimming is an activity that requires consistency and regular practice to see progress. By starting lessons in the winter months, kids can see results in time for pool and
beach season in June. Plus, each child learns new skills differently and at his/her own pace, so starting in the winter is the best way to ensure progress by summer. Goldfish provides indoor, year-round swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a family-friendly setting with certified instructors, small class sizes (maximum 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pool and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Families with kids of different ages and skill levels can conveniently have all of their swimmers in the pool during the same half-hour time slot and schedule makeup classes when necessary. Goldfish offers perpetual lessons with proven results and families can enroll at any time. In addition to swim lessons,
Goldfish Swim School will offer weekly family swims (for both members and non-members) as well as birthday party packages. Additionally, the Goldfish team will provide free water safety presentations to any interested school, daycare, PTO, scout group or other community group. The public is invited to check out the facility, 2502 S. 133rd Plaza, at a free grand-opening event from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30. Highlights include free family swim, complimentary snacks, crafts and more. Ready to dive in to swim lessons right now? Visit www. goldfishswimschool.com/westomaha and click “Register Today” to complete a brief swim-assessment survey. Or call the Goldfish team at 402-281-3900.
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NO SHENANIGANS! Two ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need for this St. Paddy’s Day treat STORY + PHOTOGRAPHY Chris Christen
Lucky you! This St. Patrick’s Day candy recipe takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish and is simple enough that your little leprechauns can even help arrange the shamrock shapes. For Shamrock Pretzel pops, simply substitute a lollipop stick for the pretzel “stem.” To give your sweet-and-salty creations as St. Paddy’s Day favors, simply place in a small cellophane bag, tie with ribbon and add a tag that says, “Lucky to know you.”
WHAT YOU NEED • 12-ounce bag green candy coating • 90 mini twist pretzels (3 to 4 cups) • 30 pretzel sticks (optional) • ¼ teaspoon butter or shortening • Colorful sprinkles
WHAT YOU DO
1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. 2. Arrange three twisted pretzels and one stick pretzel (or break a twisted pretzel for a stem) in a shamrock shape on lined baking sheet. Repeat until baking sheet is filled. 3. Place the candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave about 1 minute 30 seconds, stirring well in 30-second increments, until the coating is melted and smooth. Add a tad of butter or shortening to help the candy soften, if necessary. 4. Using a fork or small tongs, carefully dip each
pretzel piece in the melted coating until completely covered. Let the excess coating drip back into the bowl for a few seconds before returning pretzel to baking sheet. Make sure the coated pretzels in your shamrocks touch — the chocolate acts as “glue” as it dries. Repeat until all shamrock shapes are complete. 5. Dip a small spoon in the coating and add a dollop of coating in the center of each shamrock for stability when handling. You also can fill in the pretzel loops with melted chocolate. Decorate with candied sprinkles. 6. Refrigerate until chocolate is set, about 15 minutes. When set, use a paring knife to trim away any stray coating from the edges of the shamrocks. 7. Repeat with the remaining pretzels and coating, until you’ve made 24 shamrock shapes. 8. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
TRY THIS TOO
Make your own gold coins with creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies and edible food spray. We used Wilton Color Mist, available at Mangelsen’s. Two coats will do the trick; more applications could make the cookies soggy.
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