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A Grandma's Heart Grows

I had an experience with my kindergarten grandson over his first-ever report card that brought one of my favorite movies into mind.

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Track Goals and Animals at Hands-on-Habitat!

The new year always brings great aspirations with it. The food we eat looks a little healthier, workouts become more regular, reading lists get longer. We use our journey around the sun as a natural way to mark time and make changes - it just feels right to a lot of us.

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Respect for a 6 year old

As my grandson and I were leaving my house for the daily trip to his school, he asked me if I knew how my garage door opener worked.

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Light the Night at the Omaha Children's Museum

With Christmas a short two weeks away, New Year's Eve will be here before we know it! Not sure what to plan for the holiday includes adults and children? Omaha Children's Museum has the answer: Join us as we "Light the Night!" on December 30 from 6-8pm.

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Owls All Over at Hands-on-Habitat!

Whoooo's your favorite owl?

There are many such birds of prey throughout children's literature and pop culture, and several of them made quite the impression on me when I was young.

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Fantasy vs. Reality: Career Edition

Life usually pans out in a different way than you imagine, but for the Mugs Half Full creators, Erin and Lauren, it seems to be landing somewhere in the middle… a very caffeinated, constantly sticky, incessantly talking middle.

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Must Give Gifts for Grandkids

The "buying season" is here for parents and grandparents.

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Using Imagination to Build Life Skills at the Children's Museum!

In October, Omaha Children's Museum opened our latest exhibit – Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play!

It's hard to believe that Omaha Children's Museum has been a staple of Omaha families for 4 decades already!

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Mugs Half Full: Election Hope

Sometimes the world can be scary… especially around election time. No matter what side you're on, though, one thing's clear: You've got to have hope. Caffeine… and hope.

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Old Muscles Can Still Hug

Turning 60 didn’t bother me. It was kind of like achieving an adult merit badge.

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How to Help Your Kids Face Their Fears

Here at the Omaha Children's Museum our mission is to engage imaginations and create an excitement about learning. All of our exhibits and programs are created with this in mind including our Cobweb Castle! This not-so-scary haunted house is designed to help you and your kids learn how to face your fears!

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The Great Between Time

Ah, Fall. Pictures are more whimsical, coffee tastes better…  and you don't get quite so sweaty when you wear jeans. Fill up your mug and enjoy the season with this month's Mugs Half Full!

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Does Family Raise Your Blood Pressure

Recently I had a health scare when my blood pressure shot up over 200 with no real warning. After a few trips to the emergency room and a new group of medicines, I am happy to report that I am back on track.

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Mugs Half Full: Hard Knocks, Soft Boiled

When you're wrangling kids, meals, and life in general, even the seemingly simple meals can be catastrophic. (You should probably stock up on cereal.)

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Turtle Time at Hands-on-Habitat

Turtles are pretty funky creatures. Despite their weird looks and their lack of personal hygiene, they are surprisingly loved! Did you know that there are at least a thousand children's books pertaining to turtles, according to my recent Amazon search? That's quite a few, for a wrinkly grumpy animal that isn't very cuddly in real life.

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