A bevy of family-friendly activities are taking place this week and weekend. Here's a rundown on a few of them.
Disney On Ice: MICKEY & MINNIE'S MAGICAL JOURNEY
What: Ice skating show based on Disney characters, movies and music.
Where: Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs
When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 7 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10 to $70
Tickets: Mid-America Center box office, TicketMaster outlets, 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
Disney movie characters will leap and spin on skates in the newest installment of "Disney on Ice."
Skaters dressed as kid favorites like Peter Pan and Ariel the Mermaid will perform in "Mickey & Minnie's Magical Journey" at the Mid-America Center Thursday through Sunday.
The fast-paced, family-oriented shows focus on the two mice as they travel from London to four colorful and magical destinations.
They meet friends Lilo and Stitch as they hula in Hawaii. Other Disney characters such as Pluto and Donald Duck are there, too.
They explore Africa and meet "Lion King" characters Simba and Nala, find Ariel and Sebastian in an undersea kingdom and soar through starry skies with Peter Pan and Tinker Bell.
The show is filled with contrasting styles of dancing on ice, according to choreographer Cindy Stuart.
The "Peter Pan" segment includes a pirates dance inspired by Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." It's heavy-footed, strong and masculine, something unexpected for an ice show.
Then there are the humorous antics of "Lion King" characters Timon and Pumbaa. More traditional ice dances by "Ariel the Mermaid" characters Ariel and Eric tell the story of a budding romance.
"Disney on Ice" is a production of Feld Entertainment, which also produces Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
TANGIER SHRINE CIRCUS
What: Death-defying high-wire artists, aerialists and motorcyclists, plus a dancing elephant, clowns and other traditional circus acts
Where: Omaha Civic Auditorium
When: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $12 (general admission), $17, $23, $30
Tickets: Available at CenturyLink Center, Civic Auditorium box office, TicketMaster locations and area Hy-Vee stores.
Ticket information: 402-444-3353
The Tangier Shrine Circus brings exotic, death-defying and comedy acts to the Omaha Civic Auditorium Thursday through Sunday.
Dancing elephant Anna Louise moves rhythmically to music.
The Slide for Life has a daredevil riding a steel cable from the rafters to the arena floor in seconds.
The fearless Sky Masters swing from tall sway poles and the X-Metal Riders plan a series of extreme stunts.
The comedy act Jeffrey and his Jalopy showcases a 1927 Model T Ford that still runs and seems to have its own ideas about what's fun.
The Castle Hall Performing Bears are among returning acts. The Shrine Circus Clowns and Keystone Kops, and a collection of camels, llamas, ponies, miniature horses and puppies also are on the program.
Between circus performances, a Circus Fun Fair will be open on the two lower levels of the Civic Auditorium, featuring games, elephant and camel rides, face painting and a petting zoo.
The circus is an annual event for local Shriners, a fraternal organization. Proceeds support Shriners Hospitals for Children.
In addition to the eight public performances, there also will be two private performances: one for area students and one for the disadvantaged. Circus spokeswoman Susan Beebe said attendance for last year's circus totaled nearly 55,000.
Construction Zone: Return of the Bulldozer
What: 10,000-square-foot interactive children's exhibit on construction.
Where: Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
Dates: Through April 22, with grand-opening activities (including big-rig trucks in the parking lot) on Saturday.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Open late, until 8 p.m., on the first Friday of the month.
Cost: $2 in addition to regular museum admission, which is $8 for ages 2 to 59, $7 for age 60-plus and free for children under 24 months.
Who: The museum created the exhibit in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Metropolitan Utilities District, Ash Grove Cement Co., Kiewit Building Group, RDG Planning and Design, Werner Enterprises, HDR, Topping Out, Inc., Oriental Trading Co., Backyard Playworld, Millard Lumber, Lyman-Richey Corp., Diamond Fence Co., Ready Mixed Concrete Co., Universal Flooring, Davis Erection Co., Sheet Metal Workers Local 16, Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 22, Ironworkers Local 21, Omaha Plumbers Local Union 16, Piping Resources, Inc., Midwest Scaffold Service, Clear Creek Landscapes, Watkins and Heartland Scenic Studio.
Information: www.ocm.org and 402-342-6164