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Children's Museum opening four exhibits

Posted at 3:06 PM, May 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-18 18:14:17-04
Four new exhibits open Saturday, May 28th at the Omaha Children's Museum, but Upfront at 4 is showing you now! 
 
A new an improved water table is nearing completion. The Play Along the Platte River Water Table is modeled after the Platte River in Nebraska. The three-level water table is double the size as its predecessor. It was designed to build awareness for the state's waterways and wildlife as well as promote preservation practices. The table imitates a meandering river, with several features including a wetland area, Sandhill cranes, beaver dams and rain clouds. 
 
The castle is up and princesses are rehearsing for a new performance in Fairyland. The story performance includes Princess Poppy and her friends Princess Rose, Princess Lily and Princess Daisy. Kids can sing along, and play with dancing knights. New this year to the exhibit, costuming of Cinderella proportions. Princesses will transform from rags to riches right in front of you. 
 
Lastly, a big temporary exhibit is coming to the museum.  The summer exhibit at Omaha Children's Museum, Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove, opens Saturday, May 28, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 4. To allow visitors more chances to see the exhibit, for the first time ever the museum will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting June 6.
 
Pirates and Mermaids is an interactive environment for large motor play for young children. It features a 40-foot wooden pirate ship where children can walk the plank into a ball pit sea and climbing nets for lookout points. Among the biggest attractions are the five large animatronic prehistoric creatures throughout the exhibit, including a massive megalodon and octopus. Children will explore natural history through hands-on activities with authentic fossils related to the creatures.
 
Modern day ocean creatures will also be a part of the exhibit with large fresh and salt tanks. Families can get up-close to some marine life in touch tanks, as well. Children can sample vegetables grown in an aquaponics garden in the exhibit. 
 
Daily programming, led by pirates and mermaids,will give imaginative play opportunities for young visitors. 
 
For more on details on all of these exhibits, which debut May 28th, visit ocm.org.