This weekend you can take the kids to a festival, see an exhibit at the Durham or meet a two-time Olympian. We recommend these events:
» Kids festival: Want to get the kids out of the house now that the weather has improved? Take them to the KidzExplore festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs.
The kids can learn how to cook at a cooking school just for them or participate in experiments and puzzles. Toddlers will have a zone of their own with games, bouncers and toys.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 2.
» Tour series: Head to the Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., to go back in time on a tour of their newest exhibit, 1968. The exhibit focuses on the year that saw the worst of the Vietnam War, the death of Robert Kennedy and much more.
» Meet an Olympian: Meet two-time Olympic ski team member Chad Fleischer today at noon at Mt. Crescent Ski Area, 17026 Snowhill Lane, Honey Creek, Iowa.
The National Downhill champion and Columbus, Neb., native will be signing autographs and even hitting the slopes. Strap on your skis and see if you can keep pace with some of the best on the hills.
» Free admission: The weather will finally be a little warmer on Saturday. Head to DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge and spend some time outside.
The park will be offering free admission today through Monday. There will be plenty of wintry wildlife for you to check out and trails to walk.
» Music history: Learn about north Omaha's musical history with Curly Martin. Martin, a member of the Omaha Black Music Hall of Fame, will be performing with his group, the Curly Martin Trio.
The event will be held today at the Charles B. Washington Library, 2868 Ames. Ave., at 3 p.m. It's free.
» Poetry out loud: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St. , will host Poetry Out Loud, a regional competition which features high school students who have won school competitions for poetry. Winning poets will head to state finals in March.
This event is free and will be held in the Abbott Lecture Hall at 2 p.m. today.