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Shining Star

Two times a year, Lincoln Children’s Museum hosts “Shining Star”, a night specifically for families with children who have immune deficiency disorders. One of these nights is coming up on October 7, and will directly follow massive cleaning and disinfecting done by volunteers and all Museum staff members. While the Museum is being cleaned constantly throughout normal business hours, this is the only time everything is clean all at one time. Starting at 9:00 am all staff from the Executive Director to part-time staffers are out on the floor cleaning every inch of the public spaces. Various groups of volunteers come out to help with this cleaning endeavor, all in an effort to make the space safe and healthy for the kids with the most to lose.

The children invited to Shining Star rarely go out to a public place, especially a place like Lincoln Children’s Museum, because of the risk of exposure to germs and how this will compromise their health. This event gives these families a chance to experience the power of play, that so many of us take advantage of. Due to the generous support of the May L. Flanagan Foundation this is a free event, and preregistration is not required.

“Shining Star is one of our smallest events, often with fewer than a dozen people in attendance,” said Executive Director, Tara Knuth, “but it’s by far one of our most important and impactful. The families who come to Shining Star often say they will never forget it and how much it meant to their kids.” 

Volunteers are always needed for the cleaning before this event. If you are available at any time on Monday, Oct. 7, please call 402-477-4000 ext. 105 or email

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