June 23, 2017

40+ Things To Do With Kids In Omaha This July

July might be my favorite month – and not just because it’s my birthday month. Check out all the fun things to do with kids in Omaha this month, including fireworks shows, FREE library parties and activities, and the annual favorite, Railroad Days.

 

 

Summer Splash

When: July 1, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older; ½ price discount for military, fire & rescue, and health professionals

 

Shakespeare on the Green “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

When: July 1-2, 7 and 9, 8 p.m. (preshow activities)

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N. Elmwood Road just south of UNO’s campus

Cost: FREE

 

College Home Run Derby & Fireworks Show

When: July 1, 8 to 10 p.m.

Where: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $8, kids (3-12); $12, adults; $36, four-pack

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “The Wizard of Oz”

When: July 1-2, 4, 6, 8-9 and 13

Where: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Red, White & Blue Days

When: July 1-3; Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for kids and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 2 and member families

 

 

Red, White & Zoo!

When: July 1-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with zoo admission

 

Fireworks Fun

When: July 1, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: River’s Edge Tom Hanafan Park, 1 North River Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Lake Manawa Fireworks

When: July 1, 10 p.m.

Where: Lake Manawa State Park, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (park admission may be applicable)

 

Leashes at Lauritzen

When: July 3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: $10 per person and $5 per dog; FREE for garden members

 

Omaha Storm Chasers Independence Fireworks

When: July 2 and 3, 7:05 p.m. (game time; fireworks follow)

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: Tickets start at $13

 

Star Spangled Swim

When: July 4, open to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Pools

Cost: $1

 

2017 Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip

When: July 5, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Bookworm, 2501 S. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

Shakespeare on the Green “King Lear”

When: July 5, 6, and 8, 8 p.m. (preshow activities)

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N. Elmwood Road just south of UNO’s campus

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Charles Drew Health Center

When: Wednesdays, July 5 through Aug. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Charles Drew Health Center, 30th and Grant streets

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Fun Fare

When: July 6 (Omaha Children’s Museum Mad Scientist Show), July 13 (Lemon Days – Meet Peppa Pig), July 20 (Jeff Quinn, magician), and July 27 (Omaha Street Percussion); 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

Jazz on the Green

When: July 6, 13, 20, 27, and Aug. 3 and 10, 7:30 p.m. (pre-show at 6:30)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

Cost: FREE

 

O Comic Con

When: July 7-9; Friday, noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $20-$25 for day passes ($5 more if purchased at door); FREE for children under 12; 3-day pass is $40 in advance

 

Nebraska Hispanic Festival

When: July 7-9; Friday from 4 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sunday from 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $17 all-day passes, FREE for children 5 and younger

 

Fire Station #60 Visit

When: July 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Bomb Pop With A Cop

When: July 7, 6 p.m.

Where: Deerfield Place, south of 136th and Q streets

Cost: FREE

 

“A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to The Forum”

When: July 7-22; Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: 8969 Park Drive, Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $18, students and seniors; $20, adults

 

Get Smart: Space Engineer

When: July 8, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Family Fit Series

When: July 8-22, 10 a.m.; July 8 (zumba), 15 (pilates), 22 (yoga)

Where: Elmwood Park, 802 S. 60th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Do Space Summer Youth Tours

When: July 10, 17, 24 and 31 (activity choice of Coding Robots or Electric Origami)

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (for ages 6-12 and their chaperones)

 

Princess Party

When: July 10, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Lisa Laird Ventriloquist Show

When: July 11, 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch, 1905 S. 44th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fun in the Park

When: July 13, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Miller Park, 6201 N. 30th St.

Cost: FREE (grades K-6)

 

Playing With Fire

When: July 14 and 15; Friday performances start at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday performances start at 4:30 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

Cost: FREE (free-will donation accepted)

 

Railroad Days 2017

When: July 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens and The Durham Museum in Omaha, and the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the RailsWest Railroad Museum and the Historic General Dodge House in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $15, family pass (two adults and all dependent children); a $5 pass is available for one additional adult with the purchase of a family pass.

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “The Land Before Time”

When: July 15-16, 20, 22, 23 and 27

Where: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Safe, Fit & Fun Party!

When: July 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Story Walk

When: July 15, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Super Mom Swim

When: July 16

Where: Omaha Public Pools

Cost: Moms admitted FREE with paid child admission

 

Hawaiian Luau 

When: July 17, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Katelman Pool, 1230 16th Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $2

 

Jeff Quinn Magic Show

When: July 18, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Bess Johnson Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Annual Puppet Show

When: July 20, 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Riverfest

When: July 21 and 22; Friday from 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. (fireworks Saturday at 10 p.m.)

Where: Haworth Park, 2502 Payne Drive, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $1

 

Tinkerfest

When: July 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Mario The Maker Magician performs at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.)

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for kids and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 2 and member families

 

Open House/Open Studios

When: July 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hummel Family Camping Adventure

When: July 22-23, 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Where: Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

Cost: $7 per person; $30 per family (RSVP by July 17)

 

A Royal Party

When: July 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Millar branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Community Heroes Presentation & Obstacle Course

When: July 24, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where South Omaha Public Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Zoo Member Appreciation Days

When: July 26 (last names A-L) and Aug. 2 (last names M-Z), 1:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: FREE for members

 

Westfair

When: July 26-31

Where: Westfair Fairgrounds, 2 miles east of I-80 on Highway 6 (exit 8), Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE front gate admission; arena costs $10 for adults, $5 children (ages 6-12), and FREE for children 5 and younger

 

Gretna Days

When: July 27-30 (fireworks on July 28 at 9:45 p.m.)

Where: Various locations, Gretna, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Farmer Appreciation Day

When: July 29, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Farmers Market, 168th and Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

 

International Dance Day

When: July 29, noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fairytale Ball

When: July 29 and Aug. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: $20 per person for members and $35 per person for non-members

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “ “20 Years of Harry Potter”

When: “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone,” July 29 and 30; “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets,” Aug. 3 and 5; “Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Aug. 6 and 10; “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix,” Aug. 17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince,” Aug.  17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Aug. 26 and 27; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Aug. 27;

Where: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under (July 29 screening is FREE)

 

More Fun Events In July

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

Movies in the Park

When: Through Aug. 4, dusk; July 7 (“Sing”); July 14 (“Finding Dory”); July 21 (“Doctor Strange”), July 28 (“Jungle Book”), Aug. 4 (“The Great Gilly Hopkins”)

Where: Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs

Cost: FREE

 

“Fairytale Land”

When: Through Aug. 6

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+; $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 2

 

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: Through Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.; July 2-3, 5 (“A Dog’s Purpose”); July 9-10, 12 (“The Lego Batman Movie”); July 16-17, 19 (“Trolls”); July 23-24, 26 (“Monster Trucks”); July 30-31, Aug 2 (TBD); Aug. 6-7, 9 (“Storks”); and Aug. 13-14, 16 (TBD)

Where: Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema,  304 N. 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway,  Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3

 

“Dinosaur Safari”

When: Through Sept. 3

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+; $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 2

 

“Glorious Flights: Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen”

When: Through Sept. 3

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Top Secret: License To Spy”

When: Through Sept. 17

Where: The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for children younger than 2

 

“KINETIC”

When: Through Oct. 14; Tuesday – Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

Toddler Tuesdays

When: Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St. (gym or at the pool starting at 10:30)

Cost: FREE for members; non-members participate by paying a $4 activity fee for your toddler (age 9 months to 4 years) and the attending parent is FREE.

 

Inflatable Fridays

When: Fridays, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

When: Saturdays, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 11th and Jackson streets

Cost: FREE

 

Kidz Kayak Racing

When: Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

Arts for All

When: Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha South Public Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12, registration required)

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

When: Sundays, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

 

Sunday Funday

When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

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