December 24, 2013

New Year’s Eve In Omaha … With Kids

Editor’s Note: For New Year’s Eve 2014 event, head to the current list here!

New Year’s Eve 2013 is around the corner. While younger women are pinning their ideal, sexy NYE outfits and making plans with friends, I’m debating the merits of wearing my Christmas jammies to welcome 2014 or going with something forward looking. Yoga pants?

I’ve given up ever seeing midnight on purpose again. I’m a mom. If I’m out of bed at midnight, it’s because some kid had a nightmare or the cat is batting at a door.

I don’t mind celebrating the New Year as long as the fun ends early. Here’s some things to do on New Year’s Eve in Omaha that are kid-friendly (and more importantly, mom-friendly):

Day Time

Sempeck’s Bowling & Entertainment is open for family fun from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special prices on activities and bowling.

The Durham Museum will hold a Noon Year’s Eve party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages. There will be live music, crafts and activities, culminating with a bubble wrap stomp and ball drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall.

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium has Noon Year’s Eve festivities planned from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with a noon countdown.

BounceU is having a Bouncin’ New Year’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s a “drop your kids off” kind of deal with pizza, sparkling cider, party hats, noisemakers, and a whole lot of bouncing.

Skate Daze will have a Family NYE Party from 1 to 4 p.m. with games, prizes and a balloon drop.

The ConAgra Ice Skating Rink at 10th and Harney streets is open on New Year’s Eve from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 and includes skate rental; kids 5 and younger skate FREE. You’re encouraged to bring non-perishable food and household good donations.

Early Evening

First Night Council Bluffs is a wonderful event held from 4:30 to 10 p.m. at several C.B. downtown locations and the Mid America Center Convention Center (kids’ stuff is at the MAC until 8 p.m.). Admission is FREE for 12 and younger, adults pay $10 for all the concerts, activities and magic show.

The Amazing Pizza Machine is open all day with specials, and a New Year’s Eve deal featuring some unlimited stuff going from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be party favors (while supplies last) and champaign (I’m going out on a limb saying that it’s for you, not your kids – not clear in their flyer).

Omaha Children’s Museum’s First Night of Play is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The event includes pizza dinner, goodie bag, face painters, balloon artists, dance party and concert by Dino O’Dell. “Midnight” at OCM is at 8 pm, complete with a countdown to the New Year and a giant bubble wrap stomp.

The Holiday Lights Festival’s great big fireworks show downtown starts at 7 p.m. out of Gene Leahy Mall. Show up a little early for primo viewing since this draws a lot of people, and tune your radio to 104.5 for some sweet ‘80s tunes that the fireworks will be timed to.

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Friends and family, I wish you all a Merry Everything! Whether you’re celebrating Christmas with loved ones tomorrow or not, may this time of year bring you peace, comfort and optimism.


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