April 29, 2014

25 Things To Do In Omaha Under $25

Updated Aug. 30, 2018

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If you have a little money to spend, but not too much, Omaha is the place for you. Take a look at a sampling of family-friendly things to do that costs $25 or less in Omaha:

1. Visit Lauritzen Gardens

A huge hit for any youngster is the miniature train at Lauritzen Gardens. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

A huge hit for any youngster is the miniature train at Lauritzen Gardens. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Assuming you have kids under the age of 6, you can get into the  botanical gardens for $20 with two adults and two children. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and FREE for children younger than 6. Website

2. Movie at Marcus Cinemas

Head to a local Marcus Cinema (Majestic, Midtown and Twin Creek) on Tuesdays for $5 movies – so four of you can go for $20. Plus, if you’re a Magical Movie Rewards member, you get free popcorn. Tack on a $2 box of candy and you’re still under $25. Website

3. Dinner at Crave with the family

You want a little nicer dinner out with the kiddo than Panera, you say? Head to Crave on Sundays and get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. There are plenty of entrees $12-$15 range (menu). We’ve eaten here with the kids before and the wait staff is wonderful with the little ones.

4. Visit Fontenelle Forest

Fontenelle Forest offers a lot to explore for a family. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Fontenelle Forest offers a lot to explore for a family. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

UPDATE: Sorry! Prices have increased at Fontenelle Forest since this post was written. It is now no longer feasible for a family of four to visit for less than $25. Adult admission is $11 and children (ages 2-12) are $8. However, if you have a child younger than 24 months old, he/she are free. Website

5. Hit an Omaha public pool

You can visit all of the city pools for under $20 for a family of five, even the ultra cool Zorinski Aquatic Center. Pack a picnic and bottles of water, and you’re set for an afternoon. The same goes for Council Bluffs public pools, where a family of 5 can get into the awesome Pirate Cove for $25 including use of the water slides.

6. See the Storm Chasers

The Stormchasers offer a ton of family-friendly activities and promotions. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Storm Chasers games offer a ton of family-friendly activities and promotions. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

A family of four can get Berm seat tickets for $6 each (that’s seating on the grass), so $24. You time your game right and you can get a better deal. A quick peek saw a promotion on Sundays for FREE Berm ticket with a 2 canned food donations (thanks, Hy-Vee!). So just check out the promotions before you go. Plus, shoot to get there early as the first 50 kids at each game get $1 tickets to the Berm.

7. See the Omaha Rollergirls in action

A family of four can watch these fierce rollerskating women compete for about $20 if you get your tickets early (or $24 if you’re a slacker), thanks to kids 10 and younger getting FREE admission.

8. Watch Creighton Teams

Not all Creighton teams have the same price tickets, but you can catch a lot of sports action for cheap if you buy general admission.

UPDATE: Sorry! Since this post first published, general admission tickets have increased in price. For a family of four, you can catch a game women’s soccer for $28 (men’s goes up to $36); and softball for $22 (baseball’s lowest price are higher). You’ll want to get cool Creighton Bluejay apparel before you go!

9. Watch UNO Teams

What’s that? Not a Creighton fan? OK. Some teams for the University of Nebraska at Omaha offer cheap tickets (cross hockey off your list).

UPDATE: UN) has a great program called Jr. Mavericks Kids Club. It costs $25 to join, but after that, the child gets free admission into every Mavericks home game that includes men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball and softball (excludes hockey). So, for a sport like men’s soccer, your cost for two adults is $16 and your child gets in free.

You’ll want to fit in, so outfit your family in UNO hats and shirts.

10. Have a blast at the Kroc Center

A family of three can get a day pass for $25 ($10 per adult, $5 per kid ages 1-11). My kids loved – I mean LOVED – the aquatic center with the slides and nifty little lazy river. We went on an Inflatable Friday night, which was added fun. There’s a lot to do there in addition to swimming, like open art class, so check it out. Website

11. Ice skate at Motto Mclean

Motto McLean Rink offers family-friendly pricing for ice skating. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Motto McLean Rink offers family-friendly pricing for ice skating. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

A family of four pass to ice skate on select nights is only $10 ($3 for each additional person). The kicker is that price includes skates and a drink. Website

12. Skate Daze

Take advantage of Kids Skate Free to get your kids FREE skating during select hours. You’ll need to pay for their skate rentals ($3.75 each), as well as your admission and skate rentals – a family of three could swing this. In my opinion, though, it looks like a way better deal to go to Skate Daze during Tot’s Time if you don’t work during the day – $5.99 gets you into the place, skate rental and the Playdazium. Tot’s Time only works on select weekday mornings during the school year.

13. Film Streams

Take in one of the family-friendly films in Film Streams’ Forever Young series. A family of four could go for $25 (assuming you’re not members; if you are, it’s even cheaper!). Adults are $10 and children are $2.50. The films are a mix of classics and new releases, and you can always bet they’re entertaining for you as much as they are for your children.

14. Putt Putt Golf (outdoors)

UPDATE: Sorry! Prices have gone up since I wrote this post and now it’s more than $25.

Head to Boulder Creek Amusement Park in Millard and get a round of putt putt in with the littles. Two adults and two kids can play for about $27 ($7.50 for adults, $5.95 for kids). Tricky thing is to get out of there without playing something else.

15. Putt putt golf (indoors)

Try out the glow golf thing at Family Fun Center XL. A family of four can play for less than $25 there. It’s a glow-in-the-dark, 18-hole course with each game representing a video game hero or heroine.

Related post: See all the places to play putt putt in Omaha.

16. Laser Tag

Got older kids? The Family Fun Center XL is also a good place for laser tag – it was voted Omaha’s No. 1 for laser tag. A family of four can run around the three-story arena for $24.

17. Visit the Bellevue Berry Farm

Time your visit right to Bellevue Berry Farm and you can enjoy the pumpkin patch (or berry picking) for less than $25. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

Time your visit right to Bellevue Berry Farm and you can enjoy the pumpkin patch (or berry picking) for less than $25. Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism

UPDATE: Sorry! Since I wrote this post, the prices have increased.

If you go during pumpkin season, a family of four can visit Bellevue Berry Farm on a weekday for $28 (kids 2 and younger are FREE, though).

If you go during berry picking season, admission is much lower.

18. Old Market Carriage Ride

Take a short carriage ride through the Old Market as a family. For $25, you can take the historic Old Market tour (sorry, that price excludes the fancy schmancy Cinderella carriage).

19. Family Fun Night

Hop on over to KiDS body shop on designated Family Fun Nights for an active outing. Families have access to the pool and air-conditioned gym for about an hour and a half. A family of five can do this for less than $25 ($2/adults, $2/children 1 and younger; $5/current KiDS body shop students; and $8 for non-KiDS body shop students).

20. Mahoney State Park

Exploring the Activity Center at Mahoney State Park last winter.

Exploring the Activity Center at Mahoney State Park last winter.

OK, this one’s not in Omaha metro area, but I love the place and it’s cheap, so deal with it. You kids can run wild at the Activity Center for cheap – a family of four can get in for $10 ($2 per adult, $3 per child). Add to it a daily park entry fee of $5, and you have plenty leftover to buy snacks. Or, pack a picnic and save the money for a half-hour paddle boat for four people, which is $8.

Related post: Mahoney State Park For Families

21. See a Big Big Movie

Omaha’s zoo has the Lozier IMAX® Theater where you can see exciting family-friendly movies (some in 3D). If you’re a member, score! It’s free for you. If you’re not, a family of four can get tickets for $24.

Related post: Expert Tips For Visiting Omaha’s Zoo

21. Visit the Planetarium

Bring the kiddos explore space at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mallory Kountze Planetarium. Admission is only $4, so you can keep things well under $25 (unless you’re a family of seven, then sorry). Public shows exploring seasonal and current astronomical events are usually the first weekend (Friday and Saturday) of each month. Sometimes they offer rooftop observing after the shows.

23. Bowling

This one you’ll have to do a little legwork first. Sign your kids up for the Kids Bowl Free program (info here) and see which bowling alley nearest you is a program participant. Your kids get two free games a day all summer long. Pay a one-time fee for yourself to bowl (and shoe rentals for all), or opt to buy the family pass – it allows two games per person per day, covering up to four adult family members.

24. Visit Ditmars Orchard

My family visiting Ditmars Orchard last fall.

My family visiting Ditmars Orchard last fall.

UPDATE: Sorry! Since I first wrote this post, the prices have increased.

OK, OK. Ditmars Orchard is also not in Omaha, but it’s close enough being in Council Bluffs.

A family of four can visit here on the weekend for about $28 – activity wristbands are $7 each (children 3 and younger rare FREE). This price only includes all of the activities there though if you plan on picking apples, know that you’ll be paying more during your visit.

Related post: Apple Picking Near Omaha

25. Get Creative Together

If you’re in the Elkhorn area, head to CREATE for a drop-in project. While there isn’t a set range for, kid’s projects start at $8 each. I can see it being tempting to do a more expensive project, though.

I went with the kids to The Makery earlier this year and there were pretty inexpensive projects to make by yourself and/or with your kids. Bonus: What you spend at The Makery can be TAGGed to support your favorite charities.

Your turn: What else can be added to this list? What’s missing?

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Comments

  1. This is a great list. There are many places I have not heard about before. Thanks for compiling it!

  2. An awesome list, complete with the exact budget information I was searching for! Thanks!

  3. Bob Furr says:

    On the list of inexpensive things to do as a family are the activities at the Omaha Parks Community Centers. For example there is Square Dancing at the Mockingbird Hills Community Center for just $5 a person on Monday Nights!

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