September 24, 2017

Big List Of October Events For Families

I’m excited about all the October events for families this year! This list includes everything from crazy bubble shows at the Orpheum Theater and Disney on Ice at the CenturyLink Center, to tons of Halloween events.

Get out in nature this month and enjoy these Halloween events in Nebraska and Iowa parks!

 

Know something great that should be added to this list? Leave a comment!

 

Living History Re-Enactments

When: Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: A valid NE state parks pass is required for vehicle entry

 

State Historical Museum’s Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum 

When: Oct. 4-8

Where: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Funky + Junky Sale

When: Oct. 5, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: 14505 Sunrise St., Bennington, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night – ¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Pizza & Paint Emoji Night!

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Two Keys Creative Studios, 10760 Suffolk Circle

Cost: $30 per child, $25 for weekly art class students (second through sixth grade)

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Villains Take Over!

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

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

 

Family Fright Movie Night – “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “Poltergeist”

When: Oct. 6, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Camp Fear, 23301 W. Maple Road, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $5

 

Haunted Safari

When: Oct. 6 and 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Wildlife Safari Park, 16406 292nd St., Ashland, Neb.

Cost: $18 per person for members; $23 per person for non-members; FREE for ages 2 and younger (reservations required)

 

Junk Stock

When: Oct. 6-8; hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (there are also early bird hours)

Where: 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $10, one day; $20, three days; kids 12 and younger admitted FREE

 

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

When: Oct. 6-22

Where: The Rose

Cost: $20; discount vouchers at HyVee food stores’ customer service desks.

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: Oct. 7 through Jan. 7, 2018

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

“Marks of Genius”

When: Oct. 7 through Jan. 7, 2018

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: $10 for general public adults; $5 college students with ID (tickets for those with a UNMC student ID are free); FREE for members and youth ages 17 and younger. Special Thursday pricing (4–8 pm) is $5 for general public adults.

 

Drawing & Donuts

When: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Two Keys Creative Studios, 10760 Suffolk Circle

Cost: $25 per child, $20 for weekly art class students (sixth through 12th grades)

 

“B – The Underwater Bubble Show”

When: Oct. 7, 3 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St.

Cost: Tickets start at $15 through Ticket Omaha

 

Love live theater? Here are 10 shows to see this fall in Omaha!

 

 

Owl Prowl

When: Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Hummel park Nature Center

Cost: FREE (registration is required)

 

MOVEMENT Series: “Form”

When: Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: $10, general public; $5, students; FREE for members and children

 

Japanese Ambiance

When: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and FREE for children younger than 6 and members

 

“Finding Neverland”

When: Oct. 11-15; performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Kids Night On Broadway is Oct. 11.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 419 S. 16th St.

Cost: Tickets start at $35. Purchase tickets here. Use the Kids Night On Broadway promo code FNLKIDS to get one free kids PL2 ticket with an adult ticket to the Oct. 11 performance. Child must be under 18 years of age.

 

“Disney On Ice presents Dream Big”

When: Oct. 12-15

Where: CenturyLink Center

Cost: $10-$85

 

Barn Dance & Hay Rack Ride

When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Santa’s Woods, 3764 State Highway 133, Blair, Neb.

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 12 and younger

 

Family Fit Series

When: Oct. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Cunningham Lake – Entrance 1, park is located along 96th Street with entrances at State Highway 36, State Street, 96th Street and Rainwood Road

Cost: FREE

 

Harvest Fun Days

When: Oct. 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 11808 John J Pershing Drive, Omaha

Cost: FREE (pumpkins are $2 each; reservations requested)

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Oct. 14 through April 15, 2018

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

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

 

Get Smart: Spooky Science

When: Oct. 14, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Annual Holiday Preview and Grand Opening Party

When: Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery, 9518 Calhoun Road

Cost: FREE

 

Peppa The Pig Meet & Greet

When: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Learning Express at Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

Fourth Annual Pumpkin Festival

When: Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Spooktacular

When: Oct. 14-15, Oct. 20-22, and Oct. 27-29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $8.95 for members, $9.95 for non-members, and FREE for children ages 2 and younger

 

Tricks for Treats – Dog Costume Contest & Trick or Treating

When: Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 per dog

 

Doctor Who Gaming Day

When: Oct. 15, 1 to 4:40 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Cold Stone Screamery Halloween Party!

When: Oct. 15, 3 to 9 p.m.

Where: Cold Stone Creamery, 3220 Farnam St., suite 2107

Cost: Wear your Halloween costume to enjoy a buy one Like It Creation, get one free promo, $5 create-your-own caramel apple station

 

Healthy Trick-Or-Treat Nights

When: Oct. 17 and 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “Momentum: Fosse Style!”

When: Oct. 20 and Oct. 22

Where: Joslyn Art Museum (Oct. 20) and Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Oct. 22)

Cost: $22-$78

 

“Point A to Point B”

When: Oct. 21 through Nov. 12, performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; and Mondays at 10 a.m.

Where: The Rose, Hitchcock Stage, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12

 

 

Gifford Farm Trick or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 per trick or treater (adults accompanying child are admitted FREE)

 

Living Loess 

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Various locations in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Hutchfest 2017

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 for adults, FREE for children 12 and younger

 

Halloween Fun Fest

When: Oct. 21, 10:15 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

40th Annual Witches Tea

When: Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Witch’s Tea

When: Oct. 21, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery, 9518 Calhoun Road

Cost: $7.95, $14.95 for two, and $21.95 for three

 

Spooky Science and Crafts!

When: Oct. 21, 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nature’s Harvest

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: Included with park entry fee (RSVP requested)

 

YMCA Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: 7502 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nature’s Harvest

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: FREE (must pay daily vehicle entry fee of $2 if you don’t have an annual pass). RSVP to ensure there are enough supplies

 

Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Night at the Museum

When: Oct. 21, 5 to 8 p.m. (Astronaut Clayton Anderson speaks at 5)

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, senior or military; and $6, children (ages 4-12); and members are admitted FREE

 

Omaha Symphony’s “Symphony Spooktacular Superheroes!”

When: Oct. 22 (note there’s trick or treating afterward)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Monster Mash Run/Walk

When: Oct. 22, 11 a.m. (kids costume contest at 10 a.m.; kids dash at 10:45 a.m.)

Where: Rockbrook Village, 108th Street and West Center Road

Cost: $20 for adults, $20 for kids; $15 for kids 100-yard dash

 

Great Hall-oween Haunt

When: Oct. 24, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Duraham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

MONSTERMASH

When: Oct. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Spooktacular

When: Oct. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (reservations recommended)

 

Tiny Tot Halloween Party

When: Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (best for ages 5 and younger)

 

Zombie ESCAPE! (Teens)

When: Oct. 25, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Make Up Hacks (Teens)

When: Oct. 26, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Haunted Maze & Costume Contest

When: Oct. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Adams Community Center

Cost: FREE

 

Baseballoween 2017

When: Oct. 27, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Zombie Lock-In

When: Oct. 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE (parent permission slip required)

 

Halloween Family Swim

When: Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: $1 (appropriate swim attire must be worn)

 

Saddlebrook Spooktacular

When: Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Boo Bash

When: Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Ice Arena Halloween Skate

When: Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Motto McLean Ice Arena, 5015 S. 45th St.

Cost: $3 (includes admission, skating, skate rental, snacks, trick or treating)

 

Wabash Trace Ghost Town Tour

When: Oct. 28, noon to 9 p.m.

Where: Malvern to Imogene along the Wabash Trace Trail

Cost: $10 for roundtrip bike ride, or $15 if doing hayrack back from Imogene (you must register in advance for hayrack ride). Add-on activities cost an additional $10 (Malvern Manor Tour), $10 (Gateway of Chaos), $5 (Spooky Storytelling) and $5 (tent camping)

 

Haunted Gingerbread Houses For Teens

When: Oct. 28, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

“Black Friday” Monster Bash

When: Oct. 28, 2 to 4 p.m.

When: The Bookworm, 2501 S. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Boo Bash

When: Oct. 28, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $35 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $40 for non-members; children 2 and under are FREE.

 

Trunk-Or-Treat

When: Oct. 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Play By Play Kidzone, 13540 Discovery Drive

Cost: Donation to the Food Bank of the Heartland

 

Teen Halloween Lock-In

When: Oct. 28, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (parental permission slip required)

 

Trick-Or-Treat

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

Old Market Fall Festival

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Old Market, various locations (book bus is usually at 11th and Howard Street)

Cost: FREE

 

UNO Mav Kids Halloween Party

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha SAPP Fieldhouse, 6001 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Trunk Or Treat

When: Oct. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Goodwill Headquarters, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

Opera Omaha’s OPERAtion Storytime

When: Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. (Millard branch) and 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams and Millard branches)

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard and Abrahams branches

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Story Time & Trick or Treat

When: Oct. 31, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Marquis Place, 20800 West Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

Harvest Festival

When: Oct. 31, 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: TBD

 

More Fun October Events

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

“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

See my video on the exhibit here!

 

“Mamma Mia!”

When: Through Oct. 15

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: Adult tickets start at $32 (Wednesdays) and $42 (Thursdays – Sundays) and student tickets start at $20 (Wednesdays) and $25 (Thursdays – Sundays)

Discounts: Whatta Deal Wednesday ($10 tickets on the first Wednesday of the run (Sept. 20 only) available in person at the OCP box office starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the show; Twilight Tickets (half-price tickets when purchased in person at the OCP box office after noon on the day of the show); Lucky 7 Tickets ($7 tickets for students for opening weekend performances only (Sept. 15-17 only, good in person at the OCP box office or by phone at 402-553-0800)

 

“Cobweb Castle”

When: Through Oct. 31

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

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

 

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.

 

Crafty Tots

When: Wednesdays, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: 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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