March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

NOTE: This page is updated almost daily. 

Summer isn’t over yet. Get the scoop on outdoor festivals and tons of FREE events to keep your family busy exploring Omaha.

family friendly things to do in Omaha

Read on for the best of what to do in Omaha right now; for the planners out there, what to do in Omaha through the end of summer. At the end of the post, see the on-going events like FREE movie and concert series, as well as weekly activities at pools and libraries:

Forever Young Family & Children Series – “Howl’s Moving Castle”

When: Aug. 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 & 23; check theater for times

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $2.50 for children younger than 12

Omaha’s Original Greek Festival

When: Aug. 17-19; Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 602 Park Ave.

Cost: $3 for adults; FREE for children 12 and younger, as well as military, police, and fire personnel

33rd Friday Block Party

When: Aug. 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: 33rd Street between Cass & California streets

Cost: FREE

Maha Music Festival

When: Aug. 17 and 18

Where: Aksarben Village, at about 67th and Center Streets

Cost: $45/single day general admission and $110/two-day general admission, plus VIP options; kids 10 and younger do not need a ticket if with a paying adults

Living Loess Tour

When: Aug. 18

Where: Harrison County Center, Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek Creamery, Loess Hills Lavender Farm, Sawmill Hollow, and Iowana Farm in southwest Iowa

Cost: FREE (self-guided)

Arts Block Party

When: Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, Omaha Community Playhouse and Omaha Academy of Ballet, between 72nd and 69th Streets and Cass Street

Cost: FREE

Fancy Nancy Story Time & Tea Party

When: Aug. 18, 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Summer Wildflower Hike

When: Aug. 18, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N., Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with forest admission

Scouts for Wildlife Conservation

When: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Henry Doorly Zoo & Lauritzen Gardens

Cost: $18 (to register or for more details, click here)

“Fighting for the Good Life: Nebraskan Memories of World War I:

When: Aug. 18 through Jan. 28, 2019. Opening day activities for kids from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

WorldFest

When: Sundays, Aug. 19 and 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $13 for ages 2-50; $12 for seniors; free for members and children younger than 24 months

Omaha Fashion Week

When: Aug. 20-25, 6 p.m.

Where: 1502 Cuming St.

Cost: $30-$80

American Idol Live

When: Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $29.50-$495

Touch-A-Truck

When: Aug. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: First Data/UNO parking lots, just south of 69th and Pacific streets

Cost: FREE

Opera Outdoors

When: Aug. 24, 7:30 p.m.; kid-friendly activities start at 6 p.m., pre-show concert starts at 6:45 p.m.

Where: MidtownCrossing’s Turner Park, 33rd and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

Forever Young Family & Children Series – “Yellow Submarine”

When: Aug. 25, 26 & 30; check theater for times

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $2.50 for children younger than 12


Dundee Day

When: Aug. 25, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 50th Street and Underwood Avenue

Cost: FREE

Butterfly Walk with Bob Fuchs

When: Aug. 26, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N., Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with forest admission

Autism Night

When: Aug. 26, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE, pre-register here

SeptemberFest

When: Aug. 31 through Sept. 3; Friday from 5 to midnight, Saturday-Monday from noon to midnight (parade is Monday at 10 a.m.)

Where: CenturyLink Center, Parking Lot D, 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: $7 general admission, FREE for children 5 and younger


World of Water

When: Sept. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Chalco Hills Park

Cost: FREE

Forever Young Family & Children Series Meets Cinemateca – “El Libro de Lila” (Spanish with subtitles)

When: Sept. 8, 9, 13, 15, 16 & 20; check theater for times

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $2.50 for children younger than 12

Fall Festival

When: Sept. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $5, ages 2+

National Alpaca Farm Day

When: Sept. 29 and 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Alpacas of the Heartland, 7016 County Road 39, Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Chalk Art Festival

When: Sept. 15 and 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Forever Young Family & Children Series Meets Cinemateca – “La Ultima Isla” (Spanish with subtitles)

When: Sept. 22, 23, 27, 29, 30 and Oct. 4; check theater for times

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $2.50 for children younger than 12

Family-Friendly Things To Do: Exhibits & Shows Ending Soon

Bridge Beats

When: Through Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m.; Angel Forest and Grace Giebler featuring Ben Curran (Aug. 3), Taxi Driver (Aug. 10) and The Personics (Aug. 17)

Where: Omaha side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Cost: FREE

“Marcela Díaz: Contemporary Textiles”

When: Through Aug. 18

Where: El Museo Latino, 4701 S. 25th St.

Cost: $5, general admission; $4, college students; $3.50 students and seniors; FREE for children younger than 5 and active military

“Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius”

When: Through Aug. 19

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

Cost: $13 for ages 2-50; $12 for seniors; free for members and children younger than 24 months

Kids Dream Summer Film Series 2018

When: Through Aug. 29, 10 a.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday (and some Saturdays); “Despicable Me 3″ (Aug. 4, 5, 6 & 8),”My Little Pony” (Aug. 11, 12, 13 & 15), “Peter Rabbit” (Aug. 18, 19, 20 & 22), and “Sherlock Gnomes” (Aug. 25, 26, 27 & 29″

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

Cost: $3

Omaha Storm Chasers Games

When: Through Aug. 30 (see schedule here)

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

Cost: Tickets start at $9 for berm seating

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“A Night at the Dreamland Ballroom” Exhibit

When: Through Sept. 1, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Great Plains Black History Museum, 2221 N. 24th St.

Cost: FREE

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Sewer”

When: Through Sept. 2

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

Cost: $13 for ages 2-50; $12 for seniors; free for members and children younger than 24 months

“Treasures of British Art 1400–2000: The Berger Collection”

When: Through Sept. 8

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street

Cost: $10, general public; $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): $5 for general public adults.

“Reality”

When: Through Sept. 26; Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

Night Market

When: Select Fridays through Sept. 28; July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28; 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

Lewis & Clark Ranger Programs

When: Through Sept. 30, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where: Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail Visitor Center, 601 Riverfront Drive

Cost: FREE

Omaha Farmers Market (Downtown)

When: Through Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Old Market, 11th and Jackson streets

Cost: FREE

Weekly Activities For Families & Kids

These activities are on-going and held on the same day each week. Still, it’s a good idea to call ahead before going, just to be sure.

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

Tots of the Town

When: Second Thursday of the month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Shadow Lake Towne Center, 7775 Olson Drive, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Story Time At Barnes & Noble 

When: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. (Crossroads) and Saturdays at 11 a.m. (Crossroads and Oakview)

Where: Barnes and Noble at Crossroads, 7400 Dodge St., and Barnes and Noble at Oakview, 3333 Oakview Drive

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

Family Fun Night

When: Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: SkateDaze, 3616 S. 132nd St.

Cost: $11.99 (skate or play), $3.99 for non-skating parent

Kids Craft Time

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St.

Cost: $1

Second Saturdays Nature Program

When: Second Saturday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven Wetland Sanctuary, 11809 Old Maple Road

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)

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)

Family Fun & Fitness

When: Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: SkateDaze, 3616 S. 132nd St.

Cost: $8 (skate rental is additional $4)

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