March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

April is around the corner and, fair warning, some of the best temporary exhibits in Omaha are ending soon. No worries, though. There are plenty of family-friendly performances, FREE events, and more to keep you occupied!

Read on for the best of what to do in Omaha right now, and in the next few weeks and months:

family-friendly things to do in Omaha

 

 

DIY Bottle Rockets—NESciFest

When: April 19, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch,

Cost: FREE (teens)

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: April 20, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: April 20, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson Park Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek”

When: April 21 and 22

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: $12.99-$17.99, children under 2 admitted FREE

 

“Curious George & The Golden Meatball”

When: April 20 through May 6; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members receive four FREE tickets)

 

“Moon Mouse” By Lightwire Theater

When: April 20, 7 p.m.

Where: Arts Center at Iowa Western, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $14, adults; $10, children

 

Party For The Planet

When: April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular paid zoo admission, and FREE to members. Admission is $18.95, adults (ages 12+); $17.95, seniors and military adults; $12.95, children (ages 3-11); $11.95, military child (3-11); and FREE for children 2 and younger.

 

Earth Day Birthday

When: April 21, 10 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (pre-registration required)

 

Sci Pop Interactive

When: April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Indoor activities included with museum admission

 

Bubble Extravaganza

When: April 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., suite 131

Cost: FREE

 

Earth Day

When: April 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park, 808 S. 60th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Día de los Niños Fiesta/Children’s Day Party

When: April 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

When: April 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Early Childhood Family Center

When: April 23, 11:15 a.m. to noon

Where: Millard Early Childhood Family Center, 12820 N St.

Cost: FREE

 

Lil’ Scientist Day

When: April 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children and adults; $11 for seniors; FREE for members and children under 24 months

 

Science Stations

When: April 24, 25 & 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 5 and younger)

 

Children’s Day/Día de los Niños Celebration

When: April 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Minecraft Stop Motion

When: April 24, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (ages 10 and older)

 

Literary S.T.E.M. Challenge

When: April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 5-10)

 

Toys and Science NEScifest

When: April 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

It’s All About Bees! Spring Market

When: April 28 and 29; market is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: It’s All About Bees, 8540 Park Drive, Ralston, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids On The Block Puppet Shows

When: April 28, May 12 and May 26, 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children and adults; $11 for seniors; FREE for members and children under 24 months

 

Dia del Nino

When: April 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Arbor Day Celebration

When: April 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: City Sprouts, 4002 Seward St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nintendo LABO

When: April 28, 4 to 5 p.m.

When: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8 and older; pre-registration required)

 

Omaha Symphony “Jurassic Park”

When: April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$89

 

“RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles”

When: April 28, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $49.25-$89.25

 

Children’s Day/Día de los Niños Celebration Storytime

When: May 2, 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); May 5, 10 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Omaha Public Library various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Leader Reader – Stormy from the Storm Chasers

When: May 2, 11:45 a.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 members and kids younger than 2

 

Omaha Storm Chasers Star Wars Night

When: May 4, 7:05 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $9 for berm seating

 

Free Comic Book Day

When: May 5; 10 a.m. to noon (Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark branch, 215 S. 15th St.), 1 to 3 p.m. (Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Star Wars Activities 

When: May 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Family Storytime), and 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Star Wars Movie Time & Lightsaber Making)

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

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

Where: Chalco Hills Natural Resources Center, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Stony Brook Hy-Vee

When: May 11, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Into Summer

When: May 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Celebrate CB

When: May 11-19; highlights include Celebrate @ The River (May 11, 7 to 10:30 p.m.), Barbecue in the Bluffs (May 11-13), Celebrate CB Parade (May 19, 10:30 a.m.)

Where: Activities at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park on the Council Bluffs side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and in Bayliss Park

Cost: FREE

 

Mystery Cache

When: May 12, 9 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (but must pre-register by May 9, and know that there is a $3 vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park)

 

Family Fun Saturday – Animal & Nature Rescue Day

When: May 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $5; FREE for children younger than 2

 

Harry Potter Family Night

When: May 12, 5 to 8 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 members and kids younger than 2

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: May 15, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Food & Fun

When: May 18, 3:15 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Ice Cream Floats – Teens

When: May 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: May 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12)

 

2018 Big 10 Baseball Tournament

When: May 23-27

Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, 1200 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: TBD

 

Loessfest 2018

When: May 25-28; highlights include Movie in the Park: “The Incredibles” (May 25, 9 p.m.), Disney Movie Night Featuring Choo Choo Soul (May 26, 6 p.m.), Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (May 26, 7:30 p.m.), Omaha Symphony and Fireworks For Freedom (May 27, 8 p.m.), and Movie in the Park: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (May 28, 9 p.m.)

Where: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, on the Council Bluffs side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge

Cost: FREE

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

When: May 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: May 25, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson Park Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: May 25, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Ninjas on the Run Family Fun Run

When: May 26, 9 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

When: May 26, 1 to 3 p.m. (Elkhorn, Benson, Willa Cather, Florence, Abrahams, Swanson, Saddlebook, Washington, A.V. Sorensen, South Omaha)

Where: Omaha Public Library various branches

Cost: FREE

 

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

When: May 26 through Sept. 2

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 members and kids younger than 2

 

“Children’s China: Celebrating Character, Culture & Confuscius

When: May 26 through Aug. 19

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 members and kids younger than 2

 

Helicopter Day

When: May 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: $12, adults; $6, children

 

Out & About Storytime: Wenninghoff Farms

When: May 30, 10 a.m.

Where: Wenninghoff Farms, 6707 Wenninghoff Road

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Oreo Taste Test Challenge

When: May 31, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Escape Room Lock-In

When: May 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (ages 7-11, registration required and includes pizza)

 

Know of a family-friendly event in Omaha (or nearby) that’s not on this list? Email me details at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

 

Family-Friendly Exhibits & Shows Ending Soon

UNO Public Planetarium Shows

When: Through April 21; remaining shows are April 20 at 5:30 & 7 p..m., and April 21 at 4, 5:30 & 7 p.m.

Where: Mallory Kountze Planetarium in the Durham Science Center on University of Nebraska at Omaha campus

Cost: $4 per person

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through April 22

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $15.50, adults; $14.50, military; and $10.50, children; family four pack is $42

 

“Energy Explorers”

When: Through April 23

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

Read more about the exhibit here.

 

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art”

When: Through May 13

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $10, adults; $5, children (ages 6-12); and FREE for children younger than 6 and members

 

“American Adventure”

When: Through July 29

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

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

 

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

 

Weekly Activities For Families & Kids

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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