March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

NOTE: This page is updated almost daily. 

There’s a hint of fall in the air, which means new exhibits, new stage shows, and lots of outdoor events for families are here. Get the scoop on kid-friendly activities, free events and more fun stuff that will keep your family busy exploring Omaha.

family friendly things to do in Omaha

How to read this post: The first events listed are things to come in chronological order, followed by all the on-going events like exhibits or shows that have already opened. The post ends with weekly activities at rec centers and libraries (you may want to call ahead to make sure it is happening the day you plan on visiting).

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

When: Sept. 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

Simply Vintage

When: Sept. 14-16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: 506 Skyline Road, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: $5, general admission Saturday and Sunday; $10, general admission Friday; FREE for kids ages 12 and younger

Taco Dragon Visits Story Time

When: Sept. 14-22 ; Sept. 14 at 9:30 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams); Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. (Washington); Sept. 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Main); Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha); Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. (Swanson); Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

“Shrek The Musical”

When: Sept. 14 through Oct. 14; performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Ogre Parties before the shows on Sept. 16, Sept. 23, Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 start at 12:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: Tickets start at $42. Ogre Parties are an additional $15 per person and are limited.

Tinkerfest

When: Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission, which is $13 for children and adults, $12 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 24 months

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+

Southwest Iowa Art Tour

When: Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sept. 16, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Various locations in Council Bluffs, Glenwood, Malvern, Red Oak, Harlan, Neola, Taber, Avoca, and Shenandoah

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

Apple Festival

When: Sept. 15, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Super Bee Orchards, 4571 Highway 75, Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

When: Sept. 15, 1 to 7 p.m.

Where: Fort Omaha campus of Metro Community College, 5300 N. 30th St.

Cost: FREE

Salute To The USS Omaha Concert

When: Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m. (park opens at 5 p.m.)

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

Cost: FREE

Family Fiesta

When: Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

Team Survivor Challenge (Teens)

When: Sept. 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Zorinsky Park, 156th Street aquatic park entrance, straight back to Shelter 1

Cost: $20 per team (must have at least two female teammates; must be in ninth-12th grades). Registration required through Omaha Parks & Rec.

Cowboy Story Time

When: Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (must register)

Hispanic Heritage Fiesta

When: Sept. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Game On: This History of Science & Gaming

When: Sept. 22 through Jan. 6, 2019

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

Cost: Included with admission

Small Guy Promotions Fall Expo

When: Sept. 22, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE

Family Campout

When: Sept. 22-23, 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: $7 per person or $28 per family (bring a tent; food is provided). Register by Sept. 16.

Cirque Italia Water Circus

When: Sept. 27-30; performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Where: Westroads Mall, North East Parking Lot, 10000 California St.

Cost: $20-$40, adults; $10-$35 for children (ADA seating requires reservations)

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites”

When: Sept. 28 through Oct. 14; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. 

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 each; members receive four free tickets

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

Drone Expo

When: Sept. 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum

Cost: Outdoor activities are FREE; indoor activities are included with museum admission. Helicopter rides are $60 per person.

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

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Black Violin’s “Classical Boom Tour”

When: Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $20-$55

DC vs. Marvel Family Date Night

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

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission, which is $13 for children and adults, $12 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 24 months

Moonlight Movie At Mockingbird

When: Oct. 5, 6 p.m. (indoor activities) and movie at 7 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: FREE

Alebrije Afternoon

When: Oct. 6, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Iluminate

When: Oct. 6, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $22-$38

“The Little Engine That Could”

When: Oct. 12 through Nov. 4; 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: $12 for non-members and $10 for members

“Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship & Smarts”

When: Oct. 13 through April 14, 2019

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $13 for children and adults, $12 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 24 months

Kickball Extravaganza Tournament

When: Oct. 14, 1 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

Cost: $20 per team (teams must be 8-15 players, at least females, and 12 years or older). Register with Omaha Parks & Rec.

Escape Room For Grades 2-6

When: Oct. 17, 1 to 4 p.m., and Oct. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (must pre-register)

Teddy Bear Sleepover & Story Time

When: Oct. 19, 4:30 p.m. (pick up stuffed animals on Oct. 20 at 10:30 a.m.)

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

Cost: FREE

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

“Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt”

When: Through Sept. 23; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 for general admission (discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores); FREE for members of The Rose 

“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

Canoe The Great Marsh

When: Through Oct. 20; launch times are 6:15 a.m. (Sept. 8, Sept. 15), 6 p.m. (Sept. 11), and 9 a.m. (Sept. 22, Sept. 29, and Oct. 20)

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

Cost: $25 per person

“Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life In The Wild”

Where: Through Jan. 6, 2019

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12) and FREE for children younger than 24 months

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

When: 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

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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