March 22, 2018

Things To Do In Omaha With Kids This Week

Summer is here! Check out this list for upcoming kid-friendly activities, exhibits, stage shows, and more happening in the Omaha Metro Area in July 2019 (and beyond!). Ready for summer festivals in Omaha and surrounding communities? Those are on the list, too!

Looking for all the free concerts like Jazz on the Green and free outdoor movies this summer? There are too many to list here, so visit this post: 100+ Free Summer Movies In Omaha (and Concerts).

NOTE: This page is updated weekly. 

Looking for things to do in Omaha? Here's a family-friendly events calendar for Omaha, featuring exhibits and shows, free activities, festivals and more! #Nebraska #USA

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. Everything is in Omaha, unless otherwise noted in the address. The post ends with weekly activities at recreation centers and libraries (you may want to call ahead to make sure it is happening the day you plan on visiting).

Moon Landing Celebration

When: July 14-20

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $13 for children and adults, $12 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 2 and members

Telescopes and Prairie Skies

When: July 19, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Cost: $10 per person (pre-registration requested)

Big Canvas Presents BC Universe Improv

When: July 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7)

Where: Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $10

Teddy Bear Clinic

When: July 20, 10 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $13 for children and adults, $12 for seniors, and FREE for kids under 2 and members

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary Celebration

When: July 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12, adults; $11, military/seniors; $6, kids (ages 4-12); and FREE, kids 3 and under.

“Lion King” Family Party

When: July 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Marcus Majestic Cinema, 14304 West Maple Road

Cost: FREE (does not include admission into the movie)

Big Play Saturday – Donuts & Dinos!

When: July 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

“SPACE: Humanity’s Longest Journey”

When: July 20 through Sept. 15

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12, adults; $11, military/seniors; $6, kids (ages 4-12); and FREE, kids 3 and under.

Butterfly Tea Party

When: July 21, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Apollon Art Center, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $15 (recommended for ages 3-8)

Hamiltunes: An American Singalong

When: July 22, 7 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Sixth Annual Omaha Under the Radar Festival

When: July 24-27

Where: Various venues in Omaha

Cost: $25, day pass; $50, full pass; $100, VIP pass; individual events are $10 each

Westfair

When: July 24-29

Where: West Fair Fairgrounds, 2 miles east of Interstate 80 on Highway 6 in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE front gate admission; rides and events are additional fees

Gretna Days

When: July 25-28 (carnival July 25 & 26, fireworks on July 26 at 10:15 p.m., kiddie parade July 27 at 8 a.m.)

Where: Various locations in Gretna, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Kerfulffle’s “Firefly: A play for the very young”

When: July 26-Aug. 4; performances are Fridays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Outrspaces, 1258 S. 13th St.

Cost: $10 (pay-what-you-can pricing is available, just ask)

Wildlife Safari Family Campouts

When: July 26 (Prairie Walkers), Aug. 9 and 10 (Perseid Meteor Shower), Aug. 24 (Creek Walkers), and Sept. 7 and 27 (monarch tagging); overnights

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

Cost: $40 per person

Night Market

When: July 26, Aug. 30 and Sept. 27, 6 to 10 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

The Color Run 5K Omaha

When: July 27, 8 a.m.

Where: CHI Health Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: $29.99-$54.99

2nd Annual Nebraska Asian Festival

When: July 27, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: Lewis & Clark Landing on the Omaha side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Omaha

Cost: $8, adults; FREE, kids 12 and under

Family Safari Tent Camp

When: July 27; and Aug. 2 and 16; overnight

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

Cost: $100 per person (children must be at least 4 years old; tents required)

GO! Kids Gym Summer Bash

When: July 27, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Go Kids’ Gym, 4223 S. 120th St.

Cost: $5, annual membership holders, and $12 for non-members

Taste of La Vista

When: July 27, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Central Park, 7648 Edgewood Blvd., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Benson Days

When: July 27 & 28 (parade on July 27 at 10 a.m., street festival on July 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Where: Benson neighborhood along Maple Street

Cost: FREE

Fairytale Ball

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

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

Cost: $20 for members and $35 for non-members; purchase tickets to both the Royal Highland Ball and Fairytale Ball and get combo tickets to attend both for $30 for members and $60 for non-members. Purchase tickets here.

Sarpy County Fair

When: July 31 through Aug. 4

Where: Sarpy County Fair & Rodeo, 100 Main St., Springfield, Neb.

Cost: FREE (rides and other activities are additional fee)

Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Twist”

When: Aug. 2-18; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse

Cost: $42

Valley Days

When: Aug. 9-11 (parade is Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.)

Where: Various locations in Valley, Neb.

Cost: FREE

“Pokenon Themed Performance, Art & Dinner”

When: Aug. 9-25; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $20 in advance; $25 at the door (includes light snacks)

Family Sleeping Bag Safaris “Snoozing Under The Sea”

When: Aug. 10; overnight

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

Cost: $48 per person (children must be at least 4 years old)

Arrows to Aerospace in Bellevue

When: Aug. 16 & 17 (parade on Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.)

Where: Washington Park in Olde Towne Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

“PAW Patrol LIVE: The Great Pirate Adventure:

When: Aug. 17 and 18; performances are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day

Where: Orpheum Theater, 809 S. 16th St.

Cost: $21.25 – $134.25

Millard Days

When: Aug. 20-25 (parade is Aug. 24 at 11 a.m.)

Where: Andersen Park, 13625 Cottner St.

Cost: FREE

Dundee Day

When: Aug. 24

Where: 50th Street and Underwood Avenue

Cost: FREE

Zoo Pre-Campers Experience

When: Aug. 31; 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $25 per person, FREE for children under 12 months old

Midtown Crossing Car Show

When: Sept. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

World O! Water

When: Sept. 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Wehrspann Lake at Chalco Hills Recreation Area, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

Exhibits & Shows Ending Soon

Don’t miss your chance to see these Omaha events, performances or exhibits that have a set end date!

Omaha Symphony Visits Storytime

When: Through July 18; July 2 at 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha), July 8 at 10:30 a.m. (Millard), July 9 at 10 a.m. (Abrahams), July 10 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather), July 11 at 3 p.m. (Elkhorn – registration required), and July 18 at 10:15 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Various locations, including several Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

Teen Lock-Ins

When: Through July 19; Nerf Lock-In June 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. (Benson), Gaming Lock-In June 28 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Abrahams), Escape Room Lock-In July 12 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Washington), Nerf Lock-In July 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. (Millard), and Science Fiction Lock-In July 19, 6 to 9 p.m. (Benson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE (permission slip from a parent and registration are required)

“Into the Woods”

When: Through July 20; performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: $18, VIP; $14, reserved; and $10, general admission

Llama Llama Visits Storytime

When: Through July 20; July 15 at 10:30 a.m. (Millard), July 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Washington), July 17 at 10:30 a.m. (Main), July 18 at 10:30 a.m. (Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St.), July 19 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather), and July 20 at 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

“Beauty and the Beast”

When: Through July 28; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Ralston Performing Arts Centre, 8989 Park Drive, Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $20, adults; $18, students/seniors

Storytime with Scotty

When: Wednesdays through July 31, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission and FREE for members

Fossil Fridays

When: Fridays through Aug. 9; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crafts, Giveaways and Raffle; 10:30 a.m., Guided Exhibit Tour; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Dino-Themed Game

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

Cost: Included with museum admission and FREE for members

“Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century”

When: Through Aug. 11

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: Through Aug. 14; shows are Sunday, Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. “The Lego Movie 2” (June 16, 17 & 19), “The Lorax” (June 23, 24 & 26), “A Dog’s Way Home” (June 30, July 1 & 3), “Smallfoot” (July 7, 8 & 10), “Hotel Transylvania 3” (July 14, 15 & 17), “Despicable Me” (July 21, 22 & 24), “Wonder Park” (July 28, 29 & 31), “Dr. Seuss The Grinch” (Aug. 4, 5 & 7) and “How to Train Your Dragon 3” (Aug. 11, 12 & 14)

Where: Participating Marcus Theaters including Village Pointe, Majestic and Twin Creek

Cost: $3 (download two free tickets here)

“Chica”

When: Through Aug. 24

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

Cost: $5, general admission; $3.50, children (K-12); FREE for children under 5 years old and members

“Re*Purpose”

When: Through Aug. 24

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

“Enchanted Kingdom”

When: Through Sept. 1

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

“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family”

When: Through Sept. 1

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

Cost: Included with museum admission and FREE for members

“Attic Adventures”

When: Through Sept. 1

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

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

“The Great Gnome Escape: A Family Scavenger Hunt”

When: Through Sept. 2

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission and FREE for members

“The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design”

When: Through Sept. 8

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 p.m.): $5 for general public adults.

Farmers Market Council Bluffs

When: Thursdays through Sept. 26, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: First Avenue by Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

When: Saturdays through Oct. 12, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 11th and Jackson streets

Cost: FREE

Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

When: Sundays through Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

“HUIPILES, Indigenous Textiles from Guatemala”

When: Through Oct. 26

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

Cost: $5, general admission; $3.50 for kids grade K-12; FREE for kids under 3 and members

Fun things to do in Omaha with kids - Event calendar of shows, exhibits, free activities and more things happening in Omaha, Nebraska

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

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)

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  1. Bonnie Carr says

    Our family is wondering if there will be Dickens characters singing in the old market? Carolers? Dates? Thank you Bonnie carr

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