March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

NOTE: This page is updated almost daily. 

Spring is here! I’m happy to say more things to do in Omaha are taking place outdoors, including free outdoor movies. There are plenty of family-friendly performances (indoors), as well as FREE events, festivals, exhibits and more to keep your family busy exploring 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 July (and beyond):

family friendly things to do in Omaha

 

Shakespeare on the Green “Much Ado About Nothing”

When: June 22-24 and July 2, 5, & 7; performances are at 8 p.m. (gate opens at 6), except on July 2 when curtain is 10 p.m.

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N Elmwood Road

Cost: FREE

 

Storm Chasers Overnighter

When: June 22-23

Where: Werner Park in Papillion, Neb.

What: The Omaha Storm Chasers are excitement enough – but we celebrate the game all night long by camping out on the baseball field and watching movies on the mega-tron!

Cost: $19 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

Starlight Movie “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle”

When: June 22, 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

Cabela’s Summer Camp Event

When: June 23 through July 2; activities are Thursday, Saturday & Sunday starting at noon

Where: Cabela’s, 12703 Westport Parkway, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Dream Summer Film Series 2018

When: June 24 through Aug. 29, 10 a.m. on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday (and some Saturdays); “Ferdinand” (June 24, 25 & 27), “Wonder” (July 1, 2 & 4), “Trolls” (July 8, 9 & 11), “Lego Ninjago” (July 15, 16 & 18), “Paddington 2” (July 22, 23 & 25), “Early Man” (July 29, 30 & Aug. 1), “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

 

Monday Night at the Movies – “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

When: June 25, sunset

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

Cost: FREE

 

Carter Lake Fishing Day

When: June 28, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Carter Lake in Carter Lake, Iowa

What: Grab your pole (or use one of the provided poles) and join us for a relaxing evening of catch and release!

Cost: FREE

 

Starlight Movie “Despicable Me 3″

When: June 29, 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

Love free movies? Read 100+ free movies and concerts in Omaha this summer for details on the free movies and concerts in Omaha in 2018.

 

Shakespeare on the Green “King John”

When: June 28-30 and July 1, 6, & 8; performances are at 8 p.m. (gate opens at 6)

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N Elmwood Road

Cost: FREE

 

Great American Lobster Fest®

When: June 29, June 30, & July 1

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

Cost: $5, general admission; FREE, children (12 and younger). All pre-ordered Lobster Meals and VIP tickets include general admission.

 

Metro Credit Union Celebrates America Concert with Starship

When: June 29, 4 to 10 p.m. (fireworks at the end of the concert)

Where: Memorial Park, 60th and Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

 

Dutch Oven Cooking

When: June 29, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Louisville State Recreation Area

What: Learn to prepare and enjoy a tasty outdoor meal.

Cost: $10 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

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!

 

Bridge Beats

When: June 29 through Aug. 17, 6-9 p.m.; R-Style and the 402 Arts-Musician Collective (June 29), Lloyd McCarter & The Honky-Tonk Revival (July 6), Domestic Blend (July 13), Gooch & His Las Vegas Big Band (July 20), Lemon Fresh Day (July 27), 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

 

Meet Astronaut Clayton Anderson

When: June 30, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

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Wildlife Safari Hike

When: July 1, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Neb.

What: Feel like you are on an actual safari, coming face-to-face with North American plants and animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison and waterfowl.

Cost: $15

 

Helping Hands – Jar of Sunshine

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

Where: The Wonder Nook Omaha, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

TMNT Night

When: July 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Wakonda Day Camp

When: July 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Camp Wakonda in Bellevue, Neb.

What: Enjoy a day of Scouting with a raingutter regatta, Scout skills obstacle course and campfire with patch trading (patches provided)!

Cost: $5 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

Skippy Jones Visits Story Time

When: July 13-20; Saddlebrook branch (July 13, 10 a.m.), Abrahams branch (July 16, 10:30 a.m.), Millard branch (July 17, 10:30 a.m.), Main branch (July 18, 10:30 a.m.), Motto McLean Ice Arena (July 19, 10:30 a.m.), and Elkhorn branch (July 20, 10 a.m.)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Bomb Pop With A Cop

When: July 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Deerfield Place, 5346 S. 136th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Daddy Daughter Princess Night At The Storm Chasers Game

When: July 13, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Werner Park

Cost: Berm seats are $9, box seats start at $13

Related post: 10 Things Families Will Love About Storm Chasers Games In 2018

 

Railroad Days

When: July 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens and Durham Museum in Omaha; Historic General Dodge House, Union Pacific Railroad Museum, and RailsWest Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs.

Cost: $15 for family pass (admits two adults and dependent children).

Related post: Everything You Need To Know About Railroad Days 2018

 

The Color Run 5K

When: July 14, 8 a.m.

Where: 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: Entry starts at $29.99

 

Campmaster Radios

When: July 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Camp Wakonda in Bellevue, Neb.

What: Utilize radio technology to find a hidden transmitter and learn more about this method of communication.

Cost: FREE

 

African Cultural Festival Omaha

When: July 15, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2232 S. 64th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Zorinsky Fishing Day

When: July 17, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Zorinsky Park

What: Enjoy the beautiful setting of Zorinsky Park while we play a game of catch and release.

Cost: FREE

 

NE Highway 66 Concourse Classic

When: July 21 & 22

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb.

What: This premier classic automobile show featuring exclusive vintage and collectable cars, hot-rods and motorcycles – all nestled among the historic aircraft of the museum.

Cost: $6 youth/$11 adult

 

Open House/Open Studios

When: July 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Elmwood Twilight Camp

When: July 26, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

What: Take your passport to adventure out of this world with a visit to UNO’s planetarium, climbing the moon rock wall and ice giants experiments with liquid nitrogen!

Cost: $10

 

Cunningham Day Camp

When: July 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lake Cunningham Park

What: The ultimate experience with trail rides, shooting sports and much more!

Cost: $30 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

Nebraskan Asian Festival

When: July 28, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where: Lewis & Clark Landing in downtown Omaha

Cost: $5 per person and FREE for children ages 12 and younger

 

Fairytale Ball

When: July 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 each for members, $35 each for non-members (includes food)

 

Billy McGuigan’s “Rock Twist”

When: Aug. 1-12; performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $42

Related post: Billy’s 10 Favorite Restaurants in Omaha

 

Waterfront Weekend

When: Aug. 3-4

Where: Little Sioux Scout Ranch in Little Sioux, Iowa

What: Make a splash with this single overnight experience packed with swimming and boating activities!

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Carnival

When: Aug. 4

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

What: Experience the Big Top with magicians, face painting, bounce houses and more!

Cost: $6 youth/$11 adult

 

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Think Like a Citizen Scientist

When: Aug. 5, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari in Ashland, Neb.

What: Get a better understanding of the world around you and what you can do to protect it.

Cost: $15 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

Campmasters Shooting Sports & Pool Party

When: Aug. 10-12

Where: Covered Wagon Scout Ranch in Cedar Bluffs, Neb.

What: Shooting and swimming…two favorite outdoor activities in a single overnight experience!

Cost: FREE

 

Fishing Derby

When: Aug. 11, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Viking Lake near Stanton, Iowa

What: Catch some rays and some fish on this relaxing morning!

Cost: $10 (to register or for more details, click here)

 

Scouts for Wildlife Conservation

When: Aug. 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Henry Doorly Zoo & Lauritzen Gardens

What: Recognize the importance of wildlife and the conservation of its natural habitats in this two for one experience

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

 

World of Water

When: Sept. 8, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Chalco Hills Park

What: Learn about the importance of water conservation from experts in the field while having fun in the great outdoors.

Cost: FREE

 

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

These exhibits, events, and performances have already opened and have set dates for ending. It’s still good to call ahead before going, just to be sure the museum or venue isn’t closed for an unusual reason the day you intend to visit.

“Singin’ In The Rain”

When: Through June 24; Wednesdays–Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $32+, adult single ticket on Wednesday; $42+, adult single ticket Thursday-Sunday; $20, student single ticket on Wednesday; $25, student single ticket Thursday-Sunday

 

Live Music Monday Storytime

When: Through July 23, 10 to 10:30 a.m.; performances include Opera Omaha (June 11), bagpipes (June 25) and handbells (July 9)

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Kids FunFare

When: Through July 26, 10 to 11 a.m.; shows are The String Beans (June 14), magician Jeff Quinn (June 21), Wildlife Encounters (June 28), Omaha Children’s Museum Amazing Bubble Show (July 5), Lemon Days & Spiderman Meet & Greet (July 12), magician Jeff Quinn (July 19), and Omaha Street Percussion (July 26)

Where: Regency Court Omaha, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

“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

 

AMC Summer Movie Camps

When: Through Aug. 1; Wednesdays at 10 a.m., movies are “Paddington 2” (June 13), “The LEGO Batman Movie” (June 20), “Ferdinand” (June 27), “Trolls” (July 11), “Despicable Me 3” (July 18), “Captain Underpants” (July 25), and “The Nut Job: Nutty By Nature” (Aug. 1)

Where: AMC Classic Westroads 14, 10000 California St.

Cost: $4 (includes KidsPack)

 

Omaha Parks & Recreation Hydrant Parties

When: Through Aug. 3, held Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. See schedule here.

Where: Various Omaha locations

Cost: FREE

Tip: For more water fun activities, read Omaha Water Fun For Every Budget!

 

Council Bluffs Fire Department Hydrant Parties

When: Through Aug. 9, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; June 14, 33rd & Fourth Avenue; June 19, 40th Street & Avenue C; June 21, Bel Air & Renner Drive; June 26, 32nd Street & Avenue E; June 28, 19th Avenue & South Seventh Street; July 3, Poplar between Ash & Birch; July 5, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park; July 10, Lake Street & Arnold Avenue; July 12, 27th Street & Seventh Avenue; July 17, Simms Avenue & Horizon Drive; July 19, Berwick Circle; July 24, 20th Street & Sixth Avenue; July 26, Bluffs Acres, 3200 Chippewa Lane; July 31, North 26th Street & Avenue E; Aug. 2, North Broadway & Oak; Aug. 7, Charles Lakin Campus (West Parking Lot); Aug. 9, Children’s Square, Curtis Street & Avenue E

Where: Various locations around Council Bluffs, Iowa

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

 

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

Read 10 Things Families Will Love At Storm Chasers Games In 2018

 

“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

 

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

 

Hummel Hike Club

When: First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Park Road

Cost: FREE

 

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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