March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha Events Calendar

NOTE: This page is updated weekly. 

Spring is here! Check out this list for upcoming kid-friendly activities, exhibits, stage shows, and more happening in the Omaha Metro Area in May 2019. Ready for summer festivals in Omaha and surrounding communities? Those are on the list, too! Looking for all the free concerts and free movies this summer? There are too many to list here, so visit this post: 100+ Free Summer Movies In Omaha (and Concerts).

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).

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

Salute To Summer Festival

When: May 23-26 (carnival is May 23-26, fireworks on May 24 at dusk, parade on May 25 at 1 p.m.)

Where: Various locations in La Vista, Neb., including Central Park, City Hall and Community Center

Cost: FREE

Family Sleeping Bag Safaris “Snoozing Under The Sea”

When: May 24, June 21, July 5 & 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)

“Enchanted Kingdom”

When: May 25 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

Running With Legends Fun Run

When: May 25, 9 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (does not include admission to the museum)

Escape Room For Grades 2-6

When: May 25, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-registration required)

Captain Underpants and Dog Man Party

When: May 25, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Camel & Ostrich Races

When: May 26, 2 to 6 p.m.

Where: Horsemen’s Park, 6303 Q St.

Cost: $5, adults; kids admitted FREE

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Parties

When: May 31 and June 1 ; May 31, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Elkhorn and Main); June 1, 1 to 3 p.m. (Washington, Sorensen, Millard, Saddlebrook, Florence, Benson, South Omaha, Swanson, Abrahams and Willa Cather)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

Wildlife Safari Family Campouts

When: May 31 (Frogwatch USA), June 8 (fireflies), June 21 and 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: May 31, June 28, 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

Taste of Omaha

When: May 31 through June 2

Where: Lewis & Clark Landing and Heartland of America Park in downtown Omaha

Cost: FREE

Castlepalooza: A Free Community Festival

When: June 1, 3 to 9 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St.

Cost: FREE

Royal Highland Ball

When: June 1, 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.

Family Safari Tent Camp

When: June 1, 8, and 28; July 13 and 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)

Gateway To The West Days

When: June 6-9

Where: Various locations around Blair, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Kids Funfare

When: Thursdays, June 6-27, 10 a.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

Springfield Days

When: June 7 and 8 (parade on June 8 at 2 p.m, Springfield’s Got Talent Show on June 8 at 5 p.m..)

Where: Springfield, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Bennington Daze

When: June 7-9 (parade is June 8 at 11 a.m., street dance is June 8)

Where: Various locations in Bennington

Cost: FREE

Carter Lake Parade & Festival

When: June 8

Where: Carter Lake, Iowa

Cost: FREE

“Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family”

When: June 8 through Sept. 1

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

Cost: Included with museum admission and FREE for members

Aviation STEM Day & Pancake Breakfast – Ages 11-18

When: June 8, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Millard Airport, 12916 Millard Airport Plaza

Cost: TBD

Curious George Visits Story Time

When: June 8-14 ; June 8 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather), June 10 at 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams), June 11 at 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha), June 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Main), June 13 at 10:15 a.m. (Benson), and June 14 at 10:30 a.m. (Florence)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: June 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (registration required; for grades 8-12)

A Dump Truck Visits Storytime

When: June 10, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

Interstellar Crafts & Activities

When: June 11, 10:15 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

Exotic Animals with Gifford Farms

When: June 11, 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch, 1905 S. 44th St.

Cost: FREE

Jeff Quinn Magic Show

When: June 11-14; June 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. (Florence), June 12 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. (Saddlebrook), June 13 from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. (Elkhorn), June 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library Florence branches

Cost: FREE

“Re*Purpose”

When: June 11 through Aug. 24

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

Papillion Days

When: June 12-16 (parade is June 15 at 2 p.m.; fireworks TBD)

Where: Various locations in Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Storytime with Scotty

When: Wednesdays, June 12 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

Papio NRD: Owls

When: June 13, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

Fossil Fridays

When: Fridays, June 14 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

International Day

When: June 14, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

Zoo Pre-Campers Experience

When: June 14, July 12 and 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

Nerf Lock-in

When: June 14, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (must pre-register and have signed parental permission slip; for ages 12-18)

Rise Of The Tyrants – A Family-Focused Presentation

When: June 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission and FREE for members; registration is required

Princess Workshop

When: June 29, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Board and Brush, 539 N. 155th Plaza

Cost: $25

Ralston Independence Day Celebration

When: July 3 and 4 (parade is July 4 at 1 p.m., fireworks on July 4 at dusk)

Where: Ralston, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Fremont Days

When: July 12-14

Where: Various locations in Fremont, Neb.

Cost: FREE

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)

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

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.

Valley Days

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

Where: Various locations in Valley, Neb.

Cost: FREE

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

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

Loessfest

When: Aug. 30 through Sept. 1

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

Cost: FREE

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

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

“American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith”

When: Through June 23 (opening day activities are March 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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 members and children age 2 and under

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series – Springtime in Paris!

When: Through June 27; “The Red Balloon and White Mane” (April 18); “A Cat in Paris” (April 20, 21, 25, 27 and May 2); “Triplets of Belleville” (May 4, 5, 9, 11, 12 & 16); “Ernest & Celestine” (May 18, 19, 23, 25, 26 & 30); “Hugo” (June 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 & 13); “Small Change” (June 15, 16, 20, 22, 23 & 27)

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $10, adults; $7.50, seniors/teachers/military/bike; and $2.50 for kids ages 12 and younger

“Garth Williams: Illustrator of the Century”

When: Through Aug. 11

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

“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

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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