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 June and 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).

Papillion Days

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

Where: Various locations in Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: June 16 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)

Family Sleeping Bag Safaris “Snoozing Under The Sea”

When: 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)

Wildlife Safari Family Campouts

When: 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

‘Toy Story’ Storytime and Meet & Greet

When: June 22, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Learning Express, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

Night Market

When: 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

2019 OCon Expo

When: June 28-30

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: Adult one-day passes range from $21.50 to $26.50 in advance; kids 12 and younger admitted FREE

Family Safari Tent Camp

When: June 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)

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

Third Annual Bomb Pop With A Cop

When: July 12, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Zoo Pre-Campers Experience

When: 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

Fremont Days

When: July 12-14

Where: Various locations in Fremont, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Llama Llama Visits Storytime

When: July 12-20; July 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Florence), July 13 at 10:15 a.m. (Benson), 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

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

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

Kids Funfare

When: Thursdays through June 27, 10 a.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

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

When: Through June 27; “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

“Gert & Goose” Performance For Very Young Children

When: Through June 30, 10 and 11 a.m.; June 15 & 16 (Elmwood Park playground), June 22 & 23 (Gifford Park playground), June 29 & 30 (Miller Park)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

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)

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

“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 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)

Stay In The Know!

Subscribe to the FREE twice a month(ish) e-newsletter sharing what’s new in Omaha, giveaways, family travel ideas, and more! Subscribe here.

Comments

  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

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.