May 2, 2018

8 Great Things To Do With Kids In Lincoln

Lincoln is a favorite quick getaway for my family, since it’s less than an hour drive from Omaha. We plan a day trip or overnight trip to the city at least once a year. After a few years of doing this, we have a good idea of some of the most fun things to do with kids in Lincoln, Ne.

Note: This post was written in 2018 but has been updated in 2019 to include new admission prices.

I’ve compiled a list of the places my kids loved the most in Lincoln. Here they are, eight great things to do with kids in Lincoln:

8 Great Things To Do With Kids In Lincoln, Ne. - Visiting Lincoln Nebraska? Here are the best places to go for family fun in Lincoln. List includes museums, parks and our favorite ice cream shop. #Nebraska #Guide #familytravel

Lincoln Children’s Museum

Where: 1420 P St., Lincoln, Neb.

Why: Hands down, this is the one place in Lincoln my kids request to visit every. single. time. If your kids are younger than 8, this place will be a hit with them. It’s three stories and full of play opportunities. My kids love the role play areas, like pretending to be Johnny Carson.

Cost: Children (18 months to 15 years old), $10.95; adults (ages 16+), $9.95; and children younger than 18, FREE. Reciprocal membership alert! If you have a Patron membership to Omaha Children’s Museum, you receive 50% off admission for up to 6 people.

Learn more about the Lincoln Children’s Museum.

Morrill Hall

Where: 635 N. 14th St., Lincoln Neb. (located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus)

Why: In a word: Dinosaurs. This is a natural history museum has an appeal for all ages, but if you have younger kids, don’t skip the bottom level, where there’s a great kid’s space with tons of hands-on play like a fossil dig.

Cost: Adults 19 and older, $8 ($12 to include planetarium); children 5-18, $4 ($7 to include planetarium); children 4 and younger, FREE ($4 to include planetarium, though children younger than 3 are not permitted in the planetarium); UNL students and faculty, FREE ($4 to include planetarium)

See lots of pictures of the kid-friendly side of Morrill Hall here.

Things to do in Lincoln Ne with kids - Explore the Sunken Gardens, a free public garden. The Sunken Gardens has water features and trails.

Sunken Gardens

Where: South 27th Street and Capitol Parkway, Lincoln, Neb.

Why: The Sunken Gardens are meticulously cared for, so it’s a sight to behold. The best part is, it’s a public garden, so there is no cost to stroll the grounds. My kids were fans of the ponds. It’s very near the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, so it’s easy to visit both.

Cost: FREE

I shared details on our visit to Sunken Gardens in this post about 24 Hours in Lincoln.

Gallery Alley

Where: 701 P St., Lincoln, Neb.

Why: By day, this alley in the historic Haymarket isn’t going to draw you in. At night, however, the strung lights are aglow and the murals and sculptures found along the alley walls take on a whole new and exciting life. The Haymarket is nice to stroll around with kids, too. I’ve seen it referred to as Art Alley, which I think is fitting. Read this post for a Haymarket hotel suggestion and restaurant tip.

Cost: FREE

Things to do with kids in Lincoln - Take a short stroll along Gallery Alley in the Haymarket in at night.

UNL Dairy Store

Where: 114 Food Industry Complex, Lincoln, Neb.

Why: Ice cream! The dairy on the East University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus has been in business of handmade food since 1917. If you plan ahead, you can sign up for a complimentary tour the dairy facilities.

Cost: FREE (unless you want to buy ice cream, which obviously, we all do)

I shared details on our visit to UNL Dairy Store in this post about 24 Hours in Lincoln.

Looking for family fun in Lincoln Ne? Don't skip getting ice cream at UNL Dairy Store.

Lost In Fun!

Where: 8431 Cody Drive, Lincoln, Neb.

Why: Lost in Fun! is an excellent rainy day outing in Lincoln. Think bounce house, jump pillow, foam pit, jungle gyms and arcade games. The only downside is that it’s not near ANYTHING else on this list, and it’s not near the interstate. So, it’s not a convenient place, but it’s a ton of fun for kids.

Cost: Mega Fun Pass (ages 6-14), $10.99; Mini Fun Pass (ages 2-5), $6.99; Micro Fun Pass (12 months old), $3.99; and FREE for children younger than 12 months old and adults

Lincoln Children’s Zoo

Where: 1222 S. 27th, Lincoln, Neb.

Why: This zoo may be on the small side, but it packs in a lot of animal engagement opportunities. Some are additional fees, like riding a horse or feeding the goats, while others are free, such as touching a lizard or bunny.

The zoo’s largest expansion ever opened in May 10.

Cost: Adults, 13-61, $13.95; children 2-12 and seniors, 62+, $11.95; children 1 and younger, FREE. Check if your zoo membership qualifies for a reciprocal discount.

Get the scoop on things to do at the Lincoln zoo here.

Top things to do in Lincoln with kids - Visit the Lincoln Children's Zoo, and splurge on a pony ride.

Antelope Park

Where: 23rd and N Streets to 33rd Street and Sheridan Boulebard

Why: Few parks can compare to the massive Antelope Park. I counted 12 slides when we were there. This is a great, budget-friendly option to let the kids run wild.

Cost: FREE

I shared details about Antelope Park in this post about 24 Hours in Lincoln.

Get travel inspiration in your inbox

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. so many people who say these ideas are boring, yet the don’t offer up any ideas of their own……. just want to say thank you for your suggestions….

    • Thanks! I figure, everyone has a different idea of what is fun and what is boring, so I’ll juts offer suggestions and let them decide for themselves.

Speak Your Mind

*

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