August 26, 2019

Things To Do Today In Omaha – The Ultimate Family-Friendly Events List

There are a ton of things to do in Omaha in the winter, and it’s especially true when it comes to events. Check out this Omaha events calendar for things to do today, this weekend, and future kid-friendly activities, exhibits, stage shows, and more happening in the Omaha Metro Area.

NOTE: This page is updated almost daily. I try to make sure the information is accurate and up-to-date but things change or get canceled occasionally, so please double-check with a venue before going to an event.

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

Things to do in Omaha today

Santa’s Rock N Lights

When: Through Dec. 31; event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays (and some Sundays), and from 5 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays (not all Sundays)

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: Online prices are $24.99 per vehicle up to six people on weekdays and $29.99 per vehicle up to six people on weekends and Dec. 19-24 (additional $5 per individual beyond the six)

Christmas at Union Station

When: Through Jan. 5; Santa is at the museum through Dec. 22; Saturdays, through Dec. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, Dec. 1-22, 1 to 4 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 5 to 8 p.m. 

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Through Dec. 23, multiple shows daily

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

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $14 for ages 2+, $13 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Through Dec. 23; performances are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $40-$50, adults; $26-$30, students

Santa’s Wonderland

When: Through Dec. 24

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

Cost: FREE

“Frida Kahlo’s Garden”

When: Through Jan. 4, 2020

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Through Jan. 5, 2020 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day); the Bright Nights evening event is 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14-23, 26-30 and Jan. 2-5.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

“RACE: Are We So Different?”

When: Through Jan. 5, 2020

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and FREE for members and children
age 2 and under. Admission is FREE to all on Sept. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Looking for even more ideas of things to do in Omaha? I always check the Visit Omaha calendar for special events!

Holiday Decor at General Crook House

When: Through Jan. 12

Where: Gen. Crook House Museum, 5770 N. 30 St., #11b

What: The house is decorated for the season and festivities are planned with the theme “Books: Keys to Life’s Treasures.”

Cost: $6, adults; $5, students/seniors/military; $3, children (ages 6-11); and FREE for children younger than 6.

“Louder Than Words: Rock, Power & Politics”

When: Through Feb. 2, 2020

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

“Diggin’ Dinos”

When: Through April 11, 2020

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

“Influence”

When: Through Aug. 20, 2020

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

Looking for more holiday events in Omaha? Read this post to find out where to find Santa, Christmas concerts and more.

Things to do this upcoming weekend in Omaha

Supper With Santa

When: Dec. 13-21; Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium; held at Lied Jungle and Durham TreeTops Restaurant on Dec. 13 & 14, and Scott Aquarium Conference Center on Dec. 20 & 21.

Cost: $23, members; $28, non-members; and FREE for children ages 2 and young

Winter Wonderland at Sycamore Farms

When: Through Dec. 15; hours are Fridays from noon to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Farms (Junkstock), 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $5, adults (weekend pass is $10), and kids 12 and under are FREE

“Elf: The Musical”

When: Through Dec. 22; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays & Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: Main floor tickets are $20 for members and $27 for non-members; balcony tickets are $15 for members and $22 for non-members.

A Log Cabin Christmas

When: Through Dec. 29, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission

Christmas At The Orchard

When: Through Dec. 21, Saturdays from 4 to 9 p.m. (outdoor lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.)

Where: Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

Forever Young Film Series featuring “The Muppet Christmas Carol”

When: Dec. 15 & 19

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military & those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and younger

Things to do in Omaha in December

Las Posadas

When: Dec. 18, 6 to 8 p.m. (traditional Posada is at 6:30 p.m.)

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

Cost: FREE

Omaha Symphony’s “Physicians Mutual Christmas Celebration”

When: Dec. 19-22; performances are Thursday & Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$91

Mariachi Herencia de México “The Posada: A Christmas Tradition”

When: Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $10-$25

Live Nativity & Reindeer

When: Dec. 21, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Scattered Joy Acres, 4966 Newport Ave.

Cost: TBD

Winter Solstice Constellation Viewing

When: Dec. 21, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Neale Woods Nature Center, 14323 Edith Marie Ave.

Cost: Included with daily admission and FREE for members

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: Dec. 21 and 22; performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $38.25-$78.25

Forever Young Film Series featuring “It’s A Wonderful Life”

When: Dec. 21, 22, 24-26

Where: Film Streams at Dundee Theater, 4952 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, general admission; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military & those who arrive by bike or bus; $5, members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and younger

If you want more ideas for cultural attractions to see in the city (even if there isn’t a must-see temporary exhibit), check out this list of 20+ Omaha museums you should visit.

Penguins and Pancakes

When: Dec. 26-30; seating times are at 9 to 10:30 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. seating. 

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium at the Scott Aquarium Conference Center

Cost: $20, adult members, and $25, adult non-member; $15, child member (ages 3-11), and $20, child non-member (ages 3-11); and FREE for children ages 2 and younger

Family Safari – “Noon Year’s Eve” Safari 

When: Dec. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 a.m.

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

Cost: $45-$48 per person

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

Bubbly New Year’s Eve Party

When: Dec. 31, 4 to 8 p.m. (bubble drop will be at around 7:45 p.m.)

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission, which is $14 for ages 2-59, $13 for ages 60+, and FREE for members and children under 24 months.

Holiday Lights Festival – New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m.

Where: New location near CHI Health Center and TD Ameritrade Park. Free parking to view the up-close show will be in Lot A, Lot B and Lot C of the CHI Health Center.

Cost: FREE

Weekly activities in Omaha 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: 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.

Toddler Tuesday

When: Tuesdays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St.

Cost: 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)

Fun things to do in Omaha with kids - This Omaha event calendar lists upcoming shows, exhibits, free activities and more things happening in the city and nearby. This list is great for finding things to do with kids in Omaha!

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  1. Terry Franquez says

    Loving your newsletter you let me in on more about my favorite city, thanks!

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