February 22, 2018

Siro-A To Perform In Omaha

Never heard of Siro-A?

Surely you’ve heard of “America’s Got Talent.”

Siro-A Tour launch at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Siro-A have been billed as “Japan’s answer to the Blue Man Group” and their revolutionary mix of visual effects, mime, dance, comedy, music, magic, puppetry and audience participation certainly lives up to that reputation. Photo courtesy Paul Brown

This visually stunning group from Japan wowed judges on the 10th season of the show, earning the “Golden Buzzer.” And, now they’re touring! Omaha Performing Arts is bringing them to Omaha to perform at the Orpheum Theater on March 8. Keep reading for show details AND your chance to win a family four pack of tickets to go!

Disclosure: I’m receiving complimentary tickets to the show in exchange for hosting this giveaway.

So, this video, guys. Looks incredible, right? It’s got kind of a Blue Man Group vibe but more modern. My kids are going to love this show.

Siro-A fuses groundbreaking visual effects with puppetry, mime, and a huge dash of techno music for an entertaining show that the judge Mel B described as “so exciting, jam-packed full of creativity.”

What you need to know about Siro-A

The performances is on March 8 at 7 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Since it’s part of the Family Series, you can be sure it’s completely kid-friendly and it’s not going to be a super late night.

Having been to many, many shows through the years in the the Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series, I can also assure you that you’re going to love it as much as your kids.

Siro-A Tour launch at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Siro-A performs in Omaha at the Orpheum Theater on March 8, 2018. Photo courtesy Paul Brown

Tickets are available starting at $20. Be sure to get them through the official ticket seller for Omaha Performing Arts, Ticket Omaha.

Win Tickets

Omaha Performing Arts is sending one reader to the show! The winner receives FOUR (4) tickets to the performance on March 8. Tickets are only valid for this one-night-only show and cannot be transferred to another show. Must be 18 or older to enter. Giveaway ends on March 4 at 11:59 p.m. I’ll email the winner on March 5. Due to the quick turnaround, the winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before I draw another name. Good luck!

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February 19, 2018

‘Metamorphosis’ At Lauritzen Gardens

An exhibit that’s as much about beauty and art as it is about education is now open at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha. “Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art” is on display through May 13, 2018. Most exhibit pieces are indoors, making it a perfect destination in the winter.

Metamorphosis at Lauritzen Gardens

I received complimentary admission to Lauritzen Gardens to share the experience with you. If you’ve never taken your kids to visit Lauritzen before, be sure to read this guide to taking kids to Lauritzen Garden.

What to expect at Metamorphosis

There 18 pieces from birds to aquatic creatures to a rainbow in this exhibit. Two artists, Aurora Robson and Sayaka Ganz, created most of it (a third artist, Jim Merz, worked with Ganz to create the Luminariales). The exhibit has a message of environmental stewardship and is thought provoking. You might not look at plastic the same way again.

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art” is at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha through May 13, 2018.

The fun part is identifying the objects used to create each piece. There’s a free scavenger hunt that’s good for encouraging you to look even closer at each piece.

What the kids like

My youngest loved the scavenger hunt, but also was frustrated with it. Trying to find about 60 objects while not being able to read the list objects was an obstacle. It didn’t stop her, but it slowed her down.

On a scavenger hunt inside the conservatory at Lauritzen Gardens.

Each of us had our favorite pieces. My kids were interested in the marine animals that Ganz so creatively created out of plastic. My son loved the large blue whale in the tropical house of the Conservatory.

The phoenix was a close second for him.

My daughter liked the dolphins, which were floating near some pretty neat jellyfish.

The vortex by Aurora Robson is located inside the Floral Display Hall at Lauritzen Gardens through May 13, 2018.

Me? I was blown away by Robson’s vortex in the Floral Display Hall. It was gorgeous and huge and kept drawing me in.

If you go

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art”

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

When: Now through May 13, 2018; garden is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit nightly from 5 to 8 p.m. for  “Metamorphosis: Art Aglow” through March 4

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10, adults; $5, children (ages 6-12); and FREE for children younger than 6 and members

 

 

February 11, 2018

What’s New At Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

My last visit to Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Neb., was over a year ago to see the new Children’s Learning Center, a permanent exhibit that explores aspects of flight and engineering in a super fun way for kids. That was 2016, so it was well overdue for me to see what’s new at the museum, especially since there’s a kid-friendly exhibit there this winter.

If you haven’t visited Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum with your children yet, read this post!

We returned this winter to see a new temporary exhibit that compliments the hands-on activities at the Children’s Learning Center. “Energy Explorers” helps museum visitors of all ages explore principles of energy, like comparing potential and kinetic energy, how energy is transferred to another form, and the relationships of electrical or
magnetic interactions. The new exhibit is open until April 23, 2018.

A table to create circuits at the new exhibit “Energy Explorers” at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

It has the look and feel that it’s designed for school aged children, with slightly complicated instructions for my youngest to understand without my help. She’s not a strong reader yet.

I stayed by her side to explain and build alongside her. She spent the most time playing with the magnets and dominos. And this thing below.

Doesn’t matter your age, it’s always going to be fun to fire an air cannon.

She loved firing shots with the air vortex cannon, knocking down cups and moving tiles with the wind energy she created.

My 8-year-old son jumped right into the more difficult areas like the circuit boards, which involved step-by-step instructions on completing a circuit on your own to light a lightbulb or start a fan.

The kids worked together as a team to build circuits.

 

Here’s what’s all in the exhibit:

– Learning and exploring primary sources of energy – nuclear, fossil, solar, geothermal, hydro, wind

– Performing hands-on experiments that test energy in motion

– Testing the power of wind energy with an air vortex cannon

– Discovering where energy comes from through interactive learning on a kiosk

– Testing the transfer of energy using an electric circuits board or hand crank bulbs

– Experiencing conservation of energy through a newton’s cradle

– Learning about magnetic and electrical fields using magnets, snap circuitry, or sound tubes

This is one of the museum’s two annual interactive exhibits that focus on topics in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM). I enjoy timing our visits to the museum specifically to see these interactive exhibits, because my children enjoy them so much.

The Children’s Learning Center is a permanent exhibit at Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Nebraska.

We ended our visit by playing in the Children’s Learning center, walking around the planes, and trying out the flight simulator.

New-To-Us At The Museum

The kids finally got their chance to try out the simulation ride, too. It’s an additional fee ($10 each) and there is a height requirement that my daughter finally reached this year. For observers, it looked like an intense rollercoaster experience, completely with several spins upside down, but the kids loved it.

If you think your kids will want to ride it, buy your tickets at the time of purchasing museum admission. You cannot purchase tickets at the ride.

I walked through “Searching for Humanity: Veterans, Victims, and Survivors of World War II” for the first time during this visit. It’s intense, and definitely intended for adults and children old enough to grapple with the subject matter. The exhibit includes photos, memorabilia and testimony of Nebraska Holocaust survivors, soldiers and others who helped liberate prisoners from concentration camps in Nazi-occupied Europe.

The newest permanent exhibit honoring the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II opened on February 2018. It opened after our visit, so we’ll have to check it out the next time we’re there.

Win Passes To Visit!

It’s truly amazing to get such a close-up look at so many airplanes at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum in Ashland, Nebraska.

I’m working with Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum to giveaway one daily pass for four to visit the museum! Here’s your chance to see what’s new at the museum. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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Must be 18 or older to enter. I was not compensated to host this giveaway or visit the museum.

 

If you go

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

Where: 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb. (about 30 miles west of Omaha)

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; closed: New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas. “Energy Explorers” is open through April 28, 2018.

Cost: Adults, $12; senior citizens, military, $11; children (ages 4-12), $6; FREE for children aged 3 and younger

Extras: Fight simulators, 2D rides are $9 for members $10 for non-members, and 3D rides are $12 for members $13 for non-members.

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February 1, 2018

‘Remember Us’ Book Launch {Giveaway}

Based on recent announcements from friends, 2018 is the year of the book launch. I’m happy about this latest announcement – the writing duo Lindsay Blake (friend from Omaha) and Layne Beckner of Ontario have written a fiction book called “Remember Us,” and get this – it’s based in Nebraska!

The new book “Remember Us” is in the middle of a Publishizer campaign that you can support.

Lindsay and I go way back to The Daily Nonpareil days. Newspaper pay was so low, I knew my coworkers were there for the love of writing and not for the fame. She found a way to crank out creative stories daily for the newspaper, and captured compelling images to go with them.

The special thing about “Remember Us” is that it’s building steam through a Publishizer campaign. It’s a new-to-me process that is fascinating: The authors set a goal for pre-orders and if they hit it by the deadline, their book is queried by a set number independent publishers. Their aim right now is 250 books. Head over to Publishizer now to pre-order and support their goal!

Let’s dive into the book and then you can learn more about Lindsay and Layne in a fun Q&A. This post ends with a giveaway for an autographed copy of “Remember Us.” So, stick around!

About “Remember Us”

“Remember Us” is a new fiction book about a family in Nebraska. The humorous story is described on the Publishizer page as a story that “explores love, loss, & the unexpected beauty of forgiveness where ‘Parenthood’ meets ‘This is Us’ with a side of ‘Arrested Development’ dysfunction.” Love it!

The story centers around the Hamiltons and commences 13 years after Bernice, formally known as Mom, walked out of their lives without a word. When 25-year-old Ben calls his twin and best friend, Reese, to tell her their father Carl has cancer, she drops everything and races back to their childhood home in Nebraska. Bernice shows up unannounced on the doorstep a few days later at 10 p.m. exactly with three suitcases, her pet chihuahua Rocky sitting high in her fuchsia purse, and mascara running down both cheeks.

She said she came to be helpful.

“Remember Us” chronicles the Hamiltons through the next three months as they begrudgingly grow reacquainted with each other, confront their past and look at the future. Ultimately, “Remember Us” is a story about family, forgiveness, and finding your way.

About the authors

Layne makes a mean batch of chocolate chip cookies from a recipe she’s had since she was 7, adores her husband, Jonathan, and loves film photography. They live in southern Ontario where they host dinner parties and drink too much wine.

Lindsay says “Layne is the bigger reader out of the two of us and knows the “industry” a lot more than I do. She is a brilliant writer and has a knack for excellence. She is the one that continues to change a word here or sentence there to make our story even stronger.”

Layne Beckner co-wrote “Remember Us,” a fictional story about a family in Nebraska.

Lindsay Blake co-authored the award-winning book, “Act Here. Love Now.” (Youth With A Mission, 2011). A former journalist and photographer for the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil, her work has also appeared in publications including The Omaha World Herald, Family Ties Magazine, and on several blog sites. Her bachelor of arts in studio art photography and minor in communications Journalism was received from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also received an associates of art in mass communication from the University of the Nations. Lindsay’s dream list is 100 deep. She has traveled to over 32 countries caring for others and exploring our beautiful planet. She’s jumped out of a plane, lived in a mud hut in South Sudan, nearly died from a tape worm in Pakistan, and dreams of flying to outer space. She’s shaved her head twice “just because.” Lindsay currently lives the good life in Omaha with her husband and son, Carsen Warner.

Layne says “Lindsay is passionate, bold, and amazing with the details! She’d catch things that we’d been overlooking for months. She also is amazing at the one-liners. Any (probably every) one-liner you read and love in our book is probably from her.”

Lindsay Blake is the other co-author of “Remember Us.”

Author Q&A

It’s always fun digging a little deeper about authors, don’t you think?

Q. Who are some writers or creatives who have influenced you?

Layne: “L.M. Montgomery, Charles Dickens, Carol Rifka Brunt, Paula McClain, John Steinbeck (etc.)”

Lindsay: “C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Eric Metaxas, and Jackson Pollock”

Q. What is one book that you’ve read that has stuck around with you long after you finished it?

Layne: “Tell the Wolves I’m Home”

Lindsay: “The autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr. edited by Claiborne Carson and ‘Amazing Grace’ by Eric Metals. I love autobiographies/biographies #nerd.”

Q. When you aren’t writing, what do you do in your spare time?

Layne: “I read. I go for walks. I play ultimate frisbee on Mondays and cook soup on Sundays. I keep it simple.”

Lindsay: “As a mom, small business owner, and author my spare time is limited. BUT, I love a good girls night/breakfast out with friends and a great restaurant experience. I love going to the movies, although it hardly happens anymore and I can’t even tell you what movies are showing. And I love to read.”

Win a signed copy of “Remember Us”

Book lovers: You can win an autographed copy of the new book by Layne Beckner and Lindsay Blake! It’s simple to enter. Just fill out the form below. Must be 18 or older to enter. The giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 11, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

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January 29, 2018

Best Donuts In Omaha

Pettit’s Pastry has always been my family’s go to for donuts in Omaha. However, I haven’t tried every donut shop in Omaha (#lifegoals), so I can’t say they’re the best donuts in Omaha. But, I’ve done something far better for my waistline: Polled Facebook. I asked about 10,000 Oh My! Omaha followers* to share their favorites and we have a pretty clear consensus of favorites, plus a ton of highly recommended runners-up.

Where to find good donuts in Omaha

Here are readers’ top 3:

Omaha’s Favorite Donuts

It turns out Pettit’s isn’t the No. 1 donut shop in Omaha for everyone, but it’s ranked up there. I have two I have to visit now to compare.

1. Olsen’s Bake Shop ran away with the votes, beating out No. 2 by more than double the votes. It’s family-run and a bit old school, and if you’re dying for a kolach, you can find it here. You’ll find this gem off-the-beaten path a few blocks south of the Old Market at 1708 S. 10th St.

2. Bob’s Donuts is new in town, but already a favorite for many. Think artisan donuts that are darn Instagrammable. Find it in the trendy neighborhood, Blackstone District at 3824 Farnam St., Suite 122. Incidentally, you can also get chicken here.

3. Pettit’s Pastry, my old-school favorite, came in third. The family-owned business has been open since 1954. It also happens to be pretty conveniently located near the route of a lot of parades, making it a great go-to stop before or after parades like the Septemberfest Parade. The original, downtown spot, is at 502 N. 16th St., and you can find a second location in West Omaha at 12039 Blondo St.

Best Donuts Not At Donut Shops

OK, so I’ve said Pettit’s a million times now. Let me share a few other gems worth seeking out:

– The freshly-made apple cider donuts at Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard in Council Bluffs, Iowa, is just about my favorite thing of fall. You can find six packs of the donuts in local grocery stores but they can’t compare to tasting one while it’s still warm at the orchard. Ditmars is at 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa. Learn more about the orchard here.

– A surprise donut favorite is Harold’s Koffee House. I’d first heard about this Florence restaurant from a reader who suggested it be included in the best places to get breakfast in Omaha list. She specifically mentioned the donut. So I had to go and try it myself. The homemade donut was so good, I can’t remember what else I had ordered. Head to North Omaha for this diner at 8327 N. 30th St.

More Donuts

Here’s a full list of everyone’s recommendations for best donuts:

Sweet Magnolias Bake Shop, 813 N. 40th St.

The Uptown Bakery, 2229 Thurston Circle, Bellevue, Neb.

Donut Stop, 1256 S. 13th St.

Donut Haven, 13807 P St.

Mad Ox Bakery, 215 W. Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Scratch Baking Co., pop-up locations listed here

Sunrize Donuts, 17676 Welch Plaza, Suite 7

Gerda’s German Restaurant & Bakery, 5180 Leavenworth St.

Hello Sugar, find out which event you’ll find these donuts at here

Culprit Cafe, 1603 Farnam St., Suite 101

Jones Bros. Cupcakes, 2121 S. 67th St., 2615 S. 180th St., and inside Westroads Mall. Looking for cronuts? Jones Bros. apparently makes them.

And some franchises that got some recommendations include: Winchell’s, LaMar’s and Donut Professor. I should also point out, if you’re feeling incredibly indulgent, you can have a glazed donut grilled cheese sandwich at Tom + Chee. Sorry, Tom + Chee has closed.

* To see the original post requesting favorites, visit Oh My! Omaha’s Facebook page. The list was narrowed down by poll in the Facebook Group Things To Do In Omaha & Beyond (request to join here).

 

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January 24, 2018

Fun Things For Families To Do In February 2018

There’s a surprising amount of fun things to do in February, especially if you’re looking for family-friendly events. If you’re looking for free things things to do in February, browse this list for storytimes, crafting opportunities, and for the hearty folk, a hike. Get out there and explore Omaha!

Dinosaur Visits Storytime

When: Feb. 1, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. (Florence); and Feb. 3, 10 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Omaha Public Library various branches

Cost: FREE

 

PWP Live Pro Wrestling

When: Feb. 1, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7)

Where: The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: Feb. 2 through March 18; movies are “Despicable Me 3” (Feb. 2-4), “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” (Feb. 9-11), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Feb. 16-18), “My Little Pony” (Feb. 23-25), “The Boss Baby” (March 2-4), “The Emoji Movie” (March 9-11), and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” (March 16-18)

Where: Participating Marcus Theaters (in the Metro, that includes Majestic, Village Pointe and Twin Creek)

Cost: $3 (you can download two FREE kids tickets here)

 

Candy Land Night

When: Feb. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for kids and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and members

 

Nature’s Shadows: Celebrate Groundhog Day

When: Feb. 2, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St.

Cost: FREE

 

After-Hours Family Fun Night

When: Feb. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-registration required)

 

Valentine’s Family Swim

When: Feb. 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: $1

 

Hummel Hike Club

When: Feb. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

Cost: FREE

 

WeBop Family Jazz Party

When: Feb. 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (does not include admission into museum)

 

Super Bowl Party

When: Feb. 3, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Open Studios

When: Feb. 3, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Cost: FREE

 

Third Annual Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

When: Feb. 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 4850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (registration is highly suggested)

 

Teen Cafe – Pizza Making

When: Feb. 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Fasching (German Mardi Gras)

When: Feb. 3, doors open at 5 p.m. (dinner served at 6:15)

Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St.

Cost: $19, members; $22, per guest; $25, non-member; $9, children (12 and under); reservations due by Jan. 30

 

Public Planetarium Show

When: Feb. 3 and 4, 6:30 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha Planetarium

Cost: $4 per person

 

Forever Young Film Series – Movie Musicals

When: Feb. 3 through March 29; matinee showing on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays. Movies are “Fiddler on the Roof” (Feb. 3-15), “Grease” (Feb. 17 through March 1), “West Side Story” (March 3-15), and “Singin’ in the Rain” (March 17-29)

Where: Film Streams at Dundee,

Cost: Tickets are $10, adults; $7.50, seniors/teacher/student/military; $5, members; and children tickets are $2.50

 

Helping Hands For Valentine’s Day

When: Feb. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Wonder Nook Omaha, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

“Block Party”

When: Opens Feb. 5 (no end date yet); hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: MCC North Express at the Accelerator Building (third floor), 5300 N. 30th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: Feb. 5, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Where: Chalco Hills Natural Resource Center, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

“WWE Live – Road to WrestleMania”

When: Feb. 8, 1 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha, 455 N. 10th St.

Cost: $21.50-$112

 

Anime Club: Trivia Challenge – Teens

When: Feb. 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Robot Recess

When: Feb. 8 and 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (grades 4-12; registration required)

 

Teen Iron Chef Food Challenge

When: Feb. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Night – “Everything, Everything”

When: Feb. 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Black History Reception

When: Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Adams Park Community Center, 3230 John Creighton Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Valentine’s Day Storytime

When: Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Tuskegee Airmen Program & Exhibit Opening

When: Feb. 10, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: Feb. 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (grades 8 to 12 recommended)

 

International Candy Taste Testing – Teens

When: Feb. 10, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Night Hike In The Wetlands

When: Feb. 10 and March 10, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9.50

 

Love at First Flight: Valentine’s Day Edition of Raptor’s Live

When: Feb. 11, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9.50

 

Valentine’s Day Family Craft

When: Feb. 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Mardi Gras Party

When: Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (activities geared for ages 5-12)

 

Valentine’s Day Craft & Cookie Decorating

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Florence Community Center, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (ages 5 and younger)

 

Get Crafty: Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders

When: Feb. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

“YAMATO the Drummers of Japan: ‘Chousensha’ – The Challengers”

When: Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15+

 

Tangier Shrine Circus

When: Feb. 14-18; performances are Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: General admission tickets are $15; reserved seats start at $25

 

Food Science

When: Feb. 15, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (grades 3-5; registration required)

 

Get Crafty: Voodoo Dolls

When: Feb. 15, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Valentine’s Day Aftermath Party

When: Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Chinese New Year Family Storytime

When: Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Candy Science

When: Feb. 16, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (grades K-2; registration required)

 

“Metamorphosis: Art Aglow”

When: Feb. 16 through March 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $10, adults; $5, children (ages 6-12); and FREE for children younger than 6 and members

 

Breakfast Under The Sea

When: Febr. 17, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

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

Cost: $18, members; $23, non-memers (reservations required)

 

Olympic-Inspired Crafts & Games

When: Feb. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

“Hinamatsuri: Japanese Doll Exhibit”

When: Feb. 20 through March 4

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10, adults; $5 for children (ages 6-12), and FREE for children under 6 and members

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Feb. 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Feb. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (elementary to middle schoolers; registration required)

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson Park Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

Daddy Daughter Dance

When: Feb. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: $5 per dad (register by Feb. 16)

 

Mulberry Jane at Kids Rule Fashion Show – Pop-Up Vendor

When: Feb. 24 and 25; shows are Feb. 24 at 2 and 6 p.m., and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cumming St.

Cost: $80 for model registration (ages 5-12; models keep the clothing they model)

 

DIY Bath Bombs – Teens

When: Feb. 24, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Symphony presents “Back to the Future”

When: Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$79

 

More Things To Do In February

The following events are on-going or began in previous months:

“The Meaning of Maggie”

When: Through Feb. 11; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, or four FREE tickets to members

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Through Feb. 14; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

The Rink at Farnam

When: Through Feb. 25; hours are Thursdays & Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: 3409 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 donation (includes skates), benefits Salvation Army

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through April 22

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $15.50, adults; $14.50, military; and $10.50, children; family four pack is $42

 

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art”

When: Through May 13

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $10, adults; $5, children (ages 6-12); and FREE for children younger than 6 and members

 

“light”

When: Though March 31, 2018

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Arctic Wonderland”

When: Through April 8

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and member families

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Through April 15, 2018

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

“Energy Explorers”

When: Through April 23

Where: Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum, 28210 W. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

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

 

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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