September 27, 2017

Best Coffee In Omaha

Omaha loves a good cup of coffee, so there are many great local coffee shops with loyal fans. You can’t throw a corn hat without hitting a Omaha coffee shop window.

I asked Oh My! Omaha fans on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to share their favorite place for coffee, and they did not disappoint. Here you go, the list of the best places to get coffee in Omaha:

Accerlerando Coffee House

7023 Cass St.

Accerlernado had a couple fans recommend it. They might just win for most intriguing coffee drink name: @frommetovuu wrote “Accelerando coffee house and totally the cornflake latte!!” Anyone else curious what’s in the Cornflake?

 

Archetype

3926 Farnam St.

For the freshest and smoothest coffee around, Archetype is your place. They’ve made it a science and roast in-house. @programmerman tweeted “Archetype has the best coffee in Omaha.” And over on Instagram, others were just as definitive. @emilymtaber wrote “Archetype. No question.” @mylittlelorelaiI shared my sentiments exactly on Instagram: “I do love archetype but I always feel like I stand out for not being hipster enough.”

 

Aromas Bliss

1033 Jones St., 6051 Maple St., and inside Westroads Mall at Flagship Commons

This had a couple fans across different social platforms. I’ll admit, I got to Aromas more for the Bliss Bakery goodies than their coffee drinks, but its caffeinated fans are loyal! “We love Aromas!” tweeted @therusticroad.

 

Beansmith Coffee Roasters – Closing Oct. 15, 2017

1213 Harney St.

Beansmith is particular about coffee and it left a good impression on me when I visited during the Caffeine Crawl a year ago. Do you know how hard it is to stand out from the pack on a tour?

 

Caffeine Dreams

4524 Farnam St.

This Midtown coffee shop was accidentally left off this list but @aroger brought it to my attention: “Great hangout spot, warm and cozy, good for studying or casual conversation, their roasting is top-notch and best chai latte.” He’s right. How could I forget Caffeine Dreams?? I’ve been a few times to play games with my kids (and probably annoy the college students studying). If the weather’s nice, check out their outdoor space!

 

Crane Coffee

5923 Center St., 7772 Cass St., and 3027 S. 84th St.

This is a particular favorite in my family. Any early morning road trip begins at the Crane on Cass Street, picking up a coffee for me and Mr. Wonderful and a chocolate chunk scone for the kiddos before we head out.

 

Culprit Cafe

1603 Farnam St., suite 101

Like Aromas, I associate Culprit with baked goods more than coffee, but it has some serious fans. “From simple pour overs to amazing lattes (try the vanilla one), @culpritcafe is my go-to,” writes @jbath13.

 

Delice European Cafe & Bakery

3201 Farnam St., suite 6112

 

Karma Koffee

587 N. 155th Plaza

 

Mug Life

2452 Harney St.

 

Omaha Bicycle Co.

6015 Maple St.

This place wins for most unique combo: It is in fact a bike shop and a coffee shop.

 

ROAST Coffee House

1904 S. 67th St.

This is a newer one in Omaha, and it already has a lot of fans. @spartanjess wrote she loved the breve there. I love a Hill of Beans, who has amazing coffee beans you can purchase for home brewing, so I know their coffee shop has to be serving incredibly good coffee.

 

Scooters

Several locations

This local chain of coffee shops had quite a few fans. I’m going to guess it’s partly because they’re super convenient (and they have a great of flavored coffee, IMO).

 

Stay Sweet Nicolas

805 S. Main St., suite 2, Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

Urban Abbey

1026 Jackson St.

Urban Abbey got a vote from @jbrummer1031 on Instagram, and it reminded me to return to this great place. I usually only go on Saturdays when I make it to the farmers market next door.

 

Well Grounded Coffee House

707 S. 24th St.

 

Whole Foods

10020 Regency Circle

Those familiar with the chain probably have a favorite treat there (mine is the cheese samples…). @_mommyk._ wrote “A simple vanilla latte at Whole Foods has my vote!”

 

Zen Coffee Co.

230 S. 25th St., suite 3

 

13th Street Coffee

519 S. 13th St.

Kerri W. is a fan of this place. I used to go there often back when I had an Old Market apartment, but once more coffee shops opened downtown, I’ve found new favorites.

 

Best Coffee Shop Specialty Drinks in Omaha

Green Beans Coffee

6831 S. 167th St.

This one had a couple fans raving about, particularly the mocha. Says Amy R. “I usually get a mocha but anything there is great!”

 

Scooters

Several locations

“Scooters has the best cappuccino blender. It’s not overloaded with sugar like some others,” said Darci D. Kelly R. recommended the Carmeclious, “It is amazing.” (I have to agree with her)

 

Is this list missing your favorite Omaha coffee shop? Leave me a comment telling me what it is and why!

 

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September 24, 2017

Big List Of October Events For Families

I’m excited about all the October events for families this year! This list includes everything from crazy bubble shows at the Orpheum Theater and Disney on Ice at the CenturyLink Center, to tons of Halloween events.

Get out in nature this month and enjoy these Halloween events in Nebraska and Iowa parks!

 

Know something great that should be added to this list? Leave a comment!

 

Living History Re-Enactments

When: Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: A valid NE state parks pass is required for vehicle entry

 

State Historical Museum’s Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum 

When: Oct. 4-8

Where: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Funky + Junky Sale

When: Oct. 5, 4 to 8 p.m.

Where: 14505 Sunrise St., Bennington, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night – ¡Todos a Bordo! Hispanic Heritage Night at the Museum

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Pizza & Paint Emoji Night!

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Two Keys Creative Studios, 10760 Suffolk Circle

Cost: $30 per child, $25 for weekly art class students (second through sixth grade)

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Villains Take Over!

When: Oct. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

 

Family Fright Movie Night – “Hocus Pocus,” “Beetlejuice,” “Poltergeist”

When: Oct. 6, 7 to 11 p.m.

Where: Camp Fear, 23301 W. Maple Road, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $5

 

Haunted Safari

When: Oct. 6 and 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Wildlife Safari Park, 16406 292nd St., Ashland, Neb.

Cost: $18 per person for members; $23 per person for non-members; FREE for ages 2 and younger (reservations required)

 

Junk Stock

When: Oct. 6-8; hours are Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (there are also early bird hours)

Where: 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $10, one day; $20, three days; kids 12 and younger admitted FREE

 

“Madagascar: A Musical Adventure

When: Oct. 6-22

Where: The Rose

Cost: $20; discount vouchers at HyVee food stores’ customer service desks.

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: Oct. 7 through Jan. 7, 2018

Where: 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.

 

“Marks of Genius”

When: Oct. 7 through Jan. 7, 2018

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 pm) is $5 for general public adults.

 

Drawing & Donuts

When: Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Two Keys Creative Studios, 10760 Suffolk Circle

Cost: $25 per child, $20 for weekly art class students (sixth through 12th grades)

 

“B – The Underwater Bubble Show”

When: Oct. 7, 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $15 through Ticket Omaha

 

Love live theater? Here are 10 shows to see this fall in Omaha!

 

 

Owl Prowl

When: Oct. 7, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Hummel park Nature Center

Cost: FREE (registration is required)

 

MOVEMENT Series: “Form”

When: Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: $10, general public; $5, students; FREE for members and children

 

Japanese Ambiance

When: Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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

 

“Finding Neverland”

When: Oct. 11-15; performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Kids Night On Broadway is Oct. 11.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 419 S. 16th St.

Cost: Tickets start at $35. Purchase tickets here. Use the Kids Night On Broadway promo code FNLKIDS to get one free kids PL2 ticket with an adult ticket to the Oct. 11 performance. Child must be under 18 years of age.

 

“Disney On Ice presents Dream Big”

When: Oct. 12-15

Where: CenturyLink Center

Cost: $10-$85

 

Barn Dance & Hay Rack Ride

When: Oct. 13, 7 p.m.

Where: Santa’s Woods, 3764 State Highway 133, Blair, Neb.

Cost: $10 for adults, $6 for children ages 12 and younger

 

Family Fit Series

When: Oct. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Cunningham Lake – Entrance 1, park is located along 96th Street with entrances at State Highway 36, State Street, 96th Street and Rainwood Road

Cost: FREE

 

Harvest Fun Days

When: Oct. 14, 21 and 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 11808 John J Pershing Drive, Omaha

Cost: FREE (pumpkins are $2 each; reservations requested)

 

“Forever Forest”

When: Oct. 14 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

 

Get Smart: Spooky Science

When: Oct. 14, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Annual Holiday Preview and Grand Opening Party

When: Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery, 9518 Calhoun Road

Cost: FREE

 

Peppa The Pig Meet & Greet

When: Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Learning Express at Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

Fourth Annual Pumpkin Festival

When: Oct. 14, noon to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Spooktacular

When: Oct. 14-15, Oct. 20-22, and Oct. 27-29, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $8.95 for members, $9.95 for non-members, and FREE for children ages 2 and younger

 

Tricks for Treats – Dog Costume Contest & Trick or Treating

When: Oct. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 per dog

 

Doctor Who Gaming Day

When: Oct. 15, 1 to 4:40 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Cold Stone Screamery Halloween Party!

When: Oct. 15, 3 to 9 p.m.

Where: Cold Stone Creamery, 3220 Farnam St., suite 2107

Cost: Wear your Halloween costume to enjoy a buy one Like It Creation, get one free promo, $5 create-your-own caramel apple station

 

Healthy Trick-Or-Treat Nights

When: Oct. 17 and 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $12 for adults and children, $11 for seniors, FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “Momentum: Fosse Style!”

When: Oct. 20 and Oct. 22

Where: Joslyn Art Museum (Oct. 20) and Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa (Oct. 22)

Cost: $22-$78

 

“Point A to Point B”

When: Oct. 21 through Nov. 12, performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; and Mondays at 10 a.m.

Where: The Rose, Hitchcock Stage, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12

 

 

Gifford Farm Trick or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5 per trick or treater (adults accompanying child are admitted FREE)

 

Living Loess 

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Various locations in the Loess Hills of southwest Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Hutchfest 2017

When: Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 for adults, FREE for children 12 and younger

 

Halloween Fun Fest

When: Oct. 21, 10:15 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

 

40th Annual Witches Tea

When: Oct. 21, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Witch’s Tea

When: Oct. 21, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Stick & Stone Brick Oven Bakery, 9518 Calhoun Road

Cost: $7.95, $14.95 for two, and $21.95 for three

 

Spooky Science and Crafts!

When: Oct. 21, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Nature’s Harvest

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: Included with park entry fee (RSVP requested)

 

YMCA Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: 7502 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nature’s Harvest

When: Oct. 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: FREE (must pay daily vehicle entry fee of $2 if you don’t have an annual pass). RSVP to ensure there are enough supplies

 

Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 21, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Camelot Community Center, 9270 Cady Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Night at the Museum

When: Oct. 21, 5 to 8 p.m. (Astronaut Clayton Anderson speaks at 5)

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, senior or military; and $6, children (ages 4-12); and members are admitted FREE

 

Omaha Symphony’s “Symphony Spooktacular Superheroes!”

When: Oct. 22 (note there’s trick or treating afterward)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Monster Mash Run/Walk

When: Oct. 22, 11 a.m. (kids costume contest at 10 a.m.; kids dash at 10:45 a.m.)

Where: Rockbrook Village, 108th Street and West Center Road

Cost: $20 for adults, $20 for kids; $15 for kids 100-yard dash

 

Great Hall-oween Haunt

When: Oct. 24, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Duraham 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.

 

MONSTERMASH

When: Oct. 24, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Spooktacular

When: Oct. 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (reservations recommended)

 

Tiny Tot Halloween Party

When: Oct. 25, 10 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (best for ages 5 and younger)

 

Zombie ESCAPE! (Teens)

When: Oct. 25, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Make Up Hacks (Teens)

When: Oct. 26, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Haunted Maze & Costume Contest

When: Oct. 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Adams Community Center

Cost: FREE

 

Baseballoween 2017

When: Oct. 27, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Zombie Lock-In

When: Oct. 27, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (parent permission slip required)

 

Halloween Family Swim

When: Oct. 27, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: $1 (appropriate swim attire must be worn)

 

Saddlebrook Spooktacular

When: Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Boo Bash

When: Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Ice Arena Halloween Skate

When: Oct. 28, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Motto McLean Ice Arena, 5015 S. 45th St.

Cost: $3 (includes admission, skating, skate rental, snacks, trick or treating)

 

Wabash Trace Ghost Town Tour

When: Oct. 28, noon to 9 p.m.

Where: Malvern to Imogene along the Wabash Trace Trail

Cost: $10 for roundtrip bike ride, or $15 if doing hayrack back from Imogene (you must register in advance for hayrack ride). Add-on activities cost an additional $10 (Malvern Manor Tour), $10 (Gateway of Chaos), $5 (Spooky Storytelling) and $5 (tent camping)

 

Haunted Gingerbread Houses For Teens

When: Oct. 28, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Boo Bash

When: Oct. 28, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $35 for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members and $40 for non-members; children 2 and under are FREE.

 

Trunk-Or-Treat

When: Oct. 28, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Play By Play Kidzone, 13540 Discovery Drive

Cost: Donation to the Food Bank of the Heartland

 

Teen Halloween Lock-In

When: Oct. 28, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (parental permission slip required)

 

Trick-Or-Treat

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

Old Market Fall Festival

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Old Market, various locations (book bus is usually at 11th and Howard Street)

Cost: FREE

 

UNO Mav Kids Halloween Party

When: Oct. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha SAPP Fieldhouse, 6001 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Trunk Or Treat

When: Oct. 29, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Goodwill Headquarters, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

Opera Omaha’s OPERAtion Storytime

When: Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m. (Millard branch) and 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams and Millard branches)

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard and Abrahams branches

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Story Time & Trick or Treat

When: Oct. 31, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Marquis Place, 20800 West Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

Harvest Festival

When: Oct. 31, 5 to 6:45 p.m.

Where: Omaha Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: TBD

 

More Fun October Events

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“KINETIC”

When: Through Oct. 14; Tuesday – Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

See my video on the exhibit here!

 

“Mamma Mia!”

When: Through Oct. 15

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: Adult tickets start at $32 (Wednesdays) and $42 (Thursdays – Sundays) and student tickets start at $20 (Wednesdays) and $25 (Thursdays – Sundays)

Discounts: Whatta Deal Wednesday ($10 tickets on the first Wednesday of the run (Sept. 20 only) available in person at the OCP box office starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the show; Twilight Tickets (half-price tickets when purchased in person at the OCP box office after noon on the day of the show); Lucky 7 Tickets ($7 tickets for students for opening weekend performances only (Sept. 15-17 only, good in person at the OCP box office or by phone at 402-553-0800)

 

“Cobweb Castle”

When: Through Oct. 31

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

 

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

 

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

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

When: Saturdays, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 11th and Jackson streets

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)

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

When: Sundays, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

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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Want more ideas? Here are 20+ things you must do this fall!

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September 18, 2017

Best Parks In Omaha For Quick & Easy Picnics

Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, INC. and The Coca-Cola Company, all opinions are mine alone. #ServeWithACoke #CollectiveBias

 

My kids love picnics. Any night is a good night for a picnic–to them, at least. Weekday picnics? Tough. But I have a way to make quick, weekday picnics manageable and easy: Get a picnic meal to go at Hy-Vee and head to the nearest park. 

Hy-Vee makes it easy to get a picnic meal to go. We went with fried chicken for ease of eating with kids.

We stopped by our usual Hy-Vee, picked out three sides to go with a 12-piece chicken meal, grabbed a 2 Liter of Coca-Cola  and headed to Elmwood Park. Hy-Vee has a few meal deals that include a 2 Liter of Coke for $24.99. You can check out current store promotions here.

Hy-Vee has meal deals that include a 2 Liter of Coca-Cola or other Coke product. Our local store had a Coca-Cola display conveniently near the hot food.

Our favorite picnic area in Midtown Omaha is at Elmwood Park. We like to pick a table in the shade near the playground.

Impromptu picnic in the park means mom forgets the plates.

Our quick, weekday picnic at the park was a success, even if I did forget plates!

Ready to get an easy meal to-go and find the nearest park? Here’s a list of the best Omaha parks that are near a Hy-Vee for quick and easy picnics.

 

Elmwood Park

Where: 802 S. 60th St.

What makes it a great picnic park: There are several picnic tables available, most are shaded. The playground was updated last year and is a hit with kids. There’s also a nice, short walking trail in the trees along a creek that leads to a small grotto. Plenty of green space to run and play sports.

Nearest Hy-Vee: 7910 Cass St., about 2.5 miles away

Note: This Hy-Vee is also very close to one of the few sandless playgrounds in Omaha, Stinson Park in Aksarben Village. It’s about 3.5 miles from Hy-Vee.

 

Standing Bear Lake

Where: 6404 N. 132nd St.

What makes it a great picnic park: This lake might be the best picnic-with-a-view spot in Omaha. It is out of the way for most people, but its remoteness is what makes it appealing.. There plenty of green space, a playground, and trails that are particularly nice for bikes. If you plan ahead, you can bring fishing gear and enjoy the lake.

Nearest Hy-Vee: 10808 Fort St., about 3 miles away

 

Zorinski Lake

Where: 3808 S. 156th St.

What makes it a great picnic park: This pretty lake has two playgrounds, and miles and miles of trails for bike riding or long walks. There are a few picnic areas (many with covered shelters). The picnic area nearest the largest playground on the south side of the lake is covered.

Nearest Hy-Vee: 17810 Welch Plaza, about 2 miles away

 

Lawrence Youngman Park

Where: 192nd Street and West Dodge Road

What makes it a great picnic park: This is a large playground that is sure to tire your kids. There is a covered picnic area and the lake is nice to walk around or fish.

Nearest Hy-Vee: 1000 S. 178th St., about 4 miles away

 

Walnut Creek Lake & Recreation

Where: 11601 S. 96th St., Papillion, Neb.

What makes it a great picnic park: This Papillion park has a large lake with about 3 miles of paved trail, making it a fun spot for an easy bike ride. There is a playground and picnic areas, including some covered shelters.

Nearest Hy-Vee: 11650 S. 73rd St., Papillion, Neb., about 4 miles away

When you’re short on time, a picnic meal to go from Hy-Vee paired with Coke does the job.

Want some additional idea for a good picnic in Omaha? Here are four more of our favorite  Picnic Spots In Omaha (and they’re not all parks!).

 

Where’s your favorite park in Omaha for picnics?

 

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September 8, 2017

Kids Night On Broadway In Omaha

Every year, Omaha Performing Arts has one show in its Broadway Season that has a Kids Night On Broadway event. This season, the show is “Finding Neverland,” and Kids Night On Broadway is Wednesday, Oct. 11. That’s opening night for the show, so there’s an extra buzz of excitement in the theater.

I love Kids Night On Broadway because the premise is all about making Broadway performances affordable and accessible to families. So, for the 7:30 p.m. performance on Oct. 11, tickets in PL2 are buy one, get one FREE for one adult and one child up to 18 years of age! BOGO tickets for Broadway. It’s rare to find a discount on Broadway tickets, so hop on this deal.

You’ll want to arrive early to the show for giveaways on Oct. 11. The first 100 children to the performance that night receive a surprise treat (first come, first served). There will also be kid-friendly activities in the lobby before the show starts.

To get the Kids Night On Broadway BOGO deal to attend “Finding Neverland,” use promo code FNLKIDS when purchasing tickets at TicketOmaha.com or calling 402-345-0606. Please note: The promo code only works for PL2 tickets for the Oct. 11 performance.

What’s “Find Neverland” about?

The Broadway touring production of “Finding Neverland” is in Omaha Oct. 11-15, 2017. Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel

Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, “Finding Neverland” tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers.

With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever.

Christine Dwyer plays Syvia Llewelyn Davis in the Broadway touring production of “Finding Neverland.” The musical is at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater from Oct. 11 through Oct. 15, 2017. Photo courtesy Jeremy Daniel

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid-at-heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!”

And when NPR says something is “far and away the best musical of the year!”, as it did for “Finding Neverland,” I’m going to believe it and go see it.

Think your kid isn’t ready for a full Broadway production? Here’s my guide to raising a theater-goer.

If you go

“Finding Neverland”

When: Oct. 11-15; performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 7 p.m. Kids Night On Broadway is Oct. 11.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 419 S. 16th St.

Tickets: Tickets start at $35. Purchase tickets here. Use the Kids Night On Broadway promo code FNLKIDS to get one free kids PL2 ticket with an adult ticket to the Oct. 11 performance. Child must be under 18 years of age.

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary tickets to “Finding Neverland” for writing this post. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

 

Love theater so much, you want to take your family to more shows? Here’s my list of 10 shows to see this fall!

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August 31, 2017

Omaha Conservatory of Music’s Class For Young Kids

One thing I’ve discovered through my work at a children’s museum and taking my daughter to a music class for preschoolers: Even the youngest children benefit from music class. The ones that I’ve sat in on are a ton of fun for little ones. So, I was excited to hear about Omaha Conservatory of Music’s program, Music in the Morning. My kids are too old for this, but maybe yours are the perfect age.

Designed for children ages 2 and 3 to attend with an adult, this interactive and exploratory class will teach the fundamentals of music through movement, singing, and play. I’m happy Omaha Conservatory of Music asked for this sponsored post so I can share details with you (and a discount…read on!), because it sounds smartly designed for this age group.

Music in the Morning Is held every Tuesday from Sept. 12 through Oct. 24 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Omaha Conservatory of Music. Through playful exercises like playing the drums or creative movement to music, children explore music, plus get a good dose of social interaction.

Sounds like fun, right? My daughter was 5 when she took the class to learn the fundamentals of jazz music and a year later, she’s still talking about it. Music makes an impact!

 

To register for Music in the Morning

Music in the Morning starts Sept. 12, so you’re going to want to register soon. The class is $90, but readers can save $10 on registration with the exclusive code OHMY, so you only pay $80.

To get the discount, go online to Omahacm.org or call 402-932-4978. Use the code OHMY to get $10 off. The discount is good through Sept. 10!

Remember: This class is for children ages 2 and 3, and a parent or caretaker needs to attend with the child.

 

Omaha Music Conservatory Details

Music in the Morning

Where: Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

When: Tuesdays, Sept. 12 through Oct. 24, from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

Cost: $90 (Oh My! Omaha readers can save $10 off the price by using promo code OHMY)

 

Happy music making!

 

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Omaha Conservatory of Music. All thoughts, opinions and typos in this post are my own.

August 23, 2017

40+ Family-Friendly Events In September

I love September in Omaha because theater productions start back up, pumpkin patches start to open up, and apple picking begins. You’ll find a few of my favorite events below (including Fields of Flight and Touch-A-Truck). For more seasonal day trip ideas, visit my posts about 10 Things You Must Do In Council Bluffs In The Fall and Exploring Nebraska City With Kids!

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons); Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair); Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum); Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. (Benson Park Goodwill); Sept. 29, 10 a.m. (Wenninghoff Farms); Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Living History Re-Enactments

When: Sept. 1-2, and Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: A valid NE state parks pass is required for vehicle entry

 

La Festa Italiana

When: Sept. 1-3; hours are Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Where: American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St.

Cost: $5.50 in advance, $7 at the door, FREE for children ages 12 and younger

 

Apple Grass Music Festival

When: Sept. 1-3; music starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday

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

Cost: $10 per person for one night; $25 for a three-day pass; children 12 and younger admitted FREE

 

Septemberfest

When: Sept. 1-4 (parade is Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.); runs Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday through Monday, noon to midnight

Where: CenturyLink Center, 405 S. 10th St., parking lot D

Cost: $5, children 5 and younger admitted FREE

 

Family Night

When: Sept. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

The 100th Block Party

When: Sept. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: 100 block of West Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Labor Day Weekend

When: Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular zoo admission, which is $19.95 for adults (ages 12+), $18.95 for seniors (65+), $18.95 for military adults (ages 12+), $13.95 for kids (ages 3-11), and $12.95 for military kids (ages 3-11), and FREE for zoo members.

 

Zoo Run

When: Sept. 3, 5-mile run departs at 7 a.m. & 2-mile run departs at 7:15 a.m. (check-in starts at 6 a.m.)

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

Cost: $30 for zoo members, $40 for non-members

 

Omahawks 2017 Labor Day Air Show

When: Sept. 4, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Standing Bear Lake Park, 138th and Fort streets

Cost: FREE

 

Leashes at Lauritzen

When: Sept. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 for dogs, and FREE for garden members and their dogs

 

9/11 Remembrance Event

When: Sept. 6, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 5651 Underwood Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Biscuit Visits Story Time

When: Sept 8- ; Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. (Florence), Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. (Millard), Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams), Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha), Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather), Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. (Elkhorn), Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook), Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Fields of Flight

When: Sept. 8 and 9; Friday events start at 5:30 p.m. with live music, Fun Flight at 6 and glow at dusk; Saturday events start at 7 a.m. with Competition Flight, another Competition Flight at 5:30 p.m., live music at 5:30 p.m. and glow at dusk; Sunday event is a Competition Flight at 7 a.m.

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

Cost: $10 for parking

 

“Babe The Sheep Pig”

When: Sept. 8-24; 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 (members receive four FREE tickets)

 

Skinny Bones Opening Weekend

When: Sept. 9-10; hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch, 3935 State Highway 133, Blair, Neb.

Cost: $13, and children younger than 2 are admitted FREE

 

World O! Water

When: Sept. 9, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Papio-Missouri NRD at Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Smart: Pirates & Ships

When: Sept. 9, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Make-A-Wish Iowa’s Hunt For Wishes

When: Sept. 9, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (registration opens at 8)

Where: City-wide scavenger hunt starts at 30 Valley View Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $30 for ages 13+, $20 for ages 12 and under

 

Touch-A-Truck

When: Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: First Data, 6855 Pacific St.

Cost: FREE

 

Rockbrook Village Art Fair

When: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Rockbrook Village, 10819 Prairie Brook Road

Cost: FREE

 

Taste of Florence

When: Sept. 10, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: 7915 N. 30th St.

Cost: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 5-12, FREE for children younger than 5

 

Teen Movie Night

When: Sept. 14, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Life-Size Games

When: Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

2nd Annual Omaha Food Truck Rodeo Part 2

When: Sept. 15, 4 to 11 p.m.

Where: Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave.

Cost: FREE to attend, but food is additional cost

 

133rd German Day/Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 15, 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sept. 16, noon to midnight

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

Cost: $5 for adults, FREE for children ages 12 and younger

 

Vala’s Opening Weekend

When: Sept. 15-17, hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, Neb.

Cost: $14.25, children younger than 2 admitted FREE (buy online to save $1)

 

“Mamma Mia!”

When: Sept. 15 through Oct. 15

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: Adult tickets start at $32 (Wednesdays) and $42 (Thursdays – Sundays) and student tickets start at $20 (Wednesdays) and $25 (Thursdays – Sundays)

Discounts: Whatta Deal Wednesday ($10 tickets on the first Wednesday of the run (Sept. 20 only) available in person at the OCP box office starting at 4 p.m. on the day of the show; Twilight Tickets (half-price tickets when purchased in person at the OCP box office after noon on the day of the show); Lucky 7 Tickets ($7 tickets for students for opening weekend performances only (Sept. 15-17 only, good in person at the OCP box office or by phone at 402-553-0800)

 

Monarch Tagging & Children’s Monarch Tagging

When: Sept. 16, 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: FREE (pre-register by Sept. 6), valid annual park permit or $2 vehicle daily entrance pass needed

 

Farnam Festival

When: Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 40th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Performing Arts’ WeBop® Family Jazz Party

When: Sept. 16, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10 per child

 

Family Story Time – Fancy Nancy Tea Party

When: Sept. 16, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Festival

When: Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Gifford Farm Education Center, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5; FREE for children younger than 2

 

Southwest Iowa Art Tour

When: Sept. 16 and 17; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Harvester Artist Lofts, 1000 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Midwest Winds Kitefliers

When: Sept. 16 and 17, noon to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Superhero Party

When: Sept. 16, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (ages 3-12, pre-registration is suggested)

 

100 Block Classic Car Show

When: Sept. 16, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Sept. 19, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Teddy Bear Picnic Story Time

When: Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Bess Johnson Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Sept. 20, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-registration suggested)

 

Ban This Book! Lock-In 

When: Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Swanson branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE (registration required; for fourth through sixth graders and their favorite grown up)

 

Teen Movie Night: “Selena”

When: Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Rodeo Roundup – up to age 5

When: Sept. 27, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Ultimate Willy Wonka Party

When: Sept. 28, 7 or 8 p.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Omaha,12750 Westport Parkway, LaVista, Neb.

Cost: $26.88 (includes merchandise)

 

Family Lotería

When: Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Into Fall

When: Sept. 30, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Youngman Park, 192 Street and West Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In September

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“Dinosaur Safari”

When: Through Sept. 3

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

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

 

“Glorious Flights: Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen”

When: Through Sept. 17

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Top Secret: License To Spy”

When: Through Sept. 17

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 children younger than 2

 

“KINETIC”

When: Through Oct. 14; Tuesday – Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

See my video on the exhibit here!

 

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, Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

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

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

When: Saturdays, Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 11th and Jackson streets

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)

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

When: Sundays, through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

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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