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 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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July 21, 2017

Harry Potter Events In Omaha

This summer, “Harry Potter” turned 20. It’s hard to believe the first book printed 20 years ago, but there you go. We’re all old.

Anyway, Harry Potter is on everyone’s mind. If you’re a fan, and you live in Omaha, you’re in luck. You can celebrate all things Potter over these next few months. Here are some Harry Potter-themed events in the Omaha metro:

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “20 Years of Harry Potter”

When: “Harry Potter & the Sorcerer’s Stone,” July 29 and 30; “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets,” Aug. 3 and 5; “Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Aug. 6 and 10; “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix,” Aug. 17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince,” Aug.  17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Aug. 26 and 27; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Aug. 27

Where: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under (July 29 screening is FREE). Tickets may be purchased at the box office.

 

Harry Potter Night at The Storm Chasers Game

When: Aug. 4, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Werner Park

Cost: $9 for berm seats, other seats range from $11-$28

 

Escape From Azkaban – Adult Night

When: Oct. 28, 8 to 11 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 per person for members, $35 for non-members (must be 18+). Tickets are available here.

 

A Night at the Forbidden Forest

When: Nov. 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members (must be 21+)

 

Omaha Symphony’s Movie Music Series: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™” In Concert

When: Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 26, 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19 to $79. Individual tickets pre-sale is July 31 from 10 a.m. to midnight; regular on-sale is Aug. 14. Tickets can be purchased online, over the phone, or in-person at the Holland Center box office.

 

Wizard’s Yule Ball

When: Dec. 2, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St.

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-10, and children younger than 4 admitted FREE. Adult tickets go up to $15 after Nov. 1. Tickets available here.

 

Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Dec. 9-23; performances are Dec. 9, 14-16, 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. (door opens at 7)

Where: Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $35 and Deluxe Package tickets are $60 and are available here

 

Know of a Harry Potter-themed event? Leave a comment and let me know! I’ll add it to the list.

 

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July 18, 2017

40+ Great Events In August For Families In Omaha

Summer’s not over yet! Get and have some fun with the following family-friendly events in August happening all around the Omaha metro area.

Looking for FREE movies and concerts this summer? Head over to the post 100+ Free Summer Movies & Concerts. Prefer nature to the crowds at events? Here are 7 Favorite Trails Near Omaha.

Neighborhood Night Out

When: Aug. 1, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Where: Kids Can Community Center, 4860 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

National Night Out

When: Aug. 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots: Caterpillars

When: Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch

Cost: FREE

 

Zoo Member Appreciation Days

When: Aug. 2 (last names M-Z), 1:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE for members; regular zoo admission applies to non-members

 

Back to School: Weights and Measures at Wenninghoff Farm

When: Aug. 4, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Wenninghoff Farms, 6707 Wenninghoff Road

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Aug. 4, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons); Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair); Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. (Chalco Hills Natural Resources Center); Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum); Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

AIM’s Amazing Tech Race

When: Aug. 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: AIM Brain Exchange, 1902 Howard St.

Cost: FREE (must pre-registers; for ages 4-17; must be accompanied by adults)

 

Party in the Park/Playground Grand Opening

When: Aug. 4, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Hanscom Park, 3201 Woolworth Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Back to School Bash

When: Aug. 5 and 6, 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.

 

Community Wellness Bash

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 530 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Carnival

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12, adults; $11, seniors/military; $6, children (ages 4-12); and FREE for children 3 and younger

 

Root Beer Float Day

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE root beer float; cost of admission applies ($11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for children younger than 2)

 

Nebraska Farm & Family Day

When: Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Going Buggy

When: Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 16406 N. 292 St., Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $7.50 adults (12 and over), $6.50 military adult; $5.50 children (3-11), $5.50 military child; $6.50 seniors (65 and over), $5.50 military senior; and FREE for children 2 and younger

 

Popping Dance Class

When: Aug. 5, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Cost: FREE (for ages 10+)

 

Fairytale Ball

When: Aug. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 per person for members and $35 per person for non-members

 

Moon-day Afternoon

When: Aug. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Solar Powered S’mores Teen Event

When: Aug. 10, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl

When: Aug. 11 (reception at 5:30 p.m. at Omaha Public Library George B. Washington Branch)

Where: Various venues along North 30th Street and nearby

Cost: FREE

 

Ribfest

When: Aug. 11-13; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, east side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE on Friday and Saturday until 5 p.m. and then $5 after 5 p.m., FREE all day Sunday

 

Board Game Party

When: Aug. 12, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

BSC Block Party

When: Aug. 12, 3 to 9 p.m.

Where: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Night Sky – Perseid Meteor Shower

When: Aug. 12, meet at 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: No additional fees, but must pay park admission per vehicle

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Aug. 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Cost: FREE (for elementary & middle school aged students)

 

Omaha’s Original Greek Festival

When: Aug. 18-20; Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave.

Cost: $3 for adults, FREE for children 12 and younger

 

Gifford Farm Teacher Appreciation Night

When: Aug. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older; teachers and three family members get in FREE

 

Get Smart: Robotics

When: Aug. 12, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Pokemon Party

When: Aug. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Constellation Viewing at Neale Woods

When: Aug. 18, 8 to 11 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with daily admission

 

Council Bluffs Zombie Walk

When: Aug. 19, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Vintage Wheels at The Fort

When: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Historic Fort Omaha; 30th and Fort streets

Cost: FREE

 

WorldFest Days

When: Aug. 20 and 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Aug. 20 – Yantai, China; Xalapa, Mexico; and Siauliai, Lithuania; Aug. 27 – Shizuoka, Japan; Naas, Ireland; and Braunschweig, Germany)

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 general admission, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 2 and members

 

Back to Homeschooling Ice Cream Social

When: Aug. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams Branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

National Waffle Day Teen Event

When: Aug. 24, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Midwest Pirate Festival

When: Aug. 26 and 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: $7 for children and $10 for adults

 

Opera Outdoors

When: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. (Kids zone and lawn games start at 5:30 p.m.)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Autism Night

When: Aug. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-register with Autism Action Partnership)

 

More Fun Events In August

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

Movies in the Park

When: Through Aug. 4, dusk; July 7 (“Sing”); July 14 (“Finding Dory”); July 21 (“Doctor Strange”), July 28 (“Jungle Book”), Aug. 4 (“The Great Gilly Hopkins”)

Where: Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs

Cost: FREE

 

“Fairytale Land”

When: Through Aug. 6

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

 

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: Through Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.; July 30-31, Aug 2 (TBD); Aug. 6-7, 9 (“Storks”); and Aug. 13-14, 16 (TBD)

Where: Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema,  304 N. 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway,  Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “ “20 Years of Harry Potter”

When: Through Aug. 27; “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets,” Aug. 3 and 5; “Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Aug. 6 and 10; “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix,” Aug. 17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince,” Aug.  17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Aug. 26 and 27; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Aug. 27

Where: Film Streams’ Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under (July 29 screening is FREE)

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Charles Drew Health Center

When: Wednesdays, through Aug. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Charles Drew Health Center, 30th and Grant streets

Cost: FREE

 

“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. 3

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.

 

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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