April 3, 2018

Bloggers From Omaha: Jenna Gabrial Gallagher

Kim’s note: The Bloggers From Omaha series introduces different voices from around Omaha. Each week Whenever I can, I’ll introduce a different Omaha blogger, what his or her blog is all about, and since I love getting recommendations as much as I love giving them, I’ve asked each person to share some Omaha tips. Today’s blogger, Jenna at The Beaspora, seeks out inspiring people helping to using their creativity to make the Midwest a better place.

Your name: Jenna Gabrial Gallagher

Blog’s name and link: The Beaspora 

Your social media handles you want shared: Insta/Twitter/Pinterest: @thebeaspora; FB: The Beaspora

 

Describe your blog in five words.

Celebrating pollinators of world-class talent.

 

What are the two most popular posts on your blog? What makes them so good?

For Women’s History Month, I’ve been doing a series of posts on women entrepreneurs in Omaha, and two of these, Nebraska’s Women Pastry Chef Revolution and Empowered By Great Design are my two most popular posts. They showcase exactly what inspired me to start the blog in the first place: there are a lot of people in smaller cities across America with serious talent and experience. They come (or, more often, come back) to cities like Omaha because it’s a more affordable place to take a chance on owning a business, and because of the incredible support communities like ours give to small businesses. The women I spoke to gave me the most amazing quotes. Their perspective was really thoughtful and personal, and I felt incredibly honored that they were willing to share it with me and my readers.

What social media channel are you on the most and why?

My preference is Instagram. On Facebook and Twitter, it’s information overload. On Instagram, it’s inspiration overload — and I’d much rather have that.

 

You get one hour to spend on writing, where in Omaha do you go?

I have this fantasy that I’d go to Wilson & Washburn because I saw a friend working there once and it just seemed like a cool thing to do. But I’m so easily distracted that I almost have to work at home in my office.

 

If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to?

Jenna takes visitors to the zoo and snaps a photo of them at the same spot. Each photo goes into an album kept in the guest room. Photo courtesy Jenna Gabriel Gallagher

– I don’t think we’ve ever had a visitor that we didn’t take to Dante. Having dinner there is like spending an evening in Italy, but because they source so many of their ingredients locally, my guests can really get a sense of Nebraska’s terroir.

– Of course Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. My husband jokes that I’m the best and the worst person to go to the zoo with because I’ve had the opportunity to interview a lot of the keepers (through my day job at Albers Communications) so I totally geek out on their history, their upcoming projects and everything that they do for worldwide conservation. I have a tradition of making everyone pose for a photo on the rope bridge in the Lied Jungle and I’ve been thinking of compiling them all into a photo album for my guest room — in place of a guest book.

– Lately, so many fab stores have opened at Countryside Village and I’m really proud to show it off because it’s right in my neighborhood. When my friends visit, we can literally roll out of bed on Saturday morning and shop for drop dead chic shoes, fashion, home design and gifts just around the corner (plus at Among Other Things and Esther’s a stone’s throw away). There’s even yoga and a full-service salon. Later on, we can grab a low-key cocktail at Inkwell or listen to live music at Cedar. There aren’t a lot of places west of midtown Omaha where you can walk to retail, restaurants and entertainment, so we really appreciate having such a quality one nearby.

What’s your favorite free thing to do in Omaha?

I love to walk around downtown.

Want to know what you can find downtown? Start with this post: 11 free things to do in the Old Market.

More about Jenna

Photo courtesy Jenna Gabriel Gallagher

Jenna Gabrial Gallagher grew up in the Midwest and New England reading fashion magazines, and eventually went to work for one (Harper’s Bazaar). She’s lived in coastal NH, Boston, Paris and New York, and currently writes and edits from Omaha, Neb. where she lives with her husband and three funny little girls.
March 24, 2018

10 Things Families Will Love About Storm Chasers Games In 2018

I’m very excited to announce that I’m partnering with Omaha Storm Chasers this year! If you haven’t been to a game, this is the year to plan a family outing. The Storm Chasers are celebrating their 50th season, and they have a ton planned that appeals to families.

A ballgame at Werner Park is always a family-friendly experience – I’ve written about taking kids to a Storm Chasers game before. But this year, they’ve added some extras for the big anniversary. I’ve combed though all of their promotions to share my favorite things about the season.

Here are 10 things families are going to love about Storm Chasers Games this year:

Celebrating the Decades

From music to flashback jerseys, the Storm Chasers will celebrate a decade each month of the season. Check the calendar for nights where there are bobble head giveaways connected to each decade, Flashback Fridays, and beer specials by the decade.

April – 2011-Present, Storm Chasers

May – 2000-2010, Spikes/Royals

June – 1990-1999, Royals/Spikes

July – 1980-1989, Royals

August – 1969-1979, Royals

50th Game of the 50th Season

The big game falls on July 20, a Friday night. So, in addition to the 1985 Royals Flashback Jersey, fans get to enjoy Friday Fireworks.

Theme Nights

The Star Wars themed night at the park is on May 4 (get it?). Photo courtesy Omaha Storm Chasers

These are an annual favorite, and if you have Star Wars or princess fans in your house, there’s a good chance you’ve gone to one of these games. The theme nights that stand out to me include Star Wars Night on May 4 (get it? May the Fourth be with you.), Superhero Night on June 30, and Daddy-Daughter Night on July 13.

Tip: There are fireworks following the games on Star Wars Night and Daddy-Daughter Night.

Fun Storm Chasers Jerseys

In addition to five flashback jerseys that tie into the jerseys I just mentioned, there are other designs you’ll see throughout the season. Many will be auctioned off to benefit charities.

Star Wars fan? Go to the May 4th (get it?) game to see the Star Wars X-Wing Pilot Jersey presented by ParentSavvy.com. It’s going to be auctioned off. There are 10 special jerseys worn this season, and I think I have my eye on the look out for the Omaha Runzas Jersey presented by…guess. It’s presented by Runza, and you’ll see it on the diamond and then auction off on June 9.

Meet The Greats

Omaha Storm Chasers have 11 alumni appearing at games throughout the 2018 season. Photo courtesy Omaha Storm Chasers

Fifty years is a lot of years to commemorate, and a lot of players to recognize. If your kid loves meeting baseball players, plan for these games:

May 5 – Mike Sweeney (1996-97, 2002-03, 06)

May 25 or 26 – Angel Berroa (2002, 07-08)

June 22 – Harold Reynolds (1995)

June 24 – Chris Hatcher (1997-98, 2002), Dwayne Hosey (1994-95), Dave Ullery (2001-04) & Ken Harvey (2002, 05)

July 20 – Jack McKeon (1969-71), Bill Beck & Bob Quinn

Aug. 24 – Frank White (1973)

Friday Fireworks

Friday nights home games for the Storm Chasers mean fireworks. Photo courtesy Omaha Storm Chasers

All season long, if the home game falls on a Friday night, there will be fireworks following the game. There are 11 Friday nights in the schedule, and the first one is April 6.

Of course, they aren’t limiting the fireworks to just Friday nights this year. The super popular Independence Day games end with fireworks (those two nights are on July 2 and 3).

There are also fireworks following the game on Sunday, May 27, and Saturday, July 21.

 

Bark in the Park

If your kids are of the four-legged variety, take note of these dates: April 18, June 6, Aug. 1, Aug. 15 and Aug. 29. You can bring your dog to the game and sit on the berm on Bark in the Park games (just be sure to pre-register).

Tip: Bark at the Park nights happen to coincide with Weiner Wednesdays…so cheap dinners for all! Full-sized hot dogs are 25 cents each at Wednesday evening home games.

First 50 Kids Promotion

Attending the Storm Chasers game as a family was included in my list of 25 things to do under $25 in Omaha. Prices are low to begin with but you can save even more money on game day with the First 50 Kids promotion. The first 50 kids (10 years and under) to arrive at the Werner Park Ticket Office on day of game are able to purchase McDonald’s Berm tickets for just $1, all season-long, regardless of game promotion. The berm is that grassy seating area. Details here.

Family FunDays

If your kid is too young to stay up late for evening games, the Sunday afternoon home games should be on your radar. Known as Family FunDays, there are some great opportunities for kids to be out on the field. Check the schedule for the dates the can run the bases or play catch on the field. Family FunDays also always have clowns and balloon artists.

Family Fun Zone

My kids could spend the entire game here if I let them. The Centris Family Fun Zone at Werner Park is an extra fee, but totally worth it. Photo courtesy Omaha Storm Chasers

If you’re a regular at Storm Chaser games, and you have kids, chances are, you’ve been to the Centris Family Fun Zone. This was definitely my kids’ favorite part of Werner Park in their young days – I’m curious to see if it still is when we go this season. You don’t get to watch much baseball from there, though.

The Family Fun Zone is a large area behind left field with inflatables, jungle gym, and a carousel. It does cost $6 for kids ages 3+ to enter if you don’t have a Centris ATM, Visa Credit or Debit card.

There’s also a combo pass option for $7, which includes playing in the fun zone and miniature golf for $7.

Wait. There’s more!

See the full calendar of promotions here. Since this list is limited to just 10 things you’ll love, I couldn’t fit in all the concerts, giveaways, and more planned.

And before I end this, here’s my money-saving tip: If you want FREE parking, drive past all the signs for the paid lots until you reach the dirt lot on the north side of the stadium (take it with a grain of salt that it’s still free since I haven’t been to a game in years).

If you go

Storm Chasers Baseball Games

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

Season starts March 26 with an expo game against the Kansas City Royals. First home game of the season is April 5 (Thirsty Thursday, y’all). See the full schedule or purchase tickets.

 

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March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

April is around the corner and, fair warning, some of the best temporary exhibits in Omaha are ending soon. No worries, though. There are plenty of family-friendly performances, FREE events, and more to keep you occupied!

Read on for the best of what to do in Omaha right now, and in the next few weeks and months:

family-friendly things to do in Omaha

 

 

DIY Bottle Rockets—NESciFest

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch,

Cost: FREE (teens)

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

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

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

“Discover the Dinosaurs: Time Trek”

When: April 21 and 22

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

Cost: $12.99-$17.99, children under 2 admitted FREE

 

“Curious George & The Golden Meatball”

When: April 20 through May 6; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members receive four FREE tickets)

 

“Moon Mouse” By Lightwire Theater

When: April 20, 7 p.m.

Where: Arts Center at Iowa Western, 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $14, adults; $10, children

 

Party For The Planet

When: April 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular paid zoo admission, and FREE to members. Admission is $18.95, adults (ages 12+); $17.95, seniors and military adults; $12.95, children (ages 3-11); $11.95, military child (3-11); and FREE for children 2 and younger.

 

Earth Day Birthday

When: April 21, 10 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (pre-registration required)

 

Sci Pop Interactive

When: April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Indoor activities included with museum admission

 

Bubble Extravaganza

When: April 21, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., suite 131

Cost: FREE

 

Earth Day

When: April 21, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park, 808 S. 60th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Día de los Niños Fiesta/Children’s Day Party

When: April 21, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

When: April 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Early Childhood Family Center

When: April 23, 11:15 a.m. to noon

Where: Millard Early Childhood Family Center, 12820 N St.

Cost: FREE

 

Lil’ Scientist Day

When: April 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

 

Science Stations

When: April 24, 25 & 28, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 5 and younger)

 

Children’s Day/Día de los Niños Celebration

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Minecraft Stop Motion

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

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

Cost: FREE (ages 10 and older)

 

Literary S.T.E.M. Challenge

When: April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 5-10)

 

Toys and Science NEScifest

When: April 26, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

It’s All About Bees! Spring Market

When: April 28 and 29; market is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: It’s All About Bees, 8540 Park Drive, Ralston, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids On The Block Puppet Shows

When: April 28, May 12 and May 26, 11 a.m.

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

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

 

Dia del Nino

When: April 28, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Arbor Day Celebration

When: April 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: City Sprouts, 4002 Seward St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nintendo LABO

When: April 28, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 8 and older; pre-registration required)

 

Omaha Symphony “Jurassic Park”

When: April 28, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$89

 

“RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles”

When: April 28, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $49.25-$89.25

 

Children’s Day/Día de los Niños Celebration Storytime

When: May 2, 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); May 5, 10 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Omaha Public Library various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Leader Reader – Stormy from the Storm Chasers

When: May 2, 11:45 a.m.

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

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

 

Omaha Storm Chasers Star Wars Night

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

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

Cost: Tickets start at $9 for berm seating

 

Free Comic Book Day

When: May 5; 10 a.m. to noon (Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark branch, 215 S. 15th St.), 1 to 3 p.m. (Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Star Wars Activities 

When: May 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. (Family Storytime), and 1 to 2:30 p.m. (Star Wars Movie Time & Lightsaber Making)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: May 7, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Stony Brook Hy-Vee

When: May 11, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Stony Brook Hy-Vee, 14591 Stony Brook Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Into Summer

When: May 11, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Celebrate CB

When: May 11-19; highlights include Celebrate @ The River (May 11, 7 to 10:30 p.m.), Barbecue in the Bluffs (May 11-13), Celebrate CB Parade (May 19, 10:30 a.m.)

Where: Activities at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park on the Council Bluffs side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and in Bayliss Park

Cost: FREE

 

Mystery Cache

When: May 12, 9 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (but must pre-register by May 9, and know that there is a $3 vehicle daily entrance pass to enter the park)

 

Family Fun Saturday – Animal & Nature Rescue Day

When: May 12, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $5; FREE for children younger than 2

 

Harry Potter Family Night

When: May 12, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

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

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: May 15, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Food & Fun

When: May 18, 3:15 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Ice Cream Floats – Teens

When: May 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: May 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12)

 

2018 Big 10 Baseball Tournament

When: May 23-27

Where: TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, 1200 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: TBD

 

Loessfest 2018

When: May 25-28; highlights include Movie in the Park: “The Incredibles” (May 25, 9 p.m.), Disney Movie Night Featuring Choo Choo Soul (May 26, 6 p.m.), Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons (May 26, 7:30 p.m.), Omaha Symphony and Fireworks For Freedom (May 27, 8 p.m.), and Movie in the Park: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (May 28, 9 p.m.)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

When: May 25, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: May 25, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: May 25, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Ninjas on the Run Family Fun Run

When: May 26, 9 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party

When: May 26, 1 to 3 p.m. (Elkhorn, Benson, Willa Cather, Florence, Abrahams, Swanson, Saddlebook, Washington, A.V. Sorensen, South Omaha)

Where: Omaha Public Library various branches

Cost: FREE

 

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer”

When: May 26 through Sept. 2

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

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

 

“Children’s China: Celebrating Character, Culture & Confuscius

When: May 26 through Aug. 19

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

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

 

Helicopter Day

When: May 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $12, adults; $6, children

 

Out & About Storytime: Wenninghoff Farms

When: May 30, 10 a.m.

Where: Wenninghoff Farms, 6707 Wenninghoff Road

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Oreo Taste Test Challenge

When: May 31, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Escape Room Lock-In

When: May 31, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 7-11, registration required and includes pizza)

 

Know of a family-friendly event in Omaha (or nearby) that’s not on this list? Email me details at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

 

Family-Friendly Exhibits & Shows Ending Soon

UNO Public Planetarium Shows

When: Through April 21; remaining shows are April 20 at 5:30 & 7 p..m., and April 21 at 4, 5:30 & 7 p.m.

Where: Mallory Kountze Planetarium in the Durham Science Center on University of Nebraska at Omaha campus

Cost: $4 per person

 

“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

 

“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

Read more about the exhibit here.

 

“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

 

“American Adventure”

When: Through July 29

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $11, adults’ $8, seniors; $7, children (ages 3-12); FREE for children 2 and younger

 

Omaha Storm Chasers Games

When: Through Aug. 30 (see schedule here)

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

Cost: Tickets start at $9 for berm seating

 

Weekly Activities For Families & Kids

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

 

Family Fun Night

When: Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: SkateDaze, 3616 S. 132nd St.

Cost: $11.99 (skate or play), $3.99 for non-skating parent

 

Kids Craft Time

When: Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St.

Cost: $1

 

Second Saturdays Nature Program

When: Second Saturday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven Wetland Sanctuary, 11809 Old Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

Kidz Kayak Racing

When: Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

Arts for All

When: Saturdays, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha South Public Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12, registration required)

 

Sunday Funday

When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: FREE to members; non-members pay daily entry fee of $5 per youth, $7 per adults (for ages 8-12)

 

Family Fun & Fitness

When: Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

Where: SkateDaze, 3616 S. 132nd St.

Cost: $8 (skate rental is additional $4)

 

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March 14, 2018

What’s At The Omaha Market

The Fairmont Mercantile (AKA Hollywood Candy to most of us, thought it’s really connected to the candy shop) is full of many, many odds and ends. In March 2018, the owners opened another space within the mercantile for another assortment of goods: The Omaha Market.

The Omaha Market is tucked away in the Fairmont Mercantile, which features collectibles, antiques and other odds and ends.

The Omaha Market is a collection of handmade items, almost all exclusively made by local artisans. There are some beautiful things, practical things, and more than a few giftable things. Everything is for sale in The Omaha Market.

This is likely going to be my go-spot for gifts now.

I attended a sneak preview, and had the chance to meet a few of the creatives with products sold at The Omaha Market:

Big Dob’s Beard Balm – Alan started making his own beard balm and got so many requests for it, he now makes small batches as Big Dob’s to sell to other bearded fellows. He had me smell one, and I can vouch for the stuff smelling pretty good.

Alan probably knows a thing or two about the right way to care for a beard. He sells Big Dobs Beard Balm at The Omaha Market.

The Gourmet Granola – Nicole is the woman behind The Gourmet Granola, handcrafted granola made here in Omaha. Be on the lookout for the granola with BACON in it.

Nicole had me at granola with bacon. She sells The Gourmet Granola at The Omaha Market.

Deepfried Woodworks – Jason is a chef at one of my favorite Omaha restaurants, La Casa, but let’s not talk about that. He carves spoons and other items out of wood, and their quite pretty. Check out his work on Instagram.

Jason carves all the spoons he sells by hand. Find his stuff labeled as Deepfried Woodworks at The Omaha Market.

Wander Rock Photography – I didn’t technically meet Chelsea at the preview, but she was there, and is a Twitter friend, so it counts. Chelsea takes awesome photos and sells them.

Other artisans at The Omaha Market

Benson Soap Mill (soaps)

Wick & Oil (candles)

Artemis Teas (teas)

The Green House (home and garden)

The Anastasia Co. (stationary)

Reboot Roasting (coffee)

The Barnwood Store (wooden products)

Omaha Screen Co. (Tshirts)

Biologic Pottery Studio (pottery)

Sweet Harvest Popcorn (popcorn)

War and Pieces (signs – many are really funny)

Creative Clay Cafe (pottery/jewelry)

Amazen Popcorn (popcorn)

Chalking With Love (signs)

Love Yo Pup (dog treats)

It looks like there’s a possibility to add more soon, so this list is probably going to change. Check Artisan List here to see if anyone knew has been added.

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March 9, 2018

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE In Omaha {Giveaway}

The No. 1 PBS Kids TV series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” has been made into a popular musical, and the tour has two shows in Omaha. “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” will be at the Orpheum Theater on Saturday, March 31, at 2 and 6 p.m.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Mills Entertainment, producer of the show “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” and tickets for the giveaway are provided by Mills Entertainment. 

I don’t know about you guys, but my kids watched a whole lot of Daniel Tiger when they were preschoolers. If you’ve never seen it, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” builds off of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” and uses the same musical strategies to teach socio-emotional lessons to kids ages 2 to 4.

What’s new with Daniel Tiger this year

This isn’t the first time “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE” has been to Omaha (it’s been touring for three years), so this year, it’s an all-new production. Same beloved characters and trolley, new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!,” Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. And it wouldn’t be Daniel Tiger if there weren’t great lessons for kids, so through music and magical moments, kids learn the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend.

If you’re taking the kids, make a date of it! Here are my favorite places for post-theater treats in Omaha.

If you go

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!”

When: March 31, 2 and 6 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $30.25 (plus applicable service fees) and are available online at ticketomaha.com, 402-345- 0606, or at the box office at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St. (get the tickets at the box office to avoid paying some of those fees)

Giveaway

I’m so excited about this giveaway! One lucky winner will receive FOUR tickets to the 6 p.m. performance of “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King For A Day!” at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha on March 31. Giveaway ends March 25, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Must be 18 or older to enter. Tickets have no cash value and cannot be exchanged for a different show or showtime.

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March 4, 2018

Review Of The Outstanding ‘Seedfolks’

There’s an incredible play at The Rose right now. “Seedfolks” is a little different than what you’re used to at the theater, but it’s exactly why I think you need to see it before it ends this weekend. It’s about the transformation of a immigrant community in Cleveland, all thanks to a community garden that began with one young girl planting seeds.

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets so I could write this review.

Sonja Parks portrays 20 characters in the play “Seedfolks,” on stage at The Rose through March 11, 2018.The show was originally developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis. Photo by Alex Myhre

What to expect

“Seedfolks” is a one-woman show featuring Sonja Parks playing 20 different characters. She does this seamlessly through voice and posture, and with the help of light and music changes sometimes. I loved it. It was a challenge for my younger daughter, who’s 6, to keep track of everything, though.

Parks explained in a press release: “With ‘Seedfolks,’ the biggest challenge is the sheer number of characters that I need to play, coupled by the fact that some of them not only talk to each other, but interact with each other…And every single one of those characters [is] me! Several characters are from different countries and speak different languages. It was necessary for me to research the culture of each country to understand and honor their traditions, to work with a dialect coach every day getting each accent correct and, in some cases, to learn my lines in another language.” 

Seedfolks promo photo

“Seedfolks” stars Sonja Parks, who worked with a dialect coach to get the accent of each of her characters correct and learn some of her lines that were in another language. Photo by Alex Myhre

The set is minimal, though there are video projections to help set the scene.

This show is recommended for ages 8 and older. There are some themes that you don’t typically encounter with children’s theater, or at least, for the shows I’ve been to with my kids since only one has recently turned 8. There are mentions of marijuana, gang shootings, and racial tension. The characters in this community are realistic and dealing with very real problems.

Pre-show music is pretty awesome and you might feel like dancing.

Post-show, plan on sticking around for the Q&A with Parks.

Timing a potty break

This show is one hour without intermission. Go ahead of time.

Is it kid-friendly?

It’s children’s theater, and only an hour long, but not for the itty bitty. I’d stick to the 8 and older recommendation. My 6-year-old said she liked it, but I could tell it was hard to follow and not as exciting as some of the shows she’s seen at The Rose. She got antsy toward the end.

My 8-year-old seemed pretty into the show the entire time.

As mentioned before, some of the characters in this realistic play talk about troubling things.

Make it a complete date and check out my favorite places for post-theater treats in Omaha. Ice cream, anyone?

Will an adult like this?

Yes. This is children’s theater at its best. It was thought-provoking. It had funny moments. It was fantastically performed by one actress.

What was it about again?

“Seedfolks” is based on a book by Newbery Medal-winning Paul Fleischman about an immigrant neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, that is transformed by a community garden. Aided by video projection and a lively mix of recorded music, a dozen distinct and diverse characters are brought to life by Ivey Award-winning actor Parks, named a featured artist by TIME Magazine and one of “Seven Artists You Must See” by American Theatre magazine.

“Seedfolks” begins as 9-year-old Kim plants the first seeds in the vacant lot next to her apartment building. They are six lima bean seeds, planted in honor of the father she never knew. Soon, each member of Kim’s neighborhood finds a reason to plant their own seeds, resurrecting a derelict lot and uniting a fractured neighborhood.

The show was originally developed by the Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis under the direction of show director Peter C. Brosius, and The Rose is has brought that CTC production to its mainstage. In May 2017, CTC’s production of “Seedfolks” was selected from over 800 works worldwide to represent the United States at the prestigious ASSITEJ International (International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People) World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

 

If you go

“Seedfolks”

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Through March 11, 2018; performances on Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m

Cost: Tickets are $20. Discount ticket vouchers are available for $16 at area Hy-Vee stores. Members of The Rose receive four free tickets to the production. Purchase tickets here.

 

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