April 17, 2017

Strider Bikes Lincoln Race On June 10

I had a bike coach tell me his kids learned to bike using a balance bike. So I followed his lead and got one for my son.

Here’s how the balance bike works: Little ones learn to balance on a two-wheel balance bike and are able to progress easier to two-wheels with pedals, skipping the whole training wheel headache. That’s how it worked with Farley. We’re working on getting kid No. 2 to master the bike now.

Not a single bike ride with training wheels for these two.

Strider Bikes is a giant in the balance bike industry, selling more than 1.5 million bikes. They’re known for durability and high performance. They reached out to me to tell you about an upcoming balance bike race. I was all for this campaign because I love encouraging bike in Nebraska, and I’ve seen first-hand that balance bikes work…and now know not to settle for anything less than a Strider!

2017 STRIDER Cup Series

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The Strider Cup Series race is in Lincoln, Neb., on June 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Strider Bikes

Do you have a kid who’s 5 years old or younger and a total champ on his or her Strider bike? Sign him or her up for the STRIDER Cup Series race in Lincoln, Neb., on June 10. Sounds totally cute and fun. There will even be an Adventure Zone riding area separate from the race where little ones can test out demo bikes (with helmets). It’s a place for children to try out a Strider Bike if they have one and play “in the zone.”

If you go

When: June 10, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (race start times vary for age groups and a special needs wave)

Where: Tower Square in downtown Lincoln, 1300 P St., Lincoln, Neb.

Cost: $25 (plus service fee), and includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and goodies

Register here (registration closes June 9)

** Be sure to check the race website for packet pick-up details and times

Now here’s Strider Bikes race nitty gritty: Genuine Strider Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race. You can find them at quality bike stores and online.

But I have great news for you…you can enter to win a Strider bike right here on the blog!

Strider Bikes Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to win a Strider Sport, just in time for the race! These bikes are easy to adjust so they’re good for both an itty bitty 18-month-old or sturdy 5-year-old. They’re a step up from the basic model, with a padded seat, foot rests, and mini-grips designed for tiny hands to have better control.

It’s really simple to enter. Enter through the Rafflecopter entry form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You must enter by 11:59 p.m. April 30. One winner will be randomly chosen within 48 hours – be on the lookout for an email! The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another entry is drawn. Must be 18 or older to enter and a resident of the United States. Prize is valued at $119.99.

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this sponsored post by Strider Bikes. Opinions expressed are my own 

October 8, 2015

Fun Things To Do In Omaha Oct. 9-11

I could easily make this weekend’s picks all about Halloween and harvests and pumpkins and pumpkin spice lattes. I kinda did that already, though. Have you seen like the 1000+ things to do this month list?


Instead, I threw in a non-Halloween-y event in this list to mix things up. Hope you find one thing on this list of fun things to do in Omaha that sounds good to you!

 

“Ivy + Bean: The Musical”

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When: Friday through Oct. 25; Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Why: Your child has read all the “Ivy + Bean” books, and you just want to go to a live show you know everyone will enjoy.

Who’d like this: Kids ages 6+; fans of live theater; Annie Barrows fans; kids who love their BFFs; kids who deal with bossy older siblings

Tip: Tickets are $18 (or four FREE if you’re a member), but you can purchase discount ticket vouchers at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Reservations are required.

Flash Giveaway: Hey, Facebook fans. Head over to Oh My! Omaha’s Facebook page to enter the giveaway for FOUR tickets to see “Ivy + Bean”! Giveaway ends Friday at noon.

 

Harvest Fun Days

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (also on Oct. 17 and 24)

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

Why: All activities are totally FREE, and you just never know when the last day of this nice weather is so you just want to take advantage of the Great Outdoors while you can. We went one year and the kids got a free pumpkin and had fun with all the crafts.

Who’d like this: Active families; families on a budget; kids of all ages (but especially grade school aged and younger)

 

Cobweb Castle: The Not-So-Scary Haunted House

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When: Daily through Oct. 31. This weekend, catch it today through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Why: Your little one desperately wants to go to a haunted house but you know better. This is a good middle ground – very little spook and a whole lot of fun.

Who’d like this: Young children not quite ready for a full-blown haunted house; anyone who loves the Omaha Children’s Museum; fans of Halloween.

Tip: Cobweb Castle is FREE with museum admission, and FREE for members.

Disclaimer: I have been given a complimentary family membership to Omaha Children’s Museum so I can report back to you guys about different events and activities at the museum. I’d go anyway with my kids, so this is a nice arrangement. 

 

Don’t see something you like? Picky you. Have you seen the “25+ Fun Things To Do In October” post? Or head over to Out With Sprout and see what’s on their calendars. Have a fun weekend!

April 29, 2015

Exciting News From The Neighborhood Offshore + Giveaways

Guess who’s back with another outdoor adventure for you? The Neighborhood. Offshore Outfitter! Remember when I first told you about this great Omaha small business?

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Omaha’s own outfitter has started a Mommy and Me class series.

NBHD’s Moms Loves Groms program helps moms and their kids connect through outdoor playtime and ends with age-specific sessions of either stand-up paddleboarding or Mommy and Me yoga.

 

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The idea is to give you and your little one (or not-so-litte one) a dose of Vitamin N{ature}. Led by Kwin, the outfitter’s director of youth programs and mindfulness, the classes are curriculum-based but casual and fun.

“Our main goal is to encourage adults and children to get outside,” said Kristen, the owner of NBHD, told me.

Head over to NBHD’s website to read about the first set of Moms Love Gromsclasses that begin May 18.

Grom (n.): A young participant in extreme sports. Originally, a grom or grommet was a surfer under the age of 16.

Each class is 90 minutes and includes movement activities and relaxation, and ends with either yoga or stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), depending on the age group. Classes are $30 each or sign up for the entire five-class session for $125. The price is per mom, not per kid, so if you’re like the Old Lady Who Lives in a Shoe, all your kidlets are covered.

Excited yet? Sit tight. I’ve got a giveaway coming up for you at the end of this post!

How Do You Get Your Vitamin N?

The Neighborhood. Offshore offers many ways for you to get active and outside – in other words, ways to get your Vitamin N{ature}. Their mountain bike rentals (Trek X-Caliber bikes) are still going strong, as are the SUP Yoga classes held in partnership with Sweat, Cycle & Soul.

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As the only BOGA paddleboards dealer in the state, they offer SUP Yoga, SUP lesson and rent the equipment for your own adventure. Can’t do anything without your dog? They have SUP paddleboards to accommodate for you and your furbaby.

The Neighborhood. Offshore is just about to open a shop at Cunningham Lake. Visit there starting May 5. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m., as well as any time you’ve scheduled a class with them.

 

What else is new?

Monthly Memberships – The Neighborhood Offshore sells monthly membership passes that get you free rentals on Tuesdays (bikes, SUP boards), as well as a discount to Moms love Groms classes and private SUP lessons. They also offer members-only Friday Fit Festivals twice a month at Lake Cunningham, a FREE event with beach yoga, SUP, a guided trail run – whatever strikes your fancy. The next Friday Fit Festivals are May 8 and May 29. They sound super fun, but from the looks of the advanced skills activities offered, it sounds more like “find a babysitter” fun.

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Dog Day Afternoon – Head out to Lake Cunningham on June 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. for a fun, family-friendly event to support the Nebraska Humane Society. Activity stations will engage kids and fur kids! It costs only $7 per family in advance or $10 at the door – and pets are definitely welcome! You know you want to try Pup SUP or Doga.

 

Let’s Do Some Giveaways!

Moms Love Groms Giveaway

May 11, 2015: Congrats to Sarah! You won a class to Moms Loves Groms for you and a friend!

Want to try out Moms Love Groms? We’re giving away admission to one class for you AND a friend. Both of you can bring your kid(s) for an evening of Vitamin N{ature}!

To enter the Moms Love Groms Giveaway

Moms Love Groms giveaway

 

  1. Leave a comment on the blog telling me one thing you and your kid love to do outdoors.
  2. Those who follow Oh My! Omaha and The Neighborhood. Offshore on Facebook earn a bonus entry! You are not required to follow either page on Facebook, but if you already do, let me know (one comment for each page you like) to get yourself one to two additional entries! This giveaway is not endorsed by Facebook.
  3. One winner will be randomly drawn on May 10. I will contact the winner via email within 48 hours, and that winner will have 48 hours to get back to me before I draw another name.

 

To enter our first Ultimate Omaha Summer Adventure Giveaway

Edited May 11, 2015: Congrats, Bobi! You won 2 free standup paddleboard rentals from The Neighborhood.Offshore!

Want to try out stand-up paddleboarding? Enter our Instagram giveaway!

#VitaminN

 

    1. Instagram followers of Oh My! Omaha and The Neighborhood. Offshore can win this one! Find us at @ohmyomaha and @the_neighborhood_offshore.
    2. Show us how you like to get your Vitamin N{ature}. Post a picture showing one way you get your Vitamin N{ature}. You must tag @ohmyomaha and @the_neighborhood_offshore in the post. You must also use #VitaminN in the post. This giveaway is not endorsed by Instagram.
    3. One winner will be randomly drawn on May 10. I will contact the winner within 48 hours of the drawing, and that winner will have 48 hours to get back to me before I draw another name.

Good luck!

 

 

 

March 11, 2014

Kid-Friendly Zumba Classes In Bellevue

A friend of mine over at Liv Laugh Love swears by this Bellevue, Nebraska, class, so I’m helping her promote it.

Logo-unisex-purple-green-on-whiteBellevue Dance Academy offers kid-friendly Zumba classes. Bring your kid, don’t bring your kid! It’s up to you. No daycare fees are necessary. Your child can play with toys in the comfortable waiting area or come in and shake it with you!

Instead of paying high dollar for gym memberships that don’t always included classes, drop into Bellevue Dance Academy and try a Zumba class for only $4!

Love it? Then your first class fee is on BDA when you buy a punch card after your first class.

Pay $32 for a 10 class punch card, but the first one was free. . .so that’s 11 classes for only $32!

There are plenty of chances each week to dance and burn calories!

Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Thursdays from 6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

On March 18, BDA is having a Grand Reopening of Kid-Friendly Zumba! They are celebrating with KMTV “Up Front at 4” who will be showcasing the 9 a.m. class on Tuesday, March 18 and coming back for a live broadcast at 4.

What a great time to try your first Zumba class!

Camera shy? Come check BDA before the Grand Reopening!

RSVP for the March 18 event here! See you there!

Bellevue Dance Academy is located at

11800 S. 25th Street
Just south of HWY 370 on 25th Street

Like BDA on Facebook and Follow on Twitter!

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, though I have received some reciprical support from Liv Laugh Love.

January 9, 2014

Fun Things To Do In Omaha The Weekend Jan. 10-12

After being indoors for so long, it’s time to get out of the house and face the cold. We’ve picked out three things we think look like fun things families can do in Omaha, inside AND outside. Bundle up and get active!

Family Skate Saturdays

Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism. Motto McLean Rink offers family-friendly pricing for ice skating on Saturdays.

Photo courtesy Nebraska Tourism. Motto McLean Rink offers family-friendly pricing for ice skating on Saturdays.

When: Saturday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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

Why: Cost $10 for a family of four – try finding someplace with admission at that price for all of you.

Who’d like this: Active families; families on a budget

Guided Snowshoe Hike

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa (about 20 minutes north-east of Omaha)

Why: This is an active adventure the whole family to enjoy, and do it worry-free as a beginner since you’ll have a guide and a group with you. And it’s only $5 each, and that includes the snowshoes and refreshments! Pre-register by calling (712) 242-1197.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy folk; hearty people not bothered (much) by cold; kids 12 and older

Xtreme Winterfest Bike Ride

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. (come early for hot cocoa and to check out the trails center)

Where: Ride leaves from the Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave. in Council Bluffs, and goes on a leisurely 6-mile (roundtrip) trail ride to the Dodge Riverside Golf Course. Take exit 1B south off I-80.

Why: It’s FREE, it’s fun to be active with your family, and it gives you bragging rights for the rest of winter. Just bundle up.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy folk; hearty people not bothered (much) by cold; novice to experienced cyclists (the trail is flat).

Tip: The turn-around point is the Caddy’s Riverside Grille, which will offer some lunch specials. Not a bad idea to warm up and grab a bite to eat before heading back.