March 22, 2018

Family-Friendly Things To Do In Omaha

NOTE: This page is updated almost daily. 

Spring is here! I’m happy to say more things to do in Omaha are taking place outdoors, including free outdoor movies. There are plenty of family-friendly performances (indoors), as well as FREE events, festivals, exhibits and more to keep your family busy exploring Omaha.

Read on for the best of what to do in Omaha right now, for the planners out there, what to do in Omaha in June:

family friendly things to do in Omaha

 

 

2018 Big 10 Baseball Tournament

When: May 23-27

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

Cost: TBD

 

Trivia Night

When: May 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Kros Strain Brewing Co., 10411 Portal Road, suite 102, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE (kids are welcome in the Kros Strain party room, I checked)

 

Night Market

When: May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31, and Sept. 28, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st Avenue and Farnam Street

Cost: FREE

 

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Starlight Movie “Coco”

When: May 25, 8:45 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St. Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer in Omaha, with a lot of Omaha’s most popular free concerts and movies series beginning. Read 100+ free movies and concerts in Omaha this summer for details.

 

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

 

Night Market

When: May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28; 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

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

 

Kids On The Block Puppet Shows

When: 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

 

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)

 

Elkhorn Days Family Fun Night

When: June 1, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Common Ground Community Center, 1701 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Taste of Omaha

When: June 1-3

Where: Heartland of America Park and Lewis & Clark Landing

Cost: FREE

 

“Disney’s Newsies”

When: June 1-17; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 for members and $27 for non-members (main floor), and $15 for members and $22 for non-members (balcony)

 

“Reality”

When: June 1 through Sept. 26; Tuesday through Friday, noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

Starlight Movie “Disney’s Beauty & The Beast”

When: June 1, 9 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

Summer Kick Off Party

When: June 2, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Comm Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Rock on the River featuring Taxi Driver

When: June 2, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Monday Night at the Movies – “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”

When: June 4, sunset

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Leader Reader Story Time

When: June 6, 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

 

Kids FunFare

When: June 7 through July 26, 10 to 11 a.m.; shows are Omaha Children’s Museum Dinos on the Loose (June 7), The String Beans (June 14), magician Jeff Quinn (June 21), Wildlife Encounters (June 28), Omaha Children’s Museum Amazing Bubble Show (July 5), Lemon Days & Spiderman Meet & Greet (July 12), magician Jeff Quinn (July 19), and Omaha Street Percussion (July 26)

Where: Regency Court Omaha, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

“Francis Gary Powers’ U-2 Display” Opening, Living History & Tours

When: June 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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

 

Rock on the River featuring The Confidentials

When: June 9, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Monday Night at the Movies – “Black Panther”

When: June 11, sunset

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Starlight Movie “Wonder Woman”

When: June 13, 9 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

College World Series Opening Day Celebration 

When: June 16 (Team practices & autographs, 9:10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fan Fest, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Parade of Teams, 8:30 p.m.; and Opening Ceremonies, 8:45 to 10 p.m.; LOCASH concert, 9:30 p.m.)

Where: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: FREE

 

Rock on the River featuring Ecstatic

When: June 16, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

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!

 

Starlight Movie “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle”

When: June 22, 9 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

Monday Night at the Movies – “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

When: June 25, sunset

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Starlight Movie “Despicable Me 3″

When: June 29, 9 p.m.

Where: Sumtur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Tip: Looking for more kid-friendly and FREE movies this summer? Read this post: 100+ free summer movies in Omaha (and summer concerts).

 

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Family-Friendly Things To Do: Exhibits & Shows Ending Soon

These exhibits, events, and performances have already opened and have set dates for ending. It’s still good to call ahead before going, just to be sure the museum or venue isn’t closed for an unusual reason the day you intend to visit.

Family Classics Retro Film Series

When: Through May 23; Sundays at noon and Mondays & Wednesdays at 7 p.m.; “The Wizard of Oz” (May 20, 21 & 23)

Where: Participating Marcus Theaters, including Majestic Omaha and Village Pointe in Omaha, and Twin Creek in Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5

 

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art”

When: Through May 28

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

“Wicked”

When: Through June 3, performances are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 2 p.m. (May 17 only) and 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 and 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $44+

 

“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

 

“Marcela Díaz: Contemporary Textiles”

When: Through Aug. 18

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

Cost: $5, general admission; $4, college students; $3.50 students and seniors; FREE for children younger than 5 and active military

 

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

Read 10 Things Families Will Love At Storm Chasers Games In 2018

 

Omaha Farmers Market (Downtown)

When: Through Oct. 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Old Market, 11th and Jackson streets

Cost: FREE

 

Weekly Activities For Families & Kids

These activities are on-going and held on the same day each week. Still, it’s a good idea to call ahead before going, just to be sure.

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

 

Hummel Hike Club

When: First Saturday of the month, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Park Road

Cost: FREE

 

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 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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February 15, 2017

Odd Squad Live! Coloring Contest

I love the Omaha Performing Arts’ Family Series. Doesn’t matter if I’ve never heard of the performer or show, if it’s in that series, I know my kids will love it.

The final show in the 16-17 Family Series is “Odd Squad LIVE!”, which some of you are probably familiar with if your family is a PBS kind of family.

In advance of the March 2 “Odd Squad LIVE!” show at the Orpheum Theater, Omaha Performing Arts is offering a fun way for kids to win tickets: A coloring contest.

How to enter the coloring contest

1. Download this coloring page.

2. How your kiddo color it.

3. Enter the contest by snapping a picture and tagging Omaha Performing Arts on social media (@OPerformingArts on Twitter, @OmahaPerformingArtsOrg on Facebook, and @operformingarts on Instagram) – don’t forget to use #OddSquadColoringContest. Your other option to enter is to scan your child’s masterpiece and email it to socialmedia@omahaperformingarts.org.

4. Winners will be chosen on Feb. 24. Two winners will a 4-pack of tickets to the show!

 

What is Odd Squad LIVE!?

Here’s the synopsis: Attention Odd Squad fans! Things are about to get very odd in Omaha, and Ms. O needs YOU to help solve the case. Odd Squad LIVE! is springing into action on stage in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud adventure where kids get to participate in solving a seriously strange case. When agents Orion and Oleanna get turned into grown-ups by villains, it’s up to the kids in the audience to use their math skills and help the agents decode, decipher and unravel clues.

“Odd Squad LIVE!” is filled with the coolest new gadgets, funniest and quirkiest villains  like “Father Time” and “Lady Terrible,” and catchy hit songs from the Odd Squad-favorite band, Soundcheck. The side-splitting humor and oddly irresistible fun that earned the “Odd Squad” writing team a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in a Children’s Series” will burst onto the stage in this wonderfully weird, hilarious and interactive live show that is not to be missed!

If you go

“Odd Squad LIVE!” is in Omaha March 2, 2017. Photo courtesy Omaha Performing Arts

“Odd Squad LIVE!”

When: March 2, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $15-$50

Get tickets here

 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Since you’ve stuck around all the way to the end of the post, I’ll let you in on the surprise: I’ll be giving away tickets to the show soon. Stay tuned! 🙂 

November 27, 2016

Review: Prancer World Premier

It’s holidays in full-gear in Omaha. There are so many theatrical performances to see (check out the list here) that will put you into a Christmas-y mood. One that’s a kid-pleaser is “Prancer,” now on stage at The Rose. You can WIN tickets at the end of the post, so stick with me.

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Chloe Irwin and puppeteer Shannon Wade in “Prancer,” on stage at The Rose through Dec. 18.

We saw a preview of “Prancer” last week, so here’s the low-down:

What to expect:

– This was a more dramatic production than my kids were used to, though that’s not to say there weren’t a few moments that made them chuckle.

– There are some stellar performances, including the young actress that plays the lead, Jessica (Chloe Irwin – keep an eye on her). The cast also includes two of my favorite Omaha actors – Nils Haaland as Jessica’s dad, and Moira Mangiameli as the grouchy Mrs. McFarland. It’s not always typical to see character arcs in children’s theater, but those three characters all had wonderful stories and changes.

– Cool puppetry. Have you seen “War Horse”? That Broadway show definitely inspired the puppeteers in this performance. The Prancer puppet is a beautiful construction and the three puppeteers who move him do so with great skill.

– The main character, Jessica, grapples with being 11 years old and still believing in Santa and flying reindeer. There are several points in the play where her faith is tested, and if you’re a parent who doesn’t like even the hint of “Is Santa real?” in shows, you might squirm a bit. It’s an endearing show, though, and makes everyone a believer in the end.

– Snow. Expect some snow indoors during the performance. Bubble snow blows my kids’ minds, how about yours?

– Suspense. If you haven’t seen the movie this show is based off of, you’ll be wondering whether or not Prancer will fly when he’s supposed to.

Timing a potty break

There is an intermission, but the first half is pretty long, so I’d recommend getting your kids to go to the bathroom before the show starts.

Is it kid-friendly?

Yes. This show is recommended for ages 7 and older. It’s a long one (2 hours), and the first act has more talking than action. Unless you’re child is used to sitting through a longer show, this one might be difficult to sit through. The second act does get more exciting, and the ending is worth waiting for.

Is it grownup-friendly?

I liked the show for sentimental reasons – I saw the movie growing up and thought it was magical. It’s very much inspired by “Yes, Virginia, there is Santa Claus,” if you love that message, you’ll like this show.

What was it about again?

"Prancer" stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

“Prancer” stars Chloe Irwin as Jessica. The Christmas show runs through Dec. 18 at The Rose in Omaha. Photo by MJB Photography

Young Jessica Riggs’ family has fallen on hard times. Still, she keeps her belief in Santa Claus and the idea that there are miracles in the world. When an injured reindeer appears in Jessica’s backyard, she believes it is Prancer. While she is nursing the creature back to health, the whole community of Three Oaks eventually learns about Prancer, causing big problems for Jessica as she tries to return the reindeer home. Based on the cherished film, “Prancer,” this piece uses a heartwarming story and breathtaking puppetry to bring light into your family’s holiday season.

If you want to go

“Prancer”

When: Through Dec. 18, with performances on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 3, the performance will be interpreted for audience members who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Saturday, Dec. 17 performance will feature audio description for audience members who are blind, but arrangements must be made at least two weeks prior to the show date; call (402) 502-4637.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: Tickets are $27 Main Floor and $22 Balcony. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores through a purchase of a Kid Cuisine product. Members of The Rose receive discounted tickets to the production. For reservations, call (402) 345-4849, go to www.rosetheater.org, or visit the box office.

Win tickets!

One reader can win four tickets to any performance of “Prancer” at The Rose! Winner will receive four vouchers, good for any performance of “Prancer,” but the winner must call the box office and make a reservation for the show. Must be 18 or older to enter. Ticket value is $108.

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September 27, 2016

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical {Giveaway}

“Shrek The Musical” has a special place in my heart: It was the first Broadway musical my son has seen. Though I find it impossible that he remembers any of it, he swears that he does.

So I’m super excited to see that this twisted and fun fairy tale will be staged at The Rose Theater starting this Friday! If you’ve been thinking of going, read on – there’s a chance to win tickets at the end of post!

5 Things To Know About Shrek The Musical

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1. This version of “Shrek The Musical,” which has been adapted specifically for young audiences. This version is 75 minutes long with no intermission, making it a condensed version of the Broadway version. It still has “Let Your Freak Flag Fly,” so don’t worry.

2. The familiar characters from the movie are in the musical, including Dragon, the tiny Lord Farquaad and Gingy. I bet you’re curious how costume designer Sherri Geerdes created the look for Lord Farquaad, aren’t you?

3. It has an important message for children: All of us have a place in this world.

4. Members to The Rose receive four FREE tickets to the performance – and if you’re thinking of buying a membership now, don’t wait. Rose memberships are limited, and are close to selling out. The Rose does not expect memberships to be available for purchase beyond the production of :Shrek The Musical.”

5. This show is recommended for ages 5 and older.

 

If you go

“Shrek The Musical”

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 16; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. There will be additional performances on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. The 2 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, will be interpreted for people who are deaf or hard of hearing; the 5 p.m. show on Saturday, Oct. 8, is designated as sensory-friendly, with special accommodations made for families attending with a child on the autism spectrum.

Cost: $20; discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores. Members receive four FREE tickets. Purchase tickets online here.

Win tickets

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The Rose has teamed up with me to give one reader FOUR tickets to see any 5 p.m. performance of “Shrek The Musical.” It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter form below! Must 18 or older to enter.

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