March 24, 2016

Easter Weekend Activities In Omaha

It’s Easter Weekend, which means there are just a couple of egg hunts outside of the one your parents planned for your kids (find them all here) and everything’s closed on Sunday so we can enjoy the day with our families. With that in mind, here are things to do this weekend in Omaha, sans Sunday events:


Inflatable Fridays


When: Friday, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Why: You want to tire the kiddos out and pool time with lots of pool toys and games ought to do the trick. Have you seen their pool?!

Who’d like this: Active families; water babies; children of all ages


“Honk! The Musical”


When: Friday through April 10; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 5 p.m. (except Easter Sunday, March 27)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Why: You’re looking for a feel-good show the whole family can enjoy. This musical reimagines The Ugly Duckling and promises plenty of heart-warming goodness.

Who’d like it: Kids ages 5+; theater geeks;

Tip: You can get discount tickets at all Hy-Vee Food Store locations for $14 each. You’ll need to reserve the date you want by calling the theater.


Easter Extravaganza

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When: Saturday (crafts, 9 to 11 a.m.; Easter egg hunts through 12 years of age at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Why: You like your Easter egg hunts surrounded by exquisite natural beauty.

Who’d like it: Parents who like to hopefully avoid the crowds free egg hunts draw; nature lovers; kids of all ages

Tip: Easter activities cost an additional $3 for kids, so you’ll still need to pay admission for everyone (admission for kids 6 and younger is still free).


Your turn: What are your plans this weekend?

March 10, 2016

Start Of Easter & St. Patrick’s Day Events In Omaha

I’ve handpicked three fun things your family might want to do this weekend, but I totally understand if you opt to just stand outside and enjoy the warmer weather (if it doesn’t rain). There are a TON of events this weekend (including FREE Easter egg hunts) and since I couldn’t include them all, head over to my post Big Fun List Of Family Events In March.

Family Movie Night – “Rise of the Guardians”


When: Friday, 5:30 p.m. activities, 6 p.m. movie

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

Why: You’re looking for something FREE to do.

Who’d like this: Families on a budget; imaginative kids


2016 AOH Omaha St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Where: Downtown Omaha, passing through 15th & Howard Streets, go EAST on Harney to 11th Street, SOUTH to Howard Street, and WEST to 14th Street.

Why: This is THE St. Patrick’s Day parade, and it’s some of the best people watching. Plus, kids dig the free candy, amiright?

Who’d like this: Irish descendants and those who wish they were; kids of all ages; families on a budget


Family Workshop – Egg Dyeing With Whole Foods

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When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Why: You want to learn how to dye eggs with natural ingredients

Who’d like this: Organic shoppers; crunchy granola moms

Tip: This does not include admission to the gardens, and you need to pay your registration in advance. Also, “Floral Fusion: The Glass Art of Craig Mitchell Smith” is on display right now, and I’m told the absolute best time to see them is during the night illumination – doesn’t help if you go in the morning for this egg thing, but it’s something to keep in mind.

April 2, 2015

Fun Things To Do In Omaha April 3-5

Happy early Easter to you all! I left Sunday events off the calendar since I figured you might just be busy with your own family activities.


Mad Scientist Night

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When: Friday, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Why: Friday nights are my favorite time to visit the children’s museum, so if you haven’t gone yet, plan to do so. There are themed activities, plus just general run amok opportunities for kids. All activities are included with admission (save for that carousel that you know your kid wants to ride).

Who’d like this: Kids of all ages; kids who love science; parents who like their kids to be good and tired by bedtime

Tip: Visit the museum the next day for Nano Science Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Spring Celebration

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

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

Why: You got your baby animals, you got your hayrack ride, and you got your Easter egg hunt and brunch (you’ll want to RSVP for those two things, 402-597-4920). It all sounds very wholesome and spring-y to me.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy and/or farm types; animal lovers;


Easter Extravaganza

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When: Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Why: You want to take the kids to a fun Easter event but you want to avoid the crowds that the free events attract.

Who’d like this: Kids of all ages (but really, kids old enough to participate in a egg hunt); outdoorsy types

Tip: There is an additional charge to of $3 per child to participate in the egg hunt and children’s crafts, on top of admission


This is the last weekend to catch “The Reluctant Dragon” at The Rose, as well! If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen the great big list of Easter events. Go check that it for Eastery- ideas. For other fun things to do in Omaha, visit Out With Sprout.

Did you miss Tuesday’s post with the big ol’ calendar of things to look forward to this month? There’s lots going on in Omaha, so you just might want to start planning now.


March 27, 2015

Easter Baskets With An Omaha Twist

The Easter Bunny leaves my kids baskets instead of hidden eggs filled with candy.

I’ve made this arrangement with him because when my kids get too much candy, they do a preschool version Jekyll and Hyde that’s far scarier than you can imagine. Anyway, they get to hunt for eggs twice that day with their cousins, so they’re not missing out.

My Easter baskets, I mean, the Easter Bunny’s baskets tend to be a hodge podge of clearance items from last Easter, things that didn’t fit into Christmas stockings, a book, and a few impulse buys.

I love putting books into the kids’ baskets. This year, Mooch is getting a personalized book from, “My Little Book of Blessings.” Since she’s learning to spell her name, I think it’s going to be a hit to see it in a book. The book I ordered for her is well made and durable.


They have a ton of books for different ages that can be personalized. I picked out “My Snuggle Bunny” for my baby niece, since it was too young for my kids. You can order it as a package with a matching bunny – the softest thing ever.


If you want to get your personalized books or other items in time for Easter, order today, March 27! Use the discount code spring to get FREE shipping.

Farley is getting “Bunny’s First Spring” a just-out book by Sally Lloyd-Jones. It’s recommended for kids ages 4 to 8, and it’s basically a cute story of a young bunny trying to understand why his world keeps changing with the seasons.

Bunny's first spring

I like the message of renewal/rebirth at the end, a paraphrased quote by Martin Luther: “God has written the promise of new life not just in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.”

The rest is filler. Junk that my kids will enjoy, and then leave on the floor for me to step on.

Someday, I’ll get my act together and the Easter baskets will be well thought out.

I like to imagine they’d look like these:


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Zoo themed

Zoo basket

1. zoo animal stickers

2. stuffed monkey

3. animal figurines

4. kids’ binoculars

5. Passes to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium 

Train themed

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1. wooden train cars

2. Bump N Go Toy Bubble Train

3. Engineer hat, bandana and whistle set

4. Passes to the Durham Museum 

Flower themed

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1. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Tote Set

2. Stephen Joseph Quilted Flower Purse with Flower Wallet for Girls

3.Carter’s toddler sunglasses

4. Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Bella Butterfly Tea Set

5. Passes to Lauritzen Gardens


Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Purchasing any items from the links means no extra costs for you – it just helps bloggers like me keep doing what we love: Writing! We get a teeny amount of if you make a purchase. I was provided personalized review copies of “My Little Book of Blessings,” “My Snuggle Bunny” and “Bunny’s First Spring.”

March 26, 2015

Fun Things To Do In Omaha March 27-29

It’s the first weekend of Easter mania, where everywhere you turn, you see a sign for a free egg hunt or Easter-y activity. Even at my grocery store, it’s happening.



Sorry, folks, I’m sticking to three fun things to do in Omaha. This is not a comprehensive list of all-things Easter Bunny. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ve seen the great big list of events.

I’ll humor you and throw one into the mix, just because I like Hummel.


Hummel Hunt

When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 3303 Hummel Road

Why: Combine a hike in the great outdoors with your pre-Easter festivities. The FREE event includes a hunt for eggs, crafts and egg dyeing.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy folks; active families; families on a budget


Hollywood Boot Camp

Durham boot campWhen: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Why: Your kid is destined to be a star (or thinks he or she is). This event – included with museum admission – is all things Hollywood: Star in your own movie, walk the red carpet, and getting your own star on the The Durham Walk of Fame.

Who’d like this: Kids fascinated by film and stage; families looking for something a little bit different to do; the glamorous set


Sunday Fundays


When: Sunday, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Kroc Center pool, 2825 Y St.

Why: It’s an indoor way to be active with your kids. There will be water games and prizes, all included with the cost of admission.

Who’d like this: Kids who can swim confidently; active families


Don’t forget, “The Reluctant Dragon” is in full swing at The Rose. Read my review to see if your kids would get a kick out of water-painting dragon. And DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge has FREE admission this weekend and several events planned. Get the details here.


Want to see what else is going on in Omaha? Visit Out With Sprout for more ideas.