October 16, 2017

Forever Forest At Omaha Children’s Museum

Omaha Children’s Museum had a sneak peek of its winter special exhibit, “Forever Forest,” last week. And it. Was. Awesome. It’s open now, so you can see it for yourself. There’s a giveaway at the end of this post to make your next visit FREE!

Ok, full disclosure, in addition to being a blogger here, I work at Omaha Children’s Museum. So, No. 1, last week wasn’t the first sneak peek of the exhibit for me. No. 2, I’m an employee there, so you know I’m biased.

But, it’s still awesome.

What to expect

From transportation to home construction, “Forever Forest” covers many areas where trees play a role in our lives.

“Forever Forest” is simply teaching families how we live, work and play thanks to trees. To do so, there is a part of the exhibit that reflects the forest, forest life, and recreation in the forest; then there’s the transportation of lumber and processing it into the everyday products we use. And finally, the real-life applications of what we use wood for.

Pretend fishing at Omaha Children’s Museum. The fish and poles have magnets on the ends.

There’s a lot packed into this space, and I envision a lot of time spent here on cold winter days.

What’s next for “Forever Forest”

Omaha Children’s Museum is taking “Forever Forest” on the road for its first-ever national touring exhibition. After Omaha, 2,000 square feet of the exhibit will begin a tour to other children’s museums, science centers and other cultural institutions for several years (likely, 10).

The termite colonies inside the “Forever Forest” exhibit at Omaha Children’s Museum. Kids can use a magnifying glass or camera to see the termites up close.

If you’re good at math and measuring, and have seen the museum’s upstairs exhibit space, you know that there is way more than 2,000 square feet up there. We’re lucky in Omaha, and have a lot more space than the typical museum has for a traveling exhibit. So, here in Omaha, you’ll see a lot more than what hits the road.

Some of the things unique to the Omaha exhibit:

– Climbable tree trunks donated by Fontenelle Forest (one has a verse etched into it by local artist, Watie White)

– Toddler space with a little playhouse

– Camp Cottonwood, where the museum’s education department will hold four different programs

– Termite display (way more fun for my kids than I expected)

– Kayaks and camping area with a pretend pond perfect for fishing.

And quite a bit more!

 

Forever Forest Giveaway

Want to see it yourself? Omaha Children’s Museum is providing a family four pack of passes for one reader to visit! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway ends Sunday, Oct. 29, at 11:59 p.m. CST. Must be 18 or older to enter. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Want to see another new exhibit in Omaha? I’m giving away four passes to The Durham Museum, which just opened “Zoom Into Nano.” Enter the giveaway here (it ends Oct. 22, 2017, so don’t wait).

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October 10, 2017

Vala’s Scavenger Hunt

A day at Vala’s Pumpkin Patch in Gretna, Neb., is not enough to see and do all the free activities. I’ve tried. There’s plenty to do just walking around and stumbling on fun activities. But, if you’re a regular at Vala’s or a season pass holder, here’s the Vala’s Scavenger Hunt to spice up your next visit.

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area and it’s only open about 45 days a year!

This scavenger hunt is great for groups. I know this since I did a version of it during a work outing recently. I’ve altered it some, but the fun tasks and hard-to-find items are all the brainchild of two Omaha Children’s Museum colleagues, Amy and Grace. It’s great when you work with such creative people!

Vala’s Scavenger Hunt

This scavenger hunt is specific to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch and the unique things found there, so it won’t work at other pumpkin patches. That said, if you think you know Vala’s, this hunt is going to prove you wrong!

Sure, the Henway Piano is easy to find, but good luck finding everything else on the Vala’s Scavenger Hunt,

Here are a few suggestions for the Vala’s Scavenger Hunt. You don’t have to use these rules, but they helped with our hunt:

– Teams must stick together to complete the scavenger hunt. Splitting up is not allowed.

– Set a time limit. Our time limit was strict, and any team that arrived late was docked 25 points for each minute past the end time. This kept things pretty fair.

– Make sure at least one member on each team has a phone with a lot of storage space for the photos and videos.

 

Download the Vala’s Scavenger Hunt

Download the scavenger hunt here! This is free to use for personal use. Please do not reshare this on any other site without my permission.

 

If you go

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Where: 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, Neb.

When: Opened seasonally starting mid-September through Oct. 31, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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October 9, 2017

Zoom Into Nano Now In Omaha

The Durham Museum just opened the newest kid-friendly exhibit in Omaha, “Zoom Into Nano,” and I took my two kids, ages 6 and 7, to see it. Could something like nano be explained to children, I wondered. Could it be explained to me?

Yes.

Sorta.

Let me explain.

By the way, if you haven’t been to this museum before, here’s my guide for visiting the Durham Museum with kids. I was not compensated to write this post; I was, however, provided complimentary passes for myself and to use for the giveaway.

What to expect at Zoom Into Nano

If you’re wondering what nanotechnology is, you’re not alone. It’s technology that deals with “dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometers, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.” (dictionary definition)

A model carbon nanotube inside “Zoom Into Nano,” now in Omaha through Jan. 7, 2018.

Or more simply, it’s technology dealing with things on the smallest of small scales. Nano stuff.

This exhibit demonstrates nano in surprisingly simple ways.

Like magnification. There are a few stations that simply help kids (and adults) see everyday things like a butterfly wing or a speck of dust in super, crazy magnification. My kids returned to these “zooming” stations throughout our visit.

Everything in the exhibit is hands-on, which is a kid’s dream. Even my youngest enjoyed practicing with an atom transporter.

I’m sure moving atoms is a lot more difficult than moving these “atoms.”

The three us worked together to dissolve salt crystals (virtually) by generating heat through arm movement.

Is this really a kid-friendly exhibit?

This definitely has the look and feel of an exhibit that’s intended to be enjoyed by families.

Kids can design a model nano town, making sure things are balanced or their surface will tip in one direction.

Really young kids, like toddlers, probably won’t get a whole lot out of the exhibit, though. Maybe, they’ll enjoy some of the molecule building stations or the nano town balance table.

Older kids? Yes, this exhibit is going to be great for them, especially preteens and teens learning about this stuff already.

Magnets are always a hit in an exhibit, and this table was particularly effective at explaining how the smaller the material, the easier it was to move.

My two kids are early grader schoolers and were able to engage with all of the exhibit pieces. One could read and the other could not, so the reader definitely had a fuller experiences.

The room not to miss

There’s a small room at the back of the exhibit that is easy to skip, but probably does the best job at explaining what nanotechonology matters to us. Because, even after playing with all the different exhibit pieces, I was kinda wondering still what nanotechonology was and why it’s so significant (my son would tell me just to read the signs better, but he’s a know-it-all).

Anyway, in this little room, there are a few displays that break it down to layman’s terms, the breakthroughs that nanotechnology has already (waterproof clothes, for instance), and why some people are optimistic and some people are cautious about what the future holds.

 

If you go

“Zoom Into Nano”

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

When: Now through Jan. 7, 2018

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

 

Giveaway

Want to go for FREE?

I’ve partnered The Durham Museum to give away one family pass to one lucky reader. This pass will get up to four people into the museum! To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form. Must be at least 18 to enter. The giveaway ends Sunday, Oct. 22, at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be randomly drawn within 48 hours and will have 48 hours to claim the prize before another name is drawn. Good luck!

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October 6, 2017

Disney On Ice Presents Dream Big In Omaha

 

It’s a sure bet that anything involving Disney Princesses is going to be a hit with my daughter. Add ice skating and her month has been made. So, it was a no-brainer to get excited about “Disney on Ice presents Dream Big” coming to Omaha. The show is at the CenturyLink Center Omaha in Oct. 12-15!

“Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” is in Omaha Oct. 12-15, 2017. Photos courtesy Feld Entertainment

I included the show on the 10 Shows To See In Omaha This Fall, and now I’m pretty excited to say I’ve partnered with MECA to tell you more about the show. I am not being compensated to write this post, but I did receive complimentary tickets to attend.

What to Expect at Disney On Ice

“Disney on Ice presents Dream Big” is a two-act adventure with Tinker Bell as the guide. There will be eight Disney Princesses – Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White – with scenes, plus favorite characters from Disney’s “Frozen” bringing the movie to life.

“Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” will feature scenes from Disney’s “Frozen” brought to life. Photos courtesy Feld Entertainment

It will have favorite songs, professional ice skaters bringing memorable scenes to life, beautiful costumes, imaginative sets, and a whole lot of special effects. It is Disney, after all.

Fun Facts About Disney On Ice presents Dream Big

The carriage used in the Cinderella scene has 2,005 lights. Eight Disney Princesses have scenes in “Disney On Ice presents Dream Big,” and characters from “Frozen” featured as well. Photo courtesy Feld Entertainment

1. There are 750 costume pieces in the show!

2. There is a waterfall in the show and it uses 125 gallons of water.

3. Cinderella’s carriage is in the show and it has 2,005 lights on it.

4. Elsa’s snowflake chandelier is 3 feet tall and 26 feet wide.

5. The dragon in Sleeping Beauty’s segment is 11 ½ feet tall and 30 feet long.

 

If You Go

“Disney on Ice presents Dream Big”

“Disney On Ice presents Dream Big” is in Omaha Oct. 12-15, 2017. Photos courtesy Feld Entertainment

When: Oct. 12-15; performances are at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 and 13; at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m. on Oct. 14; and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Oct. 15

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

Cost: $15-$82 (plus tax), available through Ticket Master

 

Here’s a clip of the show!

 

Want to know about more events this month? Don’t miss the post 40+ Fun Things To Do With Kids This October.

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October 2, 2017

Putt Putt In Omaha

There’s seems to be a resurgence of putt putt in Omaha and in the neighboring cities. Just over the river in Council Bluffs, the new Pirate Putt opened and all of my CB friend are talking about it.

So I checked it out with one of them last week. It’s exactly the kind of place my kids would love, because, well, pirates.

Pirate Putt opened in the fall of 2017 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Pirate Putt had two 18-hole courses, one definitely more difficult than the other. I went the easy route and still had a horrible score (but beat my friend, so, #winning).

Wondering what other places in the Omaha metro have putt putt? Here you go!

Psst: If putt putt isn’t for you, how about hiking near Omaha or an indoor waterpark?

Omaha’s Putt Putt Courses

Indoor

Family Fun Center XL

10765 M St.

Note: This place often has a Groupon, so check Groupon.com before going!

 

Pirate Putt

1718 Madison Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa (yeah, I know, not “Omaha,” but close enough)

 

Prehistoric Putt

11134 Q St.

 

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

12102 S. 180th St.

Note: Open seasonally, even though it’s indoors

 

Outdoor

These places are going to be open seasonally. Because, who wants to putt in the snow, right? Call ahead to see if they’re open.

Boulder Creek Amusement Park

14208 S St.

 

Fun Plex

7003 Q St.

 

Papio Fun Park

210 E Lincoln St., Papillion, Neb.

 

Papio Greens Golf Center

11050 S. 66th St., Papillion, Neb.

 

Putting Plus

9216 Maple St.

 

Your Turn: Do your kids have a favorite putt putt place? Where is it?

 

 

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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

 

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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