January 8, 2017

Kroc Center Pool Renovations {Giveaway}

Disclosure: Salvation Army Omaha Kroc Center is an advertiser on Oh My! Omaha and provided the passes for this giveaway. I was not compensated for writing this post and all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

Kroc Center pool in Omaha
Fun in the pool for all ages during Inflatable Fridays at the Kroc Center in Omaha. Photo courtesy Salvation Army Kroc Center

I get serious cabin fever in the winter. One place to visit in winter has been a hit with every member in our family: The Omaha Salvation Army Kroc Center…particularly the pool. When the kids were younger, I appreciated the zero-depth entry and the cute fountains and little kid’s slide. Now they’re a little older and surer in the water, so the little lazy river and big kid’s slide are where it’s at.

The place is a great escape in the winter, but they’re going to make it even better! They will be installing a 2 1/2 story slide that takes sliders outside the building and back in again. It sounds like fun! Since they will be putting the pool under construction to complete it, I’m letting you know to get your fill of the pool NOW before the pool closes (the first week in February).

Kroc Center pool
Inflatable Fridays at the Kroc Center. Photo courtesy Salvation Army Kroc Center

The Kroc Center has a lot of weekly events, and if you time your pool visit well, you can enjoy things like Inflatable Fridays or Sunday Fundays. Check out this post about family fun at the Kroc Center.

If you go

Kroc Center

Where: 2825 Y St.

Cost: Day passes are $7 (adults, 19+), $5 (youth, ages 3-18), FREE (2 and younger)

Family recreation pool hours: Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 8 p.m. (no swimming 5 to 6:40 p.m. on Tuesdays); Fridays, 10: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5:30 p.m.

Website

Giveaway!

One reader gets to go to the pool for FREE! To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter entry form. The giveaway ends this Sunday, Jan. 15 at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be randomly, and contacted via email within 48 hours. The winner will have 48 hours to respond.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Must be 18 or older to win. Prize is valued at $24. Must be used at the Omaha Kroc Center location.

August 22, 2016

4 BaconFest Giveaways

I’m so excited BaconFest is back! I went last year with my family and we sampled everything from bacon lasagna to a dessert with bacon, then we played some games with the kids, and then ate more bacon.

BaconFest isn't just eating bacon, though that's the best part. There are a lot of activities for kids at BaconFest, plus live music. Photo courtesy Kroc Center

BaconFest isn’t just eating bacon, though that’s the best part. There are a lot of activities for kids at BaconFest, plus live music. Photo courtesy Kroc Center

I’m partnering with The Kroc Center to tell you about the Fourth Annual BaconFest Omaha on Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. There’s entertainment, games, pony rides, shopping, face painting, and lots of bacon – in all its tasty forms – included with admission. Due to construction, all activities will be indoors. Having experienced BaconFest2015 in 90+ degree heat, I’m all for the indoors experience!

It’s a fundraiser for the Omaha Kroc Center Scholarship Program, so the money all goes to a great cause.

Bacon lovers love BaconFest. BaconFest is an annual fundraiser at the Kroc Center in Omaha. This year, BaconFest is on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Bacon lovers love BaconFest. BaconFest is an annual fundraiser at the Kroc Center in Omaha. This year, BaconFest is on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by the Salvation Army Kroc Center. All thoughts and opinions about my experience at BaconFest are my own.

Win tickets to BaconFest!

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I’m giving away a family four pack (2 adults, 2 children) every week on Facebook leading up to the event. Time to get a little creative with your bacon:

Week 1: Replace a word in a song title with “bacon.” For example: “Don’t Go Bacon My Heart.” One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins today, Aug. 22! I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23. Congrats to Facebook winner, LuAnn S.!

Week 2: Bacon makes everything better. What’s the oddest combination that worked with bacon? One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Monday, Aug. 29 – Here’s the link. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 30. Congrats to Facebook winner, Danell T.!

Week 3: Replace a word in a movie title with “bacon.” For example: “Star Wars: The Bacon Awakens.” One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Monday, Sept. 5, and I’ll share the link here. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Congrats to Kaila W.!

Week 4: What’s your strategy for BaconFest? Clockwise, counter-clockwise, desserts first or whichever booth has the shortest line? One random winner will be drawn from the comments left on this Facebook post. Contest begins on Sept. 12 here. I’ll tag the winner on the Facebook on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Congrats to Melissa D.!

BONUS GIVEAWAY: One e-newsletter subscriber will be randomly drawn on Wednesday, Sept. 14, to win a family four-pack! It’s FREE to sign up for the weekly e-newsletter. Sign up here.

Family Pass is valued at $50 $30. This giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook. Winners must respond to my message on Facebook in 24 hours or I’ll draw another winner. Winners will be drawn by random.org. Good luck and enjoy the bacon!

Bacon is the star ingredient in BaconFest dishes. Sample and vote for your favorite recipe at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Kroc Center.

Bacon is the star ingredient in BaconFest dishes. Sample and vote for your favorite recipe at the event, which is a fundraiser for the Kroc Center.

If you go

BaconFest Omaha

When: Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m., 2016

Where: Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: $25, adult, general admission; There’s a construction sale going on so adult tickets are only $15 and military tickets are $10; $5, kids (ages 5-12); FREE for kids 4 and younger

SPECIAL DEAL! $50 $30 Family Value Pack includes two adult and two youth tickets.

All proceeds benefit the Kroc Center Scholarship Program!

For more information about BaconFest or to become a sponsor, volunteer, have a vendor booth or compete in the Bacon Cookoff, visit the website at OmahaKroc.org/BaconFest.

 

 

August 13, 2015

Fun Things To Do In Omaha Aug. 14-16

You survived the first week of school! Yay! (or you’re like my kids and still have a few more days of summer to go)

Anyway. Let’s celebrate and go do something fun. Here are three fun things to do in Omaha – or nearby – this weekend:

 

Family Fun Saturday

When: Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Why: It’s the farm’s summer send-off plus teacher appreciation night. Evening includes a hayrack ride and marshmallow roasting.

Who’d like this: Teachers and their families; outdoorsy types; younger kids

 

Night Sky Event

When: Saturday, 8:30 to 11 p.m.

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

Why: You’re hoping to get a glimpse of the Perseids’ Meteor Shower using a telescope way out of your price range.

Who’d like this: Night owls; older kids; outdoorsy types; astronomy geeks and beginners

Tip: Cost is $2 per person, plus you’ll want to bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and binoculars.

 

Vintage Wheels at the Fort

Photo courtesy Douglas County Historical Society

Photo courtesy Douglas County Historical Society

When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: General Crook House Museum, 5730 N. 30th St.

Why: It’s your kid’s chance (OK, it’s YOUR chance) to ride in a vintage car. Plus you’re a big vintage car geek anyway, so do I really need to tell you it’s the 1915 Ford Model T’s 100th birthday? (And it’s the only FREE event on this list)

Who’d like it: Car enthusiasts; kids who like things that go; history buffs

 

Head over to Out With Sprout to get some more ideas on what’s going on in Omaha this weekend!

 

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May 28, 2015

Fun Things To Do In Omaha May 29-31

It’s getting harder to pick just three things to tell you about. Below you’ll find three fun things to do in Omaha this weekend, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Don’t forget Loessfest is going on (see my post about Disney Day tomorrow with a free concert by The Imagination Movers and a screening of “Big Hero 6”), not to mention the start of town festivals. See the growing list in the post “30+ Fun Things To Do In Omaha In June.”

 

18th Annual Taste of Omaha

taste of omaha logoWhen: Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Along Omaha’s riverfront, 800 Douglas St.

Why: You get to eat food from Omaha’s best restaurants, or just skip those and get the funnel cake because you know that’s what you really want.

Who’d like this: People who eat; toddlers on up (a carnival ride or two is inevitable);

Tip: The festival is FREE, the food and rides are not.

 

O Comic Con

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When: Friday, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way

Why: It’s a family-friendly event that you can geek out to.

Who’d like this: Pop culture junkies; Sci-fi fans; comic geeks; super hero-loving kids

Tip: Kids 12 and under will be admitted free at the door with a paying adult.

 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme

Circus XTREME Hero_UpdatedWhen: Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a..m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Center Omaha arena

Why: It’s a huge spectacle of exotic animals, death-defying stunts and silly clowns.

Who’d like this: Everybody loves the circus (unless you’re scared of clowns).

Tip: Arrive early for the pre-show.

 

Need more ideas? I understand. Hop on over to Out With Sprout and see all the kid-friendly things they have listed.

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

Omaha children's museum

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.

 

October 30, 2014

Fun Things To Do In Omaha Oct. 30-Nov. 2

Halloween is a whole weekend around these parts (some may say a whole month), and I was tempted to have this list be all Halloween goodness. But, I just couldn’t do it.

Here are three fun things to do this weekend that involve something a little spooky, and one thing for those ready to move on from Halloween:

 

Baseballoween Bash

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When: Tonight, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion

Why: Baseball and Halloween? Why not? Head to the stadium for a FREE event featuring trick-or-treating, a haunted house in the press box, crafts and more.

Who’d like this: Baseball fans; kids needing to keep their sugar high going; families on a budget

 

Halloween at the Children’s Museum

Omaha children's museum

When: Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Children’s Museum,

Why: Your kids rock at crafts, so you want to bring them here to make goblin goo and a Halloween necklace. Activities included with admission.

Who’d like this: Kids of all ages

Tip: Don’t forget to visit Cobweb Castle while you’re there. If you dare.

 

Family Sundays in the Forest: Families on Foot

A hike a Fontenelle Forest on a cold day.

A hike a Fontenelle Forest on a cold day.

When: Sunday, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest,

Why: Kids need a good fall hike to burn off some of those Halloween calories.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy folk; active families; preschoolers and older kids

Tip: Guided hike and activities are included in forest admission.

 

Want more ideas? Admit it, you want more Halloween events, right? Head over to Out With Sprout and check out what else is on their calendar of events.

 

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