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, and in the next few weeks and months:

family friendly things to do in Omaha

 

Celebrate CB

When: May 11-19; highlights include Celebrate CB Parade (May 19, 10:30 a.m.)

Where: Activities at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park on the Council Bluffs side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and in Bayliss Park

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Food & Fun

When: May 18, 3:15 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

Ice Cream Floats – Teens

When: May 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence Branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Famous Blackstone Reuben Dinner

When: May 21, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: Max & Joe’s Tavern & Tasting Room (enter via The Crescent Moon Alehouse), 3576 Farnam St.

Cost: $40 per person & includes copy of the book “100 Things To Do In Omaha Before You Die”

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: May 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE (ages 8-12)

 

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)

 

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

 

“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 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. Movies are “The Sound of Music” (May 13, 14 & 16), and “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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January 24, 2018

Fun Things For Families To Do In February 2018

There’s a surprising amount of fun things to do in February, especially if you’re looking for family-friendly events. If you’re looking for free things things to do in February, browse this list for storytimes, crafting opportunities, and for the hearty folk, a hike. Get out there and explore Omaha!

Dinosaur Visits Storytime

When: Feb. 1, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. (Florence); and Feb. 3, 10 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Omaha Public Library various branches

Cost: FREE

 

PWP Live Pro Wrestling

When: Feb. 1, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7)

Where: The Waiting Room, 6212 Maple St.

Cost: $10 in advance, $13 at the door

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: Feb. 2 through March 18; movies are “Despicable Me 3” (Feb. 2-4), “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature” (Feb. 9-11), Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Feb. 16-18), “My Little Pony” (Feb. 23-25), “The Boss Baby” (March 2-4), “The Emoji Movie” (March 9-11), and “The LEGO Ninjago Movie” (March 16-18)

Where: Participating Marcus Theaters (in the Metro, that includes Majestic, Village Pointe and Twin Creek)

Cost: $3 (you can download two FREE kids tickets here)

 

Candy Land Night

When: Feb. 2, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for kids and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and members

 

Nature’s Shadows: Celebrate Groundhog Day

When: Feb. 2, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St.

Cost: FREE

 

After-Hours Family Fun Night

When: Feb. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE (pre-registration required)

 

Valentine’s Family Swim

When: Feb. 2, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Drive

Cost: $1

 

Hummel Hike Club

When: Feb. 3, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Hummel Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

Cost: FREE

 

WeBop Family Jazz Party

When: Feb. 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (does not include admission into museum)

 

Super Bowl Party

When: Feb. 3, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Montclair Community Center, 2304 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Open Studios

When: Feb. 3, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Cost: FREE

 

Third Annual Punt, Pass & Kick Competition

When: Feb. 3, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 4850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (registration is highly suggested)

 

Teen Cafe – Pizza Making

When: Feb. 3, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fasching (German Mardi Gras)

When: Feb. 3, doors open at 5 p.m. (dinner served at 6:15)

Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St.

Cost: $19, members; $22, per guest; $25, non-member; $9, children (12 and under); reservations due by Jan. 30

 

Public Planetarium Show

When: Feb. 3 and 4, 6:30 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha Planetarium

Cost: $4 per person

 

Forever Young Film Series – Movie Musicals

When: Feb. 3 through March 29; matinee showing on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays. Movies are “Fiddler on the Roof” (Feb. 3-15), “Grease” (Feb. 17 through March 1), “West Side Story” (March 3-15), and “Singin’ in the Rain” (March 17-29)

Where: Film Streams at Dundee,

Cost: Tickets are $10, adults; $7.50, seniors/teacher/student/military; $5, members; and children tickets are $2.50

 

Helping Hands For Valentine’s Day

When: Feb. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: The Wonder Nook Omaha, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

“Block Party”

When: Opens Feb. 5 (no end date yet); hours are Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: MCC North Express at the Accelerator Building (third floor), 5300 N. 30th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: Feb. 5, 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Where: Chalco Hills Natural Resource Center, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

“WWE Live – Road to WrestleMania”

When: Feb. 8, 1 p.m.

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

Cost: $21.50-$112

 

Anime Club: Trivia Challenge – Teens

When: Feb. 8, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Robot Recess

When: Feb. 8 and 22, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (grades 4-12; registration required)

 

Teen Iron Chef Food Challenge

When: Feb. 8, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Night – “Everything, Everything”

When: Feb. 8, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Black History Reception

When: Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Adams Park Community Center, 3230 John Creighton Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

Valentine’s Day Storytime

When: Feb. 9, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Tuskegee Airmen Program & Exhibit Opening

When: Feb. 10, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: Feb. 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (grades 8 to 12 recommended)

 

International Candy Taste Testing – Teens

When: Feb. 10, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Night Hike In The Wetlands

When: Feb. 10 and March 10, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9.50

 

Love at First Flight: Valentine’s Day Edition of Raptor’s Live

When: Feb. 11, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9.50

 

Valentine’s Day Family Craft

When: Feb. 11, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Mardi Gras Party

When: Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (activities geared for ages 5-12)

 

Valentine’s Day Craft & Cookie Decorating

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Florence Community Center, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (ages 5 and younger)

 

Get Crafty: Valentine’s Day Bird Feeders

When: Feb. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

“YAMATO the Drummers of Japan: ‘Chousensha’ – The Challengers”

When: Feb. 14, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15+

 

Tangier Shrine Circus

When: Feb. 14-18; performances are Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: General admission tickets are $15; reserved seats start at $25

 

Food Science

When: Feb. 15, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (grades 3-5; registration required)

 

Get Crafty: Voodoo Dolls

When: Feb. 15, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Valentine’s Day Aftermath Party

When: Feb. 15, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Chinese New Year Family Storytime

When: Feb. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Candy Science

When: Feb. 16, 1 to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (grades K-2; registration required)

 

“Metamorphosis: Art Aglow”

When: Feb. 16 through March 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

Breakfast Under The Sea

When: Febr. 17, 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: $18, members; $23, non-memers (reservations required)

 

Olympic-Inspired Crafts & Games

When: Feb. 17, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Hinamatsuri: Japanese Doll Exhibit”

When: Feb. 20 through March 4

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10, adults; $5 for children (ages 6-12), and FREE for children under 6 and members

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: Feb. 20, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Feb. 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Feb. 21, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (elementary to middle schoolers; registration required)

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson Park Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

Daddy Daughter Dance

When: Feb. 23, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: $5 per dad (register by Feb. 16)

 

Mulberry Jane at Kids Rule Fashion Show – Pop-Up Vendor

When: Feb. 24 and 25; shows are Feb. 24 at 2 and 6 p.m., and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cumming St.

Cost: $80 for model registration (ages 5-12; models keep the clothing they model)

 

DIY Bath Bombs – Teens

When: Feb. 24, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Symphony presents “Back to the Future”

When: Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$79

 

More Things To Do In February

The following events are on-going or began in previous months:

“The Meaning of Maggie”

When: Through Feb. 11; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, or four FREE tickets to members

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Through Feb. 14; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

The Rink at Farnam

When: Through Feb. 25; hours are Thursdays & Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: 3409 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 donation (includes skates), benefits Salvation Army

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through April 22

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $15.50, adults; $14.50, military; and $10.50, children; family four pack is $42

 

“Metamorphosis: From Reclaimed Plastics to Works of Art”

When: Through May 13

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

“light”

When: Though March 31, 2018

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Arctic Wonderland”

When: Through April 8

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and member families

 

“Forever Forest”

When: 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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

“Energy Explorers”

When: Through April 23

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

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

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

 

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)

 

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December 27, 2017

Big List Of January Events & Activities For Families

Has cabin fever started to kick in yet? I admit, I’m daydreaming of traveling somewhere warm (like returning to this island). But, realistically, I’ll settle for one of these tropical escapes in Omaha…and then head off to several things on this list. Read on for FREE things to do in January, including fun live shows and kid-friendly exhibits that entertain and educate!

Area High School Art Exhibit

When: Jan. 2-28 (opening reception is Jan. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.)

Where: Artist Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Meet Forest Creatures with Papio Missouri NRD

When: Jan. 2 & 3, and March 9, 15, 16, 20 & 23; programs are at 10:15 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., and 2:15 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and member families

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

When: Jan. 2-3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Winter Break Maker Day

When: Jan. 3 & 4, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Millard Branch Escape Room

When: Jan. 3-5, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (registration required; for kids in grades 2-4 and grades 4-6)

 

Winter Break Fun Day

When: Jan. 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Main branch); Jan. 4, 2 to 3 p.m. (Abrahams)

Where: Omaha Public Library various locations

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Jan. 4, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (elementary ages)

 

Pajama Night at the UP Museum

When: Jan. 5, 5 to 7 p.m. (pj parade at 6 p.m.)

Where: Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

The Great Train Show

When: Jan. 6 and 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: Adults tickets, $11 for both days (if purchased on site); kids under 11 are admitted FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Postponed until Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Lil’ Sprouts – A White Whirlwind

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

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $8 for members, $14 for non-members (advanced registration required)

 

Tots on the Towne- Eric Carle: A Colorful Adventure

When: Jan. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Sprint at Shadow Lake Towne Center, 72nd Street and Highway 370, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Robot Recess

When: Jan. 11, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (must register; grades 4-12)

 

“PAW Patrol Live!”

When: Jan. 12 and 13; performances are Friday at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $23.25+

 

“Energy Explorers”

When: Jan. 13 through April 23

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

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

Indoor Air Show

When: Jan. 13, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, $12 for adults, $6 for children

 

 

Star Wars Night

When: Jan. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and member families

 

Omaha Symphony presents “Bernstein Grooves!”

When: Jan. 14, 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Jan. 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Arctic Wonderland”

When: Jan. 20 through April 8

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 24 months and member families

 

“Metamorphosis”

When: Jan. 20 through March 12

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

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

 

Books to Art

When: Jan. 20, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Pride Players: A Rose Teens ‘N’ Theater Production

When: Jan. 25, 27 & 28; performances are at 7 p.m. on Jan. 25 and 27, and 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 28

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $6 (appropriate for ages 13+)

 

Dinosaur Visits Storytime

When: Jan. 26, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen); Jan. 29, 10:30 a.m. (Millard); Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); Feb. 1, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. (Florence); Feb. 3, 10 a.m. (Benson)

Where: Omaha Public Library various branches

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Benson Park Goodwill

When: Jan. 26, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Benson Park Goodwill, 4805 N. 72nd St.

Cost: FREE

 

“The Meaning of Maggie”

When: Jan. 26 through Feb. 11; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, or four FREE tickets to members

 

Cathedral Flower Show

When: Jan. 27 and 28; hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: St. Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Moscow Festival Ballet presents Cinderella

When: Jan. 27, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $20-$45

 

More Events in January

The following events are on-going or began in previous months:

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Through Jan. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Through Jan. 4, 2018 (closed New Year’s Day);

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: This indoor flower show is perfect for the holidays, plus the indoor model train is always a hit with kids.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: 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.

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Christmas At Union Station

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

The Rink at Farnam

When: Through Feb. 25, 2018; hours are Thursdays & Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: 3409 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 donation (includes skates), benefits Salvation Army

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through Feb. 19, 2018

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $20, adults; $18.50, military; and $17.50, children

 

“light”

When: Though March 31, 2018

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Forever Forest”

When: 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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

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

 

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)

 

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November 26, 2017

70+ Things To Do In Omaha In December

This could be the busiest December I’ve ever seen in Omaha. There are so many special events this month geared toward families. Below you’ll find a big list of December events (not just holiday events) for kids of all ages.

 

Fun things to do in Omaha this December

Looking for date night holiday events (for a kid-free night out)? This isn’t your list. You’ll find those mixed in with family-friendly fare in the Ultimate List of Holiday Events in Omaha.

 

Lights of Aksarben

When: Fridays, Dec. 1-15, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

Elf on the Shelf at Omaha Public Libraries

When: Dec. 1-22

Where: Millard branch and Elkhorn branch

Cost: FREE

 

Grand Opening of “Working on the Railroad”

When: Dec. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. (ribbon cutting at 5:15)

Where: Union Pacific Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Winter Wonder Fun

When: Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”

When: Dec. 1-23; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., and a 7 p.m. performance on Saturday, Dec. 16

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

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

 

“Polar Express” Pajama Storytime

When: Dec. 1, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Barnes & Noble, 7400 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Goes To Space

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

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

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

 

Archery On Fire

When: Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Platte River State Park, 14421 346th St., Louisville, Neb.

Cost: FREE, but must park entry fee for your vehicle

 

Morning With Santa

When: Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Physicians Mutual and WOWT Holiday Market

When: Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Santa is there Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m.)

Where: Aksarben Village, 1920 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Photos With The Grinch

When: Dec. 2, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Furniture Mart, 700 S. 72nd St.

What: Free photos with the green guy.

Cost: FREE

 

Seventh Annual Christmas in the Village

When: Dec. 2, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: 24th and Lake streets

Cost: FREE

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “The Nutcracker”

When: Dec. 2 and 3; performances are Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $27-$87

 

Winter Wonderland

When: Dec. 2, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3 for members, $13 for non-members

 

Breakfast With Santa

When: Dec. 2, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Quaker Steak and Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $5 (photos with Santa are $5 more), benefits Make-A-Wish Iowa

 

Visit Santa’s Workshop

When: Dec. 2, 5, 9 & 16, 9 a.m. to noon, and Dec. 7 & 14, 4 to 7 p.m.; on Dec. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. school aged kids can write letters

Where: La Vista Falls Clubhouse, 8305 Parkview Blvd., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Visit

When: Saturdays, Dec. 2-23, and Sundays, Dec. 3-Dec. 17, noon

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Olde Towne Bellevue Library Christmas

When: Dec. 3, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Dec. 2-23, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

When: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, 26-30; and Jan. 2-3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Holiday Happenings

When: December 2, 9 and 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

 

Wizard’s Yule Ball

When: Dec. 2, 6 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Comfort Inn & Suites Central, 7007 Grover St.

Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-10, and children younger than 4 admitted FREE. Adult tickets go up to $15 after Nov. 1. Tickets available here.

 

Wells Fargo Family Festival

When: Dec. 3, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Wells Fargo Bank, 1919 Douglas St.; Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.; Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, 615 Leavenworth St.; The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St.; W. Dale Clark Library, 215 S. 15th St.; and Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

Read my Beginners Guide To the Family Festival here!

 

Joyful Noise: A Gospel Christmas featuring Salem Baptist Church

When: Dec. 3, 4 and 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15

 

Lindsey Stirling: Warmer in the Winter Christmas Tour

When: Dec. 4, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $39.50-$269

 

Christmas Creepers and Minecraft Fun

When: Dec. 5, 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Party

When: Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorenson branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots Holiday Activities

When: Dec. 6 and 20, 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Pete The Cat Saves Christmas Party

When: Dec. 8, 10 a.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime at Hy-Vee with Santa

When: Dec. 9, 10 a.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 15603 West Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

The Rink at Farnam

When: Dec. 9 through Feb. 25, 2018; hours are Thursdays & Fridays, 4 to 10 p.m., and Saturdays & Sundays, 1 to 10 p.m.

Where: 3409 Farnam St.

Cost: $5 donation (includes skates), benefits Salvation Army

 

PHVFD Kids Christmas Party

When: Dec. 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Ponca Hills Volunteer Fire Department Auxillary, 12919 Ponca Road

Cost: FREE. Donations for the teddy bear drive will be accepted.

 

Boys Town Christmas Family Festival

When: Dec. 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road, Boys Town, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Afternoon With Santa

When: Dec. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Owl Prowl

When: Dec. 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3 for members, $13 for non-members

 

Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Celebration

When: Dec. 9-17; performances are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 and 6 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-79

 

Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Dec. 9-23; performances are Dec. 9, 14-16, 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. (door opens at 7)

Where: Apollon Art Space, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $35 and Deluxe Package tickets are $60 and are available here

 

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

When: Dec. 9, 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $20-$60

 

Winter Family Craft

When: Dec. 10, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Screening

When: Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hispanic Cultural Festival 2017

When: Dec. 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Light Up Cards Craft

When: Dec. 12, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Story Time With St. Nick

When: Dec. 13, 10 a.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Supper with Santa

When: December 13-17, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: $18 per person for Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members, $23 for non-members and children 2 and under are FREE. Reservations are required for this all-inclusive event. Reservations will open in December.

 

Holiday Craft: Snow Globes & Reindeer Food

When: Dec. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Yule Ball Lock-In

When: Dec. 15, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library, Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Breakfast with Santa and his Reindeer

When: Dec. 16, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 10808 Fort St.

Cost: FREE. Kids buffet is FREE with purchase of adult buffet (limit one child per adult).

 

Gingerbread House Making

When: Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Santa Visits Storytime

When: Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch,

Cost: FREE

 

Ugly Holiday Sweaters

When: Dec. 16, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch, 1905 S. 44th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Day & Hot Chocolate Bar

When: Dec. 16, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Milk & Cookies With Santa

When: Dec. 16, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $20 per person for members and $35 per person for non-members.

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Muppet’s Christmas”

When: Dec. 16, 17 & 21

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $10, adults; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military; $5, members; $2.50, kids (12 and younger)

 

Santa Claus Visit

When: Dec. 17, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Thunderbowl/McCoy’s, 1900 Madison Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE to meet Santa

 

Dinner With Santa

When: Dec. 18, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Quaker Steak & Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: Kids eat for 99 cents with purchase of an entrée.

 

Sugar Cooking Decorating

When: Dec. 19, 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Craft Hullabaloo

When: Dec. 19, 4 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Holiday Edition

When: Dec. 20, 5 to 6 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Holiday Craft

When: Dec. 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

Christmas Colorpalooza

When: Dec. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: La Vista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

When: December 22 and 23, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $38.25-$78.25

 

Free Zoo Admission for Children Under 12

When: Dec. 23 and 24

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

Cost: FREE for children younger than 12 with a paying adult (up to 6 children per adult)

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “It’s a Wonderful Life”

When: Dec. 23, 24, 25, 28, 30 & 31

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: $10, adults; $7.50, seniors, students, teachers, military; $5, members; $2.50, kids (12 and younger)

 

Penguins and Pancakes

When: Dec. 26 – 30, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Member cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 3-11). Non-member cost is $25 for adults and $20 for children (ages 3-11). Children 2 and under are FREE. Reservations are required. Ticket purchase includes a pancake breakfast, plush penguin toy and admission to the Zoo. Reservations will open in November 2017.

 

Gingerbread Houses

When: Dec. 28, 2 to 3 p.m.

When: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Hogwarts Holiday Lock-In

When: Dec. 29, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve

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

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 30, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Nerf Party

When: Dec. 30, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

 

Noon Year’s Eve

When: Dec. 31, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Swimtastic Swim School, 7051 S. 181st St.

Cost: TBD

 

New Year’s Bash

When: Dec. 31, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $15 per person for members and $25 per person for non-members

 

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

When: Dec. 31, 7 p.m. Postponed until Jan. 6, 7 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

On Going December Events 2017

Below are on-going events that started before December.

“Santa’s Magic”

When: Through Dec. 23, multiple shows daily

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

Cost: Included with regular Museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 24 months and members

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Though Dec. 23; performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m., and Wednesday performances on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 13, and Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., and Thursdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $38

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Through Jan. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Through Jan. 4, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day);

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

What: This indoor flower show is perfect for the holidays, plus the indoor model train is always a hit with kids.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: 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.

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

Christmas At Union Station

When: Through Jan. 7, 2018

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

What: See the region’s largest Christmas tree, the Ethnic Holiday Tree Exhibit, and meet Santa (Saturdays, Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 26-Dec. 17, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays in December, 5 to 8 p.m.). Holiday Concert Series performances are Saturdays at 10 a.m., Sundays at 1 p.m., and Tuesdays (in December) at 5 p.m. Family Nights With Santas are every Tuesday in December from 5 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Through Feb. 19, 2018

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $20, adults; $18.50, military; and $17.50, children

 

“Forever Forest”

When: 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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

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

 

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)

 

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October 23, 2017

Things To Do In Omaha This November

November is the month with an abundance of things to do with your kids, including several top-notch theater performances and free library events.

It’s also the kick-off to the holidays around Omaha, so you’ll find a lot of concerts, Christmas displays and more on this list. If you have an event that should be added, please email me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks!

 

Llama Llama Visits Story Time

When: Nov. 3, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Nov. 4, 10 a.m. (Benson); Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m. (Millard); Nov. 7, 10 a.m. (Washington); Nov. 8, 10:30 a.m. (W. Dale Clark); Nov. 9, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. (Swanson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Nov. 3, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse, 6051 Maple St.); Nov. 3, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair, 2525 S. 135th Ave.); Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space,7205 Dodge St.); Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night 

When: Nov. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night: Superhero Night

When: Nov. 3, 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

 

Teen Gaming Lock-In

When: Nov. 3, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (for ages 10-18; registration and permission slip required)

 

“Van Gogh and Me”

When: Nov. 3-12; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., and Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (bonus performance on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m.)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20; discount vouchers at HyVee food stores’ customer service desks.

 

Three shows on this list are included in the 10 Must-See Shows This Fall in Omaha List! Read about them here.

 

Bird Banding Demonstration

When: Nov. 4, 9 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE, vehicle park entry fee is $2 daily or $10 annually

 

International Games Week Celebration

When: Nov. 4, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Popping Dance Class

When: Nov. 4, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (must be 10 or older)

 

Games Day

When: Nov. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Blood Drive & Free Day At Fontenelle Forest

When: Nov. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE for those who donate blood to the Red Cross that day

 

Festival of South African Dance

When: Nov. 5, 7 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $15-$30

 

De-Stress Fest

When: Nov. 7, 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (teens only)

 

Omaha Performing Arts presents “Disney’s The Little Mermaid”

When: Nov. 7-12; performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 and 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $35

 

Mystery at the Library: Tween/Teen Lock-In

When: Nov. 10, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (must be 10-15 years old; registration and permission slip required)

 

“A Christmas Story” Screening

When: Nov. 10, 7 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, Witherspoon Hall, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: $24

 

Veteran’s Recognition Day

When: Nov. 11 during regular hours

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and Wildlife Safari Park

Cost: FREE admission for veterans and their immediate families; regular admission applies to everyone else

 

Get Smart: Aviation

When: Nov. 11, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Neighborhood Toy Store Day

When: Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fat Brain Toys, 16909 Burke St., Suite 131

Cost: FREE

 

A Holiday at Hogwarts

When: Nov. 11, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd. N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5, members, and $15, non-members

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

When: Nov. 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (recommended grades are 8th through 12th)

 

“The Wizard of Oz” Screening

When: Nov. 11, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Hollywood Candy, 1209 Jackson St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Family Craft

When: Nov. 12, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Nov. 15, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE (registration required; for elementary and middle school grades)

 

Princess & Superhero Party

When: Nov. 16, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE (recommended for ages 5 and younger)

 

Winterfest: Annual Bayliss Park Holiday Lighting 

When: Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 599 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Project Reindeer at the Union Pacific Museum

When: Nov. 16, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

When: Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $42-$67

 

“The Art of the Brick”

When: Nov. 17 through Feb. 19, 2018

Where: The Capitol District, 222 N. 12th St.

Cost: $20, adults; $18.50, military; and $17.50, children

 

Star Wars Party

When: Nov. 17, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (registration required, recommended ages 5-12)

 

“A Christmas Carol”

When: Nov. 17 through Dec. 23; performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 and 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, at 7 p.m.; and Thursdays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, at 7 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse,

Cost: $38

 

KinderNature: Seeds Please

When: Nov. 18, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: $5 per child (ages 3-5), vehicle park entry fee required ($2 daily or $10 annually)

 

Milk and Cookies With Santa

When: Nov. 18, 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Westroads Mall Von Maur Court, 10000 California St.

Cost: FREE

 

“A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage!”

When: Nov. 18, 1 and 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $20-$56

 

DIY Fidget Spinners – Teens

When: Nov. 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

 

“PJ Masks LIVE”

When: Nov. 20, 6 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $21.50-$95.50

 

NRG Energy Ice Rink

When: Nov. 21 through Feb. 14, 2018; hours are Sundays–Thursday, 3 to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 1 p.m. to midnight, Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve, 1 to 5 p.m. (opening ceremony is Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.)

Where: The Capitol District, 11th Street and Capitol Avenue

Cost: $8, includes skate rental (admission is still required for patrons who bring their own skates) and benefits the Food Bank for the Heartland.

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Nov. 21, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

When: Nov. 21, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: LaVista Public Library, 9110 Giles Road, LaVista, Neb.

Where: A teen/tween meetup to watch the movie and enjoy snacks.

Cost: FREE

 

Helping Hands Community Event

When: Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: The Wonder Nook, 10806 Prairie Hills Drive

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Lights Festival Downtown Holiday Lights

When: Nov. 23 through Jan. 1, 2018, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly ( Thanksgiving Lighting Festival event is Nov. 23, 6 to 7 p.m.)

Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: Nov. 24, 4 to 8 p.m. (tree lighting at approximately 7)

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

Cost: Included with regular admission, which is $11 for adults; $8 for seniors; $7 for children 3-12; and free for members and children age 2 and under.

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show

When: Nov. 24 through Jan. 4, 2018 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day);

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Sounds of the Season

When: Saturdays, Nov. 25 through Dec. 23, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Holiday Poinsettia Show Aglow

When: Nov. 25 and 26; Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10, 15-23, 26-30; and Jan. 2-3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 adults, $5 children 6-12). Members are admitted FREE.

 

Omaha Symphony and “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™”

When: Nov. 25 and 26; performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$79

 

“MJ Live”

When: Nov. 25, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $35-$150

 

“Shopkins Live! Shop It Up!”

When: Nov. 27, 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $25-$100

 

Holiday Music by George Walker

When: Nov. 30, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

Things to do November

More Fun November Events

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“Point A to Point B”

When: Through Nov. 12, performances are on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 and 11 a.m.; and Mondays at 10 a.m.

Where: The Rose, Hitchcock Stage, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12

 

“Zoom into Nano”

When: 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.

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

“Forever Forest”

When: 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

Read more about the exhibit here!

 

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

 

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)

 

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August 23, 2017

40+ Family-Friendly Events In September

I love September in Omaha because theater productions start back up, pumpkin patches start to open up, and apple picking begins. You’ll find a few of my favorite events below (including Fields of Flight and Touch-A-Truck). For more seasonal day trip ideas, visit my posts about 10 Things You Must Do In Council Bluffs In The Fall and Exploring Nebraska City With Kids!

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Sept. 1, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons); Sept. 1, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair); Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum); Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m. (Benson Park Goodwill); Sept. 29, 10 a.m. (Wenninghoff Farms); Sept. 29, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Living History Re-Enactments

When: Sept. 1-2, and Sept. 30-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

 

La Festa Italiana

When: Sept. 1-3; hours are Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.

Where: American Italian Heritage Society, 5110 N. 132nd St.

Cost: $5.50 in advance, $7 at the door, FREE for children ages 12 and younger

 

Apple Grass Music Festival

When: Sept. 1-3; music starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $10 per person for one night; $25 for a three-day pass; children 12 and younger admitted FREE

 

Septemberfest

When: Sept. 1-4 (parade is Sept. 4 at 10 a.m.); runs Friday from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday through Monday, noon to midnight

Where: CenturyLink Center, 405 S. 10th St., parking lot D

Cost: $5, children 5 and younger admitted FREE

 

Family Night

When: Sept. 1, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

The 100th Block Party

When: Sept. 2, 6 to 10 p.m.

Where: 100 block of West Broadway, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Labor Day Weekend

When: Sept. 2-4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.

Cost: Included with regular zoo admission, which is $19.95 for adults (ages 12+), $18.95 for seniors (65+), $18.95 for military adults (ages 12+), $13.95 for kids (ages 3-11), and $12.95 for military kids (ages 3-11), and FREE for zoo members.

 

Zoo Run

When: Sept. 3, 5-mile run departs at 7 a.m. & 2-mile run departs at 7:15 a.m. (check-in starts at 6 a.m.)

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. (main entrance)

Cost: $30 for zoo members, $40 for non-members

 

Omahawks 2017 Labor Day Air Show

When: Sept. 4, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Standing Bear Lake Park, 138th and Fort streets

Cost: FREE

 

Leashes at Lauritzen

When: Sept. 4, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Admission is $10, $5 for dogs, and FREE for garden members and their dogs

 

9/11 Remembrance Event

When: Sept. 6, 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Memorial Park, 5651 Underwood Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Biscuit Visits Story Time

When: Sept 8- ; Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. (Florence), Sept. 9 at 10:30 a.m. (Millard), Sept. 11 at 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams), Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha), Sept. 13 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather), Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. (Elkhorn), Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook), Sept. 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Fields of Flight

When: Sept. 8 and 9; Friday events start at 5:30 p.m. with live music, Fun Flight at 6 and glow at dusk; Saturday events start at 7 a.m. with Competition Flight, another Competition Flight at 5:30 p.m., live music at 5:30 p.m. and glow at dusk; Sunday event is a Competition Flight at 7 a.m.

Where: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $10 for parking

 

“Babe The Sheep Pig”

When: Sept. 8-24; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members receive four FREE tickets)

 

Skinny Bones Opening Weekend

When: Sept. 9-10; hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch, 3935 State Highway 133, Blair, Neb.

Cost: $13, and children younger than 2 are admitted FREE

 

World O! Water

When: Sept. 9, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Papio-Missouri NRD at Wehrspann Lake, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Smart: Pirates & Ships

When: Sept. 9, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum, 28210 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Make-A-Wish Iowa’s Hunt For Wishes

When: Sept. 9, 9 to 11:30 a.m. (registration opens at 8)

Where: City-wide scavenger hunt starts at 30 Valley View Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $30 for ages 13+, $20 for ages 12 and under

 

Touch-A-Truck

When: Sept. 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: First Data, 6855 Pacific St.

Cost: FREE

 

Rockbrook Village Art Fair

When: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sept. 10, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Rockbrook Village, 10819 Prairie Brook Road

Cost: FREE

 

Taste of Florence

When: Sept. 10, 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: 7915 N. 30th St.

Cost: $15 for adults, $7.50 for children 5-12, FREE for children younger than 5

 

Teen Movie Night

When: Sept. 14, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Life-Size Games

When: Sept. 15, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE

 

2nd Annual Omaha Food Truck Rodeo Part 2

When: Sept. 15, 4 to 11 p.m.

Where: Reverb Lounge, 6121 Military Ave.

Cost: FREE to attend, but food is additional cost

 

133rd German Day/Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 15, 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sept. 16, noon to midnight

Where: German-American Society, 3717 S. 120th St.

Cost: $5 for adults, FREE for children ages 12 and younger

 

Vala’s Opening Weekend

When: Sept. 15-17, hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday

Where: Vala’s Pumpkin Patch, 12102 S. 180th St., Gretna, Neb.

Cost: $14.25, children younger than 2 admitted FREE (buy online to save $1)

 

“Mamma Mia!”

When: Sept. 15 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)

 

Monarch Tagging & Children’s Monarch Tagging

When: Sept. 16, 9, 10 and 11 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-register by Sept. 6), valid annual park permit or $2 vehicle daily entrance pass needed

 

Farnam Festival

When: Sept. 16, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Where: 40th and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Performing Arts’ WeBop® Family Jazz Party

When: Sept. 16, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10 per child

 

Family Story Time – Fancy Nancy Tea Party

When: Sept. 16, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Festival

When: Sept. 16 and 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $5; FREE for children younger than 2

 

Southwest Iowa Art Tour

When: Sept. 16 and 17; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Harvester Artist Lofts, 1000 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Midwest Winds Kitefliers

When: Sept. 16 and 17, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard, 19475 225th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Superhero Party

When: Sept. 16, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (ages 3-12, pre-registration is suggested)

 

100 Block Classic Car Show

When: Sept. 16, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: 100 Block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Full STEAM Ahead

When: Sept. 19, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Teddy Bear Picnic Story Time

When: Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Bess Johnson Elkhorn branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Sept. 20, 3 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch, 5111 N. 90th St.

Cost: FREE (pre-registration suggested)

 

Ban This Book! Lock-In 

When: Sept. 22, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Swanson branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE (registration required; for fourth through sixth graders and their favorite grown up)

 

Teen Movie Night: “Selena”

When: Sept. 25, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Rodeo Roundup – up to age 5

When: Sept. 27, 9:15 to 10:15 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Ultimate Willy Wonka Party

When: Sept. 28, 7 or 8 p.m.

Where: Alamo Drafthouse Omaha,12750 Westport Parkway, LaVista, Neb.

Cost: $26.88 (includes merchandise)

 

Family Lotería

When: Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fall Into Fall

When: Sept. 30, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Youngman Park, 192 Street and West Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In September

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“Dinosaur Safari”

When: Through Sept. 3

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2+; $11 for seniors, and FREE for children younger than 2

 

“Glorious Flights: Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen”

When: Through Sept. 17

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Top Secret: License To Spy”

When: Through Sept. 17

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for children younger than 2

 

“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!

 

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, Sept. 6, 13, 20, and 27, 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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