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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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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July 18, 2017

40+ Great Events In August For Families In Omaha

Summer’s not over yet! Get and have some fun with the following family-friendly events in August happening all around the Omaha metro area.

Looking for FREE movies and concerts this summer? Head over to the post 100+ Free Summer Movies & Concerts. Prefer nature to the crowds at events? Here are 7 Favorite Trails Near Omaha.

Neighborhood Night Out

When: Aug. 1, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Where: Kids Can Community Center, 4860 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

National Night Out

When: Aug. 1, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots: Caterpillars

When: Wednesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch

Cost: FREE

 

Zoo Member Appreciation Days

When: Aug. 2 (last names M-Z), 1:30 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE for members; regular zoo admission applies to non-members

 

Back to School: Weights and Measures at Wenninghoff Farm

When: Aug. 4, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Wenninghoff Farms, 6707 Wenninghoff Road

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime

When: Aug. 4, 10:15 a.m. (Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons); Aug. 4, 10:30 a.m. (Azria Health Montclair); Aug. 7, 10:30 a.m. (Chalco Hills Natural Resources Center); Aug. 15, 10:30 a.m. (Joslyn Art Museum); Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m. (Do Space)

Where: Various locations

Cost: FREE

 

AIM’s Amazing Tech Race

When: Aug. 4, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: AIM Brain Exchange, 1902 Howard St.

Cost: FREE (must pre-registers; for ages 4-17; must be accompanied by adults)

 

Party in the Park/Playground Grand Opening

When: Aug. 4, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: Hanscom Park, 3201 Woolworth Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Back to School Bash

When: Aug. 5 and 6, 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.

 

Community Wellness Bash

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 530 First Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Carnival

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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

 

Root Beer Float Day

When: Aug. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE root beer float; cost of admission applies ($11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for children younger than 2)

 

Nebraska Farm & Family Day

When: Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Going Buggy

When: Aug. 5, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 16406 N. 292 St., Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $7.50 adults (12 and over), $6.50 military adult; $5.50 children (3-11), $5.50 military child; $6.50 seniors (65 and over), $5.50 military senior; and FREE for children 2 and younger

 

Popping Dance Class

When: Aug. 5, 2 to 3:15 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Cost: FREE (for ages 10+)

 

Fairytale Ball

When: Aug. 5, 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

 

Moon-day Afternoon

When: Aug. 7, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Solar Powered S’mores Teen Event

When: Aug. 10, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

North Omaha Summer Arts Crawl

When: Aug. 11 (reception at 5:30 p.m. at Omaha Public Library George B. Washington Branch)

Where: Various venues along North 30th Street and nearby

Cost: FREE

 

Ribfest

When: Aug. 11-13; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park, east side of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE on Friday and Saturday until 5 p.m. and then $5 after 5 p.m., FREE all day Sunday

 

Board Game Party

When: Aug. 12, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

BSC Block Party

When: Aug. 12, 3 to 9 p.m.

Where: Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 7706 S. 96th St., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Night Sky – Perseid Meteor Shower

When: Aug. 12, meet at 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: No additional fees, but must pay park admission per vehicle

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Aug. 16, 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Milton R. Abrahams Branch

Cost: FREE (for elementary & middle school aged students)

 

Omaha’s Original Greek Festival

When: Aug. 18-20; Friday from 5 to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave.

Cost: $3 for adults, FREE for children 12 and younger

 

Gifford Farm Teacher Appreciation Night

When: Aug. 19, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older; teachers and three family members get in FREE

 

Get Smart: Robotics

When: Aug. 12, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Pokemon Party

When: Aug. 18, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Constellation Viewing at Neale Woods

When: Aug. 18, 8 to 11 p.m.

Where: Neale Woods Nature Center, 14323 Edith Marie Ave.

Cost: Included with daily admission

 

Council Bluffs Zombie Walk

When: Aug. 19, noon to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Vintage Wheels at The Fort

When: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Historic Fort Omaha; 30th and Fort streets

Cost: FREE

 

WorldFest Days

When: Aug. 20 and 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Aug. 20 – Yantai, China; Xalapa, Mexico; and Siauliai, Lithuania; Aug. 27 – Shizuoka, Japan; Naas, Ireland; and Braunschweig, Germany)

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 general admission, $11 for seniors, and FREE for children under 2 and members

 

Back to Homeschooling Ice Cream Social

When: Aug. 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

National Waffle Day Teen Event

When: Aug. 24, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Midwest Pirate Festival

When: Aug. 26 and 27, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Berry & Pumpkin Ranch, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: $7 for children and $10 for adults

 

Opera Outdoors

When: Aug. 26, 7:30 p.m. (Kids zone and lawn games start at 5:30 p.m.)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

Autism Night

When: Aug. 27, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-register with Autism Action Partnership)

 

More Fun Events In August

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

Movies in the Park

When: Through Aug. 4, dusk; July 7 (“Sing”); July 14 (“Finding Dory”); July 21 (“Doctor Strange”), July 28 (“Jungle Book”), Aug. 4 (“The Great Gilly Hopkins”)

Where: Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs

Cost: FREE

 

“Fairytale Land”

When: Through Aug. 6

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

 

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: Through Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.; July 30-31, Aug 2 (TBD); Aug. 6-7, 9 (“Storks”); and Aug. 13-14, 16 (TBD)

Where: Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema,  304 N. 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway,  Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “ “20 Years of Harry Potter”

When: Through Aug. 27; “Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets,” Aug. 3 and 5; “Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban,” Aug. 6 and 10; “Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix,” Aug. 17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince,” Aug.  17 and 19; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1,” Aug. 26 and 27; “Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” Aug. 27

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under (July 29 screening is FREE)

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Charles Drew Health Center

When: Wednesdays, through Aug. 30, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Charles Drew Health Center, 30th and Grant streets

Cost: FREE

 

“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. 3

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.

 

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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July 10, 2017

7 Favorite Hikes Near Omaha

Stumped on where to go for your next family hike? Here are seven of my family’s favorite trails to hike near Omaha to inspire your next outdoor adventure.

This post was first written in 2017 and updated in June 2019 with flood information.

Heron Haven

Shaded, crushed limestone trail at Heron Haven is one of the few trails to hike in Omaha that aren't paved.

Where: Omaha city limits

Why: Head here if you want a taste of nature but you’re short on time. This pretty wetland sanctuary in the heart of the city feels like an escape once you’re in the thick of it, but it’s not very large (so it’s great for little legs). Definitely venture to the little boardwalk over the pond. Read more about Heron Haven here.

Tip: Heron Haven has monthly kids on the second Saturday of the month.

Hummel Park

Before your hike through the forest at Hummel Park, kids will usually will want to slide down one of the metal slides there.

Where: Omaha city limits

Why: This city park has easy to somewhat difficult trails, plus a nice visitor center. There are some interesting features on trails, like the stairs that no one seems to agree on the number of them, plus two cool new slides. 

Trail map

Tip: Omaha City Parks & Recreation holds quite a few FREE activities each year, that you should check out! My family has done a firefly night event and the Halloween themed one. I add the Hummel Park events to the family calendar here.

Fontenelle Forest

Entrance to Raptor Woodland Refuge at Fontenelle Forest in Nebraska. Fontenelle Forest has 26 miles of trails to hike.

Where: Bellevue, Neb. (about a 10-mile drive from Omaha)

Why: Fontenelle Forest has 26 miles of trails, including the area’s best accessible boardwalk that makes it easy for wheelchairs and strollers to go deep into the woods. They also have Acorn Acres, a great children’s outdoor playscape, and the new Raptor Woodland Refuge space that my kids insist we see each time we’re there.

Tip: While these trails have more signs posted than others, grab a map before heading out on your hike.

Hitchcock Nature Center

A well-worn trail in the Loess Hills found at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa. Hitchcock trails vary in difficulty from easy to steep and difficult.

Where: Honey Creek, Iowa (about a 20-mile drive from Omaha)

Why: This park tucked in the Loess Hills is beautiful in any season. You’ll find 10 miles of trails with a good mix of easy ridge lines and difficult, rugged trails, plus an accessible boardwalk. The visitor center is top-notch, and there’s a lookout tower that kids enjoy. Time a visit well and participate in the Hawk Watch. Read more about fall at Hitchcock here.

Trail map

Tip: Check out a backpack at the visitor center. They’re free to borrow, and include kid-friendly items to enhance your hike.

2019 Caution: Due to spring flooding, Interstate 29 may be closed en route to Hitchcock Nature Center. Check the status of roads at Iowa 511.

Arbor Day Farms Tree Adventure

Bridge at the Tree Adventure in Nebraska City, Nebraska. The dirt trail at the Tree Adventure is mostly flat and easy to navigate. There is also a paved trail.

Where: Nebraska City, Neb. (about a 50-mile drive from Omaha)

Why: The South Table Creek Trail at the Tree Adventure is a favorite of my family. It has a couple bridges, some fun kids structures, and a bird sculpture-spotting game. In addition to the trail, we love the outdoor education center and tree house there. Read more about the Tree Adventure here. There is a paved trail and a dirt trail here.

Tip: There are frequent special events held at the Tree Adventure, so check the calendar to time a fun visit. We visited one time when there was a gnome scavenger hunt!

Platte River State Park

Small waterfall found on an easy hike at Platte River State Park in Nebraska

Where: Louisville, Neb. (about 30-mile drive from Omaha)

Why: This is one of my family’s favorite Nebraska State Park, with a good variety of easy to difficult trails. A favorite trail that’s great for kids is very short and flat leading past a waterfall.

There are definitely more difficult trails in this state park. It’s a tough call which park, Platte River or Hitchcock, have the best terrain for hikes out of this list.

Tip: Bring a map with you when exploring these trails. There aren’t a whole lot of signs out there, and you can end up taking a much longer hike than anticipated.

Read more about Platte River State Park here.

Interactive trail map for NE state parks

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Hiking at Mahoney State Park in Ashland, Neb.
Exploring the easy-to-hike trails near the lookout tower. If you time it right, you can catch a nice view of passing trains.

Where: Ashland, Neb. (about 30-mile drive from Omaha)

Why: This state park is full of things to do. It’s not a particular great place for hiking, but there are some trails and they are pretty easy. There’s a paved path around the park, too, though it’s not very shade. One highlight for kids is the trail near the lookout tower, which leads you to an overlook where you might catch a train passing by.

Interactive trail map for NE state parks

Tip: Bring a swimsuit and cool off at the park’s amazing aquatic center after your hike. Or, keep the trail theme going and go on a horseback ride at Mahoney.

More hiking near Omaha ideas to add to your list

There are a few state parks within 60 miles of Omaha that are said to have excellent hiking trails. I can’t vouch for them having not actually hiked them with kids. However, if you’re eager to find new places, check out Indian Cave State Park and Schramm Park, both located in southeastern Nebraska.

2019 Caution: Portions of Indian Cave State Park are closed due to flooding. Check the Nebraska Games and Parks website for updates before visiting.

Want MORE ideas for nearby hikes? Read 3 Places To Hike In The Loess Hills!

Looking for scenic trails for hiking near Omaha? Here's a list of seven trails that are easy enough for children and beginners. #outdoors #hiking

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July 3, 2017

Urban Walking Labyrinth In Omaha

My family stumbled upon a map for the Urban Walking Labyrinth at Urban Abbey.

Curious thing to find, right? Sounded like an adventure.

Urban Walking Labyrinth - There's a self-guided walking tour around the Old Market of Omaha
My son was the map keeper and read the quotes at each stop of the Urban Walking Labyrinth.

On a whim, we decided to try it out.

Was it a walk full of adventure? Not so much.

Did we see things in our own city that we hadn’t noticed before? Definitely.

Side note: If you haven’t been to Urban Abbey, go check them out! It’s a bookstore/cafe/gathering place in the Old Market, and I love it.

About the Urban Walking Labyrinth

Old Market map to figure out the Urban Walking Labyrinth in Omaha
My kids using two maps to complete this walking tour through the Old Market.

The map for the labyrinth in Omaha guides you on a simple walk around the Old Market. There’s no actual labyrinth hidden in Omaha. At each stop, the map has a quote for you to read and ponder. Like a labyrinth, though, you don’t walk a direct route from start to finish.

“Walk slowly. Don’t rush. Each step brings you to the best moment of your life, the present moment.’

-a quote by thich nhat nanh to be read at the J’s on Jackson stop of the walk

The quotes you read along the route were about love, peace and kindness, with a nondenominational religious slant. Our kids are a bit young to get all philosophical with us, so we didn’t dwell much at each stop.

If you haven’t been to the Old Market in a while, this is a good way to discover or rediscover some places. We found a wall of records that my kids had never noticed, and I’ve honestly, just overlooked all these years.

Bent records found in the Old Market of Omaha
Have these bent records been on this wall this whole time? I’ve lived and worked near the Old Market for more than a decade and I do not recall. Find them on the southeast corner of 12th and Jackson streets.

This is a walk best done on your own, if you ask me, or at least, with other contemplative adults. Maybe your kids like maps, maybe they’re little philosophers… go ahead and bring them! This walk is more of an excuse just to explore the city in a different way.

Want another downtown walk idea? Check out my post on the Omaha Art Walk!

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May 25, 2017

Fun Summer Events In Omaha This June

Summer is the best time to get out and explore Omaha. Looking for a memorable night in Omaha? This list has a lot of them. If you’re looking for free things to do in Omaha, you’re also in the right place – there are a lot of free summer events in Omaha this June for families!

Want more ideas? See this list of 100+ FREE movies and concerts this summer!

summer events Omaha

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “The Witches”

When: June 1, 3, 4 and 8

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Kids Fun Fare

When: June 1 (Omaha Children’s Museum Amazing Bubble Show), June 8 (Jeff Quinn, magician),June 15 (Raptor Recovery),June 22 (Omaha Children’s Museum Whiz Bang Science Show), June 29 (Wildlife Encounters), July 6 (Omaha Children’s Museum Mad Scientist Show), July 13 (Lemon Days – Meet Peppa Pig), July 20 (Jef Quinn, magician), and July 27 (Omaha Street Percussion) ; 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Regency Court, 120 Regency Parkway

Cost: FREE

 

“Peter Pan”

When: June 2-18; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. (June 10 is an autism-friendly show)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $27 for non-members, $20 for members (Main Floor); $22 for non-members, $15 for members (Balcony)

 

“Ticket to Ride! Family Night At The Museum”

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Starlight Movie “The Jungle Book”

When: June 2, 9 p.m. (“Jungle Book”), and June 30, 9:15 p.m. (“Pete’s Dragon,”)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Superheroes Unite!

When: June 3, 7:45 to 10 a.m.

Where: Village Pointe, 17305 Davenport St.

Cost: FREE

 

Seuss on the Loose 5K Character Run

When: June 3, 9 a.m.

Where: Iowa School for the Deaf, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd.

Cost: $35 for 5K, $10 for kids fun run

 

Croakers in the Creek

When: June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari, 16406 N. 292 St., Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $7.50 adults (12 and over), $6.50 military adult; $5.50 children (3-11), $5.50 military child; $6.50 seniors (65 and over), $5.50 military senior; and FREE for children 2 and younger

 

Fishing Derby

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

Where: Arrowhead Park, 29357 310th St., Neola, Iowa

Cost: FREE (cars need a Pottawattamie County parks permit or pay $2 daily vehicle entry fee)

 

Family Fun Festival

When: June 3, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 156th and Maple streets

Cost: FREE

 

“Rent”

When: June 3-4; performances are Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, 1:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $40-$130

 

Do Space Summer Youth Tours

When: June 5, 12, 19 and 26 (activity choice of Unplugged Programming and How to Invent) and July 10, 17, 24 and 31 (activity choice of Coding Robots or Electric Origami)

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (for ages 6-12 and their chaperones)

 

Monday Night at the Movies

When: June 5 through July 31, dusk; June 5 (“Moana”), June 12 (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), June 19 (“The Wiz”), June 26 (“Angels in the Outfield”), July 3 (“La La Land”), July 10 (“Captain America: Civil War”), July 17 (Student Choice Week), July 24 (“Casablanca”), July 31 (“Finding Dory”)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing

Cost: FREE

 

Movie Day featuring “The Secret Life of Pets”

When: June 6, 1 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch,

Cost: FREE

 

Jeff Quinn Magic Show

When: June 7, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. (Saddlebrook); June 8, 2 to 3 p.m. (Abrahams); June 13, 2 to 2:45 p.m. (Willa Cather); June 15, 1 to 2 p.m. (Bess Johnson); June 27, 1 to 1:45 p.m. (Florence)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fishing Night

When: June 7, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Benson Park, 7028 Military Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Summer Arts Festival

When: June 9-11; artists’ market open Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and children’s fair is Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Farnam Street from 10th to 15th streets

Cost: FREE (some activities in the children’s fair may cost a fee)

 

Clifford Storytime

When: June 9, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook); June 10, 10:30 a.m. (Millard); June 12, 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams); June 13, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); June 14, 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); June 15, 10:30 a.m. (Benson); June 16, 10:30 a.m. (Florence); and June 17, 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Movies in the Park

When: June 9 through Aug. 4, dusk; June 9 (“Beauty and the Beast”); June 16 (“Ghostbusters: Answer the Call”); June 23 (“Secret Life of Pets”); June 30 (“Trolls”); July 7 (“Sing”); July 14 (“Finding Dory”); July 21 (“Doctor Strange”), July 28 (“Jungle Book”), Aug. 4 (“The Great Gilly Hopkins”)

Where: Bayliss Park, Council Bluffs

Cost: FREE

 

Sand in the City

When: June 10 and 11; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE (suggested donation of $5 per family)

 

Get Smart: The Magic of Bubbles

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

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Garden Bros. Circus

When: June 10 and 11; Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m.

Where: Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

Cost: $8-$34

 

Great Sarpy County Quilt Exhibit Kickoff Pie Social

When: June 10, 2 to 4 p.m.; exhibit runs through Aug. 19

Where: Sarpy County Museum, 2402 Clay St, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $2 a slice and $1 for ice cream and drinks (no cost for kids games)

 

Kids 4 Kids Movie: “Lilo & Stitch”

When: June 10, gates open & games start at 7:30, movie at dusk

Where: Child Saving Institute, 4545 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “Mrs. Doubtfire”

When: June 10, 11 and 15

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Kids Dream Summer Film Series

When: June 11 through Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.; June 11-12, 14 (“The Secret Life of Pets”)”; June 18-19, 21 (“Rock Dog”); June 25-26, 28 (“Sing”); July 2-3, 5 (“A Dog’s Purpose”); July 9-10, 12 (“The Lego Batman Movie”); July 16-17, 19 (“Trolls”); July 23-24, 26 (“Monster Trucks”); July 30-31, Aug 2 (TBD); Aug. 6-7, 9 (“Storks”); and Aug. 13-14, 16 (TBD)

Where: Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema,  304 N. 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway,  Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3

 

Movie Day

When: June 13-27, 1 p.m. (“Moana”), June 20 (“Storks”), June 27 (“Finding Dory”)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Papillion Days Kickoff

When: June 14, 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

“KINETIC”

When: June 16 – 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

 

Baseball Hall of Fame Tour

When: June 16-28

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

Cost: $4, youth (ages 5-17); $15.50, adults; FREE, under 4

 

 

NCAA College World Series Opening Ceremonies

When: June 16, 8:45 p.m. (fireworks finale)

Where: TD Ameritrade Park, 1200 Mike Fahey St.

Cost: FREE

 

Amazing Lindy Magic Show

When: June 16, 2 to 3 p.m. (Sorensen); June 27, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (Benson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fit Series

When: June 17 (zumba), 24 (tai chi), and July 8 (zumba), 15 (pilates), 22 (yoga), 10 a.m.,

Where: Elmwood Park, 802 S. 60th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nebraska Crossing Jamboree

When: June 17, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Crossing Outlets, 21209 Nebraska Crossing Drive, Ste C100,, Gretna, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

MAKEbreak Splatter Canvas

When: June 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Michaels Stores, various locations

Cost: Must buy a canvas, other supplies are FREE

 

The Amazing Bubble Show

When: June 17, 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Touch-A-Truck

When: June 19, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Jolly Bean Juggling Show

When: June 22, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Outdoor Screening “Selena”

When: June 22, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Plane Flights During Ford Tri-Motor Tour

When: June 22-June 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 12916 Millard Airport Plaza

Cost: $70, adult; $50, child (17 and younger); $75, day-of

 

Shakespeare on the Green “King Lear”

When: June 22-25, and July 5, 6, and 8, 8 p.m. (preshow activities)

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N. Elmwood Road just south of UNO’s campus

Cost: FREE

 

Princess Party

When: June 23, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

HLP Youth Pride

When: June 23, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Stinson Park at Aksarben Village, 2285 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha World Refugee Day 2017

When: June 24, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

June Family Fair

When: June 24, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Zydeco Festival

When: June 24, from 3 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 3110 Farnam St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hummel Lightning Bug Party

When: June 24, 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Where: Hummel Park Nature Center, 3033 Hummel Road

Cost: FREE (RSVP requested; bring own jar or purchase jar for $1)

 

Art Walk 

When: June 25, noon to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Millard Branch Has Got Talent

When: June 26, 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Drive-In Movie featuring “Wall-E”

When: June 28, 10:30 a.m. (decorate a box as a car starting at 9:30)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Story Walk

When: June 29, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Shakespeare on the Green “The Merry Wives of Windsor”

When: June 29-30, and July 1-2, 7 and 9, 8 p.m. (preshow activities)

Where: Young Park, 411-1/2 N. Elmwood Road just south of UNO’s campus

Cost: FREE

 

Bubble & Water Fun

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Bank of the West concert featuring Kool and the Gang

When: June 30 (fireworks follow)

Where: Memorial Park, 6005 Underwood Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In June

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

 

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

When: Through June 25; performances are Wednesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 17 and June 24.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $42, adults (Thursdays – Sundays) and $25 for students (Thursdays – Sundays). Tickets are $32 for adults and $20 for students on Wednesdays.

 

“Fairytale Land”

When: Through Aug. 6

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

 

“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. 3

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

 

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.

 

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

 

Yoga Rocks The Park/Camp Yoga Rocks

When: Sundays

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