Weekend Fun For Active, History-Loving Families

Get moving and exploring history this weekend in Omaha! Here are three fun and kid-friendly activities to check out, including a active fun at the Downtown YMCA, lots of walking around as your explore Fort Atkinson during the living history

End of Summer Carnival

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When: Friday, 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown YMCA, 430 S. 20th St.

Why: You’re looking for something that will get the kids moving, and you just happen to love the price of admission (it’s FREE)

Who’d like this: Families on a budget; kids of all ages; active families

 

Living History Re-Enactment

 

Ft. Atkinson spinning wheel

When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Fort Atkinson State Historical Park, 201 S. Seventh St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Why: You’re big history fans or you’re just looking for something different to do. A historical re-enactment is definitely something different to do around here. Read about the experience in a post I recently wrote about the fort here.

Who’d like this: History buffs; school-age kids; active families (there is a lot of walking)

Tip: You’ll need a Nebraska State Parks pass (annual or day) to drive into Fort Atkinson.

 

National Root Beer Float Day

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

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

Why: There’s definitely something fun about having a root beer float while seated at an old-fashioned soda fountain. (OK, technically, you’ll still need to pay museum admission, but once you’re in, you can get the float for free.)

Who’d like this: People with a sweet tooth; kids of all ages

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Free Things To Do This Weekend With Kids

Some weekends, you just need to find something free to do because, I dunno, maybe you got a little too crazy on Amazon Prime Day and you’re still feeling the hurt. Whatever your reason, this weekend there is a lot of free things to do in Omaha.

If you want more options, free or not, head to this big list of fun things to do in July.

 

Offutt Open House & Air Show

2016 air show

When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Offutt Air Base

Why: It’s back! Everybody loves a good air show and this one’s back on after ending in 2014. They’re promising 4½ hours of air show (including the jets, parachuters). All FREE.

Who’d like it: Kids of all ages; families on a budget; kids obsessed with planes

 

Kids 4 Kids “Toy Story” Screening

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When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (movie begins at dusk)

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

Why: A FREE movie with space for your kids to run around and games to play? What’s not to love? Your kids are going to sleep well that night. Donations benefit Child Saving Institute.

Who’d like this: Kids who can stay up late; families on a budget

 

Learning on the Lake

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When: Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake Zorinsky Park, 3808 S. 156th St.

Why: You’re an outdoorsy bunch and you want to learn something new. And it’s FREE.

Who’d like it: Outdoorsy types; active families; families on a budget.

 

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Weekend Fun For Fans Of Summer

I’m still in an outdoorsy kick, even if it’s getting to be unbearably hot. If you can stand the heat, I found two fun family events in the morning to give you a little bit of nature without to midday sun beating down. If that’s too much nature for you, you might like the rides and music that are planned at the first ever Nebraska Hispanic Festival.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, you can find more events in the post 60+ Fun Things To Do In July.

 

Nebraska Hispanic Festival

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When: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.

Why: You love rides and kinda dig the salsa (music and/or condiment).

Who’d like this: Lovers of Hispanic culture and music; cultural types; carnival lovers

Tip: Get $2 off coupons at all Sol’s Jewelry and Loan locations (and kids younger than 5 admitted FREE)

Heron Haven Educational Program – Lemonade and stories

Heron Haven can be a serene place within Omaha.
Heron Haven can be a serene place within Omaha.

When: Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Why: Heron Haven is a FREE little oasis of nature in the middle of the city and worth a visit any day, but if you go on Saturday, you get a little nature education thrown in.

Who’d like this: Nature lovers; children of all ages

 

Gifford Farm Family Fun Saturday – Wild West Day

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Why: You can visit a farm without venturing too far out of the city.

Who’d like this: Nature lovers; animal lovers; children of all ages

 

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Lewis & Clark Trail National Parks Service Headquarters In Omaha

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If you’ve spent any time in Omaha, there’s a good chance you’ve walked along the Lewis & Clark Landing – that riverfront development along the Missouri River. You’ve attended festivals to gorge on roasted corn on the cob and listen to music and you’ve crossed the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge so you can take that Nebraska-Iowa state line photo opp.

Photo opp on The Bob, as the pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River is affectionately called.
Photo opp on The Bob, as the pedestrian bridge over the Missouri River is affectionately called.

And there’s a good chance you’re like me and totally missed the fact that right there on the river front is some National Parks Service property.

Omaha’s right on the Lewis & Clark Trail.

At the foot of the Omaha side of the pedestrian bridge is the Midwest headquarters of the Lewis & Clark Trail, a national historic trail managed by the National Parks Service that meanders 3,700 miles through 11 states.

The Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, traveled the Midwest up to the northwest coast in search of the Northwest Passage from May 1804 and September 1806. Much of that journey was spent going against the current on the Missouri River.

The Missouri River played an integral role in the journey of Lewis & Clark, so it’s not surprising that a visitors center was built along its shores. It was just surprising to me.

The headquarters is housed in a building that’s, quite frankly, forgettable in an office building sort of way, despite of the National Park Service signs and the visitors center stands encouraging you to come in.

The National Parks Service's Midwest Region headquarters to the Lewis & Clark Trail is in Omaha.
The National Parks Service’s Midwest Region headquarters to the Lewis & Clark Trail is in Omaha.

My family has walked through the outdoor area, ignoring the signs explaining the significance. I’ve ran by and, in passing, wondered what was inside and then dismissed the thought. Since the National Parks Service is celebrating its 100th birthday, I decided to remedy the situation.

It was time to look inside.

If you’re thinking the same thing, here’s what you’ll find if you venture into the visitors center:

What to expect at Lewis & Clark Visitors Center

The Lewis & Clark Trail Headquarters Visitors Center in Omaha is contained to a lobby.
The Lewis & Clark Trail Headquarters Visitors Center in Omaha is contained to a lobby.

The visitors center is small, and you can figure 20 or so minutes to look at each display. The displays are themed based on some of the discoveries Lewis & Clark noted throughout their journey – biology, indigenous cultures, etc.

Replicas of artifacts collected during the Corps of Discovery's journey are on display in Omaha.
Replicas of artifacts collected during the Corps of Discovery’s journey are on display in Omaha.

While there, you can view a shortened version of the documentary “Ken Burns: Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery DVD.” It’s about 20 minutes and a great condensed history of the trail.

Or you can buy the 2- disc DVD documentary by Ken Burns and watch all 240 minutes of it. Whatever floats your boat.

What kids will like

If your kids have to touch everything they come across, they're in luck. Some displays have animal furs and replicas of artifacts for them to touch.
If your kids have to touch everything they come across, they’re in luck. Some displays have animal furs and replicas of artifacts for them to touch.

There are several hands-on displays that make a stop here worth it for families.

I tried my hand at writing – poorly – with a quill feather.

Kids will most likely enjoy the animal display and the dress up center.

Children can imagine themselves as a member of the Corps of Discovery as they sort through the costume trunk.
Children can imagine themselves as a member of the Corps of Discovery as they sort through the costume trunk.

The outdoor area, especially in the spring and summer, is a nice place to explore with children, as well.

(And by explore, I mean “climb on the sculptures” and then wander over to the sprayground.)

There's a short trail to walk on the north lawn of the headquarters, and it features informative signs.
There’s a short trail to walk on the north lawn of the headquarters, and it features informative signs your kids will ignore.

If you go

Lewis & Clark Trail National Parks Service Headquarters

Where: 601 Riverfront Drive

When: Summer hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Winter hours (Nov. 13 – April 15),Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, closed; closed some major holidays

Tip: Keep the Lewis & Clark theme going during your visit to Omaha and head to the Henry Doorly Zoo where they’re showing “National Parks Adventure 3D” on the IMAX screen right now.

Other Lewis & Clark Trail points of interest in Nebraska:

Niobrara State Park (Niobrara)

Ponca State Park Visitor Center (Ponca)

Blackbird Hill (Omaha Reservation, just north of Decatur)

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park (Ft. Calhoun)

Lewis & Clark Missouri River Basin Visitor Center (Nebraska City)

Steamboat Trace Trail (southeastern Nebraska)

Indian Cave State Park (Shubert)

30+ Fun Things To Do In Omaha This February

Indoors, outdoors, for big kids, for little kids. There’s something for everyone this month in the Omaha metro area. I’ve rounded up a big list of family-friendly events in Omaha – many events are FREE!

Fun Things February

Out and About Storytime

When: Feb. 1, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live’s On the Trail of Big Cats with Steve Winter

When: Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

“WATER” Exhibit

When: Feb. 5 through April 23 (public opening event is Feb. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.); Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE ($5 suggested donation)

 

Friday Fridays Old Market

When: Feb. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Various galleries in the Old Market

Cost: FREE (includes trolley rides to each location)

 

Owl Prowl Night Hike

When: Feb. 5, 7 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa (meet at lodge)

Cost: $4 per person

 

Guided Snowshoe or Winter Hike

When: Feb. 6, 10 a.m. or 1 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, Honey Creek, Iowa (meet at lodge)

Cost: $5 (Please call 712-242-1197 to pre-register for either the 10:00 am or 1:00 pm session)

 

Cookie’s Anniversary Party

When: Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE (includes treats and crafts)

 

Chinese New Year Family Craft @ Swanson

When: Feb. 6, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: W. Clarke Swanson Branch Omaha Public Library, Main Level, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

Tip: Families with young kids should arrive early for the 10:30 story time.

 

Lakeshore Learning Store Crafts

When: Saturdays, Feb. 6 (Lots of Love Suncatcher), Feb. 13 (President’s Day Mask), Feb. 20 (Chore Chart Door Hanger), and Feb. 27 (Fantastically Funny Fish), 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (drop-in)

Where: Lakeshore Learning Store,12005 W. Center Road

Cost: FREE

 

Saddlebrook Punt/Pass/Kick Competition

When: Feb. 6, 1 to 3 p.m. (K-2 and grades 3-5 compete from 1-2 p.m.; grades 6-8 and 9-12 compete from 2-3 p.m.)

Where: Saddlebrook Library and Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (includes refreshments; winners get a new football; RSVP with Miss Katy at 402-884-7473)

 

An Hour of Code

When: Feb. 6, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Branch Omaha Public Library, Conference Room A, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (for ages 7-12)

 

Winter Carnival

When: Feb. 6, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Motto McLean Ice Arena, 45th and P streets

Cost: $8 (includes food, refreshments and bounce house; does not include skate rental)

 

Family Fun Night Extravaganza

When: Feb. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $6-$12

 

Soup-er Bowl Party 5

When: Feb. 7, 5 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 for members; $10 for non-members

 

Valentine’s Day Craft Make & Take

When: Feb. 8-13

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

Cost: FREE

 

Tweens and Teens Anti-Valentine’s Movie Night

When: Feb. 10, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (includes snacks)

 

Lenten Fish Fry

When: Fridays, Feb. 12 through March 25, 4 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Adults, $10; ages 12 and younger, $5

 

Opera Omaha Presents Puccini’s “The Girl of the Golden West”

When: Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., and Feb. 14, 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater, 419 S. 16th St.

Cost: $19 to $99

Tip: I’m told this is a good one to introduce middle schoolers and high schoolers to opera/

 

Lowe’s Build & Grow – Valentine’s Picture Frame

When: Feb. 13, 10 a.m.

Where: All Lowe’s Locations

Cost: FREE (registering early is recommended)

 

Safety Saturday

When: Feb. 13, March 12 and April 9, 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)

 

Teen Poetry Workshop feat. Louder than a Bomb Artists

When: Feb. 13, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch Omaha Public Library, West Meeting Room, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Teen Valentine’s Day Craft

When: Feb. 13, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

All-Ages Valentine’s Day Craft Make and Take

When: Feb. 13, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Parents’ Night Out!

When: Feb. 13, 6 to 9 p.m. (RSVP at Welcome Desk by Feb. 10)

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

Cost: Members, $15; non-members, $25 (for ages 5-11; includes use of pool, xBox tourney, movie and a snack)

 

Omaha Symphony’s “A Celebration of Spielberg & Williams”

When: Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$85

 

Valentine’s Day Activities

When: Feb. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for adults and kids, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 2.

 

Out and About Storytime: Joslyn Story Adventures

When: Feb. 16, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Disney’s Newsies”

When: Feb. 16-21, Tuesday-Thursday. 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 and 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Tickets start at $30

 

Tangier Shrine Circus

When: Feb. 18-21; Thursday and Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Where: MidAmerica Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $15 (opening night); $15-$30 other performances


Clifford the Big Red Dog Visits At Omaha Libraries

When: Feb. 19, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Feb. 20, 10:30 to 11 a.m. (Swanson); Feb. 24, 10:30 to 11 a.m. (Willa Cather); Feb. 26, 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Sorenson)

Cost: FREE

 

Family Splash Party!

When: Feb. 19, time TBD

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)

 

 

Nebraska Robotics Expo

When: Feb. 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $6-$12.

 

Omaha Symphony’s Family Series Show “The Call of the Wild”

Where: Feb. 21, 2 p.m. (arrive early for pre-show activities in lobby)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Family Movie Day

When: Feb. 25, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (includes snack)

 

Dance Theatre of Harlem

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

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

Cost: $20-$37

 

Out and About Storytime

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

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Movie Night ‧ “Home”

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

When: Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m. activities, 6 p.m. movie

Cost: FREE

 

Saddlebrook Family Sing-A-Long Movie “Enchanted”

When: Feb. 26, 6 to 8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30)

Where: Saddlebrook Branch and Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

“Plastic Drastic”

When: Feb. 26 through March 13; Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $18 (purchase discount tickets at all Hy-Vee locations for $14)

 

Buffalo Bill’s Birthday Bash

When: Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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 kids younger than 3 and members

 

Chinese New Year Celebration

When: Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Millard Branch Omaha Public Library, East Meeting Room, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE (walk-ins welcome, but registration preferred; includes Chinese folk dancing performance, a children’s Kung Fu show, and Tai-Chi sword and fan demonstrations; try Chinese calligraphy, origami art and ancient paper cutting. Receive a red envelope gift for good luck. Taste Chinese dim sum and other traditional snacks.

 

Ongoing Events

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

 

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)

 

 

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)

 

“Super City”

When: Through April 10; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4.p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9, adults and kids 2-15; $8, seniors 60+; FREE for kids under 2 & members

 

“Go West! Art of the American Frontier”

When: Through April 17; Tuesday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, adults; FREE, 17 and younger, college students with ID & Joslyn members

 

“From Nebraska to the World: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” Exhibition

When: Through May 1; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: $9, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children (3-12); FREE members and 2 and under

 

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‘Design in Motion’ To Open At KANEKO

Bicycles as art. Cars as masterpieces of design. Motorcycles as objects of beauty.

“Design in Motion.” It doesn’t sound like an art show – but there’s art.

And it doesn’t quite sound like a car show – but there are cars.

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KANEKO will open an exhibit soon that presents automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles as art and wonders of design.

I talked with Michael Hollins, program manager at KANEKO, to get the inside scoop on what the exhibit is about and why families will want to check it out.

 

What is it?

The exhibit shows that things we see everyday – bikes and automobiles – can be designed for a purpose and as well as an object of beauty. “This is really going to be displayed and explored as works of fine art,” said Hollins.

Cars as fine art?

I’ll take the bait. Show me something pretty.

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Talbot-Lago, which will be on display at “Design in Motion” at KANEKO. Photo courtesy KANEKO

OK, that’ll be pretty cool to see up close.

 

Highlights

Chatting with Hollins, I developed a plan for what I wanted to check out: The upstairs gallery with its wall of bikes. There will be bikes from our childhoods, as well as sleek new ones and fancy old ones – like a 1881 bike with a front wheel twice as tall as a kid.

Anyone have a bike like this?
Anyone have a bike like this? Photo courtesy KANEKO

 

I asked Hollins for what he thought were the highlights:

– 1913 Stutz Bearcat, which he said looked more like a tank than a car.

– Cutaway model T, something he described as a dissected Model T.

 

Here's the dissected cutaway Model T you'll see at "Design in Motion." Photo courtesy KANEKO
The dissected cutaway Model T you’ll see at “Design in Motion.” Photo courtesy KANEKO

 

 

– The small three-wheel cars that are small, which were part of the micro-car boom of the 1950s.

– Really really old motorcycles (and new ones, like a 2015 BMW motorcycle)

 

Will kids like it?

Looking at just the photos, I’m thinking, YES, this stuff looks so cool, and I’m not even a gear head. But I asked Hollins is kids will anything interesting in the exhibit.

The 1913 Stutz Bearcat. Photo courtesy KANEKO
The 1913 Stutz Bearcat. Photo courtesy KANEKO

“There are cars they’ll certainly have never seen before. Shapes, bodies and designs never seen before.”

Hollins described some as moving sculptures. And seeing these things in a gallery setting makes it easier for kids and adults to think about these objects abstractly.

“We teach and preach here at KANEKO that creativity is inherent in all human endeavors and all age ranges.”

Plus, there will be video projections…I don’t know about your kids, but my son in particular always stops for video projections at places.

After our conversation, it seemed to me that that the best things about this exhibit will be:

  1. Kids will see some truly unique things they can’t see elsewhere.
  2. This can get families talking about the design process of these cars and bikes.
  3. Which can lead to talking about the creative process in general.

 

The Pixar of Exhibits

Parents are going to like it the way they like Pixar, according to Hollins. The exhibit creates a sense of wonder and discovery that’s accessible to children; for parents, it’s not only enjoyable to see that, it’s an engrossing exhibit for them.

A big wheel bike from 1881. Photo courtesy KANEKO
A big wheel bike from 1881. Photo courtesy KANEKO

Plus, it sounds like anyone interested in the design process will love this exhibit as it explores the entire creative process of designing modes of transportation.

If you go

“Design in Motion”

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

When: Sept. 22 through Jan. 2, 2016

Cost: FREE
Schedule of events:

SEPTEMBER

Open Space Soirée – Sept. 18, 6:30 – 9 p.m.

“Design In Motion: opening day – Sept. 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Great Minds Series with J Mays – Sept. 25, 7 – 9 p.m.

 

OCTOBER

KANEKO Bike Night – Oct. 9, 5 – 9 p.m.

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Oct. 16, 8 – 9 a.m.

 

NOVEMBER

Creative Catalysts – Nov. 7–8

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Nov. 20, 8 – 9 a.m.

 

DECEMBER

Green Sprints presented by Greenstreet Cycles – Dec. 4, 7–10 p.m.

Mode>Shift>Omaha Coffee Chat – Dec. 18, 8 – 9 a.m.