March 20, 2017

50+ Amazing April Events For Families In Omaha

April in Omaha. There’s kid-friendly theater, tons of Easter egg hunts, and a special events at museums – like family nights and weekends with FREE admission. Read on to see all the fun events for families in Omaha this April:

* To add an event to this list, please email me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com!

 

Container Gardening for Kids!

When: April 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

 

Escape the Haunted Library

When: April 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Fair 

When: April 1, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus (Boys & Girls Club – Salvation Army building), 815 N. 16th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (wear royal blue in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month)

 

Open Gym Date Night Drop-Off

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

Where: Metro Stars Gymnastics, 12305 Cary Circle No. 11, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: $15 per child (includes pizza, movie, open gym for ages 5-17)

 

Omaha Symphony “Ratatouille”

When: April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$84

 

Teddy Bear Weekend

When: April 1 and 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for ages 65+, $11.95 for ages 3-11, and FREE for members and ages 2 and younger.

 

Ballet Nebraska “Momentum”

When: April 1 and 8, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum (April 1) and Arts Center at Iowa Western (April 8)

Cost: $19, $33, $48, VIP $73 for Joslyn performance; $19, $33, $48 for Arts Center performance

 

Omaha Creative Institute presents: Hounds of Louvre – An Art Show For Dogs (& their humans)

When: April 2, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St.

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots

When: April 5, 12, 19, 27, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

“Little Women”

When: April 5-7

Where: Creighton University Theatre at Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza

Cost: TBD

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations (elementary and middle school age)

When: April 5, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Hangout: Game Edition

When: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Out & About Storytime: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons

When: April 7, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Where: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons in Westroads Mall, 10000 California St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Azria Health Montclair

When: April 7, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Azria Health Monthclair, 2525 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: FREE

Teen Food & Fun

When: April 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Get Geared UP! Family Night At The Museum

When: April 7, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Oregon Trail Night

When: April 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

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

 

Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum

When: April 7-9; times are April 7, 5 to 8 p.m.; April 8, 9 to 5 p.m.; and April 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (Omaha Children’s Museum is separate and has admission)

 

Spring Fling & Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon (egg hunt for ages toddler to 10 starts at 10 a.m.; Get Smart: Candy Science begins at noon)

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

Cost: Outdoor egg hunt is FREE; admission to the museum is $12 adults, $11 military and seniors, $6 youth 3-12, and FREE for youth under age 3; Get Smart: Candy Science is $7 per child or $5 for members (requires pre-registration)

 

Earth-Friendly Activities

When: April 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

KickstART Saturday

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (to explore the current exhibit “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons,” a fee is required: FREE for children and museum members, $5 general public adults)

 

Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (egg hunts at 10:30 a.m., arrive by 10)

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

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older egg hunters and accompanying adults; $1 off military discount (refreshments included); must pre-register for egg hunt

 

Cold Wax/Oil Painting

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+). Use promo code OHMY2017 to save 25% off registration!

 

Free Days At Durham Museum

When: April 8-9; April 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Egg-stravaganza

When: April 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon (storytime at 10:30)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Beginning Camping and Backpacking

When: April 8, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Black Police Officers Association of Omaha Annual Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: 2707 Redick Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: April 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

When: April 8, 2 to 4 p.m. (2 p.m. indoor egg hunt ages 10 and younger’ 2:30 underwater egg hunt)

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

Cost: FREE for members, $5 for non-member youth and $7 for non-member adult

 

Easter Extravaganza

When: April 9, 9 a.m. to noon (Easter egg hunts at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $3 per child for crafts and egg hunts, plus admission

 

Parent to Parent and Autism Society of Omaha Easter Egg hunt

When: April 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: College Of St. Mary’s Campus, 7000 Mercy Road

Cost: FREE, registration required (for children with special needs and their siblings ages 0-12)

 

Beginning Nature Photography

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

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Dinner With The Easter Bunny

When: April 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (food not included- kids eat for .99 with entree purchased)

 

Easter Party

When: April 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Night

When: April 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 14, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: The MARK, 20902 Cumberland Drive, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Library Egg Hunt

When: April 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

HOP to the Movies Event

When: April 15, 9 a.m. (Easter egg hunt at 9:30, HOP movie at 10)

Where: Marcus Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St., and Marcus Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $8 per person (purchase online here or at box office of participating theatre)

 

 

La Vista Easter Egg Hunt & Food Drive

When: April 15, 10 a.m. (4 and under w/o and w/ parent at 10 a.m.; 5-7 years old at 10:10 a.m.; 8-10 years old at 10:20 a.m.)

Where: La Vista Sports Complex, 7346 S. 66th St., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE (canned food donation accepted)

 

Easter Bunny at Scooter’s

When: April 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Scooter’s at Village Pointe, 168th and West Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: April 18, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live “Chasing Rivers” with photographer Pete McBride

When: April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

SCI-Kids

When: April 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (recommended for third graders and up)

 

Nebraska Science Festival

When: April 20-29

Where: Various locations

Cost: Varies

 

Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

When: April 21, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook branch); April 22, 10:30 a.m. (Swanson branch); April 24, 10 a.m. (Washington branch); April 25, 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha branch); April 26, 10:30 a.m. (Main branch); April 27, 10:30 a.m. (Benson branch); April 29, 10:30 a.m. (Sorenson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

“Stellaluna and Other Tales”

When: April 21 through May 7

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20

 

The Compassion Experience

When: April 21-24; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Where: Reality Church, 10695 Portal Road, Ste.103, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Lock In (Teens)

When: April 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Party for the Planet

When: April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for ages 65+, $11.95 for ages 3-11, and FREE for members and ages 2 and younger.

 

Shakespeare Sonnets 101

When: April 22, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+). Use promo code OHMY2017 to save 25% off registration!

 

Earth Day Omaha

When: April 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

Cost: FREE

 

Children’s Day Party/Día de los niños Fiesta

When: April 22, noon to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Escape the Room

When: April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (teens)

 

Dinner on the Dark Side

When: April 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $35 for non-members, $30 for members

 

2017 Healthy Kids Day

When: April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Beginning Campfire Cooking

When: April 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Little Scientist Day

When: April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

 

Brain Flakes for Teens

When: April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Nebraska Science Festival Storytime

When: April 26, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. (Willa Cather); April 29, 10:30 to 11 a.m. (Swanson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Drop-in Coding Corner 

When: April 26, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 6+)

 

Nebraska Science Festival: Explore the Science of Spin

When: April 26, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Nebraska Science Festival: Hour of Code

When: April 27, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (middle school and high school aged)

 

Artsy Thursday Craft

When: April 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “Babe: Pig in the City”

When: April  29, 30 and May 4, 6, 7 and 11

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

 

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

When: April 29 through Sept. 3

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. St.

Cost: FREE

 

SciPop Interactive

When: April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Chemistry of Harry Potter at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.,

Comic Book Physics 101: The Origin of Superman and Clues to the Planet Krypton at

11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and Rocket Science, 2 p.m.)

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

Cost: Guests 12 and younger admitted FREE, $12 for adults, and $11 for military and seniors.

 

Nebraska Renaissance Faire & Midlands Pirate Festival

When: April 29 and 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Riverwest Park, 233rd and West Maple Road, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: Adults, $12; kids (5-15), $5; children under 5, FREE

 

Hot Shops Spring Open House

When: April 29, noon to 8 p.m., and May 30, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Cost: FREE

 

Science Creations: Robots & Slime

When: April 29, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 2-6)

 

Children’s Day Storytime & Party

When: April 29, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Robot Maze Races

When: April 29, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 7-12)

 

Beginning Coding: Ozobots & Cubelets

When: April 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m

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

Cost: FREE (ages 13-18)

 

Omaha Czech Festival

When: April 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Millard Social Hall, 10508 S 144th St.

Cost: TBD

 

Art in the Garden

When: April 30, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Welcome to Storybook Land!

When: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. (storytimes at 1:30 p.m. with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, 2:15 p.m. with Maisy, and 3 p.m. with Elephant and Piggie)

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

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night at Dillon Brothers

When: April 30, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Dillon Brothers, 3840 N. 174th Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In April

LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals

When: Through April 2, competitions at different times (Horse Discovery Zone open March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 30-April 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; April 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

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

Cost: Varies (tickets to the finals look to be about $63-$83)

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: Through April 9; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. “Kubo and the Two Strings” (March 31-April 2) and “The Secret Life of Pets” (April 7-9)

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

Cost: $3

 

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

When: Through April 9

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

“Block Party”

When: Through April 9, during museum hours (closed Mondays)

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play”

When: Through April 15, during museum hours

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth”

When: Through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( late ‘til 8 p.m. on

Thursday)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

When: Through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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

 

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)

 

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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February 26, 2017

50+ Fun Things To Do In March 2017

I’ve rounded up a great list of fun things to do around Omaha in March 2017, and a lot of it’s FREE for families. If you have any you want to add, send me an email at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Enjoy the month!

 

Crafty Tots: NE150

When: March 1, 8,  15, 22, and 29, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration recommended)

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations (elementary and middle school age)

When: March 1, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Dr. Seuss Literary Night

When: March 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

“Odd Squad LIVE!”

When: March 2, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $15-$50

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” 

When: March 2, 4 5 and 9, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

Out & About Storytime: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons

When: March 3, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Where: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons in Westroads Mall, 10000 California St.

Cost: FREE

 

Ladybug Girl Visits Storytime

When: March 3 (10:30 a.m., Florence); March 4 (10:30 a.m., Willa Cather); March 6 (10:30 a.m., Abrahams); March 8 (10:30 a.m., Main); March 9 (10 a.m., Elkhorn); March 10 (10 a.m., Saddlebrook)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Sketch-A-Thon

When: March 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: March 3 through April 9; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. “Kung Fu Panda” (March 3-5), “Ice Age: Collision Course” (March 10-12), “The Wild Life” (March 17-19), “Storks” (March 24-26), “Kubo and the Two Strings” (March 31-April 2), “The Secret Life of Pets” (April 7-9)

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

Cost: $3

 

Under the Big Top: Circus Night at the Museum

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Dr. Seuss Night

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

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

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

 

Family Fun Night

When: March 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Cosmic Sledding at Midnight Madness

When: March 3, 8 p.m. to midnight

Where: Mt. Crescent Ski Area, 17026 Snowhill Lane, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: $35 in advance, $39 day of

 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Craft-ernoon!

When: March 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Skate

When: March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 4 to 6:15 p.m.

Where: Motto McLean Ice Arena, 5015 S. 45th St

Cost: $10  for family of four and $3 for additional person (includes admission, skate rentals and orange drink or lemonade)

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: March 6, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Hangout: Smash Bros Tournament

When: March 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Mother Son Night Out

When: March 9, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 3202 S. 143rd Plaza and 7865 S. 84th St., LaVista, Neb.

Cost: Activities included with cost of meal (RSVP at 402-333-6303 for 143rd Plaza location and 402-592-4900 for 84th Street location)

 

Meet the Ozobots!

When: March 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 11, 10 a.m.

Where: Through Old Market and downtown Omaha, starting at 15th and Harney streets. Official viewing stands will be at Old Chicago and O’Connor’s Irish Pub.

Cost: FREE

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” 

When: March 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 23, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

Get Smart: Nebraska Kool-Aid Science

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

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Family Education Program – Native Wild Animals

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

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

Animating Locamotion

When: March 11, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+)

 

Video Game Design (Teens)

When: March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Teen Collective: Create with Tech

When: March 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Sphero Challenge (Teens)

When: March 11, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Open Gym Fort Building Competition

When: March 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Metro Stars Gymnastics, 12305 Cary Circle No. 11, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: $15 per child (includes snack, best for ages 5+, though parents can accompany a child younger than 5 to help)

 

Daddy-Daughter Night at the Omaha Lancers

When: March 11, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.

Cost: $17-$24

 

Birthday Party

When: March 12, 3 to 8 p.m.

Where: Cold Stone Creamery, 3220 Farnam St., suite 2107

Cost: FREE (ice cream cake samples, $1 single scoop sugar cones)

 

Cooking for Teens: Donuts

When: March 14, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

St. Patrick’s Day Storytime

When: March 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Jeff Quinn’s Abra-Nebraska Magic Show

When: March 15, 2 to 2:45 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

SCI-Kids

Where: March 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream

When: March 16-19; performances are March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.,  March 18 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and March 19 at 1 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way

Cost: $37 to $104

 

St. Patrick’s Day Craft

When: March 17, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha’s O’Reilly Auto Parts World Of Wheels

When: March 17-19; hours are March 17, 3 to 10 p.m.; March 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and March 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $17 general admission, $6 (kids ages 6-12), FREE for kids 5 and younger. Discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts

 

Fizz, Eww, Slime!

Where: March 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Makey Makey Creations

When: March 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Lock-in (Grades 6-12)

When: March 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Beauty and The Beast Brunch & Tea Party

When: March 18, 9 a.m.

Where: Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St.

Cost: $17.50 (includes movie)

 

Fairy Faire

When: March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: $3 per person for members, and $3 per person for non-members plus forest admission, which is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 62+, and $7.50 for children 2-17

 

Read to a Dog: 1st Anniversary Party

When: March 18, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Symphony “Once Upon A Time”

When: March 19, 2 p.m. (arrive early for pre-show lobby activities)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Spring Break Special: Family Yoga

When: March 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: March 21, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Robots

When: March 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live “Down to Nothing” with mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill

When: March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

Hello, Robots Storytime & Craft

When: March 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Family Game Day

When: March 22, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Paper Airplanes & Gliders

When: March 23, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

When: March 24 through April 9

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

Spring Break Special: LEGO Competition

When: March 24, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

All-Madden Tournament of Champions

When: March 25, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Assembly of the Saints Inc., 4224 N. 24th St.

Cost: $25 entry fee day of event, or $20 for you register early

 

Writing Life Stories

When: March 25, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+). Use promo code OHMY2017 to save 25% on registration!

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Radio Flyer” 

When: March 25, 26 and 30, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals

When: March 29 through April 2, competitions at different times (Horse Discovery Zone open March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 30-April 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; April 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

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

Cost: Varies (tickets to the finals look to be about $63-$83)

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: March 31, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Did Miss These Events?

“Huck Finn”

When: Through March 12; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (sold out Feb. 26 and March 5)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

“Block Party”

When: Through April 9, during museum hours (closed Mondays)

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play”

When: Through April 15, during museum hours

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth”

When: Through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( late ‘til 8 p.m. on

Thursday)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

When: Through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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

 

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)

 

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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January 30, 2017

30+ Fun Things To Do In Omaha This February

Cold weather means more indoor activities for families in Omaha this February – which is a win in my book. Read on to find out what’s on stage, where the free fun is, and who’s offering FREE learning and skill-building activities for children.

fun events in Omaha February 2017

S.T.E.A.M. Stations

When: Feb. 1, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (best for elementary and middle school grades)

Lincoln’s Birthday Bash 

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

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

Cost: FREE

First Friday Family Date Night – Candyland Night

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

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

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

 

Music in Catholic Schools Benefit Dance and Silent Auction

When: Feb. 3, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Where: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 5419 N. 114th St.

Cost: $15 for adults and $10 for seniors & students

 

The Enchanted Tales Film Series

When: Feb. 3-26; “Frozen” (Feb. 3-5), “Dumbo” (Feb. 10-12), “Aladdin” (Feb. 17-20, “Alice in Wonderland” (Feb. 24-26); shows are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with times varying by location.

Where: Village Pointe Cinema, 304 North 174th St., and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $5

 

Cosmic Sledding at Midnight Madness

When: Feb. 3, 8 p.m. to midnight

Where: Mt. Crescent Ski Area, 17026 Snowhill Lane, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: $35 in advance, $39 day of

 

Kids Workshop – Build a Valentine Photo Box

When: Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to noon

Where: Home Depot locations

Cost: FREE

 

Free Family Flicks

When: Feb. 4-26, 10:30 a.m.; “The Secret Life of Pets” (Feb 4 and 5), “Ice Age: Collision Course” (Feb. 11 and 12), “Storks” (Feb. 18 and 19), and “Trolls” (Feb. 25 and 26)

Where: Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Punt Pass Kick

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

Where: Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (grades K-5, must register at 402-884-7473)

 

Family Fit Super Bowl Party

When: Feb. 4, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Ninth Annual Omaha Chinese New Year Celebration

When: Feb. 4, 4 p.m.

Where: Westside Middle School, 8601 Arbor St.

Cost: $20

 

Tamale Fest

When: Feb. 4, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: CASA Church, 16868 Giles Road

Cost: FREE (RSVP recommended)

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live “Where the Wild Things Live” with photographer Vincent J. Musi

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

Crafty Tots: Valentine’s for Kids

When: Feb. 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (elementary age)

 

Teen Movie Night

When: Feb. 9, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

KickstART Saturday

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

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Smart: Animation

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

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Bookmaking

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

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+)

 

Teen Poetry Workshop Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: Feb. 11, 1:30 to  3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Teen Valentine’s Day Project

When: Feb. 11, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Movie Day & Craft

When: Feb. 11, 2 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Valentine’s Day Activities

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

 

Florence Valentine’s Day Craft and Cookie Decorating

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Florence Community Center, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (register at front desk by Feb. 11)

 

Shrine Circus

When: Feb. 16-19

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way

Cost:  General admission, $20, and reserved seats are $27-$36

 

Omaha Symphony’s “The Carnival of the Animals”

When: Feb. 19, 2 p.m. (arrive early for pre-show activities in the lobby)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

President’s Day Activities

When: Feb. 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

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

 

Saddlebrook School’s Day Out

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

Where: Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: $12 (must pre-register and bring a sack lunch)

 

“Huck Finn”

When: Feb. 24 through March 12; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (sold out Feb. 26 and March 5)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

Filmmaking from Page to Screen

When: Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+)

 

Karaoke With Kids

When: Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Dort’s Bar & Grill, 129 N. Washington St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

More Great Stuff That’s Still Going On

“Thumbelina”

When: Through Feb. 5; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 and 11 a.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 24, 10 a.m.

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12 (members get $2 off each ticket)

 

“Around the World in 80 Days”

When: Through Feb. 12; performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Read my review

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $36 for adults and $22 for students (Thursdays – Sundays) and $28 for adults and $18 for students (Wednesdays). A limited number of tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office (cash or check only). Discounted tickets are available for Wednesday performances only at $28 for adults and $18 for students.

 

“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”

When: Through Feb. 12; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

“Block Party”

When: Through April 9, during museum hours (closed Mondays)

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play”

When: Through April 15, during museum hours

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth”

When: Through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( late ‘til 8 p.m. on

Thursday)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

When: Through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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

 

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)

 

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 26, 2016

January Events For Omaha Families

It is so cold outside. I can understand not wanting to leave the house.

But when cabin fever sets in, you’re going to want some place to go. Here are some fun January events in Omaha for your family to go to:

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Public Ice Skating

When: Jan. 2 and 3, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.

Cost: $5

 

Winter Break Fun Days

When: Jan. 3-6, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

Sesame Street Live

When: Jan. 4, 10:30 a.m. and  6:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $19.25 to $69.25

 

B-Tween Popcorn Ball Snowman 

When: Jan. 7, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (fourth through seventh graders)

 

PRCA Championship Rodeo

When: Jan. 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $10 to $30

 

Teen Poetry Workshop

When: Jan. 14, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE (pre-register suggested)

 

Snowy Bingo

When: Jan. 14, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (kindergarten through sixth grade)

 

“Thumbelina”

When: Jan. 14 through Feb. 5; Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 and 11 a.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 17 and 24, 10 a.m.

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12 (members get $2 off each ticket)

 

“Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth”

When: Jan. 14 through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( late ‘til 8 p.m. on

Thursday)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

When: Jan. 14 through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

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

 

Get Smart: Dinosaurs

When: Jan. 14, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

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

 

Raptor Bird-Day Party

When: Jan. 14, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (2-17), and FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Star Wars Family Night

When: Jan. 14, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

Sunday Family Movie: “Norm of the North”

When: Jan. 15, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

I Tried It! Toddler Tasting Class

When: Jan. 18, 10 a.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 17810 Welch Plaza

Cost: $5 per child, and $3 for a sibling. Pre-register at mhall@hy-vee.com or 402-896-4168.

 

“Around the World in 80 Days”

When: Jan. 20 through Feb. 12; performances are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $36

Read the review to see if it’s your family will like it!

 

“Block Party”

When: Jan. 21 through April 9, during museum hours (closed Mondays)

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

Superhero Saturday

When: Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Hy-Vee, 8809 W. Center Road

Cost: FREE

 

Legos Freestyle

When: Jan. 21, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

“Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”

When: Jan. 22, 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

“The Sound of Music”

When: Jan. 24-29; performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and 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 $35

 

Snow Day Snowball Fight

When: Jan. 25, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (ages 5 and younger with an adult)

 

Midlands International Auto Show

When: Jan. 26-29; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

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

Cost: $7-$9, and children 6 and younger are FREE

 

UNMC Skate-a-Thon

When: Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. to Jan. 28 at 2 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska Medical Center’s ice rink, 42nd and Emile streets

Cost: $10 to benefit Nebraska Parkinson’s

 

“The True Story of the Three Little Pigs”

When: Jan. 27 through Feb. 12; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

Found Object Puppetry with Stephanie Jacobson

When: Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35 per person, $25 for students/teachers/working artist (ages 8+; anyone under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult, free child admission with adult registration)

 

Primrose School at Falling Waters Grand Opening

When: Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: 6625 S. 193rd Ave.

Cost: FREE (includes face painting, magician, music & science presentations)

 

Drop-In Model Magic Creatures

When: Jan. 28, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

32nd Anual Cathedral Flower Festival

When: Jan. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and Jan. 29, 1 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Ongoing Events

“Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play”

When: Jan. 21 through April 15, during museum hours

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

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)

 

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 19, 2016

What To Expect At The Holiday Lights Spectacular

There are holiday lights and then there’s the Holiday Lights Spectacular.

In its third year, this is beginning to be a holiday tradition in Omaha and would you believe it, this is the first year I caught a full show? Midtown Crossing invited my family down to see it (and grab a treat) and I’m glad we went!

A still photo of the Holiday Lights Festival only hints at the whole production. There is music and a light show.

A still photo of the Holiday Lights Spectacular only hints at the whole production. There is music and a light show.

You can’t help but get into the holiday spirit with the pretty show. There’s Christmas music accompanying the light display projected on the buildings.

If it’s a cold night – and, boy, was it when we went – you can watch from the comfort of your car (you just can’t hear the music well).

The festively decorated interior of Delice, a European bakery in the heart of MIdtown Crossing.

The festively decorated interior of Delice, a European bakery in the heart of Midtown Crossing.

We topped off our night with some baked treats from Delice, one of my favorite bakeries in Omaha. It’s located right in the heart of Midtown Crossing. Try the French macarons! Hot cocoa is served there, too, which can be topped with homemade marshmallows.

We sampled cookies, a mint brownie and the macarons during our feast. My favorite, as well as Mooch's, was the macarons.

We sampled cookies, a mint brownie and the macarons during our feast. My favorite, as well as Mooch’s, was the macarons.

Every year, Midtown Crossing holds different events that add to the festivities of the light show. Here’s a list of this year’s events. They had a featured nonprofit each week, where a representative flipped the switch for each show and retailers collected donations for them. You’ll have to pay attention to next year’s dates – they always have a FREE family fun day.

 

If you go

Holiday Lights Spectacular

Where: Midtown Crossing, 31st between Dodge and Farnam streets

When: Through Jan. 1; shows are Thursday through Sunday, 7 p.m. (lasting 20 minutes)

Cost: FREE

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Disclosure: I was provided a gift card for the hot cocoa for sharing details about the Holiday Lights Spectacular. I was not compensated for this post in any other manner. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

December 12, 2016

Gingerbread Festival In Omaha

Families looking for a quick, FREE, Christmas outing in Omaha can head to the annual Gingerbread Festival at the Mormon Trail Center at the Historic Winter Quarters in Florence. Each year, the gingerbread display typically runs from mid-November through Dec. 31.

Gingerbread houses on display during the holiday season at the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha
Gingerbread displays of all sizes can be found annually around the holidays at the Mormon Trail Center.

What to expect

This was our first year visiting, even the Historic Winter Quarters which is a landmark in our city. You can simply walk through the exhibit, admiring the details, or try the scavenger hunt.

Scavenger hunt at the Gingerbread Festival in Omaha
There’s a scavenger hunt for families do to at the Gingerbread Festival.

I recommend doing the hunt. The kids enjoyed seeking little details like a penguin and Tinkerbell. Upon completing the hunt, kids are given a small candy cane.

There is a stage there for occasional performances, but we didn’t catch any while we visited.

You’ll also find a few photo opps, which my kids cannot resist.

Outdoor "life-size" gingerbread house at the Gingerbread Festival at the Mormon Trail Center in Omaha

About the Historic Winter Quarters

If time allows, you can tour the Historic Winter Quarters. It is an interesting piece of Omaha history I knew very little about. The tour includes some interactive and hands-on elements.

Inside the Mormon Trail Center at the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska
There’s a free tour at the Mormon Trail Center to learn more about the Historic Winter Quarters in Omaha.

The tour does, however, involve a short documentary, so factor in that for time (and your child’s patience).

The kids’ favorite part was the interactive map, that lit up to the corresponding short video clip about the Mormons’ journeys.

If you go

Gingerbread Festival

When: Typically, the annual festival runs daily from mid-November through Dec. 31, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Mormon Trail Center, 3215 State St.

Cost: FREE

This is a great, free annual event each Christmas in Omaha! Get details on the Gingerbread Festival at the Historic Winter Quarters in north Omaha. #Omaha #Nebraska #Christmas #holiday