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

Website 

 

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
October 11, 2016

Omaha Neighborhood Favorites

Whether you’re visiting or lived here for 20 years, there’s a good chance you don’t know about a few of our hidden gems. I’m sharing some of my Omaha neighborhood favorites so that you can get out there and explore the city.

Kids will definitely like anything in blue lettering!

Guide to Omaha neighborhoods - Where to shop, where to eat and what to do #Omaha #Nebraska

Downtown

Includes: Old Market, NoDo

Eat: Plank Seafood Provisions, Blatte Beer & Table (they even have a changing table in the bathroom), Wilson & Washburn, Ted & Wally’s

Drink: Upstream Brewing Co., La Buvette

Caffeinate: Culprit Cafe (one of the recommended coffee shops on the list of Omaha’s Best Coffee Shops)

Shop: City Limits, Jackson Street Booksellers, Hollywood Candy

Do: See a show at Bluebarn Theatre or The Rose Theater, walk across The Bob, get creative at Art Works inside Joslyn Art Museum (read about Art Works in this post!), see the train garden and children’s garden at Lauritzen Gardens 

Play: Try the big slides at Gene Leahy Mall, Omaha Children’s Museum

Benson

Where: West of downtown

Eat: España, Lot 2 Restaurant & Wine Bar, Ted & Wally’s

Do: See a concert at The Waiting Room

Drink: Krug Park, Benson Brewery, Infusion Brewery

Caffeinate: Hardy Coffee Co. (now going by Hardy’s Coffee, but it will always be Aromas in my mind)

Play: Benson Park for the kids; for grown ups, go to the Beercade and play some old school arcade games.

Central Omaha

Includes: Midtown Crossing, Blackstone, Aksarben Village

Eat: Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, Modern Love, The Grey Plume

Drink: Crescent Moon, try a frose (a frozen rose drink) at Herbe Sainte

CaffeinateCrane Coffee, ROAST

Shop: The Afternoon

Do: Attend a free movie screen or outdoor concert in the summer like Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing; coming soon – see a movie at Alamo Drafthouse

Play: Aksarben Village’s Stinson Park, play games at Speilbound (with or without kids, it’s a fun place)

Dundee

Where: West of downtown

Eat: Marks Bistro (grab a table on their patio), eCreamery, Dundee Dell, Dario’s Brasserie, Great Harvest Bread Co. (get a free slice of bread!)

Do: See a show at Omaha Community Playhouse

Shop: Scout Dry Goods & Trade

Play: Memorial Park (this place is great for sledding, but also don’t skip the rose garden in warmer weather)


South Omaha

Where: South of downtown

Eat: Guaca Maya Mexican Restaurant, Jacobo Grocery, Bakery & Tortilleria (you’re going to want to get the fresh chips and salsa from their deli), Lo Sole Mio

Do: Stroll Historic South 24 Street, visit El Museo Latino

Play: Kroc Center Omaha Family Recreation Pool

Northwest Omaha

Eat: Flagship Commons

Do: Visit Heron Haven, try standup paddleboarding at Cunningham Lake

West Omaha

Eat: Over Easy, Shucks Fish House and Oyster Bar, Twisted Cork Bistro

Do: Ride the ferris wheel inside Scheels, visit Boys Town 

Shop: Fat Brain Toys

Play: Lake Zorinski, Amazing Pizza Machine, Dave and Buster’s, get your ninja on at Urban Air Adventure Park

This post was inspired by a recent Kansas City trip I was planning. I’d stumbled across this post and thought I could do something similar for Omaha.

Your turn: What are your favorites around the city? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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September 26, 2016

40+ Things To Do In Omaha This October

If you’re bored in Omaha this month, you’re doing fall all wrong.

This time of year means theater season and performing arts are in full swing but if you don’t want to see any of that, you can enjoy the great outdoors. You can’t lose in October.

Here are 40+ fun things to do with kids in Omaha this October – many are FREE:

photo of fun things to do in October

 

Harvest Fest

When: Oct. 1, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 168th and Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

 

Japanese Ambiance Festival

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

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: $10, adults; $5, children ages 6-12; FREE for children under 6 and members

 

“David (Shannon) Goes to the Museum”

When: Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, during museum hours

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha North Hills Pottery Tour (self-guided)

When: Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Florence Mill, 9102 N. 30th St.; Dennison Pottery, 13210 N. 47th St.; Too Far North Wines and Wine Tasting, 111 N. 14th St., Fort Calhoun, Neb.; and BBig Table Studios, 17171 County Road 25, Herman, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Coloring Day

When: Oct. 1, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (drop in)

Where: Willa Cather Omaha Public Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Living History

When: Oct. 1 and 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: State park permit required

 

Cobweb Castle

When: Oct. 1-30, during museum hours

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

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

 

Out and About Storytime – Chalco Hills

When: Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Marcus Theatres Flick or Treat

When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 7-30 at 10 a.m. (Oct. 7-9, “Casper”; Oct. 14-16, “Hotel Transylvania”; Oct. 21-23, “Hotel Transylvania 2”; and Oct. 28-30, “Goosebumps”)

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

Cost: $3

 

We Care (for girls age 13-18)

When: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Omaha Public Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Go West: Exploration Night at the Museum

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Superhero Night

When: Oct. 7, 5 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; FREE for member families and children under 2

 

First Friday in the Old Market

When: Oct. 7, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Various galleries in the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

Junkstuck

When: Oct. 7-9; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: 1150 River Road Drive, Waterloo, Neb.

Cost: $8 for one day, $20 for all three days (VIP pass available too); kids 12 and younger are admitted FREE

 

Food Day

When: Oct. 8, 8 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Farmers Market in the Old Market

Cost: FREE

 

KickstART Saturday

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

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

39th Annual Witches’ Tea

When: Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (costume contest for different age groups starts at 1 p.m.)

Where: Mangelsen’s, 3457 S. 84th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Haunted Fair

When: Oct. 8, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Nobbies, 2500 S. 120th St., and 4008 Twin Creek Drive, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Zombie Walk

When: Oct. 8, 6 p.m. (get makeup applied for $4 at Waiting Room from 1 to 5 p.m.)

Where: Benson (along Maple Street)

Cost: FREE, with makeup sales proceeds benefiting Siena Francis House

 

Toast of the Old Market

When: Oct. 8, 2 to 10 p.m.

Where: 11th Street between Jackson and Howard streets

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Tabletop Haunted House

When: Oct. 8, 2 to 3:30 p..m.

Where: Florence Omaha Public Library location

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended; for teens and older)

 

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastic Champions

When: Oct. 8, 7 to 10 p.m.

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

Cost: $29-$299

 

Creighton University Dance “A Nightmare’s Holiday”

When: Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 9, 2 p.m.

Where: Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza

Cost: TBD

 

Champions Challenge Rodeo: High School Invitational

When: Oct. 8, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Chance Ridge Events Center, 506 Skyline Drive

Cost: $10, adults; FREE, kids younger than 5

 

The Haunted Library

When: Oct. 13, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Florence Omaha Public Library branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended; open to teens)

 

Dig it: Family Gardening: Flower Pounding

When: Oct. 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Florence Omaha Public Library branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended; open to families)

 

“Mouse on the Move”

When: Oct. 15 through Nov. 6

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $12, members save $2 off each ticket

 

Third Annual Pumpkin Festival

When: Oct. 15 and 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Ditmars Orchard and Vineyard

Cost: TBD

 

Spaghetti Feed 

When: Oct. 15, 3 p.m.

Where: Masonic Lodge, 130 S. Sixth St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $5 donation, children younger than 3 are FREE (benefits Team Bing for brain surgery and family medical expenses)

 

YMCA Halloween Camp

When: Oct. 15-16, 21-22, 22-23, 28-29 or 29-30, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. the next day

Where: Camp Kitaki, 14917 East Park Highway, Louisville, Neb.

Cost: $56 (overnight camp for ages 7-14)

 

Spooktacular

When: Oct. 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $8.95 for members, $9.95 for non-members; children 2 and under are FREE

 

Job’s Daughters Bethel #1 of Papillion Halloween Party

When: Oct. 15, 7 to 11 p.m. (events for 9 and younger run until 8:30; 10 and older dance starts at 8:30)

Where: Papillion Masonic Lodge, 8411 Centennial Road, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: $10, portions of the proceeds go to the HIKE Fund, which helps children who are deaf or hard of hearing purchase assistive hearing devices.

 

Omaha Royal Princess Ball

When: Oct. 16, 12:15 and 3 p.m. (VIP doors open at 11:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.)

Where: Livestock Exchange Ballrooms, 4920 S. 30th St.

Cost: $25-$40

 

Ailey II

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

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

Cost: Starts at $19

 

Trunk Or Treat

When: Oct. 20, 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Amazing Pizza Machine, 13955 S. Plaza

Cost: FREE

 

Healthy Trick Or Treat Nights

When: Oct. 20 and 27, 5:30 to 7:30 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; FREE for member families and children under 2

 

PRISM Paranormal Investigations Talk and Q&A

When: Oct. 20, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Benson Omaha Public Library branch

Cost: FREE

 

Trick or Treat at the Mart

When: Oct. 21, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Harvest Parties

When: Oct. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m.  (Butler-Gast); Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. (downtown)

Where: Butler-Gast YMCA, 3501 Ames Ave.; Downtown YMCA, 430 S. 20th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Spooktacular At Westwood Plaza

When: Oct. 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Westwood Plaza, check in to get goodie bags at 12315 W. Center Road (next to Great Clips)

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha’s Great Pumpkin

When: Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Family Festival & pumpkin carving is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; “Shining the Light” ceremony is 7 to 8 p.m.)

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 168th and Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Fun Fest

When: Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library Meeting Rooms 2 & 3

Cost: FREE

 

Ballet Nebraska presents “Swan Lake”

When: Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $25 to $87 (VIP includes reception)

 

Planes, Trains, & Autos Trick or Treat Event

When: Oct 22 & 23, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

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

 

“Symphony Spooktacular: Halloween at Hogwarts”

When: Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Nebraska Hands and Voices Visits Abrahams Storytime

When: Oct. 23, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

The Big Garden Harvest Festival

When: Oct. 23 3 to 8 p.m.

Where: 5602 Read St.

Cost: FREE

 

Pumpkin Party Night

When: Oct. 24, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Chik-fil-A, 7575 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (pumpkins for first 100 children ages 12 and younger)

 

The Great Hall-oween Haunt

When: Oct. 25, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $11, adults;$8, seniors; $7, children; and FREE for members and children 2 & younger

 

Montclair Monster Mash

When: Oct. 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Not So Scary Jump

When: Oct. 25 and 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Pump It Up, 960 S. 72nd St.

Cost: $12 (ages 3-11), reservations required

 

Preschool Halloween Party

When: Oct. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen Branch Rec Center meeting room

Cost: FREE

 

Truck or Treat

When: Oct. 26, 5:30 to 7:30 (chili feed starts at 5:30; trunk or treat at 6:30)

Where: Elkhorn Hills United Methodist Church, 20227 Veterans Drive, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Teen Movie Night

When: Oct. 26, 6  p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Spooktacular!

When: Oct. 26, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended, as are costumes)

 

Halloween Costume Party with a Vampire

When: Oct. 27, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library A.V. Sorensen branch

Cost: FREE (costumes encouraged)

 

Out and About Storytime: Do Space

When: Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

“The Jungle Book”

When: Oct. 28 through Nov. 13

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, members receive 4 free tickets

 

Live Action Clue (teens)

When: Oct. 28, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended; for teens only)

 

Baseballoween

When: Oct. 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE (includes fireworks)

 

Halloween Teen Lock-In

When: Oct. 28, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended)

 

Teen Halloween Lock-In

When: Oct. 28, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended)

 

Harry Potter Lock-In (grades 2-6)

When: Oct. 28, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Abrahams branch

Cost: FREE (open to wizards in grades 2-6)

 

No Tricks, All Treats

When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Great Plains Veterans Building, 7612 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Trick or Treat the Museum

When: Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Saddlebrook Spooktacular!

When: Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch (starts in the common room)

Cost: FREE

 

Benson Boo Bash

When: Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

UNO Mav Kids Halloween and Health Fair

When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: University of Nebraska at Omaha, 6001 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Halloween Party

When: Oct. 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Skate Daze, 3616 S. 132nd St.

Cost: $8 plus cost of skate rental

 

Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 29, 2 to 4 p.m.

Where: Crossroads Church, 1307 N. 29 St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Zoo’s Boo Bash

When: Oct. 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $35, members, and $40, non-members, children 2 and under are FRE (includes dinner)

 

Trunk or Treat

When: Oct. 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St.

Cost: FREE

 

Zombie Nerf Lock-In

When: Oct. 29, 7 to 10 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard branch

Cost: FREE (pre-registration recommended; for ages 11 to 18)

 

Halloween Hoopla

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

Where: Shadow Lake Towne Center, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Halloween Out and About Storytime at Marquis Place Nursing Home

When: Oct. 31, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Marquis Place Nursing Home, 20800 W. Maple Road, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE (costumes encouraged; trick or treating to follow; recommended ages 15 months to 3 years)

 

Ongoing events

“The Music Man”

When: Through Oct. 2; performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $10, students

 

“Sister Act”

When: Through Oct. 16; performances are Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $42, adults ($32 on Wednesdays); $25, students ($20 on Wednesdays)

 

“Shrek The Musical”

When: Through Oct. 16; Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m. (no 5 p.m. show on Oct. 2)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20, members receive 4 free tickets

 

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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August 26, 2016

40+ September Events For Families

September’s the best time of year in Omaha – nearly fall but still warm enough to go out and play like it’s summer. There are a lot of events, free activities and more to look forward this month in the metro area!

Have a family-friendly event you’d like listed? Send me an email with the date, location and cost and I’ll add it! Email ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com.

Monthly preview post

Week 1 (Sept. 1-4)

Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series – “Cartoons from the UPA Vault”

When: Sept. 1

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

Cost: $9 general admission; $7, seniors, students, teachers, and military (and those arriving by bike); $4.50 for members; and $2.40 for children 12 and younger

 

“How The Apollon Showed Seuss”

When: Sept. 1-4; Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. (doors open a half-hour early)

Where: The Apollon, 1801 Vinton St.

Cost: $25-$35 (includes interactive performance and a three-course meal)

Note: This show is intended for adults but suitable for all ages (use your best judgement)

 

Septemberfest

When: Sept. 2-5; Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday through Monday, noon to midnight (parade is Monday at 10 a.m.)

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

Cost: $5 per person per day, FREE for children 5 and younger

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Minions Night

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

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

Cost: Included with regular museum admission, which is $12, $11 for seniors, and free for members and 2 and younger.

 

“Goodnight Moon”

When: Sept. 2-18; Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m. (no 5 p.m. show on Sept. 4)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20

 

First Fridays in the Old Market

When: Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: Various Old Market galleries

Cost: FREE

 

AppleGrass Festival

When: Sept. 3 and 4 (live music starts at 6 p.m.)

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

Cost: $10 per person for one night; $15 for a two-night pass

 

 

Labor Day Weekend Activities

When: Sept. 3-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with zoo admission, which is$17.95, adults (ages 12 and over); $11.95, children (ages 3-11); $16.95, seniors (65 and over); and FREE for children 2 and under.

 

Living History

When: Sept. 3 and 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: State park permit required

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series – “Boy and the World”

When: Sept. 3, 4, 8, 10, 11 and 15

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

Cost: $9 general admission; $7, seniors, students, teachers, and military (and those arriving by bike); $4.50 for members; and $2.40 for children 12 and younger

 

Week 2 (Sept. 5-11)

Lauritzen Gardens Free Admission Day

When: Sept. 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Laurizen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: FREE

 

Omahawks Radio Control Club Airshow

When: Sept. 5, noon to 4:30ish

Where: Hawk Field, 138th and Fort streets

Cost: FREE

 

Hip Hop Line Dance

When: Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch meeting room A

Cost: FREE

 

Dinosaur visits libraries’ story times

When: Sept. 9, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook); Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m. (Swanson); Sept. 12, 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams); Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m. (Millard); Sept. 14, 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather); Sept. 15, 10 a.m. (Elkhorn); Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m. (Sorensen)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Fields of Flight

When: Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Fun Flight, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. live music, glow at dusk; Sept. 10, 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Competition Flight, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. live music, glow at dusk; Sept. 11 Competition Flight

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

Cost: $3 per person; parking is $5 per car

 

Opera Outdoors

When: Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st-33rd and Farnam-Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

Monarch Tagging

When: Sept. 10, 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 11:30 a.m. (register for one session)

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

Cost: FREE (pre-register by Sept. 7, space is limited. Go online to www.mycountyparks.com)

 

Harvest Party

When: Sept. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mulhall’s,  3615 N. 120th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Kidchella

When: Sept. 10, 2 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $12, FREE for children under 2

 

Moonshell Storytelling Festival

When: Sept. 10

Where: TBA

Cost: FREE

 

Midtown Car Show

When: Sept. 11

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st-33rd and Farnam-Dodge streets

Cost: FREE

 

Taste of Florence

When: Sept. 11, 1 to 5 p.m. (includes kid zone)

Where: 7915 N. 30th St.

Cost: $15, adults; $7.50 for children under 12

 

KinderNature: Soaring Wings

When: Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 per child

 

Week 3 (Sept. 12-18)

“Elf Jr.”

When: Sept. 16-25; performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Chanticleer Community Theater, 830 Franklin Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $20, adults; $16, seniors; $10, students

 

“The Music Man”

When: Sept. 16 through Oct. 2; performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Little Theater, 203 W. Mission Ave., Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $20, adults; $18, seniors; $10, students

 

132nd German Day Celebration/Oktoberfest

When: Sept. 16, 5 p.m. to midnight, and Sept. 17, noon to midnight

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

Cost: $5, adults; FREE for kids 12 and young and active military

 

“Sister Act”

When: Sept. 16 through Oct. 16; performances are Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $42, adults ($32 on Wednesdays); $25, students ($20 on Wednesdays)

 

Midwest Winds Kiteflyers

When: Sept. 17 and 18

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

Cost: TBD

 

Dig it: Family Gardening

When: Sept. 17, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by refreshments and program at the Florence Library at 10:30

Where: Community Garden on 30th and Bondesson streets (behind the Shell Station)

Cost: FREE

 

Gifford Farm Fall Festival

When: Sept. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 (ages 2 and older)

 

El Grito Festival

When: Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sept. 18, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: Plaza the la Raza, South 24th and N streets

Cost: FREE (rides are extra)

 

Welcome Week: International Culture Sharing

When: Sept. 17, noon to 2 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Willa Cather branch

Cost: FREE

Tip: Bring something to share from your culture (food, jewelry, flag, etc.). This is a welcome event for refugees and immigrants

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series – “Habanastation”

When: Sept. 17, 18 and 22

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

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fiesta

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch meeting room

Cost: FREE (but pre-registering is requested)

 

Learning on the Lake

When: Sept. 18, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake Zorinsky Park, South 156th and F streets

Cost: FREE

 

Week 4 (Sept. 19-25)

AKSARBEN Stock Show & Rodeo

When: Sept. 22-25, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE for the stock show, rodeo is $21+

 

Barbecue for Blue – Law Enforcement Appreciation Lunch

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

Where: Community of Christ Church, 140 W. Kanesville Blvd.

Cost: FREE

 

National Alpaca Farm Day

When: Sept. 24 and 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Alpacas of the Heartland, 7016 County Road 39, Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic – Fire boat

When: Sept. 24, 10 a.m.

Where: Lowes locations

Cost: FREE (pre-registration is recommended; here’s my post explaining how Build & Grow clinics work)

 

 

Fifth Annual ARTsarben

When: Sept. 24 and 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village,2232 S. 64th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hispanic Stories for Families and Children

When: Sept. 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch conference room A

Cost: FREE

 

Child Saving Institute Guild’s Touch-A-Truck

When: Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: First Data/UNO parking lots, just south of 69th and Pacific streets

Cost: FREE

 

25th Annual Fort Omaha Intertribal Powwow

When: Sept. 24, 1 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Metropolitan Community College Fort Omaha Campus, 5730 N. 30th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Week 5 (Sept. 26-30)

Saddlebrook Family Lock-In

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

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook branch

Cost: FREE; registration opens on Sept. 1 at 8 a.m.

Tip: There will be some snacks, but they suggest families also bring a dish to share for a picnic-style dinner

“Shrek The Musical”

When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 16; Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 5 p.m. (no 5 p.m. show on Oct. 2)

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20

 

Ongoing Events

“Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove”

When: Through Sept. 5, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12, $11 for seniors, and free for members and 2 and younger.

 

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

When: Through Sept. 18; performances are Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Wednesday performances at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 and 14

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $40, adults; $22, students; Twilight Tickets are available at half price after noon the day of the performance at the Box Office. Cash or check only. Subject to availability.

Tip: You know the book, so use your judgement on what age is best for seeing a play about it.

 

“Drawing Stories: The Picture Book Art of Marla Frazee Exhibition”

When: Through Sept. 18; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Project 10-2: Alzheimer’s in Omaha”

When: Through Oct. 1; Tuesdays through Thursdays & Sundays, noon to 6 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Artists’ Cooperative Gallery, 405 S. 11th St.

Cost: FREE

 

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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August 10, 2016

Vintage Wheels & Hot Air Balloons This Weekend

Looking for fun things to do this weekend in Omaha? There’s a lot going on, but I found three events for families looking for something different, something a little out of the ordinary, to do this week. Hot air balloons? Vintage cars? Woven art? Cool, right?

For more ideas, visit the post 40+ Fun Things To Do In August.

 

10th Annual Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival

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When: Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m. (balloon launch starts at 7 p.m., balloon glow at 8:30 p.m. each night)

Where: Coventry Campus, just south of 204th and Q streets

Why: Mom and Dad get a little wine tasting, kids get a lot of hot air balloons. Winning all around.

Who’d like it: Wine lovers; hot air balloon enthusiasts

 

 

Wrapped, Dyed & Woven: A Celebration of the Work of Sheila Hicks

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When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (KickstART kids hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to noon)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Why: You’re curious about the new exhibit and want to show your kids a different form of artwork.

Who’d like it: Art lovers; creative types; families on a budget

Note: The event is FREE but if you want to see the exhibition, you’ll have to pay admission. Go between 10 a.m. to noon when it’s half the price, $5 for adults (kids are FREE).

2016 Vintage Wheels at the Fort

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

Where: Fort Omaha, 30th and Fort streets (on the Metropolitan Community College campus)

Why: If you have car shows, and really love the FREE ones, this event hosted by Douglas County Historical Society is for you. Plus, mix in additional local histry with by visiting the General Crook House Museum for FREE that day.

Who’d like it: History buffs; gear heads; curious types wanting to see pre-1965 era cars; families on a budget

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