August 24, 2016

10 Reasons To Be Excited About Kidchella

One of the coolest family-friendly events to be announced in a long time, Kidchella, is almost here. It’s an arts and music festival for kids held at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 2 to 8 p.m.

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I’m an employee of Omaha Children’s Museum, and since the museum benefits from this event, I known about the details for quite a while. Now I get to share details with you! I’d be attending this event anyway, but full disclosure, because I’m volunteering there and writing this post, I have comp tickets.

 

10 Reasons to be excited about Kidchella

1. Live performances

There are four stages at the event with continuous performances and demonstrations. You can do some yoga with Yoga Rocks the Park at the Earth & Wellness Stage, laugh through a couple improv sessions on the Cinema & Arts Stage, watch an Omaha Children’s Museum Amazing Bubble Show on the Maker Stage, or dance to fun music with the Frontier Strings on the Main Stage.There are more than 20 performers scheduled!

2. Good food

Cupcakes? Yes. Ice cream. Oh yeah. Barbecue. Holla. There will be food available for purchase from food trucks and local eateries, including Jones Bros Cupcakes, eCreamery, 402 BBQ, Maria Bonita Mexican Cuisine, Johnny Ricco’s Brooklyn Pizza, PB Johnnys, and Renear INC., plus healthy snacks from OMNI Behavioral Health and a water tank from Metropolitan Utilities District.

3. Great shopping

All good festivals have vendors selling related products, so at Kidchella, you can shop for kids toys and clothes, handmade goods and natural products, and more made locally.

4. Creative activities

Families can take part in a pop-up paint party or enjoy crafts in the Maker Village.

5. Themed villages

Along with the stages, there are villages throughout the park to explore. They’re themed – Earth & Wellness, Theatre Arts, Vendor Village and Maker Village. Each has tables with activities from different organizations like the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, The Rose (who’ll have a costume tent) and Baby Maestro.

6. Cute photo opportunities

There will be professional photographers at three photo opportunities ready to snap adorable pictures of your family or little ones. It’s an extra fee, but I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to check your family Christmas photo shoot off your to-do list after you see these backdrops.

7. A fun headlining band

High Heel plays on the main stage at 7 p.m. This local band plays a variety of cover songs, all of them make you want to dance.

8. Theater love

From costumes to live performances, theater gets its due at Kidchella. Check out performances and/or booths by Omaha Community Playhouse, The Rose, Backline Improv, Weisenheimer Improv and Why Arts.

9. Space to run

Sometimes you kid just needs to run wild. Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about your little one darting around craft tables or shoppers. Stinson Park has a lot of green space away from tables, tents and yoga.

10. Benefits a great cause

This whole event came about because organizers wanted to throw a big festival to celebrate Omaha Children’s Museum’s 40th anniversary this year. They will donate proceeds from Kidchella to the museum! I’m biased, but I think it’s a great place to support. 🙂

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There’s so much more that I could list above to be excited about – a mini train, rock wall, caricature artist, etc – so you’ll just have to go and check all of it out for yourself.

If you go

Kidchella

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

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

Cost: $12 per person, children 2 and younger are admitted FREE. Purchase tickets in advance here.

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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June 4, 2013

Insider tips on the Omaha Summer Arts Festival

Omaha Summer Arts Festival's Children's Fair features art opportunities for youth. Photo courtesy Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

Omaha Summer Arts Festival’s Children’s Fair features art opportunities for youth. Photo courtesy Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

Today, Oh My! Omaha asks Amy Reiner for the inside scoop on the Children’s Fair, a fun zone for little ones at the Summer Arts Festival. Amy’s a good source for information since she’s been on the Summer Arts Festival board for three years focusing on the Children’s Fair. (She’s also my sister-in-law, so I can vouch for her not making this stuff up)

Tips for your visit to the Omaha Summer Arts Festival Children’s Fair:

The spin/candy art booth is back at the Children's Fair! Photo courtesy Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

The spin/candy art booth is back at the Children’s Fair! Photo courtesy Omaha Summer Arts Festival.

Q. What’s looks like the most fun this year for kids at the festival?

A. We have some new organizations but also some of the favorites including Poppin’ Penelope (balloon artist), Peapod Face Painting and of course the SAF spin/candy art booth will all be

back! Lots of wonderful crafts for example El Museo Latino will have the kids make their own maracas, First National bank tamborines and Girls Inc will decorate carnival masks.

Q. What other activities will there be there that are kid-friendly? 

A. There are a lot of teaching opportunities as well as crafts at the Childrens Fair this year. Love’s Jazz and Arts center are doing swing dancing, teaching jazz lingo and making a “swing” mobile. The Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium will teach about animals from Africa and kids will make an African drum.

 Q. Will there be live performances just for kids? What are they or what’s the schedule for them?

A. School of Rock will be performing ‘90s pop and Motown! Friday they will be on 14th Street across from the W.Dale Clark Library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday they will be in the Children’s Area from noon to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 2 p.m. and then 3 to 3:30 p.m.

Q. When’s the least crowded time to go to the Summer Arts Festival? (In other words, when’s the best time to go if you hate crowds?)

A. I find first thing in the morning is probably the best time to get there. Not only is it cooler but it is usually a little less crowded. Children’s Fair is open on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Q. Who’s selling the best food/treats/beverages at the festival? 

A. For kids, Roro’s Concessions have tasty snacks and hot dogs just outside the Children’s Fair. If you want to sit and relax while having a little lunch or dinner, head down to the Luigi Waites Main Stage where there are so many food options from our TasteFest vendors, have a beer or soda and you can listen to some wonderful music!!

 Q. If it’s hot, where do you recommend families head for some relief while there?

A. Most of the crafts are tented so the families have a little shade while they have a great time. Just across the street is the Gene Leahy Mall where we will have tables and chairs to rest and plenty of trees for shade.

Omaha Summer Arts Festival will is Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. along the Gene Leahy Mall in downtown Omaha.