October 14, 2018

Fun Shows In 18-19 Omaha Symphony Family Series

Love “Star Wars”? I’ve got an Omaha Symphony show for you. Does your kid love pirates? Sit tight, I’ve got another Omaha Symphony show for you. I’ve taken my kids to quite a few Family Series shows to know a good show theme my kids will love, and this year, all three shows in the series are dialed into my kids’ passions: “Star Wars,” magical tales like “Aladdin,” and pirates.

What to expect at an Omaha Symphony Family Series concert, plus details on the 2018-2019 season #partner #orchestra #concert #familyfriendly

I’ve partnered with my friends at the Omaha Symphony to tell you about the 2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series – and throughout the season, I’ll be giving away tickets to each show! Follow Oh My! Omaha on Facebook for those giveaways.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Omaha Symphony. Omaha Symphony provided the tickets for the giveaways. All thoughts, opinions and typos are my own.

What are Family Series shows like?

I think my youngest was about 2 years old when she went to her first Omaha Symphony concert. She was dressed like a little fairy. And she fit in.

My daughter’s was 2 years old when she went to her first Omaha Symphony show, the “Spooktacular.”

Omaha Symphony Family Series is a great introduction to the orchestral music because they’re designed to be short, fun, and super engaging. They’re in the middle of the afternoon, lights are not as dim, and there are plenty of jokes to make everyone smile. Every show is at the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Related post: The Family-Friendly Omaha Symphony

What I liked about these shows, too, was that if one kid got a little antsy, it was fine for her to be squirmy in her seat because we were surrounded by other families. 

Signs direct you where to go for the lobby activities held before each Omaha Symphony Family Series show.

My kids’ favorite part is the pre-show lobby activities. Before each show in the Family Series, starting at 1:15 p.m., there are activities in the lobby that may include a craft table, photo opp, and our personal favorite… the instrument petting zoo. 

My kids love the instrument petting zoo because they get to play different instruments and make a lot of noise. 

My son, the pirate, testing out at trumpet at the instrument petting zoo.

They’re pretty affordable, too. Family Series shows are all general admission, and tickets are $15 each. While there are other great concerts coming up by the Omaha Symphony that may appeal to your children, you’ll have a hard time beating that $15 price. Same orchestra, much lower price to hear them play!

2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series

I’m pretty excited about each show in the 2018-2019 Omaha Symphony Family Series. The themes are a lot of fun, plus it looks like some shows are going to have great guests at them. 

Omaha Symphony’s Spooktacular: Out Of This World

My all-time favorite Family Series show is the Spooktacular each year. Not only is most of the audience dressed in costumes, but the musicians on stage are too! 

This year’s show, “Spooktacular: Out Of This World,” has a space adventure theme running throughout, so you’re going to hear some very recognizable theme music. Of course, that means some “Star Wars” music, “Star Trek,” and more. The Spooktacular is on Oct. 28 at 2 p.m.

Related post: What to expect at Omaha Symphony’s Spooktacular

Members of the 501st Garrison will be there, and you’ll want your camera for the lobby pre-show activities and photo opps. 

Plus, there is trick-or-treating after the show! 

Tip: I work at Omaha Children’s Museum and they’ve partnered with Omaha Symphony for an awesome promotion! Visit the Tinker Lab at the museum and make a lightsaber hilt, share a picture on social media (tagging both OCM and OS), and you’ll be entered in to win four tickets to the Spooktacular AND a pass for four to Omaha Children’s Museum. Plus, if your child brings the hilt to the Spooktacular, he/she gets a special prize and their own line to get a picture with a stormtrooper. 

“Aladdin, Cinderella and More Magical Tales”

The next show in the series is “Aladdin, Cinderella and More Magical Tales” on Feb. 10, 2019. This one will be fun to watch because the special guests are dancers from the Heartland Youth Ballet.

This one sounds like an adventure, featuring music from  “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and selections from Prokofiev’s “Cinderella.”

“Pirates Ahoy!”

My kids love them some pirates, so this last show in the series may be their favorite. “Pirates Ahoy!” is on March 31, 2019. There’s a story to this show, and apparently it’s a race against Captain Guerrero and his crew to find Blackbeard’s treasure.

If you want tickets to any of the shows above, visit OmahaSymphony.org. Also, don’t forget, I’ll be doing giveaways before each show on the Oh My! Omaha Facebook page (First one starts this week!). Follow the page or subscribe to the Oh My! Omaha e-newsletter to get a heads up on each giveaway. 

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March 2, 2015

Looking Forward To Omaha Symphony’s 2015-16 Season

Even if you don’t consider yourself a classical music lover, there are quite a few shows in the Omaha Symphony 2015-2016 season you’ll like. I promise.


I attended the season announcement event last week and, you guys, there is quite a bit for Omaha families! I’m pretty excited. There are also several shows for the mainstream crowd (those who swear they don’t like classical) that will make for a great date night.


Here are my favorites:

For families

Every movie in the Family Series is listed below, and I added a few from other series that may appeal to a slightly older kid.

Symphony Family Series Collage

Symphony Spooktacular – Oct. 25. Always a favorite in my family, kids and musicians dress in costume for this one.

The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular – Dec. 12-20. They expanded this to two weeks due to its growing popularity. If you love all things Christmas and a good dose of Broadway, this is for you.

Places to Go & Things to See! – Jan. 17, 2016. This one’s going to be a high-energy journey wil songs from “Star Wars” and Copland’s “Rodeo” and many more.

Call of the Wild – Feb. 21, 2016. This Family Series show’s going to have video accompanying it – always a fun addition to any show.

Peter and the Wolf – April 24, 2016. This is what I think of when I think of classical music for kids, actually. This production will have dance along with the storytelling and live music.

Superheroes! – May 28, 2016. Hear music from “Spider-Man,” “Superman,” “Batman,” “X-Men” and many more movie greats.


Date night

Pretty much, any show in the Pops, Symphony Rocks and Movie series will make a fine night out. Here are some of my favorites among the bunch.

Symphony date

The Best of Sinatra with Clint Holmes – Oct. 3 and 4. You love Ol’ Blue Eyes? Go old school and see this Vegas crooner backed by a grand orchestra.

Star TrekNov. 28. Watch the entire 2009 J.J. Abrahms’ film while a full symphony orchestra plays the score live.

A Celebration of Spielberg & Williams – Feb. 13, 2016. If you loved watching films like “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” you’ll dig hearing the memorable scores from the movies.

The Way You Look Tonight: Romantic Music of Gershwin, Porter and Kern – April 2 and 3, 2016. This screams date night, right? Broadway stars and chorus, backed by the orchestra, will perform timeless songs like “Embraceable You” at this show.

Latin Pop Revolution – April 9, 2016. I’m a geek for Latin music. Loves me some Sérgio Mendes.

The Music of Whitney Houston – May 7, 2016. Hear Rashidra Scott perform faithful renditions of “Saving All My Love” and “I Will Always Love You” while backed by a full orchestra. I can see Mr. Wonderful rolling his eyes with this one, but I know a lot of you out there will love it.


Things to note:

– The Omaha Symphony does a gazilian shows a year (my rough estimate). The full season will be on Omaha Symphony website soon.

– Family Series shows are always at 2 p.m. on Sundays at the Holland Center, with pre-show activities like an instrument petting zoo. You can go to all four concerts in the series for $37 per person.


Your turn: What show in the season are you excited to see?

February 2, 2015

Thomas’s Adventures In Music Giveaway

The Omaha Symphony has another show coming up in its Family Series. How many of you got to go to “Symphonic Space Odyssey”?


Mooch tests out a violin at the Omaha Symphony instrument petting zoo .

Mooch tests out a violin at the Omaha Symphony instrument petting zoo before the start of the “Symphonic Space Odyssey.”


If you’re not familiar with the series, read my review of one of the previous shows here.

The next show in series is “Thomas’s Adventures in Music” on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Holland Center. This one is special, since Thomas Wilkins will be conducting. I hear he’s a lot of fun!

The show will feature a narrator, Dave Wingert, and Omaha Symphony’s  tuba player, Craig Fuller. The music is going to be a lot of familiar classical pieces, including “Smetana’s Dance of the Comediennes” from “The Bartered Bride” and the “William Tell Overture.” Some slightly more familiar pieces are John Williams’s “Superman March” and “Tubby the Tuba.”

As always, there will be lobby activities that you want to show up early for!

Symphony signs


If you go

“Thomas’s Adventures in Music”

When: Sunday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St

Tickets are $12 each, general admission. Get tickets 


So, hey, you want to go?




Omaha Symphony has teamed up with me to give away a family four-pack of tickets! It’s easy to enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway ends Sunday, Feb. 15, at 11:59 p.m. One name will be randomly drawn and contacted within 48 hours via email.

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Disclaimer: Omaha Symphony provided tickets for this giveaway. I was not compensated for this post, I’m just a big fan of the OS Family Series! 

December 29, 2014

Omaha Symphony’s “Symphonic Space Odyssey” Giveaway

I was not paid to write this post on behalf of the Omaha Symphony – I just really love their Family Series. Omaha Symphony provided the tickets for the giveaway.


For the uninitiated, the Omaha Symphony has a series of kid-friendly shows called the Family Series. They’re performances at a kid-friendly time (2 p.m.), at a kid-friendly duration (about an hour), with a kid-friendly atmosphere (no shame in getting the squirmies here or the having a can’t-whisper kid).


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I’m a fan – I’ve written about it a few times including the annual “Symphony Spooktacular” and “Carnival of Animals,” featuring, what else?, lots of live animals. They’re always engaging, even for my preschoolers (it was a little tougher when Mooch was under 3).

The next show in the Omaha Symphony’s Family Series is “Symphonic Space Odyssey” on Jan. 18 at the Holland Performing Arts Center.



For this unique production, they brought in Nebraska’s very own hero, NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson. The show will explore new galaxies in a visual and musical journey – that’s right, visual. This performance has larger-than-life visuals from NASA.


If you go

When: Sunday, Jan. 18, 2 p.m. (Lobby opens at 1:15 p.m. – arrive early for the pre-show lobby activities, including the instrument petting zoo!)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, Kiewit Hall, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: General admission is $12.





Win symphonic space

The Omaha Symphony has teamed up with me to give one lucky winner a family four-pack of tickets! It’s super easy to enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. Giveaway ends Sunday, Jan. 11, at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!

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November 21, 2014

Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular Giveaway

A long-running holiday tradition in Omaha is “The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular.”


I saw the “Christmas Spectacular” years ago with friends – it’s a large-scale production that goes beyond what you’d expect from an orchestra.

Think Santa, elves and reindeer.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony.

Think Broadway stars singing and dancing. Think crowd singalongs.

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony

Photo courtesy Omaha Symphony

And of course, think lush music from our city’s talented Omaha Symphony.

It’s a fun show for the family!

The “Christmas Spectacular” is Dec. 18-21 at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas streets. Show times are Thursday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 20, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 and 7 p.m. You can get your tickets online now!



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Oh My! Omaha and the Omaha Symphony wants one lucky winner to go to “The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular” for FREE! Enter to win FOUR (4) tickets to the Friday, Dec. 19, performance (starts at 7:30 p.m.) using the easy Rafflecopter entry form below.
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Deadline to enter the giveaway is Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m. One winner will be drawn randomly. I will contact the winner via email within 48 hours – the winner will have 48 hours to respond before another name is drawn. Good luck!


Disclaimer: Omaha Symphony provided the tickets for this giveaway. 


Be sure to check out the post “50 Holiday Activities in Omaha” – it’s full of great family-friendly events and ideas to make this year’s holiday season memorable!

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Find out more about the following awesome events and giveaways:

Nov. 14 – BLUEBARN Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 15 – The Rose presents “A Christmas Story” – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 19Amazing Pizza Machine – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 21 – Omaha Symphony’s Christmas Spectacular – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov 22Ugly Sweater Run – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 26Omaha Children’s Museum presents Santa’s Magic – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 28Sky Zone Omaha – Giveaway ends Dec. 14


More from Oh My! Omaha:

Today’s Giveaways

50 Holiday Activities To Do In Omaha

Review: Symphony Spooktacular

October 15, 2014

Omaha Symphony’s Halloween Shows + Giveaway

The Omaha Symphony is getting into the Halloween spirit this season, presenting two shows themed around Halloween. I’m pretty psyched about both of them – but I have to tell you, the second one is a perfect show for the whole family. 

Symphony new logo

The first one is “Scary Movie Music” this Saturday. You’ll hear the thrilling, chilling music from “Beetlejuice,” “Bride of Frankenstein,” “Harry Potter,” “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and more. Cool, right?

This isn’t for youngsters, mind you. There won’t be any visuals accompanying the songs, but given the titles of some of the movies included, you’ll be replaying scary scenes in your head as the music is played.

You’re encouraged to come in costume. This would be a fun night out with friends!

The show you’ll want to bring your kids to see: 

Symphony Spooktacular Logo copy

On Sunday, Oct. 26, families will want to attend the annual “Symphony Spooktacular.”

This year, magician Keith West will be a part of the show!

Magician Keith Brandy will be in the Omaha Symphony's "Symphony Spooktacular" on Oct. 26, 2014, at the Holland Center.

Magician Keith West and his assistant will be in the Omaha Symphony’s “Symphony Spooktacular” on Oct. 26, 2014, at the Holland Center.


I brought both kids last year (they were 2 and almost 4 at the time) and it was fun! Read my review and see instrument petting zoo pictures here.

The show starts at 2 p.m., but you want to arrive early to enjoy the hands-on activities in the lobby. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes, after all, the musicians will be in costumes, too. There will be a little trick or treating following the show. 

The Spooktacular is part of the Omaha Symphony’s Family series, kid-friendly shows in the daytime (LOVE that) that are short enough for most attention spans. I find toddlers will need a break before the end of the show, though. Each show that I’ve attended have been engaging and entertaining without dumbing a single thing down for kids. My 4-year-old has sat through every one he’s attended.


If you go

“Scary Movie Music”

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

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., Keiwit Hall

Purchase tickets


“Symphony Spooktacular”

When: Sunday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. (Tip: Arrive early and pick seats before doing the activities. If you have a young kid, you’ll want an aisle seat for easy exits)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St., Keiwit Hall

Purchase tickets



Want to see “Symphony Spooktacular”? Omaha Symphony has provided four tickets for one lucky reader to attend the show on Oct. 26! Giveaway ends Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 11:59 p.m. Prize is valued at $48.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below:
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated by Omaha Symphony for writing this post. Omaha Symphony provided the giveaway tickets. All thoughts and opinions are my own.