February 4, 2015

10+ Valentine’s Day Events For Families

Yesterday it was all about romance and a date night to remember (read the Valentine’s Day date night idea post!). Today is more like a reality check for parents: What are you going to do with the kids? Here are a ton of FREE or inexpensive activities to do on Valentine’s Day  in Omaha to make your little lovies feel all special.

Kids Valentine's DAy

Valentine’s Day Activities

When: Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: $9, ages 2 to 59, $8 for ages 60+, free for 2 and younger


Valentine’s Day Party

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Community Center, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

Tip: You’ll make a special craft, play games in the gym and jump in a bounce house. No pre-registration necessary. Ages 5 and under.


Valentine’s Day Storytime

When: Feb. 14, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson branch of Omaha Public Library (Meeting Room), 6015 Binney St.

Tip: Geared toward toddlers and preschoolers, but all ages are welcome.

Sweethearts Brunch

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Kroc Center, 2825 Y St.

Cost: $6, members; $8, non-members (register by Feb. 11 at the Welcome Desk)


Valentine’s Day Story Time

When: Feb. 14, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Benson Public Library, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE

Tip: This is geared toward toddlers and preschoolers.


Lowes Build & Grow Workshop – Sweetheart Picture Holder

When: Feb. 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Lowes locations

Cost: FREE (pre-register to avoid standing in line longer than you need to. For more tips, see this post).


Sweetheart Swim

When: Feb. 14, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: Mockingbird Hills Community Center, 10242 Mockingbird Dr., and Montclair Community Center and Pool, 2304 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: $2 per person


Valentine’s Day Games

When: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 West Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

Tip: Bring parents, grandparents, the whole family or just one special person.


Get Crafty: Valentines

When: Feb. 14, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Florence Public Library, Meeting Room, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE

Tip: This is for the whole family, and includes refreshments. All ages are welcome.


Valentine’s Day Craft for Teens

When: Feb. 14, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Tip: Registration required.


Valentine’s Day Craft for Kids

When: Feb. 14, 4 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

Tip: Registration required.


You want to plan an entire week’s worth of Valentine’s Day fun? Check out the big list of events at Family Fun in Omaha.


Your turn: What are your Valentine’s Day plans? Are you into these sort of planned activities or is it just another day for your family?

February 3, 2015

4 Memorable Valentine’s Day Dates In Omaha

Hi! Looking for 2017 Valentine’s Day ideas? Head to this post with updated listed!

Every other year, I decide Mr. Wonderful and I don’t need to do anything special for Valentine’s Day. This is the year I want to do something.

Something a little bit different than the usual nice dinner.

If you want a memorable night out on Valentine’s Day in Omaha (or the day before, since a lot of places are offering events on Friday in addition to the holiday), read on.

Valentine's Day 2015


1. Combine your night out with drinks, food and painting. UPDATE: Both classes are sold out!

Canvas and Cabernet is having a couples class on Feb. 13 and 14, 6:30 to 9 p.m. each night. I’m so excited Canvas and Cabernet,  6457 Frances St., invited me and Mr. Wonderful to attend a class. With their couples classes, you paint two canvases that can be hung side by side or on their own. It’s going to be funny – we’ll be painting cubist portraits of our beloveds. With these special Valentine’s Day classes, your class fee includes a bottle of house wine and appetizers from Jones Bros. I’m already drooling thinking about this. The wine. Not the painting my husband’s portrait.
Cost: $100 per couple. Register here, and let them know what kind of wine you prefer.

Canvas and Cab Valentine


2. Let’s talk about dinner in a unique setting. Two Omaha landmarks will open their doors for special Valentine’s Day dinners.

Joslyn Castle, 3902 Davenport St., has dinners on Feb. 13 and 14, two seatings each night at 6 and 8 p.m. I’ve been to a wedding here and it’s gorgeous and the definition of class romance. It’s also an intimate setting, and there will be live cello music. Food be Patricia Catering.

Cost: $190 per couple. For reservations, call 402.595.2199.

Head to our beautiful art museum for “A Vintage Valentine.” Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., will be open late Feb. 14 from 8 to 11 p.m. for dinner, live music and art viewing. The night is inspired by the exhibition “American Moderns, 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell,” so expect a little Roaring ‘20s, some glam from the 1930s and ‘40s, and Rockabilly from later decades. You can dress vintage or come as you are, but the fun part of this night is the dancing from 9 to 11 p.m.

Cost: Dinner, Drinks & Dance ($35 for Joslyn members; $45 for the general public and includes dinner and a free drink ticket, reservations required one week in advance – call 402.661.3862.

Cost: Drinks & Dance (free for Joslyn members; $10 for the general public and includes viewing the exhibit from 8 to 10 p.m. and a cash bar. No reservations required.)


3. Movie night, anyone?

Film Streams, 1340 Mike Fahey St., offers a FREE screening of “The Philadelphia Story” (1940) at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14. Unfortunately, all tickets are reserved at the moment, but if you want to try your luck, a limited amount of tickets may become available the evening of the show. Put your name on the waiting list in-person at the box office starting at 6 p.m. on the 14th.


4. I just want food. Good food. Maybe some wine.

I hear you. Two of the restaurants that have impressed me the most with their inventive food (that also tastes great) have special prix fixe menus. Go to one of these to be wowed and feel kinda trendy.

The Grey Plume,  220 S. 31st St., has a four-course prix-fixe menu. To reserve a table, call 402.763.4447.

Cost: $75 per person

Lot 2, 6207 Maple St., will have a special fixed-priced menu on Valentine’s Day, three courses with wine pairings. To reserve a table, call 402.504.4200.

Cost: $59 a person, which is a deal for the wine pairings!


Check the blog tomorrow if you don’t want anything romantic to plan on for Valentine’s Day… if you want something that’s in the daytime, that doesn’t require reservations. I’m a parent, too, so I get it. I’ll have a list of family-friendly activities on Valentine’s Day.

Are you a traditionalist when it comes to Valentine’s Day? Want some romantic restaurant suggestions? Check out Mary’s picks of romantic Omaha restaurants at Living A Sunshine Life.

February 13, 2014

Fun Things To Do In Omaha Feb. 14-16

They say it’s going to get “warmer” out. Time to makes some plans to get out of the house this weekend, just in case they’re right! I found three fun things to do in Omaha that sound like good enough reasons to leave the coziness of home:

Valentine’s Day Kids Activities

Omaha children's museumWhen: Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Why: You’re so not crafty enough to get themed activities put together for your kid. Take him to the museum ad let them entertain the wee ones with dancing hearts science experiments and homemade handprint Valentine’s.

Who’d like this: Creative kids; kids of all ages because come on, it’s the children’s museum

Kidz Explore

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

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

Why: If your kid has endless energy, take her here to get it all out. Think games, think animals, think crafts, think 15,000 screaming kids. Your kid will love it; you might want to bring some Advil.

Who’d like this: Kids of all ages (there’s even an area for 3 and younger); active families

Tip: Save $2 per person by buying tickets ahead of time at Bag N Save or No Frills. Otherwise, cost at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for 3-12 and FREE for 2 and younger.

“Poseidon and the Sea”

Poseidon at Joslyn

Black-Figure Lekythos, Greek, Attic, ca. 540–530 BC, ceramic, Tampa Museum of Art, Joseph Veach Noble Collection, 1986.043; photo courtesy of Tampa Museum of Art

When: Open through May 11; Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Why: This temporary exhibit just opened and the ancient world’s mysteries intrigue you… so you want to drag your kids here. Don’t worry, there is a free Myths & Monsters Art Pack to check out  that your kids will enjoy.

Who’d like this:  Art lovers; mythology lovers; creative folk

Tip: While entrance to the museum is FREE, this exhibit is extra. Adults pay $10, though if you go on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m., you pay $5. Youth 17 and younger and college students are FREE (as are members).

 BONUS: Random President’s Day Activities

– Head back to the Omaha Children’s Museum on Monday for themed activities free with admission

– Pump It Up Omaha has a Lincoln & Leapin’ Lizards! President’s Day Special Event Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Basically, it’s bouncing, games , pizza and live animals. Call for reservations: 732.527.PUMP. $20/child. Parents are FREE to play, $3 for parent lunch.