December 30, 2017

10 Beautiful Midwest Destinations For Families

I’d like this year to be a year of beauty and wonder for my kids. How about you? The good news is that you don’t have to travel far to encounter some truly beautiful or unique places. There are so many beautiful Midwest destinations! Here are a few of my family’s favorites so you, too, can have a year of beauty and wonder with your family.

10 beautiful destination in the Midwest | Family-friendly places to visit in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota #Midwest #familytravel #outdoors

I’m stilling brainstorming where we may go in 2018, so I’d love your suggestions! Where in the Midwest should I go with my family for beautiful sights and wonder-inducing experiences?

Botanica, The Wichita Gardens

Monster Tree at Botanica Wichita in Kansas
The Monster Trees might have been my favorite part of all Botanica Wichita.

Where: Wichita, Kan.

Why it’s beautiful: Obviously, being a botanical garden, things are going to be beautiful. Must-see pretty spots at Botanica include the koi pond and Chinese Friendship Garden.

Why kids will like it: You must take the kids to the whimsical Downing Children’s Garden to see the Monster Woods, musical maze, the familiar storybook character statues. and, being Kansas, the yellow brick road.

Read more about this kid-favorite destination!

Clear Lake

View of Clear Lake, Iowa at sunset
The view from the top of the carousel at Clear Lake’s Fourth of July celebration.

Where: Clear Lake, Iowa

Why it’s beautiful: Like most Midwestern lakes, there’s a beautiful of the sky reflecting on the water and the serene appeal of quiet, lapping waves on a shore. But, the bonus with Clear Lake is that it’s a getaway without being far from modern conveniences. The town of Clear Lake is literally right at the water’s edge.

Why kids will like it: There are a couple beaches to choose from where kids where it’s shallow enough for littles to enter the water safely. My kids particularly remember Clear Lake for its Fourth of July festival…and the chance to stay overnight in a yurt.

Want to stay in a yurt? Here’s a post about the only yurts in Iowa you can stay in. 

Coronado Heights Park

Castle structure at Coronado Heights Park in Lindsborg, Kansas
Coronado Heights Park has a structure that looks strikingly like a castle to young children (and grown ups with big imaginations).

Where: Lindsborg, Kan.

Why it’s beautiful: Coronado Heights sits on a sandstone bluff looking over flat pastures. The beauty is the view, yes, but also the stark contrast of an ancient-looking castle set on the plains.

Why kids will like it: The castle, obviously. It’s not really a castle, but go ahead and let them believe there was once a small, medieval castle just northwest of Lindsborg.

Bonus: Don’t just visit the park and miss out on the charming town of Lindsborg. The town wears its Swedish heritage with pride, and it’s utterly charming to visit.

We tacked on a visit to Coronado Heights during our weekend trip to Wichita. Read about that stop here!

Ledges State Park

Creek at Ledges State Park in central Iowa
We looked for rocks in the shallow river that flowed through Ledges State Park.

Where: Madrid, Iowa

Why it’s beautiful: This park is an unexpected treasure in the middle of Iowa. The walk along the sandstone gorge carved out by a tributary of the Des Moines River is unforgettable.

Why kids will like it: Playing in the water is a big draw, but part of the fun, too, is Canyon Drive, a route that passes through the sandstone gorge and is often partly submerged under water. The bigger the splash, the better.

Loess Hills

Hiking in part of the Loess Hills at Preparation Canyon State Park in Iowa
They don’t call them the Loess Hills for nothing. Don’t expect a flat hike at Preparation Canyon State Park.

Where: Western Iowa and Missouri

Why it’s beautiful: We’ve hiked a few trails in western Iowa’s Loess Hills, and each have had their own unique beauty about them. Trails along these unique formations can sometimes lead to rolling hills or steep bluffs, and have views of prairies or forests. You’ll find them along the eastern edge of the Missouri River flood plain.

Why kids will like it: This is Midwest nature at its purest.

Here are three hikes in the Loess Hills to consider!

Missouri Botanical Garden

Bridge in the Japanese Garden in Missouri Botanical Garden in Saint Louis
The Japanese Garden at Missouri Botanical Garden is 14 acres with bridges, waterfalls and peaceful nooks.

Where: St. Louis, Mo.

Why it’s beautiful: This huge botanical garden has a space that appeals to everyone, but the most beautiful, to me at least, is the 14-acre Japanese Garden. It’s peaceful with its path around the lake, and everywhere you look, you see pure beauty.

Why kids will like it: The kids enjoyed feeding the Koi fish at the Japanese Garden and looking for turtles around lake. However, you’d be making a huge mistake if you skip the seasonal Doris I. Schnuck Children’s Garden. It’s a lot of fun (pack their swimsuits).

They don’t call this place one of the most beautiful gardens in the U.S. for nothing! Read why here.

Smith Falls

Nebraska's tallest waterfall, Smith Falls
A view of Smith Falls on a sunny day.

Where: Cherry County, Nebraska (nearest city is Valentine, Neb.)

Why it’s beautiful: Located in Smith Falls State Park, this 63-foot waterfall is the tallest in Nebraska. You don’t forget the first time you ever see this waterfall.

Why kids will like it: You hear the waterfall before you actually see it, which thrills children to no end. The fun part is that you can stand under the water, if you dare (it’s very cold no matter the season, and the water hits you pretty hard).

Bonus: Getting to Smith Falls from Omaha is half the fun – you drive through the beautiful Sandhills of Nebraska. Plus, most people opt to canoe the Niobrara River to Smith Falls State Park, which in my opinion, is another beautiful thing to experience.

Get Western Nebraska road trip inspiration to visit Smith Falls here!

Sylvan Lake

Walking stones in Sylvan Lake at Custer State Park in South Dakota
Hiking around Sylvan Lake at Custer State Park.

Where: Black Hills, South Dakota

Why it’s beautiful: Sylvan Lake is found within Custer State Park in South Dakota, which is itself, a truly unique and wonderful destination. Visit Custer, and make sure Sylvan Lake is on your list of stops. This gorgeous lake is a worthy destination for any family, either for an easy hike, water sports, or a waterside picnic.

Why kids will like it: The trail around lake is mostly easy, but there are some more challenging points that kids love. This is a spectacular spot to immerse yourself in nature.

Get inspired for a Black Hills road trip starting with this post!

Table Rock Lake

Jumping off a small cliff into Table Rock Lake in Missouri
Jumping into Table Rock Lake to cool off in the summer.

Where: Stone County, Missouri

Why it’s beautiful: Table Rock Lake is a reservoir in the expansive Ozarks region of southern Missouri (and expands well into Arkansas). I particularly enjoyed Table Rock because it offered an peaceful escape from the frenzy of nearby Branson, Mo.

Why kids will like it: Water sports and small cliff jumping is a big appeal here. If you plan ahead, you can rent a houseboat to extend your stay on the water.

Toadstool Geologic Park

The trail into Toadstool Geological Park in western Nebraska
Nebraska’s own Badlands, AKA Toadstool Geological Park.

Where: Harrison, Neb.

Why it’s beautiful: This is Nebraska’s own Badlands. It’s off the beaten path, and much smaller than South Dakota’s Badlands, but park is just stunning to hike.

Why kids will like it: I suspect they like it because they’re imagining they’re on the moon. At least, that’s why I liked the park. Please note: The trail can be challenging for young children, and seriously panic-inducing for parents who bring their young children. Hike with care.

Read some Western Nebraska road trip inspiration in this post!

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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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October 3, 2016

Nebraska Bloggers Series – Hannah Christensen

I’ve had a lot of fun learning about fellow Omaha bloggers, so I thought it’d be interesting to expand that circle and tell you about some Nebraska bloggers. Today is the first installment of this occasional series!

Lovely Little Lives

 

Nebraska blogger at Lovely Little Lives

Name: Hannah Christensen

Blog: Lovely Little Lives

Find her on: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter 

Home base: Lincoln, Neb.

 

Describe your blog in five words. Motherhood, Loveliness, Family, Faith, Blessings

What are the two most popular posts on your blog? The most popular post is: “To My Little One” where I poured out my grief and my love into a letter the week after I lost my third child to an ectopic pregnancy. I think it resonates with readers because so many people have either lost a baby or experienced grief and because it is a completely raw and genuine letter where I spill my heart on the page.

to-my-little-one

The second most popular post is “One Boot Print at a Time” where I reflect on my younger brother’s wedding and the beautiful cycle of romance, marriage and children. The descriptive imagery and the heartfelt display of family emotions really come out in the post and I think that touches readers and perhaps reminds them of their own wedding or parental experiences.

What social media channel are you on the most and why? Instagram. I found it’s much easier to post little snippets of my story on there than to try to do multiple blog posts a week. I have daily moments of encouragement I share on Instagram and my Facebook page if you want to check that out.

encouraging-moments

You get one hour to spend on writing, where do you go? I love the new little coffee shop we have in Lincoln: Gianna’s Java and Gelato at 2241 O St. They have authentic Italian gelato and it is amazing!

If friends visit from out of town, what three places would you take them to? The Farmers Market on Saturday mornings in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket.The brand new gorgeous Cathedral that was built for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln students. Any one of the three main college sport complexes for football, basketball and baseball but particularly Memorial Stadium, home of Nebraska Huskers Football. This link shows all the impressive Nebraska Lincoln complexes.

What’s your favorite free thing to do in your city? Visit the lovely Pioneers Park. We have spent memorable summer evenings there grilling out, playing on the playground and playing yard games with friends. There also is a beautiful wooded hiking trails, a great little nature center designed for kids and a children’s ABC garden.

 

More about Hannah

Hannah and her family

Hannah and her family

Hannah Christensen and her husband, David, have been married for five years and have two lively little girls. A stay-at-home mom and medical biller, Hannah loves morning coffee, scrap-booking, themed parties, date nights, play groups, mom friends, creative writing, Husker sports, and all things organized. She manages a personal blog where she explores the little lovely moments of everyday family life: lovelylittlelives.com.

Want to be a featured Nebraska blogger? Email me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com to find out how!

April 25, 2016

Review: Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play

“Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play: The Musical” isn’t first play I’ve seen The Rose perform that’s based on a Mo Willems book. And since I liked the first one (here’s the review of “Knuffle Bunny”), I had a feeling this one would have a similar humor and feel to it. For a show that caters to an elementary-aged crowd, I found it pretty amusing.

In order to review the show, The Rose provided complimentary tickets for me and my family to attend it.

Elephant and Piggie title

What to expect

This show is segmented like a vaudeville show, which the two main characters, Gerald the bespectacled worrying elephant (played by Will Nash Broyles) and Piggie, the spirited pig (played by Olivia Jones). It’s not your typical musical with an arc to follow. The sets change out much like they did in vaudeville, completely different sets for each musical number (you had a Western, you had a pool with bubbles). In addition to Gerald and Piggie, there is a trio called the Squirrelles that play backup to many songs and offer some visual background humor throughout the show.

Will Nash Broyles as Gerald the Elephant and Olivia Jones as Piggie in The Rose Theater's production of "Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play: The Musical." Photo by MBJ Photography

Will Nash Broyles as Gerald the Elephant and Olivia Jones as Piggie in The Rose Theater’s production of “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play: The Musical.” Photo by MBJ Photography

The most enjoyable part of the show, for me, was the moment Gerald and Piggie realized they were in a play and they decided to manipulate the audience. The children in the crowd loved that interaction. I also enjoyed the playful costumes by Erin Bragg.

What seemed to be one of my children’s favorite scenes was for the song “Swimmy! Fancy!” There’s a whole lot of silliness going on (spoiler alert: It’s a fancy costume pool party).

There are no major revelations in the show, and you’re children aren’t going to be tasked with pondering a deep life question. Like Willems’ book series with the same characters, the musical focuses on friendships and striking a good balance between friends who are different.

 

Timing a potty break

This show is less than 60 minutes, and there is no intermission. Suggest your child go before the show, though it’s totally acceptable to sneak out during the performance for an emergency.

 

Is it kid-friendly?

You better believe it. There is physical humor to appeal to a broad-range of children. It’s brightly colored and costumed. And music always seems to be a home run with children.

 

Will an adult like it?

Willems has always been an author I love because he can sneak a moment within a story or a particular expression on character, and it’s something a parent gets. He does the same thing with his plays. There are a few lines that adults can smile at.

It’s a well-done short musical but not one you’re going to go to without your children. I like going to these types of shows because my 4-year-old can handle sitting through it, and I enjoy watching both her and her big brother guffaw at silly sight gags.

 

What was it about again?

Will Nash Broyles as Gerald the Elephant and Olivia Jones as Piggie in The Rose Theater's production of "Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play: The Musical." Photo by MBJ Photography

Will Nash Broyles as Gerald the Elephant and Olivia Jones as Piggie in The Rose Theater’s production of “Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play: The Musical.” Photo by MBJ Photography

Gerald the Elephant is cautious and Piggie is…well, NOT. They are the best of friends. Which means they have LOTS of fun together… and sometimes do NOT! Two of Mo Willems’ most delightfully amusing characters come to musical life on the stage in their very first play. There are bound to be lots of laughs! But will Gerald and Piggie teach each other something more important before the curtain falls?

 

If you go

“Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play: The Musical”

When: Through May 8; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $18 general admission; coupons for $6 off admission are available at area Runza Restaurants. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Reservations are required. Call (402) 345-4849 or purchase online at www.rosetheater.org.

 

March 24, 2016

Easter Weekend Activities In Omaha

It’s Easter Weekend, which means there are just a couple of egg hunts outside of the one your parents planned for your kids (find them all here) and everything’s closed on Sunday so we can enjoy the day with our families. With that in mind, here are things to do this weekend in Omaha, sans Sunday events:

 

Inflatable Fridays

KrocCenter

When: Friday, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Why: You want to tire the kiddos out and pool time with lots of pool toys and games ought to do the trick. Have you seen their pool?!

Who’d like this: Active families; water babies; children of all ages

 

“Honk! The Musical”

Honk

When: Friday through April 10; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 5 p.m. (except Easter Sunday, March 27)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Why: You’re looking for a feel-good show the whole family can enjoy. This musical reimagines The Ugly Duckling and promises plenty of heart-warming goodness.

Who’d like it: Kids ages 5+; theater geeks;

Tip: You can get discount tickets at all Hy-Vee Food Store locations for $14 each. You’ll need to reserve the date you want by calling the theater.

 

Easter Extravaganza

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When: Saturday (crafts, 9 to 11 a.m.; Easter egg hunts through 12 years of age at 10, 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Why: You like your Easter egg hunts surrounded by exquisite natural beauty.

Who’d like it: Parents who like to hopefully avoid the crowds free egg hunts draw; nature lovers; kids of all ages

Tip: Easter activities cost an additional $3 for kids, so you’ll still need to pay admission for everyone (admission for kids 6 and younger is still free).

 

Your turn: What are your plans this weekend?

March 22, 2016

Huge List Of April Events For Omaha Families

This might be my new favorite month just because of the variety of events we can choose from! Favorite storybook and cartoon characters come to life this month, and there are several outdoor activities to get your family moving. What are you excited to take the kids to this month?

April 2016

Pirates & Mermaids Night

When: April 1, 5 to 8 p.m. (museum stays open late, so you can go earlier)

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

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

 

Ballet Nebraska’s “Momentum: Go West!”

When: April 1, 7:30 p.m., and April 3, 2 p.m.

Where: Orpheum Theater (April 1), 409 S. 16th St., and Iowa Western Community College Art Center (April 3), 2700 College Road, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: $19, $30, $45 and VIP: $70 (includes reception, Orpheum only)

Pajama Party

When: April 1, 6 to 10 p.m. (also June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2)

Where: Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St.

Cost: $10/first child for members and $5/each additional child; $15 for first child for non-members and $5/each additional child.

 

Teddy Bear Weekend

When: April 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ER closes at 1 p.m.)

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

Cost: FREE admission for each child (ages 3-12) who brings a stuffed animal (with paid adult); $17.95 Adults (ages 12+), $16.95 Seniors, $11.95 Children (ages 3-11), Free for Members & Children 2 and under

 

All YMCA Open House

When: April 2

Where: All locations

Cost: FREE

 

Out and About Story Time – Chalco Hills

When: April 4, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Exploring Children’s Nonfiction Collection Activity

When: April 6 and 20, 5 to 5:45 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Harlem Globetrotters

When: April 8, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $23.50 to $105.50 (Oh My! Omaha readers can save up to $9 per ticket! Get the details here.)

 

Jurassic Quest

When: April 8-10; Friday, 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: Westfair Amphitheatre, 22984 US-6, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: Kids Ticket (2-12), $13; Kids VIP (2-12), $22; adults(13-64), $18; seniors (64+), $16; kids younger than 2, FREE

 

KickstART Saturday at Joslyn

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

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 24th and Dodge streets

Cost: FREE (to see the special exhibit, “Go West!” kids tickets are FREE, adults pay half-price during KickstART, which is $5)

 

“Discover The Dinosaurs”

When: April 9 and 10, 10 a.m.

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

Cost: $15-$22

 

Pete the Cat Visits Story Time

When: April 9 at 10:30 a.m. (Swanson), April 11 at 10:30 a.m. (Abrahams), April 12 at 10 a.m. (Washington), April 16 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather)

Where: Swanson Omaha Public LIbrary, 9101 W. Dodge St.; Abrahams Omaha Public Library, 5111 N. 90th St.; Washington Omaha Public Library, 2868 Ames Ave.; Willa Cather Omaha Public Library, 1905 S. 44th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Vintage Fashion Show to Highlight Women in History

When: April 9, 12:30 (doors open at noon; patron reception is at 11:30)

Where: Swanson Conference Center at the Fort Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College, 32nd and Sorenson Parkway

Cost: $50 for members, $55 for non-members, $75 for patron; includes luncheon; benefits Douglas County Historical Society

Welcome to Storybook Land!

When: April 10, 1 to 4 p.m. (Storytimes are at 1:30 p.m. with Skippyjon Jones, 2:15 p.m. with Martha the Dog, and 3 p.m. with the Snow Queen)

Where: Saddlebrook Omaha Public Library, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Saddlebrook Explore Eric Carle

When: April 13, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Omaha Public Library, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

“Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!”

When: April 13, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $15-$50

 

Nebraska Science Festival 2016

When: April 15-23 (get schedule here)

Where: Various locations

Cost: Some FREE, some reduced admission, some full price

 

Earth Day

When: April 16, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

Cost: FREE

 

Family Yoga Workshop

When: April 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: $15 per person; group rates available for 3+ people

 

Out and About Storytime – Joslyn Art Museum

When: April 19, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Fizz, Eww, Slime! – ages 7-12

When: April 19, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Bess Johnson Elkhorn Public Library, 2100 Reading Plz., Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Saddlebrook Cubelets Program – ages 8-12

When: April 19, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Where: Saddlebrook Omaha Public Library, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (pre-registration is encouraged)

 

Aqua Zumba® Luau! – Ages 14+

When: April 22, 6 to 9 p.m. in the Lap Pool (childcare available for ages 1-10 for $2 per child)

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

Cost: Register on or before April 21 and pay $10; day of the event registration is $15). All proceeds go to scholarships for swimming lessons and the swim team.

 

“Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play”

When: April 22 through May 8; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $18; coupons for $6 off admission are available at area Runza Restaurants. Discount ticket vouchers are available at all area Hy-Vee stores for $14 each. Reservations are required.

 

Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run

When: April 23, 9 a.m.

Where: Baxter Arena, 2425 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE for kids ages 5-12; adults are not free

 

Party for the Planet

When: April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St. (head to Wild Kingdom Pavilion)

Cost: $17.95 Adults (ages 12+), $16.95 Seniors, $11.95 Children (ages 3-11), FREE for Members & Children 2 and under

 

Drive-In Movie Night

When: April 23, 6 p.m.

Where: Kids DIY Studio, 5127 Leavenworth St.

Cost: $20 for first child, $5 for additional children (parents get in FREE)

 

Healthy Kids Day

When: April 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (pre-register at metroymca.org)

 

Earth Adventure Scavenger Hunt 

When: April 24, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa (meet at the lodge)

Cost: FREE, with a free-will donation accepted for your team. Pre-registration is required by April 18; call 712-328-5834.

 

Omaha Symphony’s “Peter and the Wolf”

When: April 24, 2 p.m. (arrive early for lobby activities)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Teen Movie Night

When: April 27, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Children’s Day Celebration With Storyteller Jeff Koneck

When: April 29, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE, includes a book

 

Out and About Storytime – Do Space

When: April 29, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Children’s Day Celebration of African Cultures

When: April 29, noon to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Millard Public Library, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Family Movie Night ‧ “The Book of Life”

When: April 29, 5:30 p.m. activities, 6 p.m. movie

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

Cost: FREE

 

Girls Only Lock-in

When: April 29, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE (parent permission slip required)

 

Children’s Day Story Times & Fiestas

When: April 30 at 10:30 a.m. (Willa Cather, Saddlebrook), 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (South Omaha), 2 p.m. (Florence)

Where: Willa Cather Public Library, 1905 S. 44th St.; Saddlebrook Public Library, 14850 Laurel Ave.; South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.; Florence Public Library, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE, includes free book at Saddlebrook and Florence (while supplies last)

 

Ongoing Events

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)

 

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)

 

“Honk! The Musical”

When: Through April 10; performances are Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. (no show Easter Sunday)

Where: The Rose, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $18 (purchase discounted tickets at al Hy-Vee locations for $14 each)

 

Snowville”

When: Through April 10; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4.p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9, adults and kids 2-15; $8, seniors 60+; FREE for kids under 2 & members

 

“Super City”

When: Through April 17; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4.p.m; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $9, adults and kids 2-15; $8, seniors 60+; FREE for kids under 2 & members

 

“Go West! Art of the American Frontier”

When: Through April 17; Tuesday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: $10, adults; FREE, 17 and younger, college students with ID & Joslyn members

 

“WATER” Exhibit

When: Through April 23 (public opening event is Feb. 5, 6 to 9 p.m.); Tuesdays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Kaneko, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE ($5 suggested donation)

 

“From Nebraska to the World: Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show” Exhibition

When: Through May 1; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: $9, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children (3-12); FREE members and 2 and under

 

“William Joyce: Guardian of Childhood”

When: Through May, 15; Tuesday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

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