September 12, 2016

5 Things To Think About Meal Delivery Services

I didn’t think I was the type of mom to consider using a meal delivery service. When I signed a book contract with The History Press this month – yay! – my already-miniscule free time disappeared, though.

It was fate of home-cooking gods that I was approached by Home Chef to write a sponsored post about their delivery service. I’m about to devote a ton of time to researching old restaurants of Omaha; if I want to keep eating most meals at home, a meal delivery service might be my answer.

Is A Meal Delivery Service Right For Your Family?

It’s not everyone’s answer, but Home Chef might work out for my family. Here’s what you need to consider to see if such a meal delivery service will work for you, too:

 

Home Chef Meal Deliver Service

1. How much of a control freak are you?

Food delivery services like Home Chef don’t give you the option of picking and choosing which entrees arrive. That was at tough pill for me to swallow because I plan a weekly menu and I like variety. With Home Chef, the meals I receive for the week depended on preferences I chose when I first set up my account.

Some people might prefer choosing exactly what they get, like a menu. Others like the surprise factor. Which are you?

2. How picky are you?

Home Chef lets you set dietary preferences for your account. You prefer vegetables to meat? Mark that down. You avoid dairy and gluten? Note that too. The more restrictions you put on your account, obviously, the narrower your choices become. I started out with several restrictions and had to add back in dairy in order to get a meal that worked. (It turned out to be the chicken with green peppercorn sauce – the dairy part – and it was divine).

My original taste profile excluded dairy, gluten and red meat. In order to get two meals to try my first week, I added back dairy and received a delivery of chicken with green peppercorn sauce, which contained heavy whipping cream. I'm totally happy with that result!

My original taste profile excluded dairy, gluten and red meat. In order to get two meals to try my first week, I added back dairy and received a delivery of chicken with green peppercorn sauce, which contained heavy whipping cream. I’m totally happy with that result!

You know what doesn’t matter? How picky your kids are.

They never eat any new food anyway, so don’t factor them into your decision making.

Darn picky kids and their eating habits.

Darn picky kids and their eating habits.

3. Do you want to spend your money for a restaurant meal or a home-cooked meal?

Here’s where price comes into play. Meal delivery services are not cheap. But, with sports and lessons and my million side projects I’m juggling, we were starting to rely on restaurants for nights we just couldn’t get home in time to cook a meal. And that’s not cheap either.

So, I’m seriously weighing options here. I love eating around our dinner table. And if it’s about the same price as a dinner out, why not go this route from time to time?

What you get with Home Chef is perfectly proportioned ingredients, many of them already chopped and ready to go. (But for those of you who like the chopping and prepping of ingredients, there are still a few fresh ingredients in each recipe you have to prep)

The portions of peppercorns, heavy whipping cream and cooking sherry I needed for a chicken dinner, all arriving ready to go.

The portions of peppercorns, heavy whipping cream and cooking sherry I needed for a chicken dinner, all arriving ready to go.

And FRESH ingredients. I received already-diced butternut squash for the caramel apple pork chops. I cannot even begin to describe how annoying it is to prepare butternut squash so I will gladly pay extra to have it arrive recipe-ready. Note: The apple for the recipe arrived whole – some perishables need to be prepared by the home cook.

4. How often do you need a little help with meals?

I’m able to plan fairly well and prepare some meals the weekend before the work week. And, I can rely on crockpot recipes for other nights. My downfall is Friday night, when I’m out of all fresh produce and just about everything else until my Saturday grocery trip.

Home Chef delivery requires you to pick your delivery day so – holla – Friday was my delivery date. I received an email letting me know things were on-schedule and when I came home from work Friday afternoon, my well-packed meal with ice packs was waiting for me.

How much do you think you want prepared meals will factor into how much a meal delivery service will cost you.

5. Are you interested in trying new foods?

So, I’m back to reminding you that you do not get to choose your entrees with Home Chef deliveries. Once I let go of my control-freak needs, this was kind of exciting. I regularly prepare new recipes, so I liked the surprise.

If you are a novice cook, it’s even better for you. Each meal comes with a very detailed, visual guide.

Each recipe comes with pictures, as well as a guide on what to prepare before you start.

Each recipe comes with pictures, as well as a guide on what ingredients to prepare before you start.

More about Home Chef

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Home Chef was founded with a simple goal: to provide our customers with a delightful home cooking experience. Our founder, Pat Vihtelic, and his wife found it hard to make time to prepare home cooked dinners after work. Pat discovered that online grocery services only solved part of the problem — he still had to think about what was for dinner, and didn’t have time to comb the internet for recipes. More often than not, he was overwhelmed by the prospect of meal planning, and resorted to takeout.

Pat loves cooking. He loves hanging out in the kitchen with his family and unwinding from a long day by making a delicious meal. He knew there must be more people like him: people who are short on time, but value real home cooking and the joy that comes with it.

In 2013, Pat started Home Chef by partnering with a chef to design delicious, simple-to-prepare recipes. Since then, the team has grown to include several chefs, and more than 300 employees across production, marketing, technology, product, design, and customer service. Last year, they delivered over 1 million meals, and this year, they expanded their delivery to cover 90% of the U.S. – including Omaha.

Home Chef saves time, reduces food waste, and most importantly, brings people together around the dinner table.

Sign up for Home Chef

Ready to try a meal delivery service out? To get weekly meals delivered by Home Chef, sign up here.

 

Disclosure: I was compensated and provided complimentary meal delivery for this sponsored post by Home Chef. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.

July 26, 2016

40+ Fun Events In August For Families

Squeeze in the last bit of summer fun before schools starts with these family fun activities in August. Spend some time outdoors, dance the night away at concerts and other kid-friendly events, and find tons of FREE things to do, as well.

And don’t worry, there’s plenty of weekend fun for those already back in school or working during the week. Enjoy Omaha and the surrounding cities!

 

Have a family-friendly July 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.

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About and About Story Time

When: Aug. 1, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Chalco Hills, 8901 S. 154th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Neighborhood Night Out

When: Aug. 2, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Cox Sing-Along-a Movies: Grease

When: Aug. 2, 7 p.m. (costume contest is at 6:45)

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

Cost: Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under and $10 for adults.

 

DIVE Into It Yourself! Fontenelle Forest’s Raptor Recovery Team

When: Aug. 3, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library (meeting room B), 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

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

When: Aug. 4 (check the box office for times)

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

 

Jazz on the Green ­ Davina and The Vagabonds

When: Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m. (preshow music starts at 6:30)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

OCM Olympics

When: Aug. 5-14; Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 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 $12 for children ages 2+ and adults; $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Out and About Story Time

When: Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

 

End of Summer Carnival

When: Aug 5, 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Downtown YMCA, 430 S. 20th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Arena-Que

When: Aug. 5-6

Where: Ralson Arena, 7300 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night at the Museum – If You Build It…

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Back to School Bash

When: Aug. 6 and 7, 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.

 

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

When: Aug. 6, 7, 10, 13, 14 and 18

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

 

Living History Re-Enactment

When: Aug. 6 and 7, 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

 

Gifford Farm Family Fun Saturday­ Summer Send Off & Teacher Appreciation Day

When: Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 (ages 2 and older, military discount available)

 

National Root Beer Float Day

When: Aug. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE root beer float included with museum admission, which is $11, adults; $8, seniors; $7, children ages 3-12; FREE for children younger than 2 and members

 

Fairytale Ball

When: Aug. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $25 per person for non­-members; $20 for members (sold out)

 

Vibes at Village Pointe – Disco MCs

When: Aug. 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

Back to School Movie Day

When: Aug. 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Washington branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Jazz on the Green ­ Kim Waters

When: Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m. (preshow music starts at 6:30)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

MAD Magazine Discussion Panel

When: Aug. 12, 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: $10

 

10th Annual Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival

When: Aug. 12, 5 to 11 p.m., and Aug. 13, 3 to 11 p.m.

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

Cost: $14 in advance or $17 at the gate (includes tastings); general admission is $9, kids 12 and younger are $7, kids 5 and younger are FREE

 

Back-To-School Bash

When: Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Aug. 14, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children ages 2+ and adults; $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Sweet Corn Festival

When: Aug. 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (hayrack rides, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10, adults; $5, children ages 6-12; FREE for garden members and children under 6

 

Children’s Learning Center Grand Opening

When: Aug. 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Doktor Kaboom performances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

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

Cost: $12, adults; $11, seniors and military; $6 children (4-12); FREE children 3 and younger, and members.

 

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

When: Aug. 13, 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.

Cost: FREE (exhibition admission requires a ticket – $5 for adults from 10 a.m. to noon; $10 for adults after noon; free tickets for youth 17 and younger, college students with ID, and Joslyn members)

 

FishFest Omaha 2016

When: Aug. 13

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St., Ralston, Neb.

Cost: $12-$77

 

Vibes at Village Pointe – eNVy

When: Aug. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St.

Cost: FREE

 

2016 Vintage Wheels at the Fort

When: Aug. 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (includes free entry to General Crook House Museum)

 

Out and About Story Time

When: Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

When: Aug. 19 through Sept. 18; performances are Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Wednesday performances just added will be at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 7, and Sept. 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.

 

2016 Greek Festival

When: Aug. 19-21; Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 7 p.m.

Where: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 602 Park Ave.

Cost: $3, adults; FREE for children 12 and younger, military and students

 

Real Maple Syrup Pancake Feed

When: Aug. 20, 8:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Botna Bend Park, 42926 Mahogany Road, Hancock, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

A.V. Sorensen Branch 40th Anniversary Celebration

When: Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen branch, 4808 Cass St.

Cost: FREE (includes cake)

 

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

When: Aug. 20, 21, 25, 27, 28 and 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

 

Dig it: Family Gardening: Harvest Potluck!

When: Aug. 20, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Florence branch, 2920 Bondesson St.

Cost: FREE (bring your own “kit”: dishes, utensils, and cups. Beverages provided. Call to let them how many people will be in your group, (402) 444-5299)

 

NORTHfest

When: Aug. 20, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Levi Carter Park, 809 Carter Lake Shore Drive

Cost: FREE

 

Family Pirate Party

When: Aug. 20, 10 a.m.

Where: Bellevue Public Library, 1003 Lincoln Road, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Vibes at Village Pointe – The Personics

When: Aug. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: Village Pointe Shopping Center, 17305 Davenport St.

Cost: FREE

 

WorldFest

When: Aug. 21 and 28, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children ages 2+ and adults; $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Omaha Fashion Week

When: Aug. 21-27

Where: 1502 Cuming St.

Cost: Reserved, $40; VIP II, $65; VIP I, $80 (Finale price TBD)

 

Tinkerfest

When: Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children ages 2+ and adults; $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children younger than 2

 

Lowe’s Build and Grow Hulk Clinic

When: Aug. 27, 10 a.m.

Where: Lowe’s locations (check here to see if yours is included)

Cost: FREE, but pre-registration is recommended

 

Midwest Pirate Fest

When: Aug. 27 and 28, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Bellevue Berry Farm, Bellevue Berry Farm, 11001 S. 48th St., Papillion, Neb.

Cost: $7 for children (3-12), $10 for adults (13+), and FREE for children under the age of 3

 

Dundee Day

When: Aug. 27 (parade starts at noon)

Where: 49th through 52 streets and Underwood Avenue

Cost: FREE

 

Playing With Fire Festival

When: Aug. 27

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 31st and Farnam streets

Cost: FREE

 

“Project 10-2: Alzheimer’s in Omaha”

When: Aug. 30 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

 

Ongoing Events In August

In case you missed these last month:

“Fairytale Land”

When: Through Aug. 7 (closed for an event on Aug. 6), 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.

 

“Odyssey’s SHIPWRECK! Pirates and Treasure”

When: Through Aug. 28; hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Closed on holidays.

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

Cost: $11, adults; $8, seniors; $7, children (ages 3-12); FREE for members and children 2 and younger

 

“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. and Fairytale Land runs through Aug. 7

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.

 

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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July 20, 2016

An Omaha Weekend Of Snakes & Critters

Mice, snakes and a whole lot of critters – that sums up this weekend in Omaha. Check out these three fun things to do this weekend, including “Stuart Little” at Film Streams, snakes at Schramm Park SRA and a bunch of critters (or at least bugs) to be encountered at the family camping experience at Hummel Park.

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

Stuart Little

When: Saturday and Sunday, various times (as well as July 28, 30, 31 and Aug. 4)

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

Why: Your kids love the book, so it’s time to enjoy watching the movie in a theater setting. Plus kids get in dirt cheap with these shows in the series!

Who’d like it: Movie buffs; bookworms; kids ages 6+

 

Snakes of Nebraska

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When: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium Outdoor Education Center, Schramm Park State Recreation Area, 21502 NE-31, Gretna, Neb.

Why: It’s something FREE to do with the kids, if you’re not afraid of snakes, of course.

Who’d like it: Animal lovers; outdoorsy types; all ages

 

Hummel Park Family Camping Adventure

When: Saturday and Sunday, starts at 6 p.m. (overnight)

Where: Hummel Nature Center and Day Camp, 9200 John J Pershing Drive

Why: For a pretty reasonable fee, you get meals and activities. Sounds like a pretty stress-free camping experience, especially if you’ve never taken the kids camping yet.

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy families; nature lovers

 

Need more ideas? Find out about teen lock-ins, character visits at the library and more in the post Big List of Kid-Friendly Events in July!

 

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July 14, 2016

Trains & History Fun This Weekend

Get the hats and sunscreen ready, this weekend, I handpicked three fun things to do with the kids and they’re going to have kids activities and areas of interest outdoors.

 

Railroad Days 2016

The mini UP train will have free rides for children at Lauritzen Garden. Photo courtesy Lauritzen Gardens

The mini UP train will have free rides for children at Lauritzen Garden. Photo courtesy Lauritzen Gardens

When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, The Durham Museum, the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, the RailsWest Railroad Museum, the Historic General Dodge House and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Why: Someone in your family loves trains and/or history.

Who’d like this: Train lovers; history buffs; deal-seeking parents (admission to all locations included with $15 family pass)

Tip: Get more details on this fun family-friendly event, including all the extra activities at each location here.

 

Mahoney 25th Anniversary Party

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When: Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m.

Where: Mahoney State Park, 28500 West Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Why: This is your favorite state park and you want to celebrate it with other fans.

Who’d like it: Outdoorsy types

Loom Weaves Joslyn

Photo courtesy loom/Brent Crampton

A dancer interacting with an audience member during a previous loom event at Joslyn Art Museum. Photo courtesy loom/Brent Crampton

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. until midnight

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Why: It’s a FREE kid-friendly event with House of Loom, which rarely does anything geared toward all ages. Think music and dancing, art activities plus you can get discounted admission to the new Sheila Hicks exhibit. See all activities here.

Who’d like this: Artsy types; House of Loom loyalists; families on a budget

Tip: They’re allowing you to bring food into the event, so you can make a day of it and pack a picnic.

 

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June 29, 2016

Independence Day Celebrations This Weekend

Sure, we all have plans this Fourth of July weekend, and I’m guessing they involve fireworks, the grill and family time. In case you want to plan around all that good stuff, here are a few fun things to do in Omaha this weekend:

 

Family Night at the Museum

Farley at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum earlier this year.

Young Farley at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum.

When: Friday, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Why: It’s a family-friendly night out and it’s FREE. Why not?

Who’d like it: Train lovers; historians, families on a budget

 

Living History – Independence Day Celebration

The cannon is prepped to be fired at Fort Atkinson.

The cannon is prepped to be fired at Fort Atkinson.

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

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

Why: Your kids will have a whole new appreciation for the significance of the Fourth of July with this throwback celebration. They’ll even read the Declaration of Independence this weekend.

Who’d like it: Imaginative kids; history buffs; families on a budget (it’s not FREE – it requires a state parks pass, but it’s pretty cheap)

Tip: Read what kids will like about the re-enactments here.

 

Star Spangled Day

When: Monday, noon to 8 p.m.

Where: All Omaha public pools

Why: Cheap swimming all day long on the Fourth of the July? Oh yeah! Entry is just $1.

Who’d like this: Active families; families on a budget

 

Want more ideas? Don’t miss this post with TONS of fun things to do in Omaha this July with kids. 

 

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June 23, 2016

Family-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend

This weekend’s hand-picked family events are easy on the pocket books: Two are totally FREE and one is a musical and arts festival that has the lowest ticket price possible for what you all get. Here are three fun things to do with the kids this weekend:

 

Princess Party

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When: Friday, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Sorensen Branch, 4808 Cass St.

Why: Your daughter is an absolute obsessive when it comes to all things royal, sparkly and/or princess. Good thing this party’s FREE, right?

Who’d like it: Disney princess fanatics; families on a budget

 

“The Pool by Jen Lewin” Interactive Lights & Color Exhibit

When: Friday through July 3; open during park hours with pads fully lit from 7 to 11 p.m. (dance parties are this Friday and Sunday, as well as June 28, 29, 30 and July 1 from 8 to 10 p.m.)

Where: Turner Park at Midtown Crossing, 33rd and Farnam streets

Why: You’re super curious to find out what exactly this interactive light exhibit is, aren’t you? (me too). It’s outdoors and totally FREE, so go check it out. Maybe time it with a dance party?

Who’d like this: Families looking for something different; kids who love to dance; families on a budget

 

SumTurJam

SumTurJam Event

When: Saturday, 1:30 to 6 p.m.

Where: Sumptur Amphitheater, 11691 S. 108th St., Papillion, Neb.

Why: You love to support local singers, dancers and artists. It’s a bonus that your support also goes on to benefit Arts for All. I wrote about this event recently here – check it out to see who’s performing and what kind of music you’ll hear PLUS you’ve got to hear about this live art project they’ll be doing! 

Who’d like it: Live music lovers; art appreciators; musical festival fans

Tip: Kids 12 and younger are FREE with a paying adult. Buy tickets in advance and save $2.

Want more ideas? You got it! Here’s a post with tons of June events for families in Omaha.

 

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