April 24, 2017

Old School Omaha: Gorat’s Steakhouse

Kim’s Note: While working on a book about Omaha restaurants that have closed, I started to notice a trend about the more recently shuttered spots.

I hadn’t dined at nearly all the ones that were still open in recent years. And I missed out on some gems. So I’ve decided to make it a goal to visit Omaha’s oldest restaurants before any more shut down before I’ve had a chance to sample their best.

Gorat’s Steakhouse

The first restaurant I ventured to after I made this pledge to dine at Omaha’s oldest restaurants has become an Omaha institution thanks to our city’s favorite billionaire, Warren Buffett. That’s right, we went to Gorat’s Steakhouse.

Food

What you’d expect for a steakhouse dinner.

Old Italian steakhouse entrees remained, even after new ownership. Prime rib au jus, chicken parmesan, and good old spaghetti and meatballs are on the menu, as are burgers, sandwiches and small plates. I tried the chicken piccata, which was pretty good though oddly served with the sauce on the side. It is a kid-friendly restaurant so there is a kid’s menu. The food, from cheeseburger to steak, on the kid’s menu is between $6 to $8.

There’s a plentiful bread basket brought to the table before your meal arrives. My kids were sure to fill up on that so they wouldn’t eat their dinner. Naturally.

Atmosphere

The exterior of Gorat’s Steakhouse still screams old school steakhouse.

The exterior hints at the bygone days, but once you’re inside that old school steakhouse vibe is gone. The restaurant has been remodeled since it first opened in 1944. It looks more modern farmhouse than old school Italian steakhouse, though the women’s bathroom still had an vintage feel to it. There were some pictures to call to mind older days.

There’s a lounge with live music, which attracted my kids (the live music attract them, that is, not the lounge).

Buffett Sightings

No Warren Buffett sightings at Gorat’s, not that my kids appeared to be noticing anything other than the kid’s menu.

It didn’t happen on the night we were there. Has it ever happened to anyone or is that a myth?

Final thoughts

The iconic Gorat’s sign.

I can’t speak for how Gorat’s once was, but I can stay there’s a reason people still dine there. I can’t quite put my finger on that reason – is it loyalty or the dream of rubbing elbows with Warren or love of the food?

Dining at Gorat’s was pleasant but it didn’t feel like I was experiencing a bit of Omaha history while being there. It was underwhelming. My 7-year-old, however, was impressed. As we left, he announced “That was one classy joint.”

Where does he learn these things?

 

If you go

Gorat’s Steakhouse

Where: 4917 Center St.

Website

 

What has been your experience at Gorat’s? Where should I head to next in this series?

 

April 19, 2017

Joslyn Art Museum Summer Camps

My first-grade son has a knack for drawing. His favorite subject in school is art.

You bet I’ve signed him up for an art summer camp at Joslyn Art Museum to feed that love of his.

Students work on sculptures during a summer camp at Joslyn Art Museum. Photo courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

I’ve partnered with Joslyn Art Museum to tell you about their fantastic lineup of summer camps because, you guys, they’re great. My son didn’t really want to leave each day and he took so much joy out of showing me what he’s been working on. Andy Smith, Studio Programs Manager, provided a lot of details that you’ll find helpful when considering a Joslyn summer camp.

What makes Joslyn camps unique

Artwork found throughout the museum inspire the activities in the Joslyn Art Museum summer camps. Photo courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

Location. First, obviously, it’s pretty unique to have a camp inside an art museum. Students create with inspiration and guidance from the artists, media and techniques found there. So, they spend time in the gallery learning about the art-making experience and tools, and then also spend ample studio time.

Themes. A lot of camps focus on art fundamentals–paintings, drawing, sculpture and printmaking–and they tend to be the most popular. I was eyeing drawing for my kiddo, and it was already filled. Other camps draw from exhibitions and galleries in the museum, like several camps that will draw from a “Bijoux Parisien: French Jewelry from the Petit Palais, Paris.” Check the camp list here and register ASAP if you see one you think your child would like.

Age range. Very few summer camp have options for as great of an age range as Joslyn Art Museum. In addition to camps for ages 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 the museum offers teen camps in ceramics, printmaking, drawing, painting, and alternative art. If your kid has found his or her passion, they can spend many summers happily pursuing it.

Unique partnerships. This summer, Joslyn Art Museum has partnered with the Union for Contemporary Art, 2423 N. 24th St., a fully equipped artists co-op just down the street from the museum. This is where teens will go for their summer camps. Another partnership is between the museum and The Rose, where kids ages 9-14 work on theater design.

Holiday week mini-camps. Joslyn Art Museum offers one-day camps focused on an art fundamental during Fourth of July week. The bad news: Each day is full right now. You can add your child’s name to a waitlist, though.

What’s a typical camp day?

Kids work in the art studio every day of art camp at Joslyn Art Museum, but they also get to explore the museum, as well. Photo courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum summer camps are half-days, which you can combine the morning and afternoon to make a full day of camp (full day campers get to have supervised lunch in the outdoors sculpture garden). A typical half-day involves most of the time creating art in the studio, with some time spent in the galleries and in discussions about artworks and artists to provide context for the studio challenges that day. There’s a snack break halfway through camp each day. Artists have to eat, you know. Full-day campers need to bring a sack lunch.

Ready For Joslyn Art Museum Summer Camp?

Joslyn Art Museum summer camps are available for children as young as 4 and for teens. Photo courtesy Joslyn Art Museum

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: Camps for ages 4-5, $60 per camp for members and $70 general public (2-hour camps, no snacks); camps for ages 6-8 and 9-12, $80 per camp for members and $100 per camp for general public; camps for teens, $100 per camp for members and $120 per camp for general public (ceramics camps for teens is $200 and $240, respectively).

Register: Online at joslyn.org

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary camp registration in compensation for writing this post. All opinions expressed in the post are mine, as are the typos.

 

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April 17, 2017

Strider Bikes Lincoln Race On June 10

I had a bike coach tell me his kids learned to bike using a balance bike. So I followed his lead and got one for my son.

Here’s how the balance bike works: Little ones learn to balance on a two-wheel balance bike and are able to progress easier to two-wheels with pedals, skipping the whole training wheel headache. That’s how it worked with Farley. We’re working on getting kid No. 2 to master the bike now.

Not a single bike ride with training wheels for these two.

Strider Bikes is a giant in the balance bike industry, selling more than 1.5 million bikes. They’re known for durability and high performance. They reached out to me to tell you about an upcoming balance bike race. I was all for this campaign because I love encouraging bike in Nebraska, and I’ve seen first-hand that balance bikes work…and now know not to settle for anything less than a Strider!

2017 STRIDER Cup Series

strider bike race lincoln

The Strider Cup Series race is in Lincoln, Neb., on June 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Strider Bikes

Do you have a kid who’s 5 years old or younger and a total champ on his or her Strider bike? Sign him or her up for the STRIDER Cup Series race in Lincoln, Neb., on June 10. Sounds totally cute and fun. There will even be an Adventure Zone riding area separate from the race where little ones can test out demo bikes (with helmets). It’s a place for children to try out a Strider Bike if they have one and play “in the zone.”

If you go

When: June 10, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (race start times vary for age groups and a special needs wave)

Where: Tower Square in downtown Lincoln, 1300 P St., Lincoln, Neb.

Cost: $25 (plus service fee), and includes a Strider jersey, number plate, and goodies

Register here (registration closes June 9)

** Be sure to check the race website for packet pick-up details and times

Now here’s Strider Bikes race nitty gritty: Genuine Strider Bikes are the only balance bikes allowed to race. You can find them at quality bike stores and online.

But I have great news for you…you can enter to win a Strider bike right here on the blog!

Strider Bikes Giveaway

One lucky winner is going to win a Strider Sport, just in time for the race! These bikes are easy to adjust so they’re good for both an itty bitty 18-month-old or sturdy 5-year-old. They’re a step up from the basic model, with a padded seat, foot rests, and mini-grips designed for tiny hands to have better control.

It’s really simple to enter. Enter through the Rafflecopter entry form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You must enter by 11:59 p.m. April 30. One winner will be randomly chosen within 48 hours – be on the lookout for an email! The winner will have 48 hours to respond before another entry is drawn. Must be 18 or older to enter and a resident of the United States. Prize is valued at $119.99.

Disclosure: I was compensated for writing this sponsored post by Strider Bikes. Opinions expressed are my own 

April 11, 2017

10 Cheap Things To Do In Omaha This Summer

I love a game plan. That’s why I usually have a bucket list of activities and trip ideas to keep things fun and interesting throughout summer.

But, then there’s that pesky budget thing that makes some of the activities improbable.

So I have another list of cheap things to do in Omaha.

cheap things to do in Omaha this summer

My list was published in Omaha Magazine’s Summer Family Guide recently. So check it out and start planning your summer in Omaha now!

Click here to read the story (it starts on page 21 in the digital magazine)

 

Among my favorite things on the list are my family’s favorite places to hike, the metro’s most unique places to enjoy splashing in water, and the names of some of the many kid-friendly festivals you can find in Omaha. I only got to choose 10, but there are so much more – share some of your ideas in the comments!

 

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March 20, 2017

50+ Amazing April Events For Families In Omaha

April in Omaha. There’s kid-friendly theater, tons of Easter egg hunts, and a special events at museums – like family nights and weekends with FREE admission. Read on to see all the fun events for families in Omaha this April:

* To add an event to this list, please email me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com!

 

Container Gardening for Kids!

When: April 1, noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha Branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

 

Escape the Haunted Library

When: April 1, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fun Fair 

When: April 1, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Charles E. Lakin Human Services Campus (Boys & Girls Club – Salvation Army building), 815 N. 16th St., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (wear royal blue in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month)

 

Open Gym Date Night Drop-Off

When: April 1, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Metro Stars Gymnastics, 12305 Cary Circle No. 11, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: $15 per child (includes pizza, movie, open gym for ages 5-17)

 

Omaha Symphony “Ratatouille”

When: April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $19-$84

 

Teddy Bear Weekend

When: April 1 and 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for ages 65+, $11.95 for ages 3-11, and FREE for members and ages 2 and younger.

 

Ballet Nebraska “Momentum”

When: April 1 and 8, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum (April 1) and Arts Center at Iowa Western (April 8)

Cost: $19, $33, $48, VIP $73 for Joslyn performance; $19, $33, $48 for Arts Center performance

 

Omaha Creative Institute presents: Hounds of Louvre – An Art Show For Dogs (& their humans)

When: April 2, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: The Omaha Design Center, 1502 Cuming St.

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots

When: April 5, 12, 19, 27, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

“Little Women”

When: April 5-7

Where: Creighton University Theatre at Lied Education Center for the Arts, 2500 California Plaza

Cost: TBD

 

S.T.E.A.M. Stations (elementary and middle school age)

When: April 5, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Hangout: Game Edition

When: April 5, 12, 19, 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha Branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 6, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch, 2100 Reading Plaza, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

Out & About Storytime: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons

When: April 7, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

Where: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons in Westroads Mall, 10000 California St.

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Azria Health Montclair

When: April 7, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Azria Health Monthclair, 2525 S. 135th Ave.

Cost: FREE

Teen Food & Fun

When: April 7, 14, 21, 28, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Library, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Get Geared UP! Family Night At The Museum

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Oregon Trail Night

When: April 7, 5 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children under 24 months

 

Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum

When: April 7-9; times are April 7, 5 to 8 p.m.; April 8, 9 to 5 p.m.; and April 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (Omaha Children’s Museum is separate and has admission)

 

Spring Fling & Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon (egg hunt for ages toddler to 10 starts at 10 a.m.; Get Smart: Candy Science begins at noon)

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

Cost: Outdoor egg hunt is FREE; admission to the museum is $12 adults, $11 military and seniors, $6 youth 3-12, and FREE for youth under age 3; Get Smart: Candy Science is $7 per child or $5 for members (requires pre-registration)

 

Earth-Friendly Activities

When: April 8, 10 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

KickstART Saturday

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE (to explore the current exhibit “Wild Spaces, Open Seasons,” a fee is required: FREE for children and museum members, $5 general public adults)

 

Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (egg hunts at 10:30 a.m., arrive by 10)

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

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older egg hunters and accompanying adults; $1 off military discount (refreshments included); must pre-register for egg hunt

 

Cold Wax/Oil Painting

When: April 8, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+). Use promo code OHMY2017 to save 25% off registration!

 

Free Days At Durham Museum

When: April 8-9; April 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and April 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Egg-stravaganza

When: April 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon (storytime at 10:30)

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Beginning Camping and Backpacking

When: April 8, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Black Police Officers Association of Omaha Annual Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 8, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: 2707 Redick Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Poetry Workshop, Featuring Louder Than a Bomb Artists

When: April 8, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Easter Eggstravaganza

When: April 8, 2 to 4 p.m. (2 p.m. indoor egg hunt ages 10 and younger’ 2:30 underwater egg hunt)

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

Cost: FREE for members, $5 for non-member youth and $7 for non-member adult

 

Easter Extravaganza

When: April 9, 9 a.m. to noon (Easter egg hunts at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.)

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft streets

Cost: $3 per child for crafts and egg hunts, plus admission

 

Parent to Parent and Autism Society of Omaha Easter Egg hunt

When: April 9, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Where: College Of St. Mary’s Campus, 7000 Mercy Road

Cost: FREE, registration required (for children with special needs and their siblings ages 0-12)

 

Beginning Nature Photography

When: April 9, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Dinner With The Easter Bunny

When: April 10, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Quaker Steak & Lube, 3320 Mid America Drive, Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE (food not included- kids eat for .99 with entree purchased)

 

Easter Party

When: April 13, 10:30 a.m. to noon

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Movie Night

When: April 13, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Glow In The Dark Easter Egg Hunt

When: April 14, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: The MARK, 20902 Cumberland Drive, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Library Egg Hunt

When: April 14, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

HOP to the Movies Event

When: April 15, 9 a.m. (Easter egg hunt at 9:30, HOP movie at 10)

Where: Marcus Village Pointe Cinema, 304 N. 174th St., and Marcus Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $8 per person (purchase online here or at box office of participating theatre)

 

 

La Vista Easter Egg Hunt & Food Drive

When: April 15, 10 a.m. (4 and under w/o and w/ parent at 10 a.m.; 5-7 years old at 10:10 a.m.; 8-10 years old at 10:20 a.m.)

Where: La Vista Sports Complex, 7346 S. 66th St., La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE (canned food donation accepted)

 

Easter Bunny at Scooter’s

When: April 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Scooter’s at Village Pointe, 168th and West Dodge Road

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: April 18, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live “Chasing Rivers” with photographer Pete McBride

When: April 18, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

SCI-Kids

When: April 20, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (recommended for third graders and up)

 

Nebraska Science Festival

When: April 20-29

Where: Various locations

Cost: Varies

 

Very Hungry Caterpillar Storytime

When: April 21, 10 a.m. (Saddlebrook branch); April 22, 10:30 a.m. (Swanson branch); April 24, 10 a.m. (Washington branch); April 25, 10:30 a.m. (South Omaha branch); April 26, 10:30 a.m. (Main branch); April 27, 10:30 a.m. (Benson branch); April 29, 10:30 a.m. (Sorenson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

“Stellaluna and Other Tales”

When: April 21 through May 7

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20

 

The Compassion Experience

When: April 21-24; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.; Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Where: Reality Church, 10695 Portal Road, Ste.103, La Vista, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Lock In (Teens)

When: April 21, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Party for the Planet

When: April 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for ages 65+, $11.95 for ages 3-11, and FREE for members and ages 2 and younger.

 

Shakespeare Sonnets 101

When: April 22, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+). Use promo code OHMY2017 to save 25% off registration!

 

Earth Day Omaha

When: April 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Elmwood Park

Cost: FREE

 

Children’s Day Party/Día de los niños Fiesta

When: April 22, noon to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library South Omaha branch, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Escape the Room

When: April 22, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE (teens)

 

Dinner on the Dark Side

When: April 22, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $35 for non-members, $30 for members

 

2017 Healthy Kids Day

When: April 23, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 1920 S. 67th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Beginning Campfire Cooking

When: April 23, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Little Scientist Day

When: April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is $12 for children and adults, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members and children under 24 months

 

Brain Flakes for Teens

When: April 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Nebraska Science Festival Storytime

When: April 26, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. (Willa Cather); April 29, 10:30 to 11 a.m. (Swanson)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library branches

Cost: FREE

 

Drop-in Coding Corner 

When: April 26, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (ages 6+)

 

Nebraska Science Festival: Explore the Science of Spin

When: April 26, 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Dale Clark (Main) Branch, 215 S. 15th St.

Cost: FREE

 

Nebraska Science Festival: Hour of Code

When: April 27, 4 to 5 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library W. Clarke Swanson Branch, 9101 W. Dodge Road

Cost: FREE (middle school and high school aged)

 

Artsy Thursday Craft

When: April 27, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

SciPop Interactive

When: April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Chemistry of Harry Potter at 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.,

Comic Book Physics 101: The Origin of Superman and Clues to the Planet Krypton at

11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., and Rocket Science, 2 p.m.)

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

Cost: Guests 12 and younger admitted FREE, $12 for adults, and $11 for military and seniors.

 

Hot Shops Spring Open House

When: April 29, noon to 8 p.m., and May 30, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Hot Shops Art Center, 1301 Nicholas St.

Cost: FREE

 

Science Creations: Robots & Slime

When: April 29, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE (ages 2-6)

 

Children’s Day Storytime & Party

When: April 29, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Robot Maze Races

When: April 29, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Charles B. Washington Branch, 2868 Ames Ave.

Cost: FREE (ages 7-12)

 

Beginning Coding: Ozobots & Cubelets

When: April 29, 2 to 3:30 p.m

Where: Omaha Public Library Benson Branch, 6015 Binney St.

Cost: FREE (ages 13-18)

 

Omaha Czech Festival

When: April 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Millard Social Hall, 10508 S 144th St.

Cost: TBD

 

Art in the Garden

When: April 30, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: Nebraska Wildlife Safari Park, 814 E. Park Highway, Ashland, Neb.

Cost: Members are $10 each, non-members are $13 each (non (must be 4 or older)

 

Welcome to Storybook Land!

When: April 30, 1 to 4 p.m. (storytimes at 1:30 p.m. with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, 2:15 p.m. with Maisy, and 3 p.m. with Elephant and Piggie)

Where: Omaha Public Library Saddlebrook Branch, 14850 Laurel Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Night at Dillon Brothers

When: April 30, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Dillon Brothers, 3840 N. 174th Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In April

LONGINES FEI World Cup Jumping & FEI World Cup Dressage Finals

When: Through April 2, competitions at different times (Horse Discovery Zone open March 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 30-April 1, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; April 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.)

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

Cost: Varies (tickets to the finals look to be about $63-$83)

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: Through April 9; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. “Kubo and the Two Strings” (March 31-April 2) and “The Secret Life of Pets” (April 7-9)

Where: Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema, 304 North 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3

 

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

When: Through April 9

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

“Block Party”

When: Through April 9, during museum hours (closed Mondays)

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play”

When: Through April 15, during museum hours

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $12 for ages 2 and older, $11 for seniors, and FREE for members

 

“Zen Tales: The Art of Jon J. Muth”

When: Through April 16, Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ( late ‘til 8 p.m. on

Thursday)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

“Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks”

When: Through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is  $10, adults; $5, children (6-12); FREE for under 6 & Members

 

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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March 6, 2017

Happy Feet In Omaha

We’re a soccer-loving family, which is why my kids have been enrolled in soccer programs like Happy Feet in Omaha since they were 2.

I was so excited when I was approached by Happy Feet Legends to tell you about their programs, because I’m already a fan and believer in the program! Keep reading to find out how you can save 10% on registration!

What’s Happy Feet?

Happy Feet teaches fundamental skills to children ages 2 to 10. Photo courtesy Happy Feet Legends

Happy Feet is a youth program focused on building skills. The paid coaches are trained to build skills like balance, coordination, bravery, and confidence on the field. “They make them better athletes even if soccer doesn’t end up as their sport,” said Rebecca Noameshie, owner of Happy Feet Legends in Greater Omaha. That’s right, they coach bravery.

The curriculum has been around for 30 years, but has been updated. A big part of the the Happy Feet program is that they don’t track goals or who won. Players are recognized when they remember to do a pull-back in the game, for instance.

Happy Feet programs

Coaches are paid and trained to teach skills beyond ball handling, like bravery and confidence. Photo courtesy Happy Feet Legends

Children can enroll in different programs. There’s Happy Feet classes and leagues, which teaches fundamentals and builds that confidence I was talking about earlier. If you sign up for the league, you have the option of signing up your child for practice-only, game-only or both, which means you can bring your kid out to the field one day a week or two days a week. That also means there are more than one price point.

Happy Feet Legends is more competitive than the league and classes. Often times, Legends pulls kids out of Happy Feet when they’re ready.

The typical progression is to take Happy Feet classes, like at a daycare, than participate in Happy Feet league play, and then move on to Happy Feet Legends.

How old do kids need to be?

Even the youngest players learn fundamental ball skills in Happy Feet. Photo courtesy Happy Feet Legends

Children from ages 2 to 10 can participate in Happy Feet. Every participant gets a T-shirt.

My kids did the Happy Feet classes while in daycare and preschool, as well as the league. It’s super cute, but beyond that, impressive to watch. Both Mooch and Farley learned fundamentals through the most fun and easy games. When it was time to enroll them on their school’s soccer league, they were more confident on the field thanks to Happy Feet. It’s totally worth the investment!

Where’s Happy Feet in Omaha?

Outdoor classes are held at Elmwood Park and Trendwood Park. Outdoor leagues are held in three locations around Omaha: Northwest, Southwest and Midtown.

How to register Happy Feet in Omaha

You can get details on Happy Feet classes, Happy Feet league and Happy Feet Legends here. Registration for spring and summer league are open now! 

Oh My! Omaha readers can save 10% if they register for the spring or summer league! Just use the promo code ohmyomaha10. You must register for either league by March 20 to get the discount.

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