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

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: April 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

 

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

 

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)

 

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

 

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)

 

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

 

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!

 

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

 

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.

 

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

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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February 27, 2017

LEGOs Meet Nature At Lauritzen Gardens

You can go on a scavenger hunt for a giant dragon fly, a hidden turtle and an enormous spider in Omaha. They’re all made out of LEGOs, though, which is all right with me. In the new “Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks” exhibit, LEGOs meet nature at Lauritzen Gardens.

The exhibit runs through May 15. Thanks to Lauritzen Gardens, who provided complimentary passes for my family to visit so that I could share our experience with you!

There are 14 indoor displays of life-like creations by Sean Kenney, who designed the previous two “Nature Connects” exhibits at Lauritzen. Having been to those, I can tell you that this is quite similar, but no less impressive.

The details on the LEGOs sculpture are incredible. What you don’t see is the hitchhiker on the shell of this turtle.

In all, more than 450,000 LEGOs were used. My kids loved the opportunity to build their own creations after we found all the LEGO sculptures in the whole exhibit.

The things you can build with Legos! #natureconnects #lauritzengardens

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What’s new?

My favorite piece in the exhibit, the dragonfly, was also in my favorite place, the tropical area of the conservatory.

Most of the sculptures are new, plus the exhibit has expanded beyond the Visitor and Education Center. There are sculptures throughout the conservatory.

I love visiting the conservatory in the winter, so this is the perfect time to search the space for LEGO sculptures.

A majestic buck made out of tens of thousands LEGOs in the Visitor and Education Center at Lauritzen Gardens.

There’s also an additional hands-on area for children (“Play and Let It Stay”), making three places children can build their own sculptures. They’re all located in the Visitor and Education Center. If the two in the lobby are hopping with children, head to the building stations in one of the education rooms, it was blissfully quiet when we were there.

My tip for you? Bring a camera!

 Upcoming Lauritzen Gardens Events & Exhibits

The Japanese Gardens at Lauritzen Gardens might just be my favorite spot to photograph, at least in the winter.

Girls’ Day: Japanese Doll Exhibit – Through March 5

Art Exhibit: Artists’ Cooperative Gallery – Through April 3

St. Patrick’s Day Lunch – March 17

LEGO® Brick Artists Expo – March 18 and 19

Ole’s Birthday Bash – April 8

Easter Extravaganza – April 15

Easter Brunch – April 16

TREEmendous Arbor Day Celebration – April 29

Leashes at Lauritzen – May 1

Mother’s Day Brunch – May 14

Plus a lot of summer events! See all special events here.

 

If you go

“Nature Connects: Art With LEGO® Bricks”

Where: Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.

Cost: Included with admission, which is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12 and free for garden members and children under six.

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February 26, 2017

50+ Fun Things To Do In March 2017

I’ve rounded up a great list of fun things to do around Omaha in March 2017, and a lot of it’s FREE for families. If you have any you want to add, send me an email at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com. Enjoy the month!

 

Crafty Tots: NE150

When: March 1, 8,  15, 22, and 29, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration recommended)

 

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

When: March 1, 3 to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Dr. Seuss Literary Night

When: March 2, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Iowa School for the Deaf, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

“Odd Squad LIVE!”

When: March 2, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $15-$50

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” 

When: March 2, 4 5 and 9, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

Out & About Storytime: Aromas Coffeehouse at Flagship Commons

When: March 3, 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Ladybug Girl Visits Storytime

When: March 3 (10:30 a.m., Florence); March 4 (10:30 a.m., Willa Cather); March 6 (10:30 a.m., Abrahams); March 8 (10:30 a.m., Main); March 9 (10 a.m., Elkhorn); March 10 (10 a.m., Saddlebrook)

Where: Various Omaha Public Library locations

Cost: FREE

 

Sketch-A-Thon

When: March 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: KANEKO, 1111 Jones St.

Cost: FREE

 

Kids Dream Family Film Series

When: March 3 through April 9; Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. “Kung Fu Panda” (March 3-5), “Ice Age: Collision Course” (March 10-12), “The Wild Life” (March 17-19), “Storks” (March 24-26), “Kubo and the Two Strings” (March 31-April 2), “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

 

Under the Big Top: Circus Night at the Museum

When: March 3, 5 to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

First Friday Family Date Night – Dr. Seuss Night

When: March 3, 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

 

Family Fun Night

When: March 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Cosmic Sledding at Midnight Madness

When: March 3, 8 p.m. to midnight

Where: Mt. Crescent Ski Area, 17026 Snowhill Lane, Honey Creek, Iowa

Cost: $35 in advance, $39 day of

 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Craft-ernoon!

When: March 4, 1 to 4 p.m.

Where: South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Skate

When: March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 4 to 6:15 p.m.

Where: Motto McLean Ice Arena, 5015 S. 45th St

Cost: $10  for family of four and $3 for additional person (includes admission, skate rentals and orange drink or lemonade)

 

Out & About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: March 6, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Hangout: Smash Bros Tournament

When: March 8, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Mother Son Night Out

When: March 9, 5 to 9 p.m.

Where: Chili’s Grill & Bar, 3202 S. 143rd Plaza and 7865 S. 84th St., LaVista, Neb.

Cost: Activities included with cost of meal (RSVP at 402-333-6303 for 143rd Plaza location and 402-592-4900 for 84th Street location)

 

Meet the Ozobots!

When: March 10, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 11, 10 a.m.

Where: Through Old Market and downtown Omaha, starting at 15th and Harney streets. Official viewing stands will be at Old Chicago and O’Connor’s Irish Pub.

Cost: FREE

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” 

When: March 11, 12, 16, 18, 19 and 23, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

Get Smart: Nebraska Kool-Aid Science

When: March 11, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

Family Education Program – Native Wild Animals

When: March 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Cost: FREE

 

Animating Locamotion

When: March 11, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Omaha Creative Institute, 1516 Cuming St.

Cost: $35, person or $25, student/teacher/working artist (ages 12+)

 

Video Game Design (Teens)

When: March 11, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (registration required)

 

Teen Collective: Create with Tech

When: March 11, 2 to 3:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Sphero Challenge (Teens)

When: March 11, 3 to 4 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Open Gym Fort Building Competition

When: March 11, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: $15 per child (includes snack, best for ages 5+, though parents can accompany a child younger than 5 to help)

 

Daddy-Daughter Night at the Omaha Lancers

When: March 11, 7:05 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.

Cost: $17-$24

 

Birthday Party

When: March 12, 3 to 8 p.m.

Where: Cold Stone Creamery, 3220 Farnam St., suite 2107

Cost: FREE (ice cream cake samples, $1 single scoop sugar cones)

 

Cooking for Teens: Donuts

When: March 14, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

St. Patrick’s Day Storytime

When: March 15, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Jeff Quinn’s Abra-Nebraska Magic Show

When: March 15, 2 to 2:45 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

SCI-Kids

Where: March 16, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Disney On Ice: Dare To Dream

When: March 16-19; performances are March 16 and 17 at 7 p.m.,  March 18 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., and March 19 at 1 p.m.

Where: Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way

Cost: $37 to $104

 

St. Patrick’s Day Craft

When: March 17, 10 to 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha’s O’Reilly Auto Parts World Of Wheels

When: March 17-19; hours are March 17, 3 to 10 p.m.; March 18, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and March 19, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $17 general admission, $6 (kids ages 6-12), FREE for kids 5 and younger. Discount tickets available at O’Reilly Auto Parts

 

Fizz, Eww, Slime!

Where: March 17, 1 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Makey Makey Creations

When: March 17, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Teen Lock-in (Grades 6-12)

When: March 17, 6 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Beauty and The Beast Brunch & Tea Party

When: March 18, 9 a.m.

Where: Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St.

Cost: $17.50 (includes movie)

 

Fairy Faire

When: March 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Fontenelle Forest, 1111 Bellevue Blvd N, Bellevue, Neb.

Cost: $3 per person for members, and $3 per person for non-members plus forest admission, which is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors 62+, and $7.50 for children 2-17

 

Read to a Dog: 1st Anniversary Party

When: March 18, 1 to 2 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Symphony “Once Upon A Time”

When: March 19, 2 p.m. (arrive early for pre-show lobby activities)

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $12

 

Spring Break Special: Family Yoga

When: March 20, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: March 21, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Robots

When: March 21, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

National Geographic Live “Down to Nothing” with mountaineer Hilaree O’Neill

When: March 21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 1200 Douglas St.

Cost: $10-$25

 

Hello, Robots Storytime & Craft

When: March 22, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Family Game Day

When: March 22, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

Spring Break Special: Paper Airplanes & Gliders

When: March 23, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

“Harold and the Purple Crayon”

When: March 24 through April 9

Where: Rose Theater, 2001 Farnam St.

Cost: $20 (members get four FREE tickets)

 

Spring Break Special: LEGO Competition

When: March 24, 1:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Omaha Public Library Millard Branch, 13214 Westwood Lane

Cost: FREE

 

All-Madden Tournament of Champions

When: March 25, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: The Assembly of the Saints Inc., 4224 N. 24th St.

Cost: $25 entry fee day of event, or $20 for you register early

 

Writing Life Stories

When: March 25, 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% on registration!

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series “Radio Flyer” 

When: March 25, 26 and 30, various times

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

Cost: General admission, $9; seniors (60+), students, teachers, active military & veterans, those arriving at the theater by bicycle, $7; Film Streams members, $4.50; and kids 12 and under, $2.50

 

Out & About Storytime: Do Space

When: March 31, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Do Space, 7205 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Did Miss These Events?

“Huck Finn”

When: Through March 12; performances are Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 5 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. (sold out Feb. 26 and March 5)

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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February 24, 2017

Junior Players Classes At Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

Kids can be so dramatic, right? My preschooler loves the spotlight, and earlier this week I told you about her experience in Creative Drama, the class for children ages 4 to 6 in the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy at Omaha Community Playhouse. Today, I’m writing about my son’s experience in Junior Players, the Academy’s class for children ages 7 to 10. 

My son is definitely creative and is enthralled by live theater, but he is not hungry for the spotlight like his little sister. He had a different experience from her. I’m so happy both got to get a taste of theater thanks to Omaha Community Playhouse, whose education department invited my kids to attend Academy classes complimentary so that I can tell you about them.

What is Junior Players 

Farley, center and trying not to smile, in a supporting role for a scene his group presented to parents the Junior Players’ “share” day.

Junior Players is a six-week session for children ages 7 to 10. The motto of the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is “Life skills through stage skills.”

Like all classes in the Academy, children learn about the tools of the actor: Mind, body and voice. They learn ways to manipulate each of those areas with the long-term goal of developing stronger interpersonal communication skills.

The sessions for Junior Players build upon each other. In the fall, they do an American Sign Language integrated session, where body language and physicality of character development (as well as sign language) are the focus. In the winter, they do character work. In the spring, they add text-based scripts.

Junior Players sessions are developed to stand alone. Farley wasn’t in the fall session and he was able to jump into the character development session without issue.

For these past six weeks, each of his hour-long classes were divided in half, where the first 30 minutes are exercises to warm up the three actor tools. Then they do improv games and work on the backstory of their characters. 

What parents should know

The Junior Players’ teacher, Rachel (far right), explains what students learned over the course of six weeks while the first group of Junior Players gets ready to present a scene they wrote.

Like other classes at the Academy, parents are not allowed to attend any of the classes. This, no doubt, was a relief to my son who can be so easily distracted. Parents did get to attend a share session during the last class, where we watched some of their favorite warm ups and improv games featuring their created characters.

The share session allowed me to see how his teacher, Rachel, was with the students, plus see how young actors with different levels of comfort in the spotlight were able to participate fully.

How to register for Junior Players

Junior Players Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

The next session of Creative Drama begins the week of April 3 and registration is already open! You can register your child for the spring session here (and if you’re a plan-ahead kind of person, you can register for the summer there, as well). 

February 22, 2017

Creative Drama At Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

If you’ve been reading this blog for a few months, you know I like exposing my kids to performing arts experiences around Omaha. Our latest arts adventure has been at the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy at Omaha Community Playhouse.

Henry Fonda Theatre Academy

Omaha Community Playhouse is home to the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy, which offers classes for a range of ages.

The education department at the theater invited my kids to attend the classes complimentary so that I can tell you about them. Since my kids fall into different age groups, I’ll write separate posts about each. Let’s start with Creative Drama, the adorably fun intro to theater for children ages 4 to 6. Later this week, I’ll tell you about Junior Players, for children ages 7-10.

How To Teach Drama To Preschoolers 

My daughter and the teacher of Creative Drama, Matthew, a seasoned actor you’ve likely seen on different stages around Omaha.

Creative Drama is a six-week session for children ages 4 to 6. The motto of the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy is “Life skills through stage skills.”

Like all classes in the Academy, children learn about the tools of the actor: Mind, body and voice. They learn ways to manipulate each of those areas with the long-term goal of developing stronger interpersonal communication skills.

What my daughter thought the class was: An hour-long silly session with Mr. Matthew.

What the class really was: Children play games that teach them how to use their bodies and voices to share emotions. In one session, they played “I’m a little teapot” using angry, sad, and happy voices and posture. They do a lot of games that involve following directions on cue and learning ways to use their voices without damaging vocal chords. In a later class, children played a game where they tried to guess the emotion of a volunteer based on their body language. All helpful stuff for my daughter!

What parents should know

This may have been the scene during the Creative Drama “share” day when the children were to act like knights. They look like they’re galloping, right?

Parents aren’t allowed to sit in on these classes. If you’re a manic photo taker like myself, it’s a tough pill to swallow. However, this allows the children some independence and removes the parental distraction out of the equation.

Mooch wasn’t very forthcoming with what she did each week in class. She seemed to leave class each week with a smile on her face, so I’ll take it as a good sign.

You do get to see some of what they’ve worked on, though. At the end of the six-week session, parents are invited to sit in on a “share” day, which was the final 15 minutes of the last class.

During my daughter’s “share,” we saw her do an improvised puppet show with a classmate, as well as some pretend scenarios. We also got to see the teacher interact with the students, and Matthew was fantastic, patiently trying to herd the kittens coach the children and encourage the more stage-shy children to participate.

How to register a child for Creative Drama

The dramatic tale about a princess, a queen elephant and some missing pencils, presented in a Creative Drama class at the Henry Fonda Theatre Academy.

The next session of Creative Drama begins the week of April 3 and registration is already open. You can register your little one for the spring session here (and if you’re a plan-ahead kind of person, you can register for the summer there, as well).