May 23, 2017

Omaha Recycling News: Hefty Energy Bag Program

Omaha and Bellevue residents are now able to recycle more plastic than before thanks to the Hefty® Energy Bag program. The new slogan to know when it comes to Omaha recycling, and it’s “If you don’t bin it, bag it.”

The Hefty® Energy Bag program was the Sustainable Sponsor were at the big Elmwood Park Earth Day Omaha celebration this year. Did you see them?

This recycling program could not make it easier for us to reduce the amount of waste going into local landfills. Thanks to all the program sponsors for initiating this in the metro area! This post is sponsored by the Hefty® Energy Bag Program.

What Goes In A Hefty® Energy Bag

Take a look at the list below to see what can be recycled through the program. I see a lot of things my family tosses in the trash: Frozen vegetable bags, packing peanuts, plastic straws.

Omaha recycling guide by Hefty Energy Bags

As of April 2017, the Hefty® Energy Bag program has collected more than 10,000 bags in the Omaha metro area, diverting more than 5 tons of plastic previously destined for landfills.

How The Hefty® Energy Bag Program Works

This program fits in seamlessly with your usual recycling routine; you just need to buy the Hefty® Energy Bag to recycle the plastics that you used to throw away.

Here’s how the Hefty® Energy Bag Program works:

– Place things like candy wrappers, plastic cutlery and juice pouches in the orange Hefty® Energy Bag. Make sure they’re clean and free of food residue.

– Place orange Energy Bag in your regular recycle bin or cart and put it out with your regular curbside recycling pickup.

– Local haulers pick up the bags during participants’ regular recycling collection and take it to a First Star Recycling facility.

– First Star Recycling sorts the Hefty® Energy Bags before sending them to Systech Environmental Corporation.

– Systech converts the bags and their contents into energy used to produce cement.

 

Get started

For those in the Omaha area who would like to purchase Hefty® Energy Bags and participate in the innovative recycling program, click here.

The Hefty® Energy Bag Program is a collaborative effort between The Dow Chemical Company, Reynolds Consumer Products, Recyclebank, First Star Recycling, ConAgra Foods, and Systech Environmental Corporation. To learn more, visit www.HeftyEnergyBag.com and follow @Hefty and @DowPackaging on Twitter for updates.

 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Hefty® Energy Bag program. All thoughts, opinions, and typos are my own.

April 26, 2017

60+ May Events In Omaha For Families

May’s a great month to get out and do things in Omaha. There’s now more going on outdoors, at farms and farmers markets,  plus parades and festivals are starting up. Have fun exploring!

If you have an event to add, please leave a comment or contact me at ohmyomaha (at) gmail (dot) com.

Out and About Storytime: Chalco Hills

When: May 1, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Get Crafty: Book Art For Families

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Book Fiesta and Dia Storytime

When: May 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

Crafty Tots

When: May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 11 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE, registration required

 

Mother & Daughter Round Up Celebration

When: May 3, 6 to 8 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 per person (registration due by April 28)

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “Babe: Pig in the City”

When: May 4, 6, 7 and 11

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Out and About Storytime: Aromas

When: May 5, 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: May 5, 10:30 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

“We Can Do It! Family Night At The Museum”

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

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

Cost: FREE

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Old Market

When: Saturdays, May 6 through Oct. 14, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: 11th and Jackson streets

Cost: FREE

 

Wild West Days

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Where: Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downing Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Free Comic Book Day

When: May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Krypton Comics, 2819 S. 125th Ave., suite 261

Cost: FREE (autographs and photos with Dean Cain are additional)

 

Intuitive Painting

When: May 6, 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 to save 25% off camp registration!

 

Omaha Farmers Market – Aksarben Village

When: Sundays, May 7 through Oct. 15, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Aksarben Village, 67th and Center streets

Cost: FREE

 

Superhero Sunday

When: May 7, noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Neb.

Cost: FREE

 

Family Fiesta

When: May 7, noon to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is (starting May 1) $19.95, adults (ages 12 and over); $18.95, seniors and military adults; $13.95, children (ages 3-11); $12.95, military child; and FREE for children younger than 2

 

Family Skate

When: May 7, 14 and 21, 4 to 6 p.m.

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

Cost: $10 per family (or $3 per individual)

 

Yoga Rocks The Park/Camp Yoga Rocks

When: Sundays, beginning May 7

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

Cost: FREE

 

“Discover The Dinosaurs: Unleashed”

When: May 12-14; hours are May 12, 2 to 8 p.m., and May 13 & 14, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Center,

Cost: Kids (2-12), $19; senior (65+), $16; adults (13-64), $19; T-Rex ticket, $52; tickets all day Friday are $5 less

 

Spring Into Summer

When: May 12, 5 to 8 p.m.

Where: Zorinski Park, F Street entrance

Cost: FREE

 

Comedian Tim Hawkins

When: May 12, 7 p.m.

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

Cost: $19-$85

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “The Seventh Art Stand: Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences”

When: May 13, 14, 18, 20, 21 and 25

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Get Smart: Medieval Engineering

When: May 13, 10 to 11 a.m.

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

Cost: Included with museum admission

 

“Hanging With Heroes”

When: May 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE (event is outdoors; admission is also FREE that day)

 

Exotic Animal Rescue Day

When: May 13, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Cost: $5 for ages 2 and older; moms receive $1 off, and there is a ½ price military discount

 

58th Annual Florence Days Parade

When: May 13, 1 to 3 p.m.

Where: 2707 Redick Ave.

Cost: FREE

 

Mothers, Macaws &  Mimosas

When: May 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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

Cost: $40 for adult members and $35 for child members (3-11); $45 for adult non-members and $30 for child non-members; FREE for children younger than 2. Reservations required.

 

Out & About Storytime: Joslyn Art Museum

When: May 16, 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Cost: FREE

 

Hump Day Walkabout For Autism

When: May 17, noon to 1 p.m.

Where: Autism Center of Nebraska, Inc., 9012 Q St.

Cost:

 

Endangered Species Day

When: May 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is (starting May 1) $19.95, adults (ages 12 and over); $18.95, seniors and military adults; $13.95, children (ages 3-11); $12.95, military child; and FREE for children younger than 2

 

“Jurassic Quest”

When: May 19-21; hours are May 19, 3 to 8 p.m., May 20, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and May 21, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Cost: Kids (2-12 years), $15; adults (13-64), $20; seniors (65+), $18; and VIP, $24; police, military and their families get $2 off

 

Celebrate CB Parade & Bayliss Park Festivities

When: May 19-21 (carnival), parade is May 21 beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Where: Bayliss Park (parade begins and ends there)

Cost: FREE (carnival rides extra)

 

“Top Secret: License To Spy”

When: May 20 through Sept. 17

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

Cost: Included with museum admission, which is $11 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-12), and FREE for children younger than 2

 

Youth Summer Reading Club

When: May 22, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Council Bluffs Public Library – Youth Department, 400 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, Iowa

Cost: FREE

 

Summer Reading Program Kick Off Party

When: May 26, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (W. Dale Clark Main); May 27, 1 to 3 p.m. (Florence, A.V. Sorensen, Bess Johnson, Willa Cather, Abrahams, Benson, Millard, South Omaha, Saddlebrook, Swanson, Washington),

Where: Omaha Public Library various locations

Cost: FREE

 

Dr. Who Lock-In (Teens)

When: May 26, 5 to 9 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE, registration required

 

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”

When: May 26 through June 25; performances are Wednesday–Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. on June 17 and June 24.

Where: Omaha Community Playhouse, 6915 Cass St.

Cost: $42, adults (Thursdays – Sundays) and $25 for students (Thursdays – Sundays). Tickets are $32 for adults and $20 for students on Wednesdays.

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “The Seventh Art Stand: Short Films From and About the Middle East for Young Audiences”

When: May 27, 28 and June 1, 3, 4 and 8

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

Running With Dinosaurs

When: May 27, 9 a.m.

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

Cost: FREE, registration required

 

“Dinosaur Safari”

When: May 27 through Sept. 3

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

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

 

Memorial Day Weekend At The Zoo

When: May 27-29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Cost: Included with admission, which is (starting May 1) $19.95, adults (ages 12 and over); $18.95, seniors and military adults; $13.95, children (ages 3-11); $12.95, military child; and FREE for children younger than 2. First 800 people through the gate receive goodie bag.

 

Get Crafty: Honk For Peace Signs

When: May 30, 2 to 3 p.m.

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

Cost: FREE

 

More Fun Events In May

The following events are on-going, or had started in a previous month:

“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

 

“Glorious Flights: Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen”

When: Through Sept. 3

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. St.

Cost: FREE

 

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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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 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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April 10, 2017

Durham Museum Summer Camps

While on the hunt for the most fun summer camps for my kids, I kept returning to The Durham Museum summer camps list. There are so many to choose from! There are 27 camps there this summer, and they’re all so different from any place else in Omaha. I’ve partnered with The Durham Museum to tell you about them.

Choosing Camp

From time travel to wizardry to spies, there are some super fun themes for summer camps at The Durham Museum. There’s even Meet the Metr’O’ camps, where kids visit things like a courthouse to meet a judge and the First National Bank Tower to get a sky-high view of the city. Check all the summer camps out here.

Summer camps at The Durham Museum are taught by certified, professional educators. Photo courtesy The Durham Museum

I had a hard time figuring which camps my 7-year-old would love best. He is really into history, which is perfect for all of the camps at the museum – camps combine history and science for a balance that turns out to be fun and educational. I’m told they strike a perfect chord for summer – kids have so much fun, they don’t realize they’re learning.

Some of the popular camps at The Durham Museum include Mischief Managed, a wizardry camp that will surely appeal to the “Harry Potter” fans of Omaha; Lego Apprentice, Lego Builder, and Lego Master, camps for the three age groups that are focused on building; and the camp tied with the summer exhibit at the museum, Top Secret, will likely be popular.

New Camps At The Durham Museum

The Durham Museum has added some unique new camps this summer. I think Road Trip! sounds fun. Without leaving the museum, kids will imagine themselves on a Nebraska adventure. It’s great timing for the state’s 150th celebration.

Campers at a Durham Museum summer camp. Photo courtesy The Durham Museum

There’s also a camp called History With Heroes, blending learning about superheroes and real life heroes. The museum is also trying out a camp that’s going to feel like the traditional outdoor summer camp, again without leaving the museum. Think, “campfire” with s’mores kinds of stuff.

What Makes Durham Camps Different

 

Teachers – What impressed me about The Durham Museum summer camps is that they’re all taught by certified, practicing teachers, who also create the camp curriculum. The camps also have what’s called summer facilitators, who assist in the summer camps and many are studying to become educators.

One-Day Camps – Here’s the conundrum for working parents: What do you do with holiday weeks where no place in Omaha is offering week-long camps then, but you still have to work most of those days? The museum has created day-long camps for each day of those holiday weeks (Memorial Day and Fourth of July). Kids can go to just one all-day camp or all four that week (there’s a discount if you sign up for all four).

Variety – Very few camps are repeated in the summer. Many parents working downtown sign their children up for summer camps at the museum all summer long and never have repeated week. There are 27 camps in all.

Extended Hours – The museum offers “Beyond the Camp” Experience, which is before care and after care with planned games and activities with camp staff. It’s such a huge help for me, when my work day starts well before 9 a.m. camp does. Full-day campers also have supervision during the lunch hour, and they get the added perk of having the option of purchasing lunch (they can also bring a sack lunch).

Age Groups – The Durham Museum summer camps are divided by grade levels, so the camp content suits the abilities of the campers all the time. Camps are available for Grades 1-2, Grade 3-4, and Grades 5-6. Note: This is for the grade level kids will be entering in the 2017-2018 school year.

Ready For Durham Museum Summer Camp?

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

Cost: Half-Day Week, $80/members and $90/non-members; Full-Day Week, $160/members and $180/non-members; Summer Fun Days (full-day camp), $40/Day or $140/four days for members and $45/day or $160/four days for non-members; Meet The Metr’O’ (weeklong, full-day), $170/members and $190/non-members.
“Beyond The Camp” Experience: $15/day or $60/week

Register:

Online at Durham.org

Call 402-444-5027

Email Education@DurhamMuseum.org

Write The Durham Museum, Education Dept., 801 S. 10th St., Omaha, NE 68108

Fax 402-444-5397, Attn: Education Dept.

 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary camp registration in compensation for writing this post.

 

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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

 

Forever Young Family & Children’s Series: “Babe: Pig in the City”

When: April  29, 30 and May 4, 6, 7 and 11

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

Cost: $9 general; $7 for seniors, students, teachers, military and those traveling to the theater by bicycle; $4.50 for Film Streams members; $2.50 for children ages 12 and under

 

“Glorious Flights: Illustration Art of Alice and Martin Provensen”

When: April 29 through Sept. 3

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge. 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.

 

Nebraska Renaissance Faire & Midlands Pirate Festival

When: April 29 and 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Riverwest Park, 233rd and West Maple Road, Elkhorn, Neb.

Cost: Adults, $12; kids (5-15), $5; children under 5, FREE

 

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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