January 2, 2017

17 Family Events To Look Forward in 2017

2017 is going to be an awesome year for Omaha families. This list of family events will get you through summer (check back for the fall and winter edition later!).

Here are some exciting things to look forward to:

2017 family events

Performing Arts

Whether it’s theatrical, musical or on ice, there are several Omaha venues with some great family shows in the first half of the year. Here are the highlights:

– Broadway touring production of “The Sound of Music,” Jan. 24-29, at Omaha’s Orpheum Theater

– “Disney on Ice: Worlds of Enchantment,” March 16-19, at Mid-America Center, 1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa (Kim’s note: Previously, the ice show was “Ice Age,” but that is no longer on the arena’s calendar) 

– Omaha Symphony presents “The Music of Star Wars,” May 6, Holland Performing Arts Center

– “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” May 26 through June 25, at Omaha Community Playhouse

– “Peter Pan,” June 2-18, at The Rose

 

Museums & Cultural Attractions

This is a broad category since it’s hard to fit botanical gardens with an arena, but I’ll try. Here are the highlights of some events happening at Omaha museums and other cultural attractions:

– “Nature Connects: Art with LEGO® Bricks,” Jan. 14 through May 15, at Lauritzen Gardens

– FEI World Cup™ Jumping & FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals, March 29 through April 1, at the CenturyLink Center

– “Top Secret License to Spy,” May 20 through Sept. 17, at The Durham Museum

– “Dinosaur Safari,” May 27 through Sept. 3, at Omaha Children’s Museum

 

Road Trip!

Feel like hitting the road for an overnight in another city? Here are some destination events to consider with for the family:

– “A Year With Frog and Toad,” Jan. 14, at Des Moines Civic Center in Iowa

– “Annie,” March 30, at  the Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa

– “One Man Star Wars Trilogy,” April 4-9,  at The Temple Theater in Des Moines, Iowa

– New rides Mustang Runner and Falcon’s Flight unveiled, April 14, at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo.

– “Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical,” May 31 through June 3, at Lied Center in Lincoln, Neb.

– “Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude” June 20 through Aug. 5 at The Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Mo.

– “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” In Concert June 21-24 at Kauffman Center in Kansas City, Mo.

– Nebraska State Fair, Aug. 25 through Sept. 4, at the State Fairgrounds in Grand Island (if your kids loved “Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove” at Omaha Children’s Museum, they can see the sea creatures at the fair)

Your turn! What events are you looking forward to in Omaha & beyond?

January 12, 2015

These Places In Omaha Will Cheer You Up

Inspired a post a friend shared on Facebook – where to go in LA when you’re down* – I posed the question on the Oh My! Omaha page – Where do you go in Omaha when you need to cheer up?

And you answered!

Cheer you up

 

You had some answers that were off my radar, though they are happy places in Omaha I’ve enjoyed. Take Melissa and Anna, who suggested specific things at the Joslyn Art Museum. Melissa said she heads for Jennifer Steincamp’s tree installation. Anna loves the museum’s new children’s area (ArtWorks… I love it too!).

1. Bookstores – This is one of my top picks.

Head to Jackson Street Bookstore to really get lost in pages – this used bookstore in the Old Market is incredible. I love the old cookbooks, the well-read travelogues and peeking at the collectibles.

 

Jamie recommended The Bookworm. I haven’t been to its new location on Center Street, but I trust this locally-owned shop for featuring both bestsellers and the underdogs with great stories.

2. Omaha Public Libraries – Let’s stay with the book theme. Bobi recommended any location within our public library system. She suggests browsing through magazines – you never know what you’ll find there.

 

3. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium – Dana said the zoo was one of her picks, and I’m with her on it. I’ll admit it, I go to the zoo without my kids sometimes. I got off of work early on Christmas Eve and decided to check out all the new babies at the zoo. Holy cuteness, Batman. But, it’s not just the furry lion cubs making me smile – in the winter, I head to the indoor rainforest to warm up (and perk up). Any time of year, you can’t beat sitting down and watching the penguins at the aquarium.

 

4. Parks – Without fail, being outside in green space lifts my spirits. How about you? The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a place that makes reader Jaimie happy.

In a pinch, I’ll go to the places closest to me, so from my downtown office, I’ll walk around the Heartland of America Park and watch the geese and swans or Pioneers’ Courage Park for a little more isolation in the bustling city.

Midtown, I’ll head to Elmwood Park and walk the short trails hidden in the trees near the grotto.

 

I prefer larger parks, though, with trails to explore for more than the five minutes it takes at Elmwood. Last winter, I needed a quick escape and brought the kids to Platte River State Park. We left in better moods that day.

While not a park, a beautiful place to head for some nature therapy is Lauritzen Gardens, which was suggested by Anna.

5. Comfort food and drinks – Sometimes something sweet or savory provides a brief pick-me-up. Chai latte from Crane Coffee is comforting. For comfort food at its best, I like the mac and cheese at Mark’s Bistro – as an added perk at that restaurant, sitting out in their pretty patio is also an easy mood boost.

Dana recommended her comfort foods spots, all downtown staples – Hiro 88, Heritage, Wilson & Washburn, and Kitchen Table.

 

Michele had a good drink suggestion – try the Mango Margarita at Roja. That’ll put a smile on your lips.

6. Fun stores – I can count on City Limits in the Old Market to have funny stuff. Browse the quirky items and giggle at inappropriate cards. Another Old Market shop was suggested by a reader, Pretty in Patina (thanks, Dana!).

 

Now it’s your turn: Where do YOU go in Omaha to cheer up! Comment below.

 

* Turns out, I have a bad memory. It was where to go in LA when you’re bored. Oh well.

November 26, 2014

Omaha Children’s Museum Santa’s Magic Giveaway

I love visiting the Omaha Children’s Museum in the winter for many reasons, a big one being that it’s a big space indoors with plenty of room to play.

Another one is that around the holidays, the museum is magical.

Starting this Friday and running through Dec. 23, the exhibit and interactive show Santa’s Magic opens.

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To set the scene, the show takes place in a fireside room. Magical moments include the Snow Queen making it snow indoors and Santa calling each child by name.

Think your kid would dig that?

Santa’s Magic takes place multiple times daily during regular museum hours.

 

If you go

Santa’s Magic

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

When: Nov. 28 through Dec. 23, Tuesdays through Fridays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m.; Sundays are at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. FREE tickets are included with admission or membership and are available at the museum’s front desk; seating is limited for each show.

 

Giveaway

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Omaha Children’s Museum has teamed up with Oh My! Omaha to give one lucky reader a family four-pack that will admit up to four people to the museum! It’s easy to enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Deadline to enter is Sunday, Dec. 7, at 11:59 p.m. One name will be randomly drawn within 48 hours; I will contact the winner via email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before another name is randomly drawn. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: Omaha Children’s Museum provided the passes for this giveaway. All opinions are mine.

Be sure to check out the post “50 Holiday Activities in Omaha” – it’s full of great family-friendly events and ideas to make this year’s holiday season memorable!

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Find out more about the following awesome events and giveaways:

 Nov. 14BLUEBARN Theatre presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)”  – Giveaway ends Nov. 23

Nov. 15The Rose presents “A Christmas Story” – Giveaway ends Nov. 30

Nov. 19Amazing Pizza Machine – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 21Omaha Symphony’s Christmas Spectacular – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov 22Ugly Sweater Run – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 26 – Omaha Children’s Museum presents Santa’s Magic – Giveaway ends Dec. 7

Nov. 28Sky Zone Omaha – Giveaway ends Dec. 14

 

More from Oh My! Omaha:

Today’s Giveaways

50 Holiday Activities To Do In Omaha

Where To Go In Omaha With Your Baby

 

November 25, 2014

Art Works At Joslyn Art Museum

Joslyn Art Museum’s newest permanent exhibit is good news for families. Art Works opens on Friday, and I want to shout from the museum’s rooftop that you should go check it out – with or without kids.

Art Works is a hands-on space to explore visual art in Omaha.

Art Works is a hands-on space to explore visual art in Omaha.

Think children’s museum meets art museum. And it’s FREE. All FREE!

My family got a chance to preview the exhibit last Saturday. I can’t wait to go back.

Art Works has nine hands-on stations where you can explore visual art:-You can sit at a drawing station and sketch a still life masterpiece; “paint” on a video screen; or try your hand at sketching on a vase.

Mooch builds with magnets.

Mooch builds with magnets.

It truly is an all-ages space – toddlers up to adults will find something there to play with and create.

My kids’ favorite was also mine – the stop-motion Animation Station. It’s quite simple to do and once you try one video, you’ll want to do more.

Farley and I putting the finishing touches to his first movie, Tree Farm.

Farley and I putting the finishing touches to his first movie, Tree Farm.

Or if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself helping your youngster make a movie and then feel the urge to take over because a 3-year-old filmmaker’s vision is so bizarre and needs the visionary guidance of a 30-something.

Or something like that.

 

Here are the stations to explore

Audrey’s Spectrum Sculpture – Think that cool Chihuly sculpture you see in the window as you walk up to the museum’s entrance.

Farley adds his touch to the sculpture.

Farley adds his touch to the sculpture.

Choose colorful shapes to lock together, creating  a glowing 3D sculpture.

Everywhere you look at Art Works you see beauty, including this ever-changing sculpture.

Everywhere you look at Art Works you see beauty, including this ever-changing sculpture.

 

Simon’s Animation Station – The fun part of this station is choosing the props to set your scene. To create your movie, you photograph your story, bit by bit. And then you can see the completed mini-animation on the “big screen” (and then email it to friends and family, or post it on Facebook). It’s so simple that my 3-year-old got the hang of it, with some guidance. Turns out, she’s partial to the Grant Wood backdrop.

Eloise’s Portrait Gallery – You can create a self portrait by drawing on glass with dry eraser or using magnets.

Portrait of a young artist, 2014.

Mr. Wonderful’s self portrait.

 

Wally’s Pattern Place – This was another favorite because of the incredibly loud sound the jumbo beads made when kids lifted them off the rods.

Exploring patterns

Exploring patterns

A helpful volunteered attempted to explain to my children how they could try to recreate a design from one of Joslyn’s American Indian beadwork pieces. They ignored all guidance and went their own route. Either way works.

A volunteer shows Mooch one way to use the space.

A volunteer helps Mooch reach the top of the rod.

 

Freddie’s Techno-Canvas – This hi-tech painting studio is incredible and I foresee long waits to create at this station. It’s all digital and you use artist’s tools to “mix, drip, brush, and push paint” on the wall – or floor!

You don't see me in the background trying to be patient until this girl finishes up. You can't rush art, but darn it, I wanted to play.

You can’t see me in the background trying to be patient until this young artist finishes up. You can’t rush art, but darn it, I wanted to play.

 

I want to go back during the day and paint without my kids.

I was particularly impressed with the floor canvas and how you can “pour” a bucket of paint onto your canvas and spread it around. It was realistic and mess-free.

I loved that. My kids probably missed the mess element.

Charlie’s Observation Studio – This still life scene will change from time to time. At opening, it highlighted Dutch still life (in honor of the museum’s Rembrandt portrait and two Dutch still lifes).

Mooch shows promising technique. It's all in the wrist movement of the scribble.

Mooch shows promising technique. It’s all in the wrist movement of the scribble.

 

Mooch and I sat to sketch and got about 45 seconds into it before she was ready to move on. I’m using that as an excuse for how sad my still life drawing turned out.

Jack’s Vase Space – This spot was the station that first caught my eye. You can use dry-erase crayons to draw on faux ancient Greek pots.

The pots are custom painted to look like works in Joslyn’s collection of ancient Greek pottery.

Both kids fluttered past this station. Perhaps I’ve said a few too many times that they can’t draw on things in our house.

Katie, Roger, Kate, Drew, and Meredith’s Creativity Table – Farley could sit at this table for an hour and be content. This is the make-and-take station (or you can leave your art to be displayed).

Farley loved making his modern art with washi tape.

Farley loved making his modern art with washi tape.

 

All materials are provided and there are images to inspire creativity. The first two featured activities reflect the modern works found in the current temporary exhibit, “In Living Color.” You can create a figure in the style of Keith Haring or use painter’s tape to create a design spired by Joseph Albers’ “Homage to the Square.”

The materials for the project.

The materials for the Joseph Albers-inspired project.

 

It was the square project that captured my preschooler’s imagination. He was proud of his finished artwork.

Barbara’s Curiosity Corner – This adorable reading nook with puppets and books was a spot Mooch kept returning to.

A cozy corner to rest, read or play with puppets.

A cozy corner to rest, read or play with puppets.

 

The area also had different architectural toys like blocks and magnetic pieces both kids enjoyed.

 

The architectural toys included blocks and magnets.

The architectural toys included blocks and magnets.

If you go

 

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Where: Joslyn Art Museum; Memorial Building, lower level east, 2200 Dodge St.

When: Open during all regular museum hours (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays)

 

Restrictions:

– Children must be accompanied by an adult

– School groups are not permitted (teachers are asked to encourage parents to bring children on weekends and Thursday evenings since they will not be visiting during their school tours)

– Strollers are not allowed in Art Works (stroller parking is provided just outside activity space)

 

Stay tuned: Keep an eye out for an upcoming post about two temporary exhibits at Joslyn Art Museum, “In Living Color: Andy Warhol and Contemporary Printmaking” and “BAM! It’s a Picture Book: The Art Behind Graphic Novels.”

 

Disclaimer: Joslyn Art Museum invited my family to preview the exhibit before it was open to the public.

 

More from Oh My! Omaha:

Today’s Giveaways

Joslyn Art Museum With Kids

50 Holiday Activities To Do In Omaha 2014

 

November 11, 2014

50 Holiday Activities To Do In Omaha 2014

UPDATE: Season’s greetings! This post is from 2014, so if you found my blog through this post…first, welcome! Second, get some updated events here.

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I love this time of year – there’s so much to do in Omaha!

Need some ideas? I’ve got 50 holiday activities to last you through the end of the year.

  1. It’s time to register your family to Ring a Bell this season for the Salvation Army. Locations are available all over the city.
  2. Get into the holiday spirit with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular Starring The Rockettes presented by Omaha Performing Arts* at the Orpheum Theater Nov. 13-30.
  3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra performs a rock concert to remember – featuring their brand of Christmas music and a light show – Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs.
  4. What’s a holidays in Omaha post without “A Christmas Carol”? Omaha Community Playhouse presents the exquisite production Nov. 21 through Dec. 23.
  5. Volunteer for the Open Door Mission’s Drumsticks on Wheels on Nov. 22. It’s a family-friendly opportunity! Help deliver 5,000 turkey ‘n fixin’s boxes to low income families in our community.
  6. Get crafty at your local public library. On Nov. 22, teens and adults can make an ornament at the Willa Cather Branch at 11 a.m., while elementary age kids can make a Thanksgiving craft at A. V. Sorensen Branch at 2 p.m. (you’ll want to pre-register for either). There are several more classes for various age groups and at different locations in December, including a family crafting event Dec. 13 at Willa Cather. All are FREE.
  7. Midtown Crossing kicks off the new Holiday Lights Spectacular and Miracle at Midtown on Nov. 22. See the festive window displays then head to Turner Park to see the light show that starts nightly at 7 p.m. through Jan. 1.Amazing Pizza Machine
  8.  Break away from the cold – and relieve holiday stress – at The Amazing Pizza Machine with 150 arcade games, go-karts, bumper cars, laser tag and more, including a 100+ item, made-fresh-onsite buffet. Select from value-priced buffet and play packages and special deals going on now – including gift card sales.Win four RiViT 90 Packs! (Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

  9. Enjoy a FREE performance of Handel’s “Messiah” sung by the 190-voice choir Voices of Omaha, accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Concert is Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center.
  10. Search for one-of-a-kind and affordable Christmas gifts during the “12-Below Holiday Show” at Artists’ Cooperative Gallery Ltd., 405 S. 11th St. Local artists created work that was 12 inches or smaller. Show is open Nov. 25 through Dec. 28 (closed Mondays).
  11.  Start a Thanksgiving tradition and run the morning of Turkey Day. There are several to choose from, but if you want your race fee to go to something good, consider the Turkey Trot 5K benefitting Joslyn Castle (run/walk starts at 9 a.m. at Turner Park) or the Feast and Feathers Trail Run benefiting Food Bank For The Heartland (5K, 10K and half-marathon – first race starts at 8 a.m. at Lake Cunningham).Skyzone Logo With R
  12. Burn off your Thanksgiving indulgence at Sky Zone Omaha, 4215 S. 133rd St. The indoor trampoline center is a fun and active outing for the whole family. Win 30-minute passes for four people! (Giveaway ended. Sorry!)

  13. One of the coolest tree-lighting ceremonies to take place in Omaha is Nov.28 from 4 to 7 p. m. during Christmas at Union Station at the Durham Museum. Besides the countdown, activities include cookie decorating, crafts, singalongs and talking with Santa and Mrs. Claus.1-Santa's-Magic
  14. Join Santa as he greets children by name to hear their holiday wishes during “Santa’s Magic,” which runs Nov. 28 through Dec. 22 at Omaha Children’s Museum. Snow Queen greets children, makes it snow, then Santa himself comes down the chimney and calls each child by name to hear their holiday wishes. Win a pass for four to the museum(Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

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  15. Like your holiday shows to be on the funny side? Check out the farce “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (and Then Some!)” running Nov. 28 through Dec. 21 at BLUEBARN Theatre. The name describes it all. This farce includes everyone from Frosty the Snowman to the Grinch to Tiny Tim. Win 4 tickets to see this show! (Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

  16. Want to wow your kids with indoor snow? Head to Center Court at Regency Court on a Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. It’ll snow on the hour from 1 to 5 p.m.
  17. Visit downtown Papillion’s Winter Wonderland Nov. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. for FREE activities that evening include carriage rides, bonfire, Santa, popcorn, hot chocolate, photos with live reindeer and more.
  18. Want a movie night at home? ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas starts Dec. 1. Family-friendly films will be shown every night through Dec. 25.
  19. Christmas at Boys Town features three Nativity scenes on display, including the main crèche, created by a Holocaust survivor, that adorns the historic Music Hall near the main entrance – it can be seen for miles. Displays are FREE to see Dec. 1 through Jan. 11, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boys Town, 137th Street and West Dodge Road.
  20. Stop the Durham Museum in the evenings on select Tuesday nights for a chance to chat with Santa and meet his reindeer and make holiday crafts. Tuesday Nights with Santa are Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.
  21. Joslyn Art Museum’s “Holiday Under Glass” kicks off on Wednesday, Dec. 3. The FREE noon concerts are in the atrium and are held Wednesdays and Fridays, Dec. 3-19. Stick around after for a gallery tour starting at 1 p.m.**
  22. Adopt-A-Family this holiday season. Star 104.5 partners with Salvation Army to host a radiothon Dec. 4 and 5. Your family can pledge to adopt a family of any size, purchasing a gift for each family member.
  23. Santa will make a special appearance during Family Night Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dodge House, 605 Third St., Council Bluffs. “Christmas at the Dodge House” runs Nov. 26 through Dec. 31, during which the Victorian-style General Dodge House is decorated for the holidays, featuring more than 20 trees decorated by local organizations.
  24. The Holly Jolly Night Hike is Dec. 5 at Hitchcock Nature Center in Honey Creek, Iowa (about 20 minutes from Omaha). The moderate hike is designed to introduce visitors to walking at night and includes activities to engage each of the senses.Christmas_Story-4
  25. The holiday classic film is now a musical! Go see “A Christmas Story” at The Rose Dec. 5-28. The show is recommended for ages 5 and up. Win 4 tickets to see this show! (Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

  26. See a movie and donate to a good cause. AngelFlix is Dec. 6 starting at 9 a.m. at Aksarben Cinema. The admission includes a movie, kid-friendly breakfast and refreshments, plus a visit from Santa and a holiday trinket bag. The event benefits Angels Among Us.
  27. See holiday characters scuba dive in a shark tunnel! Saturdays in December, part of the festivities planned during Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Holiday Happenings at include special dives at 10:45 a.m. Get to the tunnel early to stake out a good spot, it gets crowded.
  28. Hot Shops Art Center’s Holiday Open House is Dec. 6, noon to 8 p.m., and Dec. 7, noon to 5 p.m. The free event features open studios, live demonstrations and a lot of shopping opportunities.
  29. Ballet Nebraska will perform the annual favorite “The Nutcracker” Dec. 6 and 7 at the Orpheum Theater and the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College. **
  30. The Jan Brett Book Tour “The Animals’ Santa” stops at Omaha Police Union Hall, 13445 Cryer Ave., Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. for a FREE event. The New York Times bestselling author will give a book talk and an illustration demonstration.
  31. Visit various downtown arts and cultural institutions during the Family Festival Dec. 7 from noon to 5 p.m. It’s all FREE, from the hands-on activities for children to the transportation between participating locations.
  32. Check out the traditional Irish Christmas displays Dec. 8-15 at “Irish Christmas at Father Flanagan’s Historic Home.” Tour the home for FREE, exploring celebrations of his homeland and see Christmas quilts, antique toys and ornaments from the 1920s to 1940s. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  33. Be one of the first 100 people at Lauritzen Gardens on National Poinsettia Day (Dec. 12) and get a free poinsettia! Doors open at 9 a.m. Can’t make it that day? The Holiday Poinsettia Show is from Nov. 28 through Jan. 4, 2015. Kids will love the trains that go around the indoor display.
  34. Unseasonably warm winter day? How about a hike? Some of my favorite kid-friendly trails can be found at Mahoney State Park, Platte River State Park and Hitchcock Nature Center.
  35. Enjoy a FREE holiday concert at your local library, then have you kids check out some seasonal book. The South Omaha branch will feature a pianist on Dec. 10, guitarist George Walker is at Swanson on Dec. 16, Metro Omaha Handbells is at the Millard branch on Dec. 19 and a strings performance is Dec. 20 at the Willa Cather branch.
  36. Sure, it’s cold outside, but that’s no reason to pass up ice cream. Local ice cream shops Ted & Wally’s and eCreamery usually offer seasonal flavors. One year, eCreamery had White Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips & Peppermint Flakes.
  37. Amp up your Christmas cheer by strolling through the Old Market in the evening on select Saturdays. Sounds of the Season features live music along Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6,13, 20 and 27 from 7 to 8 p.m.
  38. See a Christmas classic on the big screen. Film Streams will show “Miracle on 34th Street” on Dec. 13, 14 and 18; and then you can catch “It’s a Wonderful Life” at the nonprofit cinema Dec. 20, 21 and 25.UglySweaterLogo
  39. Dig out your family’s ugliest sweaters and take part in The Ugly Sweater Run 5K Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. starting from the Century Link Center in downtown Omaha. Runners enjoy hot chocolate, or a tasty beer if you’re in the 21+ crowd, and can clown around with big inflatables, photo stations, and holiday tunes. Kids 5 and younger run FREE! Win 4 entries to The Ugly Sweater Run (because it’s more fun to run with friends)! (Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

  40. Enjoy a holiday-themed puppet show with your kids. Head to the Abrahams branch of the Omaha Public Library for the Holiday Puppet Show Extravaganza on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. It’s FREE and refreshments are included.
  41. Stay active over Christmas break and visit the ConAgra Foods Ice Rink, an ourdoor ice rink on the ConAgra Foods campus, 10th and Harney streets. It’s open mid-December to Jan. 4, 2015, and only costs $5 to rent skates. All proceeds will be donated to the Food Bank for the Heartland. Try skating under the lights sometime for an incredible memory!
  42. Break out your Hawaiian shirts for this one. “Beach Boys Christmas Show” is Dec. 14 at 7 a.m. at the Orpheum Theater. Christmas at the beach or Christmas in Omaha? Tough choice.
  43. Bring the little one in your home to the Winter Wonderland Party on Dec. 17 at 9 a.m. at the  Saddlebrook Community Center. The tea party will include a story, songs, create-your-own snack and a craft.
  44. Join Santa and Mrs. Claus at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium’s Supper with Santa Dec. 18-21, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinners includes crafts and pictures with Santa. Visit the zoo’s website for cost and pre-registration.Christmas-Spectacular-Logo-9
  45. Omaha Symphony’s annual tradition “The Physicians Mutual Omaha Symphony Christmas Spectacular” begins its four-day run Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Holland Performing Arts Center. Celebrate the magic, romance, and joy of the season as Broadway stars add to the lush sounds of the Omaha Symphony. It’s a singing and dancing treat for the whole family. Win four tickets to see the show! (Giveaway has ended. Sorry!)

  46.  Omaha Performing Arts* and Broadway Across America presents the Broadway touring production of “Beauty & The Beast” at the Orpheum Theater Dec. 19-21. It’s not exactly Christmas-y but it’s pretty enchanting.
  47. “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas” comes every year – isn’t it about time your family checked it out? The group presents two shows, Dec. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m., at the Orpheum Theater. Expect a dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting.
  48. The all-ages Kwanzaa Talent Showcase: Kuumba is Dec. 27 at 6 p.m. at the Washington branch of the Omaha Public Library. It will feature local youth performing and soul food. It’s FREE for the whole family.
  49. Penguins and Pancakes is Dec. 27-29 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. It’s just like it sounds – pancakes and a visit from penguins…plus your ticket includes crafts and a plush toy, as well as admission into the zoo. Visit the zoo’s website to get cost information and to pre-register.
  50. The annual New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular is Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. View them around Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam streets, or if you feel like braving the cold winds, head to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.

 

 

50 Days Of Holiday Activities Giveaways!

Be sure to check back on the blog to enter giveaways for excellent prizes from the following:

Nov. 14BLUEBARN Theatre

Nov. 15The Rose

Nov. 19Amazing Pizza Machine

Nov. 21Omaha Symphony

Nov 22Ugly Sweater Run

Nov. 26Omaha Children’s Museum

Nov. 28Sky Zone

 

Disclaimer: Giveaway prizes were provided by participating giveaway sponsors. I was not compensated for any post or mention.

* Disclaimer: I am an employee of Omaha Performing Arts.

October 21, 2014

‘Once Upon A Farm’ Opens + Giveaway

Being Omaha Family Dining Week, it’s timely to tell you all about the special exhibit that just opened at Omaha Children’s Museum: “Once Upon a Farm.”

Guess who grows all that good food?

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This interactive exhibit tells kids how the food on the table got there, and the important role agriculture plays in their everyday lives.

 

Some of the cool features:

Slide behind the seat of a combine to harvest your crops

Wheel around a pedal track maze and fill up at the ethanol station

Plant and irrigate your crops in the miniature planting station

Learn about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot

Create your own beef dishes in the Cow Cafe

Separate and sort grain into large grain bins

Crawl through a two-story worm wall

Care for livestock

Hop aboard the Ag Express Train (must purchase tickets)

Broadcast your own forecast at the weather station

 

My friends and their adorable kids checked out the exhibit on preview night last Friday. All smiles.

My friends and their adorable kids checked out the exhibit on preview night last Friday. All smiles.

If you go

Omaha Children’s Museum’s “Once Upon a Farm”

Where: 500 S. 20th St.

When: Through April 12, 2015; winter hours are Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9 to 10 a.m. member-only hour); Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open late until 8 p.m. on the first Friday of each month); Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, CLOSED.

Admission: 2 to 59, $9; 60+, $8; FREE children 2 and younger and museum members. “Once Upon a Farm” exhibit admission  is FREE for members and children 24 months and under; $2 in addition to regular museum admission for non-members.

 

I’m looking forward to bringing my kids to the new exhibit, how about you? Want some FREE passes to get into the museum? Omaha Children’s Museum has provided TWO (2)  family four-pack of passes (value up to $36 four each four-pack)! There are two ways to enter.

First chance to win

Update: Congrats to Kayla M. for winning the four passes!

One e-newsletter subscriber will win simply for being a subscriber! If you aren’t a subscriber, it’s FREE and easy to subscribe and you stay up to date on all the new openings, giveaways and inside scoop on good stuff to do in Omaha. Click to subscribe now and be entered to win. A random winner will be drawn via random.org Nov. 2, 2014.

Second chance to win

Update: Congrats to Katie H. for winning the four passes!

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. A random winner will be drawn via Rafflecopter on Nov. 2, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

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Disclosure: Omaha Children’s Museum provided museum admission passes for this giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

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