August 10, 2016

Vintage Wheels & Hot Air Balloons This Weekend

Looking for fun things to do this weekend in Omaha? There’s a lot going on, but I found three events for families looking for something different, something a little out of the ordinary, to do this week. Hot air balloons? Vintage cars? Woven art? Cool, right?

For more ideas, visit the post 40+ Fun Things To Do In August.

 

10th Annual Nebraska Balloon & Wine Festival

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When: Friday, 5 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m. (balloon launch starts at 7 p.m., balloon glow at 8:30 p.m. each night)

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

Why: Mom and Dad get a little wine tasting, kids get a lot of hot air balloons. Winning all around.

Who’d like it: Wine lovers; hot air balloon enthusiasts

 

 

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

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When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (KickstART kids hands-on activities from 10 a.m. to noon)

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

Why: You’re curious about the new exhibit and want to show your kids a different form of artwork.

Who’d like it: Art lovers; creative types; families on a budget

Note: The event is FREE but if you want to see the exhibition, you’ll have to pay admission. Go between 10 a.m. to noon when it’s half the price, $5 for adults (kids are FREE).

2016 Vintage Wheels at the Fort

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When: Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Why: If you have car shows, and really love the FREE ones, this event hosted by Douglas County Historical Society is for you. Plus, mix in additional local histry with by visiting the General Crook House Museum for FREE that day.

Who’d like it: History buffs; gear heads; curious types wanting to see pre-1965 era cars; families on a budget

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August 4, 2016

Weekend Fun For Active, History-Loving Families

Get moving and exploring history this weekend in Omaha! Here are three fun and kid-friendly activities to check out, including a active fun at the Downtown YMCA, lots of walking around as your explore Fort Atkinson during the living history

End of Summer Carnival

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

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

Why: You’re looking for something that will get the kids moving, and you just happen to love the price of admission (it’s FREE)

Who’d like this: Families on a budget; kids of all ages; active families

 

Living History Re-Enactment

 

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

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

Why: You’re big history fans or you’re just looking for something different to do. A historical re-enactment is definitely something different to do around here. Read about the experience in a post I recently wrote about the fort here.

Who’d like this: History buffs; school-age kids; active families (there is a lot of walking)

Tip: You’ll need a Nebraska State Parks pass (annual or day) to drive into Fort Atkinson.

 

National Root Beer Float Day

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

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

Why: There’s definitely something fun about having a root beer float while seated at an old-fashioned soda fountain. (OK, technically, you’ll still need to pay museum admission, but once you’re in, you can get the float for free.)

Who’d like this: People with a sweet tooth; kids of all ages

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July 28, 2016

Free Things To Do This Weekend With Kids

Some weekends, you just need to find something free to do because, I dunno, maybe you got a little too crazy on Amazon Prime Day and you’re still feeling the hurt. Whatever your reason, this weekend there is a lot of free things to do in Omaha.

If you want more options, free or not, head to this big list of fun things to do in July.

 

Offutt Open House & Air Show

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When: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Offutt Air Base

Why: It’s back! Everybody loves a good air show and this one’s back on after ending in 2014. They’re promising 4½ hours of air show (including the jets, parachuters). All FREE.

Who’d like it: Kids of all ages; families on a budget; kids obsessed with planes

 

Kids 4 Kids “Toy Story” Screening

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When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. (movie begins at dusk)

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

Why: A FREE movie with space for your kids to run around and games to play? What’s not to love? Your kids are going to sleep well that night. Donations benefit Child Saving Institute.

Who’d like this: Kids who can stay up late; families on a budget

 

Learning on the Lake

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When: Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake Zorinsky Park, 3808 S. 156th St.

Why: You’re an outdoorsy bunch and you want to learn something new. And it’s FREE.

Who’d like it: Outdoorsy types; active families; families on a budget.

 

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July 20, 2016

An Omaha Weekend Of Snakes & Critters

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Snakes of Nebraska

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

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

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

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

 

Hummel Park Family Camping Adventure

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

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

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

Who’d like this: Outdoorsy families; nature lovers

 

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

 

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July 14, 2016

Trains & History Fun This Weekend

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

 

Railroad Days 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mahoney 25th Anniversary Party

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When: Saturday, 2 to 7 p.m.

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

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

Who’d like it: Outdoorsy types

Loom Weaves Joslyn

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

When: Saturday, 2 p.m. until midnight

Where: Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St.

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

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

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

 

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July 6, 2016

Weekend Fun For Fans Of Summer

I’m still in an outdoorsy kick, even if it’s getting to be unbearably hot. If you can stand the heat, I found two fun family events in the morning to give you a little bit of nature without to midday sun beating down. If that’s too much nature for you, you might like the rides and music that are planned at the first ever Nebraska Hispanic Festival.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, you can find more events in the post 60+ Fun Things To Do In July.

 

Nebraska Hispanic Festival

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When: Friday, 4 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Ralston Arena, 7300 Q St.

Why: You love rides and kinda dig the salsa (music and/or condiment).

Who’d like this: Lovers of Hispanic culture and music; cultural types; carnival lovers

Tip: Get $2 off coupons at all Sol’s Jewelry and Loan locations (and kids younger than 5 admitted FREE)

Heron Haven Educational Program – Lemonade and stories

Heron Haven can be a serene place within Omaha.

Heron Haven can be a serene place within Omaha.

When: Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.

Where: Heron Haven, 11809 Old Maple Road

Why: Heron Haven is a FREE little oasis of nature in the middle of the city and worth a visit any day, but if you go on Saturday, you get a little nature education thrown in.

Who’d like this: Nature lovers; children of all ages

 

Gifford Farm Family Fun Saturday – Wild West Day

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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

Why: You can visit a farm without venturing too far out of the city.

Who’d like this: Nature lovers; animal lovers; children of all ages

 

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