Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {9/11 – 9/14/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

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Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

9/11 Remembrance Ceremonies

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites at The Rose Theater - 9/5 – 9/21

  • See The Very Hungry Caterpillar come to life with brightly colored puppets and black light visual effects. It is such a fun show to watch! All 3 stories have such simple story lines, yet with a subtle message of being true to yourself.

Omaha Mini Maker Faire at The Omaha Children’s Museum – 9/13, 9-5 p.m.

  • Omaha Mini Maker Faire encourages interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things. This unique, family-friendly event draws makers from all over the Metro and surrounding area to celebrate their fascinating and exciting creativity. Free with paid admission or membership.

Lowe’s Build and Grow – 9/13, 10 a.m., FREE with registration

The Moonshell Storytelling Festival at Mahoney State Park – 9/13, 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

  • All storytelling performances and events are free with park admission. The main stage is at the Mahoney Activity Center.

Touch-A-Truck – 9/13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 69th & Pacific, FREE

  • Free event with the Child Saving Institute for the entire family where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles, plus face-painting, prizes, bouncy tents, food, clowns and more.

23rd Annual Intertribal Powwow at MCC’s Fort Omaha Campus – 9/13, 1 – 7:30 p.m., FREE

  • Celebrating Native American cultures, the powwow honors the traditional dance, music, artistry, oral history and foods of various tribes across Nebraska and the surrounding region, including, but not limited to, Northern Ponca, Omaha, Santee Sioux and Winnebago.

402 Block pARTy – 9/13, 1 – 5 p.m.

  • There will be informational booths, an outdoor stage with live performances, community art projects, food trucks, + FREE hotdogs for kids. Held at the 402 Arts Collective, on the corner of Maple Street and 60th Avenue in downtown Benson.

Design Zone at The Durham Museum – Ends September 14th

  • In Design Zone, you can go behind the scenes and see how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to do the amazing things they do.

Mark Your Calendars:

Hands-on-Habitat – Free with Registration – 9/19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • ParentSavvy and Fontenelle Forest are providing these special educational, hands-on classes for pre-school age children and parents. FREE up to 3x a year with promo code “ParentSavvy”. Register here!

Centris Movie Night and Carnival – 9/19, 6 p.m., FREE

  • FREE carnival runs from 6:00-7:30 followed by a showing of Field of Dreams at 7:30.

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch Ticket Giveaway 2014!

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Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch opens for the season this Friday, September 12th!

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House of Mystery at Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch

Attractions

  • Corn Maze
  • PeeWee Corn Maze – perfect for the little ones!
  • Hayrack Ride
  • Mad Cow Ride
  • Nerf Gun War Zone
  • Face Painting
  • Eerie Trail
  • Corn Pool
  • House of Mystery
  • Pick your own pumpkins & more

Corn Maze

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Make your way through the 10-acre Corn Maze and search for hidden punch card stations in the scavenger hunt!

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The Pee Wee Corn Maze is a perfect for the little ones to run through over and over again! Read about our visit last year here!

Special Events this Weekend!

Celebrate opening night this Friday, September 12th - Free cotton candy for each paid admission!

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Saturday, September 13: Relay for Life & Skinny Bones Adventure 5K Zombie Run

Saturday, September 13: Doggie Days at the Pumpkin Patch

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Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch

3935 Hwy 133, Blair, NE 68008 [Directions - Entrance is right across from Santa's Wood's.]

See Hours and Admission Prices here.

Be sure to Follow Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch on Facebook as they are giving away passes all week, plus keep updated on the latest Omaha fun and more upcoming giveaways by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook!


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Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {9/5 – 9/7/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

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Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

“Fields of Flight” Hot Air Balloon Festival at Ditmars Orchard – 9/5-9/7

  • Watch balloons take flight from the wide open spaces of the apple orchard, and evening balloon “glows”. Parking: $5 per car, Admission: $2 per person.
  • **All events are weather permitting. See Ditmars Orchard website or Facebook page for updates.

First Friday Family Date Night at the Omaha Children’s Museum – 9/5, 5-8 p.m.

  • Enjoy Eric Carle night with chalk painting, tissue paper art, caterpillar tear art, Eric Carle stories and much more! FREE with regular museum admission.
  • Dinos: The Big Dig ends Sunday!

Parents’ Night Out at Go! Kids’ Gym – 9/5, 6 – 8 p.m.

  • Need a Parents’ Night Out? Kids can enjoy games, crafts, and pizza at Go! Kids’ Gym while you enjoy an evening out. Cost is $20 for first child / $15 for additional siblings.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites at The Rose Theater– 9/5 – 9/21

  • See The Very Hungry Caterpillar come to life with brightly colored puppets and black light visual effects when it opens the season this weekend at The Rose Theater!

FREE Kids Workshops at Home Depot – 9/6, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., FREE

  • Build a Wizard of Oz Birdhouse!

World O! Water – 9/6, 12 – 4 p.m., Chalco Hills, FREE

  • Canoe Rides, Live Music, Face Painting, Nature Hikes, Water Safety And Lifejacket Fitting, Live Animals (owls, reptiles and other exotic animals), plus more!

Dog Day at Papio Bay – 9/7, 1 – 4 p.m., FREE

  • Free swimming, treats, doggy bags, vendors and more.

Mark Your Calendars:

Omaha Mini Maker Faire at The Omaha Children’s Museum – 9/13, 9-5 p.m.

  • Omaha Mini Maker Faire encourages interactive exhibits that highlight the process of making things. This unique, family-friendly event draws makers from all over the Metro and surrounding area to celebrate their fascinating and exciting creativity.

Touch-A-Truck – 9/13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., 69th & Pacific, FREE

  • Free event with the Child Saving Institute for the entire family where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles, plus face-painting, prizes, bouncy tents, food, clowns and more.

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Family-Friendly Events this Labor Day Weekend in Omaha {8/28 – 9/1/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

Top Picks this Weekend:

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

FREE Summer Events continue:

La Festa Italiana - 8/29 – 8/31, $5 advance, $6.50 at the door, children under 12 free with adult

  • Food, entertainment, and children’s activities. Held at Il Palazzo, the new home of the American Italian Heritage Society. 132nd & Fort.

SeptemberFest Omaha – 8/29 – 9/1, $4.00, Children under 5 admitted free

  • Featuring live bands, Kiddie Kingdom, BBQ & Ribeye Steak Cookoff, Midway Carnival, and more.
  • Labor Day Parade – Monday at 10 a.m. in Downtown Omaha!
  • FREE Parking – They will have a shuttle from Gallup to the front gate of the event. (See shuttle hours here.)

Free Admission to Lauritzen Gardens over Labor Day Weekend – 8/30 – 9/1, FREE

  • August 30 through September 1: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday.

Hometown Festival at Bass Pro Shop - 8/30 – 8/31, 12-5 p.m., FREE

  • Free family activities, crafts, face painting, seminars, games, plus more!
  • Plus, Honoring Hometown Heroes, August 30th, 2-4 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend at the Omaha Zoo – 8/30 – 9/1, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • There will be wild entertainment including bounce houses and face painting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and special animal presentations throughout the day for all ages. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

StoneBridge Fireworks Bonanza – 8/31, 5 p.m., FREE

  • Enjoy family fun, lots of games, live music and a professional fireworks display. Food vendors will be selling a variety of tasty choices (cash only).

Labor Day Parade - 9/1, 10 a.m., Downtown Omaha

  • Watch flag carrying honor guards, marching bands, Labor Unions, businesses, floats, animals, horses, clowns and roaming artists!

Omahawks Air Show for Make-A-Wish – 9/1, 12 – 4 p.m., FREE

  • Annual Omahawks Air Show benefitting Make-A-Wish. Enjoy this FREE show watching radio-controlled planes & their operators show off their skills all for Make-A-Wish! Food, drinks, and door prize tickets available for purchase.
  • Held at Standing Bear Lake Park at 138th and Fort Streets.

Heading Out of Town:

The Nebraska State Fair - 8/22-9/1, Grand Island

  • The Nebraska State Fair is an annual, 11-day, event that is held at the end of August through early September, ending on Labor Day. The fair is held at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE.

Callaway Kite Flight – 8/30 – 8/31, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Callaway, NE, $2 (3 and under Free)

  • Come fly your own kite or just watch the professional kite fliers fly their large and colorful array of kites. Watch as hundreds of colorful kites fill the skies over Callaway (about 4 hours west of Omaha). Only $2 per person per day (children 3 and under free). Free parking.

Find many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Mark Your Calendars:

Parents’ Night Out at Go! Kids’ Gym – 9/5, 6 – 8 p.m.

  • Need a Parents’ Night Out? Kids can enjoy games, crafts, and pizza at Go! Kids’ Gym while you enjoy an evening out. Cost is $20 for first child / $15 for additional siblings.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites at The Rose Theater – 9/5 – 9/21

  • See The Very Hungry Caterpillar come to life with brightly colored puppets and black light visual effects when it opens the season next week at The Rose Theater!

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {8/21 – 8/24/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

Top Picks this Weekend:

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Millard Days – 8/19 – 8/24

  • Millard Days is a full week of activities, including parade, carshow, carnival and Family day activities.
  • The Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and runs along Millard Avenue from 132nd Street to P Street.

Greek Festival – 8/22 – 8/24, Canfield Plaza (85th & Center)

  • Greek Food, experience Greek music and culture with Greek Dancing and great family fun.
  • Adults are $3 (or free with canned food donation or download a free ticket from the website) and children 12 and under are free!

Fat Brain Friday – 8/22, 6 – 7 p.m., FREE

  • Love LEGOs? Meet LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City’s Master Model Builder and build your own LEGO creation.

Starlight Movie Series at Sumtur Amphitheater – 8/22, FREE

  • The Sound of Music, final free movie of the season at Sumtur Amphitheater!
  • Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with movies starting at dusk.

Dundee Day and Parade – 8/23

  • Celebrate Dundee Day this Saturday, with the parade at 10:30 a.m.!

Midlands Pirate Festival – 8/23 – 8/24, Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch

  • Craft merchants and skilled artisans, demonstrations, daily treasure hunts, unique festival foods, plus more.
  • Admission to the Midlands Pirate Festival will be $10 for adults and $6 for kids from 4 to 14, with tots free

Finale Kite Flying Festival – 8/23, 2 – 5 p.m., FREE

  • FREE Kite Festival this Saturday from 2 – 5 p.m. at Lawrence Youngman Park (192nd & Dodge)! Enjoy kites, kite building workshops, face painting, bounce houses, rock wall, fishing, a farmers market, & more.

Find many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Mark Your Calendars:

Oak View Mall Kid’s Club – 8/26, 10:30 a.m., FREE

  • Celebrate color with The Joslyn Art Museum! We will be creating Chihuly Windsocks inspired by the beautiful glass sculpture called Inside & Out.

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

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Disclosure: I am a Moms Connect member of US Family Guide, and in exchange for my participation in sharing information, discount offers, reviews, and giveaways for family-friendly attractions, US Family Guide has provided passes for my family.

One word: Excitement.

From the model rooms of Star Wars to the cityscape of Kansas City, LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City was fun for the whole family!

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We began the day playing on the Kingdom Quest laser ride, a favorite the whole family can enjoy. We loved challenging each other to see who could get the highest score! The flying chariot at Merlin’s Apprentice, where guests pedal to go higher and higher, was also a highlight for the kids. It was helpful that we arrived right when they opened, going before the crowds that are typical later in the afternoon.

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LEGO Miniland was full of intricate replicas of popular Kansas City landmarks and city skyline. The kids loved the interactive race track, and pushing the buttons on the displays of the Wizard of Oz to see the wicked witch ‘melting’.

This year, they also have a special Miniland Model Display of Star Wars Episode II! The amazing design and detail are incredible to see. As parents, this was our favorite part, really looking at each building and seeing what it took to create the final display.

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The kids loved the play area, full of adventure through climbing nets and slides. The man staffing the play land was especially sweet, taking care of the kids and making sure a parent was present when they entered and left the play area. This was especially important when there was a large amount of people around.

The Quake station tested your building skills. You can build anything you want and hit the button to simulate a earthquake and see if your building can hold up to the shaking.

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The Race Track, one of the most popular areas,  featured 2 tracks that you can go head to head with others that have built cars from a vast range of blocks and wheels. The kids had a blast racing their cars down the ramps with some jumping over the finish line! It was fun to see the interaction of the parents with their kids working together to create different shaped cars.

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The 4D Cinema featured two fun movies that made you feel like you were part of the action with the 3-D glasses, and wind, rain, and snow providing a cool experience. Be prepared to get a tiny bit wet!

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LEGOLAND Discovery Center also has a Duplo area for the smaller kids, and has birthday rooms and a café. Every hour, a Master Builder Academy is also offered for those who want to build a small model with one of the staff.

DISCOUNT: Save $3 off Legoland Discovery Center! Click here for details. Expires: 12/31/2014.

We had a wonderful experience at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Kansas City!

Disclosure: I am a Moms Connect member of US Family Guide, and in exchange for my participation in sharing information, discount offers, reviews, and giveaways for family-friendly attractions, US Family Guide has provided passes for my family.

Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City

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Imagine seeing thousands of sea creatures miles from any ocean? At Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City, experience a beautiful display of starfish, sharks, seahorses, rays, jellyfish, and more!

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Upon entering, kids are given a card for the Quiz Trail where they can find and answer 9 questions throughout the aquarium. They enjoyed finding the clues and learning interesting tidbits about the sea life.

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A highlight was the Touch Pool, where we could touch a sea star, hermit crab, star fish, and more! The guide answered questions and helped us get over our fear of touching these intricate animals. It was amazing to experience how these creatures feel – some looked soft, but felt like rocks, where others were smooth.

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The Ocean Tunnel was full of sharks, rays, turtles, and colorful tropical fish! It was fun to be surrounded by these amazing creatures!

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My husband’s favorite was the Jellyfish Display and the backlights in the exhibits. They are so graceful in the water but we would not like to meet them face the face in the ocean!

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The huge Stingrays were fun to watch as they glide through the water. It was cool to see them from the top, while standing on the upper deck with a window in the floor.

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The Claw Area was very interesting, where you can learn about the anatomy of crabs and see how large they can get! The Japanese Spider Crabs were huge!

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Coming around the corner to see this guy looking at you provided a little surprise!

In the gift shop, the kids enjoyed playing in the Kid Zone, where they also received a medal for completing all the questions on the Quiz Trail.

DISCOUNT: Save $3 off Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City! Click here for details. Expires: 12/31/2014.

We had a wonderful experience at the Sea Life Aquarium Kansas City!

Disclosure: I am a Moms Connect member of US Family Guide, and in exchange for my participation in sharing information, discount offers, reviews, and giveaways for family-friendly attractions, US Family Guide has provided passes for my family.

Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {8/14 – 8/17/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

Top Picks this Weekend:

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Hands-on-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest – 8/15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m., FREE with registration

  • Bring your children ages 0-5 and join ParentSavvy at Fontenelle Forest this Friday from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.!
  • The theme is “What a Wild Night!”, where kids can explore creatures of the night. Register and use the promo code “ParentSavvy” to receive free admission. They are so much fun!

Arrows to Aerospace, Bellevue – 8/15-8/16

  • Parade, pancake feed, pet show, art in the park, activities for children, entertainment, food, and fun. The club also sponsors a luncheon, music program, and bingo at the Senior Center. (Note: This event is not affiliated with the Offutt Air Show. That was held July 19-20.)
  • Parade 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 16th.

Valley’s 150th Anniversary Celebration – 8/15-8/17

  • Parade: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 11:00 a.m. plus Fireworks, Pancake Breakfast, Kids Events & Games, Star Party, Car, Truck & Tractor Show and Shine, plus much more!

FREE Movies!

“Just for Kids” Cooking Class – 8/16, 10-10:45 p.m., FREE with Registration, No Frills, 1221 S. 203rd Street, Elkhorn

  • Ages 3-10. Children are invited to join Jennifer for this fun, hands-on class. Your child will make and sample a variety of kid-friendly recipes and discover that “good for you” foods can taste good too. Parents are asked to remain in the store during class time.
  • Classes are free, however space is limited and registration is required. To register, contact Jennifer at dietitian@nofrillssupermarkets.com or 402-935-6974.

Picnic Under the Pivot at the Omaha Children’s Museum – 8/16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Come to the Grass Patch for a picnic under the irrigation pivot. Enjoy free giveaways and raffles as we get excited about agriculture for the upcoming special exhibit, Once Upon a Farm, opening October 18.

Family Farm Days at Wenninghoff Farm – 8/16-8/17, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, $2

  • August 16 & 17: Pollinators! Learn the role of bees and insects on the farm. Join us for lots of activities and take home a special craft.

Free Ice Skating Open House – 8/17, 12 – 1:30 p.m., FREE (Skate rental $2/person)

  • Join the Figure Skating Club of Omaha at Motto McLean Ice Arena for a fun and free day of ice skating lessons, games, treats, and more!

Find many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Mark Your Calendars:

Millard Days – 8/19 – 8/24

  • Millard Days is a full week of activities, including parade, carshow, carnival and Family day activities.

Drop-In Fun Begins at Smiling Turtle Art Spot

  • Tactile Tuesdays – Bring your toddlers and preschoolers and drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Tuesdays to create with Makin’s Clay and our tools. $5 includes 1 package of clay.
  • Watercolor Wednesdays - Drop in on Wednesdays to create your own watercolor painting using our supplies.
    • Toddler & Preschool (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.): $5/child, parents are free!
    • School Age through Adult (2 – 5 p.m.): $5/person

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Family-Friendly Events this Weekend in Omaha {8/7 – 8/10/14}

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Enjoy many family-friendly events this weekend! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. [Not the current week? See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!]

Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar, and keep updated by Following Family Fun in Omaha on Facebook or Signing up for our Free Email Newsletter!

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Free Summer Activities in Omaha

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Find these and many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

OneWorld Back to School Bash – 8/7, 8/8, FREE

  • Meet Dora, plus food, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, prizes, giveaways, and more!
    • August 7, 2 – 4 p.m. – Northwest Clinic
    • August 8, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Livestock Exchange Campus

Jazz on the Green at Midtown Crossing – 8/7

  • August 7: Sing, Sing, Swing Orchestra (Free swing dance lessons will begin at 6:45 p.m.)

Nebraska Balloon and Wine Festival – 8/8-8/9, $9-$17

  • Balloons launch Friday and Saturday Evening 7 p.m., Balloon Glow Friday and Saturday Night 9 p.m. (weather permitting).
  • Tip: You can park outside the Coventry Campus and watch the hot air balloons.

FREE Movies!

Family Fun Nights at Fun-Plex – 8/8, 8/9

  • Final weekend of the season! Friday and Saturday nights from 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Unlimited fun on rides and go karts. One family (includes a group of up to six) plays all night for $59.95. Individual entry is $10.95.

Sweet Corn Festival at Lauritzen Gardens – 8/9-8/10, $3-$7

  • Variety of activities, entertainment and plenty of delicious, locally grown sweet corn. Hayrack ride, free ice cream samples, educational activities, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, and more.
  • Included with regular garden admission of $7/adults, $3/children ages 6-12, Free to children under 6.

Back to School Bash at the Omaha Children’s Museum – 8/9, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Back-to-School Science Show, super crayon meltdown, decorate your own back-to-school notebook or bookmark!
  • Event activities are free to members or with regular paid admission.

Shark Week at the Omaha Zoo – 8/9-8/10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Special shark talks, educational activities and fun giveaways for kids of all ages.
  • Event activities are free to members or with regular paid Zoo admission.

Community Event Celebrating Kindness Quilt – 8/9, 10 – 11 a.m.

  • Two “CritterKin Kindness Quilts” created by 3rd graders at Bellevue Elementary School during an innovative multi-media Summer Reading Program are in the Sarpy County Museum. A community event – for children and adults – to celebrate the students’ kindness quilts is planned for Saturday, August 9th.

Family Farm Days at Wenninghoff Farm – 8/9-8/10, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, $2

  • August 9 & 10: Feathered Friends! Learn why chickens and ducks are “egg-cellent.”

Mokie & Kade Book Launch Party at Green Spot Omaha - 8/9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., FREE

  • FREE Kids event (Furry friends are welcome, too!) celebrating Book Launch of new children’s series. Buy your copy of Mokie & Kade and get it signed by the author, and enjoy Poppin’ Penelope, Dog meet and greet with Hands, Hearts & Paws, and Free Ice cream for you and your four-legged friend.

Grandparents Day at Papio Bay – 8/10

  • Grandparents Day at the Bay. Grandparents get in with 1 paid child.

Find many more events in our Omaha Kids Calendar!

Mark Your Calendars:

Family Fishing Events at Halleck Park, Papillion – 8/12, 6 – 8 p.m., FREE

  • Look for the Family Fishing Trailer where loaner rods and reels, bait, and fishing instruction are available free to participants. All participants ages 16 or older need a 2014 fishing license.

Tots on the Towne at Shadow Lake Towne Center – 8/14, 10:30 a.m., FREE, Reservation required

  • DIY Sundaes at Freddy’s Frozen Custard! Please call the Shadow Lake Management Office at 402-537-0046 to reserve your child’s spot.

We do our best to share current information in Family Fun in Omaha, but event details may change. It is always a good idea to verify the information before visiting.

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

The Dixie Stampede in Branson – Great Family-Friendly Fun!

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Note: Many thanks to The Dixie Stampede for inviting us to experience their show, as part of our ongoing goal to help find and share family-friendly fun in cities where we travel. 

On our recent trip to Branson as a family, we knew we wanted to go to one show, a family-friendly event that appealed to even my youngest child. We decided to go to Dixie Stampede, one of the most popular shows in Branson, and thoroughly enjoyed the pre-show, four-course feast, main arena production, and exciting audience participation!

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Carriage Room Pre-Show

Immediately upon arriving, we were greeted by a friendly host and passed by the beautiful horses that were going to be a part of the show. About 50 minutes before the main show, we were treated to an amazing pre-show in the Carriage Room.

My kids were mesmerized by the magician’s amazing act, full of fun tricks, silly jokes, and cool feats. At one point, he was spinning 13 plates on 13 poles, the same trick that his dad performed on the Ed Sullivan show years prior! The highlights included juggling fire and balancing everything on his chin, even a 8 foot ladder!

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The Feast

Immediately after we were seated, we were served pop or tea, warm biscuits, and creamy vegetable soup. As soon as one course was finished, the next course came, all served without interruption or distraction from the show. The main dish was plentiful: whole rotisserie chicken, pork loin, corn on the cob, and baked potato. A delicious apple pastry for dessert topped it all off. A doggie bag was provided to take home enough food for another meal!

The best/most interesting part was that you are not given utensils to eat! Good old finger licking fun. (A warm wash cloth and plenty of wipes were provided.) Definitely added to entire experience!

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The Dixie Stampede

Throughout the meal, quick-paced, exciting acts entertained the arena audience. We all loved watching the performers as they rode on horses performing various tricks, including one man riding on two horses, and another jumping through a ring of fire! Various other thrilling acts included barrel racing, wagon racing, and stunt tricks. Between the performance, Clete, the work hand, would provide humor that the whole arena enjoyed.

Throughout the show, members of the audience were invited to participate in various games. Our daughter was selected to join in the chicken race, with one other little girl who was celebrating her birthday. It was so fun to watch her run out in front of the entire audience and participate in the fun. She had the biggest smile on her face!

The entire experience of going to The Dixie Stampede was so much fun, and was a highlight on our trip to Branson!

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