Family-Friendly New Year’s Events in Omaha!


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2016 is almost here!  Celebrate the New Year with many Family-Friendly Events in the Omaha Area! It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting. 

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New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular

Enjoy the downtown Holiday Lights and watch the fireworks at the Gene Leahy Mall. Elderly persons and citizens with disabilities are welcome to view the fireworks from the fourth floor of the W. Dale Clark Library.  Spectators are encouraged to bring a radio and listen to Star 104.5 for the lively, party-themed musical score developed specifically for this event.

  • Where: Gene Leahy Mall, 1203 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68102
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015; 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


Noon Year’s Eve at The Durham Museum

Children of all ages will enjoy this fun-filled party with live music, special crafts, and activities. Ring in the noon year in handmade party hats while enjoying the celebratory bubble wrap stomp and balloon drop at noon in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Great Hall. Presented by ConAgra Foods.

  • Where: 801 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68108
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015; 10 a.m. – 1p.m.
  • Cost: Included with regular admission or membership.


Noon Year’s Eve at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Have a wild time with entertainment from Joe Cole’s Magic Show, fun activities and an early countdown to 2016 complete with a beach ball drop at noon.

  • Where: 3701 South 10th Street, Omaha, NE 68107
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015; 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Cost: Included with regular admission or membership.


Noon Year’s Eve Party at W. Dale Clark Main Library

Celebrate the arrival of 2016 with sparkly art projects and fun for all ages — all before bedtime. Also, have a stomping good time with a celebratory bubble wrap stomp! Balloons and confetti provided free. Fizzy drinks and popcorn snacks will be served.

  • Where: 215 South 15th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015; 11 a.m. – 12:12 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


Noon Year’s Eve at Saddlebrook

Join Saddlebrook Branch for a New Years story time. Immediately following enjoy games, a bounce house, crafts and coloring, a photo op (be sure to bring a camera), and a countdown to the big ball drop at noon!

  • Where: 14850 Laurel Avenue, Omaha, NE 68116
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015; 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


Noon Years Eve Party at A. V. Sorensen Branch

Read books, sing songs, play games and make crafts to celebrate the New Year at the A.V. Sorensen Library & Rec Center. Balloon drop at noon. Fun for toddlers/preschoolers.

  • Where: A. V. Sorensen Branch – Rec Center Meeting Room, 4808 Cass Street, Omaha, NE 68132
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Cost: Free


La Vista Noon Year’s Eve Party

Come for this rockin’ child-friendly version of New Year’s Eve as we count down to noon. There will be dancing, treats, crafts and plenty of fun for everyone. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. with a special celebration at noon. Registration is not required. All ages welcome!

  • Where: La Vista Library (9110 Giles Rd.)
  • Date and Time: Thursday, December 31, 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: Free


UNMC Ice Rink Open for New Year’s Eve

The rink is located just east of 42nd Street, midway between Emile Street and Dewey Avenue on the north side of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education building. It features concessions, music and seasonal decorations. The ice skating rink is open through January 31.

  • Date and Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Noon to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The rink will be open on New Year’s Eve.
  • Cost: Admission is $7, which includes skate rental (cash or credit card only-no checks or debit cards).
  • Parking: Free parking is available in Lot 04 (southeast corner of 42nd and Emile St.) and Lot 15S (surface lot on 40th Street between Dewey & Emile streets) located on the north and east sides of the Student Life Center.


New Year’s Day Fireworks and Holiday Lights Finale at Midtown Crossing

7 p.m. Holiday Lights Spectacular; Fireworks immediately following. Enjoy the final Holiday Lights Spectacular show of the 2014 season and continue the visual excitement with a professionally-produced fireworks display!

  • Where: 32nd and Farnam, Omaha, NE 68131
  • Date and Time: Friday, January 1, 2016; 7 p.m.
  • Cost: Free

It is always a good idea to verify the information with the business before visiting. Have a wonderful New Year’s!

More Fun to Come …

Noon Year’s Eve at Pottery Barn Kids

Bring a shoebox for your child to decorate and keep as a 2015 memory box. As the clock strikes “noon,” children will celebrate with noisemakers and special giveaways.

  • Date and Time: TBA
  • Cost: Free


Omaha Children’s Museum New Year’s Eve Bash

Ring into the New Year at Omaha Children’s Museum on December 31 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with rockin’ activities throughout the entire museum. Enjoy NYE themed crafts, science shows, dance party and final countdown into the New Year at 3 p.m.!

  • Where: 500 S 20th Street, Omaha, NE 68102
  • Date and Time: TBA
  • Cost: Included with regular museum admission or membership


B & B Classic Dogs

Celebrate the countdown every hour with free smoothies for each countdown. Face painting for the kids. New Years goodies.

  • Where: 1020 Lincoln Road, Suite B, Bellevue, NE  68005
  • Date and Time: TBA


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