Free Family Activities in Omaha


Free Family Activities in Omaha | Family Fun in Omaha

Omaha is a wonderful city filled with outstanding museums, sporting events, cultural attractions, and beautiful outdoor space.  Do you want to enjoy it without spending too much?  There are many free or inexpensive attractions and events to help you enjoy this amazing city!

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Outdoor Activities

  • Walk around the park and enjoy the spectacular fountain and light show at the Heartland of America Park.
  • Take a walk on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, and enjoy the amazing view of downtown Omaha.
  • Fill your senses with the scenic parks surrounding Omaha that feature walking paths, gardens, picnic areas, and lagoons at the Gene Leahy Mall (don’t miss the slides!) and the Lewis and Clark Landing (peaceful walk along the Missouri River).
  • Memorial Park features monuments honoring men and women of the armed forces who were killed or missing during service.  A beautiful rose garden highlights the expansive grounds which are perfect for sledding in the winter, or concerts and games in the summer.
  • Omaha Parks – Search for parks by name or amenities.
  • Visit the OPPD Arboretum (108th and Blondo) for a picturesque walk in the city.
  • Stroll around the beautiful lakes and feed the ducks at Lakeside Hills Park (173rd and Francis behind Lakeside Hospital), Halleck Park (Papillion), and Schwer Park (Papillion)


Art, Museums, Historical Places

  • First Friday Old Market – Held the first Friday of each month, 6-9pm, First Friday is a free event celebrating local creativity in Omaha’s most historic neighborhood.  They are also offering free parking and free rides on Ollie the Trolley, 6-9pm.
  • View the Fertile Ground Muralan amazing 32,500 square-foot mural located near the CenturyLink Center.
  • Visit Boys Townthe world-known Village founded by Father Flanagan.
  • Kenefick Park displays two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad, highly visible to drivers passing on I-80.  Free admission to the park, and free parking at Lauritzen Gardens.
  • Visit the Hot Shops Art Centerwith four “hot shops” featuring glass blowing, pottery, bronze casting and blacksmithing, and more than 80 artists.  Their Spring or Fall Open Houses are especially fun times to visit.


Especially for Kids

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Indoor Activities

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  • Omaha Community Centers offer many classes for people of all ages.  You can learn a new craft, take swim lessons, get some exercise, play in a sports league, or participate in the many special events they host throughout the year or special camps while the kids are off of school.  You can also enjoy open gym time with your little ones for as little as $1/adult!


Special Places of Interest

  • The Old Marketa favorite among locals and visitors, is an historic area in downtown Omaha featuring shopping, restaurants, boutiques, nightlife, galleries, horse-drawn carriages, street musicians, all surrounded by cobblestone streets.  First Friday Old Market, held on the first Friday of each month from 6-9pm, is a free event celebrating local creativity.
  • Holy Family Shrine is a beautiful glass chapel overlooking I-80 that serves as a place of rest and solitude for people of all faiths.
  • St. Cecilia Cathedralwith its beautiful architecture and amazing stained-glass windows, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  It also hosts a wonderful flower festival every January.
  • Mormon Trail Visitors Centera monument to the trials and tribulations of the early pioneers, includes a full-sized log cabin, covered wagon, oxen and handcart, with special Gingerbread House displays at Christmas.

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