Free Kids Programs in Omaha


Free Kids Programs in Omaha | Family Fun in Omaha

Enjoy many free or inexpensive programs for kids in the Omaha area! Visit the Omaha Kids Calendar for details on upcoming events or sort by Free events!

As events may change, it is always a good idea to verify the information with the business before visiting.

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Barnes and Noble Preschool Storytimes

Enjoy preschool storytime at Barnes and Noble stores nationwide. Times and dates may vary. Please verify with your local store before visiting.  In Omaha, storytime is every Tuesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Oakview store, and every Friday at 9:30 a.m. at the Crossroads Store (it is a good idea to verify before visiting).

Cabela’s Explorers

Saturdays monthly, 11 a.m.

Fun-filled hour of hands-on learning about the great outdoors. From understanding wildlife and their habitats to mastering basic outdoor skills, these workshops are sure to foster a greater passion for nature in your young adventurers. This FREE workshop is ideal for kids age 11 and under, but the whole family can enjoy the fun. Class size is limited, so reservations are required.

Hands-On-Habitat at Fontenelle Forest

3rd Friday of each month August – May, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Beginning in August – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.), Registration required.

ParentSavvy and Fontenelle Forest are providing these fun, educational, hands-on classes for pre-school age children and parents. Held the 3rd Friday of each month, from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Beginning in August – 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.) at Fontenelle Forest. FREE 3 times a year with promo code “ParentSavvy”.

Home Depot Free Kid’s Workshops

Once each month on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Designed for children ages 5-12.  Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety.  All participants will get to keep their craft, and receive a Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Joslyn Art Museum

FREE general admission everyday at this beautiful building with amazing permanent and travelling exhibits.  They have programs especially for kids, and special events throughout the year. Additional charge for some special exhibitions.  When you’re at the Museum, visit the new ART WORKS interactive space!  Also enjoy FREE KickstART Saturday, offered six times a year that will entertain and engage families with hands-on activities, performances, and demonstrations that complement Joslyn’s exhibitions. (Closed Mondays and major holidays.)

Kids Bowl Free

During Summer months, Registration required

Register your children and they will receive two free games every day all summer! Shoe rental extra (some centers sell a season shoe rental pass.) Parents can purchase a family pass, if they wish, so they can bowl with their kids.  What a great way to be active and have fun with your kids all summer and build memories together!

Kids Skate Free

Registration required.

Provides kids with opportunities for FREE skating at specific locations throughout the US.  Each location has their own age and time specifications.  In Omaha, SkateDaze is a participating location. Skate rental extra.

Free crafts at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 3 and up.


There are many public libraries in Omaha and the surrounding communities which host wonderful storytimes, fun programs for children and teens, classes for adults, and special events throughout the year!

Little Sprouts with City Sprouts

Little Sprouts is a weekly garden program for young gardeners to learn and explore at City Sprouts. Open to the public, weekly participation is encouraged but one-time visitors are welcome as well. Free and family friendly, ages 5+.

Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinics

Held on select Saturdays at 10 a.m. Registration required.

Bring the kids to any Lowe’s store to build fun projects. This is recommended for children in grades 1st-5th.  Register early because they tend to fill up quickly!

Mangelsen’s Kids Craft Time

Saturdays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Drop in anytime. Visit Mangelsen’s for theme each week.

Michaels Free Family Craft Time and Kids Club

Drop in and take home a completed project. $2 per child for 30 minutes of creative craft fun, supplies included. Ages 3 and up. Saturdays 10 a.m. – noon. Free Family Craft Times are also offered seasonally.

Oak View Mall Kids Club

Last Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Join the Joslyn Art Museum and Oak View Mall for FREE, creative, and fun-filled activities at the Oak View Mall Kid’s Club, held on the last Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on the Lower Level near JCPenney.

Omaha Community Centers

Open gym time with your little ones for as little as $1/adult, and special events throughout the year. Classes for all ages also offered.

Pottery Barn Kids Storytimes

Tuesdays from 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Special events are also held throughout year.  Time and date may vary by store.  Please call your local store to confirm.

Scheels Kids Klub

Second Monday of each month at 6 p.m.

Kids Klub is a great way to discover fun activities and crafts. Held on the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. For ages 4-12. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children during event. Sign up at Customer Service is encouraged but not required.

Shadow Lake Towne Center Tots on the Towne

Second Thursday of each month at 10:30 a.m.

Tots on the Towne is hosted at a different location inside Shadow Lake Towne Center. Event activities vary from month-to-month. Some require RSVP.

Westroads Kids Club

First Wednesday of every month, from 10 – 11 a.m.

Held in the Upper Level near the Children’s Play Area. Membership is FREE and all children receive a special gift during their birthday month while supplies last. For children ages 2-12.

As events may change, it is always a good idea to verify the information with the business before visiting.

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