Free Family Events this Weekend in Omaha {1/31-2/3}

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Enjoy many Free (or inexpensive) Family-Friendly Events this weekend!  Be sure to visit the Family-Friendly Event Calendar for additional details on these and ALL of the free activities coming up!  See more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!

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It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.  If you know of a Free Family Event happening this weekend, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

80+ Family-Friendly Things to Do in Omaha this Winter (Many Free!)

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Looking for year-round fun?  Be sure to visit the Ultimate Guide of Things to Do with Kids in Omaha!

Are you looking for ideas for Fun Wintertime Activities in Omaha?  Enjoy these 80+ Family-Friendly Activities and Events in Omaha this Winter!  

**Scroll down to see other Fun Activities in Omaha including Entertainment Centers, Indoor Playgrounds and Bounce Houses, Ice Skating Rinks, Bowling Centers, Indoor Swimming Pools, plus more!

Free and Inexpensive Activities

Art, Museums, Historical Places

Especially for Kids

Indoor Activities

Movies

Storytimes

More Fun Omaha Activities

Entertainment Centers

Ice Skating

Indoor Playgrounds & Bounce Houses

Museums and Planetariums

Nature Centers and Zoos

Sports & Recreation

Swimming

I hope you enjoy all that Omaha has to offer this winter!  Do you have a favorite activity to add?  Please share in the comments below and I will add it to the list!

Free Family Events this Weekend in Omaha {11/29-12/2}

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There are MANY Free Holiday Events to enjoy this weekend!  Be sure to visit our Huge List of Free Holiday Family-Friendly Events in Omaha or the Family-Friendly Event Calendar for additional details on these and many more upcoming Holiday events!

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Win Tickets to Omaha Children’s Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, or a Starbucks Giftcard!  Enter the FUN Holiday Giveaway here

It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.  If you know of a Free Family Event happening this weekend, please leave a comment below and I will add it to the list!

Have a wonderful fun-filled weekend!

Free Family Events this Weekend in Omaha – 11/21-11/25

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The weekend is almost here!  Every Thursday (Wednesday this week in preparation for the Holiday Weekend), I post many free (or almost free) fun family activities to enjoy in Omaha and nationwide!  Be sure to visit the Event Calendar (or the calendar list view on the right of this page) for more information on ALL of the free activities coming up!  

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Highlights of Upcoming Omaha Events

♦Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop – 11/10-12/24

Free photo with Santa, free crafts, free games and activities.

Miracle on Farnam – 11/15-1/1, 8am-1am

All along Farnam Street, Fourteen of Omaha’s creative non-profits will showcase their artistry and imagination by transforming ordinary window space into holiday miracles.  Read about our wonderful visit to Miracle on Farnam here!

Gingerbread House Display at the Mormon Trail Center – 11/17-12/29

The display, located at 3215 State Street, is open to the public November 17th-December 29th.  The center is open daily 9am-9pm, and will close at 4pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and will be closed on Christmas day.

Christmas Around the World – 11/17-12/31, 9am-9pm

A multitude of Gingerbread houses will be on display at the Kanesville Tabernacle, 222 East Broadway, in Council Bluffs, November 17th through December 31st.  Gingerbread Concert Series: 11/17, 12/15 and 12/22 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tree Lighting and Santa’s Arrival at Shadow Lake Towne Center – 11/21, 6-9pm

Concert, parade, Santa’s arrival, tree lighting, fireworks, photos with characters, and complimentary carriage rides with Santa.  Fun for the whole family!

YMCA Free Community Day – Thanksgiving Day, 11/22

Check with your local Y location for hours and details.

Holiday Lights Festival – 11/22-1/6

Celebrate the spirit of the holidays with a full season of festive, family-friendly activities, plus enjoy more than 40 blocks of beautiful lights in Downtown Omaha.

Joslyn Art Museum Free Thanksgiving Weekend 2012 – 11/23-11/25

Joslyn will offer free admission over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25, as a thank you to the community.  Simply bring a non-perishable food item for your admission, and Joslyn will donate all items collected to Food Bank for the Heartland.

Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Village Pointe – 11/23, 6-9pm

Concert, complimentary hot cider and cookies, parade, Santa’s arrival, tree lighting, fireworks, visits with Santa, and complimentary carriage rides.  Fun for the whole family!

Mulhall’s Family Days - 11/24-11/25, 12-3pm

Enjoy cookies and cocoa, take your photo with Santa, visit two of his reindeer, and participate in children’s activities.

Winter Wonderland at Sump Memorial Library, Papillion – 11/24, 5-8pm

Come to the Winter Wonderland on Saturday, November 24th from 5-8pm. Enjoy stories with Mrs. Claus and Jingles the Elf at 5:30pm and 6:30pm. Decorate a Holiday Bag!

Winter Wonderland in Dowtown Papillion – 11/24, 5-9pm

Bring the family and enjoy a variety of free activities: carriage rides, bonfire, Santa, popcorn, hot chocolate, photos with live reindeer and so much more!

LaVista Holiday Events - 11/25-12/20

  • Letters to Santa
  • Santa’s Sleigh Ride (Sunday, November 25)

Planning Ahead

See Many More Upcoming Free Holiday Family-Friendly Events in Omaha!

Home Depot Free Kids Workshop – 12/1, 9am-12pm

Home Depot offers FREE kid’s workshops on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-12pm. They are designed for children ages 5-12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.

  • Saturday, December 1, 2012 – Build a picture frame

Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinic – 12/1, 10am-11am

Lowe’s offers free Build and Grow clinics every other Saturday at 10am. Bring the kids to any Lowe’s store to build fun projects. This is recommended for children in grades 1st-5th. Registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date.

  • Sandman’s Plane – 12/1

It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Free Family Events this Weekend 11/1-11/4

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It is already November (hard to believe!) and the weekend is almost here!  Every Thursday, I post many free (or almost free) fun family activities to enjoy in Omaha and nationwide!  Be sure to visit the Event Calendar (or the calendar list view on the right of this page) for more information on ALL of the free activities coming up!  It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.

Highlights of Upcoming Omaha Events

First Friday Old Market – 11/2, 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. Nebraska at the Market, 1215 Leavenworth, is generously offering their 60 parking spaces for free. Park there and start your walking tour or hop aboard the trolley to circulate the neighborhood.
Free General Admission to the Joslyn Art Museum – 11/3, 10am-12pm
  • Enjoy FREE general admission, Saturdays, 10 am–noon.  Additional charge for some special exhibitions.  Joslyn Art Museum’s Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden is open year-round from 7 am to 11 pm each day, and admission is free.
Free Admission to Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – 11/4, 10am-4pm
  • The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has broken their highest annual attendance record.  As a thank you to the community for continued support, they are offering Free gate admission this Sunday, November 4th, from 10am – 4pm!

Highlights of Upcoming National Events

$5 Movies at Marcus Theatres with coupon - 11/1
Home Depot Free Kids Workshop – 11/3, 9am-12pm
  • Home Depot offers FREE kid’s workshops on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-12pm. They are designed for children ages 5-12.
    • Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Build a Turkey Napkin Holder for the holidays!

Planning Ahead

Westroads Kid’s Club – 11/7, 10:30-11:30am
  • The Omaha Children’s Museum and Westroads Mall invite you to play. learn. together. at the Westroads Mall Kid’s Club, held on the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30am – 11:30am on the Upper Level near the Children’s Play Area.
    • November 7th will feature Discovery Dome: One World, One Sky.
Shadow Lake Towne Center Kids Club – 11/8, 10:30-11:30am
  • Shadow Lake Towne Center offers Kids Club, a FREE hour of fun for children.  A different activity is featured in a different store / restaurant each month.
    • November 8th – Puppet Personalities Show by Chris Short at the First National Bank branch
Military Weekend at Joslyn Art Museum – 11/9-11/11
  • Friday through Sunday, November 9–11, Joslyn will offer free admission for all active and retired military in honor of Veterans Day (simply show your Military ID badge). Thank you for your service.
Free Entrance to National Parks – 11/10-11/12
  • November 10-12 – Veterans Day weekend.  Over 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees are offering free entrance that day.  Find a participating park near you here.
Veteran’s Day at the Zoo – 11/11
  • In honor of those who proudly served our nation, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo will be offering free gate admission to all active and retired Veterans and their immediate families on Veteran’s Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Family Events this Weekend 10/4-10/7

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The weekend is almost here, and there are many free (or almost free) fun family activities both locally and nationally to enjoy!  Be sure to visit the Event Calendar (or the calendar list view on the right of this page) for more information on ALL of the free activities coming up!  It is always a good idea to verify with the business before visiting.

Don’t miss:

Highlights of Upcoming Omaha Events

First Friday Old Market – 10/5, 6-9pm

  • Held the first Friday of each month, 6-9pm, First Friday is a free event celebrating local creativity in Omaha’s most historic neighborhood.
  • Local food from Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota farmers held on Saturdays, 8 am to 1 pm, Rain or Shine.  Celebrate the final day with free festivities for everyone.  Live Music • Arts & Crafts Booths • Car Show.  For The Kids – Hayrack Rides • Pumpkin Decorating • Bounce House, Face Painting • Giveaways & Stickers
  • Along with a Bounce House, face painting, art demonstrations and take along crafts…there will be performers on the main stage. Theresa’s Tae Kwondo at 9 am, Heartland Youth Ballet at 9:30 am, Michael Fitzsimmons at 10 am, Papillion LaVista Arts Network performers from 11- 12pm.
Gifford Farm Fall Festival – 10/6, 10am-4pm; 10/7, 11am-4pm
  •  Saturday, October 6, 10-4 and Sunday, October 7, 11-4. Enjoy a day of old fashioned fun on the farm! Friendly farm animals, games, raffle prizes, pony rides, hay rack ride, food and much more!  Come and play in our brand new Outdoor Nature Classroom, too!  Admission $5 includes hay rack ride and Gifford Farm programs.  All proceeds go towards Gifford Farm Missouri River Flood fund.

Touch-A-Truck – 10/6, 11am-3pm

  • Don’t miss Child Saving Institute’s 6th annual Touch-A-Truck event. The CSI’s Guild’s exciting “friend-raiser” is a free event for the entire family where children can see and climb on “real life” vehicles. Kids, accompanied by their parents or guardian, can explore emergency and military vehicles, semi-trucks, bobcats, race cars and other commercial vehicles and talk to the people who operate them. Other activities will include face-painting, prizes, bouncy tents, food, clowns and more.  Held at First Data/UNO Parking Lots, 69th and Pacific.
Pigskin in the Park – 10/6, 7pm
  • Omaha’s Ultimate Husker Tailgate Party! We’ll watch the game on a giant screen, meet and greet with Johnny Rodgers and cheer the huskers onto victory!  The park opens at 5.

Community Safety and Wellness Festival – 10/7, 11am-4pm

  • Community Safety & Wellness Festival held at Embassy Suites LaVista provides fun, educational, family friendly entertainment and seminars for all ages.  Food, FREE books, FREE entertainment, interactive exhibits and prizes!  Enjoy The Amazing Arthur, Jered the Incredible, Face Painting, Balloon Artistry, Stilt Walking, Airbrush Tattooing, Strolling Magic and Celebrity Mascots.  Thanks Omaha Area Kiddie Fun!

Papillion’s First Annual Kite Fly – 10/7, 12-4pm

  • This free fun-filled day will include demonstrations from the American Kitefliers Association, areas for the public to fly their own kites and candy drops for the kids all throughout the afternoon.  Bring your lawn chair and your kite for a fun day flying the skies of Papillion.  This will be held at the Recreation Activity Fields, 1100 W. Lincoln Street, Papillion, NE.

Highlights of Upcoming National Events

Home Depot Free Kids Workshop – 10/6, 9am-12pm
  • Home Depot offers FREE kid’s workshops on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am-12pm. They are designed for children ages 5-12. Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.
    • Saturday, October 6, 2012 – Fire Truck

Star Wars Reads Day at Barnes and Noble – 10/6

  • Join us for readings, crafts, activities, Star Wars character events, author visits and more.

Star Wars Reads Day at Pottery Barn Kids Stores Nationwide - 10/6, 10am

  • We will read Star Wars books and have fun activities, giveaways, trivia, and more (while supplies last).  Dress-up encouraged!  Free event.

Marcus Theatres POP 3D Family Film Series – 10/6, 10am; 10/7, 11am

  •  Throughout October, Marcus Theatres is offering four weeks of family-friendly 3D movies for only $3!  The POP 3D Family Film Series will feature favorites Saturdays at 10am and Sundays at 11am.  Additionally, enjoy these concession specials: 46oz Popcorn or 14oz Sodas for Only $2 Each!  In the Omaha area, this includes 20 Grand, Twin Creek in Bellevue, and Village Pointe.
    • October 6-7: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole

Planning Ahead

Shadow Lake Towne Center Kids Club – 10/11, 10:30-11:30am – FULL

Marcus Theatres POP 3D Family Film Series - 10/13, 10am; 10/14, 11am

  • October 13-14: Dolphin Tale
  • Lowe’s offers free Build and Grow clinics every other Saturday at 10am. Bring the kids to any Lowe’s store to build fun projects. This is recommended for children in grades 1st-5th. Registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date.
    • Ghoul Bus – Oct 13, 2012
Harry Potter Halloween – 10/13, 7pm
  • Select Barnes & Noble stores will host a Harry Potter Halloween Party for ages 7 to 16 on Saturday, October 13. Dress up as your favorite Harry Potter character and join us for a scavenger hunt and costume contest.
  • One Sky, One World Fly at the LaVista Soccer Complex, just South of 66th & Harrison Streets.
  • We’ve got a full day of printing planned just for you.  Stop by and visit the new exhibition “Under Pressure,” and enjoy a day of art-making and gallery fun with friends and family.
  •  This family friendly event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held at District 1 Station, 8110 Park View Blvd in LaVista.

Have a wonderful weekend!