Free Family Events this Weekend in Omaha {2/21-2/24}

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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!

Free Kids Valentine’s Events in Omaha!

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Enjoy many Free Valentine’s Events in Omaha with your kids!  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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Do you know of a free Valentine’s Event in Omaha?  Please share in the comments below and I will add it to the list!  As always, it is a good idea to verify with your favorite location before visiting.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

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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 {12/6-12/9}

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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 and the Family-Friendly Event Calendar for additional details on these and many more upcoming Holiday events!  Also, see more Upcoming Events in Omaha here!

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Win Tickets to Omaha Children’s Museum, Joslyn Art Museum, or a Starbucks Giftcard!  Enter the FUN Holiday Giveaway here through 12/9!  

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 {11/29-12/2}

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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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Saturday:

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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!  

♦-Designates National Event.

Don’t Miss:

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 in Omaha – 11/15-11/18

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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!  

♦-Designates National Event.

Don’t Miss:

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.  Enjoy special events including Zoo Day (November 18), Cookie Decorating (December 1), Opera Omaha Caroling (December 20), Holiday Movies for $5, plus more!

P is for Pilgrim Storytime at Barnes and Noble Crossroads – 11/16, 11:00am

Join us for the story of the first Thanksgiving!  See events at other Barnes and Noble Stores here.

Santa’s Arrival at Oak View Mall – 11/17, 10am

Santa Claus will arrive at Oak View Mall on an Omaha Fire Department Fire Truck!  Then, the Kitty Lee dance group will parade with him through the mall while singing Christmas carols.  The parade ends at the Santa Set in the lower level Younker’s wing and will be followed with FREE milk/ juice and cookies for the kids while Santa reads the favorite Christmas story “Twas the Night Before Christmas”.

♦Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinic – 11/17, 10:00am

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.  - North’s Sleigh – Nov 17, 2012

Hummel National Take a Hike Day – 11/17, 10:30am-12:00pm

Celebrate National Take a Hike Day! We will hike the trails, make a special craft, eat trail mix, and enjoy many other family fun activities!

Mangelsen’s Holiday Open House – 11/17, 11am-3pm

Enjoy demonstrations, Free Make-N-Takes, and visit with Santa with free professional photos 11am-1pm.

♦Michaels Store Events - 11/17-11/18

  • Passport to Imagination Yarn Event with Purchase of Frame (November 17, 1-3pm)
  • Thanksgiving Free Event (November 18, 1-3pm)

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.

Zoo Day at Midtown Crossing – 11/18, 1-3pm

The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is bringing animals to Farnam Court from Sunday, November 18 from 1 to 3 pm.  *Animal availability is dependent upon weather.

Planning Ahead

Story Adventures at Joslyn – 11/20, 10:30am

Young readers and their grown-ups are invited to Story Adventures, an artful reading program presented by Joslyn and Omaha Public Library. Nurture your imagination as a librarian reads stories aloud and engages the family in conversation connecting books and art. Admission is free!  - November 20: Portraits

Thanksgiving Storytime at Barnes and Noble Oakview – 11/20, 11:00am

Join us for a selection of some fun Thanksgiving stories.Tuesday November 20, 2012 11:00 AMSee events at other Barnes and Noble Stores here.

YMCA Free Community Day – Thanksgiving Day, 11/22

Check with your local Y location for hours and details.

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.

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

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

Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Family-Friendly Holiday Events in Omaha 2012!

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The Holidays bring out a sense of peace, joy, and excitement as we create and share wonderful memories with our family and friends.  Enjoy many Free Events this season in Omaha and Nationwide.  As always, it is a good idea to verify with your favorite location before visiting.

Find Free Events This Weekend Here, plus all of these events and more in the Event Calendar!

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Free Holiday Events in Omaha

Amazing Christmas Light Displays in the Omaha Area

One of our favorite Holiday traditions is driving around looking at Christmas lights. Some displays are truly impressive, choreographed to music and mesmerizing to watch.

♦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.  Enjoy special events including Zoo Day (November 18), Cookie Decorating (December 1), Opera Omaha Caroling (December 20), Holiday Movies for $5, plus more!  Read about our wonderful visit to Miracle on Farnam here!

Mangelsen’s Holiday Open House – 11/17, 11am-3pm

Enjoy demonstrations, Free Make-N-Takes, and visit with Santa with free professional photos 11am-1pm.

Santa’s Arrival at Oak View Mall – 11/17, 10am

Santa Claus will arrive at Oak View Mall on an Omaha Fire Department Fire Truck!  Join Santa in a Parade through the Mall, starting at the lower level main entrance, ending with cookies and milk and Santa reading “The Night Before Christmas”.

♦Michaels Store Events - 11/17-11/18

  • Passport to Imagination Yarn Event with Purchase of Frame (November 17, 1-3pm)
  • Thanksgiving Free Event (November 18, 1-3pm)

♦Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinics - 11/17-12/8, 10am

Recommended for children in grades 1st-5th.  Registration opens a few weeks before each clinic’s date.

  • North’s Sleigh (November 17)
  • Sandman’s Plane (December 1)
  • Gingerbread House (December 8)

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.

Mulhall’s - 11/17-12/16

  • Visit Live Reindeer (November 17 – December 16) – Look for lots of fun reindeer-themed activities throughout the store for kids.
  • Family Days (Saturday, November 24 – Sunday, November 25, 12-3 pm) – Enjoy cookies and cocoa, take your photo with Santa, visit two of his reindeer, and participate in children’s activities.
  • Santa Visits Mulhall’s (Saturday, December 1 – Sunday, December 2, 12-2pm)

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!

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.

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!

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)
  • Tree Lighting Celebration (Monday, November 26)
  • Santa’s Calling
  • Preschool Playtime and Holiday Cookie Decorating (December 13)
  • Holiday Movie Night (Thursday, December 20)

Story Time with Santa & Friends at Village Pointe – Thursdays: 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20 – 10:30-11:30am

Santa will read a holiday story to kids on Thursdays from 10:30am-11:30am at various Village Pointe stores.  Treats and/or giveaways for children attending. (No charge to guests.)

  • Thursday, November 29 – Janie and Jack
  • Thursday, December 6 – GapKids
  • Thursday, December 13 – Premier Bank
  • Thursday, December 20 – DSW

Omaha Public Library Holiday Events - 12/1-12/29

Many special Holiday Events will be held at Omaha Public Libraries.  For more information and to register for certain events, visit the Omaha Public Library website, click on Events & Programs, then Calendar.

Hummel Santa Sleigh Ride - 12/1, 10am-12pm

Go for a ride with Santa through the park!  Sip on hot chocolate, decorate sugar cookies, make a craft, and enjoy many other activities for the whole family!  Please bring a new pair of mittens or non-perishable food item to donate.

Scheels Santapalooza – 12/1, 10am-2pm

Enjoy Santa’s rooftop arrival at 10am, followed by free fun and activities with Santa and friends.

Omaha Holiday Market in Aksarben Village - 12/1-12/2, 10am-5pm

Visit local vendors and artisans and enjoy a special appearance by Santa on Sunday from 2-4 pm.  WOWT anchors and staff will be on hand on Saturday from 10am-5pm to collect canned food donations in the Aspen Gym parking lot.  Sponsored by Physicians Mutual and WOWT.

Special Storytimes at Barnes and Noble Crossroads - 12/1-12/14

See events at other Barnes and Noble Stores here.

Hot Shops Art Center’s Holiday Open House – 12/1 (12-8pm), 12/2 (12-5pm)

The event features fun and informative art demonstrations and live music, with most residents of the Hot Shops opening their studios to the public.  All of the galleries host events, and the building walls are filled with art in a wide variety of mediums.  Please donate a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank when you visit.  Collection boxes will be available near the front entrance.

Complimentary Carriage Rides at Shadow Lake Towne Center – Saturdays: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 – 12-4pm

Take in the breathtaking holiday atmosphere of Shadow Lake Towne Center while riding in a horse-drawn carriage!  Rides are free and available to all. *Weather permitting.  Board between Chico’s & Coldwater Creek.

Complimentary Carriage Rides at Village Pointe - Saturdays: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 – 1-5pm

Carriage ride pick-up point is in front of the fireplace near Marcus Village Pointe Cinema.

Holiday Concert – 12/1, 3pm

Join Omaha Area Youth Orchestras (OAYO) and the Bluffs Art Council for the second annual Holiday Concert Collaboration featuring a concert and prepared reading.  This event will be held at the Arts Center at Iowa Western Community College, Council Bluffs.

Wells Fargo Family Festival - 12/2, 12-5 pm

Enjoy family activities and experience many of Omaha’s leading downtown attractions for free including Wells Fargo, Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Police Mounted Patrol Barn, The Durham Museum, W. Dale Clark Library, and Joslyn Art Museum.  Ollie the Trolley will provide free trolley rides between locations.

Christmas in Germany at the German-American Society - 12/2, 1-6pm

Enjoy the festive activities of the season.  Entertainment provided.  Food and drink available for purchase.  Visit the Christkindlemarkt and purchase some of the many seasonal gifts from Germany.

Christmas at Boys Town – 12/2-1/11

  • Christmas Stamps
  • Historic Creche Displays (December 2 – January 11)
  • Gift of the Magi (December 2, 7pm)
  • Christmas Tree Lighting (December 2, 7:45pm)
  • Irish Christmas at Father Flanagan’s House (December 8-16, 10am-4pm)

♦Holiday Storytime at Pottery Barn Kids - Tuesdays: 12/4, 12/11, 12/18 – 11am

Enjoy festive storytime events highlighting all of the winter holidays December 4, 11, and 18 at 11am.

Santa Calls & Live Reindeer at The Shops of Legacy – 12/7, 6-8pm

Bring the kids, meet Santa’s reindeer, and sign up for the free phone call from Santa Friday December 7th from 6 to 8 at THE SHOPS OF LEGACY, Southwest corner of 168th & Center! Plus we’ll have free tickets to the holiday screening of Christmas Vacation starring Chevy Chase at Rave Cinemas!

Santa Visits Saddlebrook – 12/8, 10am

Come join Saddlebrook Community Center and Saddlebrook Library to sing winter songs, do holiday crafts, and meet Santa!

Free Pictures with Santa at Cabela’s - 12/8-12/9, 12/15-12/16 – 10am-4pm

Come see why Cabela’s offers the best background and the best Santa in LaVista. You will receive one free photo per family. Also, feel free to take your own picture with your own camera.

Munchkin’ Morning with Santa at Florence Community Center - 12/8, 10:30am-12pm

Join us as we enjoy a morning with Santa!  Crafts, story time, snacks, and a visit from the big man himself.  This is a partnered event with the Florence Public Library.  Please bring a a non-perishable food item.

Holiday in the Village – 12/8, 11am-3pm

Children can ride around Rockbrook Village in a horse-drawn carriage and talk with Santa.  Local school and church groups will entertain shoppers with seasonal music.

Storytime with Mrs. Claus at Shadow Lake Towne Center - 12/12, 12/19 – 11am

Join Mrs. Claus and friends for an hour of Holiday-themed stories and riddles inside Santa’s Workshop, a few doors down from Wheatfields.

Shadow Lake Towne Center Kids Club – 12/13, 10:30am

Enjoy a free hour of holiday fun with Santa Claus at Old Navy.  No reservations required.

Cookie Decorating With the Gingerbread Boy & Girl at HyVee, 180th and Pacific - 12/13, 5-7pm

Bring the kids to have fun decorating cookies with the Gingerbread Boy & Girl. Mrs. Claus and her silly elves will be visiting the store too!  It’s also Kids Eat Free Night (with an adult meal purchase)!

Lauritzen Gardens: Free Admission – Weekends, 12/15-12/16, 12/22-12/23 and 12/29-12/30, 9am-5pm

Enjoy free admission every Saturday and Sunday from December 15th through 30th.

Story Time & Cookies with Santa – 12/15, 10-11am

Santa and Mrs. Claus will serve up cookies and milk along with a story or two for a special holiday get-together at Best Buy in Village Pointe.  Complimentary photos with Santa available.

The String Beans Holiday Concert – 12/15, 3pm

Join us for a fun afternoon of holiday singing, dancing, and silliness with the musical group the String Beans!  This is a free event for the whole family at the Gretna United Methodist Church, located at 11457 S. 204th Street.  Sponsored by Gretna Public Library.

Santa’s Reindeer visit Hy-vee, 180th and Pacific – 12/16, 11am-3pm

Come see Santa’s reindeer who will be making a special visit to your Pacific Street Hy-Vee.  Find other local HyVee Store Events here.

 

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

Do you have a Free Family-Friendly Holiday Event to add?  Please leave a comment below and I will add it the list!

Free Family Events this Weekend 11/8-11/11

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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.

Don’t Miss:

Highlights of Upcoming Omaha Events

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.
Nebraska’s Official Veterans Parade – 11/10, 10:00am
  • The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Annual Veterans Parade, Saturday, November 10, 2012, in Downtown Bellevue.  Community breakfast ($5), flyover, parade, and chili/soup lunch ($4).  To watch the parade, it is best to gather on Mission Ave. between Washington and Franklin.  Thanks MomsofOmaha!
Military Appreciation Weekend at the Kroc Center – 11/10-11/12
  • Free Entry to the Kroc Center for all Military and their immediate family.  Please present your official military verification at the Welcome Desk.
Veteran’s Day at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium – 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.
Oak View Mall - 11/11, 12-3pm
  • In this season of hope and giving, sign a card for the troops through our Holiday Mail for Heroes Program. A Red Cross table will be located in the Oak View Mall Food Court Sunday, Nov. 11th, 12 noon to 3 pm. Just say “Thanks”. We’ll do the rest.

Highlights of Upcoming National Events

Lego Nameplate Building Event – 11/10, 10:00am-noon
  • Create your very own name plaque using Lego Bricks and featuring your favorite DC Universe Super Hero Icon.  Arrive early, quantities are limited.  For children 4-12 accompanied by parent or guardian.
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.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop – 11/10-12/24
  •  Free photo with Santa, free crafts, free games and activities.
Michael’s Passport to Imagination Holiday Ornament Free Event – 11/11, 1-3pm
  •  Ages 3 and up, while supplies last.
Des Moines Botanical Center - 11/11/12
  • Veterans and their families can enjoy free admission.

Planning Ahead

Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinic – 11/17, 10:00-11:00am
  • 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.
    • North’s Sleigh – Nov 17, 2012

Stay tuned for a HUGE List of Holiday Events!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Free Family Events this Weekend 10/25-10/28

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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.

Don’t miss:

Highlights of Upcoming Omaha Events

Omaha Public Library Halloween Events - 10/18-11/5
  • Many events including storytimes, parades, crafts and more at Omaha Public Libraries.
Halloween Event 2012 at Bass Pro Shop – 10/19-10/31
  • Halloween Photo Opportunity, Crafts, Trick or Treating, Grab an Apple Activity, Halloween Scavenger Hunt, Costume Parade.  See website for exact dates and times of all activities.
Halloween Safe Night and Fall Festival at Papillion-LaVista South High School - 10/25, 6:00-8:00pm
  • Events will include a costume contest, games, prizes, bounce houses and activities for all ages.  Admission is free with a canned or non perishable food item for one of the Sarpy County Food Pantries.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat at OneWorld Community Health Center – 10/26, 4:30-7:00pm
  •  Kids ages 12 and under can Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment at OneWorld Community Health Center, 4920 South 30th Street (30th and L, in the  Historic Livestock Exchange Building).
Halloween Family Fun Night at your Local YMCA – 10/26
  • Council Bluffs YMCA - 10/26, 5:30-7:30pm - Games, musical chairs, and make and take crafts.  Friendly costumes welcome.  Free to the community!
  • Sarpy YMCA – 10/26, 6-7:30pm – Free to members, $10/family for non-members.  Trunk or Treat in the parking lot, followed by games and fun inside.  Sign-up ahead of time.
  • Maple Street YMCA – 10/26, 6:30-8pm - Free to members, $5/family for non-members.  A fun-filled Halloween party for all ages. Join us for games, crafts, and food. This year we have a new Trunk or Treat, too!
Monster Mash Bash at Oak View Mall - 10/26, 6-9pm
  • Kids and Parents – Come to Oak View Mall and Celebrate Halloween Inside!  Wear Your Costume and Trick or Treat Merchants throughout the Mall from 6-9 pm.  Treats, Dance Contest, Costume Contest, Craft Table, Watch a Movie.  We went to this last year and my kids loved it!
Westroads Mall Spooktacular Trick-or-Treat Event – 10/26, 6-8pm
  • Westroads Mall will give away Free Trick-or-Treat bags filled with candy, terrific retailer offers and a Free child admission pass to Rave Motion Pictures, while supplies last.  The line for the bags will form at the Food Court entrance on the lower level. Children will then be allowed to trick-or-treat inside the mall at the various participating retailers.  Also special appearances by McGruff and Johnny Justice, AAA Nebraska will provide safety tips and free face painting, and The Omaha Storm Chasers mascots Casey and Stormy will be on hand to visit with trick-or-treaters.
Omaha’s Great Pumpkin at Village Pointe – 10/27, 10am-2pm, 7-8pm
  • FREE Family Festival with Pumpkin Carving, Fun Kids’ Activities, and Professional & Celebrity Carvers.  Join Lutheran Family Services (LFS) at the Village Pointe roundabout where hundreds of pumpkins will be carved, making up Nebraska’s largest pumpkin sculpture, representing the children waiting for a home in Nebraska.  Be sure to come by that night at 7 pm when the tree of jack-o-lanterns will be lit up and remain lit through Halloween.
Halloween at Hummel Park Nature Center – 10/27, 10:30am-12:00pm
  • Join us for our Halloween Party!  Play the great pumpkin splash, search for spiders, paint pumpkins, and enjoy many other family friendly activities!  Costumes encouraged!  Fee: $1.00 drop-in.
Benson Boo Bash and Trick or Treat on Maple Street – 10/27, 10:30am-1pm
  • Come in costume to enjoy games and prizes, treats, popcorn, and bounce house at the Benson Community Center, 6008 Maple Street.  Bring your own treat bag to trick or treat to businesses.
Trick-or-Treat at Nebraska Furniture Mart – 10/27, 11am-2pm
  • Join us Saturday, October 27, from 11am-2pm in your favorite Halloween Costume for trick-or-treating throughout the store.
SPOOKTACULAR at Saddlebrook – 10/27, 1-3pm
  • Join the Community Center and Library for our Spooktacular Halloween event!  Bring the whole family to join us for storytime, crafts, and gym fun!
Halloween Meet and Treat – 10/27, 4-8pm
  • The Southeast Precinct (25th and Vinton Street) of the Omaha Police Department is hosting the Halloween Meet and Treat on Saturday, October 27th. This is an opportunity for kids to meet officers, and have a safe trick-or-treating experience.  Thanks Momaha!
Pigskin in the Park – 10/27, 7pm
  • Omaha’s Ultimate Husker Tailgate Party!  Cheer on the Huskers on a Giant 26 foot High Def Viewing Screen, and enjoy prizes and giveaways, fun for kids, and food and beverage specials from one of many great restaurants in Midtown Crossing. Coolers also welcome.  The park opens at 5.
Fall Folk Festival at Dee-sign Landscaping and Garden Center – 10/28, 12-4pm
  •  Fall Folk Festival will be held at Dee-sign North Nursery, 5602 Read St. (3 blocks N. Sorenson).  Free admission with Live music, bake sale, nursery garage sale, pumpkin painting, scavenger hunt, games, bouncy house, henna tattoos.  Halloween costumes encouraged.
Halloween Hoopla at Shadow Lake Towne Center – 10/28, 1-3pm
  • Kids, wear your Halloween costumes a few days early for a fun afternoon at Shadow Lake Towne Center!  Safe trick-or-treating at participating Shadow Lake Towne Center merchants displaying an owl in the front window, and free Hayrack rides.
Old Market Trick or Treat – 10/28, 1-4pm
  • Free fun for the entire family.  Get in costume and stroll the Old Market where participating merchants will be handing out treats.  Interact with strolling characters.  Music, activities, and storytelling sites will be located throughout the Old Market.  Maps will be available the day of the event at 11th & Howard information booth.  New this year…”Books Are Treats”.  FREE books are available to all on the Metro Transit Book Bus.
Halloween Fun Day at Village Pointe – 10/28, 2-5pm
  • Kids can wear costumes and join us in Center Court for fun Halloween games, face painting and candy for everyone.  Enjoy trick-or-treating at Village Pointe merchants with bright orange pumpkin signs in participating store windows.  Bring along a canned food donation to benefit the Food Bank for the Heartland or a donation of new or gently-used coats to be eligible for a drawing for a $25 Village Pointe Gift Card. All coats will benefit the Omaha Salvation Army.
Trick or Trunk in Aksarben Village – 10/28, 3-5pm
  • POWER 106.9 PRESENTS TRICK OR TRUNK!  Please come to Aksarben Village and Stinson Park to Trick or Treat out of NEW vehicles with your little ones.  There will be TRUNKS filled with candy on Mercy Road. Food and drinks from Jones Bros. Cupcakes, Godfather’s Pizza, Mojo Smokehouse and Ales, Wohlner’s, Kettle Corn etc. and Aksarben Cinema will be handing out surprises…all in Stinson Park.  There will be face painting and balloon twisters, bounce houses, hay rack rides and other activites for the children.

Highlights of Upcoming National Events

Lowe’s Free Build and Grow Clinic – 10/27, 10am
  • 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.
    • Creepy Keeper – Oct 27, 2012
Marcus Theatres POP 3D Family Film Series - 10/27, 10am; 10/28, 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 27-28: Journey 2

Planning Ahead

Halloween Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids - 10/30, 11am
  • Come dressed in costume for extra fun as we enjoy Halloween stories, activities, and more.
Halloween Storytime at Barnes and Noble Stores – 10/30, 11am
  • Join us for a not-so-haunting Halloween Storytime. Some of our favorite books are about monsters and pumpkins, as well as a few other not-so-spooky creepy crawlie things.
Trick-or-Treat at Pacific Street Hy-vee – 10/30, 4-6pm
  • Bring your little ghost or goblin in to trick-or-treat at your Hy-Vee on Pacific anytime between 4-6pm!  Frankenstein and his friends will be here to entertain and we will have an awesome backdrop set up where you can take some awesome pictures of the kids!
Toddler Trick or Treat with Sump Memorial Library, Papillion – 10/31, 9:45am
  • Enjoy a story or two and then trick or treat around the library and downtown merchants.  It’s a parade – costumes welcome!  Thanks Omaha Area Kiddie Fun!
City of LaVista Halloween Safe Night - 10/31, 5:30-7:00pm
  • Trick-or-Treating, Spook House and more!  Free hot dogs (courtesy of the La Vista Volunteer Fire Department).  Pumpkin Decorating Contest – Drop off entries at the Community Center 8 am-9 pm either Monday, October 29 or Tuesday, October 30.
Pumpkin Patch Party at Salvation Army Kroc Center – 10/31, 5-6:30pm
  • Free to All!  Come in costume and celebrate Halloween at the Kroc Center’s Pumpkin Patch Party!  Including a Pumpkin Push, Monster Pop Toss, The Creepy-Crawl, a kid-friendly meal & drink, and a keepsake Halloween photo for each family.  The first 100 kids (age 12 & under) get a free treat bag.
First Friday Old Market – 11/2, 6-9pm
Home Depot Free Kids Workshop – 11/3, 9am-12pm
  • Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Build a Turkey Napkin Holder for the holidays!

Have a wonderful weekend!