Looking for something fun and safe to do in the Omaha area this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions, taking place from today through Sunday.
1. Watch a family movie. Head to Marcus Cinemas this weekend for their Kids Dream winter movie series. “Spirit Untamed” will play Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $3.21. Families can get up to two free tickets to the show by redeeming vouchers courtesy of American Family Insurance. The Kids Dream winter movie series will run until April 3. Locations include Majestic Cinema of Omaha, 14304 West Maple Road; Village Pointe Cinema, 304 North 174th St.; and Twin Creek Cinema, 3909 Raynor Parkway in Bellevue. Continued.
2. Watch a magic show. From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, head to the Regency Mall, 120 Regency Parkway, for Kids Funfare featuring Joe the Magician. Abracadabra and hocus pocus make this whole show work with live animals, beautiful colors and great audience participation. The event is free and takes place outside Borsheim. Kids Funfare will take place every Thursday until February 24. More.
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3. Celebrate Black History Month. Until February 27, head to the Omaha Children’s Museum to celebrate Black History Month. The. The museum will be sharing facts and stories on social media throughout the month and hosting story hours through February 27. Volunteers from the University of Nebraska Omaha Teacher Training Department will assist with story time and activity each day. The story they will read is “Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History” by Schele Williams. After the story, children will learn and play historical games for children. Storytime is included with admission to the museum. Masks are compulsory from 5 years old. The Omaha Children’s Museum is located at 500 S. 20th St. More.
4. Check out a block party. The Omaha Children’s Museum’s new exhibit, Block Party, is open through May 1. Come build, stack and create cities in this special exhibit. Self-directed construction and play helps children develop math skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $14 for children 2-15 and adults 16-59; and $13 for seniors 60 and over. Members and children under 24 months are free. Tickets purchased for the last hour of the day cost $5. Continued.
5. Watch the lights at Midtown Crossing. Head to Midtown Crossing to see the tens of thousands of white LED lights strung across Turner Park and along Farnam Street. The lights will stay on until February 14. Midtown Crossing is located at 31st Avenue and Farnam Street. Continued.
6. Learn about letters. Do Space will host a Littles Lab: Let’s Learn Letters program this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2-5. In the classroom, children will play games and use apps that help with letter recognition, letter sounds, and letter writing. They will also explore other letter sense games, activities and read aloud in this class for preschoolers and their parents. Register for free at dospace.org/calendar. Masks are mandatory in the building for anyone aged 3 and over. Do Space is located at 7205 Dodge St.
7. Learn about earthquakes. On Thursday, head to Do Space at 5 p.m. for their one-hour after-school club: UNO STEM Stars. Children will be able to spend time with students from UNO’s College of Education STEM Stars. Each week will be something new as they guide participants through fun STEM activities. This week will introduce earthquakes, including the systems scientists use to predict and measure them and how to create buildings that can withstand them. Register for free at dospace.org/calendar. Do Space is located at 7205 Dodge St.
8. Make a craft for Valentine’s Day. This Sunday, head to a local Michaels store for Sunday Makebreak. This Sunday, guests will create a Galentine’s Day champagne tassel. The fun will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Take-home craft kits for kids will also be available. No registration is required. Continued.
9. Listen to a story hour. The Omaha Public Library will host several storytimes this weekend. See the full storytime program here.
ten. Eat ice cream. Ice cream is delicious whatever the season. Visit one of these Omaha-area ice cream parlors to curb your craving for cold treats.
11. Get a library pass. Families can use their library card to receive a free admission ticket to one of the many organizations in the Omaha area. Currently, people can check passes for Lauritzen Gardens (which reopens on January 8), Durham Museum and Fontenelle Forest. Learn more about the Partner Pass program and how to get tickets.
12. Go on a hike. It might be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get out and explore one of the many family-friendly hiking destinations around Metro Omaha. See a list of 10 fun hiking spots.
13. Go ice skating with your kids. Ralston Arena offers public ice skating for $5, with free ice skate rentals. Motto McLean Ice Arena (inside Hitchcock Park at 45th and Q Streets) offers family skating time from 4 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are required at both locations.
14. Do crafts together. Round up the kids and choose one of these fun, kid-friendly crafts the whole family can create together.
Be sure to visit each event’s website to see what COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Some require customers to buy tickets in advance or wear masks.