Looking for something fun to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions:
1. Paw Patrol Live. Watch your favorite pups from Adventure Bay come alive on stage at the Orpheum Theater, 409 S. 16th St. Beginning Friday at 6 p.m., Chase, Ryder and Skye head out on a mission to save Mayor Goodway. Additional shows are on Saturday and Sunday. Children 1 and older must have a ticket. Ticket prices range from $21.25 to $79.25. More.
2. Family Fun Day. Head out to Midtown Crossing on Saturday for face painting, photos with Santa, balloon animals and more. Holiday characters and carolers will be singing in the neighborhood at this event from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The night ends with the annual Holiday Lights Spectacular at 7 p.m. in Turner Park. More.
3. 5th Annual Winter Art & Craft Bazaar. Get creative with your holiday shopping. Buy items from local businesses who make things by hand. The annual bazaar will be held at Bancroft Street Market, 2702 S. 10th St. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. More.
4. Milk and Cookies with Santa. Visit Santa after hours at the Omaha Children’s Museum on Saturday. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. children can tell Santa what they want for the holidays, make arts and crafts and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies. Registration is required and space is limited. Cost is $25 per person for non-members and $15 for members. More.
5. Holiday Poinsettia Show. Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St., will display thousands of colorful poinsettias, starting on Friday. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. visitors can also walk the garden and enjoy model garden trains and a poinsettia tree. More.
6. Santa’s Magic Shows. The Omaha Children’s Museum opens its “Santa’s Magic” exhibit on Friday. Visit with characters such as the Snow Queen, Holly the Elf and Santa. On Friday, Santa will perform at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain open until Dec. 23. Cost for museum admission is $12 for adults and children ages 3 to 15. Children under 2 are free. More.
7. Go to a holiday lighting ceremony. The Thanksgiving Lighting Ceremony starts at 5:40 p.m. at Gene Leahy Mall, 14th and Farnam Streets, on Thursday. Local mom and daughter duo Belles & Whistles will kick off the evening with a performance followed by Mayor Jean Stothert’s light display countdown. The Durham Museum, 801 S. 10th St., from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. will have cookie decorating, holiday crafts and Santa followed by the lighting of their indoor Christmas tree. Stinson Park, 2285 S. 67th St., has free carriage rides, live music and face painting on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
8. Christmas at the Mansion. Gaze at holiday festive decor at the Arbor Lodge Mansion in Nebraska City. All 52 rooms will be decorated in vintage decor with holiday-themed collections and music to surround you with the spirit of the season. Hours for this event are Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $6 for children ages 3 to 12. More.
9. Wildlife Refuge Film Series at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. On Saturday and Sunday, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge, located at 1434 316th Lane in Missouri Valley, Iowa, will show a free wildlife film: “The Key to Duck ID.” The film is a 15-minute feature that gives viewers tips on how to tell different duck species apart. The movie starts at 1:30 p.m. both days. More.
10. Catch a show at the Omaha Community Playhouse or the Rose Theater. “A Christmas Carol” is the holiday tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his life-changing journey. The show runs until Dec. 23 at the Omaha Community Playhouse. Children under 3 are not allowed. The Rose Theater’s production of “Prancer” takes the stage Nov. 25. In this production, a young girl nurtures a reindeer back to health and tries to get the animal back home despite obstacles. The two-hour show is recommended for children 7 and older. More.
11. The King is Dead! The Regicide of Charles I at The Durham Museum. In 17th century England, even being a king could be a dangerous job — sometimes you could even lose your head! “The King is Dead” explores the reign of England’s King Charles I and the story behind his eventual trial and execution for high treason. Cost is $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens (ages 62+), $7 for children (ages 3-12) and FREE for members. The exhibit runs through Jan. 8. More.
12. Go ice skating with your kids. The Motto McLean Ice Arena (inside Hitchcock Park at 45th and Q Streets) offers Family Skate time Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Ralston Arena is open to the public on select days for ice skating. Cost is $5 and includes free skate rental. More.
13. See an indoor movie with your kids. Aksarben Cinema, 2110 S. 67th St., has plenty of family-friendly movies showing every weekend. Plus, visit every Tuesday for $6 movies all day. Forever Young Family & Children’s Film Series will take place select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St. This Saturday’s films are “Duck Soup” and “Room Service.” This Marx Brothers double feature runs Sunday and Dec. 1, 3, 4, and 8. The series’ next film is “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Admission to most films in the series for kids 12 and under is $2.50. More.
14. Do some crafts. Kids can create a “Hit The Slopes! Skiers” at Lakeshore Learning Store from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. See “Arts for All.” Explore your creative side Saturday at the South Omaha Library, 2808 Q St., from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. with art projects based on books and illustrations. The class is taught by professional artists and art teachers in partnership with Arts For All. The program is for children ages 8 through 12. Registration is required.
15. Social Play Group. Snyder Charleson Therapy Services, located at 8031 West Center Road, Suite 300, is hosting social play groups every Monday and Thursday. The play group sessions are 60 minutes and take place at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. All groups are run by speech language pathologists and occupational therapists. Group time will focus on sensory integration, communication and social skills through structured play-based activities. Social play groups are targeted toward children 2 to 6 years old. Groups will consist of two to four children depending on their age, skill level and areas of need. To schedule an appointment, call 402-763-4408 or email email@example.com.
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