Now that school’s back in session fitting extra activities into an already busy schedule can be difficult.
Omaha is never short of inexpensive and free family activities.
Here are a few idea’s to entertain your family this week:
Take your family to see The Lorax display at Joslyn Art Museum. The display is Dr. Seuss’s crayon drawing and final works. Visit the museum anytime between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Admission: free.
A.V. Sorensen Community Center has “Tot and Parent Gym Time” this Thursday from 10 a.m to noon. The event is for children ages 5 and younger accompanied by a parent. Admission: $1 drop-in fee per adult, kids are free.
Bring your child to “Thursday Morning Story Times for Kids at Barnes & Noble Oakview” from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Swing by Momaha’s Bellevue Story Time 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bellevue Public Library. Encourage your children to wear their pajamas and bring a small stuffed animal. Milk and cookies provided by The Cake Specialist. Theme: Hands and feet.
Fields of Flight Hot Air Balloon Festival kicks off this weekend at Ditmar’s Orchard. The three-day event features a balloon glow at 5:45 p.m. Parking: $5 per car. Admission: $2 per person. Food — such as fried apple pie with ice cream, funnel cakes, caramel apples, cider apple donuts — will be sold at the event.
Take the family to Midtown Crossing for the End of Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Friday to see the University of Nebraska Omaha Chamber Choir perform a free concert.
Stop into the OM Center in the Old Market from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday to view an art show, titled “What does compassion look like”, and meet the Tibetan monks.
The Apollon will host “Vinton First Friday” from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Families are encouraged to enjoy dinner specials at neighboring restaurants, such as Louie M’s and El Aguila, then visit Vinton’s free art gallery.
Enjoy “Play me, I’m Yours Omaha“, a free citywide tour of pianos at various locations. The Omaha Creative Institute placed 10 street pianos throughout Omaha and Council Bluffs for families to tour. For more information, click here.
“Touch A Truck” is back. The free Child Saving Institute event features big trucks, police cruisers and fire trucks for kids to climb in, honk horns and sound sirens. The event will be held at First Data’s parking lots near 69th and Pacific Streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit momaha’s booth at the Nebraska Furniture Mart‘s Baby Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at theOmaha Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at Aksarben Village, near 67th and Center Streets.
While at Aksarben Village, join “Zumba in the Park” from 11 a.m. to noon at Stinson Park. YMCA instructors will lead the free exercise class. All ages are welcome.
Take advantage of Joslyn Art Museum’s free admission from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
For families with kids who aren’t in school, why not visit the Henry Doorly Zoo? Since school is back in session the Omaha zoo hasn’t been as crowded. Click here for a free printable Zoo Scavanger Hunt Worksheet.
Get fresh veggies at Wohlner’s Midweek Market — that’s right, it’s a farmers market at Midtown-Crossing on Wednesday. The family-friendly event is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Did we miss your event? Tell us about it in the comment section below!
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Photo: Alex Hicken, then age 3, rings a fire truck bell at the Child Saving Institute’s annual “Touch a Truck” event in 2007. His parents are Bob and Sheila Hicken of Lincoln, Neb. WORLD-HERALD NEWS SERVICE
Anna Backhaus, 29, is a mother of three boys and student at University of Nebraska at Omaha, interning for momaha this fall.