There are MANY kid-friendly activities in Omaha. We enjoy going on adventures and discovering everything Omaha has to offer.
Find inspiration in the Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Omaha, regardless of whether you’re a first-time visitor or seeking to experience something new!
The Zoo has an Aquarium, Desert Dome, Nocturnal Exhibit, Children’s Adventure Trails, Lied Jungle, Butterfly Pavilion, and Gorilla Valley, among other other attractions.
2. Attractions near Exit 426 (between Omaha and Lincoln)
- Mahoney State Park offers hiking/walking/biking trails, an aquatic center, an observation tower, horseback riding, a center for arts and crafts, a marina, and more. In Winter, enjoy sledding and ice skating. The indoor activity center is one of our favorite spots (currently $2 per person plus day park pass). A daily or yearly park pass is required.Visit the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum throughout the year to view a range of permanent and featured exhibits and special activities.Drive through Wildlife Safari Park to witness elk, bison, and other animals. You can park your car in the middle of the park and stroll to the bears, wolves, petting corral, and eagle aviary. There are additional hiking trails available.Waterfall route (little waterfall, but easy trail and pleasant for kids), pool, hiking trails, two observation towers, paddle boats, and overnight accommodations are among the highlights of Platte River State Park. A daily or yearly park pass is required.Permanent exhibitions include Maker Space, Creative Arts Area, Grocery Store, Hospital, Bank, Wiggle Room (ages 0-3), Science Show, and our favorite “The Ball Room” – Super Gravitron, a gigantic ball machine, provide hours of entertainment for children. Additionally, enjoy Special exhibits and events year-round!
Do your children enjoy trains? Visit the Durham Museum in Union Station to view a range of regional history-themed exhibits as well as special traveling exhibits. We enjoy the walk-through trains and the miniature train exhibit. Christmas is a unique occasion at the Durham, which hosts holiday celebrations and a majestic Christmas tree.
Visit this lovely art museum with free general entry (extra fees may apply for some special exhibits). Children adore the free interactive ART WORKS environment, which allows them to explore, create, draw, and invent. Check out an Art Pack, a bag containing materials to assist families in exploring the Museum’s galleries.
6. Special Events and Performances
- Throughout the year, Omaha hosts numerous family-friendly events, including the College World Series, Festivals, Community Celebrations, Outdoor Movies, Parades, and more. Enjoy a terrific children’s show at The Rose Theater or an Omaha Performing Arts family production.Fontenelle Forest offers a range of hiking trails, a stroller-friendly boardwalk, and indoor and outdoor playgrounds for outdoor exploration. Stroll around the lovely Lauritzen Gardens, including the awe-inspiring conservatory and model train line (children’s favorite!) that circles miniature Omaha sites.Enjoy one of Omaha’s many hiking and walking trails or one of its many parks, such as Lake Zorinsky, Chalco Hills, Heartland of America Park with its gorgeous fountain, Memorial Park, or Seymour Smith Park.
10. Seasonal Guides
- Each season brings it’s own special events and things to do. Check out each seasonal guide for ideas:
- Summer Family Fun Guide – Community Celebrations, Festivals, Free Things to Do, Swimming Pools and Waterparks, + more!
Have a wonderful time enjoying Omaha with your families!
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