The series' lineup includes films kids may have missed during their first childhood, as well as classics that deserve a second run on the big screen. See the first recorded instance of a flying bicycle in Steven Spielberg's classic story of missing a ride home, E.T.: Extra-Terrestrial (August 7–19), or celebrate the 25th anniversary of Marty McFly's time travel or commemorate the 55th anniversary of his electric-guitar solo with Back to the Future (September 18–30). Other cinematic gems include The Thief of Baghdad and Whale Rider. Each film has a two-week run with afternoon showtimes on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Two-year-olds in HappyFeet soccer training sing “Roll, roll, roll your ball” to the tune of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” The program’s graduates, though, often go on to more sophisticated activities—such as collegiate and professional soccer careers and jobs kicking computers that won’t work right. Founded by Andy Barney, the HappyFeet franchise encompasses two programs: one for tots aged 2–6 and Legends soccer for older youths. HappyFeet’s coaches focus on childhood development while hosting onsite classes at preschools. Their curriculum fuses soccer drills with kid-friendly characters such as Gus the Gorilla. Meanwhile, the Legends program takes a more grownup approach, emphasizing the arts of dribbling, scoring, and evading opposing players with deft footwork.
Pulverizing opponents for the past 11 seasons, the Omaha Beef delight their devout fan base, known as the Meatheads, with hardnosed football matches and high-flying aerial attacks. Plunk down in a gridiron level seat ($139.10 per person; tax included) for the entire season of hard-hitting histrionics as the Beef look to terrorize their IFL opponents and capitalize on their 2009 division championship. The team's home at the Omaha Civic Auditorium, dubbed the Slaughter House, also plays host to the lovely ladies of the Omaha Beef prime dancers, as well as the rump roasters, a male dance team that brings elegance and grace to each porterhouse-themed pom-pom routine. Groupon purchasers also receive an Omaha Beef T-shirt (up to $26.75 value; tax included).
An Omaha theater fixture since the 1920s, the Omaha Community Playhouse flash-cooks acting chops with acting and stage performance classes taught by committed, experienced instructors. Beginners and experienced performers can take part in a variety of adult and youth courses, including acting, improv, musical-theater dance, youth acting, and speaking in iambic pentameter at work. Learn new skills or revisit old passions at weekly classes that last six weeks, with new courses starting on April 18, 2011. The creative drama/movement class offers youngsters acting games coupled with creative movement interventions, and culminates with a showcase of the skills learned in both areas. Classes are first come, first served, and you can go online for detailed class descriptions or to register for an upcoming course.
Nestled against the rolling hills of the Fontenelle Forest, Fontenelle Hills Golf Club's nine holes morph daydreams of long-distance ball conveyance into quickly accessed realities for area golfers. Sharpen club-wielding skills on the 32 par red course or the 34 par blue course, surrounded by lush flora and fauna, including roaming deer and their cartoon-bunny sidekicks. Whether sharing a fairway excursion with a partner or stretching two solo rounds between visits, golfers discover challenging chip shots thanks to the courses' dual pin placements and tee boxes. The club boasts more than 2,000 yards of inviting green vistas, allowing guests to putt the day away without the cramped conditions and property damage of in-home driving ranges. Players schlep clubs and cohorts around Fontenelle's scenic pastures behind the wheel of one of the club's motorized carts.