A repeat performance from his successful 2008 stint at the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Broadway entertainer Michael Cavanaugh combines his piano and vocal skills with the orchestral talent of the Omaha Symphony to bring a zesty twist to rock 'n' roll hits by Elton John, Journey, Elvis Presley, and more. Handpicked by Billy Joel as the starring lead in the Broadway production of Piano Man, Cavanaugh went on to earn Tony and Grammy nominations for the role, where his subsequent win would have forced him to devour Joel in order to complete the transference of celebrity.
Morrill Hall's exhibits showcase biodiversity, Nebraska's wildlife, paleontology, and scientific studies. With your membership, you'll receive unlimited admission to the hallowed history hall, as well as access to Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park in Royal and the Trailside Museum of Natural History in Crawford. You'll also receive discounted admission to the Mueller Planetarium, 10% off gift shop purchases and themed birthday parties, and invitations to exhibit openings. Click here to see a full list of membership benefits.
Trent Meyer and Derek Bergman are committed members of the United Methodist Church, and sometimes choose to practice their faith through tree climbing, zip lining, swimming, and laser tag. They direct the Methodist-run Camp Fontanelle, a year-round outdoor camp sprawled across more than 180 wooded acres of donated land. Both Trent and Derek draw from backgrounds as campers—and Trent from six years as a teacher—to lead summer camps for preschool through high-school students. They lead a team of camp counselors who coordinate harnessed-rope tree climbing, activities on low-ropes courses, archery lessons, and outdoor laser-tag matches.
They also draw visitors at different times of year with water slides, a 35'x65' jumping pillow and bounce houses, a petting barn filled with alpacas and goats, and pony rides. During the autumn-harvest season, they unveil the annual theme of a 10-acre corn maze filled with 5 miles of trails. A 3-acre pumpkin patch contains small and large carving pumpkins, gourds, mums, and Indian corn, which visitors can harvest and stuff into a large, horn-shaped wicker basket.
Carl Busskohl began his career as a mail carrier in 1928, but soon he found he had passengers other than parcels. When folks increasingly asked to ride along on his route between Norfolk and Sioux City, Carl saw another opportunity: he traded his 7-passenger Buick in for a 25-passenger bus, making it the first vehicle of the Arrow Stage Lines fleet. After more than 80 years, Carl's enterprise has grown to include more than 160 luxury motorcoaches—all equipped with air conditioning, reclining seats, and spacious restrooms—that ferry groups, athletic teams, and big-window fan clubs to new destinations or on local and long-distance tours.
Despite its name, the Great Plains Black History Museum doesn't strictly pay homage to African-Americans of the Great Plains; it honors notable persons scattered all across the globe. That aim has been at the heart of the museum since it opened three decades ago. Though its exhibits do immortalize the accomplishments of African-Americans in settling the Great Plains, they also speak to the struggles of social injustice across the country. For example, a past exhibit paid tribute to early African-American baseball leagues.
The Omaha Health Expo encourages visitors to lead an active lifestyle—not just in the future but during the expo itself. It hosts a 5K run, multiple bike rides, and a biathlon, which combines biking and running into a single challenging event. In addition to trying your hand at the races or cheering on participants, you can also visit the weekend expo's eclectic group of exhibitors and speakers, who range from NFL players to psychics who can help guests predict the color of their next pair of running shoes.