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Things To Do With Kids in Omaha

Known for its pioneer history and for being a stop on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, Omaha is a wonderful destination for families with kids of all ages. There are plenty of museums and historic monuments for a bit of learning and many places, like The Amazing Pizza Machine, that are strictly just for fun. Check out the following deals and things to do with kids to make the most of your trip to Omaha.

There is plenty of family fun to be had in Omaha. Some of the best places to take your kids during your time here include Fun-Plex and the Coco Key Water Resort. If you want to take the family to one of the popular places to visit in Omaha, check out the following:

  • Family Fun Center XL: laser tag, mini-golf, a pizza cafe, and more
  • Fun-Plex: Nebraska’s largest amusement park
  • Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium: unleash your sense of wonder among 160 acres of plants, animals and unique habitats
  • Coco Key Water Resort: enjoy activities and water slides along with other attractions
  • Lauritzen Gardens: discover 100 acres of inspiring horticultural displays

Spending time with your kids doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be time for you too. There are plenty of fun activities and things to do for parents around Omaha, with kids in tow. Try the following:

  • TD Ameritrade Center: Omaha's premier sports stadium and outdoor entertainment venue
  • Old Market: unique shops, boutiques, pubs, restaurants and entertainment
  • Maplewood Lanes: an entertainment center with 36 bowling lanes
  • Sempeck’s: bowling and entertainment on the cheap
  • Omaha Performing Arts: the best place to catch live music and entertainment

Omaha has a ton of interesting and free things to see and do for kids. Take your family for a walk over the Mississippi River on the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge or for a tour of the famous Joslyn Castle. Some of the best places to visit in Omaha include:

  • Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge: a 3,000 foot bridge crossing the Missouri River
  • Heartland of America Park: come to this park at night for the water and lights show
  • Pioneer Courage Park: this park is filled with bronze and stainless steel sculptures dedicated to the first pioneers
  • Joslyn Castle: tour this famous mansion built in 1903
  • Fort Atkinson State Historical Park: a park dedicated to the first fort opened west of the Mississippi River
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Your kids will love all of the activities they get to choose from during their time in Omaha. The Omaha Children’s museum is a great place for kids to explore and learn and Kenefick Park has two of the greatest Union Pacific locomotives on display. Take the kids to some of the following places:

  • Omaha Children’s Museum: a great place for kids to explore and learn
  • Gene Leahy Mall: offering walking paths, gardens, a playground, an amphitheater and a sculpture garden
  • Kenefick Park: features two of the greatest locomotives ever to power Union Pacific Railroad
  • Fontenelle Forest: let your kids loose in this 1,400 acre forest for ultimate exploration
  • The Amazing Pizza Machine: everything a kid needs to have fun including laser tag and arcade games

Groups spending time in Omaha are always spoiled when it comes to finding fun things to do. The Mark and the Boulder Creek Amusement Park are filled with fun activities and both should be on the top of your list of things to do. Check these other family-friendly group activities out:

  • Omaha Scavenger Hunt: get a tour of the city by solving clues
  • Tubing and Adventures: the largest tubing outfitter on the Elkhorn River
  • Boulder Creek Amusement Park: batting cages, rock climbing, and two mini-golf courses
  • The Mark: one of the finest independently owned bowling centers in the country
  • Backyard Playworld: the perfect place to unleash your group of kids

A vacation should have a good mix of both fun and new experiences. Omaha has a bunch of interesting and educational things to do for kids of all ages including the Union Pacific Railroad Museum and the Mormon Trail Center. Looking for more? Below are a few more museums and historical sites fit for the whole family:

  • Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Headquarters: learn all about Lewis and Clark’s great adventure
  • General Crook House Museum: take a step back in time when you step into this preserved 19th century home
  • Strategic Air and Space Museum: offers rides, air and spacecraft museums, and other activities for kids
  • Union Pacific Railroad Museum: unique exhibits related to the history of Union Pacific
  • Mormon Trail Center: learn all there is to know about the great “Mormon Migration”

Why not sign your kids up for a class or two during your time in Omaha? It’s Yours Pottery offers beginner and kids classes in ceramics and Nebraska Dance will have your kids moving like Michael Jackson. Check out these other kids class ideas:

  • It’s Yours Pottery: let your kids’ inner artist out to play
  • Nebraska Dance: devoted to providing quality instruction in a positive and encouraging atmosphere
  • Kids Body Shop: one of the best places in Omaha to learn gymnastics
  • West Omaha Martial Arts: give your kids the skill of self-defense
  • Joslyn Art Museum: the principal fine arts museum of Nebraska

The city of Omaha has plenty of indoor games and activities to keep your kids busy for the whole day. Head to Sky Zone Omaha or Approach Climbing Gym for a day full of nonstop fun and exercise. If you want to have fun on a rainy day, check out the following:

  • Sky Zone Omaha: a trampoline park featuring freestyle bouncing, dodgeball, and fitness programs
  • Approach Climbing Gym: let your kids tire themselves out on the many different walls
  • Go! Kids Museum: kids can come here to learn through fun and games
  • Infinite Loop VR: Nebraska’s largest virtual reality arcade
  • Defy Gravity: lively indoor trampoline gym and laser maze featuring group sports, classes, and open jumping