10 Things To Do This Winter With Kids in the Omaha Area
During the colder months of winter, it can be a bit more difficult to keep the little ones busy, as our usual outdoor activities, like swimming and going to the park, are on pause until spring. But don’t fret — there are plenty of things to do with kids during the winter in the Omaha area, from going to a children’s museum to ice skating, and archery arena tag to virtual reality games.
See how many of these kid-approved, winter-proof activities you can check off your to-do list before spring break!
NOTE: As of Wednesday, January 12, 2022, the city of Omaha is under an emergency mask mandate. Please wear a face covering while participating in these activities and double check with each establishment before your visit for information about their latest COVID protocols.
Learning doesn’t have to be contained in the classroom. Experience endless opportunities for fun, games and exploration at the Omaha Children’s Museum, a nonprofit learning and exploration space with fantastic educational programs and interactive exhibits. There are several seasonal exhibits that rotate depending on holidays and interests, but permanent installations include the Charlie Campbell Science Center, the Tinker Lab, Fantastic Future Me and more!
You might not consider an art museum the most kid-friendly destination, but ART WORKS at the Joslyn Art Museum was designed with kids in mind. This 1,500-square-foot interactive space invites visitors of all ages to explore their artistic abilities with nine hands-on activity stations. But don’t stop there! The museum as a whole aims to be as kid-friendly as possible, so there are plenty of opportunities to involve the kids, including family scavenger hunts, stroller tours, and more. The best part? Admission to the Joslyn Art Museum is always free!
For more than 70 years, The Rose Theater has remained committed to “inspiring young people and their families to discover the magic of theater, to find their voices, and enrich their communities.” They do just that with classes in theater, directing, musical theater, singing, dancing, and more — and an impressive lineup of performances drawing kids of all ages each season. The remainder of the 2021-2022 season includes Carmela Full of Wishes (January 28–February 13, 2022), Giraffes Can’t Dance: The Musical (April 8–May 1, 2022), and The Sound of Music (June 3–19, 2022). Single tickets are $20 for all regular season shows, with a $5 ticket fee applied to tickets purchased by phone or online.
At Omaha Virtual Reality, you aren’t just playing a game — you’re in the game. This modern arcade uses virtual reality to create a fully immersive experience, with both single and multiplayer options for all interests and skill levels. Virtual reality headsets can be rented by the half hour, hour, or as a party package. No matter what, your entire group will have a blast, from kids to grandparents, and everyone in between! Take advantage of Kids Happy Hour from 4–6 p.m. Monday–Friday, available by appointment only.
Escape the cold weather with an evening of old-fashioned fun at The MARK, a modern bowling center in Elkhorn. The MARK is very kid-friendly, with bumper bowling lanes available, as well as lightweight bowling balls and small shoe sizes. Plus, there’s more than just bowling! You can play arcade games, laser tag, indoor volleyball, and XD Dark Ride, a theme park-style interactive 4D theater game. Take a look at the various specials happening throughout the week to save some money!
Can you think of a more idyllic winter activity than ice skating? Make your way to Grover Ice in Midtown, Omaha’s newest privately owned ice rink! Several adult and kids hockey leagues play at Grover Ice, but it is open to the public at select times throughout the week. Admission is just $5 for children 12 and under, $7 for adults ages 13-55, and $6 for seniors 56 and over, plus additional fees for rentals.
Try something new with a game of Archery Arena Tag at Archery Games! The game allows two teams to battle it out with bows and foam-tipped arrows, similar to dodgeball. But don’t worry! The soft arrows do not leave painful marks or bruising. And for games with younger children ages 8–11, you can arrange for a family-friendly game using youth bows by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a little detective in your family, let them practice their problem-solving skills at Get Out Omaha, an escape room center in the heart of the Old Market. Their themed rooms are designed with families in mind, with not-too-scary, kid-friendly themes, including Room 13, Y2K, The Gambler, and Civil War. Work together as a team to solve the clues before your 60 minutes are up! Book your temporary stay in one of the escape rooms for an experience your family won’t forget.
Your budding artist can express their creativity at It’s Yours Pottery, a paint-your-own pottery and creative arts studio with a variety of crafting options to choose from. Stop by the studio for pottery, clay hand building, glass fusion, canvas and wood decor, candle making, and more arts and crafts. Or purchase a Creativity To-Go Kit to create your own masterpiece at home! Check out the many specials offered throughout the week (keeping in mind many are paused due to COVID).
On the next snow day, make your way to Fontenelle Forest for a magical day of snowshoeing. This gorgeous park in Bellevue offers 24 miles of trails for snowshoeing. If you don’t own your own snowshoes, you can rent some for just $5 depending on availability. We recommend calling ahead to reserve your pair and to make sure the conditions are good for snowshoeing the day you’d like to go. Looking for more outdoor activities to do this winter? Here are a few more ways to stay active in the snow!
What Would You Add?
What are your family’s favorite things to do during the winter in Omaha? Let us know in the comments below!
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