Omaha, Nebraska is often a forgotten destination when planning a trip to the Midwest. This is one of the many reasons that Mommy And Me Travels decided to head out and explore Omaha with the kids. We are bringing you this weekend guide of things for kids to do in Omaha and how to make the most of your weekend getaway adventure.
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Where to stay in Omaha, NE — EVEN Hotel
Have you heard of the EVEN hotel? This hotel is the newest chain in the IHG line. This downtown Omaha hotel boast about bringing travel and balance together. Each room is large and has many items to help you keep up your daily workout routine within the room. Ours had strength bands, yoga items, and a spin bike. Also you can enjoy their large fitness center, spin room, and swimming pool with lap lane. The downtown Omaha hotel has free WiFi, free parking, and the use of a free shuttle to nearby locations. Since this hotel is so conveniently located, we were able to take the shuttle to most of our weekend activities. The food options are great if you want to eat healthier while you travel. We had breakfast every morning in the hotel and there was something that everyone enjoyed from the youngest in our group to the youngest at heart. We enjoyed our stay and definitely recommend choosing the Even Hotel in downtown Omaha hotel for your weekend in family adventure.
Most Bang for your Buck on Things for Kids to do in Omaha
Omaha has a lot to offer every type of traveler. Mommy And Me Travels focuses on family friendly activities in a location and discovered quickly there is more to do in Omaha than you can fit into one weekend. If you are like us you will be wanting to discover all of the things for kids to do in Omaha on your weekend adventure. We recommend checking out the Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Zoo and Aquarium, Old Town, Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, and the Amazing Pizza Machine. This might sound like a lot for one weekend but here are the tips of how to accomplish it all and in what order we recommend for these fun things to do with kids in Omaha.
Arrival Day – Friday
We all know travel days are busy and sometimes require a lot of sitting, either due to driving or flying. When you arrive on Friday, late afternoon, you will want to plan somewhere to burn of the kids energy and let them have some fun. This is the perfect time to visit The Amazing Pizza Machine. Your kids will love this location. It is the first stop on you family adventure and the first recommendation for things for kids to do in Omaha. You will have dinner and fun covered all at one place.
The Amazing Pizza Machine
If your kids are like mine they will love a visit to The Amazing Pizza Machine. We decided to have dinner here so that we could play video games and ride rides afterwards. The buffet was good and had many options available, even more than just pizza. There is a young kids area that will entertain the smallest in your group. My one and a half year old had an absolute blast in this area because the games and rides were perfect sized for him. My eldest, six, loved the amount of options for ticket and video games. There were so many that he didn’t even have to replay the same game a second time. The rides of go carts, frog hop, laser tag, and virtual reality quickly become the hit of the evening for him. You can also see more reviews here on TripAdvisor. If you are in the area The Amazing Pizza Machine is definitely worth visiting for a few hours and you won’t be disappointed.
Only Full Day – Saturday – 3 recommendations of things for kids to do in Omaha
Saturday will be your only full day if you traveled into the area for a weekend getaway. That means you are going to want to accomplish everything possible in this day. I recommend not over doing it. If you try to squeeze too much into this day then you and the kids will both be exhausted and no one will actually enjoy the trip. Today our suggestions of things for kids to do in Omaha is to visit the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Old Town, and Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge.
Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Do your kids love exploring zoos and aquariums? Well this will be a real treat for them as they will be able to do both in one location. This is why it is the first stop of things for kids to do in Omaha today. The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has the largest indoor desert and the largest indoor rainforest. This means that a lot of the exhibits are indoors or covered so that even on rainy days you can easily enjoy the majority of this zoo without having to be outdoors in the rain for very long. Make sure you plan time to explore the entire 130 acres and all of the fun hands on activities. Feed the stingray, freed the giraffes, play on the park where the orangutans will run by and interact with your little ones, feed the goats, and watch the penguins get fed. You can also see more fun that others had here on TripAdvisor. There is so much more than these few activities so ensure you explore it all and plan to spend the majority of the day at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Omaha Old Town
After spending the day sightseeing at the Omaha zoo, step back in time at Omaha’s Old Town. This section of town is quaint and well up kept. The roads are paved in cobblestone, the buildings are well preserved, and this is the perfect spot to grab a bite to eat. We ate at Upstream Brewing Company and definitely recommend visiting here. The food was great (including the kid meal selections), service was superb, and atmosphere was top notch. This was definitely a family friendly restaurant. I do recommend skipping the deserts and heading over to the famous Ted & Wally’s Ice Cream Shop. The ice cream selection here was like none other that we have ever seen. My favorite is the butterscotch heath, my sons both loved the vanilla bean with sprinkles, and my husband tried something that was mixed with coffee (sorry forgot the name). The building is small and we found out that a line is to be expected. Don’t let the line deter you though, it is definitely worth the wait (and the wait isn’t very long).
Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge
Wrap up you day of things for kids to do in Omaha by visiting the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. This bridge is the first foot bridge to connect two states. It spans 3,000 feet across the Mississippi River. As you cross the bridge there is a spot marked showing where Nebraska ends and Iowa begins. This is a great place to take the kids and let them know that as they run back and forth across the line that they are in different states. My sons found it cool to walk on the bridge, take pictures in both states, and then head back to the splash pad on the Nebraska side. This activity doesn’t take very long which is why visiting after dinner to take a stroll and let your food digest is a perfect way to wrap up the day. Even with my young one walking, we were able to visit the bridge and get our pictures in under an hour. That even accounted for playing at the splash pad a little.
Final Day – Sunday
The weekend activities of things for kids to do in Omaha has flown by and now it is time to think about heading home. If you are flying, try to get a late afternoon flight so that you can visit one more spot before leaving. If you are driving, plan to leave after you let your kids burn some energy at the Omaha Children’s Museum. The museum can easily be an all-day adventure but since this is departure day you will only probably spend a morning here. No worries you can see and explore the museum in a half a day.
Omaha Children’s Museum
The Omaha Children’s Museum is a must when bringing your kids to Omaha. The interactive exhibits will keep your kids occupied for hours with play areas, ball areas, building areas, and traveling exhibits. You should plan on spending at least a half day here but really could stay and have plenty to occupy your little ones with for a full day. My sons favorite exhibit was the Science and Technology area that was full of ball machines that disappeared and then reappeared in different areas with the use of wind and pressure. You can read more about our Omaha Children’s Museum: Visit With Kids on our dedicated post.
Final Thoughts on Things for Kids to do in Omaha!
We all know weekend getaways don’t let you explore the entirety of an area but this agenda will ensure that you and your little ones have a great time and experience some of the highlights of the area. Do you have other things for kids to do in Omaha activities you’d like to share? Leave us a comment below and help everyone discover the greatness of this often forgotten Midwest destination.
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