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Guide of 10 Things to Do with Kids in Omaha, Nebraska

Written By pak cuk on Friday, March 21, 2014 | 12:02 AM

Omaha is a wonderful city filled with many fun activities for families to do!  There are many interesting thing to do when you visiting Omaha, Nebraska. Discover new attractions or revisit favorites with this comprehensive local resource for family-friendly activities, events, and attractions in Omaha, including many Free options. Find a variety of options for a FUN birthday party in the Omaha Area!Indoor playgrounds are a great option anytime of the year.  During the winter, kids can burn off extra energy when it’s too cold to play outside, and during the summer, you can beat the heat by running and playing in the comfort of an air-conditioned room. And there are more than 15 tourist attraction that we can visited, such as; The Joslyn Art Museum, The Durham Museum, Fun-Plex, CenturyLink Center, Heartland of America Park, Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium, and many mores. Before we informs the tourist attraction in Omaha, Nebraska, let we informs how the city itself.

Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, United States, and is the county seat of Douglas County. It is located in the Midwestern United States on the Missouri River, about 10 miles (16 km) north of the mouth of the Platte River. Omaha is the anchor of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, which includes Council Bluffs, Iowa, across the Missouri River from Omaha. Today, Omaha is the home to the headquarters of five Fortune 500 companies: packaged-food giant ConAgra Foods; the U.S.'s largest railroad operator, Union Pacific Corporation; insurance and financial firm Mutual of Omaha; one of the world's largest construction companies, Kiewit Corporation; and mega-conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Berkshire Hathaway is headed by local investor Warren Buffett, one of the richest people in the world, according to a decade's worth of Forbes Magazine rankings, some of which have ranked him as high as No. 1. Omaha is also the home to four Fortune 1000 headquarters: TD Ameritrade, West Corporation, Valmont Industries, and Werner Enterprises. First National Bank of Omaha is the largest privately held bank in the United States. Headquarters for Leo A Daly, HDR, Inc. and DLR Group, three of the US's largest 10 architecture/engineering firms, are based in Omaha. The Gallup Organization, of Gallup Poll fame, also is based in Omaha, with its riverfront Gallup University. Enron began in Omaha as Northern Natural Gas in 1930 before taking over a smaller Houston company in 1985 to form InterNorth, which was moved permanently to Houston in 1987 by the notorious Kenneth Lay. 

1. The Joslyn Art Museum
The Joslyn Art Museum is the principal fine arts museum in the state of Nebraska, United States of America. Located in Omaha, it was opened in 1931 at the initiative of Sarah H. Joslyn in memory of her husband, businessman George A. Joslyn. It is the only museum in the state with a comprehensive permanent collection, and although it includes works from Paolo Veronese, El Greco, Titian, among others, its greatest strengths are the outstanding art collections of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries of American and European artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

2. The Durham Museum
The Durham Museum (formerly known as the Durham Western Heritage Museum) is located at 801 South 10th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The museum is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history of the United States' western region. The museum is housed in Omaha's former Union Station. In 1971 after the establishment of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (now Amtrak), Union Pacific Railroad closed Union Station. The first suggestion in print that the building be used as a museum appeared in the Public Pulse of the World Herald on April 5, 1971 in a letter from John Edward Peterson. He suggested that either the City of Omaha or Joslyn purchase the building and develop it into a museum. He wrote, "Maybe the Union Pacific would be willing to sell the station rather cheaply or even donate it." The station was donated to the City of Omaha in 1973 and two years later the Western Heritage Museum opened. The museum closed from 1995 to 1996 for a $22 million renovation project largely funded by Charles and Margre Durham. For their contributions on the project, the Western Heritage Museum was renamed the Durham Western Heritage Museum the following year. On April 6, 2008 the Durham Western Heritage Museum became the Durham Museum. The change was driven by recent partnerships Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and the National Archives which have provided the museum with a larger range of shows not limited to western heritage. The museum is an affiliate within the Smithsonian Affiliations program.

3. CenturyLink Center
CenturyLink Center is an arena and convention center facility in the North Downtown neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. The 1.1 million ft² facility has an 18,975-seat arena, a 194,000-ft² exhibition hall and 62,000 ft² of meeting space. The arena opened in 2003 as Qwest Center Omaha. It adopted its current name on July 15, 2011 as part of a $22 billion buyout of Qwest by CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel). All signage, inside and outside, was changed to conform to the new arena name; lighting was also switched (from blue to green). The transition was expected to be completed by August 1, 2011; the outside name changes were finally completed on December 20, 2011. The arena hosts various basketball games, hockey games, professional wrestling events and concerts. Another notable event held there is the annual shareholders' meeting of Omaha-based conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, usually held on the first Saturday of the month of May. The arena's primary tenants are the Creighton University men's basketball team, and beginning in 2013 the University of Nebraska-Omaha's men's hockey team will call the arena home.

4. The Omaha Children's Museum
The Omaha Children's Museum is a nonprofit learning and exploration space for young people located at 500 South 20th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The museum has received a national award from the Association of Science and Technology Museums. Operated as a private nonprofit organization the mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning. The museum was founded in 1976 by Karen Levin and a group of local educators. It began as a traveling group of exhibits and activities, and today occupies a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) space in Downtown Omaha. The museum has a Board of Directors composed of community members. In 1989 the museum moved to its current and permanent home at 20th Street and St. Mary’s Ave. In 1993 Omaha Children's Museum completed the renovation of the main floor (40,000 sq. feet)which included the Charlie Cambell Science and Technology Center. In 2004 and 2010, the museum was honored with Leading Edge Awards for Visitor Experience from the Association of Science and Technology Museums. The museum’s director, Lindy J. Hoyer served on the Board of Directors for the national Association of Children's Museums.

5. Heartland of America Park
Heartland of America Park is a public park located at 800 Douglas Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, USA. The 31-acre (130,000 m2) park is situated between Interstate 80 and the Missouri River, and is adjacent to Gene Leahy Mall and the Old Market and connects to Lewis & Clark Landing. Along with the lake the park features a paved walking trail encircling area. There are three fountains, including a large, modern, $1.5 million computerized fountain that projects water 300 feet (91 m) into the air and features a nighttime light show. The lake has a tour boat named the General Marion, with rides available in the summertime, and resident swans named Romeo and Juliet in honor of the play. There is also a monument to the 1898 Trans-Mississippi Exposition, and the late 1800s Waterworks Fountain, once located at the Webster Station, a railroad depot in North Omaha. The park is the site of the annual Taste of Omaha event. The headquarters of ConAgra Foods are on the south end of the lake, and recently, after initially cutting off access to the south end of the park, ConAgra opened the walking path all the way around the lake. If you stay on the path around the lake, and cut through underneath the structural awning on the northwest side of the lake, the total distance around is .96 miles.

6. The Orpheum Theater
The Orpheum Theater is located at 409 South 16th Street in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The Orpheum hosts programs best served by a more theatrical setting, including the Broadway Across America-Omaha series and Opera Omaha. As City National Bank Building and Creighton Orpheum Theater, the theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In October 2013, the steel-letter marquee that was installed with the 1975 renovation was replaced with a digital electronic display board. The signage upgrades also included the installation of LED posters in the theater's lobby. The Orpheum Theater continues to be one of Omaha's most popular performing arts venues.

7. TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is a baseball park in Omaha, Nebraska, the home field of the College World Series since 2011. Opened earlier that year, the venue was constructed after the NCAA signed an agreement to keep the CWS in Omaha until at least 2035 if the ballpark was built. The event has been held in the city since 1950, previously at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. In the spring, TD Ameritrade Park hosts college baseball as the home field for Creighton University Bluejays, and in the autumn, it is the home of the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. The ballpark was expected to cost $128 million to construct and is located near the CenturyLink Center Omaha. The park turned a profit of $5.6 million in its first year of operation, easily covering its debt payments. Attempts have recently been made to bring a professional baseball team to TD Ameritrade Park, but legal troubles have prevented this from occurring any earlier than 2013. The local Pacific Coast League franchise, the Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly Royals), opted for a smaller capacity venue at the new Werner Park, west of Papillion. In February 2012, the Big Ten Conference expressed interest in holding their conference baseball tournament at TD Ameritrade Park.

8. Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium was a baseball stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, the former home to the annual NCAA Division I College World Series and the minor league Omaha Royals, now known as the Omaha Storm Chasers. Rosenblatt Stadium was the largest minor league baseball stadium in the United States (a distinction now held by Buffalo, New York's Coca-Cola Field). The final College World Series game at Rosenblatt Stadium was played on June 29, 2010; with the South Carolina Gamecocks defeating the UCLA Bruins to win the 2010 College World Series. The final game for the Royals in the stadium, and under the Royals name, was played on September 2, 2010, with the Royals defeating the Round Rock Express. The Omaha Nighthawks played their 2010 season at Rosenblatt; Creighton Prep played a football game there as well. Following those events, Rosenblatt was replaced by TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Rosenblatt Stadium began demolition in late July (after being reopened during the 2012 College World Series for fans to visit again). The pressbox girders were imploded on the morning of August 22, 2012. The site is currently owned by the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

9. Fun-Plex
Fun-Plex is an amusement park located at 7003 Q Street in the Ralston neighborhood of Omaha, Nebraska. It is the largest amusement park in Nebraska, and the site of the only roller coaster in Nebraska. Fun-Plex is established in 1987. Rides at Fun-Plex include a slick track, bumper boats, and go-gator kiddie coaster. There is a waterpark with a wave pool, five story waterslides, a lazy river, and a children's pool. Other rides include the Chaos, the Rock-O-Ride, and a Tilt-A-Whirl, as well as a classic carousel and the Balloon Ferris wheel. In 2007, the facility boasted new go-karts and a larger track, as well a new 18-hole miniature golf. In 2007, the park introduced the "Big Ohhhh...", Nebraska's only roller coaster. The coaster has been used at several other parks previous to coming to Fun-Plex. For the 2010 halloween season, Fun-Plex opened A Nightmare on Q Street. The haunted attraction gained success and was remodeled and completely changed for the 2011 season. 

10. The Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
The Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is a zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, located at 3701 South 10th Street. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Its mission is conservation, research, recreation, and education. Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium is nationally renowned for its leadership in animal conservation and research. Evolving from the public Riverview Park Zoo established in 1894, today the Zoo includes several notable exhibits. It features the largest cat complex in North America; "Kingdoms of the Night" is the world's largest nocturnal exhibit and indoor swamp; the Lied Jungle is one of the world's largest indoor rainforests, and the "Desert Dome" is the world's largest indoor desert, as well as the largest glazed geodesic dome in the world. The Zoo is Nebraska’s number one paid attendance attraction and has welcomed more than 25 million visitors over the past 40 years. 
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