9 Things To Do This Winter with Kids In & Around Omaha

What do you do with your kids during the frigid cold winter months? How are we supposed to keep our kids active and prevent our sanity from dwindling? Omaha and the surrounding areas have quite a bit to offer for fun during the long winter months.

Here are some fun activities to put on your Winter Bucket List!

winter with kids omaha10 Things to Do in Winter In & Around Omaha

1. Morrill Hall

If you’re up for a little jaunt, Morrill Hall is one of our favorites. Our oldest is an animal fanatic, so we typically make a morning out of it and stop at Hurts Donuts in downtown Lincoln then head over to Morrill Hall. Cost is $10 for adults, $6 for ages 3-18, and FREE for kids under 3.

2. Lauritzen Gardens

Visit the garden during the day from 9am to 5pm – adults are $15, kids 3-12 are $9, and littles under 3 are free.

3. Backyard Playworld

For children ages one year and older, admission is $10 on weekdays and $14 on weekends. You can let your kiddos run wild and free in the 10,000-square-foot playhouse dreamland. Swing sets, trampolines, basketball goals, and game tables – this place has lots of activities to keep your crew playing for hours. Bonus – you can bring in outside food to eat in the snack area.

4. Do Space

Located near 72nd and Dodge, Do Space offers something for all ages. Learn and explore technology. Your child can create designs in the 3D Lab, experiment with technology in the Active Learning Lab, or learn introductory technology skills in the Littles Lab. The best part is … it’s all FREE!

5. Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas

We have an animal lover, so we try to get creative on places to visit other than the Zoo. Especially during the winter months, visiting Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas is a fun, quick outing. Let the kids stretch their legs while looking at all of the cool “stuffed” animals and checking out the fish and huge turtle in the fish tanks!

6. Union Pacific Railroad Museum

All aboard! Located in downtown Council Bluffs this bucket list trip is a relatively quick drive. It’s open Thursday through Saturday 10am to 6pm and admission is FREE! Learn about the Union Pacific Railroad through different tours and exhibits.

7. Mahoney State Park – Indoor Play Area

Ok, so a park permit is required to enter, but there are two options either pay the $6 park fee for the day (NE plates) or bite the bullet and get a year-round pass for $35. Admission for the play area is $3 per person.

8. Kids Dream Winter Film Series

At Marcus Theaters, typically from January 5 to March 3, you can see family-friendly movies on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 10am for $3 a ticket! They also have reduced concession items. If you can’t make one of those times, remember they have $5 Tuesdays as well. Bundle the kids up, grab some popcorn, and enjoy a show!

9. Joslyn Art Museum

*closed until 2024 but we had to keep on our list!* Did you know the Joslyn offers FREE admission (during public hours) to their ART WORKS exhibit? There are nine different stations to visit. If you have children with curious minds who love to play, create, and explore, you’ve got to check it out!

There’s so much to do in Omaha and it seems like the list keeps on growing!

What are your favorite places to visit or activities to do in Omaha during the winter months?