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Diggin' Dinos

Open through April 11, 2020

Diggin’ Dinos will place children in an imagined world where dinosaurs and humans work together to build a dinosaur research facility. The exhibit will include a combination of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and construction equipment as well as digging and building area. Children will be able to test out a variety of S.T.E.M. careers including engineer, architect, construction worker, vehicle operator, paleontologist, and veterinarian. Engineering challenges and interactive presentations will also take place in the exhibit daily.

Educational Programs

Daily programs will be held in the Diggin' Dinos exhibit! Check the museum calendar at ocm.org or ask the front desk about the programs for the day. The programs are called Dino-Might Movers and Fossil Finders.

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Santa's Magic

Exhibit open Nov. 29 through Dec. 23, 2019

The holiday tradition families love returns for another enchanting season. Santa's Magic is an interactive show with indoor snowfall and delightful characters like the Snow Queen, Santa's elves, and of course, Santa Claus. At the end of each show, children will be able to talk one-on-one with Santa and get their picture taken with him. Multiple shows will be held daily and are included with museum admission. The last half-hour of the day is a chance to meet Santa and the holiday characters, and will not include a show.

Show Schedule

Tuesdays through Fridays (and Monday, Dec. 23): 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.

Saturdays: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Sunday: 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Meet & Greets

Tuesdays through Fridays (and Monday, Dec. 23): 3:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturdays: 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 5:30 to 6 p.m.

Sponsored by:


and The Lebens Family

Cobweb Castle

Exhibit open Sept. 28 through Oct. 31, 2019

Cobweb Castle has a new look this fall! Clamber your way through the spooky maze, scale the castle wall, or don your sorcerer’s hat and makeup this October in the not-so-scary exhibit Cobweb Castle. Be on the lookout for our friend Peri the Dragon, who was in the summer exhibit Enchanted Kingdom. Peri will play dress-up with us all October long.


Enchanted Kingdom

Exhibit open May 25 through Sept. 1, 2019

Get ready for a magical adventure into the Enchanted Kingdom, an exhibit filled with diverse creatures and characters. Explore the Market Place and pretend to be a blacksmith, a tailor, or farmer. And, of course, don't miss the castle and its delightful library, kitchen, and mirror maze. Additional areas to explore in the exhibit include the courtyard, the Royal Hall, a treasure sluice, a unicorn stable and a dragon nursery nest.

Daily programs

  • Royal Procession Parade – Join OCM royalty in a parade each morning to celebrate the beginning of the day in the Enchanted Kingdom. (Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m.; Sun, 11:30 a.m.)

  • Daily Princess Meet & Greets – Find a royal friend in the Royal Hall. Bring a camera! (Mon-Sat, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. & 1:30 to 4 p.m.; Sun, 12 to 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 to 5 p.m.)

  • Day of Play Parade – Join us for a joyful parade as we end the day in the Enchanted Kingdom. (Mon-Sat, 4:30 p.m.; Sun, 5:30 p.m.)

  • Unicorn Tales – Soar into reading! Don’t forget to bring your imaginations as we develop literacy skills and embark on epic adventures with our dragon friend, Thistle. (Mon-Sat, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.; Sun, 1:45 p.m. & 4 p.m.)

  • Don’t Poke the Dragon – If you’re happy and you know it, flap your wings! Join Thistle the Dragon as she leads you through an exploration of emotions to benefit social and emotional learning skills. (Mon-Sat, 10:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m. & 3 p.m.)

  • Enchanted Adventures – Dive into different occupations from the Enchanted Kingdom! Our Dragon trainer will lead us through various activities such as making musical instruments or stained-glass pizzas, stone-grinder smithing, and more. (Mon-Sat, 3:15 p.m.)

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Attic Adventures

Exhibit open March 2 through Sept. 1, 2019

Attic Adventure offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences for children in the imaginative setting of Omaha Children’s Museum’s attic. The exhibit contains popular components from past exhibits alongside new interactive spaces that utilize items commonly found in attics like instruments, stuffed animals, and dress-up clothes. The wide variety of exhibits and types of play allow for children to pursue their own interests and self-direct play. Intertwined with the exhibit is a scavenger hunt that encourages children to explore the exhibit as they observe, solve, and decode.

Activities in the exhibit will include:

  • LEGO Vehicle Building and Test Track

  • Werner Semi Truck

  • Musical Experimentation

  • Tea Party Table and Stuffed Animals

  • Dress-Up Area and Costume Chest

  • Giant Operation Game

  • Suspended Kayak

  • Climbing Wall

  • Imagination Playground Blocks

  • Dentist Chair

  • Scavenger Hunt

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Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts

Exhibit open Oct. 13, 2018 and through April 14, 2019

You’re the all-star in the special exhibit Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship and Smarts. Test your skills throwing footballs and baseballs. Take aim on the mini soccer, hockey and basketball courts. Attempt a CrossFit course, practice curling and bump, set, spike on our volleyball court.

Each area in the exhibit is an interactive experience focusing on a different sport or profession related to sports. Children can develop team-building skills, and learn about nutrition and an athletic lifestyle, all through play. There’s even a separate toddler area for our youngest athletes-in-training.

Super Sports Programming:

Daily programming will be held in the exhibit, including:

  • Sports Lab – See what Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) have to do with your favorite sports. We may dissect a baseball or learn why a football spins in the air through hands-on activities. Sports Lab happens daily in the mornings.

  • Time Our For Sports! – Come join us for an exciting time of interactive learning! Every day, we will highlight a sport, and practice and develop our fine and gross motor skills. Time Out For Sports! activities could range from a skills obstacle course, dribbling a basketball, shooting a soccer goal, and so much more. Time Out For Sports! happens daily in the afternoons.

  • Sports Spotlight – Watch for announcements about guest speakers on select Saturdays this fall. They may be athletes from a local team, a fitness group, or experts in sports medicine.


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Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Secrets of the Sewer

Exhibit opens May 26, 2018 and runs through Sept. 2, 2018

Experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas-in-training — Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™! Leap to the rescue and learn teamwork, collaboration, and problem-solving as you work your way through puzzles, mazes, and obstacles. Explore their sewer-like lair, where good guys win and bad guys lose! Since 1984, these four iconic brothers have rocked it with their talent and teamwork, inspiring generations. Now families can join these pizza-eating, crime-fighting “Heroes in a Half-Shell” to hone their ninja skills and problem-solving intellects while learning the secrets of the sewer!

Daily educational programs will be held in the exhibit space, including Team Building Challenge, Inventors Workshop With Donnie and an animal show featuring turtles and rats.

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Produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis in cooperation with Nickelodeon ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and all related titles, logos, and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

Children's China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius

May 26, 2018 – Aug. 18, 2018

Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius, designed for children 3 to 12 years, explores what life is like for children in China today through six different immersive environments.

In the school, children will celebrate the annual holiday, National Teachers’ Day, while learning to write “thank you teacher” in Chinese characters on a touchscreen note pad. Visitors will take on the role of a researcher at the panda reserve and discover how the people of China are caring for this endangered species. The entire family will find exercise fun at the park by using playful equipment that encourages fitness for all ages. As food is an important cultural experience in China, children will shop in a traditional neighborhood market filled with a variety of fish, fruits and vegetables and then prepare a healthy meal while working in the restaurant. In the home, visitors will learn how families celebrate the Chinese New Year and then will participate in a daily dragon parade led by a traditional dragon headdress at the Great Achievement Hall.

Ancient practices will be explored in modern ways as computer interactives invite children to experience the art of paper cutting, discover their lunar calendar animal and play traditional musical instruments. A key focus of the exhibit will be the story of Confucius, the inspirational teacher and moral leader still considered to be a hero to children in China today. Confucius’ beliefs about the importance of family, education and traditions have been at the center of Chinese culture for over 2,500 years and served as a foundation for the development of Children’s China.

Local support provided by:


Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character & Confucius is part of the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series funded by The Freeman Foundation and administered by Association of Children’s Museums.

Forever Forest

October 14, 2017 – April 15, 2018

The national tour of Forever Forest began right here in Omaha! Exploring the realities of forests through play, families will learn about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and the every-day products we use that are made from trees. The exhibit includes a tree top climber, a realistic mini replica of a Union Pacific engine, a kid-sized home under construction for children to help build, and so much more! Special programming included Nature Explorers, Timber Trivia, The Great Forest Trek and Tree-rrific Treasures.

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Arctic Wonderland

January 20 – April 8, 2018

It's time for a frozen adventure in Arctic Wonderland! Visit Omaha Children's Museum's small exhibits space for an interactive experience teaching children about Arctic inhabitants and the science behind some of our favorite snowy activities. Exhibit pieces include: Sled Speed Tester, Snowflake Blower, Igloo Building, Snowball Arena, Simulated Aurora Borealis, and Ice Fishing.

Cobweb Castle

September 30 – October 31, 2017

The annual Halloween tradition, Cobweb Castle, will be at the Museum September 30 through October 31. Children can enjoy Halloween thrills without the big scares in our unique castle made just for them.

Dinosaur Safari

May 27 – September 3, 2017

Dinosaur Safari features 18 dinosaurs, including 10 colorful new creatures such as a parasaurolophus, velociraptor and an ankylosaur. They're lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that will inspire the imagination!

Children will love all of the hands-on activities this summer including a kid-size safari jeep, three dig tables with realistic large fossils to uncover, a lookout tower, and the Mini Explorers area for children ages 3 and younger. Kids can even climb on some of the dinosaurs!

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Fairytale Land

May 27 – August 7, 2017

The princesses and friends are back to engage children’s imagination in an enchanting exhibit! Enjoy a sing-along, dancing knights and the all-new show, Spellbound, this summer. In this wonderful world where books and stories come to life, you’ll never know what adventure you’re in for next! Three different programs are offered daily.

Block Party

January 21 – April 9, 2017

Join us for a Winter Block Party at Omaha Children's Museum! Build, stack, and create cities in this new special exhibit. Did you know block play is more than just fun for kids? Building and self-directed play helps children work on math skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Talk about play with purpose!

Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play

October 15, 2016 – April 15, 2017

We're bringing back fan favorites from the past 40 years! Remember the dentist chair from the 1970s and the news desk from the 1980s? They're coming back (with a little bit of modern updating). Plus, revisit some of the more recent popular items from exhibits like Itty Bitty City, Once Upon a Farm, and Construction Zone: Return of the Bulldozer.

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Get your imagination ready for:

  • Obstacle Course

  • Painting Wall

  • Giant Operation Game

  • Combine

  • Cow Cafe

  • Mini Basketball Court & Soccer Field

  • Dentist Office

  • Concrete Station

  • Mini Semi Truck

  • Ambulance

  • Building Blocks

  • TV News Desk

  • Bulldozer

  • Zooland

  • And more!

Pirates & Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove

May 28 – September 4, 2016

Ahoy! Get swept away this summer inside the swashbuckling world of Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove. The interactive exhibit features a 40-foot pirate ship, a ball pit ocean and up-close encounters with real sea life as well as huge prehistoric creatures from the deep blue sea.

Children can pretend to be buccaneers, mermaids and sea creatures in a playful world designed just for them. There are many interactive daily programs led by pirates, mermaids and trained museum staff to engage the mind and spark the imagination. The popular mermaid programs are held five times a day!

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January 23 – April 10, 2016

Make every day a snow day in our upcoming seasonal exhibit, Snowville. Scale Mount Everest and venture through an ice cave, play ice hockey, build an igloo and have your own snowball fight with the snowball launcher. Enjoy all the fun of winter without the cold! Snowville is free with regular museum admission or membership and is open January 23 through April 10, 2016.

Super Powers

October 17, 2015 – April 17, 2016

Suit up, gear up and put your powers to the test in the upcoming special exhibit, Super Powers, opening October 17. Discover your inner hero and unlock your super powers in this kid-sized super power training ground. Fly, scale, zip and smash your way through a real-life comic book city. Build your body and your bravery as you tackle challenges and complete missions throughout the exhibit and gear up with gadgets and gizmos that enhance your powers.

Scale skyscrapers as you climb up to building edges, zip across the city and leap from rooftop to rooftop, charge the fuel cell and weave yourself through a web climber. Test your agility and nimbleness in the Laser Light Rope Maze, create your own superhero comic at the Comic Creation Station, grab a cape and take flight in the Soaring Simulator and gear up by creating your own cape and mask at the Super Powers Headquarters.

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LEGO: Travel Adventure

May 23 – August 6, 2015

A spaceship that sails under the sea? A blimp that ferries a boat? LEGO® Travel Adventure will invite children and families to use one of the greatest building materials of all time, LEGO® bricks, as a vehicle for your imagination. Where do you want to go? What does your vehicle need to do to get there? In LEGO Travel Adventure, you’re not just along for the ride! You pick the destination, determine what terrain you’ll have to cross to get there, then build a vehicle to take you there!

Little travelers can race to places near and far as they build and rebuild DUPLO® cars and race them down racetracks. Once they cross the finish line, kids can pose for a picture in a special kid-sized race car built entirely out of real DUPLO bricks! Travel the globe and discover the past with display cases featuring important landscapes and moments in history constructed entirely out of LEGO bricks. Get behind the wheel of the T.A.V. – (Travel Adventure Vehicle) – which features a cockpit, two steering wheels and video screens that take you to different locations or search for various vehicles such as hot balloons, cruise ships and trains in the I-Spy LEGO City!

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Exhibit Features:

  • Costume Bins

  • LEGO DUPLO Build and Play Tables

  • LEGO DUPLO Travel Tracks

  • LEGO DUPLO Race Car Photo Op

  • Travel Adventure Vehicle (TAV)

  • LEGO Build and Play Tables

  • Share Your Creation Interactive Screen

  • Vehicles in Action display cases

  • I-Spy LEGO City Model

  • Moments in Travel History display cases

  • Travel Challenge computer game

Connect with us this summer and travel to fantastic destinations during LEGO Travel Adventure at Omaha Children’s Museum.

Fairytale Land

May 23 – August 16, 2015

Princess Poppy and her three friends, Princess Rose, Princess Lily and Princess Daisy, are back to engage children’s imagination in an enchanting exhibit! Enjoy a sing-along, dancing knights and the whole new “Once Upon a Wish” program! In this wonderful world where books and stories come to life, you’ll never know what adventure you’re in for next! Three different programs are offered daily.

Dinosaurs Rock!

January 20 – March 22, 2015

Get rockin' in this prehistoric exhibit that mixes dinosaurs, digging and dancing! Enjoy dancing lights and music all while exploring the world of paleontology by mining real fossils and gemstones amongst these giant, robotic dinosaurs.

Join us each day for the Dino Rock Show. Rock and roll with our prehistoric friends! Jam with the dinosaurs to rock songs both old and new during a whole new light and music display.

Once Upon a Farm

October 17, 2014 – April 12, 2015

We brought farm life to the big city! Explore the world of agriculture and learn where your food comes from in the upcoming special exhibit, Once Upon a Farm open now through April 12, 2015.

Slide behind the seat of a kid-powered combine, wheel around a maze in the John Deere pedal track, learn what it takes to milk a dairy cow or hop aboard the Ag Express for an up-close look at a real-life tractor. Little farmers can learn all about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot and see what it takes to plant and care for crops in the miniature planting station. Daily programming will focus on a new topic each week and will incorporate various farm animals on special weekends throughout the exhibit’s run.

This exhibit is the sixth community-engaged exhibit created by OCM with partners from across the community and the state of Nebraska. A big thanks goes out to the partners who provided their imagination, time and support to bring this exhibit to life for the children of our community.

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  • Center Pivot & Planting Station, Valmont Industries Learn about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot and see what it takes to plant and care for crops in the miniature planting station.

  • Combine, Claas Slide into the seat of a kid-powered Claas combine cab to harvest your crops.

  • Crop Fields, DuPont Pioneer Dig, plant and care for your crops in the field.

  • Corn Interactive, Nebraska Corn Board Learn about corn on this interactive feature.

  • Soybean Interactive, Nebraska Soybean Board Learn about soybeans in this interactive feature.

  • Dairy Cows, Midwest Dairy Association Learn what it takes to work on a dairy farm and milk a cow.

  • Pig Pen, Nebraska Pork Producers Take care of baby piglets.

  • Grocery Store See how the crops and livestock you raised get to the grocery store.

  • Sprinkler System, Senninger Irrigation Activate different water sprayers inside a large tank.

  • Cow Cafe, Nebraska Beef Council Grill your own burgers and steaks and see what other culinary creations you can make.

  • Grain Bins, Nebraska Wheat Board Use the conveyer belts to distribute your crops into the proper grain bins.

  • Pedal Track Maze, Farm Credit Services of America Wheel around the maze on mini tractors and trikes and stop at the ethanol station to fill up when your tank is low.

  • Kitchen Table, Physician's Mutual After planting, harvesting and raising livestock, it's time to grab your food and enjoy together at the kitchen table.

  • Ag in the Classroom, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Douglas County Farm Bureau and UNL Join us daily for educational programming to learn all about life on the farm and the importance of agriculture in the state of Nebraska and the world.

  • Ag Express Train, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Hop aboard the Ag Express for an up-close look at a real tractor.

  • Tractor, John Deere Get an up-close view of a real tractor.

  • Worm Wall Crawl through the 2 story worm wall.

  • Weather Station, KMTV Channel 3 Weather plays an important role in the farming world. Stay tuned on the weather and broadcast your own forecast.

Cobweb Castle

October 10 – October 31, 2014

Everyone's favorite Halloween attraction is back for another year of spooky fun! The Not-So-Scary haunted house gives young visitors a chance to experience a taste of the Halloween creepies without fear. Cobweb Castle is open now through October 31 during regular museum hours.

The haunted house features the spooky graveyard, neon nook, noodle forest, portrait parlor, witch's hut and more!

Dinos: The Big Dig

May 24 – August 7, 2014

Grab a shovel and dig into Omaha Children’s Museum’s summer blockbuster, Dinos: The Big Dig! Uncover secrets of the past in this 10,000 square foot exhibit featuring life-size robotic dinosaurs.

Get eye-to-eye with a roaring T-Rex, meet an Apatosaurus family, crawl up and get face-to-face with a stegosaurus, go beneath the earth for an up-close view of a mom and baby Triceratops and much more!

Dig, explore and unearth fossils in the two-story dig pit, make your way through the 40-foot fossil climber, take your photo with a T-Rex, create your own carnivore and herbivore dishes inside the Dino-Diner and climb aboard the Dino-Train* for a ride among these prehistoric creatures.

Museum Paleo-guides will lead daily programming including how to pan for real gemstones, unearth fossils, or piece together dinosaur skeletons. These hands-on activities combined with imaginative play as paleontologists will allow children to investigate dinosaurs in a whole new way! Want to take your findings home with you? Additional gemstone and fossil bags are available for purchase within the exhibit.

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Robotic Dinosaurs:

  • T-Rex family

  • Apatosaurus family

  • Triceratops family

  • Stegosaurus

  • Pteranodon baby

  • Raptor

Exhibit Features:

  • Two-Story Dino Dig Pit

  • Treasure Creek Dino-Train

  • Photosaurus T-Rex

  • 40-foot Fossil Climber

  • Dino-Diner

  • Lil' Explorers Tent

  • Paleo Tent

  • 3-tiered Mosaic Climber

Things That Go

October 19, 2013 – April 13, 2014

Explore all the things that make the world go round in the upcoming special exhibit, Things That Go! In this exhibit, kids will move full speed into the idea of "GO" in everything from vehicles, water, energy and more.

Slide into the driver’s seat of a kid-powered semi-truck, climb aboard a real Metro City Bus or take a "ride" inside a Children’s Hospital and Medical Center ambulance. Little engineers will be able to build a pinewood derby car then race it down a winding track, create a pinball rollercoaster with lights, ramps and jumps, and shoot balls and bottles with air powered cannons inside the launch cage.

Get your hearts racing and hop on bikes that convert kid-energy into electricity, a trike track with speedy trikes, or race boats through obstacles in a giant water table! Be in two places at once as you use the internet to send you across the room, or even across the globe, with giant video chat screens. Use mind and muscle as you speed through the Energizer and find the fastest route to the top of this 40 foot vertical maze! Get both body and mind moving in this fast-paced exhibit that is full of energy!

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  • Children's Hospital & Medical Center Ambulance, Children's Hospital & Medical Center Listen to your heart with a stethoscope and learn all about health and wellness in our life size Children's Hospital Ambulance. See what its really like to be an EMT and to care for patients on the go

  • Technology Center, CenturyLink Video chat with family and friends on our giant cell phones and learn how data travels from one place to another

  • Werner, Werner Enterprises Hop into a kid-sized semi-truck and complete challenges in loading and unloading the semi-truck trailer

  • City Bus, Metro Jump behind the wheel and pretend to be the driver of a full size Metro bus. Where will you take your passengers?

  • Pinewood Derby Track, Boy Scouts of America & HunTel Create your own pinewood derby or Lego car and race it down the track

  • Prius Automobile, Performance Toyota Learn all about the eco-friendly Toyota Prius and how it "goes" further on less fuel! Decorate the car with racing stripes and other fun magnets

  • Water Works, Metropolitan Utilities District Race boats, ducks and other floating devices in our giant water tanks. Learn all about water and how it makes things "go"

  • Camper, A.C. Nelsen Pretend you are camping with your family in a full size camper! Learn all about wood and how energy from the sun is released when you use a campfire

  • Heavy Hauler Dress up as a construction worker and get behind the gears of a kid-sized bulldozer

  • The Energizer Use mind and muscle as you climb to the top of this 40' vertical maze! Learn all about energy and how our body converts food into fuel which keeps us moving

  • Pedal Power Get your heart racing and hop on a stationary bicycle to convert kid-powered energy into electricity, blowing fans and much more

  • Trike Track Hop on kid-size trikes and take a spin around our mini track while learning all about speed, velocity and motion

  • Launch Cage Shoot paper rockets and balls while learning all about kinetic energy in our giant launch cage

  • Widget Wall Create a pinball roller coaster with ramps, jumps and other materials on our giant magnetic widget wall

  • Blast off Blower See how far you can launch balls, scarves, rockets and more in our giant blast off blower. Learn all about wind and how objects can glide and propel through the air

  • Career Corner Learn all about the different careers that can be found within our exhibit. Daily educational programming will highlight each part of the exhibit and provide kids with fun and interactive hands on activities

A Bug's World

May 25 – September 8, 2013

Get friendly with giant robotic bugs in A Bug's World, the larger-than-life interactive exhibit presented by Mutual of Omaha.

Climb the Toadstool Tower and get eye-to-eye with a massive locust, meet a 20 foot praying mantis, watch a gigantic grasshopper spread its wings, tunnel "underground" for an upclose view of a giant caterpillar and ladybug, see what it's like to be an ant and climb through a kid-sized ant farm, venture inside a giant inflatable caterpillar and complete the obstacle course to make it to the end, catch flying "butterflies" and see real bugs in this colossal exhibit!

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Giant Robotic Bugs:

  • Battling Beetles

  • Praying Mantis

  • Locust

  • Black Widow

  • Spider

  • Ladybug

  • Caterpillar

  • Leaf Bug

Exhibit Features:

  • Giant Inflatable Caterpillar Obstacle Course

  • Kid-Sized Climable Ant Hill

  • Butterfly Blower

  • Ladybug Cavern Crawl-Through

  • 3-tiered Toadstool Tower

  • Giant Spider Photo-Op

  • Nature Exchange Center

  • Live Insect Demonstrations

  • Bugzy's Diner

  • Bee Hive Build Out

  • Bug Book and Costume Corner

Itty Bitty City

October 20, 2012 – April 14, 2013

Work and play in a 10,000 square foot kid-powered metropolis filled with an airport, ambulance, bank, construction site, park, news station and more. Save the day by becoming an everyday hero or even a superhero!

The spaces in the exhibit are inspired by places in the Omaha area and have been created with the help of more than 30 area businesses and organizations. Itty Bitty City is the museum's third "community-engaged exhibit" created in partnership with organizations from across the area. The community-engaged exhibit initiative received a supporting grant from the IMLS in 2011. The exhibit includes the following areas:

  • IBC Fire Training Center, Omaha Fire Department A physical play area where kids can prepare to work for the fire department

  • Cruiser Command Post, Omaha Police Department Kids will fight crime in the city from a real OPD police cruiser and can listen to dispatch recordings

  • Itty Bitty House, Charles Thomas Homes, Habitat for Humanity of Omaha Play pretend in this eco-friendly house. Kids can cook meals in the kitchen, barbecue on the porch and spend time together inside this residence that was made using the highest quality materials making it super energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

  • Werner, Werner Enterprises Hop into the kid-sized semi-truck, use an interactive computer to learn about maps and geography

  • Bitty Borsheims, Borsheims Guests can shop for gifts and look at items on display, then ring up items at the cash register

  • City Vet, Nebraska Humane Society Take care of the pretend animals where kids can play veterinarian, give them a bath and even try their hand at pretend animal surgery

  • Itty Bitty Channel Six News, WOWT Channel 6 Kids can sit at the real news desk to create their own newscast, and when they're done anchoring, they can use a green screen to go on location as a reporter or operate the news camera

  • Itty Bitty Expansion Project, CAT At the expansion project construction site, kids can use the bulldozer and other tools to help make the city bigger and better

  • Sam & Louie's Pizzeria, Sam & Louie's Take orders, make pizzas and serve friends and family at the Sam & Louie's pizzeria

  • Itty Bitty International, Lamp Rynearson & Associates Kids can fly miniature planes and direct flight traffic from the control tower

  • Playworld Park & Putt, Backyard Playworld Build gross motor skills playing on the large play structure and take a turn on a special putt-putt hole

  • Omaha Steaks Amphitheater, Omaha Steaks Listen to live performances throughout the run of the exhibit or create a performance on the amphitheater's stage

  • Itty Bitty City Hall, Business Ethics Alliance Learn about the Omaha Business Core Values with the Super City Alliance superheroes, Ace, Fin, Reese, Izzy and Moe.

  • Eco Expressway and Natural Gas & Go, MUD/Happy Cab Use a pedal car to travel on the Eco Expressway, then gas up at Natural Gas & Go

  • Mini Mutual of Omaha, Mutual of Omaha Brush up on office skills while you work at a computer, make calls on the phone and collaborate with coworkers

  • Children's Hospital & Medical Center Ambulance, Children's Hospital & Medical Center Learn safety and rescue skills and save the citizens of the Itty Bitty City with the ambulance

  • Security National Bank, Security National Bank Send money through the fan-powered deposit tube, become a banker at a teller's station and count money at the banker's table, learn about the importance of saving to achieve your goals

  • IBC Water Works, MUD See what's under the street and how utilities work at IBC Water Works or travel above ground through the manhole to be on top of the street

  • Children's Drive and Valmont Way, Valmont Follow the streets and their Itty Bitty sized streetlights to get from place-to-place in the city and learn how to use the crosswalk at the intersection

Wonderful World of Oz

May 26 – September 9, 2012

Get ready to enter The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with a children's museum spin of course! This 10,000 square foot exhibit brings together favorite parts of the book and film in an interactive experience for guests.

Step into the glimmering Emerald City to learn about gems and make some of your own baubles to take home, learn about tornadoes and step right inside of one in Tornado Town, dress up as a character and take the stage at Rainbow Stage, launch some flying monkeys in the Witch's Castle, see the workings of a hot-air balloon, make-super sized bubbles at Glinda's Bubble Magic and much more!

Construction Zone: Return of the Bulldozer

February 4 – April 22, 2012

This 10,000 square foot kid-powered construction site has plenty of work to be done. Real painting, hauling, building and planning gets little builders excited about the real work of construction. Construction Zone: Return of the Bulldozer brings back some of the most popular parts from the first Construction Zone exhibit and offers spectacular new areas to learn and explore.

  • Kids Quarry Ride a pedal-powered front-end loader or backhoe and scoop “rocks” around the quarry!

  • Big Rigs A giant playset from Backyard Playworld sits alongside a kid-sized Werner Enterprises Semi and a Big Bulldozer for massive fun! Kids can get in the vehicles to “drive” and play with lots of buttons and levers. And, they'll brush up on spatial awareness while loading cargo in the truck.

  • Pulley Place Our parachute machine returns along with a pulley bucket station with wheelbarrows to move “rocks”. A real repurposed crane from Topping Out, Inc. allows kids to raise and lower an I-Beam.

  • Creation Station Oversized foam shapes created by Imagination Playground let kids create their own structures and vehicles in this area sponsored by RDG Planning and Design.

  • Carpentry Corner This free-build station will house special tool kits to check out and do a real construction project! Special program times and limited seating will let kids work with their parent or caretaker to make a birdhouse or other wooden structure.

  • Paint Shack Ever wanted to paint a wall in your house? The Paint Shack houses real brushes and rollers for kids to express their creativity big time!

  • Try-A-Trade Partners from several Omaha unions have created interactive exhibits so kids can learn about electrical circuits, plumbing, bolts, ventilation systems and more.

  • Concrete Station A massive sandpit houses a sifting station that kids can mix and mold “concrete”. Earth-movers also help move the “cement” around the station.

  • Water Works In this “underground” obstacle course created by Metropolitan Utilities District kids can climb through a “pipe” maze to see what’s happening below ground and how it works above ground.

  • Build It Kids can use their imagination to design and build amazing structures with different kinds of building sets like Legos, KNex, builder boards and more.

Construction Zone was created by Omaha Children's Museum in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Metropolitan Utilities District, Ash Grove Cement Company, Kiewit Building Group, RDG Planning and Design, Werner Enterprises, HDR, Topping Out, Inc., Oriental Trading Company, Backyard Playworld, Millard Lumber, Lyman-Richey Corporation, Diamond Fence Co., Ready Mixed Concrete Company, Universal Flooring, Davis Erection Company, Inc. Sheet Metal Workers Local 3, Steamfitters and Plumbers Local 464, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22, Ironworkers Local 21, Omaha Plumbers Local Union 16, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters Local Union #444, Piping Resources, Inc. Midwest Scaffold Service, Clear Creek Landscapes, Watkins and Heartland Scenic Studio. The organizations involved have spent hundreds of hours developing the exhibit and building it in the 10,000 square foot traveling exhibit gallery on the museum's second floor.

Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age

May 28, 2011 – January 8, 2012

Stomping and roaring robotic dinosaurs and Ice Age mammals are invading Omaha Children’s Museum this summer as the museum celebrates its 35th anniversary with the new exhibit Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age open May 28, 2011 through January 8, 2012.

Massive, lifelike dinosaurs will be on display ranging from the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex to the gentle Apatosaurus, mother and baby. The Ice Age will come to life with animals that have never been seen at the museum before as guests meet mighty mammals that ruled the Earth after the dinosaurs - Smilodon, Baluchitherium and Woolly Mammoth. Visitors will learn about each of the giant creatures, including interesting facts about Woolly Mammoth, which is Nebraska’s state fossil.

Created by the California-based Kokoro Exhibits, which pioneered the first robotic dinosaurs, Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age features 15 carefully fabricated replicas sculpted with lifelike, pliable outer skin stretched over sophisticated mechanical skeletons capable of both sweeping and incredibly detailed movement. Guests will see twitching ears, lifting heads and tails, wrinkled nostrils, blinking eyes. And of course, everyone will hear massive roars.


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