Past Exhibits

A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland

January 8 – September 3, 2023

A collaborative effort between Omaha Children’s Museum and the local Indigenous community, A Generation of Hope: Indigenous Peoples of the Heartland is a celebration of the people who have called this region home for thousands of years. Learn about their culture and traditions throughout this interactive exhibit. Climb the Bur Oak Tree, visit a school, learn about the importance of storytelling and the significance of the winter count to that tradition, then create your own winter count. Explore traditional housing and imagine life in an earth lodge, tipi, and much more!

This exhibit was sponsored by The Sherwood Foundation and Douglas County.

Magical Science

February 3 – April 16, 2023

Science IS Magic! Explore the line between magic and the science that makes it possible. Learn how lights and mirrors can play tricks on your eyes in our light maze. Lose your head with our illusion table. Ride the winds and learn about friction, energy, and gravity on the zipline. Discover the science behind our favorite spells in Thistle’s Theater, our storytelling dragon, and much more!

Moon to Mars

May 28, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

Moon to Mars inspires excitement about learning by transporting children to a world inspired by the current realities and the future dreams of space travel. This exhibit, designed with support from NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Systems at Johnson Space Center, demonstrates that science and exploration require a diverse team.

Daily programming included Astronaut Training: Cadets learned the science, math, and engineering needed to build rockets, travel in space and perform other space-related activities.

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Additional sponsors: Artemis, Olsson, Cox Communications, Douglas County, KETV, Astroscale

Namaste India

May 28 – Sept. 4, 2022

From Bollywood to the Taj Mahal, from playing cricket to practicing yoga, visitors will experience the wonders of India in the cultural exhibit Namaste India. While encouraging global awareness and cultural appreciation, the exhibit features this culture’s vibrant art, food, and colorful traditions.

Namaste India was created by The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum, and made possible by Daugherty Business Solutions, Linda and Jesse Hunter, Mastercard, Tim and Elizabeth Swank, and additional community support.

Block Party

January 8 – May 1, 2022

Build, stack, and create cities in this special exhibit. Did you know block play is more than just fun for kids? Building and self-directed play help children work on math skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Talk about play with a purpose! Through blocks, we can learn everything from counting and matching to how to share and communicate with our friends! With OCM’s Block Party, we use blocks to build on important STEAM concepts. Develop hypotheses and test them on our Earthquake Test Table and LEGO Race Track. Explore technology and engineering as you build with Magneatos and Keva Planks. Express your artistic side as you design with Magna Tiles, and practice mathematics as you stack and sort Dado Cubes. Make a tall tower with our giant LEGO blocks.

Sponsored by: Oriental Trading Company

Forever Forest

February 5 – April 16, 2022

Forever Forest returned to Omaha for a second time! Exploring the realities of forests through play, families learned about sustainability, selective harvesting, transportation needs, and the everyday products we use that are made from trees. The exhibit included 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!

Presented by: Union Pacific and North American Wholesale Lumber Association

National Sponsors: DMSI Software, Douglas County, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual, Boise Cascade Corporation, Cascade Hardwood Group, Cole Hardwood Inc., Wood-Mizer, Purdue University, Koetter Woodworking, Inc. National Hardwood Lumber Association, Truth About Trees, Hardwood Forest Foundation, Batey, LTD., W.M. Cramer Lumber Company, Nebraska Environmental Trust

Community Sponsors: Scheels, Oriental Trading Company

Game On!

May 29, 2021 – January 2, 2022

Young and old, we all have favorite games to play. This interactive special exhibit explored some beloved childhood games! We brought board games to giant, life-size adventures and a few popular video game experiences to real life. Plus, families played timeless playground games and other outdoor activities indoors when they visited Game On!. Programming included “Global Games” where we explored some games’ history, culture, and science.

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Additional support provided by: Cox, Douglas County, Union Omaha, Dino’s Storage, KETV, Scheels, Cub Scouts, Oriental Trading

Fairytale Land

February 6 – August 29, 2021

An enchanting castle adventure awaits at Omaha Children’s Museum! Scale the castle wall, visit Bentley the unicorn, or prepare a feast in the castle kitchen. Fairytale Land is a space for imaginative open play where children can dream up their own fairytale. Fairytale Feelings was a special storytime designed to help children learn more about their emotions. Princess Dance Parties allowed kids to join our Princess as she leads them around Fairytale Land, learning new dance moves and singing along to some of their favorite songs.

Sponsored by: Oriental Trading Company

Bug Squad

September 5, 2020 – April 11, 2021

Discover the superpowers of bugs! In this immersive world of insects, children will explore the science behind each bug’s unique abilities and traits while realizing their own superpowers. Families will encounter real bugs and huge animatronic bugs.

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Additional support provided by: Cox, Douglas County, Oriental Trading Company

America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far

January 18 – October 18, 2020

Travel the world in a single museum visit! America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far, created by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, is a first-of-its-kind, interactive exhibition for children and families to celebrate the diversity of Muslim cultures in America and around the world through art, architecture, design, music, travel, trade, and more! Enjoy innovative hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries. Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs. The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe. Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs. There’s even an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck for children to decorate. Families can also compose music using an app featuring the rebana, tabla, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak, listen to stories and view objects shared by local America Muslim families and even learn how to write and say “My name is …” in 21 languages.

Developed by: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan


Sponsored by: The Sherwood Foundation, American Muslim Institute, The Weitz Family Foundation, Don and Andi Goldstein, The Holland Foundation, and The Nebraska Arts Council

Diggin’ Dinos

October 12, 2019 – April 11, 2020

Diggin’ Dinos places children in an imagined world where dinosaurs and humans work together to build a dinosaur research facility. The exhibit includes a combination of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and construction equipment, as well as a digging and building area. Children are 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 also take place in the exhibit daily.

Presented by: Kiewit

Additional support provided by: HDR, Douglas County, KETV, Oriental Trading, Nebraska Machinery Company

Santa’s Magic

Opens yearly on the day after Thanksgiving through Dec. 23

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 talk one-on-one with Santa and get their picture taken with him. Multiple shows are held daily and are included with museum admission. Sponsored by: Conagra Brands Foundation, Holidynamics, Quality Refrigerated Services, and the Lebens Family

Cobweb Castle

Opens yearly during the month of October

Clamber your way through a spooky maze, scale the castle wall, or don your sorcerer’s hat and makeup in this not-so-scary exhibit.

Sponsored by: Oriental Trading

Enchanted Kingdom

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 a 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 included: a Royal Procession Parade, Daily Princess Meet & Greets, Day of Play Parade, Unicorn Tales, Don’t Poke the Dragon, and Enchanted Adventures.

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Additional support provided by: Douglas County, Cox, Centris Federal Credit Union, Precision Glass and Glazing, Oriental Trading Company, Omaha Public Library, KETV, and Metropolitan Utilities District

Attic Adventures

March 2 through Sept. 1, 2019

Attic Adventures 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 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 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

Sponsored by: Oriental Trading, Certified Transmission, Summit Dental Health

Super Sports: Building Strength, Sportsmanship, and Smarts

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 by throwing footballs and baseballs. Take aim on the mini soccer, hockey, and basketball courts. Attempt a CrossFit course, practice curling, and bump, set, and 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 included: Sports Lab, Time Out for Sports!, and Sports Spotlight

Presented by: Douglas County

Additional support provided by: Omaha Stormchasers, Werner, OrthoNebraska, Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Omaha Sports Commission, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, Dynamix Strength & Fitness, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kidz Shoppe, Oriental Trading Company, Creighton University, Scheels, and We Build Play

Community supporters: Northstar, and the YMCA

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

May 26 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.

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Additional support provided by: Douglas County, Godfather’s Pizza, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Oriental Trading Company, Futuramic’s Clean Water Center, Rainbow Child Care Center, and Burton

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 notepad. 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: Valmont

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 everyday 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.

Presented by: Union Pacific and North American Wholesale Lumber Association

National Sponsors: DMSI, Douglas County, Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual, Boise Cascade Corporation, Cascade Hardwood Group, Cole Hardwood Inc., Wood-Mizer, Purdue University, Koetter Woodworking, Inc., National Hardwood Lumber Association, Hardwood Forest Foundation, Batey, LTD., and W.M. Cramer Lumber Company

Community Sponsors: Building Products Inc., HDR Inc., Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, KETV, Nebraska 811, Builders Supply Co., ABC Termite & Pest Control, NRG Omaha, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Kinghorn Gardens, Scheels, Fontenelle Forest, Century Link, Northern Natural Gas, City of Omaha, Omaha Public Power District, Metropolitan Utilities District, and National Utility Contractors Association

Arctic Wonderland

January 20 – April 8, 2018

It’s time for a frozen adventure in Arctic Wonderland! Visit Omaha Children’s Museum’s small exhibit 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.

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 love all of the hands-on activities, 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!

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Supported by: Baxter Volkswagen, Runza, Oriental Trading, Summit Dental Health, Cox, JE Dunn Construction, Dwain Horn, KETV, OrthoNebraska, Douglas County, and Michael and Brenda Whealy

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.

Sponsored by: Borsheims and The Hitchcock Foundation

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 help children work on math skills, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. Talk about play with purpose!

Sponsored by: Fat Brain Toys, HDR, and Certified Transmission

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. 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!

Presented by: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Supported by: Walmart, TransCanada, Kiewit, Douglas County, Pella, Werner, American Concrete Products Company, BlueCross BlueShield Nebraska, RDG Planning and Design, Baxter Subaru, Metro Omaha Medical Society, Claas, Nebraska Beef Council, Summit Dental Health, Oriental Trading, Scheels, and WOWT

Pirates & Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove

May 28 – September 4, 2016 Ahoy! Get swept away 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, up-close encounters with real sea life, and 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!

Presented by: Baxter Subaru and Mutual of Omaha

Supported by: Methodist, Valmont, Nebraska Aquatic Supply, Oriental Trading Company, Whispering Roots, Douglas County, Futuramic’s Clean Water Center, KETV, Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Shucks Fish House Oyster Bar, Brenda and Michael Whealy, Dwain Horn, and the Fred and Sally Bekins Foundation


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!

Sponsored by: University of Nebraska at Omaha

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.

Sponsored by: Nebraska Methodist College, Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital, WOWT, Business Ethics Alliance, NRG Omaha, Midwest Heroes, Girl Scouts of Nebraska, Boy Scouts of America, Cub Scouts, Dwain Horn, and Stephanie and Jack Koraleski

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!

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

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha, HDR

Supported by: A.C. Nelson RV World, TransCanada, Centris Federal Credit Union, RDG Planning and Design, Cox, Performance Toyota, KETV, and Oriental Trading

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 this special exhibit. 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.

Areas of the exhibit include: Center Pivot & Planting Station, Combine, Crop Fields, Corn Interactive, Soybean Interactive, Dairy Cows, Pig Pen, Grocery Store, Sprinkler System, Cow Cafe, Grain Bins, Pedal Track Maze, Kitchen Table, Ag in the Classroom, Ag Express Train, Tractor, Worm Wall, and Weather Station

Presented by: Douglas County Farm Bureau

Supported by: Valmont, Farm Credit Services of America, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Pork Producers, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Midwest Dairy Association, DuPont Pioneer, Claas, Nebraska Beef Council, John Deere, Plains Equipment Group, Nebraska Wheat, Action 3 News, Physicians Mutual, Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska, Senninger Irrigation Inc., Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture, University of Nebraska at Lincoln Extension, Ak-sar-ben’s River City Rodeo and Stock Show, Richard P. Kimmel and Laurine Kimmel Charitable Foundation, and Oriental Trading Company

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.

Robotic Dinosaurs include: 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

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha and Cox

Sponsored by: Performance Toyota, WOWT, TransCanada, Oriental Trading, Dixon Family Foundation, Nebraska Mineral and Gem Club, Stephanie and Jack Koraleski, Rose Blumkin Foundation, Dwain Horn, Tracy Swafford

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!

Exhibit pieces include: Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Ambulance, Technology Center, Werner, City Bus, Pinewood Derby Track, Prius Automobile, Water Works, Camper, Heavy Hauler, The Energizer, Pedal Power, Trike Track, Launch Cage, Widget Wall, Blast off Blower, and Career Corner

Presented by: CenturyLink and Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Supported by: Werner Enterprises, Metro, Boy Scouts of America, HunTel, Metropolitan Utilities District, A.C. Nelsen RV World, and Performance Toyota

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!

Giant Robotic Bugs: Battling Beetles, Praying Mantis, Locust, Black Widow, Spider, Ladybug, Caterpillar, Leaf Bug

Exhibit Features: Giant Inflatable Caterpillar Obstacle Course, Kid-Sized Climbable 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

Presented by: Mutual of Omaha

Supported by: Performance Volkswagen, Centris Federal Credit Union, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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, Cruiser Command Post, Itty Bitty House, Werner, Bitty Borsheims, City Vet, Itty Bitty Channel Six News, Itty Bitty Expansion Project, Sam & Louie’s Pizzeria, Itty Bitty International, Playworld Park & Putt, Omaha Steaks Amphitheater, Itty Bitty City Hall, Eco Expressway and Natural Gas & Go, Mini Mutual of Omaha, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Ambulance, Security National Bank, IBC Water Works, Children’s Drive and Valmont Way

Presented by: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center Supported by: Institute of Museum and Library Services, WOWT, Werner Enterprises, Metro, Metropolitan Utilities District, Mutual of Omaha, Omaha Steaks, Lamp Rynearson and Associates, Oriental Trading Company, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Security National Bank, Business Ethics Alliance, Omaha World Herald, Sam and Louie’s, CAT, Borsheims, Backyard Playworld, Murray Fire, Omaha Fire Department, Omaha Police Department, Nebraska Humane Society, Omaha Conservatory of Music, Valmont Enterprises, American Institute of Architects, Best Buy Signs, Habitat for Humanity, Acreage Fences, Happy Cab, Charles Thomas Homes, Lanoha Nurseries, Omaha Chamber Music Society, Snapple, American Electric Lighting, Evans, Lipka & Associates, Inc., and Cox

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!

Sponsored by: Borsheims, Carmax, HyVee, Snapple, The Alexis Verzal Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital at Madonna, Oriental Trading Company, Mutual of Omaha, KETV, Farmhouse Cafe, Centris Federal Credit Union, The Rose Performing Arts, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, V2 Content Media Production, Omaha Public Library, Backyard Playworld, Omaha Stormchasers, Watkins, Pavestone, Bruning Sculpture, Acreage Fences, Nebraska Balloon Club, Dreamtime Balloon Adventures, Emerald City Express, Scenic Wind Balloon Tours, and PTC

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.

Areas include: Kids Quarry, Big Rigs, Pulley Place, Creation Station, Carpentry Corner, Paint Shack, Try-A-Trade, Concrete Station, Water Works, Build It

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.

Presented by: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center

Supported by: Mutual of Omaha, Gallup, First National Bank, Nebraska Environmental Savings Trust, Cox, WOWT, Centris Federal Credit Union, Performance Toyota, Oriental Trading, Douglas County Board of Commissioners, Acreage Fences, Frontier Airlines, Watkins, Clear Creek Landscapes, Clark Creative Group, Rainbow Play Systems Inc., and Yellowbook