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