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YOUNGER KIDS (0-5 years)
Backyard Playworld– Price is $10/child on weekdays (1 year and up) and $12/child on weekend. Kids get to play on the play sets and trampolines.
Build a Bear– Build a custom teddy bear (or other animals and characters) and add tons of extras including clothing sets, accessories, etc.
Go Kids Gym– They have all types of memberships starting at $35/month per child.
Jumpin’ Jax– $7/per child for an open bounce or buy jump session punch cards between $30-$125.
Pam Nelson Farm– Purchase a season pass for the whole family to visit this farm, pricing for 2023 TBD.
PE 101– Memberships are $195/child and additional children in the same family are $90/each (ages 1-8 for play). Single visits are $12/child and $9 for each additional sibling. Opens 7 day a week!
Scatter Joy Acres – For $150/year get a family annual pass or single admissions start at $10-$15 per person.
Yard Expressions– Speciality yard signs including holiday ones, birthday greetings, and more.
OLDER KIDS (6-10 years)
Adventureland Tickets– Open typically in the summer months (give or take), buy passes to use later.
Altitude Trampoline Park– They offer a membership at $10/month per person, $99/year, or individual day passes and jump times.
Amazing Pizza Machine– There are various unlimited play and buffet packages available for purchase.
American Legacy Complex– Horse riding lessons and summer camps available.
Bounce U– Individual visits are $10/per for kids 2+, toddlers from 12-23 months are $3, and adults are $3.
Dreamweaverzzz– Packages starting at $115 and includes delivery within 15 miles, setup, and cleanup of supplies. Each setup includes tent, mattress/linens, pillow, blankets, decorative accents, bed tray, eye masks, and lantern/votive.
Half Pint Cooking Class– In home cooking classes for kids of all ages.
Raddish Kids Cooking Subscription- A subscription cooking club that delivers a box every month with recipes and cooking gadgets.
Skyzone– Pricing ranges between $17-$27 per child for each visit depending on age and length of visit. They offer annual memberships too.
Subscriptions– There’s a website called CrateJoy.com that is a listing directory of all subscription-based services.
TimberNook of Omaha– Nature meets STEM as kids get outdoors to build and create with raw materials.
Urban Air– Pricing ranges between $12-$30 per child for each visit depending on ticket package or purchase memberships starting at $10/month.
TWEENS AND TEENS (11-15 years)
Axe Throwing– Flying Timber, Axe Games, and Craft Axe Throwing are all local options. Most of them start at $20 per person/hr. Flying Timber requires a minimum of 12 years old and the other two start at 10 years old.
Big V’s Bubble Soccer– Starting at $125 for one hour of “Hamster” racing with an event coordinator or you can do parties.
CPR Training– For anyone interested in eventually babysitting, gift a class in CPR training. Places include New View Training, Red Cross, or the Nebraska Safety Council.
Elkhorn Training Camp– Private sports lessons (baseball or softball) around $50-$60 for 30 minutes, monthly or annual hitting or pitching memberships, strength and conditioning classes and more.
Guitar Center– Guitar and drum lessons.
Horseback Riding Lessons- There are several places that offer horseback riding lessons including Shady Lane Ranch, Quail Run Horse Centre, Olive Branch Equestrian, and Ponca Hills Farm.
Ice Skating– Go ice skating at Moylan Iceplex or Grover Ice Rink.
Joe’s Karting– Indoor go-karts with packages ranging from $20-$50. (Must be 14+)
Le Smash– Starting at $50/person for a 30 minute session of breaking and smashing things.
Limousine Rides– There are several places that offer this including Extreme Limousine, VIP Limo, and Metro Sedan & Limo.
Mad Cow Paintball– Rental packages from $21-$48/day depending on if you have your own gear.
School of Rock– Music lessons in guitar, drums, vocals, keyboard, and more. Then kids are taught to perform in a group to prepare for performances at local venues in town.
Scuba Diving Lessons– A two hour introductory class to scuba diving offered to ages 10 and up.
Sugar Coma Treats– They offer decorating parties from $30-$60 from cookies to cakes.
Big City Scavenger Hunt– Do a scavenger hunt with a group of friends for a total cost between $22-$110 based on the number of players. (up to 10)
Cooking Class– Offered at several places including Metro Community College , Sur La Table, or Hy-Vee.
Discovery Flight– Learn to basics and get introduced to flying an airplane. Gift certificates available.
Japanese Steak House– The most well-known in Omaha is Kobe Steakhouse, however, there’s also Genji.
Mount Crescent Ski Pass– Prices starting at $149 per person for a season pass or individual passes start at $18.
Escape Room– Some of my favorites are Locked Room Escape Room, Entrap Games, Get Out Omaha, or House of Conundrum.
Event Tickets– Check for events at CHI Health Center, Pinnacle Bank Arena, or any other events through TicketMaster.
Skydiving– Let them go skydiving through the Lincoln Sport Parachute Club.
Afternoon Tea– Occasionally offered at Master’s Hand and Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel.
Auto Detailing– Pay for someone to come and detail and wash your vehicle. Some local companies include Rad Wash, Autofection, Olsen Auto Detailing, Detail Oriented, or Detailing Delivered.
The Backline– Learn improv classes starting at $200 or attend shows for very reasonable prices.
Bed and Breakfast Stay– Book a nearby B&B including Oft’s Bed and Breakfast, Baker’s Bed and Breakfast, or Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast.
Build-Your-Own-Sushi Box– For $87 you get a sushi box to create 8 total maki rolls plus sushi mat. For an extra $30, you can purchase a sharp sushi knife.
ClassPass Fitness Membership– Live stream classes from around the world for different fitness types.
Comedy Show– Buy tickets to any upcoming comedy events at The Funnybone, The Backline, or Big Canvas Comedy Theater.
Corky Canvas– Book a painting or crafting session with friends from around $20-$38 per person.
The Dinner Detective Murder/Mystery Dinner Show– A 3-hour experience including a four-course dinner and a murder mystery. The actors may actually people seated among your table and you try to solve the mystery. The costs is $65.95 + 10% for taxes for each person.
Dundee Candle Co– Pour your own candle from over 80 scents to choose from.
Excite Experiences– Guided Bus tours in the Omaha in increments of 1-day or multiple days. You can do tours starting at $150/per person.
Glacial Till Vineyard– Wine and Cider tasting plus plenty of food options. Plus they also offer build your own charcuterie classes.
Helicopter Tour or Lesson in Omaha– Do an introductory lesson or sit back and take a tour of Omaha via helicopter.
Hillside Solutions Compost Club– Purchase a monthly or annual membership to be part of the compost club and have a place to drop off compost club in return for rich soil to use.
Hot Air Balloon Rides– Book a hot air balloon ride with Scenic Wind Balloon Tours.
House Cleaning– This is not a glamorous gift by any needs but there are some people who would LOVE to have their house cleaned as a gift. Some companies in Omaha include Grace Cleaning, Merry Maids, or Pink Shoe Cleaning Crew.
LASIK– I didn’t realize that it could be a good gift until someone recently mentioned it for their spouse, in which case, you can check out an article I did called I Consulted at 4 Popular LASIK Places and Here’s What I Thought.
The Laundry & Errand Lady– Perfect gift for getting caught on laundry and life or for life changing events such as a new baby, surgery, etc.
Massage– Some popular places include Sakoon Spa, Theta, Omaha Massage, or Crystal Body Revision.
Music Membership– To such services as Apple Music, Pandora or Spotify.
Peloton– I’ve become a big fan of Peloton (thanks Covid) and highly recommend the bike and the monthly membership starting at $12.99/month.
Running Race– For that runner in your family/friends, you can always pay their registration fee for a race. Destination races would be pretty cool, too. Find races by clicking here.
Soaring Wings Vineyard– Purchase tickets to any one of their upcoming events.
Songfinch– Order a custom song for your significant other, family member, etc. Their community of artists will turn your story and relationship into a custom song.
Subscription to Audible– $14.95/month for one audible credit for books. Great for those who travel, have long commutes, can’t read, or love to multi-task!
Subscription to Kindle Unlimited– For about $9.99/month you can give some unlimited access tons of ebooks. You can buy it in 6, 12, or 24 months increments as a gift.
Vino Mas Wine Club– So technically you’re getting wine, but it also includes an experience of virtual tasting among tons of other perks included in your membership. Wine club starts at $38.95/month plus tax.
Virtual Escape Room– Connect with friends and family around the world to try to escape different themed rooms. A on-site avatar acting as your
WoggWorks Kayaking– Kayaking in and around Omaha for about $35/person for 1.5 hours of kayaking.
Xtreme Xperience– Rent time to drive a fast, exotic car at the closest (to Omaha) speedway in Kansas City.
402 Collective– Lessons in music, art, and acting for all ages.
88 Tactical Civilian Courses– Several types of courses geared at youth and adults ranging from outdoor survival to self defense.
The Adventure Challenge– Scratch off adventures for different types of relationships (couples, families, friends, solo, etc.) with 50 challenges in each book.
Approach Rock Wall Climbing Gym– Day passes and monthly or annual memberships available.
Arbor Day Farms Seasonal Activities- Activities ranging from wine tastings, dueling pianos, to family packages that includes kid activities.
Arts for All– A non-profit that offers arts for all ages including music, dance, visual arts, writing and more at very reasonable prices.
Bellevue Berry Farm– Tons of family themed events for Summer and Fall including Berry picking, pumpkin farm, and Ranch of Terror haunted house.
Cameo– Get a personalized message/video from a celebrity. Rates vary per person.
Camp Experience- Gift them a Summer camp experience. Our kids have done Camp Rivercrest (and love it). There’s also Elevated Horizons, YMCA Camp Kitaki, and Nebraska 4-H.
Cone Park (Sioux City)– Outdoor tube sledding or outdoor ice rink only 1.5 hours of a drive away.
Craft Experience– Purchase a class at a local craft studio including The Makery, Corky Canvas, Heart and Soul, or That Pottery Place.
Creighton Athletics Tickets– Purchase tickets to see Creighton in Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, and more.
Experience Crates– Local Omaha company that ships memory-making experience ideas planned just for families.
Floating Playground (Louisville State Recreation Area)– Tickets are $18/adult or $13/children 12 and under for 90 minutes of play.
Fontenelle Forest– Household Memberships are $70 for 12 months.
Fun Plex Season Pass- Current rate if you purchase before December 31st is $94.99/per person for an unlimited season pass or $149.95 for the ultimate pass which includes meal vouchers and souvenir cup (with $1 refills).
Get Out Pass- For $39/year get a pass to try different activities around Omaha including putt putt golf/mini golf, escape rooms, ax throwing, and more.
GiveAShare– Gift someone stocks and includes a certificate verifying them as a shareholder.
GoldBelly– Ship food from across the country such as cake from the Carlo’s Bakery (Cake Boss) in NJ.
Great Wolfe Lodge in KS– Probably ideal for kids between 2-10 with rooms starting at $169 (including water park pass)
GoApe!– Tree course located at Mahoney State Park with 4 different activities good for all ages.
Henry Doorly Zoo– Household Memberships are $195/year or Backstage experiences. Occasionally they offer seasonally events such as Pancakes with Penguins, Adults-only events, or Ghouls and Glow.
Hot Shops Art Center– Located in North Downtown, but learn skills such as glass making, pottery, drawing, metal forging, and more.
Husker Athletics Tickets (UNL)– Purchase tickets to see Husker’s volleyball, gymnastics, basketball, and of course, football.
Jewish Community Center (JCC)– Purchase a membership for access to fitness center, indoor/outdoor pools, and many other family-oriented activities.
Joslyn Art Museum– Family memberships are $60 to visit the exhibit, but they also offer art classes and other special events.
Kimberly Creek Glamping– Located in Ashland, NE just about 20 minutes outside Omaha, go Glamping in one of 8 different lodging options.
Lauritzen Gardens– Annual family memberships are $75 for the year.
Let’s Go Putt– Indoor miniature golf ranging from $6-$14 per person (depending on 18 or 36 hole) with a Prehistoric, Pirate, or Medieval theme.
Lifetime Fitness– Purchase a membership for a few months so kids can swim in the Winter or you can get a head start on your New Year’s resolution 😉
Lincoln Children’s Museum– A basic family memberships starts at $123/year plus tax.
Lincoln Children’s Zoo– Memberships for family are $129/year or individual tickets are $13-$15/each.
Literati– Book subscriptions for all ages starting at $9.95/month
Mahoney State Park– There are tons of things to do here including the GoApe ropes course, indoor activity center, outdoor ice skating, arts and crafts center, and more.
Magical Journeys Carriage Services– Old Market Carriage rides starting at $65/couple for 30 minutes. Longer rides and more riders available.
Marcus Theaters Private Viewing- Rent an entire movie theater for up to 20 people starting at $175. Locally that includes Village Pointe, Twin Creek, and Majestic Theaters.
Maverick Athletic Tickets (UNO)– Buy tickets to UNO’s sporting events including hockey tickets.
Miracle Hills Top Tracer Range– Similar to Top Golf, this is a driving range experience with ball tracking and various game options. Pricing starts at $35 for an hour.
Nebraska State Park Pass– Annual vehicle permit is $31/vehicle and duplicates are an addition $16/each. Additionally, you can also do the Venture Parks adventure which includes outdoor recreation areas available at a 4 State Parks.
Omaha Conservatory of Music- Music and voice lessons for all ages with all types of instruments.
Omaha Children’s Museum– Family Memberships are $139/year
Omaha Symphony– Season tickets available in various packages and individual event tickets offered.
OpenDorse– Get a video shoutout, autograph, appearance, or more from your favorite college athlete or student athlete. Prices vary from person to person.
Prime Book Box Subscription– For $19.99/box you get between 2-4 books each month delivered to a child that loves to read. They offer books for ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Rockbook Camera Photography Classes– Classes starting at $39/person depending on the skill and instruction level.
Rose Theater– Family Memberships start at $105/year including 4 tickets to each regular season show.
SR Pumpkin and Flower Farm– Pick your own bouquet of flowers starting at $8 for kids 16 and under or $15 for adults. Buy 5 visit punch cards for $30 (16 and under) or $59 (adults). Cups are provided and you can fill it as much as you want.
Staycation/Hotel– Plan a time with your family to stay at a hotel (swim in the pool), eat out, and visit all the things you normally wouldn’t visit. The Holiday Inn Downtown has an indoor waterpark that’s perfect for kids.
Storyworth- Weekly emailed questions to family members/relatives that will be eventually bound into a keepsake book at the end of the year starting at $99/year.
Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum– Memberships cost $80/family per year with unlimited admission to the museum.
Tickets to Event via Omaha Performing Arts– All types of performances for all ages- check the schedule.
TreeRush Adventures– Tree rope course located at Fontenelle Forest for ages 4 and up. Prices start at $12-$49.
Top Golf– Rent bays by the half hour or hour slots- gift cards available.
Wildlife Safari– Annual memberships are $65 including household membership or grandparent memberships.
**Obviously these are my personal suggested age ranges for some of these activities and are fun for age groups outside what I recommend. I just didn’t want to put EVERYTHING in the “All Ages” category nor did I want to put duplicates in each age level, so as with everything in life use your best judgment!**
Rock brook Camera offers photography classes for all experience levels- great for the budding photographer!
Also- ice skating isn’t just great for olderer kids- my 5 year old is in lessons at Moylan and loves it!
Thanks, I’ll get Rockbrook added! I did consider putting ice skating in both places (among several others), but I really want to focus on which age group made up the majority of the demographic. Otherwise, I could have put A LOT under the “All Ages” category which is not really helpful. Hopefully, that makes sense!
Corky Canvas and Corky Boards was one of our most memorable date nights! So fun. They also have kids classes too. This would be a great addition to your list.
Added to the Craft experience section under “All Ages”. Thanks!
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