Things to do in Omaha this weekend? Check out these family-friendly suggestions:
1. Omaha Summer Arts Festival.The Omaha Summer Arts Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Downtown Omaha. The festival will feature 135 visual artists, a stage full of multicultural musical performances and a hands-on Children’s Fair (Saturday and Sunday only). The Summer Arts Festival is a free event from 10th to 15th Streets on Farnam Street.
2. Nebraska High School Theatre Awards Showcase. Omaha Performing Arts will present an annual awards showcase Thursday at the Holland Performing Arts Center to recognize the outstanding achievements of high school musical theater productions and students. Modeled after the Tony Awards, the ceremony will feature performances by the top seven schools and students. Cost is $10. The Orpheum Theater is located at 409 S. 16th St.
3. Blair’s Gateway to the West Days. The four-day festival will take place Thursday through Sunday and will include Taste of Blair, a parade, a craft fair, a carnival and much more.
4. Springfield Days. The two-day festival will include a parade, vendors, games, fireworks, a parade and more. The parade will take place Saturday at 4 p.m. on Main Street in Springfield, Nebraska.
5. Nebraska Children’s Home Society’s Sand in the City at Baxter Arena. Kick off summer at the 13th annual NCHS’s Sand in the City Friday through Sunday. See Omaha transformed into a beach by more than 400 tons of sand. Watch corporate teams compete to build their best 15-ton sand sculpture. Bring the family to view the sculptures, vote for your favorite, eat great food and enjoy local entertainment. Families and children can enjoy the Kid Zone, gigantic sand box, bounce houses, face painting and more. There is free admission, but donations will be appreciated.
6. Small Guy Promotions Community Expo. The goal of the Small Guy Promotions Community Expo is to assist small businesses, charitable organizations and individuals around the Omaha area with additional marketing avenues in order to familiarize their groups with the local community, while providing something for families to attend. The Sunday event will include free admission to the public and free raffles. After the expo, stick around for a free live music performance by Syd Matson at 7 p.m. The expo will take place at SumTur Amphitheater, 11691 S 108th St. in Papillion.
7. Go on a walk or run with your family. Several walks and runs take place this weekend, including the Strider Cup race Saturday at The Railyard, 350 N. Seventh St. in Lincoln; the Hunger Run at Zorinsky Lake, 3808 S. 156th St. in Omaha; and Munroe-Meyer Guild’s 48th annual Garden Walk will take place Sunday at seven different gardens in Papillion.
8. Summer Camps at the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum. The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum offers several summer camps to interest and educate youth in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. There are several new camps (one-day, three-day, five-day or overnight) for this June and July. The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is located at 28210 West Park Highway in Ashland, Nebraska.
9. Omaha Children’s Museum: Pirates and Mermaids: Voyage to Creature Cove. The exhibit, sponsored by Mutual of Omaha and Baxter Suburu, runs through Sept. 4. To allow visitors more chances to explore the exhibit, for the first time ever the museum will be open on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting June 6. Pirates and Mermaids is an interactive environment for large motor play for young children, featuring a 40-foot wooden pirate ship where children can walk the plank into a ball pit sea and climb nets for lookout points. Among the biggest attractions are the five large animatronic prehistoric creatures throughout the exhibit, including a massive megalodon and octopus. Children will explore natural history through hands-on activities with authentic fossils related to the creatures. Members get in free. Adults and children are $12.
10. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at the Rose Theater. Come see this beloved Disney favorite come to life. The show runs June 3 through June 26. This weekend’s shows are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show is two hours with an intermission, so it’s best for ages 5 and older.
11. Yoga Rocks the Park. Yoga Rocks the Park is an eight-week yoga festival, held Sunday afternoons in Turner Park. The community event features a weekly, all-levels 60-minute yoga class, led by highly regarded yoga instructors, live music or DJ, community artist and Qi-Gong in Turner Park. Parents are invited to bring their little yogis for Camp YRP, a kid’s yoga class designed specifically for ages 4-10. The event is free. Turner Park at Midtown Crossing is located at 31st Avenue and Farnam Street in Omaha.
12. Go to a concert. Saturdays @ Stinson takes place every Saturday at Stinson Park at Aksarben Village. The concerts are family-friendly and include food and drink vendors, face painting, balloon artists — and kids can play in the fountain and on the playground equipment. The Vibes at Village Pointe returns Saturday at CHI Health Amphitheater with the Jason Early Band, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Patrons are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. The concerts will take place Saturdays through Aug. 20. Enjoy music with the family at the Friday Night Concert Series at Rockbrook Village. The series kicks off Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. and runs through Aug. 26. Friday’s concert will feature Robert Glaser & Urban Delight. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a delightful evening for the whole family. The free Bridge Beats Summer Concert Series will start Friday at the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Plaza, 705 Riverfront Drive. The concerts will feature local talent under the new shade structure, food trucks and interactive chalk drawings throughout the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge Plaza. This summer’s concert schedule continues every other Friday night through Aug. 19. Concerts are scheduled from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bellevue Music in the Parks starts this Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. and runs through Thursday, July 7. Concerts will take place at Washington Park, 20th and Franklin Streets in Bellevue. The concerts are free. The First National Bank Music & Mozzarella concert series is back. Concerts are Thursdays in June. Kids bands from Lincoln and beyond come to perform at Lincoln Children’s Museum, located at 1420 P St. in Lincoln. The concert takes place on the museum plaza, just east of the building. Admission to the concert is free. The KFRX pre-concert show begins at 5 p.m., and the band takes the stage at 6 p.m. Thursday’s band is Mighty Magic Pants. Summer Concert Series: Dance With Mother Goose. The Omaha Chamber Music Society presents music for woodwind quintet and harp; traditional dance forms join Ravel’s much loved Mother Goose Suite this Sunday. Cost is $20 for general admission. Special student and subscription prices available. The concert will take place at First Central Congregational Church, located at 421 S. 36th St. in Omaha.