It’s tempting to stay home on the coldest days, but I encourage you to venture out and visit the museum. These cold months are some of the best times to visit. This winter, our exhibits team and education staff have developed engaging programs and experiences for your family. You’ll even get to enjoy winter activities without the freezing temperatures.
The museum opens Arctic Wonderland on January 20, a special exhibit that will engage imaginations as we invite children to take part in indoor snowball fights, igloo building and a possible chance for snow. There are no winter coats required for these activities happening inside the museum!
I love that we have our own “Forest” this winter that families can visit as often as they want. Forever Forest is our special exhibit upstairs. Inside this large exhibit, children learn about sustainability, responsible harvesting, transportation and more realities of the forest, plus they can enjoy imaginative play fishing, kayaking and climbing around make-believe treetops.
While the play opportunities are endless here, remember those are all chances for learning as well. We believe play is a form of learning. Additionally, we present engaging programs every day that introduce science and artistic concepts to children. The programs are playful and hands-on, with the goal of igniting a love of learning in our guests. Please check the daily schedule to see which programs occur during your next visit!
As executive Director of the Omaha Children’s Museum since June of 2002, Lindy Hoyer brings 26 years of passion for reaching out to children through children’s museum work and continues striving to inspire young people to play, explore and learn. During Hoyer’s tenure as Executive Director, Omaha Children’s Museum has seen fantastic growth and accomplishment from hosting blockbuster traveling exhibits to completing a $6.6 million capital campaign and renovation of the museum’s permanent exhibits and seeing attendance soar to over 270,000 annually. Hoyer participated in the inaugural Noyce Leadership Institute along with 17 science center executives from across the world. She has served on the board of directors for the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and participates in Qm2 Roundtable for Museum Executives. Locally, she serves on the Omaha Sister City Association Board and serves as a member of the Economic Development Commission for Nebraska.