Tinkerfest
Saturday, July 22
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Children can learn about the world of inventors, makers, and DIYers during this hands-on festival at the museum. Meet local and regional tinkerers who will have exciting activities, plus catch one of the shows by artist and inventor, Mario "The Maker Magician" Marchese. Marchese is known for his dedication to the Maker Movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives and his clever integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performances. Mario's performances are included with Museum admission, but due to seating limitations, seats must be reserved*:

Reserve seats to Mario "The Maker Magician" 10 a.m. performance Sold Out

Reserve seats to Mario "The Maker Magician" 2 p.m. performance


* Additional seats and floor space may be available for each performance on a first come, first served basis.


Bring a toy to The Great Toy Take Apart during Tinkerfest! The Great Toy Take Apart is a chance for kids see what makes their toy move (or make noise) by taking it apart! They can choose reassemble (maybe inside out!) or find parts from other toys to make something new. Children can also choose to swap an old toy with a new-to-them toy or simply donate one for others to take apart. The Museum will provide materials needed to dissemble toys. Safety is important, so kid-sized safety glasses, gloves and head phones will be available. Adult supervision is required.

Tinkerfest is included with regular museum admission. Activities are available while supplies last.

We're looking for more tinkerers, makers, inventors and DIYers to be a part of Tinkerfest! It's FREE to have a booth, but we require you include an interactive, kid-friendly element or activity at your booth. Click here to apply.

Ike and Roz Friedman Foundation
Fairytale Ball
Saturdays, July 29 and Aug. 5
6 to 9 p.m.


The Omaha Children's Museum presents the enchanting annual event Fairytale Ball! Enjoy exquisite finger foods fit for young royalty; take a horse-drawn carriage ride; dance and sing to your favorite songs; and, of course, meet the charming princes and princesses (and maybe a magical fairy godmother). The evening ends with fireworks.

Purchase tickets for July 29 here.
Purchase tickets for Aug. 5 here.

Tickets are $35 each for general public and $20 each for members. Children under the age of 1 do not need a ticket. Little ones who will be eating or taking part in the crafts and activities do need a ticket.



Leader Reader
First Wednesday of each month
11:45 a.m.


Local leaders visit the museum to read stories about their profession to the museum’s youngest guests. Plus, a book will be signed by the leader reader and given to one lucky child in attendance. This program is sponsored by Bellevue University.

August 2: Stormy, Omaha Storm Chasers

Leader Reader Story Time is included with museum admission.


World Fest
Sundays, August 20 & 27
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A partnership with Omaha Sister Cities Association, Worldfest Days features Omaha’s sister cities around the world. Receive a “passport” to get it stamped at each area and enjoy each city’s activities, crafts, games, performances and traditional food tastings for their space. On August 20, visit Yantai, China; Xalapa, Mexico; and Siauliai, Lithuania. On August 27, visit Shizuoka, Japan; Naas, Ireland; and Braunschweig, Germany.

World Fest activities are included with museum admission.
Adventures at Sea: A Prehistoric Nebraska
Aug. 25 through Sept. 4

Visit Omaha Children’s Museum exciting exhibit, Adventures at Sea: A Prehistoric Nebraska, at the 2017 Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island! See huge, lifelike prehistoric sea creatures that move! Admission into exhibit is FREE, additional fees required for some activities, such as panning for gems or fossils in the sluice. Admission to the exhibit is included with state fair admission. The exhibit is open during state fair hours Aug. 25 through Sept. 4.
Autism Night
Sunday, Aug. 27
5:30 to 8 p.m.


A special evening sponsored by Autism Action Partnership for children with autism and their families. The museum has worked with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to create an appropriate environment. This event is free for autistic children and their families.
Escape From Azkaban Adult Night
Saturday, Oct. 28
8 to 11 p.m.

Adults take over the Omaha Children's Museum for Escape from Azkaban, a Harry Potter-inspired special event. Butter beer? We'll have butter beer! The night will include themed food and drinks (non-alcoholic), a trivia contest, costume contest, and more activities that Muggles will not understand (so we must keep it quiet).

This event is for ages 18+. Tickets are $20 for members, $35 for non-members. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, Aug. 7.