Once Upon a Farm
10/17/2014 - 4/12/2015

Once Upon a Farm

Start Your Tractors and Get in Gear, October 18 is Almost Here!

We’re bringing the farm life to the big city! Explore the world of agriculture and learn where your food comes from in the upcoming special exhibit, Once Upon a Farm opening October 18.

Slide behind the seat of a kid-powered combine, wheel around a maze in the John Deere pedal track, learn what it takes to milk a dairy cow or hop aboard the Ag Express for an up-close look at a real life tractor.* Little farmers can learn all about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot and see what it takes to plant and care for crops in the miniature planting station. Daily programming will focus on a new topic each week and will incorporate various farm animals on special weekends throughout the exhibit’s run.

This exhibit is the sixth community-engaged exhibit created by OCM with partners from across the community and the state of Nebraska. A big thanks goes out to the partners who provided their imagination, time and support to bring this exhibit to life for the children of our community.

Daily Programming:

Farm Life – (Tuesday – Saturday 10:30 am & 2:30 pm; Sunday 2:30 pm) Learn about modern day farming daily in our special exhibit. Discover how the food we eat gets from the farm to the store. Join us for games, crafts and farm-themed activities. 

Exhibit Components and Sponsors: 

Center Pivot & Planting Station, Valmont Industries
Learn about water and irrigation while playing under the kid-sized center pivot and see what it takes to plant and care for crops in the miniature planting station.

Combine, Claas
Slide into the seat of a kid-powered Claas combine cab to harvest your crops.

Crop Fields, DuPont Pioneer
Dig, plant and care for your crops in the field.

Corn Interactive, Nebraska Corn Board
Learn about corn on this interactive feature.

Soybean Interactive, Nebraska Soybean Board
Learn about soybeans in this interactive feature.

Dairy Cows, Midwest Dairy Association
Learn what it takes to work on a dairy farm and milk a cow.

Pig Pen, Nebraska Pork Producers
Take care of baby piglets.

Grocery Store
See how the crops and livestock you raised get to the grocery store.

Sprinkler System, Senninger Irrigation
Activate different water sprayers inside a large tank.

Cow Cafe, Nebraska Beef Council
Grill your own burgers and steaks and see what other culinary creations you can make.

Grain Bins, Nebraska Wheat Board
Use the conveyer belts to distribute your crops into the proper grain bins.

Pedal Track Maze, Farm Credit Services of America
Wheel around the maze on mini tractors and trikes and stop at the ethanol station to fill up when your tank is low.

Kitchen Table, Physician's Mutual
After planting, harvesting and raising livestock, it's time to grab your food and enjoy together at the kitchen table.

Ag in the Classroom, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Douglas County Farm Bureau and UNL
Join us daily for educational programming to learn all about life on the farm and the importance of agriculture in the state of Nebraska and the world.

Ag Express Train*, Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway
Hop aboard the Ag Express for an up-close look at a real tractor.

Tractor, John Deere
Get an up-close view of a real tractor.

Worm Wall
Crawl through the 2 story worm wall.

Weather Station, KMTV Channel 3
Weather plays an important role in the farming world. Stay tuned on the weather and broadcast your own forcast.

*Tickets available for purchase

Cobweb Castle: The Not-So-Scary Haunted House
10/10/2014 - 10/31/2014

Everyone's favorite Halloween attraction is back for another year of spooky fun! The Not-So-Scary haunted house gives young visitors a chance to experience a taste of the Halloween creepies without fear. Cobweb Castle is open now through October 31 during regular museum hours. 

The haunted house features the spooky graveyard, neon nook, noodle forest, portrait parlor, witch's hut and more!

Healthy Trick-or-Trick Nights
October 23 & 30 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Included with admission or membership.

Enjoy this healthy spin on the classic trick-or-treating tradition with yummy things to eat provided by Whole Foods Market and fun trinkets from Oriental Trading Company. Try out the costume before the big night and enjoy healthy treats, kid yoga, Darth Vader dance party, spooky science shows and character appearances all night!