Virtual Santa's Magic
We teamed up with Omaha Performing Arts for a family friendly afternoon of music, food, and educational fun! Our staff and volunteers led several activity stations including: waving a bubble wand, bug investigation, and a Dinosaur meet and greet. Safety was first and foremost in creating this event. Masks were required of everyone 5 and older, hand sanitizing stations were available, and circles on the ground marked 6 ft. apart for families to sit in. Fun was still center stage throughout this socially distant event.
Our staff packed up the museum Tinker Tables, filled them with fall activities, and drove them out to Waterloo, NE. We were so excited to be the Kids Zone sponsor for Junkstock this fall. Kids could choose to make a Popsicle Pumpkin or a Tinker Tree using real POWER TOOLS! We met families from all over the community; some had just moved here and were thrilled to learn a Children’s Museum wasn’t too far away. And they loved getting to create something to take home.
The Great halloween Drive-Throughs
The OCM Outreach Van got dressed up for Halloween to do some Trunk-or-Treating at the Durham and other locations in Omaha. Thanks to Oriental Trading Company, we were able to hand out goody bags to families who drove through the events. Omaha Children’s Museum joined community leaders from the Durham, Fontenelle Forest, SAC Museum, The Rose Theater, and others to bring this opportunity to local families. At the Durham event, everyone stayed out 2 hours past the scheduled event end time to ensure the long line of cars could all enjoy the evening.
Read for the Record
Read for the Record was another record breaking year for us! In 29 different schools from Lincoln, NE to Avoca, IA, over 1,000 kids participated. Classrooms were able to hear the book in both English and Spanish this year. Miss Thistle read Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away in English while Dragon Trainer Hawthorne read it in Spanish. Each participating school is receiving a copy of the book to have in their classroom. A special thank you to our Executive Director, Lindy Hoyer, for sponsoring the books for this event.
This summer, while the museum was closed to the public, our staff worked hard to create a new educational offering. Focused on our mission, “To engage the imagination and create excitement about learning,” we tailored a fun package for families to enjoy. Thanks to the Peter Kiewit Foundation, we were able to provide 1,000 STEAM Activity Kits to youth-serving organizations in the Omaha area. Each kit included supplies for 5 STEAM centered activities or experiments, access to science show videos and live performances (in both English and Spanish), and printed activity and instruction sheets (also bilingual). We partnered with Completely Kids, Kids Can, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Northstar to distribute the kits to families they serve.