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Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Omaha Children’s Museum. All opinions are mine.

Have you heard? It’s the 40th year for the Omaha Children’s Museum and they are celebrating with a new exhibit. Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play, located on the upper level of the Museum, features fan favorites from past exhibits and several updated versions of 1970s and 1980s exhibits.

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Children will be inspired with hands-on activities ranging from creative arts to engineering. They can explore a bulldozer or life-size combine, take their turn as a news anchor and even see themselves on TV, complete an obstacle course, create a culinary dish or shoot some hoops. The museum has brought back the dentist office, a painting wall and many exhibits from 2012’s Construction Zone.


My 6-year old loved climbing into this giant combine!

There is an entire medical section, with an ambulance kids can explore, an operating table, dentist’s office and an interactive video. All three of my kids enjoyed the giant Operation game. It’s really neat and very educational! This is a great way for kids to explore future career options and have fun.

In addition to the exhibits, there is also a Creative Corner where trained educators will help children work on age-appropriate projects.

About Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play
Location: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 South 20th St
Dates: October 15, 2016 to April 16, 2017
Cost: Free for members, $12 for children and adults, $11 for seniors, free for 24 months and younger
Hours: (Now until Memorial Day weekend) Tuesday – Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm
More Information on Omaha Children’s Museum website


My daughter creating her masterpiece on the painting wall

If you visit between now and October 30, your kids can also experience Cobweb Castle, a not-so-spooky haunted house. Inside children can climb a giant spider web, create a ‘witch’s brew’, decorate the glow-in-dark wall or chase the bat and ghost light projections.

In addition to these two temporary exhibits, The Children’s Museum also features many permanent exhibits, including the Science & Technology Center, Creative Arts Center, Grocery Store, Rainbow Farm, Grill Station, Wiggle Room, Science Theater, iMove, Curiosity Corner, Fire House, Bank, Hospital, Car Care Center and Exploraporter. They also offer several interactive shows every day. The Omaha Children’s Museum is fun for the entire family!

One lucky reader will win an Omaha Children’s Museum Family Admission Pass to check out the new exhibit. This pass admits up to 4 people for one visit to the museum. Giveaway ends October 27, 2016.

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  • Ashley Spaustat October 21, 2016, 3:20 pm

    My son would love the ambulance! I am excited about this new exhibit!

  • Karen Basye October 21, 2016, 3:39 pm

    I’d love to win this for my family!

  • Jill S October 21, 2016, 3:41 pm

    The TV News Desk!! I remember them having one at the OCM when I was a kid and I thought it was the coolest thing to pretend I was on TV. This was probably 25 years ago and just one of those memories that just sticks with me.

  • Ryan S October 21, 2016, 3:48 pm

    Excited for the combine! The kids always enjoy the farming equipment.

  • Lisa F October 21, 2016, 4:35 pm

    This would be great to win

  • Ana s October 21, 2016, 7:34 pm

    Would love to go with my family!

  • Rebecca October 21, 2016, 9:39 pm

    I haven been since my oldest was 2. He’s 7 now. I’d love to go and take him and his little brother!

  • Veronica Rosman October 24, 2016, 10:26 am

    My two older kids are in their teens, but I have been excited to introduce my 2 year old to the OCM.

  • Liz Xoquic October 27, 2016, 2:29 pm

    I love the OCM!! And would love to win this pass! 🙂 My kids big to small always have a great time.

  • Stephanie October 27, 2016, 3:24 pm

    We’ve never been… would love to check it out!

  • Jennifer Dexter October 27, 2016, 5:02 pm

    Have only been able to take Ky to the childrens museum twice, but LOVED it there! Would love to go more!

  • Sarah Acri October 27, 2016, 5:29 pm

    We love OCM!

  • Mandi reinders October 27, 2016, 6:25 pm

    My kids would love this.

  • Kate October 27, 2016, 7:24 pm

    We loved the Cobweb Castle! My daughter loved designing a Halloween display in the black light felt board.

  • Laura Peyton October 27, 2016, 11:39 pm

    Very excited for the next year at the OCM!

  • Megan Raabe October 27, 2016, 11:43 pm

    We love the Children’s Museum!!


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