Whether you’re into pumpkin-carving contests, hayrack rides, or trick-or-treating, you’ll find fun Metro-area events here. The season comes but once a year, so don’t miss out on these autumn activities.
Camp Fontanelle is the place to be in the fall for affordable family fun. The first pumpkin patch and corn maze was started in 2007 and has grown bigger and better over the past 11 years.
Join family and friends making memories while visiting the Critter Cove and learn about birds and reptiles; hold a hedgehog and cuddle with the camp bunnies. Stop at the Petting Barn and meet the llama, goats, sheep and pot-belly pigs. Hear the roosters crow as you try to lasso a bull or play giant chess. Roast marshmallows or hot dogs that you bring at one of six-free fire rings.
Find yourself in the 9-acre corn maze and look for hole punches, hidden just off the trails and maybe win a prize! If not in the maze, fly high on one of two giant jumping pillows, right outside the maze.
If you like the feel of the wind in your hair, take a ride on the zipline. It’s two- 350 foot lines that take you across a ravine. Both sides are a ground landing. Try climbing a tree without touching the tree. This is a new offering at the pumpkin patch and corn maze.
And, of course, find that perfect pumpkin to carve for Halloween There is something for everyone at the Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze at Camp Fontanelle.
Open weekends through November 4th. Call for group reservations during the week.
Call 402-478-4296 for more information. Camp Fontanelle is a United Methodist Church Camp.
The Durham Museum’s annual Great Hall-oween Haunt will be held Tuesday, October 23, from 5-8 PM. Lions, Witches, and Bears…oh my!
The Durham Museum is going wild for Halloween this year with our exhibit Thomas Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild. See the amazing animal photographs in the exhibition and then visit real life animals from our friends at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Come in costume and trick-or-treat with historical characters throughout the museum. Make a craft and take a tour of the Haunted Train and the Cobweb Caboose…if you dare! Afterwards stop by the Swanson “Ghoulery” to play some ghostly good games and take a visit to the Creepy Curator for a look at some spooky artifacts from our collection vaults. End the night with a performance by UNO’s The Moving Company and a costume conga line!
Visit www.durhammuseum.org for more information. It’s sure to be a frightfully fun time!
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Patch is the ideal place for family fun this fall! Family owned and operated, Harvest Moon is conveniently located just north of Oakland, NE on highway 77. Open September 16th – October 30th, days and hours are Tuesday-Thursday: 10 AM -3 PM, Friday: 10 AM – 6 PM, and Saturday-Sunday: 12 PM – 8 PM.
Loaded with activities for all ages including zip lines (for big and little kids), corn maze, jumping pillow, jumping pad, peddle go-karts, monster trikes, barn slides, corn pit, sports barn, puppet theater, obstacle course, Scout Camp, scarecrow forest, pirate ship sand pile, outdoor games and more. There is something for everyone!
Each Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 PM be sure to take in an amazing free magic show! You can also enjoy delicious food, drinks and homemade desserts at the Rusty Bucket, reserve a fire pit or table in our barn for your group or party, buy locally grown pumpkins, and meet the farm animals including donkeys, llamas and goats! Admission is only $8.50 and kids under 2 are FREE!
All activities are included in the admissions price so there are no hidden expenses. Harvest Moon is also the perfect place to host birthday parties, group outings and field trips. For more information visit Harvest Moon’s website at www.harvestmoonoakland.com or call 402-380-1730.
Fall is in full bloom at Lauritzen Gardens. In addition to colorful chrysanthemums and festive foliage, the garden hosts a number of family-friendly events to celebrate the season.
Join the Omaha Public Library in the garden each month for stories that celebrate plants, insects and more, and discover the joys of nature, movement, music, and literature. FREE Read and Grow programs are geared for preschool aged children, but all ages are welcome. On October 19 at 10 a.m. stories will focus on autumn leaves and books on November 16 at 10 a.m. will explore the wonder of trees.
NEW monthly family workshops give families the opportunity to learn, explore, and create together. On Saturday, October 20 at 10 a.m., join us to learn about pumpkins, make pumpkin crafts, and tour the children’s garden. On Saturday, November 17 at 10 a.m., learn about turkeys, make a colorful, edible turkey, and tour the arboretum to look for live turkeys! Advance registration is required.
The Ghoulish Garden Adventure is an opportunity for kids to give their costumes a test drive, make some fun crafts, and explore the garden. Held on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 4 p.m., guests can enjoy trick-or-treating at different activity and educational stations. From spiders to pumpkins and trees to owls, children can learn about the things in nature that make the fall so festive. Included with admission or membership.
Enjoy hands-on activities, exploration, creative play and snacks as you discover the wonders of nature with your child or grandchild during the garden’s monthly Lil’ Sprouts classes. November’s theme is Garden Exploration: Victorian Garden, where participants will seek out the different artifacts that hide in the garden and discover just what it takes to be deemed a “Victorian” garden. Classes are Wednesday, November 7 at 10 a.m. or Thursday, November 8 at 1 p.m. Advance registration is required.
The garden is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Information and registration forms can be found at www.lauritzengardens.org.
Omaha Children’s Museum- Cobweb Castle: The Not-So-Scary Haunted House
October 1 – 31
During regular museum hours
The annual Halloween tradition for families, Cobweb Castle, at Omaha Children’s Museum has gotten a makeover! Designed to give young visitors the thrill of the season without the scares, this little castle is just right for Halloween fun.
New experiences in 2018 include a maze, a scavenger hunt, and a toddler play area. Prep your costumes: Omaha Children’s Museum has several special evening events in October. DC vs Marvel Family Date Night is Friday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. The annual Healthy Trick or Treat Nights on Tuesdays, Oct. 23 and 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
And new this year, the museum’s first ever fall costume ball called Monster’s Masquerade is Saturday, Oct. 20, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Both Cobweb Castle and Healthy Trick or Treat Nights are included with museum admission and are free for members. Tickets to Monster’s Masquerade are $20 each for members and $35 each for non-members; tickets are limited for the event. For more information, visit www.ocm.org.
Enjoy an afternoon Symphony Spooktacular: Superheroes- Who’s your hero? Superman? Spider-Man? Wonder Woman? Batman? Celebrate Halloween in character with music from favorite superhero movies. Spectacular music, thrilling costumes, and trick-or-treating! A concert that offers your family the perfect way to celebrate Halloween! Event takes place Sunday October 22rd at 2:00 p.m at the Holland Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit www.omahasymphony.org.
The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum
The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is holding a Planes, Trains & Autos event on October 27, 2018. This event is designed to educate museum guests on various modes of transportation during the Cold War, featuring muscle cars, hotrods, aircraft and interactive model train displays throughout the museum.
Large scale model trains will be set for public education and automobiles will be nestled around several Cold War aircraft heroes such as the B-36 Peacemaker, the largest production bomber ever built; the B-47 Stratojet, the first swept-wing jet-propelled bomber produced in large numbers; the B-52 Stratofortress, a high-altitude strategic bomber with intercontinental ranges; and the B-58 Hustler, the first supersonic bomber to set world speed records.
The Cold War era included the evolution of sports cars, hotrods and muscle cars. Over forty vehicles from these classes will be on display including some rare finds such as a 1967 Chevy Camaro Convertible with a special Deluxe package of gold interior and exterior, 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, 1972 Hurst Cutlass Oldsmobile Indy Pace Car and a 1997 Aston Martin.
Planes, Trains, and Autos are on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with many of the auto owners and train conductors passing out treats from 10 am- 2 pm during the Museum’s annual trick or treat event. Young guests are encouraged to come in costume, bring a bag, and trick-or-treat around the museum. Super Heroes from Midwest
Heroes will entertain guests during the Museum’s trick-or treat event while Museum educators host a “create a super hero mask” booth.
Planes, Trains, and Auto’s and Super Hero Day are included in the cost of general admission; $12 per adult, $11 per senior or military, and $6 for children ages 4-12 (all rates subject to tax). For more information, visit www.SACMuseum.org.
THAT POTTERY PLACE ‘21st ANNIVERSARY’–
‘PAINT YOUR OWN POTTERY Since 1997’ Our studio is celebrating 21 YEARS in Omaha helping customers to create memories. We would like to thank our wonderful customers for supporting us these past 21 years! The shelves are fully stocked with Fall, Halloween and Christmas Pottery designs. Create your personal keepsakes or the perfect personalized gift for a loved ones. OCTOBER EVENTS: *Check out our Monthly Newsletter or website for specials and discounts! We offer online booking for these events or call our studio to reserve your seat. 402-392-1166
-OCTOBER 11th 6:30-9pm is our VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE CLASS’ Create your family heirloom. The trees will be discounted for this event and we will have several choices of sizes along with other Christmas items. Trees will include a light kit. Share this evening with your friends, family or come alone. We will have snacks and you are welcome to bring in your own beverages. All attendees must register and trees cannot be shared. $25 will hold your seat.
-OCTOBER12th is our monthly ‘KIDS’ NIGHT OUT‘ class. This month is ‘Harry Pottery’ themed ornaments.
Kids’ Night Out is held the 2nd Friday Night of the month. 6pm-8:30pm. $29+tax with reservations
Kids’ night out also plays as Adult night out! Leave your child with us to create and paint pottery while dining on pizza and other goodies while you go and enjoy yourself on a Friday Night!
We have exciting new projects for this season-Pottery Painting, Clay building, Mosaics & Canvas Painting.
-OCTOBER 13th our monthly ‘PAINT ME A STORY’ Story time and Painting session is held the 2nd Sat. morning
of the month. The perfect time for kids and their favorite adults to spend time together.
We have selected our favorite Children’s books and developed special pottery projects to paint. First we’ll gather for a story then create a pottery masterpiece! Your little ones’ creation will be perfect for their own collection or make keepsake gifts for loved ones. 10am-11am $13+tax with reservations