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The Rose - Performing Arts for Children & Families - The mission of the The Rose and the Omaha Theater Company is to provide professional theater, dance and education programs that enrich the lives of young people and their families.

Omaha Community Playhouse - Founded in 1924, the Omaha Community Playhouse has grown into the largest community theatre in the nation. Two theatres with state of the art sound and lighting equipment feature eleven productions annually.

Blue Barn Theatre - Home of Omaha's New York Theatre Experience. Blue Barn is dedicated to theatre's most important tradition: to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change.

Vala's Pumpkin Patch - Offers hay rack rides, haunted house, lost pumpkin mine and tumbling rock cavern, scarecrow maze, pig races, petting corral, pumpkin eating dragon, story book barn and lots more.

Joslyn Castle - Enter through a wrought iron door that weighs nearly a ton. Proceed through the vault-like vestibule lined with inlaid mosaic tile on every side. Marvel at the carved Spanish mahogany staircase that curves upward, sweeping before the large marble fireplace flanked by the curved stained glass windows overlooking the conservatory.

Freedom Park Navy Museum - On permanent display, you will find the U.S.S. Marlin SST2, the U.S.S. Hazard AM240 (a National Historic Landmark), an LSM45, an A-4 Skyhawk, an A-7, and much more.

El Museo Latino - Established in 1993 as the first Latino art and history museum in the Midwest.

Sarpy County Historical Museum- The museum features Native American artifacts, furnished period rooms, historical documents, and photographs relating to Sarpy County.

Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center - Houses state-of-the-art technical laboratories for the examination, evaluation, and specialized conservation treatment of ceramics, glass, metals, ethnographic materials, archaeological materials, wooden artifacts, works of art on paper, photographs, documents, archival materials, books, paintings and textiles.

The Omaha Old Market - A 'turn-of-the-century' marketplace of brick streets and buildings features a variety of quaint restaurants and shops.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium - Thundering waterfalls and exotic plants and animals abound in the world's largest indoor rainforest -- the Lied Jungle. Watch sharks and stingrays swim over your head as you walk through a 70 foot long underwater tunnel in the Scott Aquarium. Also visit North America's largest Cat Complex, a four acre open-air aviary, penguins, gorillas and more!

Ak-Sar-Ben Event Center - Features events such as USHL league championship hockey team, a championship rodeo, the largest 4-H livestock show in the country, many tradeshows and a gala of entertainers.

Bellevue Little Theater - This theater offers a variety of performing arts through the presentation of comedy, drama, and musical theatre.

FunPlex - Nebraska's largest waterpark and rides. Attractions and rides include: motion ocean, water slides, lazy river, kiddie pool, go karts, slick track, bumper cars & bumper boats and lots more.

Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters - Witness a moment in the great "Mormon Migration." Explore a pioneer cabin, pull a handcart, and see what life was like for thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who spent the winter of 1846 to 1847 in the encampment they called Winter Quarters.

Durham Museum - A beautiful art deco railroad station which offers unique, hands-on learning for people of all ages. Examine photographs, view exhibits on the history of Omaha, a restored soda fountain, decorative arts, a theater, train cars with period furnishings and model trains.

Omaha Children's Museum - Founded in 1976 as a traveling workshop, the Omaha Children's Museum has grown into a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works, and learn through play. It is Omaha's only participatory museum, a place where children and adults can learn and play together.

Joslyn Art Museum - A premier center for the visual arts since it opened in 1931. Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn features an encyclopedic collection of artworks from antiquity to the present, with a special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century art from Europe and America, and offers a wide range of exhibitions, music and educational programs.

General Crook House Museum - The Museum is the authentically restored home of General George Crook. It was constructed in 1879 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. General Crook was a Civil War and National Indian Wars hero considered the "greatest Indian fighter in the history of the United States.

Saunders County Museum - A tribute to the pioneers who sought a better life on the prairie. Early settlers were predominantly Czechs, Germans and Swedes drawn to Saunders County for the opportunity to own a piece of land. Railroads helped development and towns flourished along their lines.

Papio Bay Aquatic Park - A fun Aquatic Park for people of all Ages. Diving boards, multiple laps, children's play area, and more.

Lauritzen Gardens - The garden consists of 115 acres which are being beautifully designed to provide visitors with a variety of foliage, flowers and fruits of plants from around the world.

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium / Outdoor Education Center - This Game and Parks Commission complex is the only facility of its type in the Great Plains. Its 12,000 square feet include the aquarium, terrarium, natural history classroom, World Herald Auditorium, orientation and display area, and office space.

Fontenelle Forest Nature Center - Features 1,400 acres of woods, wetlands and waterways, featuring deep ravines, loess ridges, more than 40 varieties of trees and over 200 species of birds.