Omaha Children’s Museum

They’re baaaaaack! The dinosaurs have returned to the Omaha Children’s Museum. Dinosaurs: Dawn of the Ice Age is on view through January. Tyrannosaurus Rex greets you with a big growl as you enter the exhibit. Continue and you will encounter an assortment of dinosaurs and ice age mammals. Be warned, the dinosaurs move and make noise, which may be scary for younger children. New additions to the exhibit include the Saber-toothed Tiger and the Woolly Mammoth. 

Younger children will enjoy walking through the not-so-scary Cobweb Castle.  They can visit the spooky graveyard, wander through the find-your-way forest and enter the castle.  Once inside, they can explore the pirates’ parlor, Casper’s closet and vampire’s batty bedroom.  New this year, the Museum will offer a spooky science area full of slimy items to touch.   Healthy trick-or-treat nights take place October 20 and 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Admission to the Omaha Children’s Museum is $8 for kids over the age of 2 plus $2 to see the Dinosaurs Exhibit. Kids under the age of 2 are free. The museum is located at 500 S. 20th Street. Call 342.6164 or visit

Omaha Symphony

Are showers really necessary? You may re-think your answer after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Psycho at the Holland Center Saturday, October 29. The 8 p.m. performance features live musical accompaniment courtesy of the Omaha Symphony.

Resident Conductor Ernest Richardson said “The score is set to a timeline that aligns with what’s happening in the movie, so as long as you keep an eye on that, you’re fine. It’s challenging but really neat.”

On Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m., the Symphony presents its annual Symphony Spooktacular at the Holland Center. Ernest Richardson conducts the performance which features spooky musical favorites and magic by Keith West. West choreographs his illusions to the music on the program. Richardson said there will be a costume contest for the orchestra and the kids.

Tickets for Psycho are $15-$65. Admission for the Symphony Spooktacular is $9.75. The Holland Center is located at 1200 Douglas Street. Call 345.0606 or visit

Ballet Nebraska

Wear a scarf over your garlic necklace and head out to the Orpheum Theatre for Dracula on Friday, October 28th. Dracula is the first production of Ballet Nebraska’s second season. Artistic Director and Dancer Erika Overturff said the production features colorful and elaborate period costumes. Eerie and visually lavish sets include Dracula’s gothic and foreboding castle and a jeweled Venetian ballroom. Overturff said the production centers on Dracula’s struggle to change his nature. The curtain goes up on Dracula at 8 p.m. on the 28th. The show is not recommended for kids under the age of 10. For an additional charge ticket buyers may attend a dessert reception with the company after the performance.

Tickets for Dracula are $19-$45. The Orpheum Theatre is located at 409 S. 16th Street. Call 345.0606 or visit

Henry Doorly Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears at night! The whole family will enjoy a spooky tram ride through the Henry Doorly Zoo on October 14th and 15th as the zoo presents its Haunted Safari from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event includes a tram ride through the zoo, a hot dog dinner and marshmallow roast, and games for the little kids, and animal viewings. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and dress warmly.

The bats fly free during the zoo’s Spooktacular event. New this year, the event will be held at night and the lights will be turned on in the Kingdoms of the Night exhibit. Visitors will see the nocturnal animals during their active period. Guests will also enjoy boo bowling, trick-or-treating and musical pumpkins.

The Spooktacular takes place October 21, 22, 29 and 30, 2011 from 6-9 p.m.

Admission to the Haunted Safari is $15 per person. The cost to attend the Zoo Spooktacular is $10 per person. Children under 2 are free. Reservations are required for both events. The Henry Doorly Zoo is located at 3701 S 10th Street. Call 733.8400 or visit

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