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Why is Exercise Important for Kids?

You may have heard that kids should have at least 60 minutes a day of physical activity, but do you know why? Physical activity is known to benefit gross and fine motor skills, confidence and self-esteem, and a healthy weight.

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Identifying Symptoms and Treatment Methods for Sprains and Strains in Children

Intense physical activity becomes more common as children grow older. However, rough play, especially during sporting activities, can lead to them getting hurt. These injuries can range anywhere from scrapes and bruises to minor traumas involving muscles, ligaments and tendons. As parents, it is important to have a basic understanding of these injuries and how to treat them.

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Watch Baby Plants Grow at Hands-on-Habitat

Isn’t new life amazing? I am constantly astounded by the reality that cells can align just perfectly, making a whole new organism where one wasn’t before. A new and complete life can be formed, whether an animal, plant, or fungus, ready to someday reproduce itself (or at least do half of the work). It’s CRAZY, guys.

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Daylight Saving Time Strategies for ZZZs

Every March we "spring forward" in concert with daylight saving time. Starting the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November, the practice involves moving our clocks forward one hour. 

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STEM and STEAM Learning

Have you ever heard of STEM and STEAM? I’m not referring to the branch of a tree or the vapor that water becomes when heated. I’m referring to an educational process that is at the core of all the exhibits and events we create at the Omaha Children’s Museum. 

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What is ADHD?

1 in 10 children may be diagnosed with it. How is it recognized and treated?

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Fetal Development in the First Trimester

Welcome to pregnancy! The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy is an important time in the development of your baby. Caring for this new life can be both exciting and exhausting!

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When Your Newborn Has a Fever

Did you know that newborns are not prepared to handle changes in body temperature like adults and older children? As adults, we have more control over our body temperature. When we are too cold, we shiver to warm up. When we're too hot, we sweat to help cool down.

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Using Imagination to Build Life Skills at the Children's Museum!

In October, Omaha Children's Museum opened our latest exhibit – Imagination: Celebrating 40 Years of Play!

It's hard to believe that Omaha Children's Museum has been a staple of Omaha families for 4 decades already!

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How to Help Your Kids Face Their Fears

Here at the Omaha Children's Museum our mission is to engage imaginations and create an excitement about learning. All of our exhibits and programs are created with this in mind including our Cobweb Castle! This not-so-scary haunted house is designed to help you and your kids learn how to face your fears!

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Ways to Be Involved in Your Child's Play

The Omaha Children's Museum is a wonderful place where kids can use their imaginations to become a firefighter, a scientist, an astronaut, and so much more!

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10 Steps for Safe Playground Fun

I recommend 60 minutes of exercise each day for children and playgrounds offer a great source of fresh air and exercise. Playgrounds are not without danger, however.

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Winter Play Ideas

With these winter months comes the cold, dark and the desire to hibernate. That's no different for children. In winter, kids tend to spend more time inside, but outside play is incredibly important for child development and burns off energy which never seems to be in short supply. ParentSavvy expert Doctor Arispe recommends 60 minutes of physical activity a day for kids and adults too.

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Hands-On Storytelling

Our Wednesday started with a wiggle, an itch to run, an inability to sit still, and a frustrated mom. That sentence pretty much sums up my almost four year old boy, Grayson, and our relationship. He's incredibly smart, yet lacks the focus and discipline to sit down and participate in most activities. It's especially hard when his older sister wants to do something quietly, like reading a book, and he's zooming all over the house like a race car! I appreciate his enthusiasm and wild passion for enjoying life; however, I know that when he starts school this may become an issue.

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