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Cabin Fever Relievers

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  • With the winter days dragging on our little ones (and big ones) get a little restless. Cabin fever can be a real challenge during the midwest winters. Here are some happenings around Omaha that are free or inexpensive and offer you and your children an opportunity to get out of the house and have some fun.

  • Slides and swings still work in the winter. And if you are bundled up, nicer days can be quite enjoyable at the park. Learn more at cityofomaha.org

  • Fontenelle Forest offers daily classes for pre-school children called MUD Pies. These educational sessions are designed for both parents and little ones. Also, the forest is open year around. Discover Fontenelle at fontenelleforest.org

  • Get on your parkas and warm mittens and challenge your children to a 'power walk' around the block. A quick burst of energy in the cool weather can really cure cabin fever. Follow up with a cup of warm cocoa and lots of marshmallows!

  • Art Museums, like Joslyn Art Museum offers free events year around for children. These event teach art and art appreciation. If you would rather not attend a class, try taking your children and challenging them to find the oldest piece of art on display. Learn more at joslyn.org

  • Pottery Barn offers story time every Tuesday from 11-11:30 at their stores. Also, the Omaha Public Library system offers story times at a variety of locations, days and times. See all of the kids programs the library offers at omahalibrary.org

  • Take your young children (boys and girls) to Lowe's for their Kids Workshops. The Lowe’s Build and Grow are free classes that are educational and engaging. And while you’re there, pick up some materials for a little home improvement project! Get all the details at lowesbuildandgrow.com

  • There is actually quite a bit happening in the winter at Lauritzen Gardens. Just North of Henry Doorly Zoo, the gardens offers Lil’ Sprouts--an educational class with lots of fun activities for younger kids. Discover more details at lauritzengardens.org

  • Henry Doorly Zoo is open year around. They also offer “Ed-ventureâ€� classes for 3-18 years of age. And nothing beats a stroll through the warm, humid Lied Jungle when there’s snow on the ground! Find all the information at omahazoo.com

  • The Things That Go exhibit runs until April 13, 2014. This exhibit explores all things that makes the world go round. Explore everything from water, vehicles, energy and more!
    Go to ocm.org for more information.

  • For more ideas on fun things to do in Omaha, visit familyfuninomaha.com for the latest events and activities for Omaha families.