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Can’t decide if you want to experience the true American prairies, marvel at magnificent peaks, get lost in a rich history or have some fun in some sand dunes? In Nebraska, you don’t have to - it has it all!

What better way to start your family adventure than with genuine Nebraskan activities, like Sandhills Spirit of the West with it’s cowboy surroundings, the historic Pioneer Village, the festive Poppys Pumpkin Patch or the rib-filled Oregon Trail Wagon Train?

Museums like Wyobraska Wildlife Museum, Omaha Children’s Museum and Custer County Historical Society offer kids opportunities to learn creatively, and the outdoors are just waiting to be played in with the 2,000 acre Lake Miniature, and the activity packed Missouri National River.

Of course, there are a host of fun activities for those active families - with centers like Columbus Event Center  or the rolling fun of Skate Zone. Families can even enjoy the charming small town-vibes with those sweet pumpkin patches, like Valas or Country Harvest, or perhaps enjoy the world’s largest indoor desert at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo!

Nebraska has so much to offer kids, with an incredible amount of fun things to do both indoors and outdoors. A truly unique character within the USA.

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  • Stolley Park Railway

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    (0 miles)Grand Island

    Stolley Park Railway's Locomotive #42 is a replica of the Central Pacific's Locomotive No. 3. In those days it was very common to name locomotives and the No. 3 received the name "C.P. Huntington". ...

  • Island Oasis Waterpark

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    (1 miles)Grand Island

    One of the best ways to cool off in Grand Island is at Island Oasis' popular Wave Pool. This is a popular spot for swimming, but you'd better hang on when those waves kick in !This feature is not ...

  • Edgerton Explorit Center

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    (19 miles)Aurora

    The Edgerton Explorit Center function is to instill and nurture the joy of scientific discovery and exploration through hands-on learning experiences. Named for Dr. Harold ""Doc"" Edgerton, Aurora ...

  • Pastime Lanes Family Fun Center

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    (22 miles)Hastings

    32 fun bowling lanes in Hastings, Nebraska, which make for a fun family experience together!

  • Childrens Museum Of Central Nebraska

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    (23 miles)Hastings

    Where children play to learn, and grown-ups learn to play! Great Fun for Children! Great Fun for Adults! Dont Miss the new exhibits at CMCN! The museum continues to feature these "hands on" ...

  • Country Harvest Pumpkin Patch

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    (30 miles)Glenvil

    Country Harvest Pumpkin Patch offers folks of all ages a fun and relaxing real country adventure that your family will look forward to year after year! Whether it's taking it easy on our barn ...

  • York Area Childrens Museum

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    (39 miles)York

    A beautifully designed and interactive museum great for expanding the creative side.

  • Great Platte River Road Archway Monument

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    (40 miles)Kearney

    Described by the Miami Herald as a "splashy, brassy history museum that uses film, computer graphics, light and sound, life-size dioramas, re-enactors and classic cars to document over 150 years of ...

  • Kearney Kidzone

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    (42 miles)Kearney

    Child development experts agree that learning comes easiest to people who are actively involved in the process. For children that involvement comes in the form of play. Through play children ...

  • Pioneer Village

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    (43 miles)Minden

    You can climb aboard an ocean going cruiser or a steam powered locomotive, see 17 historic flying machines and marvel at 100 antique tractors. Explore a sod house, a one room school or an old fashion ...

  • Idlewild Park

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    (61 miles)Ligonier

    Idlewild has seven themed areas including the Soak Zone, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood of Make-Believe and Story Book Forest and is the third oldest theme park in the US - loads to do with the kids

  • Columbus Event Center

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    (61 miles)Columbus

    The Columbus Hockey and Skate Center is a popular spot for kids and families. It offers skating and roller hockey, indoor soccer and dodgeball.

  • Pawnee Plunge Water Park

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    (61 miles)Columbus

    Nebraska's premiere family water fun park, offering terrifying plunge slides, fun family rides, interactive wate rplazy zone and more.

  • Lynettes Dance Studio

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    The studio offers dance classes in: Pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. Students must be 4 years of age in September to register for classes.

  • Platte County

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    Travel Thru Time! History Gallery containing discoveries of fossils, Indian stone tools, artifacts and photographs of early Platte County, settlers and communities. Rooms of Victorian clothing, ...

  • Simply Loved

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    If you are looking for a different and all together better photography experience, you are in the right place! Internationally recognized photographer, Ashley Swierczek-Bowns, of Columbus NE, ...

  • Columbus Art Gallery

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    Performing arts events for schools and the general public ranged from ballet to theatre and from storytellers to concerts. The Gallery has presented over 200 formal exhibits and offers a gift shop ...

  • Just for Kix

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    If your childs toes cant stop tapping...then Just For Kix is just the program for you. Their dance classes are the perfect way to introduce your child to the world of dance. Young dancers can have ...

  • Loup Parks

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    The District owns, operates and maintains five parks and recreation areas containing 265 acres of land and 1,100 acres of water. These facilities are open to the public from May 1 to November 1 ...

  • Columbus Family YMCA

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    (62 miles)Columbus

    Columbus Family YMCA school age programs offer a fun, safe place for children. Children enrolled at Family YMCA school age programs are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities that ...

  • Annual Platte County Fair

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    (63 miles)Columbus

    Experience live thoroughbred racing, simulcast wagering, the famous Platte County Fair and much more.

  • Columbus Aquatic Center

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    (63 miles)Columbus

    The Aquatic Center is one of the finest indoor public pools in Nebraska. The pool is open seven days a week, 12 months out of the year. A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of the ...

  • Family Aquatic Center

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    (73 miles)Lexington

    1002 N. Monroe in Memorial Park - Zero-depth pool, lap pool, 2 waterslides, splash pool, sand play area and concessions. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Custer County Historical Society

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    (75 miles)Broken Bow

    In our museum you'll find exhibits that provide a glimpse into 19th century life in Custer County. For example, a wonderful bit of Americana can be seen in the museum's large front room--a recreation ...

  • Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum

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    (81 miles)Fairbury

    Located in one of the state's two intact Rock Island depots, the Rock Island Depot Railroad Museum at 910 Second Street in Fairbury, Nebraska, gives visitors a look at life when trains were the ...