Road trip to Omaha to celebrate the new year with family festivities. Read on for five suggestions to make this New Year’s Eve with kids a memorable one in Omaha.   

Ring in the “noon year” at the Durham Museum.

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Step into the enchanting world of The Durham Museum’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration on December 30 from 10am to 2pm. Your kids will enjoy a live performance by Dinosaur “Dino” O’Dell and the T-Rex All-Stars. Ring in the “noon year” with your own hand-crafted party hat, stomp on bubble wrap and clap in glee as countless balloons in every color of the rainbow drop from the ceiling.

Bring on the bubbles at Omaha Children’s Museum.

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NYE BubblesRejoice in “bubbles” this New Year’s Eve at the Omaha Children’s Museum, where you can don party swag, make crafts and witness the Amazing Bubble Show. All activities are included with admission, as are hourly countdowns with bubble machines going off throughout the building. Look for special guests – beloved children’s characters roam the floors.

Skate into the new year.

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The RiverFront Ice SkatingSeveral skating options in Omaha present your crew the opportunity to glide right into the new year. The Skate Ribbon at The RiverFront is open New Year’s Eve (11am-10pm) and New Year’s Day (11am-9pm). Make sure to reserve your spot online here before you go. Enjoy the festive lights at one of Omaha’s newest attractions and warm up around a fire ring afterward. Alternatively, head to the UNMC Ice Rink, open New Year’s Eve (11am-8pm) and New Year’s Day (11am-8pm) and make it a beloved tradition.

Watch an incredible fireworks show from the comfort of your car.

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NYE Fireworks

Heat up the car, pack a thermos with hot cocoa and head out to the New Year’s Eve Fireworks Spectacular. Free parking opens at the CHI Health Center Omaha lots at 6pm. Tune your radio to STAR 104.5 to listen to the holiday soundtrack to the fireworks show that begins at 7pm.

Celebrate the “zoo year.”

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EF Lower Level RainforestVisit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, voted the country’s best zoo, on the last day of 2023. Families will enjoy ringing in 2024 at Noon Year’s Eve on Sunday, December 31 with special activities including a magic show, crafts, a DJ dance party and most importantly, a countdown to noon. Event activities are free to Omaha’s Zoo and Aquarium members or with regular admission. 



From our Visit Omaha family to yours, may your new year be filled with adventure, delicious food, exciting arts experiences and even more of what Omaha has to offer.  And if you’re traveling without kids, be sure to check our post “Fun for Adults in Omaha this New Year’s Eve.”