Summer is coming to an end, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy that last few days of warmer weather. This Sunday is Grandparents Day and the perfect day to spend time with your grandparents exploring the city and taking in the sunshine.
If you’re looking for fun ways to spend time with your grandparents on this special day, here are a few things to do in Omaha that everyone will enjoy.
1. Catch an Independent Film
That new superhero movie not your grandparents’ cup of tea? Don’t worry. Film Streams theater specializes in independent films and this weekend there’s bound to be one that your grandparents would enjoy. Check out their website to see what’s showing and catch a flick!
2. Visit the gardens
If you have grandparents with green thumbs, then a trip to the Lauritzen Gardens is a must. Lauritzen Gardens hosts various events as well as garden tours that would make for a perfect Sunday outing.
3. Take a museum tour
If your grandparents are history buffs or art-lovers, then a visit to the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, which features more than 20 cutting-edge exhibits each year, is a good way to go. (Bonus: admission is free!) During the 1930s and ’40s, Omaha also had a booming jazz scene, and you can learn more about it at Love’s Jazz & Art Center which features ongoing gallery talks, interactive storytelling, workshops, and lectures.
4. Pack a picnic
Why not skip the fancy lunch and head to the park instead? Pack up a few sandwiches, sides (and your grandparents) and head out to one of the many parks in Omaha for the perfect picnic afternoon.
5. A Day at the Zoo
Who doesn’t love a day trip to the zoo? Take advantage of the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo’s discounted admission for seniors and catch a show, unique exhibition, or special lectures this weekend with your grandparents.
6. Browse for a good book
Tucked into a relatively new spot on South 90th Street, The Bookworm stocks hundreds of books for all ages. Once you’re there, it might be hard to find a good reason to leave. The Jackson Street Booksellers is another option to browse rare and out-of-print reads. Both of these shops have something for everyone and after shopping, you can stop into a cozy cafe to enjoy.
7. An afternoon with the Joslyns
George and Sarah Joslyn contributed a lot to the city of Omaha, and their stunning Joslyn Castle is open for public tours on the first and third Sunday of each month. Plan accordingly and experience a piece of Omaha history with a visit to this 35-room, four-floor historic home complete with lush formal gardens. Reservations are not required and afterward, you can head a couple of blocks over to the Joslyn Art Museum to view their eclectic collection of works.
8. Play arcade games
Your grandparents may not be into Pokemon, but they can probably crush you at the classics. For a dose of nostalgia, challenge your grandparents to a classic game of pinball and/or skeeball at one of the many arcades in Omaha. The Beercade in Benson and Dave & Buster’s are just a few fun options.
9. Grab a scoop (or a pint!)
Omaha boasts a number of local ice cream shops with plenty of unique flavors to satisfy any craving. Stop by one of these ice cream shops in Omaha. If you can’t make it out, the eCreamery has a Grandparents Classic Ice Cream Collection you can order and share together. The awesome flavors include: Sundaes with Grandma and Grandpa, Cherished Grandparents, I (Heart) Grandma and Grandpa, and Best.Grandparents.Ever.
10. A simple gesture
Even the simplest gesture, such as flowers, can brighten your grandparents’ day. Send your grandparents a beautiful bouquet from Zinnia and we’ll handwrite your note and deliver your flowers to them anywhere in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area.
You can also celebrate your grandparents all the time and give them an uplifting surprise every month with an ongoing delivery of fresh flowers. We offer one-of-a-kind bouquets at affordable prices to keep your grandparents happy all year round.
Happy Grandparents Day!