Summertime is upon us and not only are the kids excited but so are parents. Throw away the early alarm clocks for the kids and stock up on sunscreen. Summer is the perfect time for kids to learn, explore and try new things. We have created the perfect bucket list of fun things to do with your kids in the Omaha and Council Bluffs areas this summer.
Fun Things To Do This Summer in Omaha
First things first, get all the family involved in this bucket list. Head to the store to grab a poster board and bright-colored markers. Be prepared to get creative! Creating a vision board and placing it in the kitchen or living room will keep the energy up all summer long. Allow the kids to cross off the bucket list items as they complete them. Parents, get involved in the activities as much as possible.
Summer Olympics Day
Take a trip to the local dollar store and buy all of the water guns and water balloons you can. Also, buy a large bucket that you can fill with water to act as a refill station. This is the time to get the kids involved and be creative. Have them help you set up the games for the Summer Olympics Day. Here are some suggestions:
Water Balloon Toss
Place an object or cone on the ground as a target for the kids to throw water balloons at. With each successful throw, both teammates have to step back to the next cone, etc. If you want to step up the intensity, make it so that each player has to catch the water balloon with a towel held by both hands without popping it.
Get sidewalk chalk and make your starting line. As each competitor jumps, mark the back of their heel as the jump distance. Continue the long jump challenge until everyone has completed 3 attempts.
Place a softball in a pair of pantyhose. Each player will then wrap it around their head when it is their turn. Then, place seven to eight water bottles in a line. Each player attempts to knock over the water bottles as fast as possible by swinging the softball.
Water Gun Bucket Fillup
Divide into two teams and place a full bucket of water at the starting point and an empty bucket at the endpoint. You can decide how far you want to place them apart. Using the pull-back water guns, the challenge is to see which team can fill up the empty far bucket first.
Water Balloon Bucket Toss
Spend the extra money and get the large packets of water balloons that fill hundreds at a time. Place five empty, smaller buckets a few feet apart in a row. The challenge is to see who can successfully toss the water balloons into each bucket. Assign a point value to each bucket to determine the winner.
Summer Reading Challenge – Council Bluffs Library
The summer reading challenge is a fun idea for all ages. The best part about it is that this can be done at home. Because this program creates book challenges by age, you can search online and find new books on your own. Register by May 27th, download the reading challenge app and start the fun summer reading challenge.
If you have not been to The Hub in Council Bluffs, we are an awesome family stop for a day full of fun! New to The Hub is Axe Throwing which opens on May 20th (for ages 12 and up). Axe throwing is a fun, interactive activity where you are taught by our axe masters’ how to properly throw an axe. Game choices for our target system include:
- Zombie smash
- Traditional bullseye
Also located within The Hub is a state-of-the-art trampoline park that features an open jump area, dodge ball, dunk hoops, trick boxes into a large airbag, trapeze bar, and jousting pit. The Hub also has a separate trampoline area for kids 6 and under. This space features a trampoline slide into foam blocks, a toddler dunk hoop, and a toddler trampoline. The kid area is a great space for the younger kids as you won’t have to worry about them getting trampled in the main park area.
Ninja Warrior Course
The ninja warrior courses are also a favorite destination at The Hub. Our main ninja warrior course has eight different lanes of obstacles. It is always fun to see who can successfully complete each lane as some are much harder than others.
Within this same space are our three warped walls, with three different height challenges. Who will be better, kids or parents? We always think about the littles at The Hub, and definitely outdid ourselves on the toddler ninja course area. Again, this space is for kids 6 years and younger and features three levels of soft play. Kids can climb up to the top level and experience the different ninja areas, foam pit, and swings.
Food and Drinks at The Hub
Stay fueled up with our in-house pizza, burgers, fries, hard-served ice cream, and beverages! The Hub also has an adult lounge area with tables and chairs for the times when you need to catch your breath!
Check out all of our ticket options online at www.thehubcb.com
Make Tie-Dye T-shirts
Making tie-dye t-shirts can be especially fun for the kids because they are able to be creative. You can use old clothing items or head to Target, Hobby Lobby, or Walmart to stock up on some white clothing items. It is best to start by doing a little bit of prep ahead of time before tackling this activity.
Here is a great YouTube video that shows three different methods for tie-dying shirts: How to Tie-Dye T-Shirts: 3 Easy Methods to Try at Home.
You can also order an easy t-shirt tie-dye kit from Amazon.
Fun-Plex waterpark in Omaha is perfect for all ages. Ticket prices also include access to rides. A family favorite is always the go-carts. Fun-Plex also has a gated water area for all the younger kids, multiple waterslides for the older kids, a wave pool, and a lazy river for the whole family. Fun-Plex has many shaded areas, or you can rent a cabana if you plan to spend a whole day at the waterpark.
Daily tickets are $34 for adults, $29 for juniors, and free for kids under 2. You can save money if you purchase tickets online. If you want to save more money, choose their Twilight tickets. Twilight tickets cost $10 less, however, you can’t enter the park until 4 PM. The park generally stays open until 8 PM. Check out their ticket prices for more information.
There are several great places in the Council Bluffs and Omaha area for camping. Lake Manawa State Park located in Council Bluffs has many outdoor activities as well as tent and camping spots. You can rent canoes and paddleboards, play sand volleyball, visit the newly renovated DreamLand Park, and also play at the Lake Manawa Beach area (additional cost). Check all of the fun things to do at Lake Manawa State Park.
Mahoney State Park
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park is fun for the entire family! Not only can you set up a tent or bring in a camper, but you also have the option to rent a cabin or stay at their lodge. Mahoney State Park offers horseback riding, biking and hiking trails, golf, a large playground, and a HUGE waterpark. The tree rope course is an awesome experience for the entire family too. Mahoney State Park is a great place for a weekend staycation for the family. There are just so many things to do! Visit Mahoney State Park
Summer Bucket List
We hope this gives you a great headstart on your Summer Bucket List. There are always more things you can add to your list as you cross off things on your list throughout the summer. The most important piece to this Summer Bucket List is that it is done as a family. Adults need to let loose and get involved in the activities – we are sure your kids will love it!
The Hub | Trampoline Park | Council Bluffs, IA
With so many benefits while visiting our indoor trampoline park with your friends and family, there is no excuse not to join your children in all the fun. The Hub Trampoline Park offers a large open jump area, dodgeball, dunk hoops, airbag, toddler jump area, and ninja warrior courses… there is an activity for each member of the family to enjoy!
The Hub is the one and only family entertainment center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Hub’s mission is to provide a high-quality, safe, welcoming, and fun facility for the entire family to enjoy! If you are looking for family entertainment, or an all-star cheer facility, then you have come to the right spot! Come join our Hub community!
The Hub Council Bluffs Trampoline Park welcomes kids of all ages to enjoy our many attractions, including the ninja warrior courses, dunk hoops, airbags, a jousting beam, and much more! Contact The Hub today, or book a jump time here!