Follow the Yellow Brick Road to museum full of fun - Omaha.com
go logo
article photo
article photo
article photo
Omaha Children's Museum staffers will play Oz characters during the run of the "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" exhibit. Dani Engel will play the Cowardly Lion.
article photo
Omaha Children's Museum staffers will play Oz characters during the run of the "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" exhibit. Here, Tom Simons, Ashley Saxe and Dani Engel are Tin Man, Dorothy and the Cowardly Lion, respectively.


ARTS

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to museum full of fun
By Carol Bicak
World-Herald staff writer


Kids will be able to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the fabulous Emerald City, with lots of stops along the way, in a new exhibit opening Saturday at the Omaha Children's Museum.

“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” will open with a parade at 10 a.m. Children who want to participate can dress in costume if they like, and bring their tricycles, bikes, wagons or scooters (no motorized vehicles). Or they can march on foot.

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF OZ

What: Interactive exhibit based on the “Oz” books and movie

When: Saturday through Sept. 9

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays (closed Mondays and major holidays)

Where: Omaha Children's Museum, 500 S. 20th St.

Admission: For anyone 2 or older, the exhibit is $2 in addition to regular admission, which is $9 adults and children 2 and older; free members and children younger than 2; and $8 seniors.

The parade is free, but participants need to register online, at the museum or at the event. They also should arrive early at the assembly area in the Wells Fargo parking lot across from the Rose Theater, 20th and Farnam Streets.

One of the highlights of the parade will be the Cairn Terrier Club of the Heartland, which will be bringing a bunch of Totos.

The “Oz” exhibit is a combination of a rented exhibit and the imagination and hard work of staff members — especially carpenter and traveling exhibits coordinator Matt Walker — who have created a wonderful world in which visitors can immerse themselves.

Kids can follow the Yellow Brick Road as it wanders through exciting places such as the Farmhouse, Scarecrow Field, Tin Man Forest, Story Book Land, Cowardly Lion's Area and the Wicked Witch's Castle. Each area will have something for the kids to do or make.

Along the way, kids also can take in Tornado Town. It will have a station using green screen technology that allows the kids to see themselves in different locations, a tornado machine that creates a twister, a weather station that shows kids what weather people do and the Tornado Twister ($2), which allows guests to experience the winds of an F1 tornado. Note: Hairdos will not survive.

At the Rainbow Stage, visitors can dress up in costumes, listen to stories or play with puppets. At Glinda's Bubble Magic, they can create giant bubbles. The Farmhouse will have a variety of activities and games. The Munchkinland Play Area has a backyard play structure. The Witch's Castle will have potion-making and a carnival-style flying monkey slingshot game.

In the center of the exhibit will be the State Fair Omaha Balloon Launch. A real hot-air balloon will be extended from the ceiling for kids to explore. There also will be small-scale balloon launches.

At the Emerald City, kids can explore the science of gemology and check out the Wentz-scope for looking at microscopic things. And they can investigate the Treasure Trove, which features a variety of things to make with customized beads — not just jewelry but also swords and shields.

Staff members dressed up as Dorothy, the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow will make appearances on a rotating basis 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursday and Saturdays, and 6:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays, through the end of the exhibit, which will be at the museum until Sept. 9.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1067, carol.bicak@owh.com

Contact the writer: Carol Bicak

carol.bicak@owh.com    |   402-444-1067

Carol writes about community news, local profiles, the arts and books. She also covers the zoo.


Contact the Omaha World-Herald newsroom


Copyright ©2014 Omaha World-Herald®. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, displayed or redistributed for any purpose without permission from the Omaha World-Herald.

Latest Stories

Maha Music Festival announces lineup; might be its best yet
Maha Music Festival announces lineup; might be its best yet

August concert promises to pack Stinson Park with indie rock fans.


A saliva-inducing look at M's Pub's new happy hour
A saliva-inducing look at M's Pub's new happy hour

The downtown staple recently introduced a happy hour. And its menu's pretty amazing.


Dining review: If you're craving sushi, head to Benson's Taita
Dining review: If you're craving sushi, head to Benson's Taita

Chef Jose Dionicio has wisely refocused Taita on sushi, and the well-crafted small bites of fresh fish I tasted from his one-man sushi bar are delectable.


New Benson BBQ restaurant opens next week
New Benson BBQ restaurant opens next week

Fusion BBQ, at 7024 Maple St., focuses on American style barbecue cooking melded with international cuisines.


Nebraska's best burger determined by folks who know about this kind of thing
Nebraska's best burger determined by folks who know about this kind of thing

The Nebraska Beef Council announced the winner of its Nebraska's Best Burger contest.


Rockbrook Village restaurant Taste has a new chef
Rockbrook Village restaurant Taste has a new chef

Ryan Devitt will come to the restaurant as both a chef and partner to focus on farm-to-table style cuisine.


Over Easy will host a west Omaha block party
Over Easy will host a west Omaha block party

Over Easy is playing host to a west Omaha block party this summer.


Movie review: 'Transcendence' ends up quite ordinary
Movie review: 'Transcendence' ends up quite ordinary

“Transcendence,” a sci-fi thriller about an attempt to meld the human mind with technology, falls far short of transcendence. So far short I had to fight off sleep.


Dining notes: Dario’s has a new spring menu

Dario’s Brasserie in Dundee has a new spring menu, a new brunch menu and late night vittles.


Movie review: 'Bears' is cute — and so much more
Movie review: 'Bears' is cute — and so much more

"Bears" is exactly the sort of nature documentary we’ve come to expect from Disneynature, which rolls out a new nature documentary every year at Earth Day.


 
Search
Movies Opening this week

Movie showtimes and theater listings






Read this!








VIDEOS

Tonight in Prime Time
© 2014 Omaha World-Herald. All rights reserved