FIELD TRIPS

Millard Children’s Academy offers many fun, educational, and entertaining Field Trips throughout the year. We believe these opportunities allow the children to further explore and experience their world. It also allows them time to “go out” with their friends during the week while mom and dad are busy.

Field Trips are an optional activity and fees for them vary dependent upon the activity and costs associated with them. Children must be at least 4 years old to go on field trips. Sign-up sheets are posted the prior week on the lobby bulletin board, and written parental permission is required for participation each time.

Listed below are some of our most frequent Field Trip destinations. Please “click” on them to reveal additional information.

Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and Outdoor Education Center

Located south of I-80 on Hwy. 31 in the Schramm Park State Recreation Area

Aksarben Aquarium has many opportunities for nature discovery. It is the only facility of its type in the Great Plains. The facility includes the aquarium, terrarium, and a natural history classroom. Our favorite program is Up Close with Animals. The children get to see frogs, turtles, salamanders, and fish. The Aquarium is made up of 12 large tanks, holding paddlefish and many other native Nebraska species.

The Amazing Pizza Machine

Located at Millard Avenue & “S” Plaza

The children have a buffet lunch at the Pizza Machine and then play arcade games. Some of the games offered are Mario Kart, Dance Dance Revolution, Skeeball, and air hockey. When they are played out, they can enjoy dessert from the dessert bar.

AMC Oakview Plaza 24 Movie Theatre

Located just off 144th & West Center Road behind the Oakview Mall

The children get an opportunity to see the newest, coolest movies (G/PG) and eat popcorn! Some of the movies we’ve seen in the past are Kung Fu Panda, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Cars, and Smurfs.

Beads, Etc.

Located in Lakeside Plaza at 171st & West Center Road

Children, girls AND boys, get the opportunity to choose their own beads to make a bracelet. There are many choices: names, hobbies, favorite colors, etc.

Boulder Creek Mini-Golf

Located at 14208 “S” Street

Putt your way up the beautiful, hillside miniature golf courses, filled with tumbling waterfalls, flowing streams and unmatched landscaping. Experience the majesty of nature while you enjoy the game of miniature golf.

Bounce U

Located at 132nd & Chandler Road

Sometimes you just want to bounce!! Bounce U is an indoor play place featuring warehouse-sized rooms filled with huge inflatable toys and games. These range from bouncers, giant slides and climbers, dual basketball hoops, and much more. Socks are required.

CREATE

Located at 2949 N. 204th Street in Elkhorn

CREATE is an artsy place for kids—painting, jewelry, recycled crafts, and sewing. The fun is yours, the planning and the mess is ours!

Dairy Queen

Located in Millard near 136th & Q Streets

What child doesn’t like ice cream? The children get to enjoy a dish of ice cream after a trip to the fire station.

Doodle Cakes

Located at 14732 Grover Street

Add a little fun to your day with a decorating class from Doodle Cakes! Each child will have the chance to decorate and eat their own cookie.

Durham Museum

Located in downtown Omaha on 10th Street South of Leavenworth Street

The Durham Museum offers many educational workshops. The museum is dedicated to offering a unique experience each visit. One of their favorite workshops is Games, Galore, and More. Learn about toys and pastimes from days gone by. Try your hand at a Native American game, pioneer fun, parlor games, and much, much more.

Fire Station

Located at 142nd & Harrison Streets

The children get to tour the station and explore the fire truck and the ambulance. The firemen also talk to the children about fire safety. Afterwards, they get to go to Dairy Queen for ice cream.

Gifford Farm

Located at 700 Camp Gifford Road in Bellevue

Gifford Farm is a 400-acre farm. This working farm helps teach children where their food comes from through a fun, hands-on experience.  There are many farm animals to see, hear, and touch as children learn the importance of farming.  In spring and summer there’s the excitement of new beginnings - sprouting crops and growing animals.  Fall brings harvest time, hayrack rides, and a pumpkin for each class.

Gretna Post Office

Located near the intersection of Hwy. 370 & Hwy. 6

The children get to see where the mail goes after it gets picked up. They see how the mail carriers separate the mail and check out the mail truck!

Happy Feet Soccer at All Season’s Soccer

Located on Sapp Brothers Drive between Hwy. 370 & Hwy. 50

This program is presented by Happy Feet. Happy Feet uses stories, songs, and games to enhance balance, coordination, and self-concept (and of course soccer skills). Some of the children’s favorite activities are the obstacle course, Cookie Monster, and learning the basics of soccer.

Lauritzen Gardens

Located just off I-80 on Bancroft Street

Lauritzen Gardens is a living museum of four-season plant displays. It provides memorable educational and aesthetic experiences for all ages. There are many educational programs offered at the botanical gardens. Some of the most popular are Garden Shapes “I Spy”, Explore Your Senses, Autumn Palette, and Fin-tastic Fish.

Omaha Public Library - Millard Branch

Located near 132nd & Westwood Lane

The children have story time and do a craft related to the story. They experience the delight of interacting with stories through books, songs, finger plays, and movement. When they are done, they get to tour the children’s section of the library.

Papillion Police Department

Located at 1000 E. First St. in Papillion

The children tour the police department. They can check out the jail cells and sit in a real police car. When available, they can meet a police dog and check out the police bicycles.

Papio Fun Park

Located at 210 E. Lincoln St in Papillion

Papio Fun Park is a large family entertainment center. Although we do NOT go swimming, there are many other activities our children can participate in.  Glo Tag (similar to Laser Tag, but for the younger child), Spaceball (basketball hoops on a trampoline) and Water Balloon Wars are the most popular.

The Pizza Pie Guys

Located near 120th & Stonegate

We love to see kids use creativity for good!! Here, kids get to choose their own toppings, build, and eat their pizza creations in a fun environment!

Rock Paradise at Doodle Cakes

Located at 14732 Grover Street

Have the ultimate super star experience! Stage, lights and plenty of action! Decorate your own rock star guitar poster. Sing karaoke on stage.

The Rose Theater

Located in downtown Omaha at 20th & Farnam Streets

The Rose Theater offers many quality plays for the children to watch and participate in. It is home to the Omaha Theater Company-the only resident, touring, professional theater company in Omaha and one of the largest in the country.

Sam & Louie’s Pizza

Located at 18010 R Plaza

The children get to enjoy a slice of pizza and see how they run a pizza restaurant.

Skatedaze

Located near 132nd & B Streets

The kids get to play in the giant Playdazium. The Playdazium is the size of a house, occupying 2600 square feet, and has three levels for the kids to have ultimate fun in. Climb, swing, slide down the slides, explore, and so much more.

Story Peddler

The story peddler is an interactive storyteller that comes to our center. He uses puppets, songs, and games to tell stories. The children get to interact with the story peddler. Any child from age 3 and up may sign up for this activity.

Strategic Air & Space Museum

Located near Ashland, NE off of I-80 Exit 426 right next to Mahoney State Park

Celebrate the history of aviation and space and inspire learning through imaginative and innovative programs and exhibits. When the children first arrive at the museum, they watch a 20-minute movie about space. Then they participate in a scavenger hunt and find items that are in the displays. When they are done with the scavenger hunt, they can play on the playground equipment.

That Pottery Place

Located at 78th & Dodge Streets

Your child will have the chance to use their imagination! They get to paint their own ceramic tile (usually with a holiday theme). It will get kiln-fired and glazed and be ready in about a week.

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts

Located near 180th & West Center Road

Martial Arts combines fitness with fun, teaches self-defense, improves character, and helps develop life skills. Your kids will learn some basic techniques and healthy habits in this made-for-kids class!

UNO Planetarium

Located on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Omaha near 60th & Dodge Streets

Learn about stars and space! The children get to experience space travel with Rusty the Rocket. Travel through our solar system and galaxy!

Vala’s Pumpkin Patch

Located on 180th Street South of Hwy. 370 in Gretna

Choose a pumpkin, take a train ride, and visit the educational activities on the farm. Each child gets a Vala’s coloring book to take home. Vala’s hope is that the children will gain a greater understanding of agriculture and an appreciation for Nebraska heritage.

The Waterford

Located near 120th & West Dodge Road

This is an assisted-living facility. The children do a seasonal craft with the residents and then stay for music time. This is a free field trip where the children learn a little bit about community service while having fun. The residents thoroughly enjoy their time with the children and it is a highlight of their day.

Western Bowl

Located near 132nd & L Streets

The children get to enjoy cosmic bumper bowling and a cool drink afterwards.

Wildlife Safari

Located near Ashland, NE off of I-80 Exit 426 near Mahoney State Park

The Wildlife Safari Park is a four-mile, drive-through North American wildlife adventure. Visitors feel like they’re on an actual safari, coming face-to-face with North American plants and animals such as elk, white-tailed deer, bison, pronghorn antelope, and waterfowl.  The Safari is associated with the Henry Doorly Zoo.

YoYo Berri

Located near 168th & Harrison Street

YoYo Berri offers amazing flavors of fresh soft serve yogurt. The children get to choose their own toppings to create their own unique masterpiece.

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