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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
(402) 733-8400
3701 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Vary seasonally; check website for current schedule.
Cost
Adults $11.50; Children (3-11) $7.75, (2 & under) free; Seniors $10
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Durham Western Heritage Museum
(402) 444-5071
801 South 10th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Tue 10am-8pm; Wed-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Cost
Adults $7; Children (3-12) $5, (2 & under) free; Seniors $6
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

KinderCare
(402) 339-6270
5624 South 96th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:15am-6pm
Cost
Prices vary with programs. See website for details and locations.
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Stephen Oliver's Mile High Karate
(402) 596-1051
4834 South 97th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Visit the website for current schedule information
Cost
Visit the website for program details
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Camp Shakespeare
(402) 554-3072
2500 California Plaza,UNO Campus
Omaha, NE
Cost
$175
Ages
8And Up
Services Available
Camps

Sweet and Sassy Salon
(402) 593-7277
7640 Towne Center Parkway,Suite 113
Papillion, NE
Hours
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun-12n-6pm
Cost
Moderate
Ages
13-Jun
Services Available
Camps, Kids Resources, Stores

The Rose Theater
(402) 345-4849
2001 Farnam Street
Omaha, NE
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment

Omaha Children's Museum
(402) 342-6164
500 South 20th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Winter Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 1-5pm; Closed Mon & major holidays Summer Hours (Memorial Day-Labor Day): Tue-Wed, Fri-Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Sun 1-5pm; Closed Mon & major holidays
Cost
Adults $7; Children (2-15) $7, (under 2) free; Seniors (60+) $6
Ages
0-8
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Aim for the Stars
(402) 554-4999
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE
Cost
$135-$160
Ages
16-Sep
Services Available
Camps

A.V. Sorensen Community Center
(402) 444-5596
4808 Cass Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Thur 8:30 am - 8:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost
$
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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