Omaha Attractions with Family Memberships (Updated for 2024)

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By: Ryan Renner, Realtor

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Omaha is a hidden gem for family fun and adventure! Some of the best attractions offer family memberships, providing a year of endless entertainment for a great value.

Splash Pad at Alaskan Adventure at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha

Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, is the perfect place for animal lovers.

Rated the world’s best zoo by TripAdvisor in 2014, the zoo is best known for its conservatism education and creative exhibits.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo

See how the animals are fed, sit in on a training demonstration, or experience the different ways the animals explore their environment with enrichment. Tickets can be purchased up to eight days in advance. 

Become a Member and save on every visit:

The Henry Doorly Zoo offers different memberships to suit everyone’s needs. Choose from the following options:

Individual – $109 per year
Best Membership deal for individuals who frequents the zoo.

Dual – $155 per year
Perfect Membership for two adventurous zoogoers. 

Household – $205 per year
Ideal Membership for families. Limited to six dependent children (ages 0-20) at the member’s address.

Grandparent – $205 per year
Great Membership for grandparents. Limited to six grandchildren (ages 0-20).

Active Duty and Retired Military – $185 per year
Ideal Membership for eligible military families. Limited to six dependent children (ages 0-20) at the member’s address

Patron Membership – Starting from $500+ and up to $10,000 per year 
A Membership with special benefits such as family admission, two additional guests, exclusive events, and more!

Wildlife Safari Park Membership – $70 Add-On per year
Free admission for Wildlife Safari Park at the Zoo membership level selected.

Nanny/Babysitter Membership – $55 Add-On per year
Zoo and Lozier Theater admission when accompanying up to six children (ages 0-20) 

Benefits of Becoming a Member:

  • FREE Zoo and Lozier Theater admission based on the membership levels listed 
  • Admission to Member Day event
  • Discounted Zoo classes and events
  • Subscription to ZooPrints and online eNews 
  • Discounted admission to MORE THAN 100 zoos nationwide
  • Five-percent discount on concessions, gift shop and rides (must present membership card with a valid photo I.D upon purchase)
  • Discounted member admission to Stingray Beach
  • Store your membership card on your mobile device using the Zoo’s FREE official mobile app, available for download on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.

All memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable 

Omaha Children’s Museum 

The exhibits at Omaha Children’s Museum provide a wealth of opportunities for learning through play. All of the museum’s exhibits are designed to inspire, educate, and delight.

Omaha Children's Museum

The Omaha Children’s Museum is a nonprofit educational and exploratory center for young people and has received a national award from the Association of Science and Technology Museums.

The Omaha Children’s Museum aims to stimulate curiosity and inspire a love of learning. 

Become a member and support the cause

Family Membership – $149 + tax (per year)
Includes one year of free admission for two named adults living in the same household and up to 6 dependent children, discounts on camps, special events, and gift shop purchases.

Grandparent Membership – $149 + tax (per year)
Includes one year of free admission for two adults living in the same household and up to 10 dependent grandchildren, discounts on camps, special events, and gift shop purchases.

Patron Membership – $180 + tax (per year)
Includes all benefits of Family or Grandparent membership plus an additional cardholder and discounted admission to children’s museums.

Contributor Membership – $300 per year
Includes all benefits of Patron membership plus Two Guests Add-On ($80.65 of this membership is tax deductible).

Benefactor Membership – $500 per year
Includes all benefits of Contributor membership ($280.65 of this membership is tax-deductible).

Gift of Play Membership – $1000 per year
Includes all benefits of Contributor membership ($780.65 of this membership is tax-deductible).

Kiewit Luminarium

Omaha’s newest science center and museum held its grand opening Saturday, April 15, 2023.

The Kiewit Luminarium is an innovative community space and learning environment that is part workshop, part museum. 

Kiewit Luminarium

It offers middle school groups and kids ages 6 and up interactive science, math, engineering, and technology experiences. The museum design was made to feel cozy and welcoming in order to convey the idea that science is approachable, familiar, and friendly.

It aims to casually immerse you in a hands-on, thought-provoking, and inspiring environment and is not only a space for STEM enthusiasts.

The museum aims to get people to gain confidence as learners and explorers, and uses science as a vehicle for that,

Choose Your Membership And Become a Founding Member

Full Price: recommended if:

  • You feel comfortable purchasing a membership at full price or
  • You’d like to make an additional contribution to support special programs, no-cost, and reduced-cost memberships for others.

Membership Options

Family: Free daytime admission for one year for two named adults, one named caregiver or relative, and household children. Kids can each bring a friend for free. A named adult can bring another person for free if they are visiting solo.

Grandparent: Free daytime admission for one year for two named grandparents or one named grandparent and a second named adult, plus grandchildren.

Dual: Free daytime admission for one year for two named adults or one named adult and one child.

Individual: Free daytime admission for one year for one named adult.

Reduced Price: recommended if:

  • You feel more comfortable purchasing a membership at a reduced price or
  • You have already spent most of your budget on local memberships or
  • You are an educator. We want to thank you for all you do.

Membership Options

Family: – $250
Free daytime admission for one year for two named adults, one named caregiver or relative, and household children. Kids can each bring a friend for free every time they visit. A named adult can bring another person for free if they are visiting solo (without the other named adult).

Grandparent: – $200
Free daytime admission for one year for two named grandparents or one named grandparent and a second named adult, plus grandchildren. A named adult can bring another person for free if they are visiting solo (without the other named adult).

Dual: – $150
Free daytime admission for one year for two named adults or one named adult and one child. A named adult can bring another person for free if they are visiting solo (without the other named adult).

Individual: – $100
Free daytime admission for one year for one named adult.

Membership Benefits

  • Unlimited free daytime admission for one year
  • Reduced price admission for adults-only Thursday nights
  • 10% discount at Fig. Cafe
  • 10% discount at the Luminarium Store
  • All membership options are fully tax deductible.

For additional details on membership options, please click the following link https://kiewitluminarium.org/membership/

Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum

The Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is a museum dedicated to the aircraft and nuclear missiles used by the US Air Force during the Cold War.  It is situated close to Ashland, Nebraska. The museum’s goals include the preservation and display of historic aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft as well as the provision of instructional materials.

The Strategic Air Command (SAC) Museum’s name was formally changed to the Strategic Air & Space Museum on June 15, 2001. The goal was to incorporate the museum’s rich past and also attempt to engage with a bigger audience with interesting educational programs and dynamic programming that aims to capture everyone’s interest and imagination.

Membership Options

Individual – $50 / year
Unlimited admission for one year including temporary exhibitions and day-time events.
20% discount in Museum Store and Café.
Exclusive invitations to members-only events.

Family – $80 / year

Unlimited admission for one year, including temporary exhibits and events.
Exclusive invitations to members-only events.
20% discount in the museum store and café.
Discounts to ticketed events, camps and other educational programs.

Military Family – $65 / year

Unlimited admission for one year, including temporary exhibits and events.
Exclusive invitations to members-only events.
20% discount in the museum store and café.
Discounts to ticketed events, camps and other educational programs.

Teacher Family – $65 / year

Unlimited admission for one year, including temporary exhibits and events.
Exclusive invitations to members-only events.
20% discount in the museum store and café.
Discounts to ticketed events, camps and other educational programs.

Museum Patron Levels

Gold – $1000 / year

  • Family member benefits.
  • 25% discount on rentals.
  • 8 guest admission tickets.
  • One simulator ride per person per visit.
  • Optional FREE Smithsonian Affiliate Membership.

Silver – $500 / year

  • Family member benefits.
  • 20% discount on rentals.
  • 6 guest admission tickets.
  • One simulator ride per person per visit.
  • Optional FREE Smithsonian Affiliate Membership.

Bronze – $250 / year

  • Family member benefits.
  • 15% discount on rentals.
  • 4 guest admission tickets.
  • One simulator ride per person per visit.
  • Optional FREE Smithsonian Affiliate Membership.

Community – $300 / year

  • 20 guest admission tickets per visit.
  • Invitation to member-only events.
  • 20% Discount in Museum Store and Cafe.
  • Requires Community Application Form.

For more information on membership benefits, please click the following link: https://www.sacmuseum.org/membership/

The Durham Museum

Downtown Omaha is home to the Durham Museum, originally known as the Durham Western Heritage Museum. To display the history of the western part of the United States is the focus of the museum’s preservation and display efforts. 

Durham Museum
Durham Museum

After the Union Station closed in May 1971, it was suggested that it become a museum.

In 1973, the station was given to the City of Omaha, and the Western Heritage Museum was opened two years later. 

Between 1995 and 1996, the museum was closed for a $22 million renovation that was financed in large part by Charles and Margre Durham. The Western Heritage Museum was renamed the Durham Western Heritage Museum the next year in recognition of their contributions to the project.

Become a Member

Individual – $40
Basic membership benefits for one adult.

Educator – $35
Receive a discount on our individual membership level by providing a copy of your school ID.

Senior – $35
Basic membership benefits for one senior (62 years of age or over).

Student – $35
Receive a discount on our individual membership level by providing a copy of your school ID, and proof of status.

Family – $70
Basic membership benefits for 2 adults and dependent children (age 21 or under) in the same household or up to 4 grandchildren.

Senior Family (62+): – $60
Basic membership benefits for 2 seniors (62 years of age or over) in the same household and up to 4 grandchildren (age 21 or under).

Educator Family: – $60

Receive a discount on our Family membership by providing a copy of your school ID.

Military Family: – $60

Basic membership benefits for an active or retired military family, which includes 2 adults and dependent children (age 21 or under) in the same household or up to 4 grandchildren. (Military ID required). 

ADD-ON FEATURES

Add-a-Friend Feature: – $25

The Add-a-Friend feature allows you to bring an additional guest each time you visit the museum.

Smithsonian Fellow Feature: – $25

It includes a 12-month subscription to Smithsonian Magazine or six issues of Air & Space magazine, discounts on dining at many of the Smithsonian Cafes and theaters plus much more.

Patron Level

  • Patron Bronze: – $150
  • Patron Silver: – $250
  • Patron Gold: – $500

Patron level memberships give members the opportunity to provide additional support for the museum’s programs while also enjoying a package of terrific membership benefits. All Patron memberships include all of the basic benefits of a Family membership as well as the Add-a-Friend and Smithsonian Fellow add-on features.

To support the museum at a higher level, please consider joining The Durham Society, by clicking the link: https://durhammuseum.org/membership/durham-society/

Lauritzen Gardens

Escape to a serene and beautiful urban oasis to bask in the glory of the garden.

Lauritzen Gardens is a museum with a unique four-season plant display preserved to the highest standards in accordance with environmental responsibility. It offers everyone an engaging educational and aesthetic experience.

Lauritzen Gardens with Downtown Omaha in the Background

Along with its formal garden areas, Lauritzen Gardens also features a 10-acre stand of oak woodland. It is a partner in the Nebraska Oak Woodland Alliance, a coalition dedicated to the restoration and management of the state’s oak woodlands.

Timed tickets are required for certain events.

Membership Options

Individual – $58.85
Membership benefits for one adult.

Dual – $80.25

Membership benefits for two adults.
This level covers the two named adults on the membership only and each member receives their own card. A dual membership does not cover guest visits. If you are looking for a more flexible option, consider an individual plus one or a dual plus one.

Family –  $90.95
Membership benefits for two named adults and dependent children 17 years of age and under, living in the same household.

Grandparent – $101.65

Membership benefits for two named adults living in the same household and all grandchildren 17 years of age and under.

Patron – $131.65

Membership benefits for two named adults living in the same household and children or grandchildren 17 years of age and under, plus a complimentary set of Lauritzen Gardens notecards.

Benefactor –  $256.65

Membership benefits for two named adults living in the same household and children or grandchildren 17 years of age and under, plus recognition on the garden’s website, a complimentary Lauritzen Gardens gift and a set of notecards.

Sustainer – $506.65

Membership benefits for four adults and children or grandchildren 17 years of age and under plus recognition on the garden’s website, a complimentary Lauritzen Gardens gift and a set of notecards.

Plus One

For an additional $31.20, members can enjoy the benefit of bringing one unnamed guest to the garden on every visit. Upgrade your membership with the PLUS ONE option and share the benefits of nature and the joys of the garden with your friends and family. There is a $5 processing fee charged to change a membership to a Plus One after the initial sale.

Membership contributions are non-refundable and benefits are non-transferable.

Fontenelle Forest

Fontenelle Forest is a privately owned non-profit organization known as one of the largest private nature centers in the nation, 

Fontenelle Forest conserves and preserves over 2,100 acres of natural land and provides services in the areas of conservation, recreation, and education.

View a photo gallery of Fontenelle Forest.

The goal of Fontenelle Forest is to provide a place where people can experience and enjoy the quiet wild of nature and inspire all generations to care for the natural world.

Membership Options

Individual – $55.00
One adult

Two Individuals – $70.00

Two adults living in the same household

Household – $80.00 / year

Two adults living in the same household, children, or grandchildren (under age 18)

Plus-One – $25.00 / year

Upgrade any membership with ‘Plus One’ to bring a guest for free

Become a Patron

Patron – $150-249

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 2 guest passes, 15% gift shop discount

Supporting Patron – $250-499

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 4 guest passes, 20% gift shop discount

Sustaining Patron – $500-999

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 6 guest passes, 25% gift shop discount

Distinguished Patron – $1,000-2,499

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 8 guest passes, 30% gift shop discount

Benefactor – $2,500+

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS: 10 guest passes, 35% gift shop discount

The Benefits of a Membership

  • Free admission to Fontenelle Forest Nature Center and Neale Woods for 12 months
  • Over 2,100 acres and 24 miles of marked trails within the extraordinary Loess Hills
  • Two ADA-accessible boardwalks with Missouri River and wetland views
  • Diverse ecosystems, hidden lakes, and rare wildflowers
  • A premier Audubon-designated birding location with over 246 recorded species
  • Family-friendly exhibits and Acorn Acres, a forest playscape for unstructured play
  • Habitat Hollow for indoor play and learning
  • Unique entertainment options: critter encounters, guided hikes, children’s programs
  • Free or discounted programs and events such as guided hikes and live animal demonstrations
  • Discount on children’s day camps
  • 10% off KidRush or TreeRush Adventures: Climb, zip and swing through the trees
  • 10% discount at The Gift Shop at Fontenelle Forest
  • Free or discounted admission to over 120 nature centers nationwide through ANCA
  • Every time you visit, two of your guests can receive half-priced admission
  • Ability to access to trails before and after-hours with a one-time purchase of a keyless fob

Corporate Membership Drive

Employee health and wellness is important to any good business. Having a corporate membership drive with us provides your employees for options of wellness and mental calm that exposure to nature  provides.

The Rose Theater

The Rose Theater is child-friendly theater that has been serving the community for over 70 years.

Today, it provides a variety of engaging performances, educational programs, and community events, fostering appreciation for the arts among young people and their families. Its historical venue and contemporary offerings make it a significant cultural landmark in Omaha.

Membership is the best way to enjoy everything The Rose has to offer. Rose members receive access to six regular season shows.

Family Membership – $75.00

  • Four tickets to each member event show in The Rose season.
  • 50% off additional regular season show tickets.
  • $7 off premium show tickets.
  • Preferred seating at premium events if purchased prior to general sales opening.
  • $15 class registration fee waived.
  • $10 off per month per family for year-long musical theater, dance, voice and drama classes.
  • Members-only sneak peek at Rose summer camp offerings.

Family + Individual Membership — $95

  • Five tickets to each regular season show
  • All other benefits of a Family Membership

Double Family Membership — $150

  • Eight tickets to each regular season show
  • All other benefits of a Family Membership

Patron Membership — $450
As a Patron Member, you are joining The Rose at an elevated level that will help keep programming accessible to all children, regardless of their ability to pay. You’ll receive:

  • All of the benefits of a Family Membership
  • Eight regular season show gift passes for friends and family
  • Free ticket exchanges
  • Recognition in The Rose’s show programs with a special listing for children of patron members
  • A special, patron-only event following the December 8 performance of A Christmas Story: The Musical