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Omaha Children's Museum has been a special place where children can challenge themselves, discover how the world works, and learn through play.  The mission of Omaha Children's Museum is to engage the imagination and create excitement about learning.  And they’ve been doing that for 45 years!

Lindy Hoyer, Executive Director Omaha Children’s Museum, spent some time with Mike Hogan on “Live & Local” to recall the humble beginnings, the finding of a permanent home, and the full circle return to outreach caused by the pandemic.

Information about the Omaha Children’s Museum can be found at www.ocm.org.

Omaha Children's Museum will be able to make several updates to air quality, disinfecting process of high-touch science center balls, and additional social distancing measures thanks to more than $3.6 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, funding. The planned updates are all anticipated to be completed by Dec. 31, 2020.

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner, chatted with Mike Hogan about the massive changes which will protect the health and fun of the families that visit.  There are even safety measures in place so kids can chat with the big fella himself, Santa Claus!

Changes include more than 30 units of dual method air filters throughout the museum in areas used by the public as well as administrative offices. These filters will eliminate 99.9% of pathogens in the air with continuous use using HEPA filters and UVC light to kill, viruses, bacteria, and molds. 

The museum will install UVC lights in the tubes of the Super Gravitron. This lights are capable of killing viruses, bacteria, and molds. The museum was using this technology before in a stand-alone machine multiple times a day. The new installation will mean as children put balls into the inputs, they will be disinfected before they come out of the hopper and are used by another child. 

Additional updates to the bathrooms, including touchless doorhandles and faucets, as well as a touchless exit will help reduce potential contact with viruses on surfaces and much more!
More information can be found at https://www.ocm.org/

All previous safety measures, including required masks for ages 5 and older, still apply. See  for complete details.

Omaha Children’s Museum has announced its plans to reopen to the public on Saturday, Aug. 15.  The first stage of the reopening will include timed tickets that must be reserved ahead of time, reduced hours, and masks requirements to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Omaha Children’s Museum Executive Director Lindy Hoyer joined Mike Hogan “Live & Local" to discuss the new hours, procedures for acquiring tickets, and the extensive cleaning and safety measures to insure everyone has fun, stays healthy. and gets to enjoy the learning benefits of the museum.

For more information, one can go to the website at http://www.ocm.org.

Gary Ruderman

In our final episode we're talking about some of the more unusual ways that matter behaves as we learn about making slime and strange process called, sublimation. We welcome back our friend and retired high school science teacher, Gary Ruderman as well as Blake Smith from the Omaha Children’s museum to help us with these questions. 

 

Click here to watch the dry ice video! *Don't try his at home. 

 

Mr. Benker, Benson High School

This week we are talking about the creation of our universe! You’ve heard of “matter”, but what about "antimatter"? Mr. Benker, science teacher from Benson High School, walks us through the basics of matter, antimatter, and particle smashing!

 

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Gary Ruderman

In this episode we travel up up up to the stars in the sky to learn about stellar nurseries where stars are born with high school science teacher Gary Ruderman. Then we come back down to earth to talk about cloud and fog formation with Cheryl Glasford of the Omaha Children’s Museum.

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Meredith Billings, Omaha Children's Museum

In this week’s episode, professor Steph Jesseau from the University of Nebraska Omaha answers your questions about technology addiction in this time of digital classrooms and online dance parties. Then the Omaha Children’s Museum’s Meredith Billings explains how the giant plates that make up our earth called tectonic plates, move and grow.

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This week we continue with our questions on dinosaurs as we discuss the mass dino extinction with Lizzie Planck from the Omaha Children’s Museum. Then St Patrick Reid, Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska Medical Center explains vaccines and what that means for COVID-19.

 

Omaha Children's Museum

This week we talk about how viruses can jump from one species to another with Omaha Public School science teacher, Ms. Lostaglia-Hoskovec and  Dr. Theodore Cieslak from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Hillary Horner is the Director of Education for the Omaha Children's Museum (OCM).  OCM is putting together a fascinating panel discussion in partnership with the American Muslim Institute.  The panel is set for March 5 (from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the American Muslim Institute) and it's titled "Let's Start The Dialogue: Creating Communities of Understanding and Respect."  The event is free and open to the public.

Hillary Horner made her way to the studios at 33rd and Burt to chat with Mike Hogan about the panel discussion, the hope and goals behind hosting such an event, and the current OCM exhibit “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far.”

More information can be found https://10804.blackbaudhosting.com/10804/America-to-Zanzibar-Panel-Discussion

With the mission to “ engage the imagination and create excitement about learning” the Omaha Children’s Museum is truly fun for the whole family!

Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Kim Reiner stops by the KIOS studios to chat “Live & Local” with Mike Hogan about the latest addition to the fun, “AMERICA TO ZANZIBAR: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” which runs through April 19th. 

Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel.  They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global marketplace as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.  The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe.  Visitors will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/america-to-zanzibar/

Beginning October 12th, the dinosaurs invade Omaha at the Omaha Children's Museum!

Diggin’ Dinos will place children in an imagined world where dinosaurs and humans work together to build a dinosaur research facility.  The exhibit will include a combination of life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and construction equipment as well as a digging and building area.  Children will be able to test out a variety of S.T.E.M. careers including engineer, architect, construction worker, vehicle operator, paleontologist, and veterinarian.  Engineering challenges and interactive presentations will also take place in the exhibit daily.

OCM Chief Advancement Officer, Michelle Chartrand, stops by the studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new exhibit and the fun for the whole family.  Also, Omaha Children's Museum is going to be an official U.S. Post Office branch for a day!  When you visit the museum on Saturday, Oct. 12, you can buy stamps and send letters & postcards that will have the museum's own official U.S. Postal Service cancellation stamp.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/diggin-dinos/

Scientists, doctors, and philosophers all agree that "play" is so important to all humans of any age!  The Omaha Children's Museum is dedicated to promoting play and they invite you to celebrate the tinkerer spirit at the annual Tinkerfest, Saturday, September 14th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Meet makers, tinkerers, DIYers, & inventors who will share their excitement with young and old.  Each table at Tinkerfest will feature something hands-on to engage children, from a toy take-apart to building board games and video games, pottery, creating upcycled crafts and working with textiles.  

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and PR, joins Mike Hogan "Live & Local" to discuss the museum, the big event, and one of the highlights: a car take-apart where kids get to take apart a real car! 

More information is available at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-events/tinkerfest/

Omaha Children’s Museum is opening Enchanted Kingdom on May 25, and it’s one of the most ambitious exhibits they’ve created yet.  The exhibit’s focus will be teaching literacy skills and empathy to young children in an imaginative setting, complete with a castle, dragon nursey, unicorn stable and animatronic creatures. There’s even a children’s book in the works to incorporate the exhibit’s characters and encourage reading.

Kim Reiner, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, stops by the KIOS studios to chat with Mike Hogan "Live & Local" about the new program, the new roles some of the employees have taken, and how much she enjoys her job at the Omaha Children's Museum.

More information can be found at http://www.ocm.org/exhibits-and-events/special-exhibits/enchanted-kingdom/