Summer is coming fast! Parents everywhere are filling their calendars with fun activities to keep their kids entertained and engaged all summer long. With so many local options to choose from right here in Omaha, which should you pick?

Boasting a variety of activities, camps, classes and more to make summer special, check out all of Omaha’s local businesses who are proud to offer exciting summer activities for kids and families to enjoy. 

Keep Summer Healthy and Cavity-Free 

Nothing can ruin summer fun like cavities! No child wants to spend their summer in pain. That’s why the team at Pediatric Dental Specialists ( is dedicated to keeping kids’ mouths clean and healthy so they can keep summer carefree and fun.

Dr. Ben Reimer
Pediatric Dental Specialists

According to Pediatric Dental Specialists’ Dr. Ben Reimer, “Summer is a great time to always be on the go or at play! At Pediatric Dental Specialists, we are helping kids stay cavity free so they can enjoy summer to the fullest! We will also be making summer fun by altering our Thursday schedule to include lunch time appointments so families have more options to see the dentist early in the day and then have fun adventures in the afternoons!”

Pediatric Dental Specialists is dedicated to being a lifelong partner in dental care for families. It is never too early to create lifelong good habits. Summer is a time when normal routines tend to go out the window, so it is even more important to keep your children’s’ oral health in mind!

Some tips to keep your kids’ healthy in between dental visits include things like substituting sugary junk food for more natural treats like fruit, staying hydrated with water over sugary sports drinks, being sure to pack necessary dental care tools for summer camps and making sure kids have any safety gear they need for summer sports and outdoor activities. By utilizing these tips and the convenient appointments at Pediatric Dental Specialists, you and your children can have a healthy and fun summer!

Hand-crafted Learning

It is no secret that children learn more when they are interested in what they are learning. To optimize learning, you have to increase engagement and target lessons to the individual. At Heavenly Arms Learning Center (, Owner Miss Shyla optimizes learning through her handcrafted curriculum. She and her exceptional teaching team create unique lesson plans that gently challenge your child and address their areas of weakness.

“Each child in our care receives the individualized attention that allows them to flourish,” said Owner, Shyla Johnson. “Our expert team makes a daily difference in the life of your child. By getting to know your child personally, we can offer guidance and plenty of encouragement along the way.”

Plus, Miss Shyla doesn’t just aim to help children. She regularly puts together parent education videos to give you tailored expertise you can trust. She connects parents who struggle to make ends meet with resources like Title 20 to help pay for childcare costs.

Choosing the right childcare and education provider can be difficult. Everyone wants the best for their children, even if it means making sacrifices. With Heavenly Arms Learning Center, the sacrifices parents make for their children are much less impactful than elsewhere.

Life Skills through Sports

Want something more structured for your kids to do this summer? What about getting them involved in a sport? Play It Forward ( is a non-profit, youth sports organization that introduces young athletes to multiple sports through the coaching and leadership from high school student-athletes.

Pete Walls
Play It Forward

Play It Forward is known for utilizing High School athletes as mentors and coaches for the children in the programs. Every session at Play It Forward includes Be Kind Time. This is where the high school athletes talk to the younger athletes about the importance of being a good teammate, including others and the importance of sportsmanship whether you win or lose.

Give your kids a fun-filled summer at Play it Forward where each session also includes the kid-favorite obstacle course, games, multiple sports and more.

Not only will your child enjoy learning and participating in a new sport this summer, with Play It Forward, they will also learn valuable life skills before the coming school year.