Parents: encourage your kids to play in the street Saturday.
Five blocks of North 24th Street, from Blondo Street to Lake Street, will be closed to traffic and turned into a "play space" for Open Streets Omaha. There will be fitness classes, music, crafts, games and more from noon to 5 p.m.
Open Streets Omaha, an organization that encourages physical activity and community engagement, is expecting the North Omaha Play Streets to attract thousands of people from all over the metro area.
The north Omaha event is the fourth and final Play Streets event in Omaha this summer. The first one at Aksarben Village in central Omaha attracted more than 5,000 people in April, and South Omaha hosted the second along 24th and L Streets in May with more than 3,000 people. In July, the downtown event attracted about 6,500.
Saturday's Play Streets event will feature several themed activities on each block. At the green and garden zone, there will be gardening and a farmer's market. A rock wall, face painting and balloon animals will be in the play zone. The bike hub will offer free safety checks and bike parking, as well as an obstacle course.
There's a magic show at 12:15 p.m., Zumba at 2:15 p.m. and line dancing at 3:30 p.m. Local artists, ranging from hip hop dancers to musicians, will also perform.
Omaha was one of 10 cities in the U.S. to receive a $50,000 Play Streets grant through the Partnership for a Healthier America to host four events this summer. More than 50 cities applied.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, the City of Omaha Parks and Recreation Department, Live Well Omaha and the National Parks Foundation helped sponsor the events. More than 50 local organizations are participating.
For more information and to see a list of all of Saturday's activities, click here.