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Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby thenewguy » Tue May 17, 2016 10:04 am

Hey everyone-- my company is looking to come up with ideas for a summer picnic, and I'd like to get the forum's input. We have come up with the usual spots (Zorinsky, fun-plex, etc), but what are some other spots/ideas? Looking at 100 to 200 people, and as with anything we have a certain budget to operate within (so we won't be renting out the ballroom at the downtown Hilton, ha). Thoughts?
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby nebugeater » Tue May 17, 2016 10:34 am

Have you considered Mahoney State Park?

They set up and rent out their pavilion for a lot of corporate picnics. This is where the ice sheet is during the winter. No idea on cost but there is plenty to do there if the people like the outdoor stuff.


Also have attended some company picnics at the zoo. They do a nice job hosting groups this size and I don't think the cost per person was too crazy.
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby nebugeater » Tue May 17, 2016 10:42 am

Found this on Mahoney


http://outdoornebraska.gov/parkpricing/


Pavilion: Rental without park food service – 1-250 people, $850; 251- 600, $1,000;
601-1,000, $1,500; 1,001+, $2,500


Their prices for the other available actives is listed there too. The nice thing here is the flexibility to do food how ever you want. Not sure if you can do that at the zoo or if the food needs to be supplied by them at one of their corporate event tents.


Zoo contact info and sales blurb

http://www.omahazoo.com/rent/picnic/
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby Brad » Tue May 17, 2016 12:02 pm

We always rotated between Mahoney, Fun-Plex and the Omaha Zoo. The Zoo was always the best turnout, but they tore down the pavilion that we use to use so I am not sure where we would end up if we went there now.

I have also been to a couple company picnics at the Omaha Storm Chasers. They are great to work with and can plan something for about any sized group.
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby GRANDPASMUCKER » Tue May 17, 2016 6:43 pm

Went to a corporate picnic one time at the Shady Lane Ranch over in the hills south of Council Bluffs. Hayrack and horsey rides. God I hate company picnics but I been to dozens of em! Heck of a thing those company picnics. You dont want to go but you do want to go but it dont matter anyway because you better go or it wont look good! :yes:

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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby Omababe » Wed May 18, 2016 3:11 am

GRANDPASMUCKER wrote:Went to a corporate picnic one time at the Shady Lane Ranch over in the hills south of Council Bluffs. Hayrack and horsey rides. God I hate company picnics but I been to dozens of em! Heck of a thing those company picnics. You dont want to go but you do want to go but it dont matter anyway because you better go or it wont look good! :yes:


I think of Shady Lane Ranch as more of an autumn type of place.

For summer I agree that Mahoney would be good. I've been to a few events there.

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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby thenewguy » Wed May 18, 2016 5:05 am

thanks everyone!
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby RockHarbor » Thu May 19, 2016 11:54 pm

I'm thinking back in my life at any big get-togethers. Here are the locations I can think of:

Mahoney State Park (mentioned)
Platte River State Park
Two Rivers State Park
Any of the dam sites around Omaha/Papillion (already mentioned)
Lake Manowa, Council Bluffs,
Big Lake, Council Bluffs
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby guy4omaha » Sun May 22, 2016 9:09 am

RockHarbor wrote:I'm thinking back in my life at any big get-togethers. Here are the locations I can think of:

Mahoney State Park (mentioned)
Platte River State Park
Two Rivers State Park
Any of the dam sites around Omaha/Papillion (already mentioned)
Lake Manowa, Council Bluffs,
Big Lake, Council Bluffs


I didn't see the following two mentioned previously.

Sokol Park: Just north of the Platte River on 75 south of Bellevue; http://www.sokolpark.net/

Sokol Camp: south of Valley on the east side of the Platte. I believe if you get on "old" Maple Rd at Waterloo it will take you west 4 or 5 miles right into the main entrance; https://www.facebook.com/sokolcamp/photos
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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby RockHarbor » Wed May 25, 2016 4:02 am

guy4omaha wrote:
RockHarbor wrote:I'm thinking back in my life at any big get-togethers. Here are the locations I can think of:

Mahoney State Park (mentioned)
Platte River State Park
Two Rivers State Park
Any of the dam sites around Omaha/Papillion (already mentioned)
Lake Manowa, Council Bluffs,
Big Lake, Council Bluffs


I didn't see the following two mentioned previously.

Sokol Park: Just north of the Platte River on 75 south of Bellevue; http://www.sokolpark.net/

Sokol Camp: south of Valley on the east side of the Platte. I believe if you get on "old" Maple Rd at Waterloo it will take you west 4 or 5 miles right into the main entrance; https://www.facebook.com/sokolcamp/photos


I know what you're talking about, I believe. I went on a "Sunday country drive" with family, and we went down thru Bellevue and we went to Plattsmouth, and we visited some big riverside park with camper hook-ups and stuff (somewhere between Bellevue & Plattsmouth, I think). It was big & expansive, and there were picnic areas, and stuff. (In fact, I thought of that very area when I posted prior, but I didn't know the name of it, and I wasn't super impressed with it, to be honest.) I think that is what park you are referring to. Also, when you drive toward the river directly out of Plattsmouth, you come to some more park-like areas along the river, if I remember right.
"Crossroads Village" down the street from "Aksarben Village?" Does "Crossroads" have any meaning to people 20 and under? "Dodge At 72nd" is a type name I like better, drawing from the excitement of the iconic, special Omaha intersection. My $.02.

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Re: Omaha Area Summer Picnic Ideas

Postby guy4omaha » Thu May 26, 2016 6:37 pm

RockHarbor wrote:
guy4omaha wrote:
RockHarbor wrote:I'm thinking back in my life at any big get-togethers. Here are the locations I can think of:

Mahoney State Park (mentioned)
Platte River State Park
Two Rivers State Park
Any of the dam sites around Omaha/Papillion (already mentioned)
Lake Manowa, Council Bluffs,
Big Lake, Council Bluffs


I didn't see the following two mentioned previously.

Sokol Park: Just north of the Platte River on 75 south of Bellevue; http://www.sokolpark.net/

Sokol Camp: south of Valley on the east side of the Platte. I believe if you get on "old" Maple Rd at Waterloo it will take you west 4 or 5 miles right into the main entrance; https://www.facebook.com/sokolcamp/photos


I know what you're talking about, I believe. I went on a "Sunday country drive" with family, and we went down thru Bellevue and we went to Plattsmouth, and we visited some big riverside park with camper hook-ups and stuff (somewhere between Bellevue & Plattsmouth, I think). It was big & expansive, and there were picnic areas, and stuff. (In fact, I thought of that very area when I posted prior, but I didn't know the name of it, and I wasn't super impressed with it, to be honest.) I think that is what park you are referring to. Also, when you drive toward the river directly out of Plattsmouth, you come to some more park-like areas along the river, if I remember right.


I'm sorry I wasn't really trying to think of super impressive places. NewGuy said he was looking for ideas, not the usual spots and was working within a budget. I thought the list wasn't very long and if he was trying to look under every rock then maybe he'd appreciate two more options to evaluate. I haven't been to Sokol Park in over 40 years so I couldn't say if they're impressive or not. But according to their website they're still open.
My son got a 27 on his ACT. No this score is not as high as what Jeff's son achieved. But one has to remember the paternal gene-pool my son has to overcome. On a PGPAB [Paternal Gene-Pool Adjusted Basis], my son's score is a 37 and Jeff's son's PGPAB ACT score is 19.


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