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Make this Valentine’s Day an entertaining and fun day with your family. Use these ideas that are perfect for kids of any age:

A staycation is the perfect way to experience something different. There are so many beautiful hotels in the Norfolk area with amenities to keep your kids amused. Norfolk Lodge & Suites has an onsite restaurant, brewery, a pool, and have started remodeling rooms. This hotel offers an original flair that you won’t get anywhere else. Holiday Inn also has newly remodeled rooms with a more city-like feel. They have a pool, free breakfast, and so much more! Hampton Inn is also a great place to stay with restaurants in walking distance. 

With Norfolk 7, King’s Lanes and King’s Treasure Zone in the same building, they’ve made it easier than ever for non-stop entertainment all night. This Valentine’s Day, Norfolk 7 will have Sonic The Hedgehog (PG) and Jumanji: The Next Level (PG-13) showing. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the movie’s trailers because these are movies that your family will love. Get your tickets now by contacting Norfolk 7 at 402-379-0424. After the movie, head to King’s Lanes for a game of bowling and pizza. Reserve a lane by calling 402-379-0551. Finally, play some arcade games at King’s Treasure Zone!

Head to Downtown Norfolk to grab dinner as a family. Napoli’s is kid-friendly and has an amazing selection of Italian food on their menu. Smokin’ Stans is one of the best BBQ joints in Norfolk. Their friendly staff delivers flavorful food that will fill you up. If your family is craving authentic Mexican or Tex-Mex food, try Leon Mexican Restaurant. This restaurant makes their own chips, fresh salsa, taco shells, desserts, and more! Make sure to save room for dessert from MJ’s Gelato and More.

Plan a road trip to our neighbors, Pierce County. J’s Place in Pierce is a must-try with the family. Experience a one-of-a-kind Klown Doll Museum in Plainview. The museum houses over 7,000 dolls! Schedule a visit by calling 402-582-4433. End your day by heading over to D&K Lanes for dinner and bowling. 

Make this Valentine’s day one to remember by spending it in the Norfolk Area. Find more things to do at www.visitnorfolkne.com.

  1. MJ’s Gelato & More

Calling all foodies! This is the newest addition to Downtown Norfolk and is a MUST TRY! They have many different flavors of gelato and delicious cupcakes that pair perfectly! Head to 107 N 4th ST and grab a scoop (or two) of this yummy gelato!

2. Unhinged Boutique

The newest addition to shopping is Unhinged Boutique located in Downtown Norfolk. They are one of the only boutiques to offer plus size clothing. Make sure to check out their kids clothes as well! Unhinged boutique can also screen print onto about everything! They have already created hilarious gifts, fun tops, and cool designed cups. Follow them on Facebook to see their current products.

3. She’s Smitten + Steel Clothing Co.

She’s Smitten has moved and now includes men’s clothing! They recently announced that they have “Smitten Bags” available. This service allows the professionals to pick outfits that match your style and are delivered or mailed to you! Keep the items you like & pay your invoice within 24 hours. No purchase required; however, the rest of the items need to be shipped back or dropped off to their store within 7 days. How convenient, am I right?!

4. New Fairfield Inn and Townplace Inn & Suites

A new hotel will be starting construction behind Perkins and will include extended stays! These Marriott hotels will offer a contemporary design, beautiful indoor pool, spacious dining area with a large breakfast selection, a sundry store, guest laundry and patio.

5. River Point Square

The Johnny Carson Mural will be a new public gathering space in Downtown Norfolk. The construction of this will kick off this year! This new area will be able to host group gatherings, music events, and more. The beautiful landscaping and contemporary feel will be a great addition to the growing Downtown area.

6. Shoe Sensation

A new shoe store will open in the old China Buffet location in March! If you haven’t heard of this franchise before, they offer brand name footwear for everyone! We are excited for this new addition to our visitor’s shopping experience.

7. Miracle Skate Park

Renovations for Miracle Skate Park located in Veteran Memorial Park start this year! Spohn Ranch has designed the layout for the park and the City of Norfolk is currently accepting bids for a contractor. This facility will be one of the largest in the Midwest. The new facility will host competitions once the complex is complete. The future is bright for skaters and BMX riders!

8. Johnny Carson Exhibit

If you didn’t know, Norfolk is the home of Johnny Carson. The Elkhorn Valley Museum will be giving the current exhibit a makeover this year. The exhibit will be interactive and include some of Johnny Carson’s personal memorabilia.

9. The Dead of Winter

Elkhorn Valley Museum is hosting a winter costume party! Dress as your favorite historical figure from any time period to be entered into the costume contest. Enjoy live music from the Begats, specialty drinks, and delicious appetizers. This event is from 7-10PM Friday, January 31st at Divots. Get your tickets now: https://elkhornvalleymuseum.org/thedeadofwinter/?fbclid=IwAR0906F6h5qEM6rkH-flC1Z9eFAmEuyoFT0BeT2zydNIilVQF2LdrWHJKrI

10. Divots Big Chill & Cheese Festival

Divots Brewery in Norfolk is hosting 12 Nebraska breweries and 3 Nebraska creameries in the Divots Ballroom for this limited space event! Get your tickets today so you can sample 50+ beers and cheeses made in the great state of Nebraska! Also, take part in the IPA Challenge! You will receive a list of 10 Nebraska IPA’s that are all served at their event bar on numbered taps.  This event is from 3pm-8pm Saturday, February 8th. Purchase early and get 2 tickets and a hotel room at Norfolk Lodge and Suites for only $175!

11. New Concert Series lineup

Every year, the Norfolk Area Concert Association brings concerts to the Johnny Carson theater. Check out Rave On!, Nebraska Brass Band, and Beginnings in 2020. See more details and ticket information at http://concertassociation.net/norfolkne/index.cfm.

12. Sculpture Walk

The 2020 Sculpture Walk will kick off in May! New sculptures will be installed, and a new guided tour will be established during the summer months. Tour dates will be set, where you can not only view the sculptures, but experience Downtown Norfolk through food and drinks! This makes for a perfect girl’s night, so stay tuned!

13. Norfolk Area Passport

Explore the Norfolk Area with this free, fun passport program. If you haven’t participated before, you are seriously missing out! Starting in May, you will experience hidden gems throughout our area including museums, restaurants, retail stores, and more. At each destination, you will receive a stamp in your passport. After you receive all the stamps, return your passport to the Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau for a prize. Each completed passport owner will also be entered for a GRAND PRIZE! Follow Norfolk Area Visitors Bureau on Facebook for more information!

1. The Cowboy Trail

The longest rail-to-trail conversion in the United States, which includes community access and drop-off points along the way. Walk, run or bike the trail – it’s a beautiful way to take in the Norfolk, Nebraska area.
https://visitnorfolkne.com/home/things-to-do/#top

2. Heeeeere’s Johnny!

Norfolk is the proud home of Johnny Carson. Fan sites around town include Johnny’s childhood home and gallery.
https://visitnorfolkne.com/home/home-of-johnny-carson/

3. You Can Do It All – At Divot’s

A brewery, restaurant, miniature golf course and fireside gathering areas are just a few amenities this full-service hotel and conference center has to offer. The Lodge includes an indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise room and a rooftop terrace.
https://www.divotslodge.com/en-us

4. Kayaking

If water is your thing – enjoy a leisurely float on Skyview Lake or plan a trip down the North Fork or Elkhorn River. Rental kayaks, tubes, SUPs and paddle boats available. https://visitnorfolkne.com/home/things-to-do/#top

5. Outdoor Live Music & Festivals

Summer is a time for outdoor music and festivals. Enjoy Norfolk’s Music in Park series of concerts which run through Labor Day or catch a band at a local establishment, county fair or street dance.
https://visitnorfolkne.com/upcoming-events/