"We live in the city's suburbs, where streets buzz with activity," says Sarah Darling, a full-time mom of two under 2. "It's like Leave it to Beaver! Parents mow their grass and kids ride their bikes. We take walks after dinner and check out our friends' gardens." Here are other ways life is sunny in Nebraska!
The guides: Sarah Darling, 28, with Connor, 6 months, and Tristen, 22 months
The Henry Doorly Zoo has some of the world's largest indoor exhibits, for year-round fun. "My boys sit in front of the gorillas, and they all make faces at each other," Darling says.
Each summer, baseball-loving families flock to the College World Series of Omaha for America's favorite pastime. The city has held the championship for more than 50 years.
Holly Weill, another Omaha mom of two, got compliments on headbands she made for her daughter, Julia. Now she sells 'em ($9-$16) at Posh Princess, her shop. For princes like her son, Levi, she stocks Mudpie socks and other dapper goods ($16; 402-991-0991).
Omaha-based website HayNeedle.com lets you shop 220 specialty stores, many of which cater to babies. A popular purchase by local moms? Skip-Hop's Studio Tote diaper bag ($62).
Originally published in the August 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and availabilities are subject to change. Please contact each hotel and attraction for up-to-date rates and information before taking your trip.