Kids on the Block: On the Road in Pipal Park

WhyArts teaching artists Stephanie Anderson and Nils Haaland took the Kids on the Block (KOB) puppets on the road to Omaha’s Pipal Park last month in conjunction with Omaha Public Library’s summer story time schedule. Children and their families got to meet and hear from KOB puppets Ellen Jane Peterson, a 17-year-old veterinary assistant who has Down syndrome, and Mark Reilly, a 12-year-old who says he’s not confined to anything, especially his wheelchair.

The KOB puppet troupe was founded by Barbara Aiello in 1977 to introduce children with special needs into school classrooms. WhyArts – in partnership with the UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute, Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, Outlook Nebraska Inc. and Gotta Be Me – is reintroducing these puppets to the Omaha community. For more information or to schedule a KOB performance for your school or organization, contact WhyArts Director Carolyn Anderson at or 402.541.4181.