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     Plan to visit Indiana – Northwest Indiana is home to many Family Fun Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centers with lots of things to do. We chosen places that make the perfect getaway weekend for the family! If you like arcades, most of these venues have indoor arcades.
      We guarantee there’s a Festival EVERY WEEKEND WITH TONS OF FAMILY FUN!
     From Car Shows, Food Truck Festivals to concerts and parades, these events will have you enjoying your summer weekend ! Let us not forget tons of Fireworks,  Art and Craft Fairs and CRAFT BEER !
     Folks might also like the live Concerts and full fledged Festivals honoring our Nation’s Birthday on July 4th. Or our Nation’s Workers on Labor Day that have four full days held in Lowell Indiana, Hesston Steam Museum, and festivals through out the area.  
     We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO!

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Locations in Valparaiso, Merrillville, Michigan City, Dyer, and Hebron;       
     FunFlatables’ Party-n-Play centers are your #1 family entertainment center for indoor, climate-controlled, all-occasion parties and FUN.
     Visit one or ALL of our unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds.  The whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! 
     Dyer: 219-322-5333; Valparaiso: 219-242-8432; Merrillville: 219-769-7707; Michigan City: 219-809-0888; Hebron: (219) 696-6666. Find all 5 locations here!


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     Baseball Games start at $6 per person,  U.S. Steel Yard One Stadium Plaza Gary, fans enjoy the theatre-like, field-level seating – the Steel Yard has 6,000 comfortable, chair-back seats. 
     There is also a kid’s play area that treats those restless kids to some fun in a safe and secure location with two bounce houses and a trampoline activity.
      The little ones can run the field and enter to win a McDonald’s Happy Meal. the U. S. Steel Yard Box Office,, 219-882-2255.


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      Inman’s offers the finest in recreational activities, excellent food and drink, as well at the capability of hosting any size event.
     Inman’s has something for everyone –  32 Lanes Bowling, Glow Bowling, 8 Pool tables (Billiards) Families will enjoy  the Video Game Arcade, Roller Skating, 18 Hole Miniature golf, Go-karts, Bounce Houses, Panhandlers Pizza and more!
     Located at 3210 Evans Ave., 219-462-1300,   Find them on Facebook Here.


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     The 1500 seat Oil City Stadium is located in historical downtown Whiting Indiana, it’s a spectacular ballpark with over 120 events held a year.
    The Oilmen are affordable, family fun and entertainment.  A chance for families to connect with each other without electronics.
     The Northwest Indiana Oilmen are a Pre-minor league baseball club that has captured the excitement of the “Region” with their aggressive play and determination on the field.
     With a home file winning percentage of over.700, the Oilmen live up to their name through hard work and gritty play. Games start at home on June 8th and run through July 26th.
     Oil City Stadium is located at 1700 119th Street / Whiting, IN 46394 and can be reached visiting Website: by Phone: (219) 659-1000 / Email:

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     Mind Benders is an all ages unique logic challenge game & brain teaser puzzle store offering over 600 items, most of which you won’t find in the big box stores. Not your typical retail store, Owner Joel, will “entertain” your kids (in between the beach, baseball, Mascot Hall of fame, Whoa Zone and Region Escape visits downtown Whiting!)
     Bring the kids, there are always 4 tables set up to play games for free!  Come experience their personal service and give a demo a try! Located in Historic Downtown Whiting, only blocks from Whihala Beach and Whoa Water park on Lake Michigan.
     They will demonstrate what’s they have in store including:  Logic Challenge Games, Brain Teaser Puzzles,  Family Fun Games, New Jigsaw & Wood Crafted Puzzles.
     For the younger ages, they have Early Development Aides, Fun Learning Essentials, Science,  Engineering, Magic, Arts, Crafts, Fidgets, Cubes and much more…
    Located at 1438 119th St., Whiting, IN 219-237-4386 or also on facebook (Click here)

You’ll want to visit Deep River Waterpark in the middle of Northwest Indiana.
In Valparaiso there’s Inman’s Recreation Center and Zao Island Amusement Center.
    In central Lake County there is: Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park (Schererville) and Jak’s Warehouse (Indoor Theme Park – Highland area); 
     In Michigan City there is Barker Mansion Museum, Friendship Botanic Gardens, Washington Park Zoo and the Indiana Dunes Parks!  
   We also recommend Sherwood Forest Paintball (LaPorte), 
   Bailly Homestead/ Chellberg FARM, This is an 18th century home located inside the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore where many festivals are held. Stop in and pet the animals anytime. Visit when they have a scheduled feeding the animals. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter , Indiana, 926-7561.ext 225, click here for more
   Buckley Homestead: A Living History Farm- 3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell,  tours, many family activities, 219-696-0769, click here for more!
   Barker Mansion
631 Washington, downtown Michigan City, 873-1520, former residence of local millionaire-industrialist. Tours are: Mon-Fri: 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm (June 1-Oct 31), Sat & Sun: noon, 2 pm, closed on Holidays, $5/adults, $3/children 4-18, children 3 and under FREE. For Complete Description Click here  
     Deep River Water Park –  School Tours, Group Tours, interesting and informative view of a functional grain mill, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart.
     Edge Adventure Park
A New tree to tree adventure for the Edge Adventures Family of aerial parks. It features over 50 challenging treetop obstacles and zip lines that provide thrills for everyone at every skill level. Fun for everyone, it features our FIRST Kid’s Park with elements closer to the ground design for 4 yrs old and up to enjoy! Opening weekend is May 3, 2019. Located at 9001 E. Lincoln Hwy, Hobart Indiana.  Click Here For Full Description!
  Friendship Botanic Gardens- The Friendship Botanic Gardens is an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana.
     Featuring new gardens, 14 different gardens, music concerts, educational programs and health and harmony with nature. Located at 601 Marquette Trail, Michigan City, 878-9885, May-Oct: Sat & Sun 10-4 pm, For Complete Description, Click here  Read More About Michigan City, click here!
   Jak’s Warehouse, Laser Tag, Go-Karts, rock wall, Go karts,  arcade center, Bumper Cars, Ballocity, climbing skills, Wednesday is Family Fun Night, and our amazing Sky Trail, birthday parties! 221 Indianapolis Blvd, Schererville.  .
   John Dillinger Museum -closed.
   Hesston Steam Museum, LaPorte Indiana, 2018
Opening weekend, climb aboard all 3 of their steam powered railroads for a scenic ride through our woods. Historic steam locomotives will take you back to a bygone era. Also in operation will be the steam saw mill and electric light plant. Lots of big machines working hard to entertain and enlighten your family.  click here for more
    Indiana Dunes State Park, 182 acres of primitive, beautiful, historic and unique Hoosier landscape. It lies at the north end of State Road 49 in Porter County, and includes more than three miles of beautiful beach along Lake Michigan’s southern shore.  Large sand dunes, located beyond the entire shoreline, have taken thousands of years to form, and tower nearly 200 feet above Lake Michigan. A wide range of habitats and plant species are found in the park, with vegetation stabilizing some of the sand. These habitats provide homes for many types of plants and animals. The lake also provides habitat for many aquatic species, as well as a constantly changing fishery. Enjoy Kids activities, hiking, camping, swimming, 1600 N. 25 E. Chesterton, 926-1390. Click here for more
    Indiana Dunes Visitor Center,
Porter County Visitor Ctr, open to the public, 1420 Munson Rd, Chesterton, Indiana rsvp to 926-2255.
    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan with 14 beaches. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national lakeshore’s 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. 
     Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests. 15,000 acres national park is a train ride away from Chicago or South Bend.  Rt 49, Porter, 395-1882. 395-8914. Hking Mount Baldy is a popular activity but is now limited to guided hikes only Click here for more!
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     Mascot Hall of Fame,
1907 Front St., Whiting, IN   Click here for Full Description For more info about the Mascot Hall of Fame Grand Opening, click here! For more info about the Mascot Hall of Fame, click here!   Read More About Whiting, Indiana, Click here! 
      Old Lighthouse Museum Heisman Harbor Road, Washington Park, Michigan City, March-Dec: Tues-Sun 1-4 pm, built in 1858, served as house for light keeper and family. Museum is located close to Premium Outlets Mall, Washington Zoo, Friendship Gardens, Blue Chip Casino, and the Lake Michigan Beach, 872-6133.
     Sherwood Forest Paintball (LaPorte), 3497 N US Hwy 35, LaPorte, 219-325-8060. 80 Acres of play, open to play groups, team building, gear rental and Special weekends!
     Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park, Fun for kids or just kids at heart! Open Jump, parties, SkyRobics, park rentals, corp. events, toddler & special needs times, field trips & fundraisers! 1035 Eagle Ridge Dr., Schererville, Indiana. Click HERE
      Wolf Lake Pavilion, Hammond, beautiful Lake Front Park, with picnic tables, fishing, concerts and events, swimming and boating, Splash Pad nearby and Environmental Center across the street, 2324 Calumet Ave, Hammond, fees for parking and  click here for more 
     Wolf Lake Aquatic splash pad,  (937-7952) Click here for more!
     Washington Park Zoo, 115 Lake Shore Drive, Michigan City, April through Oct, Call for hours, $5/adults, $4/seniors, $3.50/children, free for children 2 and under. See over 90 animal exhibits. conveniently located close to Premium Outlets Mall,  Blue Chip Casino, Lighthouse Museum, and the Lake Michigan Beach, 219-873-1510, Click Here.
     Whoa Zone Water Park –
Experience Whiting’s new, inflatable water park and beach rentals this June. new, state-of-the-art water attraction coming to Whihala Beach this summer.Whoa Zone is a floating water park made up of slides, trampolines, loops, tunnels, and many other play features that create a never-ending obstacle on the lake. Park is Open for Whihala Beach goers in mid June. Click here for more info!
    Zao Island Amusement Park, 1050 Horseprairie Ave., Valparaiso, IN, 2-18 hole miniature golf courses, batting cages, go-karts, bumper cars, lighted driving range, super slide, live alligators, indoor arcade.
     “Zig Es Funland”  8176 Wicker Ave., St John, Indiana, go karts, miniature golf, Batting Cages, Trampoline, Snack Shop, Arcade, Lan Center.
Spend your Summer Weekends celebrating in Northwest Indiana.
     Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center, Wicker Park Memorial Splash Pad, Oasis Splash Pad, Central Park Plaza Splash Pad, Heron Lake Splash Pad, Hub Municipal Pool, Founders Square Splash Pad, Splash Pad at JeorsePark, just to name a few. (see these places below or Click Here)
    Inman’s Recreation, Zao Island, Zig E’s, Cedar Creek Family Golf Center and more! (see these places above or Click HERE)

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Susie Young Baxter, CEO, has published PanoramaNOW Magazine for 31 years. Her hobbies are Camping, Boating, Hiking, Nature, Gardening and Outdoor Activities. She is an Artist, Graphic Designer, an Avid Seamstress, Dabbles in Homemade Crafts and Landscaping. Since her Father was a Health Teacher, she also likes homeopathic Health Solutions. Since blogging started over 10 years ago, PanoramaNow has been added to Newsbreak - a national news affiliate.