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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 with kids that make the perfect getaway weekend for the family! Most of these venues have indoor arcades. You’ll want to visit Deep River Waterpark in the middle of Northwest Indiana, Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Zao Island Amusement Center in Valparaiso, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park (Schererville); Jak’s Warehouse (Indoor Theme Park – Highland area); Washington Park Zoo (Michigan City); Barker Mansion Museum (Michigan City) Friendship Botanic Gardens (Michigan City) and the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Parks!   Just to name a few! Every city has a Splash Pad or Public Pool too!
     Spend your Summer Weekends with the family for a weekend getaway in Northwest Indiana. 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 Michigan City Indiana. We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO!
FUN FILLED BOUNCE HOUSES:
If your kids like bounce houses, you’ll find Five FunFlatables locations throughout Northwest Indiana that provide unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking. (see below)
INDOOR FUN:
Inmans’ Recreation Center, (Valparaiso) , Funflatbles (5 locations), Jaks Warehouse, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Crown Point Fun Center, Zao Island, and Zig E’s Funland. All of these centers have arcade games, family games, fun food, and more. (see these names below)
SPLASH PADS: 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 thees names below or Click Here)
PAINTBALL: Blast Camp Paintball, Sherwood Forest Paintball, and Team Combat Paintball (ages 13 up). (see these names below)
MINIATURE GOLF:
Inman’s Recreation, Zao Island, Zig E’s, Crown Point Fun Center, Cedar Creek Family Golf Center and more! (see these names below or Click HERE)

HERE’S OUR PREFERRED CHOICES FOR FAMILY FUN:_____________________________
   Funflatables:
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 where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking through Obstacles and Soaring down Slides! Indoor. 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!

 

   Gary Southshore Railcats, Baseball Games start at $6 per person,  U.S. Steel Yard One Stadium Plaza Gary, Fans are treated to 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, www.railcatsbaseball.com, 219-882-2255.

     
Inman’s Recreation Center, 
 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), Video Game Arcade, Roller Skating, 18 Hole Miniature golf, Go-karts, Bounce Houses, Paddle Boats, Outdoor Pavilion, Panhandlers Pizza and more! 3210 Evans Ave., 219-462-1300, www.inmansvalpo.com
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        Northwest Indiana Oilmen – 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, faily fun and entertaining – 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 filed. 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: www.nwioilmen.com by Phone: (219) 659-1000 / Email: info@nwioilmen.com

 

Mind Benders  puzzles & games- 
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. 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 Dowtown Whiting, only blocks from Whihala Beach and Wibit Water park on Lake Michigan. They have in store are: * Logic Challenge Games *Brain Teaser Puzzles * Family Fun Games* New Jigsaw & Wood Crafted Puzzles * Early Development Aides * Fun Learning Essentials * Science * Engineering * Magic * Arts * Crafts * Fidgets *Cubes and much more… 1438 119th St., Whiting, IN 219-237-4386 or www.mindbenders.biz also on facebook (Click here)

OTHER PLACES FOR NORTHWEST INDIANA FAMILY FUN:_____________________________
    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 or visit when they have a scheduled feeding the animals. Mineral Springs Rd., Porter , Indiana, 926-7561.ext 225, click here for more
   Blast Camp Paintball Field,
600 E 3rd Street (store), 550 W 600 N (field), Hobart, tag, each other with paintballs on a former military base, still houses barracks, radar towers, target ranges, bunkers, fortifications and foxholes, trained referees, 219-947-7733, Click Here.
   Buckley Homestead:
A Living History Farm- 3606 Belshaw Road, Lowell,  tours, many family activities, 219-696-0769, click here for more!
    Barker Mansion –
B 631 Washington, downtown Michigan City, 873-1520, former residence of local millionaire-industrialist, tours: Mon-Fri: 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm (June 1-Oct 31), Sat & Sun: noon, 2 pm, closed on Holidays, $4/adults, $2/children 4-18, children 3 and under FREE. For Complete Description Click here 
     Cedar Creek Family Golf Center, L 1
0483 W. 109th Avenue in Cedar Lake, IN 46303, 219-365-2902. 1/4 mile east of Rt. 41 on Rt. 231 Driving range with more than 15,000 square feet of bluegrass tees and 20 artificial ” golfer friendly” artificial turf mats; The mini golf course is an 18 hole adventure style miniature golf course. Click here
     Crown Point Fun Center,
Grab your family and friends and head for Crown Point Family Fun Center! Find go-karts, mini golf, arcade, batting cages, soccer cages, driving range and more in a family-oriented New Orleans Mardi Gras setting. 1301 Merrillville Rd., Crown Point, (219) 663-3663
   Deep River Water Park – 
(R) School Tours, Group Tours, interesting and informative view of a functional grain mill, 9410 Old Lincoln Highway, Hobart.
   Edge Adventure Park –
E 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.  It also features our FIRST Kid’s Park, with elements closer to the ground design for 4 yrs old and up to enjoy! Opening weekend is June 3rd and 4th with family discounts. 9001 E. Lincoln Hwy, Hobart Indiana.  Click Here For Full Description!
     Friendship Botanic Gardens- The Friendship Botanic Gardens (a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization) is community treasure, and an oasis of formal gardens and nature trails tucked in an old-growth forest surrounding Trail Creek in Michigan City, Indiana. Featuring new gardens, 14 different gardens, music concerts, educational programs and health and harmony with nature. 601 Marquette Trail, Michigan City, 878-9885, May-Oct: Sat & Sun 10-4 pm, For Complete Description, 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

     Horse Farm, S Ride Mini Horses, out in the country side, for a fun-filled day outdoors, family routs of the farm are available and kids are welcome to ride the horses within the fenced area, 20 mares, and 2 stallions,   www.knappsminihorses.com  
     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. Kids activities, hiking, camping, swimming, 1600 N. 25 E. Chesterton, 926-1390. Click here for more
   Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, A
Porter County Visitor Ctr, open to the public, 1420 Munson Rd, Chesterton, Indiana rsvp to 574-862-1434. 926-2255.
   Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore,
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. 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 a train ride away from Chicago or South Bend.  Rt 49, Porter, 395-1882. 395-8914. Click here for more!
   Mascot Hall of Fame,
1907 Front St., Whiting, IN  Click here for Full Description
   Mission Escape –
Do You have what the espionage escape skills? Would you like to get your family involved in an activity together that doesn’t involve any electronics? Then Mission Escape is for you! Close to Indiana Dunes State and National Parks, 1050 Broadway, Ste 3, Chesterton. Located on Facebook and www.missionescapeniw.com – 219-983-1577.
   Old Lighthouse Museum- Heisman Harbor Road, Washington Park, Michigan City, March-Dec: Tues-Sun 1-4 pm, built in 1858, served as house for lightkeeper and family. located close to Premium Outlets Mall, Washington Zoo, Friendship Gardens, Blue Chip Casino, and the Lake Michigan Beach, 872-6133.
     Mixsawbah Fish Hatchery-5500 S 675 E, Walkerton, trout and salmon state fish hatchery, produces 680,000 fish, call for hours and tours, 219-369-9591.
   
Portage IMAX Theater –
B Portage 16 IMAX features 15 ALL digital Projection screens, D-BOX seating and 1 Digital IMAX screen. All theaters are stadium seating with high back rocking chairs. They have a massive spacious lobby, and mezzanine for relaxing before your movie. Free drink refills, and $.50 popcorn refills! .
    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.
     Team Combat,  private party or team-building events, up to 30 people can play real life game scenerios, tactical training by special forces and SWAT teams, tactical laser tag,  located 3 miles east of I-65 on US 231.
   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, $4.50/adults, $3/seniors, $2.50/children, free for children 2 and under, 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 Attraction: A 
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; the first of its kind on Lake Michigan. Wibit will be fun for all ages and is set to be open for Whihala Beach goers in June. Stay Click here for more info!
 
    Zao Island Amusement Park, A 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. We guarantee there’s a Festival EVERY WEEKEND WITH TONS OF FAMILY FUN! From Car Shows, ice cream socials 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 the 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 Michigan City Indiana. We even have lots of HISTORICAL EVENTS TOO!

Sue Baxter