It’s a bird, it’s a plane…its kids jumping on trampolines!

Elite Air

Elite Air

It’s a bird, it’s a plane…its kids jumping on trampolines! The biggest craze in sports right now, indoor trampoline parks. In the Lafayette-West Lafayette area we have not one, but two locations that are both wonderful to jump your heart out.

A trampoline park is an indoor space covered in different sized trampolines and mats for your jumping enjoyment in a safe environment. There are also foam pits and different obstacles to be climbed or jumped on. Referees (staff members) are also present to ensure the safety of all jumpers.

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Elite Air

Elite Air Trampoline Park is located on Fortune Drive in Lafayette, where Elite Gymnastics Club holds their practices and meets. Elite Air is unique for its “Toddler Time” jumps on weekdays. This is for those 6 and under to have free roam of the trampolines while the older kids aren’t around. Ninja classes are also offered for those youth to learn how to climb up different obstacles.

Get Air Lafayette is our other local trampoline park located on State Road 38 in Lafayette. Get Air is unique for its knocker balls (inflatable bumper balls) and dodge ball room. The obstacles courses are so hilarious to watch people try and conquer. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t ever be able to defeat them! The obstacles are way harder than they look!

Elite Air Party

Elite Air Party

Both locations offer birthday party packages for kids. What a great way to entertain and celebrate the next big occasions.

Trampoline parks are a great way to get in some fun exercise. Whether you want to escape the summer humidity or stay active in the winter months, it’s always fun to jump around! We are lucky to have two locations for a hopping good time!

For more information about these recreational activities and more in our area, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Holiday Weekend Update 2! Lafayette-West Lafayette 2016

Holiday Weekend Update 2! Last weekend was a fabulous weekend of fun and this upcoming weekend looks to be the same!  Check out the entertaining holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Skate with Santa

Skate with Santa

  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 9-11, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Purdue University Bands & Orchestras present Holiday Cheer & All That Jazz and Tuba Christmas at Loeb Playhouse on December 9.
  • On December 10, the Bach Chorale Singers present Family Christmas Concert and on December 11 they present Candlelight, Lessons and Carols.  These are great opportunities to celebrate the holiday season with everyone as they sing sacred and secular music in beautiful candlelit First Baptist Church.

  • Purdue Gingerbread House

    Purdue Gingerbread House at Purdue Memorial Union

    Take a photo with Santa at Breakfast at the Purdue Memorial Union on December 10! Families are welcome to enjoy a warm breakfast catered by the Purdue Memorial Union. Children can enjoy decorating cookies, creating holiday crafts, and playing reindeer games!

  • Santa invites you and your parents to join in a fun-filled morning during Skate with Santa at Riverside Skating Center on December 10. Skaters will enjoy donuts, hot cocoa, and skate with the jolly old man himself.
  • Young and old alike will love the family-friendly Holiday Tours being hosted at Haan Mansion on December 10 and 11. You’ll find Christmas trees and nativity sets in almost every room. Interactive musical characters sing and dance and invite kids to touch. A Christmas train runs through Dickens Village houses in two rooms, passing through a bathroom and a closet on the way. A gingerbread style playhouse is large enough for several children. Santas, garland, wreaths, and Lafayette houses add to the fun.
  • Haan Mansion Train

    Haan Mansion Train

  • Enjoy the beauty of the holidays during the Holiday Open House in the Gibson Farmhouse on December 10 at the Farm at Prophetstown. The house will be decorated in holiday spirit. They will have gingerbread and refreshments to share.
  • Nearby in Delphi, enjoy warm apple dumplings, a visit from Santa, shopping items including many hand-crafted items of fabric, metal, wool and more.  Where? Old Fashioned Christmas at Canal Park on December 10 and 11.
  • Join in a fun, free carriage ride with Santa at Market Square Shopping Center!  On December 11 take a ride and embrace the holiday season. Bring the family and a camera for a fun holiday photo! Bring your camera for a special photo! Rides are limited to the time allotted.

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Cheer on Caleb Swanigan & Purdue Basketball

12237994_926022667478648_1928365583054578087_oCaleb Swanigan was born on April 18th, 1997, and from there had a rough road ahead of him before becoming a Boilermaker. He is a sibling to 5 other kids and is the son of a father who was a crack cocaine addict and a mother who didn’t have a steady job and was living on food stamps and welfare checks. He told his older brother he wanted to become a basketball player and his life completely changed.

As a 6’2”, 360-pound 8th grader, he was adopted by a man named Roosevelt Barnes. Barnes was a college football player for Purdue and later became a linebacker for the Detroit Lions in the NFL. After retiring, he became a very well-known and successful sports agent. When Barnes heard about Swanigan’s situation, he immediately took Swanigan in and officially adopted him.

Barnes and Swanigan worked every day to get Swanigan into the shape he needed to be in to live out his dream of being a basketball player. Between the workouts, diets, and schooling, Swanigan got to where he wanted to be, on the court for the Purdue Men’s Basketball Team as a Boilermaker.

Swanigan is beginning his sophomore year as a Boilermaker, but during his freshman year he had a personal record breaking season. Going into his freshman year he was already ranked 9th in ESPN’s Top 100 for the class of 2015 and was named Indiana’s Mr. Basketball, an award that hasn’t been given to a Boilermaker since Glenn Robinson in 1991. Those were only two of the many awards and titles he had when starting his first season with Purdue. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Freshman Team as well as a mid-season finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award (nation’s top freshman) and early-season candidate for the Karl Malone Award (nation’s top power forward). He now has a school record after being named Big Ten Freshman of the week three times last season. Swanigan averaged 10.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, setting Purdue freshman records for 282 rebounds and 8 double-doubles.

After a record breaking first season, it will be exciting to see the great things Swanigan will do in the next three years at Purdue and also after he graduates. Keep it up Caleb! All the Boilermakers out there are rooting for you!

For more information about Purdue Sports and the Lafayette-West Lafayette area visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.  This blog was shared by Amanda, Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern.

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Be Merry with a Fresh Cut Holiday Tree!

jo-christmas-tree-2The holidays are upon us! Decorations and cheer abound in Lafayette-West Lafayette. It is time now to head out to the great outdoors and find that perfect tree to compliment the holiday season.  What kind of tree makes your heart happy? From scotch, white, balled blue spruce, there are so many options to choose from here in our community.

Check out the list of local tree farms to find your perfect tree!

  1. Cassens Trees- Morehouse Road Location in West Lafayette

    1. Hours: Nov. 19 – Nov. 20; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    2. Nov. 25; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    3. Nov. 26 – Dec. 24; Mon. – Fri. 4 – 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 12  – 5 p.m.
    4. Phone: (765) 463-9234 Cell: (765) 412-6843
  2. Cassens Trees- Old State Road 25 North Location in between Delphi & Americus

    1. Hours: Nov. 25; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    2. Nov. 26 – Dec. 24; Mon. – Fri. 4 – 6 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun. 12 – 5 p.m.
    3. Phone: (765) 463-9234 Cell: (765) 412-6843
  3. Cottrell’s Christmas Tree Farm – Rossville, Indiana
    1. Hours: Open November 25 until Christmas. Weekdays 4:00 – 7:00 pm. Weekends 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
    2. Phone: (765) 379-3825
  4. Homestead Pine Tree Farm- Lafayette, Indiana

    1. Hours: Open starting November 27.  Thursday & Friday: 3 p.m. – dark Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – dark, Sunday: 1 p.m. – dark
    2. Phone: (765) 523-2170
  5. Krueger’s Christmas Trees in Battle Ground

    1. Hours: Open starting November 9. Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    2. Phone: (765) 463-1528
  6. Making Memories Christmas Trees in Lafayette, Indiana

    1. Hours: Open starting November 25, Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – dark (by appointment only), Saturdays: 9 a.m. – dark
    2. Phone: (765) 296-2521
  7. Mattern’s Pine Ridge Nursery in Lafayette
    1. Hours: November through December: 10 a.m. – dark
    2. Phone: (765) 714-9667
  8. McFee’s Trees in Battle Ground
    1. Hours: Open starting November 25, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am to dusk and/or by appointment.
    2. Phone: (765) 563-6425 or (765) 532-3584

jo-christmas-tree-3Happy Holidays! For more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Holiday 2016 Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update

img_9005-1Holiday Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the plethora of fun, holiday events happening this upcoming weekend in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  • On December 3 & 4, enjoy dance, glitz and toe-tapping holiday tunes, plus traditional Christmas hymns with the cathedral-like reverence of the season at the Purdue Christmas Show.
  • A Holiday Tour (December 3 & 4) at the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art is a special treat that you won’t soon forget. A Christmas train traveling through several rooms, decorated with Dickens Villages is a favorite feature for both kids and adults.  A gingerbread-style playhouse and multiple animated figures invite kids to participate. Decorated trees, Santas, angels, nativities, Lafayette houses and Dickens villages fill the Museum and spread the Christmas spirit.
  • The largest holiday parade in Indiana starts the holiday season…area bands, local floats, clowns, fire engines, police, postal workers and, of course, Santa are welcomed by the crowds on December 3. This is the first Saturday night holiday parade so don’t miss it!chrismtas-parade-pu-band-hester
  • Polar Express is coming to the Long Center on December 3! See this magical Holiday film starring Tom Hanks at Long Center for the Performing Arts with a special appearance by Santa himself!
  • The Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette hosts Elf the Musical, Jr. on December 2-4, 2016.  Buddy the elf is raised at the North Pole, unaware that he is actually a human until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. He embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.
  • Farmers Market Fun

    Farmers Market Fun

    Downtown Lafayette, enjoy Window Wonderland Students will create a festive storefront for a downtown business designed around this year’s holiday weekend theme: A Very Merry Main Street!

  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 3 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Come join the merriment at the Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, on Saturday, December 3rd beginning at 11am at Carnahan Hall, 800 Main Street.  The Dickens Players will perform 8 acts up and down the Main Street area with the Dickens Carolers singing between sets of certain acts.
  • Celebrate the season at Wildcat Creek Winery on December 3 and 4! Drop in for wine tasting featuring their Mulled Harvest Cranberry Wine and new Cherry Ginger Fizz. Enjoy holiday treats from Fair Oaks Dairy and Mama Inez Bakery. Shop for locally made gifts and wine to make your holiday gatherings special. DIY gift basket stations will be available to assist you in building beautiful gifts for your friends and family.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 2,  3 and 4.  On Friday, December 2, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 50 shoppers, door prizes, desserts & cider. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  And free activities for kids of all ages, wagon rides, games, and giveaways for parents on Sunday.

  • December 4 marks the Carnahan Hall Christmas Gift & Craft Show.  Vendors will be at the hall for all of your Christmas needs!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Holiday Eats at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House!

mcgraws3Holiday Eats at McGraws’s Steak Chop & Fish House! It is crazy to believe 2017 is so near. Last week was Thanksgiving and now the full holiday season is upon us!  Make sure you make the most of this season at one of Lafayette-West Lafayette’s finest steak and seafood restaurant, McGraw’s.  Enjoy succulent steaks, fresh fish, fabulous appetizers and the best customer service.

McGraw’s! When I think of this restaurant my stomach does a happy dance and I smile from all of the wonderful memories I have eating here. I don’t know which is better; the food, ambiance or service. Everything is top notch! I will share some of my favorite dishes, but please note everything I have tried has been delicious.

Appetizers:  I recommend ordering their crispy shoestring onions. They are super thin, lightly battered and served with a thousand-island style sauce. Their shrimp martini is another top pick.  The shrimp are huge and the cocktail sauce is hot, but not too hot. These appetizers are perfect because they are not super filling and whet the appetite for the entree to come!img_7876

Soup:  One of the BEST French onion soups I have ever tasted can be found at McGraw’s. The dark beef broth with sweet onions smothered with Gruyere cheese will make your mouth tingle. It is a messy soup dish, but well worth it.  (Sometimes if I am not super hungry, I will partake of appetizers and order soup for my meal and then nab a bite or two of my husband’s steak!)

Entrees: My friends and I like to each order our own meals and then share. It’s fun because then we can sample a bit of everything. My favorite entrees are really hard to pick. One can’t go wrong with their filet mignon, which is always perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned (just the way I like it!) and you can cut it with a fork. The flounder with pan seared polenta cake, tricolored baby carrots, green beans with a lemon caper butter is a refreshing and lighter choice. Every month they host a burger of the month.  This past month the burger as a 10 oz. ground sirloin burger with smoked provolone, pre-roasted poblano peppers, pickled red onion on a brioche bun.  It was juicy with a kick of heat….delicous!

Every entree is served with a salad, side and bread. Beware, I have made the mistake of filling up on their delicious fresh bread with sweet whipped butter.  It is yummy, but safe room for your entree and dessert!

Dessert: Order their Crème Brûlée! I have shared it with my mother in law and wished I didn’t because it was so good!  It was sweet (but not too sweet), had a crispy sugary coating, and was utterly delicious!

mcgraws4Ambiance: Overlooking the Wabash River, there is not a bad spot in the restaurant. Subtle lighting and candlelight make it a great date night location for a romantic dinner.

Service: One word: Wonderful! If you want a night where you can sit back and receive great customer care with a smile, this is the place!

Whether you are looking for delicious dining, interesting attractions and shops, enticing events or home away from home lodging—a getaway to Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is sure to satisfy. For more information about this restaurant and others in the area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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Shop Til’ You Drop! Lafayette-West Lafayette

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Hot House Market at Tippecanoe Mall

Shopping, shopping, shopping!  This weekend is the time for awesome holiday shopping and we are heading out to embark on the retail journey. Are you? If you are out and about share with us any great deals and/or crazy holiday shopping stories!

Today marks Black Friday, known to many as the biggest shopping day of the year.  Lafayette-West Lafayette is home to 9 plazas/shopping centers, major super stores, and one mall, the Tippecanoe Mall. Specials on everything from clothing, electronics, appliances and more can be purchased at stores like Target, Chico’s, Sears, Macy’s, TJ Maxx, and more.

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists' Own!

Get a special doggie bowl for your pet! at Artists’ Own!

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Glass artist, Linda, creating hand crafted beads at Le Originals

Not in the mood to embark on the Black Friday shopping madness of fun? Go local and shop this Saturday during Small Business Saturday. Lafayette-West Lafayette has so many unique, specialty shops that make this day full of shopping glamour. This day is one of my favorite days of the year because our local shop owners have their hand crafted items (many are one of a kind) on sale. My sister, mom, and mother in-law have been recipients of some lovely gifts that I can happily say I purchased at a great price! Plus, with the discounts, I usually purchase a little something for my own household!  For a complete list of shops that are participating, visit the Shop Small Saturday Facebook page.

Have a fabulous weekend of shopping!  And don’t forget to share with us your shopping news.  For a complete list of shops and other fun weekend events, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

Grateful Heart

Grateful Heart

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Doll accessories at Peace, Love and Daisies!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

Books, books, books from Main Street books!

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Weekend Update: Shop Small Saturday & Turkey Toss at Wolf Park

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Weekend Update! Looking for a fun Indiana weekend getaway? Or do you live in this area and are looking for entertainment close by? Check out the endless possibilities for fun events happening this upcoming weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 26 during Shop Small Saturday. What a better way to kick off holiday shopping then by taking advantage of all that our local businesses have to offer. They truly are the backbone of what makes our community so great and we would not be where we are today without them. Check out the Shop Small Saturday Facebook Event Page for more information about participating businesses.

Wolfgang Posing in Golden LightTurkey Toss is back at Wolf Park this Saturday, November 26.  Each animal receives their very own turkey and the guests at Wolf Park get to help!  Special helpers are chosen to throw a thanksgiving treat, turkeys to the wolves, small turkeys to the coyotes and Cornish game hens to the foxes!  Wolf Park gives thanks that we have wolves in the United States and to their wolves at Wolf Park for being an educational ambassador for their wild counter parts.  Happy Thanksgiving!

For more information about these events and other special “happenings” in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

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Holiday Dining – Lafayette-West Lafayette

Meet you at Arni's!

Meet you at Arni’s!

It’s holiday time in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Thanksgiving is this week and in 5 weeks Christmas and New Year’s will hit.  Wowza, it’s been a busy, fast year!  Do you ever think, “slow down time!” I feel this way all of the time and so this holiday season, I am going to try to embark on an “embrace every day” mantra.  With this being said, instead of hosting a holiday party at my house which takes hours and hours of cleaning, cooking, and decorating, I am making a reservation at a local restaurant to host my friends and family. Now onto the hard part, which restaurant?  Here is a short list of my top picks.  Let me know what you think??  Where should I book my special holiday party this year?

  • Arni’s – A family fun restaurant serving thin crust pizza, famed Arni’s Junior Salad, and fresh garlic bread.
  • Bruno’s – Hand tossed pizza, famous Bruno Dough, and decadent cocktails served in a Swiss Style decorated restaurant.
  • East End Grill

    East End Grill

    East End Grill – Lafayette’s newest hot spot for fabulous food merging classic steakhouse dishes with innovative bistro style.

  • McGraws – Seafood and steak at it’s best.  Plus a beautiful view of the mighty Wabash River.
  • Restauration– A modern farm to table restaurant featuring fresh, local, simple, and creative foods.  Food allergies?  Check out this restaurant!
  • Red Seven Bar & Grill – Homemade everything! From their light and savory southwestern style egg rolls, to fresh salads and gourmet pastas, this trendy restaurant offers a fun night out.

Share with me your thoughts?  And/or other restaurant ideas??  For a full list of local restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com.

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McGraws

Red Seven

Red Seven

Bruno Dough

Bruno Dough

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Holiday Shopping & Entertainment Contest 2016 Details

dtartfamilyfarm-sculpturedaveschmidt2014_30283479794_o2016 has been a fabulous year! To celebrate we are hosting our annual Holiday Shopping and Entertainment Contest. Enter today to win great prizes from all of these Lafayette-West Lafayette restaurants, shops, attractions and an overnight stay.

Details about all the local places that donated:

  • Grateful Heart Gallery & Gifts: 5 artists have joined together their one-of-a-kind art and fine hand-crafted gifts in one gallery for visitors to admire and purchase.
  • To prepare for all of the holiday parties coming up, head to Design Nook for the latest trends in exterior and interior design.
  • Looking for high-fashion women’s clothing store without the high price? Then look no further than Juniper.
  • Featuring many different mediums and media for art lovers to enjoy, Artists’ Own is a hotpot of creative output.
  • Wolf Park: This park offers guests an opportunity to see and visit not only wolves and see how they live, but bison, coyotes, and foxes!
  • Test your mini golf skills at Monster Mini Golf: 18-holes of surprises, twists, and turns! What’s the catch? It’s all in the dark with neon monsters around every corner!
  • Arrowhead Bowl: Bowlers will find great bowling and family fun in a smoke free environment.
  • Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Enjoy an afternoon of skating fun at Riverside Skating Center.
  • Arni’s: This local restaurant is a staple in the Lafayette area.  This restaurant which offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and more has been serving the community since 1965.
  • One of Lafayette’s newest restaurants located directly across from our courthouse is Digby’s Pub & Patio, serving beef and pork locally sourced and seasonal produce bought locally at the Lafayette Farmers Market.
  • Bruno’s features great food, atmosphere, and fun! This local favorite celebrated their 60th Anniversary last year and is known for their infamous Bruno Dough and homemade, hand-tossed pizzas!
  • Jane’s Gourmet: This little deli restaurant is serving up homemade soups, sandwiches, sides and more.  Recommend the Farmhouse Ham and Brie with Stonewall Farmhouse Chutney…delicious!
  • This year, Triple XXX Family Restaurant welcomes Ashley Burkhardt as their first female athlete to have a menu item: the Ashley Burkhardt Chicken and Biscuits.
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    Kathy’s Kandies

    Give your taste buds an experience like never before at Kathy’s Kandies with homemade treats such as: gourmet popcorn, scrumptious truffles, and fluffy pastries!

  • Where can you find traditional Irish pub fare in a lively, tavern setting in Lafayette-West Lafayette? Nine Irish Brothers
  • Looking for great burgers, drinks, onion rings and more?  Head to Spurlock’s, located downtown Lafayette
  • Hampton Inn – Lafayette offers 63 rooms including whirlpool suites, an indoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast, and children under 18 stay free.

Enter to win this fabulous contest at http://www.homeofpurdueblog.com/?p=8520!  Good luck!