Winter Time Fun at Riverside Skating Center

Winter is here and if you’re like me you’re always itching for fun things to do in the winter months. Sitting inside, curled up in a blanket, watching Netflix is only fun for so long, right? If you’re wanting to get out of your house for a bit of winter time fun, Riverside Skating Center is just what you need. There’s no better cure for the winter time blues or cabin fever than a little ice skating with family and friends.

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My favorite part about Riverside skating is watching the Zamboni resurface the ice. As a little kid, I always wanted to be the one who drove the zamboni and made the ice look nice and shiny. I always wanted to be the first one to put my skates on the fresh smooth ice. Watching the zamboni do it’s thing is a satisfying show for all. If zambonis aren’t your thing, you can always head inside for a hot chocolate break until the zambonis duties are done. Its a win-win for everyone!

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Riverside Skating Center is right in the middle of tons of dining options which can make for a whole evening of fun. The skating rink is located almost walking distance from Scotty’s Brewhouse, one of my favorites. The location makes it easy to make a whole day of fun. Have lunch at Puccini’s, walk over to All Fired Up, do some shopping at Dawson & Daisy Boutique, have dinner at Scotty’s Brewhouse, and end the night at the skating rink. Sounds like the perfect day to me!

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This rink has become a Lafayette-West Lafayette winter time tradition. There’s no better feeling than drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate after a few hours out on the ice rink. So bundle up, grab some friends, and get out to the Riverside Skating Center before the ice melts!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern shares this blog.

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Five Free Things to Do this Winter in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

Winter in Lafayette is a beautiful snowy landscape! You definitely need to take some time to do these five free things available this season!

1. Christmas tree at the Purdue Memorial Union

IMG_3622Did you know that Purdue is home to the largest Christmas tree in Indiana? The beautifully decorated tree stands in the Great Hall of the Purdue Memorial Union. It magically appears in early December and remains for the holiday season!

2. Holiday Luminaria

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.05.31 PMEach year the community gathers on Ninth Street hill to celebrate the holiday season. The week of Christmas, starting at 6:00 pm the candles are lit and generally will last well into the early morning. Started in 1986, features lighting of the luminaria that line the entire hill with over 500 luminaria (little paper bags with candles)!

3. Sledding on the hill at Purdue’s Slayter Center or Murdock Park

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Looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors even in the winter? There are two great places to go sledding here in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Slayter Hill is on Purdue’s campus and brings hundreds of students to sled each time it snows. Murdock Park even has a snow machine that helps supplement our own snowfalls!

4. Living Nativity Scene at Faith Church East

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 2.01.02 PMLiving Nativity Scene  has been a winter favorite in Lafayette since 1990! It is a collection of life-size scenes which reenact the biblical account of creation. You can either drive through or walk through the scenes while listening to the audio accompaniment.  Marvel in the cast of hundreds that put on this production each year!

5. Ice skating

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Spend a beautiful, chilly winter day at the Wabash Landing at the Riverside Skating Rink! There is open skating starting in late November to early March. Skating with friends and family is great way to take advantage of the colder weather! The rink has great views of the Wabash River, and access to all of the other shops and restaurants on the Landing!

This blog was shared by Visitor Information Specialist intern, Samantha Martin!

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Crack the Code at Rugged Xscape!

If you’re looking for things to this winter I have the perfect place for you. Rugged Xscape is the ideal destination for your winter time group outing. It’s perfect for families, friend groups, work groups, or basically any group you could possibly think of. Rugged Xscape is Lafayette’s newest escape room experience. There are five different rooms, all with different fun and exciting themes. You get to choose from The Morgue, The Bank Heist, The Boiler Room, Terrorist Warning, and The Dean’s Office. All the rooms have ranging difficultly levels and success rates. No matter what room you choose, you are sure to have a great time with your group!IMG_1106Entering this experience is exciting and you’re sure to be entertained the whole entire time. Once you arrive you’ll check in and your game master will take you to your specific room. They will introduce the rules and what your ultimate goal is in your room. Once you’re in, you have 60 minutes to use your brains and put your heads together to find your way out. You’re sure to learn about your groups weaknesses and possibly witness their amazing problem solving skills. You’ll be given riddles, clues, and hints to help you find your way, but I promise it isn’t easy. Cracking the codes and solving the puzzles takes communication, observation skills, and problem solving skills. We were so close to making it out, but we ran out of time before we could complete the very last step that would have made us victorious.

Afterwards, Ashley said, “Rugged Escape was difficult but fun. We were so close to getting out! If we just had one minute more we would have done it! Excited to go back to try another room.” After leaving Rugged Xscape, Sam said, “I was very impressed! I will recommend this place to my friends and family! I am completely blown away!”

I can’t give away any major secrets and ruin the fun for you, but I can tell you that Rugged Xscape was an incredible experience and team bonding activity for myself and my co-workers. Honestly, I never thought that I would enjoy something like an escape room. Going into this, I was convinced this was not my cup of tea. After completing the The Morgue experience, I realized I was so wrong. Rugged Xscape is for any and everyone, no matter what your interests are. Everyone loves a good challenge to make your brain work in a unique way.

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

Ashley with her Rugged Xscape Goodies!

After we were done, Our game master gave us all bottled water and a goodie bag full of treats and coupons to other local businesses like Digby’s Pub & Patio, Professor Joe’s, and The Knickerbocker Saloon. The location makes it easy to walk right over to some of our favorite local restaurants. Rugged Xscape is something new, fun, and interactive for the Lafayette-West Lafayette area. Head over to Rugged Xscape for the most interactive and exciting experience you’ll have this winter!

Emily, Purdue University Student and Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Intern, shares this blog.

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Holiday Home of Purdue Weekend Update!

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Purdue Christmas Show

Holiday 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 2 & 3, 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.
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    Holiday Tours (November 29, 30 & December 1, 2, & 3) 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 2.
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  • Shop for your holiday treats on Saturday, December 2 at the Holiday Downtown Farmers Market.
  • Enjoy a candy cane tour at McCord Candies!  Make your very own candy cane on December 1, 2 & 3.
  • Learn how to make beautiful ornaments from real eggs during Egg Ornaments at the Farm event on December 2. Duck eggs raised right on the farm will be used.
  • The Holiday Makers Market is back at Wea Creek Orchard on December 1,  2 and 3.  On Friday, December 1, Wea Creek is giving away swag bags full of goodies to the first 5 first 50 – $50 purchasing shoppers, door prizes, and more. Food trucks, desserts, beer, and live music on Saturday.  Sunday is family fun day – free kids activities in the basement of the barn! Bring your little shoppers!

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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Weekend Update: Small Business Saturday & Old Oaken Bucket Game

Tailgate time 2012Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Get out and support all of our amazing small businesses by spending your dollars in their stores this Saturday, November 25 during Small Business 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.  Also, downtown Lafayette, enjoy horse and carriage rides!

Two TulipsThis Saturday also marks the Old Oaken Bucket Game. Our Boilermakers host and take on our greatest rival, the Indiana Hoosiers. Cheer on our team to victory on November 25!  Also, please note, fans, especially families, looking for fun before the game will want to check out the popular Boilermaker Crossing. Meet-the-team events, inflatable games, and interactive opportunities highlight the list of activities. The Boilermaker Crossing is free and open to fans of all ages. Located in the Sally & Bob Weist Plaza, between Mackey Arena and Holloway Gymnasium, Boilermaker Crossing opens 3 hours before kickoff.

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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Weekend Update: Holiday Farmhouse Feast & Lafayette Master Chorale Performance

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

This Saturday, November 4, partake of a lunch of great food and laughter at the Holiday Farmhouse Feast at The Farm at Prophetstown! Enjoy a homemade meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. This will mark the last farm-to-table dinner of the season!  The meal will be buffet/family style and include ham, fried chicken, traditional sides and dessert. Socialize and make new friends, visit the farm animals and feed the chickens! It will be an afternoon of merriment and fun!

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Farm to Table Dinner

The evening of November 4, the Lafayette Master Chorale begins the season with the elegant Requiem of Gabriel Faure. With its soaring melodies and dramatic harmonies, this piece remembers those who have gone before. Combined with Arvo Part’s Da Pacem Domine, Faure’s luscious Cantique de Jean Racine and Peter Lutkin’s beloved The Lord Bless You and Keep You, the gentle but powerful music is sure to leave you with a feeling of serenity.

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Lafayette Master Chorale

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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Weekend Update: Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and The Farm

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Fun at The Farm!

Fall Fun Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

prophetstown16cEnjoy the beauty of fall this Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22 at the Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park. Join everyone for a weekend of fun fall festivities – whether it’s a popular Halloween activity in the campground, like trick-or-treating or campsite decorating contests, a hike to see scarecrows along the trail, a hayride through the prairie, or take a step back in time at the Native American village to enjoy a harvest celebration. 

Farm 2015.8Stop by The Farm at Prophetstown and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend as well on October 21 from 11-3pm. Try your hand at making a corn husk doll or a fun mask!  They will have free popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each.

In the evening is the Barn Dance and Harvest Celebration at the Farm. Come out for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, and will be performing in the barn from 6:30-8:30pm.  There will be a silent auction to support The Farm and activities for children. Come hungry, as there will be homemade farm chili for sale, as well as pumpkin and French silk pie. Bring your camper chair for extra seating.  Enjoy this annual evening of family fun!  $5 per car, plus park admission.  Trolley rides will be available for $3 per person, children 5 and under ride FREE.

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

Weekend Update: Purdue Boilermaker Half Marathon & Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire

PurdueMarathonDSchmidt2014Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

The 6th Annual Purdue Boilermaker Half-Marathon and 5K will take place this Saturday, October 14. Each year this event has drawn more than 2,200 participants! The races will start at the home of Purdue Boilermaker football, Ross-Ade stadium, and meander through the Purdue campus and the cities of West Lafayette and Lafayette. The course will highlight many of the more popular sites among these two cities in addition to the Purdue campus. This will be a great opportunity for Purdue alumni, students and Purdue sports fans to participate in a half marathon and 5k race on the Purdue campus!

home3After a morning of running or walking, head to Carnahan Hall for the first ever Greater Lafayette Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by Imagination Station in partnership with Make Media, it will be an afternoon of fun. What is a Maker Faire, you may ask? A Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects. They call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Glimpse the future and get inspired!

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

Five Free Fall Things to Do in West Lafayette!

Whether its exploring the outdoors, playing a game, or learning some history – there is so much to do in West Lafayette! Take advantage of the cool, beautiful fall season and check some of these free activities out!

1. Play Chess at Founder’s Park

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Enjoy the cool autumn weather outdoors at Founder’s Park on Purdue’s campus! Nestled amongst the classroom buildings of the school is this park comprised of over two acres of walking, biking, and relaxation opportunities! You can visit the Loeb Fountain which recycles up to 2,200 gallons of water per minute! You can also enjoy a game of chess with a friend on the stone chess tables offered there.

2. Armstrong Hall

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Ever wanted to meet Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon? At Neil Armstrong Hall on Purdue’s campus, you have that chance! In front of the building, there is a statue of his likeness, as well as imprints of his shoe prints. Dreamers can come here and imagine themselves becoming an astronaut.

3. Celery Bog

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Feel the crunch of the falling leaves under your feet at the Celery Bog in West Lafayette. Hike the trails or stop at the Lily Nature Center to learn more about the wildlife there! Visiting the bog would be a great way to spend the day with your family or on your own!

4. Black Cultural Center

The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. Each season they offer a Cultural Arts Series. For example, last fall the BCC featured book signings, painting galleries, even a lecture from famed Purdue faculty member Roxane Gay.
5. West Lafayette Library

The West Lafayette Public Library is a full service public library serving the residents of West Lafayette, Indiana since 1921. Spend a cool autumn day picking from one of the hundreds of fantastic novels offered here! There’s nothing better than a day spent outdoors reading.

This blog was shared by Samantha Martin, a Purdue student Visitor Information Specialist intern at Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette.

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Weekend Update: Fall Craft Show & Mozart Et Al

Lafayette-West Lafayette 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 or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

Shop til’ you drop! On Saturday, October 7, Carnahan Hall presents: Fall Harvest Artisan Crafts & Antiques Show. Nearly 40+ artisans and antique vendors will showcase and sell their handmade crafts. The first 100 visitors will receive a mystery bag containing “spendable cash” (up to $25.00). Free parking and free admission. Support your local artists as they share their handmade items. Pottery, wood, jewelry, knit items, paintings, dog food, ornaments, antiques, baby and doll items, sign art, and home decor will all be available for purchase.

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Musical entertainment takes place on Sunday, October 8. The Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society presents: Mozart Et Al at Purdue Eliza Fowler Hall. Mozart’s grand Horn Quintet K. 407 will feature ISO’s assistant principal horn Rick Graef. On the flip side will be Rick Sowash’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight for trumpet, violin, cello and Greg Kostraba on piano. Performers are Rick Graef, horn; Bruce Knepper, trumpet; Patrick Dalton-Holmes & Regan Eckstein, violin; Amy Brandfonbrener & Kathy Hershberger, viola; Eric Edberg & Josh Aerie, cello; Greg Kostraba, piano.

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