Weekend Update: Farm Fun & Extension Gardens Open House

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

Chef Lauren talking at a Farm Dinner!

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.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

Ladies enjoy a Farm to Table meal.

This Saturday, August 12, enjoy a full day of fun at the Farm at Prophetstown. In the 1920’s many farm homes boasted a piano and a Victrola.  Home entertainment was still very popular.  Come out to the Gibson Farmhouse from 1-5pm for an afternoon of musical exploration! How had the radio influenced musical interest?  Who were the popular artists of the 1920’s? Try your hand at their player piano and listen to music from their Victrola. Following this musical day, stay for a five-course meal in the 1920’s Gibson Farmhouse, featuring fresh ingredients from The Farm. Socialize and make new friends!  Please note reservations are required for this event.

Enjoy the beauty of nature the following day, August 13, during the 2017 Extension Gardens Open House. Tour the Demonstration, Display, Idea, and Community Gardens! There will be children’s activities that include face painting along with hay rides to view the Community Gardens. A scavenger hunt will be taking place and hot dogs are free to all that complete the hunt! Light refreshments, lemonade and cookies, will also be provided. 

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

Weekend Update: Bing Davis Exhibit and Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks

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.

Do not miss the last weekend to enjoy the Haan Mansion Museum of Art’s latest exhibit: On the Shoulders of Ancestors: the Art Of Willis Bing Davis. Willis “Bing” Davis grew up in a neighborhood where there was a sense of community, where everyone knew who you were, and where great role models made a positive impact on the lives of its residents. While embracing his African-American heritage and culture, Davis creates thought provoking artwork that interweaves native patterns and fabrics and gives a new voice to found objects. Ceramic Ancestral Spirit Vases, masks, paintings and many other ceramic pieces showcase the talent and versatility of this prolific artist. Through his art, he inspires the viewer to explore their human potential and greatness.

IMG_4227Enjoy a hike through Prophetstown State Park during their Winter Workshop, Walking Sticks on Saturday, March 18. A walking stick can aid you in hiking because it takes pressure off your knees and back, and it can help you keep balance on uneven ground.  Walking sticks can be works of art too. The state park will have different methods of design for all ages (only older participants will be allowed to carve with a knife.)

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

Weekend Update: Holiday Animal Celebration & Santa Visits Wolf Park

Bojangles is one happy horse!!

Bojangles is one happy horse!!

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.

Celebrate the holidays with the animals at the Farm at Prophetstown during Holiday Animal Celebration. Join farm staff for feeding time! They will be treating the animals to a holiday buffet. The treats will be served at 9am. Come and join in the fun by helping everyone thank the animals with healthy treats.

Santa Visits Wolf Park! This Saturday, December 17, from 1-4pm, bring the family to Wolf Park to celebrate the holiday season with the wolves. Children are welcome to help staff and volunteers decorate small evergreen trees with wolf-edible treats such as hot dogs, spam, and spaghetti. When Santa arrives, the guests can watch the excitement of the wolves and children as the “edible trees” and other treats are distributed among the wolves. Although the program takes place outside (since the wolves are outside), guests are invited into Wolf Park buildings to warm up, have some hot chocolate and, after the tree and treat distribution, talk to Santa, who will be accepting requests. Every year Santa arrives via a different form of transportation! How do you think he will arrive this year?

Chorus Howl at Wolf Park

Chorus Howl at Wolf Park

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 Events: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Trail of Scarecrows

charlie-and-the-chocolate-factoryLafayette-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.

A family favorite and masterpiece of fun, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is being showcased at the Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, on October 14-16.  The eccentric owner of the greatest chocolate factory in the world has decided to open the doors of his factory to five lucky children and their parents, and hides five golden tickets beneath the wrappers of his famous chocolate bars. Join Charlie Bucket in his hunt for a golden ticket and his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous Chocolate Factory! This is a A Civic Youth Theatre Production.

img_2684Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find Prophetstown State Park’s Trail of Scarecrows this weekend. Each scarecrow was designed by someone in the community – a business, an organization, a family and more. Support their creative efforts and “penny vote” for best scarecrow in the Visitor Center. These penny votes will add up, and all proceeds benefit the interpretive programs at Prophetstown State Park. (Our very own Sports Marketing and Recreation Manager, created a scarecrow called Purdue Game Day Traveler. Check him out!!)

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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Family Fun For “Kids” Of All Ages!

Columbian Park Zoo

Columbian Park Zoo

Children are known for being wide eyed, always hanging on to your every word, and constantly waiting for your attention. Kids, now your parents CAN be that way too! Bring Mom and Dad to Lafayette-West Lafayette for a getaway you can all enjoy.

Over forty acres of fun await you at Columbian Park!  An innovative playground with distinct areas for kids from tots to teens, Loeb Stadium – home to the Colt World Series, amusement rides, a train, a 1.10 mile paved trail and the 2nd oldest zoo in Indiana make this an attraction for everyone.

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Fire a three-ear corn cannon salute at Exploration Acres

Get ready for an adventure at Exploration Acres, the largest corn maze in North-Central Indiana with over 18 acres of mazes and over 8.8 miles of trails. It opens the middle of September through late October on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Wea Orchard – Explore an orchard full of delicious apples and pumpkins at Wea Creek Orchard. Bring the family to ride on a hay wagon as it travels through the fields and farm exploring the beauty of the orchard. Shop at the gift shop full of goodies; cider, honey, and fruit products such as preserves, salsas, butters, and jellies. Their preserves are just like my mother makes!  They are delicious sweet goodness in a jar!

Come experience life on the prairie, a working 1920s farmhouse at the Farm at Prophetstown. Life was different then. Meet the farm animals, learn about sustainable agriculture, and maybe feed the chickens! Open daily. Located within Prophetstown State Park.

Farm at Prophetstown

Farm at Prophetstown

Spend the day or camp overnight at Prophetstown State Park, Indiana’s newest state park. Enjoy endless fun with hiking, birding, and biking on the trails through the prairie and the park. Visit a Native American Settlement to see where Native Americans hunted and lived along the two rivers for thousands of years.  Pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic areas and playgrounds.

Join a chorus of spectacular wolves in their natural habitat at Wolf Park’s popular Howl Nights. The park is home to several packs of gray wolves, plus foxes, coyotes and bison and is the only park of its kind in the country.

There’s a lot more things to see and do and it’s all here just waiting for you! Visit our website, www.HomeOfPurdue.com for details.

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Weekend Update: Colt World Series and Farm Olympics

coltworld_aWeekend 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 Friday, August 5 marks the 48th year, Lafayette will be host to the Colt World Series at Loeb Stadium. This season 10 teams will be competing for the championship from across the globe. Good luck to all the baseball players competing! It is sure to be another exciting year! The teams play from August 5 through August 10, 2016.

Farm Olympics! Head to The Farm at Prophetstown to celebrate this year’s Summer Olympics. Try your hand at their farm obstacle course. Compete in five timed obstacles, for a chance to stand on the podium at their closing ceremonies. Three winners will receive prizes from The Farm! Compete from 12:30pm – 1:30pm. Closing ceremonies will be held in the barn at 2:00pm. You won’t want to miss this family friendly event!

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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Lafayette-West Lafayette Weekend Update: Family Day at the Farm & Tour the Town

Such a cute little duckling at the Farm at Prophetstown!

Such a cute little duckling at the Farm at Prophetstown!

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.

Family Day is back at the Farm at Prophetstown! Please join the fun filled day on The Farm on Saturday, June 4. They will have demonstrations, blacksmithing, games, food, plenty of animals to see and more. Don’t forget to join in the  pie eating contest at 12:00pm! This event is FREE with park admission. Trolley rides will also be available throughout the day for $3 per person.

Have you ever toured our 2 great cities? You can this Saturday, June 4 during “CityBus” Tour the Town. This is a free guided tour on Saturday mornings in downtown Lafayette. A volunteer tour guide shares facts about landmarks, people and community history while traveling by bus from downtown Lafayette to Purdue University and back. There are two tours each Saturday now through August 20. The bus departs at Fifth and Main streets at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The tour is available on a first-come, first-served basis. It lasts approximately 50 minutes and returns to the starting point. Great for visitors and locals alike, the tour is operated in conjunction with the Lafayette Farmers Market.

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

Weekend Update: Maple Sugaring at Prophetstown & Purdue Gallery Exhibit

460309092Weekend 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.

Free event! Join the fun from noon to 4pm on March 12 and 13 at the Native American village at Prophetstown State Park for the third annual Maple Sugaring Demonstration. Visitors will see, smell, and taste history during this event.  Woodland Indian Educational Program presenters, Jessica and Mark Eaton, will demonstrate historic Native American-style maple sugaring techniques using clay vessels, hot stone boiling, and evaporation in metal kettles.  Help stir the sap, tend the fire, taste the treats, and more.

It’s a weekend of free events! Head to downtown Lafayette, and check out the new exhibition “On or About: Rockwell Kent” at the Fountain Gallery. Featuring a highlight of the Purdue Galleries collection, “Generator of Jobs,” a painting by American artist Rockwell Kent, this exhibit positions the work as a source of inspiration/discussion along side the works of local, regional, and national contemporary artists. The Fountain Gallery is open noon to 7pm on Friday and Saturday.

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

Weekend Update: Boo at the Zoo & Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park and the Farm

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.

Boo at the Zoo will be back and better than ever this Halloween! This “hauntingly-friendly” event is perfect for your pre-school and elementary school-aged children. The event features a nightly kid’s costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, and the Enchanted Train Ride. This night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides. (Please note this event takes place October 21-23!)

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

Prophetstown Scarecrows!

It’s Fall Festival at Prophetstown State Park this weekend! 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. On Saturday, October 24, enjoy a wholesome day of fall family fun at the Farm at Prophetstown! Bob for apples, learn about Halloween history, paint a mini- pumpkin, complete the farm scavenger hunt and get a treat bag. Enjoy free popcorn and apple cider with everyone.

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

Weekend Update: 20th Annual Global Fest & Farm Country Fair

Global Fest

Global Fest

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.

Where can you find a multitude of cultural diversity and learn about all the diverse cultures of our community? The 20th Annual Global Fest held on Saturday, September 5, from 10 am – 7 pm at the Morton Center.  Enjoy this celebration of West Lafayette’s many cultures with ethnic food, imported handcrafts, free entertainment, and cultural booths. This is a great place to bring your children or friends to learn about cultures from all over the world.

Calves at The Farm 2015.2It’s back! The Country Fair at the Farm at Prophetstown State Park located within Prophetstown State Park! The line-up of special events includes a draft horse team, pie eating contest, wood stove demos, folk music by Joe Peters and Linda Hicks, games, blacksmith, trolley rides, antique farm equipment and more! Meet Mr. Bojangles (miniature horse), feed the chickens, pet the sheep, and admire the beautiful horses and cows! We can’t forget the pigs! They may be smelly, but watch them lay around, eat and oink!

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