Science Fun at Imagination Station

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics! Sounds intimidating, but at Imagination Station, in Lafayette, Indiana, it is a fun science center perfect for kids ages 10 months to 10 years.  Grab the kids for a morning or afternoon of learning enjoyment!

I have a 10-month old and a 5 -year-old. We are always looking for activities they would both enjoy and my mom who helps watch both of them a few days a week shared how she took them to Imagination Station and they loved it. So I added it to our family fun list of area attractions to take the kids on my day off.

We recently went and my mom was spot on, both kids loved it! When we walked in my daughter, Charlize, ran to see the new exhibit called the Minds Eye. It was behind curtains at the time being installed, and the Director, Philip, shared it is a custom built piece from the Fort Wayne Science Museum that is all about perception and optix. Then from there, she explored exhibits about our world’s watersheds, civil engineering, planets, weather, dinosaurs, building structures and animal care. She would zoom from one exhibit to another and push buttons, play and learn. On the second level, amphibians such as snakes and reptiles make Imagination Station their home. An employee was sweet and brought out a yellow and orange reptile for my daughter and another little girl to touch and ask questions about. Surprisingly both girls were not scared at all and gently touched it.  One might think, how is a 10-month  old entertained at a science museum? First, when we arrived all the bright colors kept him in amazement. Second, Imagination Station has Duplo Legos along with a whole area set up with baby toys that get the babies using their hands pushing gadgets, making sounds, and moving small pieces. Channing was in baby heaven!

Imagination Station also has a fabulous space for events. Birthday parties, clubs events, meetings, etc.; this science museum has a room designated for such events. The room includes seating for up to 50 and has a fully equipped kitchen, including a microwave, brand new oven and stove, refrigerator, freezer and serving utensils. Guests are welcome to bring their own food in.

Whether you are visiting or live in Lafayette-West Lafayette, make sure you add Imagination Station to your list of places to visit. For more information about this attraction and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Purdue Homecoming Weekend Update 2018

Purdue Homecoming 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.

Make this your checklist of Purdue Homecoming fun this weekend! Don’t miss a second of the excitement!

Friday, September 21:

  • Boiler Up! Every Friday, typically from 12-3pm (times may vary) before Purdue Home Football Games, take a ride on the Boilermaker Special! Pick-ups will be in front of Stewart Center and run every 15 minutes. Look for the marquee!
  • Come and watch the annual homecoming parade as Purdue kicks off the 150th celebration of Purdue weekend! Participants will be handing out goodies to those lined up as well as the infamous Purdue Marching Band, so get there early! This year’s Grand Marshal is 1978 Homecoming Queen, Kassandra Agee-Chandler. This event is FREE and open to the public. All are welcome to attend – click here for route.Purdue2013

Saturday, September 22:

  • Fans, especially families, looking for fun before home games 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.
  • This year Purdue is IMG_0547celebrating its 16th annual University-wide Homecoming celebration on Stadium Mall as Purdue kicks off 150 Years of Giant Leaps during the Homecoming 2018 festivities. Don’t forget to visit with the various school and unit tents before we take on Boston College. You’ll find all sorts of fun, photo opportunities, and free activities for the whole family. This takes place 10-12pm.
  • At 9:30am, join in a tailgate concert celebrating Homecoming and featuring the Purdue Jazz Band and the Tower of Power Band! They will perform at Slayter Center prior to “Thrill on the Hill.” Then 90 minutes before game time the Purdue “All American” Marching Band will present “Thrill on the Hill” at Slayter Hill.
  • Game time! Come watch as our Purdue Boilermaker Football Team take on Boston College inside Ross-Ade stadium. (12pm).
  • Sesquicentennial Kickoff: Homecoming!
    The sesquicentennial celebration will kick off during halftime with an “All-American” Marching Band performance, to be livestreamed for all Boilermakers to enjoy. Following the game, head to Stadium Mall for a postgame party with live music, food and drinks.

Sunday, September 23

  • Post Homecoming fun is happening at Art on the Wabash!  Spend your Sunday afternoon relaxing and enjoying local art at Art on the Wabash. This annual local juried artist fair features artists from a 15 county area offering pottery, glass, paintings, carvings, jewelry and more. Located on the banks of the Wabash River, guests enjoy a very nice, scenic landscape for this outdoor show.

Art on The Wabash

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

Festival Fun Weekend – Global Fest & Apple Popcorn Festival

Festival Fun Weekend! 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, September 15, learn about cultures from around the world at Global Fest in West Lafayette. Global Fest is a street festival with Columbia and Chauncey Streets serving as the backdrop for the celebration! Enjoy and explore world cultures through music, dance, crafts, displays and international food. Continuous stage entertainment, cultural displays and children’s activities are among the free activities.

Global Fest

More festival fun is taking place 15 minutes north of Lafayette in a small town, Brookston. It’s the 40th Annual Apple Popcorn Festival. Two all-American favorites play center stage on a day brimming with activities, including: over 200 craft booths, contests, entertainment, music & a great variety of food booths. There are yard sales galore all through town. This is the time to celebrate the local harvest, rich with apples and popcorn. Come with your friends and family and enjoy the day.

Kent’s Cucurbits planting pumpkins for the Apple Popcorn Festival!

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Folie: French & New American Fine Dining

Folie is a “French & New American Fine Dining” restaurant located at 526 Main Street in downtown Lafayette. Looking at the menu, before we went, I was a bit intimidated by some of the items, but we decided to give it a try. We visited for lunch, where the dishes are a bit more traditional and not as exotic but flavor and experience sure didn’t disappoint. The restaurant offers a contemporary feel in a historic area of downtown and has two sides to the restaurant, side for 21 and over that includes a bar and then the regular dining room where guests of all ages are welcome.

Folie Burger

The menus change throughout the year, but we tried the “Cemita” which is a breaded chicken breast, Oazaca cheese, avocado, onions and chipotle aioli and the “Folie Burger” which has onion jam, mushroom, gouda cheese, tomato, lettuce and horseradish aioli. Corey shared, “The chicken sandwich is a thinly fried chicken breast, covered in Oaxaca cheese and an aioli sauce that complements the natural flavor of the chicken to perfection! It will be sure to guarantee a return visit to the restaurant once you try it!” The Folie Burger was surprising. I wasn’t sure about the onion jam, but it was amazing! Basically, just caramelized onions but it made the burger! The horseradish aioli was a great addition as well and added that extra flavor to make the burger extraordinary. We loved our food but both kept eyeing the “Tacos al Pastor” that kept coming out of the kitchen. I had thought about ordering but just wasn’t sure but so disappointed that I didn’t go for it. I’m going to have to go back. The Tacos were marinated pork, charred pineapple, avocado mousse, cilantro, onion and spicy peanut sauce. We were all too full for dessert, but they all sounded good.

Tacos al Pastor

The dinner menu currently has some more unique offerings such as stuffed zucchini blossoms, grilled octopus, Rack of Wild Boar, Lamb Shank, Ethiopian Spiced Yard Bird, etc. But also, has more traditional items such as Oysters on the half shell, Pan Seared Salmon, Fettuccine Fra Divavolo, Bavette Steak and a burger of the month. The flavor and presentation were amazing with our lunch items, I would be willing to be a bit more adventurous when I return for dinner and try something I’ve never had before. I’m sure it will be amazing and beautifully presented. A fantastic choice for your next date night or business meeting. Service won’t disappoint either. Our server was very attentive and brought us everything in a timely manner, checked in with us appropriately yet gave us space as well. Overall a fantastic experience and I cannot wait to return!

Have you visited Folie Restaurant? Let us know what you think! For more information about this restaurant and others in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Farmhouse Hospitality at Black Blanket Farms

With the autumn season right around the corner, there is no better time to start planning your next weekend getaway and experience the beauty and nature of Indiana. The bright orange and deep red leaves, crisp mornings and sunny afternoons, and delicious homemade donuts from Greyhouse Coffee all contribute to the atmosphere of West Lafayette, IN in the fall. Here are three reasons to stay at the most authentic and peaceful bed & breakfast, Black Blanket Farms.

Delicious food!

1. Simpler Way of Staying

If you are looking for somewhere that reminds you of a simpler way of life in a simpler time then Black Blanket Farms Bed & Breakfast is the perfect place. The home, with a foundation dating back to the 1800s, is true to its history. Items and furniture from different decades bring back memories and stories from the past while reminding guests of the important parts and people of life. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and encourages guests to enjoy their visit. And with the renovations and updates recently completed, you and your company will not be short of any amenities. However, you might find that you would rather spend time outdoors.

New bathrooms

2. Natural Environment

Although it is just a few minutes away from the world-renown Purdue University, Black Blanket Farms feels like a peaceful and quiet retreat away from the busy, fast-paced world. Whether you decide to wake up with the sun and spend a quiet morning walking around the pond or if you are a night owl and would rather stargaze, both are opportunities that can best be taken advantage of at Black Blanket Farms. The fresh air is rejuvenating to the soul, and the view from the back porch is a beautiful picture of the natural charm of Indiana.

3. Farmhouse Hospitality

Finally, expect to encounter the gracious hospitality of your host, Teresa Witkoske. Teresa is passionate about her home and welcoming her guests into it. Black Blanket Farms has been in the family for generations, and as you will see, this bed and breakfast is truly a labor of love. Upon first meeting Teresa, it is evident how passionate she is about Black Blanket Farms and it will truly enhance your experience by getting to know her. One of the best resources for any trip is the recommendation of a local. By staying at Black Blanket Farms, you will have an authentic experience of farmhouse hospitality and the inside scoop of what to see and do in the Greater Lafayette community.

Living room

Next time you pass through the area for an event or a Purdue football game, or plan to have a retreat in the peaceful countryside of Lafayette-West Lafayette, a stay at Black Blanket Farms is a must.

Bonus: If you are looking to host a small special event, connect with Teresa as well. She can host small groups for breakfast or lunch. We recommend you request the blueberry crisp. Is it scrumptious!

“Whether you’re up with the sun or more of a night owl, relax and make yourself at home.” –Black Blanket Farms

Jaclyn, Purdue University Student and VLWL Intern, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Germanfest & Country Fair

Germanfest

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.

Schnitzel beef sandwiches, rollbraten pork sandwiches, beef goulach with buttered noodles, potato pancakes, homemade lentil soup, brats and more! Where can all of this be found along with a performance by the Polka Boys, a beer stein holding contest, casino games and more? St. Boniface Germanfest! This Saturday, September 8, join the German revelers as we dance, eat and make merry downtown Lafayette! Please note you may not be German in ethnicity, but you can be one in spirit as the celebration rocks and rolls! The event is $5 per person and those 21 and under are free. Germanfest is taking place from 4:30 to 11pm.

The County Fair is back at The Farm at Prophetstown on Saturday, September 8. Join in an exciting day on The Farm! Enjoy great music, food, games, vendors, demonstrations, antique tractors, the Gibson Farmhouse, and the Battle Ground Saddle Club will be on hand to show off different horse breeds! Enter their Pie Eating Contest at 12:00pm. Yum!  The event cost $5 per car, plus park admission and is taking place from 10am to 4pm.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Seven Superb Free Events – Labor Day Weekend

Lafayette Citizens Band – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Labor Day Weekend is upon us! Wow, this summer has flown! Check out these seven, superb free events to do this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

  1. The air in downtown Lafayette will be filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies on Saturday, September 1 at the Historic Downtown Farmers Market.
  2. Three stages of music, outdoor food, beer, and wine sales as well as street performers, sidewalk chalk and hand made Hula hoops, Drum circles and DJ’s, belly dancers, and balloon animals. Where? Mosey Down Main Street on Saturday, September 1.
  3. Live Music with Travel Kearney at Star City Coffee and Ale House on Saturday, September 1. Enjoy live music in English and Spanish. Originals and Covers from the 50’s to today.
  4. Traveling Broke and Out of Gas celebrate the release of their 4th full length studio album, ‘Bastard Americana’. Free show on the patio at Digby’s Pub with VERY special guests, The Hooten Hallers, on Saturday, September 1.
  5. Art Exhibits: Explore your artistic side at Artists’ Own, featuring the exhibit “Art From the Loom”.  The last day of this exhibit is Saturday, September, so don’t miss out! Also, do not miss a visit to the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette featuring 4 diverse and interesting exhibits. And lastly but not least, Purdue Galleries present the exhibit: Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly
  6. Saturday marks the 37th Labor’s Family Day Picnic at Columbian Park. The event includes free park rides, zoo, games, prizes, live music, rock climbing, face painting, a dunk tank, clowns and the Kroozers Car Show.
  7. The Lafayette Citizen Band plays and celebrates the end of their summer season at their Labor Day Concert on Monday, September 3.

DT Farmers Market – Photo by Dave Schmidt

Have a fun and safe Labor Day!  For more information about these events, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Friday Night Live & Celebrate Indiana! Outdoor Festival

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.

Be entertained with fabulous music August 31 during the Friday Night Live: Lorie Amick, Family & Friends at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. This night of music will feature Lorie Amick and her talented family and friends. This hour long event will include musical styles from French Jazz to Pop to Boogie Woogie Piano. Nine musicians will amuse the audience with vocals, flute, violin, keyboard, drums, bass, harp guitar and even ukulele! This event is free and takes place from 7-8pm.

Haan Mansion Public Art

Celebrate Labor Day weekend this Saturday, September 1 at the Celebrate Indiana! Outdoor Festival at Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art. This festival promises fun for the entire family. The event will include multiple performances on the stage featuring Indiana composers and authors, artist demonstrations, a special new sculpture unveiling, lawn games, balloon animals, scavenger hunt, hands-on arts and nature activities, and food. Food available for purchase at the festival includes Arni’s pizza by the slice, EMT Food Truck, and Mary Lou Donuts. Admission to the festival is $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 5 to 17), and $25 for a family. Children ages 4 and under are free. This event takes place 12-4pm.

For more information about these events and other events happening this weekend in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at HomeOfPurdue.com.

Taste Buds Soar at Red Bird Cafe

Loaded fries

2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, is home to over 275 local restaurants and one just popped up that is making our taste buds soar and our bellies quite happy. Red Bird Cafe is the newest restaurant to our dining scene and we have to say from our recent visit that we are thrilled by the addition!

First let’s start with the food! 5 of us visited this Red Bird Cafe a few weeks ago. We explored the menu and decided on their loaded cheese fries, French fries with their signature white queso, bacon crumbles, sour cream and green onions, as an appetizer.  We literally fought for the last fry, they were so good. They were salty and cheesy and oh so delicious! Along with our appetizer they brought out homemade Beignets. I tried so hard to only eat a bite as I had ordered a large lunch but I couldn’t stop tasting this fried piece of dough with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar.  YUM! My co-worker Ashley shares, “The Beignets that come with the meals are fluffy on the inside, crispy on the outside and covered in cinnamon and sugar! They taste like a fluffier version of an elephant ear. I love them! The meals are all good sized and very filling. I enjoyed my meal and am looking forward to going back.”

For lunch I ordered off of the breakfast menu which they said they offer all day.  My choice was the biscuits and pepper sausage gravy that came with hash browns.  I also added bacon to my selection. I have reviewed biscuits and gravy in past blogs and these rival the best in the area. The gravy is smooth and peppery on top of light, dense biscuits. They were just amazing! Add in the perfectly fried hash browns and crispy bacon and it was one of the best breakfasts I think I have ever had.  I highly recommend!  Another one of my co-workers, Lisa, who we say we are twin eaters, ordered the same meal and she agreed it was fabulous!

Biscuits and gravy with hash browns

A few of my co-workers ordered from their lunch menu and selected the buffalo chicken wrap and fajita chicken wrap.  They both really enjoyed them!  Another team member ordered a custom omelet which they were happy to accommodate her dietary needs. She shares, “The omelet was tasty, fluffy, light, cooked just enough and filled with four different cheese options, just to my liking. Always pleased when breakfast items are served all day and they are willing the accommodate special diet requests.”

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Second, let’s review the service. Friendly, kind and accommodating. Everyone from the hostess to our waitress were so nice. They refilled our beverages regularly, checked on our table periodically, and were just pleasant. As we were leaving our waitress shared on Wednesday nights they have “All you can eat catfish fillets,” which sounds amazing!

Third and lastly, decor! Red Bird Cafe is just so cute and lovely. It is open and bright with fun decorations like a hanging bicycle on the wall. It was also exceptionally clean, which I love! The exposed beams and ducts on the ceiling and cement ceilings give it an industrial look yet it is really homey and comfortable as well. I believe it used to be an auto shop and it is crazy how they made it into such a beautiful restaurant.

Beignets

Overall, we highly recommend this restaurant.  We can’t wait to go back and explore so many more options on their menu! Red Bird Cafe is located in downtown Dayton, Indiana.

For more information about Red Bird Cafe and other wonderful restaurants in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit us at www.HomeOfPurdue.com

Delicious Destination Contest 2018 Winner

We have the winner of our “Delicious Destination Contest 2018″ worth over $550! Congratulations to Carol from Lafayette, Indiana.

She shares, “I am from Lafayette, Indiana, but I have only been to a few of these restaurants. I have never even been to the Feast of the Hunters’ Moon! I am so excited to explore our area and check out these new culinary experiences.”

Thanks to all who participated in this latest contest! Stay tuned for our next big contest/package we will be hosting in September.