Spooky Halloween Trick or Treat Update 2018 Part 2

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween Trick or Treat activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Trunk or Treat at St. James Lutheran
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 3-5 p.m.
    2. Where: St. James Lutheran, 800 Cincinnati Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Games, popcorn and crafts. Hot dogs & drinks for sale. Lots of candy!
  2. Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival at Crestview Community Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Crestview Community Church, 1400 Ortman Ln, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join us Crestview Community Church for our Annual Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat. From 5p – 7p we will have bounce houses, face painting, live music, games, food and more! From 7p – 8p the Trunk or Treat will take place. Door prizes will be given out throughout the evening.  This is a FREE event and everyone is welcome!
  3. Mall-O-Ween
    1. When: Thursday, October 25, 6-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Tippecanoe Mall, 2415 Sagamore Pkwy. S., Lafayette
    3. Details: Trick or treating at the Tippecanoe Mall. Line starts at entrance A by JCPenny. Don’t forget to bring your bag, bucket or pillowcase to trick or treat around the mall. Please no full-face mask or painted faces on kids 8 and up. No toy guns or weapons of any kind.
  4. Trunk or Treat Cruise in Car Show
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: AJ’s Burgers and Beef, 3575 Promenade Parkway, Suite 700, Lafayette
    3. Details: Bring the Cars and Bring the kids! Weather permitting, we are hoping for a great final event to head into winter time. Stop on by AJ’s Burgers and Beef in Lafayette on Friday October 26th, from 6-9PM for a Trunk or Treat! What does that mean? Well, instead of going door to door, you can go car to car showing off your great costumers while showing off your cool rides!
      This event is family friendly and for the kids! Prizes will be given to the kids with the best costumes. The best part about this event is its FREE to participate in!
  5. Trunk or Treat at Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Hunter’s Moon Harley-Davidson, 225 Progress Drive, Lafayette
    3. Details: Join Hunter’s Moon H-D for our annual Trunk-Or-Treating! This year, we are inviting the community to come out and pass candy out in the parking lot as well! Hunter’s Moon H-D will be giving the best decorated vehicle a $100 gift certificate!!
      The dealership will also be decorated so be sure to bring the kiddos inside for more treats at each of the departments. Hot cider and treats will be served inside in our customer lounge
  6. Trick-Or-Treating with the Animals at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come dressed in your costume and share this festive weekend with The Farm animals. Find each station on The Farm and receive a treat. They will have plenty of candy to share! Learn about how trick-or-treating came to be and see the house decorated for a 1920’s Halloween party. Several of the animals will be in costume and the Tenant house will be open for tours. Don’t miss this fun event! FREE with park admission.
  7. Trunk or Treat at Faith East Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Faith East Community Center, 5572 Mercy Way, Lafayette
    3. Details: Faith East Community Center is excited to host its annual Trunk or Treat event. All of the fun of trick or treating in one safe, family-friendly environment. With over 50 stops, carnival games and bounce houses, and more candy than you can count – you are guaranteed to have a great time!
  8. Trunk or Treat at Northend Community Center
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    2. Where: Northend Community Center, 2000 Elmwood Avenue, Lafayette
    3. Details: Northend Community Center will have trunks lining both sides of their front parking lot. When you get done with your last trunk, join everyone inside the Community Center for more games, bounce houses, and of course free popcorn, hot chocolate, and apple cider!
  9. Operation Trick-or-Treat with Friends of Downtown
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 2-4 p.m.
    2. Where: Downtown Lafayette Businesses (11th and Main down to Plaza)
    3. Details: Trick or Treating from 2-4pm, pet costume contest, costume contest at 5pm, community dance party from 2-6pm followed by “Thriller” flash mob in Riehle Plaza at 6pm.
  10. Trunk or Treat Riehle Plaza
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6pm p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza, 200 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Have small children or looking for a fun event to show off your Halloween costume and indulge in some candy? The Lafayette PD, West Lafayette PD and Tippecanoe County Sheriffs will be passing out candy on Saturday, October 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Riehle Plaza.

      Farm at Prophetstown animals will be decked out in costume!

  11. Trunk or Treat at Christ United Methodist Church
    1. When: Sunday, October 28, 1-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come out dressed in your best Halloween costume to Christ United Methodist Church’s Trunk or Treat! After you’re done Trunk or Treating enjoy our concession stand with hotdogs, chips and drinks! Hope to see you there!!
  12. Trunk or Treat Halloween Celebration
    1. When: Monday, October 29, 5-7 p.m..
    2. Where: Bob Rohrman Toyota, 3900 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come and enjoy a fun and safe environment with your kiddos! We will have plenty of candy and Free Hot Dogs for the family!
  13. Haunted House and Trick or Treat at St. Mary Healthcare
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
    2. Where: St. Mary Healthcare, 2201 Cason St., Lafayette
    3. Details: For ages 10 and under
  14. Calvary Baptist Candy Crawl
    1. When: Tuesday, October 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
    2. Where: Calvary Baptist, 310 Kalberer Rd., West Lafayette
    3. Details: Free! Candy Crawl is a safe, free, and family friendly event for the whole community. Kids (and adults) can wear costumes and trunk or treat going from car to car in the church parking lot getting more candy! Activities will be indoors and outdoors. Hot dogs and drinks served. We will have indoor activities for children with autism and sensory disorders. Please contact us before the event to find out more about our sensory friendly activities. An area with games and pumpkin decorating will be open from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Please avoid scary or inappropriate costumes – there will be lots of little kids everywhere!
  15. Trunk or Treat at Immanuel United Church of Christ
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5:30-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S 18th St, Lafayette
    3. Details: We will have Trick or Treating, Games, Hay Ride, Food & Drinks, Photo booth more. This event is free and family friendly. You won’t want to miss out on this fun filled evening.
  16. Trunk or Treat at Haan Mansion
    1. When: Wednesday, October 31, 5-8 p.m.
    2. Where: Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art, 920 East State Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Calling all ghosts, goblins, witches and more, stop by the Haan Museum for candy galore!
  17. Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: Observed on Halloween, but no set hours.
  18. West Lafayette Trick-or-Treating
    1. When: No mandated date, but usually observed on Halloween.

Click here for a listing of other spooky Halloween special events (Part 1) taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette.  Enjoy and have fun this Halloween!

Spooky Halloween & Fall Activities 2018 Part 1

It’s a scary, spooky Halloween Update! Do not miss these fun Halloween and fall activities in or near Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana.

  1. Exploration Acres
    1. When: October 11-28, Thurs. 6-10pm, Fri. 6pm -11pm, Sat. 10am – 11pm, Sun. Noon – 7pm
    2. Where: Exploration Acres, 6042 Newcastle Road, Lafayette
    3. Details: Once you arrive you can warm-up with a quick run through the straw bale maze, then visit the 18 acre corn maze with over 8 miles of twists and turns (the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana!)! You can test your skill at a pedal car race, fire a three-ear corn cannon salute or just dive into a mound of hay. There is a pumpkin patch, hay rides, and picnic area with fire pits.  Enjoy a gem mine, pony rides, and pumpkin decorating/race.
  2. The Great Pumpkin Patch
    1. Today-October 31, 11-7pm
    2. Where: Congress Street Church, North Parking Lot, 2012 Congress St., Lafayette
    3. Details: Visitors can shop for pumpkins, gourds, fall decorations, bake sale, mums and more.

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      Great Pumpkin Patch

  3. 9th Annual Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: Today– November 4
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Take a hike on the bike trail, starting at the Prairie View Picnic Area, and find our Trail of Scarecrows. 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.
  4. Evil on Erie (Haunted Warehouse)

    Trail of Scarecrows at Prophetstown State Park

    1. When: October 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 7 p.m.-12 a.m.
    2. Where: Haunted Warehouse, 1910 Wilson Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Haunted Warehouse – be prepared to be scared!
  5. Fall Funfest: A Harvest Celebration at Prophetstown State Park
    1. When: October 20-21
    2. Where: Prophetstown State Park, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: 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.
  6. Fall Fest Weekend at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Stop by The Farm and celebrate Fall Fest Weekend. They will have fall themed crafts and activities. The Farm will have FREE popcorn and cider available.  Decorate a mini pumpkin for $2 each. FREE with park admission.
  7. Barn Dance & Harvest Celebration at The Farm at Prophetstown 
    1. When: Saturday, October 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m..
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to The Farm for their annual Barn Dance and help celebrate the harvest of crops! Scott Greeson shares his musical talents all over the Midwest, but 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.  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.
  8. Haunted Adams Mill
    1. When: October 20, 27 & 31, 6-10 p.m.
    2. Where: Adams Mill, County Road S. 75 E., Cutler, IN – See website for directions
    3. Details: Each year around Halloween, the Mill is decorated and becomes a haunted, scary place.  Hundreds of visitors come from near and far to be scared!  Guided tours through the ghostly three floors of the Mill reveal many spine-tingling experiences. Outside, tractor-drawn hayrides take visitors through the haunted forest and then down to the warm campfire. Warm drinks and other treats are available under the overhang at the front of the Mill.
  9. 1920 ’s Halloween Decor at The Farm at Prophetstown
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
    2. Where: Farm at Prophetstown, 5545 Swisher Road, West Lafayette
    3. Details: Come to the farm to make Halloween décor. Hoosier families in the 1920s incorporated homemade and commercial decorations in their harvest and Halloween gatherings. Halloween parties were especially popular with all ages and commercial party supply companies promoted the use of its tissue and crepe paper, gummed seals (today’s stickers) and mat-stock silhouettes. FREE with park admission.
  10. Boo Bash & Family Movie Night
    1. When: Sunday, October 21, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
    2. Where: Wea Creek Orchard, 5618 S 200 East, Lafayette
    3. Details: The Public Schools Foundation of Tippecanoe County hosts its 11th annual Boo Bash & Family Movie Night on October 21, 2018. This family fun evening offers hayrides and several activities including pumpkin seed spitting, pumpkin bowling, tic tac toe, spider fishing, and donut on a string. Prize basket and “Guess How Many” winners will be drawn at 6:30, and the evening will conclude with a showing of Toy Story of Terror, a short, 22 minute film.  Concessions from the Emergency Munchie Truck will be available for purchase and the Wea Creek Market will be open. Costumes are encouraged. Admission is $5.00 per person.  Children 2 and under are free. For groups of more than four, admission is $3.00 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the event. In case of rain, activities will be moved inside the barn.

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  11. Boo at the Zoo
    1. When: October 24, 25, & 26 (Wed, Thurs, & Fri), 6:30-9 p.m.
    2. Where: Columbian Park Zoo, 1915 Scott St., Lafayette
    3. Details: 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 kids costume contest, fun games, encounters with their Animal Ambassadors, photo keepsake opportunities, and the Enchanted Train Ride. The night of delights also includes live entertainment and the Columbian Park Kiddie Rides.
  12. Imagination Station’s Annual Haunted Lab
    1. When: Friday, October 26 6-8 p.m. & Saturday, October 27, 10-3 p.m.
    2. Where: Imagination Station, 600 N. 4th Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein! Kid-friendly lab activities, costumes encouraged, and treat for the little scientists.
  13. Howler at the Fowler
    1. When: Friday, October 26, 6pm-10pm
    2. Where: Fowler House Mansion, 909 South Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: We’re excited to announce that, together with the 1852 Foundation, the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation is hosting our first annual Halloween bash at The Fowler House Mansion on October 26, 2018 called the ‘Howler at the Fowler.’ It’s going to be a ‘howl’ of a good time – costume contest, silent auction fundraiser with great prizes and awesome sponsors, cash bar, free appetizers, music and more! This is a 21+ over event. Please drink responsibly!
  14. Halloweentown 2018- Year of the Werewolf

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    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 3-6 p.m.
    2. Where: Riehle Plaza | Downtown Lafayette
    3. Details: All 2 and 4 legged community members are invited for an afternoon of Halloween fun. 4th Annual Halloweentown and Operation Trick or Treat in DT Lafayette. Year of the Werewolf. We are honoring our 4 legged community members. Pet parade and costume contest. All animals must be on a leash.
      Starts at 2 on Main Street with local businesses handing out candy then down to Riehle Plaza for Costume contest, DJ, refreshments and lots of treats!! Grand finale is THRILLER on the plaza. You’ll be home in time for the moon rises. Bring your friends. All costumes welcome.
  15. Frankenhuffin Halloween Bash 2018
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 9-1 a.m.
    2. Where: Sgt. Preston’s, 6 N. 2nd Street, Lafayette
    3. Details: Come on out to the third annual FrankenMuffin Halloween Bash at Sgt. Preston’s! Don’t miss out on the costume contest with special prizes TBD distributed at 11:00 pm. Ask about Sgt. Preston’s “Spooky Specials”. In costume or not, enjoy an awesome night of music and fun! Show starts at 9:00 pm, rocks on until around 1:00 am. 21+ venue. Best part: NO COVER!
  16. Wolf Park Pumpkin PartyPortrait of Timber
    1. When: Saturday, October 27, 1-5 p.m.
    2. Where: Wolf Park, 4004 E. 800 N., Battle Ground
    3. Details: Celebrate Halloween with the wolves! Help stuff jack-o-lanterns for the animals to enjoy, and then watch as each animal find their own special way to tear open the pumpkin to find the treats inside. This is a great time of year to come out and see the wolves in their thick winter coats and enjoying the cooler temperatures. Other activities include a costume contest! Come dressed in your finest and compete to win prizes. What other activities will there be? Come and find out!

Check back on October 19 for a listing of Trunk or Treat and Trick or Treat events taking place in Lafayette-West Lafayette!

For more information about these scary, fun events, please visit 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.

Five Free Things to Do this Summer in Lafayette-West Lafayette

With the kids out of school, summer is the perfect time to get a taste of the Lafayette-West Lafayette community! Check out these five free things that you and your family can check out this summer!

1. Lafayette Citizens Band Concerts

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, you can enjoy concerts from the Lafayette Citizens Band concerts on Thursday evenings! Pop down to Riehle Plaza to enjoy the classical music preformed by this group of locals. This band has been performing since 1842!

2. Natalie’s Second Chance Volunteer

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Help out the community and have a great time doing it by volunteering at Natalie’s Second Chance Animal Shelter! Volunteers can help walk dogs and help with shelter duties. Spending time with these animals is free, and not only benefits them, but is sure for an adorable experience!

3. Stars and Stripes Concert

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Each year on Independence Day, there is a great holiday celebration at Riehle Plaza! The Lafayette Citizens Band performs a concert filled with patriotic music. The Stars and Stripes concert is followed by a stunning firework display at dusk (usually around 10 PM). Have fun and celebrate the Fourth of July with your community members!

4. Farmers’ Market

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The Farmers Market runs from May through October! It has three locations – Lafayette, West Lafayette, and on Purdue’s campus. It is one of the longest running farmers markets in Indiana, founded over 165 years ago! You can stroll through the stalls of fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods and more.

5. Fort Ouiatenon

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Fort Ouiatenon is open weekends mid May—August from 1 to 5 p.m. Visitors can see the replica blockhouse, which was built in 1930. The Fort was built in 1717 and it was originally a fur trade post! This would be a great place to learn about some Indiana history and have fun exploring the recreated settlements.

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

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Easter Weekend Update 2018

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 weekend is an extra special holiday weekend. Easter is this Sunday, April 1st. And don’t worry, none of these exciting activities are April Fool’s jokes!

Running from March 29th to the 31st is the Passion Play. It is presented by Faith Church, performed at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy this musical that celebrates the Easter holiday. Call for free tickets or make online reservations on their websiteJoin the crowds for the annual presentation of The Lafayette Passion Play! With soaring live music and a company of more than 100 actors, singers, and musicians, you won’t want to miss this family-friendly celebration of the life of Jesus. You can catch the play on the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 pm
  • Friday, March 30 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 pm
  • Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 pm

Secondly, on Saturday, March 31st, you can check out the Easter Eggstravaganza — a free, family-friendly holiday event. Celebrate with free games and activities for the entire family! Face painting, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, and more! Opening up the event is the amazing Skydiving Easter Bunny landing on site a the River City Church! He is bringing over 60,000 eggs to the Easter Egg Hunts! There will be multiple age-appropriate Egg Hunts at separate times: Ages 3-5 years, 6-7 years, 8-9 years, 10-12 years. There is a separate toddler egg hunt, which runs from 9am to 12pm continuously. Additionally, there will be a special hunt for children with special needs, which runs from 9am-12pm continuously. For more information and tickets, please visit their website here.

 

If you’re looking to eat out with your friends and family, there are some great Easter Specials happening in the area. The Four Points has an Easter Sunday Buffet from 11am to 2pm, with no reservations required. Call 765-463-5511 for details. The Courtyard by Marriott has an Easter Celebration on Sunday with two seating times — 10:30amand 1:30pm. Enjoy a delicious Easter brunch buffet with the whole family. Call to reserve your spot: 765-400-6840. (These are just two of the great restaurants you can visit for brunch!)

Celebrate with all of these unique things to do this weekend and more

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

Weekend Update: Wine & Cheese and Wolf Park Easter Egg Hunt!

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.

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Wildcat Creek Winery offers the latest in their “Perfectly Paired” series – this time, Perfectly Paired: Wine & Cheese! This classic combination is sure to wow the tastebuds. This Friday,

March 23rd, grab your tickets to this private event — offering a tasting of 5 wines, paired with a wide variety of local cheeses, including Fair Oaks Farms and Heritage Ridge Creamery. If you’re over 21, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this. For more information about how to tickets, pricing, and other questions, please visit their website! Tickets must be purchased in advance (either in person or overthe phone).

 

Easter comes early to Wolf Park! This Saturday, help the wolves and other animals of Wolf Park celebrate the holiday with their very own Easter Egg Hunt! Special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! Starting at 2pm, help the Easter Bunny to hide special treats for the wolves (marshmallow peeps, eggs, sausage, cheese and more). Following this at 2:30pm is a guided tour of the entire park. Explore and learn all about the animals and programs that the park has to offer. Finally, at 3:30pm, kids ages zero to 15 will have their very own egg and candy hunt! Learn more about the event and about Wolf Park itself here.


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

Weekend Update: Easter Comes Early & Live Music

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.

Getting excited for the Easter? Even though it’s not until April 1st, the Easter Bunny is coming to town starting this weekend. Hop on down to the Tippecanoe Mall and welcome the Easter Bunny Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette Facebook 2131-fb-118702231488640_1738469802845200for the holiday season! He will be available 11am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 10am-9pm Friday-Saturday, and Noon-6pm on Sundays. The Easter Bunny takes a carrot break from 3-3:30 daily. Even better, there is an option to book a reservation for meeting this adorable furry guy! Visit the website for more information about booking a time slot!

If you’re looking for some live music this weekend, there is plenty to be found in Lafayette-West Lafayette! Dan Whitaker & The Shinebenders from Chicago will be playing a show at American Legion Post 492 on this Saturday. The show starts at 7PM and is FREE to the public. You also don’t want to miss out on the lasagna being served from 4-6PM. Song writer, guitarist, and singer Dan Whitaker created the Shinebenders to convey his songs in the beloved format formerly known as country. The group has been around since 2004, where they got started in Chicago and now have the chance to travel all throughout the midwest! The Shinebenders include fellow Chicago music veterans Tom Mioducki on 27336196_1621175467947831_6395004929427890563_nacoustic guitar and vocals, Earl “T-Bone” Powers on upright bass and Eric “Chase” Niffenegger on drums. Their latest album, Anything You Wanted To, was recorded by Mike Hagler at Kingsize Soundlabs in Chicago and released Fall 2017. The album brings together western swing, rock and roll, country-jazz and hillbilly songs to create DWSB’s one-of-a-kind sound. For more information about the band and the show this weekend, visit their website.

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

Spring Break Staycation 2018

Finally! Spring Break is here!

The month of March marks one of the biggest vacation times of the year. For students and their families, Spring break is an opportunity to spend together and relax! However, it’s not always possible to travel away for a vacation. As a Purdue student, I definitely understand that! But staying home doesn’t mean missing all the fun! You can stay close to home and still enjoy all the excitement of spring break.

There’s a ton of great things to check out on your “stay-cation” here in Lafayette!

Just a quick drive away!  Looking for somewhere close to visit? The Wabash and Erie Canal located in Delphi, Indiana, is a great option for someone interested in the outdoors and history. Make the quick 20 minute drive to the canal and experience the scenic river boat ride, the museum, and the replica Pioneer village!

Bowling fever!  Lafayette-West Lafayette has 4 bowling centers all awaiting guests to enjoy this inexpensive, family fun entertainment; Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead BowlMarket Square LanesPurdue Union Rack & Roll, and Landmark Lanes.

IMG_6314In the mood for something artistic?  You’ve got to check out Inspired Fire! Shannon Owens, owner and operator, creates and sells beautiful pieces of glass artistry. But the best part is, they also offer classes! Stop in and learn how to create your own beads, ornaments, and more!

Golf in winter? Check out Monster Mini Golf, an indoor 18-hole glow-in-the-dark golf course. Along with mini golf, there are arcade games, glow-in-the-dark air hockey table and ticket redemption games such as ice ball.  While there are monsters all around the course – don’t worry, they’re friendly!

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Stay in town and still have a one-of-a-kind experience to tell your friends about by visiting the Marquis’ Doll Museum!

Looking to see something truly unique? Did you know that Lafayette has a doll museum? Pop into Marquis’ Dolls Museum and Restoration to do something exciting and new! Marquis’ is home to over XXX dolls and collectables.

Whether you are traveling through our great cities or staying closer to home this month, there are plenty of chances for spring break fun! To those travelers passing through and heading for a spring break destination (or those locals wanting to treat themselves to a relaxing time), please note we have  wonderful hotels that offer great amenities and good old-fashioned Hoosier hospitality. Our location is the perfect stop during your travels to rest before you head out farther south or on your way home. Our visitor center is also right off of Interstate 65 and is staffed with our friendly Visitor Information Specialists 7 days a week to assist with travel ideas, guides, maps, and more.

From pretty much anywhere in the state of Indiana (and border states Illinois & Michigan) we are a 1 gas tank vacation destination. There are a host of fun family things to do in Lafayette-West Lafayette that will create memories for a lifetime!

These are just a few family friendly activities in our area.  For more information about our area please visit www.HomeOfPurdue.com. This blog was written by student blogger and Visitor Information Specialist Intern, Sam Martin!

Love is in the Air at Home of Purdue

Bq4PncK9AvuzqH5xiqATpAL0vMpFc15Qff4RXQUOIqAWhat do you think of when you think of Valentine’s day? Roses, hearts, lace, wine, spending time and doing something special with the one you love? Do you still need to plan something special for that special someone? Well, I have a romantic date idea for you!

Start by getting flowers. Call your favorite local florist now. Don’t wait. This is one of the busiest times of the year for a florist. Don’t know where to go? Check out this list: http://www.homeofpurdue.com/meetings/pro_florists.html. Too late for a pre-made arrangement? Rubia Flower Market, Payless Grocery Stores, Target and Meijer all tend to have a good selection of pre-made bouquets to pick up the day of, you just may need to have your own vase to put them in if that’s the route you want to go. (Or just hand her the bouquet… I bet she has something that will work!)

Now, plan dinner. Some people book reservations for Valentine’s Day weeks and months in advance so your first option or two may be booked or you’ll have to wait a long time to get in if just walking in. I’m not a huge fan of crowds or waiting in line. I’d be just fine having my date make me dinner on Valentine’s Day. It’s actually, really sweet. I know my husband doesn’t cook a lot and if he put forth the effort to plan a special meal, I would love it! Just be sure you clean up the mess too! Pasta is always an easy go to in my book and is so

La Scala Lasagna

La Scala Lasagna

versatile.  If you need help looking for a recipe just check out Pinterest ,you’ll find thousands! Don’t forget the wine too! Wildcat Creek Winery has some great ones if you need help! If we go out, one of our favorite romantic restaurants is LaScala Italian Restaurant. You typically have a short walk to hold hands and cuddle up together to stay warm, it is February in Indiana after all! Once inside, the lighting is low and sets just the right mood. Of course, again most of the dishes are pasta. Always a plus in my book! How can you go wrong? My favorite is the Seafood Giorgio. The roasted red pepper cream sauce is amazing. Bring me anything with that on it and I’d be happy!

Now for an activity. Well, you are right downtown, why not take a little stroll? Walk over the pedestrian bridge and then maybe try out some ice skating at the Riverside Skating Center. If your date skates anything like me you’ll at least get to hold her a lot as I am on the ice more than I’m on my feet, but I still have fun!

IceSkating171231005795Need to warm up a bit after ice skating? Try one of the many coffee houses nearby. I’m not a coffee drinker but love a good cup of hot chocolate or hot tea. Try Java Roaster, Star City Coffee & Ale or Greyhouse Coffee (might want to drive to Greyhouse, especially if it’s cold, but it’s worth it!).

The rest of the night is up to you. Hopefully this gives you some ideas and helps put you in the Valentine’s Day mood.

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Date Night at East End Grill

Looking for unique place to surprise your valentine this year? East End Grill is the ideal spot for you and your date. The exterior and interior decor are unlike any other Lafayette eatery. You’re sure to love the industrial and modern feel within this dining area. This local establishment gives off the big city vibe without the hustle and bustle.

East End Grill is the home to one of my favorite date night experiences. From the beginning to end everything was perfect. The hostess greeted my date and I in the most professional, timely, and welcoming manner. From the moment we sat down we received excellent service. The waiter was friendly and helpful when trying to chose what to eat. Everything about the environment inside the restaurant made the date even better. I enjoyed the Cubano sandwich which was full of flavor. Of course, I had to try some of my date’s shrimp and grits. They were comparable to a dish we had in New Orleans, and I would say they were actually better. This is one of those places you don’t want to leave, even when the meal is finished.

Enjoying the Cubano

Enjoying the Cubano

The menu is truly one of kind and full of original flavor. The menu combines a steakhouse feel with a nice bistro twist. The lunch menu contains a variety of sandwiches, soups, salads, and delicious entree choices. The dinner menu offers some of the best food options in the area such as filet mignon and delicious pasta. You are sure to find a meal you’ll love that will have you coming back for more.

I can’t forget to talk about the full service bar. The wine list is always expanding, offering amazing choices by the glass or bottle. East End Grill’s main focus is on craft beer. The mission is to choose the best lagers and ales around. The bar team has created a cocktail list of classic drinks and modern drink favorites. Whatever your eating or drinking needs are, East End Grill is sure to be able to fulfill them.

East End Grill- "Our Cuban"The restaurant opened it’s doors in May of 2016.  Owner, Scott Trzaskus made it his mission to make East End Grill a place for the community to gather and that is exactly what it is. East End Grill is a welcoming environment from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave.

East End Grill.Customers

East End Grill is located at the east end of Main Street, making it the perfect spot for a winter stroll down Lafayette. Enjoy the shops in the area while also enjoying the winter scenery. East End Grill is the place to be this Valentines Day!

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

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