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.

Rainbow of Colors: 21 Petals

A rainbow of colors pop as you approach the field. Sunflowers tower high, looking toward the sun. A friendly bee buzzes from one flower to the next pollinating the beautiful flowers. A butterfly gently flaps its wings as it rests on a petal. Life is peaceful, quiet and calm here at 21 Petals, a new flower farm in Lafayette.

My family and I visited this farm and thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the experience. We have a 5 ½ month old and happened to forget the stroller that day, but it was no problem as it wasn’t too far to walk from the car. We just took turns holding her. The owner, Stefani warmly greeted us, welcomed us to the farm and explained the process. They provide the buckets and the pruners, and she explained how to cut the flowers. You can fill up the entire bucket, the size of a child’s beach bucket for one low price. We went off exploring, picking all of our favorite flowers as we saw them. There were quite the variety of sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolus, dahlias, celosia, cosmos and more in bloom while we were there. The flower selection changes throughout the season.  All the flowers are arranged in rows with plenty of grassy space in between for you to walk.

We were a bit rushed just due to our daughter’s schedule, but I would have loved to take a little more time, it was so relaxing and beautiful here. We filled our bucket and headed back to the barn. Stefani gathered up our flowers and placed them in a bag, then directed us to the barn to select a vase if we wanted (included in the price of the flowers). We paid for the flowers and took them home to arrange them. We were able to get two good sized vases full of flowers and could have split them up to have probably four decent sized arrangements. (We have cats who are very nosey and like to eat flowers, so we stuck to two and put them up high, away from the cat’s spaces!) What a fun experience! It’s so much more fun to pick them yourself than to go to a flower shop to purchase a bouquet and it’s more economical for sure!

Do you see our kitty??

We hope you will visit this flower farm on the south side of Lafayette and enjoy it as much as we did! You can find it on County Road 700 South between US 231 and County Road 100 East (Actual address is: 748 E 700 S Lafayette, IN 47909).

For more information about this flower farms and other farms in our area, visit HomeOfPurdue.com. Ashley Gregory, Director of Sales, shares this blog.

Weekend Update: Hands on Transportation & Beers Across the Wabash

Hands on Transportation

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.

On August 25th from 10-2pm Tecumseh Junior High’s bus parking lot will be transformed into one of Lafayette’s most beloved family events of the year, Hands on Transportation! You won’t want to miss this year’s event to bring the family to explore vehicles of almost all shapes and sizes as well as the operators of these vehicles. The chance to pull on the horn of a massive off road pit hauler truck to the opportunity to sit in the bed of a monster truck give children a chance to touch things they only see on TV or rolling down the street serving our community. Come out and celebrate the Greater Lafayette area’s marvels of transportation. It is a delight to their staff, the operators of the vehicles and the children and families who visit.

Beers Across the Wabash

Join in the festive fun during Beers Across the Wabash taking place from 3-7pm at the John T. Myers Pedestrian Bridge on Saturday, August 25. In addition to delicious ales & lagers and one of the finest beer festival settings in the Midwest, general admission includes a commemorative sample cup along with with samples from the presenting breweries. On-site foodservice will also be available for purchase from D&R Catering, Smolder BBQ, Emergency Munchie Truck (EMT) and El Kora.

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

Fabulous Fun End of Summer Break Videos!

We have been having a fabulous fun summer! Check out these videos of all the fun around Lafayette-West Lafayette. Enjoy!

Water Park fun at Tropicanoe Cove!

Nightlife

Make sure you get one last slide in for the season at Tropicanoe Cove!

Columbian Park Zoo Fun

Nature walk at the Celery Bog

Learning to swing dance at Taste of Tippecanoe

 

If you have an awesome video, please share!!  And to check out more information about Lafayette-West Lafayette visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Living in Chauncey

What is it like to live in Chauncey, the downtown area of West Lafayette, situated between the Purdue campus and the Riverfront district? Natalie, Purdue University Graduate shares her experience living in Chauncey!

What to do, where to eat and where to hangout:

  • EATS
    • Fiesta
      • Fiesta is a Mexican restaurant local to Purdue’s campus. Living in Chauncey makes it easy to access delicious burritos and quesadillas. If you are looking for vegetarian or vegan options, Fiesta also offers some great alternatives. My favorite things to order is a burrito with vegetables and make sure to ask for the ranch sauce!

        Fiesta!

    • Noodles and I
      • Noodles and I isn’t a restaurant that everyone is aware of, but offers some amazing Asian cuisine. The cute hole-in-the-wall restaurant, right across the street from Maje Sushi, offers a small interior space to order quickly and eat in. My favorite thing to order at Noodles and I is vegetarian Pad Thai. Another favorite of students around Chauncey Square is Chicken or Vegetable Pho, make sure to add the sauce on the table for extra flavor!
    • Poke Hibachi
      • The first poke hibachi place to come to Purdue’s campus, Poke Hibachi! Located a couple stores back from Mad Mushroom, the poke restaurant offers fresh poke bowls with your choice of toppings. It’s a quick and healthy dining option!

        Poke Hibachi

    • Maje Sushi
      • Personally, I think Maje Sushi is the best sushi around Purdue’s campus. I may be bias since it is located right in Chauncey mall, but the sushi is fresh and they have a lot of different options, even for vegans and vegetarians. Next time you go in, try the mushroom roll… it is to die for!
  • COFFEE SHOPS / HANGOUT
    • Greyhouse
      • Greyhouse, being newly renovated in March of 2018, offers a wide variety of space to hangout, chat with friends or catch up on your work. The atmosphere inside of Greyhouse is relaxed and aesthetically pleasing. They also offer a wide variety of coffees, teas and food options like there famous crepes and newly added donuts!

        Greyhouse

    • Vienna
        • Vienna, which is located right next door to Greyhouse, is another local option for a nice hangout spot. The unique atmosphere makes Vienna special to Chauncey mall. They also offer a wide variety of food options, like breakfast sandwiches and vegan pastries!

    • Red Mango
      • Looking for a smoothie bowl? Red Mango is my favorite place, and probably only place in the West Lafayette area, where you can find smoothie bowls along with frozen yogurt and smoothies! My roommates and I love to grab a smoothie bowl during the warm months and take a walk around Purdue’s campus.
  • SHOPS
    • Underground Printing
      • If you are looking for a store to find unique Purdue apparel and not sure where to go, Underground Printing has got your back. I stumbled into Underground Printing a couple of days ago on a whim and was pleasantly surprised! Located right next to Lotsa Pizza, they offer old school Purdue sweatshirts, Harry’s gear and anything in between. You can even place a bulk order with them next time you stop in!
    • Vons
      • Vons is one of the only stores close to Chauncey Mall that is unique to Purdue’s campus. Located close to Jimmy John’s, Vons is home to a large variety of unique gifts. Looking for records? Vons has them. Looking for a cool poster? Vons has that too. Looking for spirit rocks, clothing or anything else? Vons has got you covered! Vons has everything from incense, music and even books. It’s worth the trip inside (and p.s. dogs are allowed inside too)!

        Vons

For more information about Chauncey and our other fabulous, fun districts in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Painting With a Twist – A Blast of Fun with Friends

Let me start this by saying: my art skills are sub-par, to say the least. I was a little worried when my coworker Emily and I decided to spend an evening at Painting with a Twist. But – spoiler alert – it was such a blast!

When you enter Painting with a Twist, you’re greeted by the most friendly and knowledgeable staff! We were given our canvases and aprons and led to our easels. The group of people with us was a pleasant and lively group, consisting of some newcomers and quite a few of experienced veterans. They welcomed me and Emily and encouraged us on what was sure to be an exciting journey!

The painting that we chose was a field of lavender. The class was led by Kara Hampton, who had actually designed the painting herself. Before we started we grabbed a glass of wine. The drink menu consists of beer, wine, and more! The prices were super affordable and the options were right up our alley. Pink Moscato, hello!

As the class began, I was still apprehensive that I would not be able to keep up with the rest of the painters. My fears were quickly put to an end when I realized how simple the step-by-step instructions would be. I really believe that anyone could follow each step which eventually creates the beautiful end result! Seriously, if I could, anyone can! There’s also staff available around the room to come and help you if you have any questions at all. It was a very comfortable and accepting environment, and I felt so welcomed.

To spice up the class, Painting with a Twist also has little games for everyone to play. We played a fun round of their very own version of “Hot Potato” with the other painters, though sadly neither Emily nor I won! While we were laughing at the antics of the game, I was thinking how fun a trip to Painting with a Twist would be for all kinds of different people. Date night, birthday parties, team building exercises, bachelorette parties, staff retreats; this place would be perfect for so many occasions. If you want to have fun time and bond with your fellow classmates, friends or family, Painting with a Twist is a fabulous option.

Our final products turned out so much better than expected. I even want to have mine framed and hang it up in my apartment! I’m so proud of my work and it didn’t feel like two hours had passed at all. Painting with a Twist made us enjoy an activity that we usually find very challenging. If fear is what is holding you back from visiting PWAT like it was for us, don’t let that stop you any longer! You are sure to love your experience and the masterpiece you create!

Here’s another cool thing about this place -they do private parties! If you want to throw a party for you and your loved ones, have a specific painting you’d like to do, or just want some privacy, they have a party room specially for these occasions! See their website for more information about their private party room. You can also check out all of the public classes on their online calendar here. There’s sure to be a fabulous choice for every group! After you take your class be sure to check in on their social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and @pwatlafayettein on Snapchat! They’ll posts awesome and hilarious photos from your class and the group photo of everyone’s masterpiece.

Samantha, VLWL Intern, shares this blog. For more information about this fun attraction and others in our area visit HomeOfPurdue.com.

Weekend Update: Tour the Town & Lafayette Farmers Market

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.Have you ever toured our 2 great cities? You can this Saturday, August 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 18. 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.

Before or after you Tour the Town, shop at the Lafayette Farmers Market. This market has been around for over 165 years! On Saturdays, from early May through late October, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the air in downtown Lafayette is filled with the smell of fresh garden flowers, baked goods, vegetables, fruits, plus honey, jams and jellies. Regardless of the day or time, a visit to the Lafayette Farmers Market promises some of the finest and freshest produce, as well as an enjoyable opportunity to browse as you stroll through one of Indiana’s oldest outdoor markets!

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

Weekend Update: Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark

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.

Each weekend in our community, there are tons of events that you can join. This Saturday there are two special events to participate in – the Northern Vintage & Arts Market and Wolf Park After Dark. The Northern Vintage & Arts Market runs from 8AM to 3PM at Carnahan Hall. It has things to do and see both inside and outdoors. Enjoy the Hot Summer Nights Car Show & Sidewalk Sales brought yo you by the Lafayette Kroozers! If you’re an artist, vintage collector, antiquer… you’ll love this!

Late that Saturday evening is Wolf Park After Dark. Once a month, Wolf Park opens its doors to the public after Howl Night. Visitors have the chance to see the park after the sun sinks low. Visitors can walk the tour trail, listen to the wolves howl, and see the animals at a time of day they are frequently active. Watch out for fireflies and shooting stars! Listen to the frogs and insects sing and maybe spot a bat or other nightlife. Wolf Park After Dark runs from 7:30PM to 11PM. You can stop by the campfire, roast marshmallows and chat with the highly knowledgeable staff about these remarkable animals.

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

Experience 5 Fun Sites in Battle Ground

Farm at Prophetstown

A short drive outside of Lafayette is Battle Ground, Indiana. Home to several attractions and fun, educational places for families to visit, Battle Ground is the perfect way to learn more about Indiana while having a fun experience in the Greater Lafayette area. Below is a list of can’t miss attractions.

  • Wolf Park

Wolf Park is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving knowledge and appreciation of wolves and informing visitors of the value wolves provide to the environment. Wolf Park provides an educational and fun experience to visitors stopping in the Battle Ground area.  When available, visitors can pet the puppies, or visit on select nights to hear the wolves howl.  Wolf Park is home to more than just the gray wolf. It is also home to coyotes, foxes, and bison. Make sure to check out this unique place! More information can be found at: WolfPark.org.

  • Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum

The Tippecanoe Battlefield & Museum is a great place for history buffs to visit and learn about the November 7th, 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe.  A national historic landmark is a favorite spot to see during your visit, and don’t forget to stop by the Tippecanoe Battlefield History Store where you are able to purchase reproductions of historic goods, collectibles, and clothing. This piece of American history is not to be missed. Be sure to visit on your next visit to Battle Ground!

  • Prophetstown State Park

Indiana’s newest state park is 900 acres of restored prairie. It is a beautiful site full of wetlands, prairie, and open woodlands. See where Native Americans lived and hunted along the Tippecanoe and Wabash River, and visit the recreation of a Native American village. Continuing restoration of native habitats is preserving the park’s landscape. For a relaxing visit and an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Indiana, Prophetstown State Park cannot be missed.

  • The Farm at Prophetstown

Located within Prophetstown State Park, is a training farm that focuses on sustainable agriculture, homesteading, gardening, canning, farm-to-table cooking, and much more. The programs revolve around the 1920’s farming life as the transition to tractor power from animal power was just beginning.  A visit to Prophetstown is not complete without a visit to The Farm! Visit prophetstown.org for more information.

Feeding the chickens!

  • Aquatic Center

523 feet of lazy river, 4,238 square feet of leisure pool, and 60,113 gallons of water are featured at the Prophetstown State Park and Aquatic Center. During the summer, this is the perfect way to cool off and spend time with friends and family. This is a unique attraction as it is the only outdoor facility with waterpark-like features from the DNR. The design blends into the landscape and the plantings are in step with the park’s natural resource management plan. This is the perfect way to spend a summer day and enjoy the state park.

Needless to say, Battle Ground is a hot spot of Indiana history and beauty. On your next visit, check out these educational, interesting, and unique places, all located in one area.

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

 

Canoe & Kayak in Lafayette-West Lafayette

Enjoying the Bicentennial Nature Area!

It’s summertime! Time for swim suits, canoeing and kayaking fun! Grab your paddles and head to one of our many parks/nature areas to enjoy a day outside on the water.  Here is a list of great spots to make some special water memories!

  • River Junction Canoe TripsPrivate camp located 6 miles north of Lafayette at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash rivers offers a boat ramp with fees and canoe rentals.
  • Wabash River Boat Tours The Wabash River Enhancement Corporation invites you
    on a six mile journey to discover history, culture, recreational
    opportunities and natural beauty of the mighty river.
  • Wildcat Canoe and Kayak Toowildlife viewing opportunities (great blue herons, owls, turtles, kingfishers, deer and more).  Experience one of Indiana’s few designated natural scenic rivers!
  • Bicentennial Nature Area196 acre property featuring a large pond (approximately 70 acres) that is great for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and windboards. 
  • Davis Ferry Park 13 acres, boat launch and access to Wabash Heritage Trail, fishing bridge spanning the river. 
  • Fairfield Lakes4 stocked lakes, 99.4 acres, and Wildcat Creek access.
  • Fort Ouiatenon89 acres, Wabash River access and a boat ramp.
  • Granville Park 14.6 acres with boat access to the Wabash River.
  • Mascouten Park15 acres, Wabash River access, boat ramp and picnic tables.
  • Shamrock Park 11 acres, dog and community park with boat ramp.
  • Tapawingo Park Canoe access only, 20 acres, Wabash River access, sandy banks, paved hiking trails and accessible playground.
  • Wildcat ParkWildcat Creek access
  • Wolfe’s Leisure Time Campground – Wabash River access and boat ramp (with fees).

Canoeing and fishing fun!

Share with us your favorite Lafayette-West Lafayette canoe and/or kayak spot? Where do you like to enjoy a hot summer afternoon paddling along?

For more information about all the fun recreation activities in Lafayette-West Lafayette, visit HomeOfPurdue.com.