Weekend Update: Family Fun Run & Traveler’s Dream Live!

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.

If you want to have some fun getting active this weekend, join in on the Family Fun Run this Saturday, March 30th. Bring your family and enjoy a fun 1 mile run (or walk) through campus. Friends of all ages, dogs on leashes, bikes, strollers, and wagons are welcome! Race-day check-in will begin at 8:00am and the 1 mile walk/run will start at 9:15am.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Patty Jischke “Kids Are The Future” Endowment! The race will start at the Purdue University Early Care and Education Center and end at the Miller Child Development Lab School. The Boilermaker Special Train will be on site to give rides from the finish line back to the starting line! To register or donate, visit their website here.

Friday nights are for live music! Join the fun at Nine Irish Brothers in Lafayette for an enjoyable evening filled with laughter, conversation, and upbeat, rollicking music – all provided by none other than Greater Lafayette’s own Traveler’s Dream.  This quartet specializes in Celtic as well as early American and Canadian traditional music, and they set the bar for traditional music–outstanding fiddle, guitar, ulleann pipes, tin whistle, and more. You can’t get any closer to a night in a pub in the old country unless you’re right smack in the middle of the Ring of Kerry. Starting at 6pm on Friday, March 29th, enjoy a uniquely Irish experience!

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

Family Fun at the Five Points Fire Station Museum

fivepointsstation_c2 Great Cities, 1 Great University, Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard! There are so many fun attractions right here in Lafayette-West Lafayette and one attraction that is a fabulous place to take the kids is the Five Points Fire Station Museum. Built in 1937, the building has been restored to its former glory and now houses a 1937 Arhnens-Fox fire truck that made runs from the station for more than 40 years.

Recently, our neighbors who have a 3 year old son asked me for some suggestions on what they should do over the holidays when a few of their nieces and nephews, ages 7 to 12, visit.  One of the places I mentioned that I thought would be fun for the whole group was the Five Points Fire Station Museum.  I shared with them they should call before they went to check to make sure the museum would be open and/or to make an appointment for a tour, which they did.

They shared the museum was a huge hit with the kids and they themselves were enthralled with the museum! Inside the museum, they were able to see what it was like to be a firefighter in the 1930s. The kids loved trying on firefighter coats and helmets and were in thrall of the fire trucks from decades past. Their 3 year old’s eyes got so big and his grin so wide on his first site of the trucks. The small rooms where the firefighters slept amazed the older kids. My neighbors are history buffs and they said the plethora of photos, documents, newspaper clippings, run ledgers and memorabilia on display that tell the history of the fire department in Lafayette was educational and interesting.  Overall, their visit was a success for all the different ages.

fivepointsstation_bFive Points Fire Station Museum offers so many opportunities to learn about what it was like to be a fireman in the 1930s. Vacation, Relaxation, Fun; while there are many adventures else where, you can find peace and quiet, adventure, delicious food, history, the arts and entertainment, and more, in our own backyard.  For more information about this attraction and others in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com