Weekend Update: Dare to Bear & Groundhog Day

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.

Dare to Bear is back!!  Do you have what it takes to go ice-skating wearing only your swimsuit? Come to the Riverside Skating Rink and find out this Friday, February 1! This wildly popular, family-friendly event encourages participants to skate around the rink wearing only their swimsuits! For only $5.00 (additional $3.00 skate rental fee), people can skate as many laps as they want from 7:00-8:30 PM. Only those wearing proper swim attire will be admitted to the rink from 7:00-8:30 PM, and as always, the wackier the better!

After bearing the cold, on Saturday, February 2, head to the Long Center for the Performing Arts to see the iconic 1993 movie Groundhog Day ON Groundhog day! The movie is about a cynical weatherman named Phil (Bill Murray) who finds himself living the same day over and over and over again. The movie starts at 7:30 PM and cost $5. 

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: Lollipop Concert & Dare to Bear

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.

We love February because it brings the annual Lollipop Concert, a fun filled family night at the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra! Start your adventure at their Instrument Petting Zoo where kids have the chance to touch and try many of the instruments of the orchestra. Then, join the ensemble on a funny and enlightening musical journey through the mind of a composer with Mr. Smith’s composition by Gregory Smith. This event takes place on Friday, February 3.

Do you have the guts and fortitude to participate at Dare to Bear?  This annual event takes place on Friday, February 3, at the Riverside Skating Center. Here’s your opportunity to celebrate winter and welcome in the New Year by skating in your swim suit.  That’s right, everyone is going to “bear” it all; well, down to your swimming suit at least. Participants must wear a swim suit to participate. And yes, this is OUTDOORS! Cocoa and pizza will be provided to all survivors – while supplies last!

Could you ice skate in a swim suit? These skaters have the right of it wearing full outdoor winter gear!

Could you ice skate in a swim suit? These skaters have the right of it wearing full outdoor winter gear!

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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Discovering Riverside Skating Center for the First Time!

Riverside Skating Center

Riverside Skating Center

Today, we welcome new Blogger, Sahej Bains, to our blogging team! She is a Visitor Information Specialist for Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette and a student at Purdue University.  She shares her first time experience last week at Riverside Skating Center!

Imagine a place covered in ice and surrounded by trees glistening with a light layer of frost. Feeling the Christmas spirit, you jump into the rink with excitement, only to find out that your skating prowess is not up to par with even the youngest children around. Rather than getting depressed, however, you join the crowd and with the help of your friends (and the railing!), you carry out the night with pure enjoyment.

In the long eighteen years of my existence, I have never been much of an adventurer. Recently, feeling the need to explore the world a tad bit more, I decided to try ice-skating with my buddies at the Riverside Skating Center. This center is conveniently located near Purdue’s campus and downtown. The admission fee is five dollars along with an additional three dollars for skate rental. The skating center is a perfect place for small gatherings and of course, something fun to try with friends and family. Regardless of experience or expertise, everyone could enjoy ice-skating at this rink. Personally, I found the environment of the site extremely welcoming. The atmosphere not only made me feel comfortable but also relaxed because I knew I would not be judged for my lack of skill. Despite the fact that I held on to the railing for the entire two hours, I was cheered and encouraged by not just my friends, but also the general public.

It's busy at Riverside!

It’s busy at Riverside!

So if you are looking for something special or fun to do for in 2015, I would definitely recommend the Riverside Skating Center. As for me, I will include it in my New Year’s Resolution to give up the railing and learn to skate with grace. After all, isn’t the New Year a perfect time to forge new memories that can be cherished throughout life?