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!

It’s Spring Break! Visit All Fired Up

IMG_3552It’s Spring Break time! This sounds awesome until you realize that you’re stuck at home with the kids all week with nothing to do. Well, don’t worry! I have the perfect activity for your family to do that is right here in West Lafayette. Ever heard of the create-your-own pottery studio called All Fired Up? All Fired Up is located near Purdue’s campus in Wabash Landing. I’ve been to All Fired Up multiple times and can testify that it is just as fun if it is your first experience there, or if it’s your tenth time going. The great thing about this activity is that it gives your kids the chance to be creative.

IMG_3555At All Fired Up, they make the experience really simple so that even little kids are able to create their own masterpieces. When you first walk in, you are greeted and the process is explained to you. You then pick out the pre-made pottery piece that you want to paint. The great thing about All Fired Up is that they have so many options of pottery pieces to choose from. You have the opportunity to chose from mugs, bowls, plates, and so much more. Also, if you go around the holidays, they have special pieces that go along with said holiday. For example, I went on Valentine’s Day last year and a lot of their pieces incorporated hearts. After you find the perfect piece, grab a table! You are then ready to pick out your paint colors and begin personalizing your pottery piece. They have so many beautiful colors to pick from! Even if your entire party chooses the same piece of pottery to create, it is still easy to personalize all of the pieces. Once you are done painting your piece, you turn it in to the staff and they will get it ready to fire in the kiln. It takes around a week to two weeks for them to finalize your piece before you can pick it up.

IMG_3554On the other hand, if you’re looking for an escape from the kids for the night, All Fired Up offers the perfect setting for a Girls Night Out! On the first Tuesday of every month, they host a Wine and Canvas Party night. This is the perfect way to relax and unwind if you are into crafting. They have an excellent instructor who demonstrates how to do the painting for the evening. So don’t worry if you are not Picasso! There is plenty of help during the night to give you instructions so your painting can look like it should. There have been a variety of paintings included in these wine and canvas nights. Sometimes they paint beautiful flowers, fall landscapes, or even replicate famous paintings. They are always open to suggestions! So if you think of a good topic to paint, you should share it with the staff and it may be featured in an upcoming wine and canvas night.

All Fried Up also offers private parties. Whether it is for kids, adults, or both, it is destined to be a great time! The staff is really good with people of all ages. They love helping people create the masterpiece that they see in their mind. Some of the paintings that have been done before for kids’ parties are Christmas trees, horses, owls, zebras, and frogs. This is a great idea for birthday parties too!

If you have never been to All Fired Up, I highly recommend stopping by and checking it out! It is the perfect activity for Spring Break, a birthday party, or even a Girls Night Out!

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

Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016

Click on the image to watch the video!

Click on the image to watch the video!

Spring Break Staycation Contest 2016! Discover why Lafayette-West Lafayette is the best choice for a fabulous weekend, full of family fun! You can enter to win a weekend getaway worth over $550 to Lafayette-West Lafayette to partake in all our town has to offer! Our local restaurants, hotels, shops, and attractions have donated fun gifts to one special winner. Good luck!

Enter to Win (by answering this question correctly below)!

QUESTION: Tell us why you should win this awesome, staycation contest?!

Leave your answer below in the “Leave a Reply.” We will collect all of them and choose the most unique and descriptive.

One great winner will win the following package!

Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 7, 2016 at 8am. A winner will be announced as soon as we have contacted the winner! Leave your reply in the box below and click “Post Comment.” Please note that your answer will show up on your computer, but no one else will see your answer until the contest is over.

If you select “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” you will receive an email for every contest entry. We will be approving and posting ALL of the entries (with your name and answer) at the END of the contest (if you have selected to receive follow-up comments and we receive a lot of entries, make note you will receive an EMAIL for EVERY ENTRY when we approve the answers). By entering, participants release their emails to Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette. Visit Lafayette-West Lafayette will not share or sell your information.

A Day in the Life of a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Break Family

Sacred Grounds Coffee

Sacred Grounds Reclaimed Coffee Shop

Spring Break Season is here! Many people head south on their travels, but there are so many wonderful places to visit right in our own backyard. Last March we had family visit from Michigan and we spent a day visiting a host of great attractions and restaurants in the area. Let me share my day in a life as a Lafayette-West Lafayette Spring Family!

8am – Wake up early to catch the sunrise! Head to Sacred Ground Reclaimed Coffee Shop for a smoked sausage and cheese wrap, hash browns, and delicious light roast Ethiopian coffee. Rich, smooth hot chocolate is the perfect refreshment for the kids.

Farm Family

Farm Family

9am – With over 80 pieces of outdoor art pick a few that interests the group and traverse the area to find them.  We picked the Family Farm Sculpture, Farmers Market Mural, Boarrister, and Envisioning Tomorrow as they are all located downtown Lafayette (and we only had an hour!)

10am – Take the kids to Imagination Station, Lafayette’s only science center designed to provide the opportunity to explore space, science, technology, and engineering in our community.

11am – What is more exciting to a kid than imagining to be a firefighter?! Call ahead for an appointment to visit the Five Points Fire Station Museum, a 93-year-old building where you can see what it was like to be a firefighter in the 1930s as well as try on firefighter coats and helmets.

Arni's Train!

Arni’s Train!

12pm – Lunchtime has arrived! With over 250 restaurants, there is something for everyone! We chose Arni’s Pizza for its delicious food and charm.  Sit in the Toy Room where you are surrounded by dolls, trains, trucks and more. Our little daughter can always find Mickey Mouse and gets so excited to see the train run and eat thin crust pizza!

1pm – It may be spring break, but a little bit of learning keeps the mind fresh! Explore the site of The Battle of Tippecanoe. Visit the grounds, take in the the vivid museum displays and discover the history of a time when two Shawnee brothers, Tecumseh and The Prophet, had a dream of uniting many tribes into an organized defense against the white settlers. Walk the battleground where Native Americans and settlers clashed and a conflict of cultures was resolved. Do not miss the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center which features natural history exhibits and has a wildlife observation window and small taxidermy animal displays.

2:30pm – Enjoy a little recreation and competition at Monster Mini Golf, an indoor glow in the dark monster themed 18 hole course and arcade. The winner in our family gets to brag and be king or queen for the day, whereas the rest of the family has to suffer the nonsense. My husband won last year to my dismay!

Which toppings are your favorite?

Which toppings are your favorite?

4pm – Snacks!!  It may still be chilly, but what is more refreshing than a cold treat! Yogurt reTREAT, a locally owned and operated self-serve frozen yogurt shop welcomes guests to grab a cup, fill the cup with the flavor(s) of frozen yogurt and the portion you desire, add topping(s) from the topping bars, and weigh and pay for your delicious creation! My family loves their Very Berry Sorbet, which is refreshing and gluten-free!

5pm – Choose Your “Canvas” at All Fired Up! With a wide array of pieces to choose from and weekly specials that offer something unique for all ages, All Fired Up is the perfect destination for family fun.

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

We love Triple XXX burgers and onion rings!

6:30pm – Let the feasting begin! Our family loves a good burger joint and one place that is always on our lists when we have family visit is Triple XXX! Have you ever craved a burger so bad your taste buds are literally salivating? After trying a Triple XXX burger you will be feeling this way all the time! Add in fries, chili and root beer and you may never leave the restaurant!

8pm – Bowling fever! Visit Mike Aulby’s Arrowhead Bowl, where you can find great bowling and great family fun in a smoke free environment! Take part in billards, arcardes, cosmic-bowling, and a full service snack bar!

This Spring Break day is only a small sampling of everything in store when you visit Lafayette-West Lafayette! Check out all our family friendly activities at http://www.homeofpurdue.com/whattodo/familyfriendly.html.  I hope you have as much fun as my family had when they visited!

Spring Break StayCation – Lafayette-West Lafayette #2

 

Inspired Fire

Inspired Fire

Spring Break 2014! This week we are featuring why you should visit Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, for spring break this year. If you missed it on Monday, March 3, we shared fun, family friendly activities. Today we are going to feature unique area attractions that make Lafayette-West Lafayette the best choice for your spring break vacation!

The Arts – Did you know Lafayette-West Lafayette is rich in the arts? There are over 17 art galleries all within our two cities! I personally think we have an art mecca that is undiscovered by many. Fine art, from oil paintings and fine art prints to glass art, sculpture and contemporary pieces; there is something unique for everyone. Visitors could spend a whole weekend exploring our art galleries. There are also over 45 pieces of outdoor art ranging from sculptures, community fountains, and more. (Note: don’t miss visiting our 70 specialty shops located downtown Lafayette- many of them feature local artwork!)

Wolf Park – Have you ever howled with the wolves? You can! Wolf Park, a one of a kind research facility that studies wildlife behavior, welcomes visitors to come and howl with the wolves on Saturday nights. (Friday and Saturday nights May to November). It is a pretty amazing experience that can only be truly felt by being on Wolf Park’s grounds. There are also coyotes, foxes and bison that visitors can meet and/or see roaming around. (Note: the animals are all within a fenced area!).  Wolf Park also has a visitors’ center that allows for year-round viewing. This park is internally acclaimed and a must see on your visit to our area!Now a Horizontal Portrait of Dharma

History – My family are huge history buffs and I have grown up exploring areas all over the United States that have historical significance. Did you know that a great battle was fought here that lead to the Battle of 1812? The Battle of Tippecanoe between the United States’ forces, led by William Henry Harrison and representatives of Tecumseh’s Native American confederation took place on November 7, 1811. A National Historic Landmark, located in a 96-acre park setting in Battle Ground, Indiana, along with a museum and nature center are open for visitors to explore.

Nearby, visitors can explore Indiana’s newest state park, Prophetstown State Park. Take a walk around the Native American village and attend one of the many public programs about nature or history. Discover the Farmstead within the park, where valuable lessons are uncovered. Special programs, horse-drawn trolley rides, interesting interpretations and demonstrations are available.

Do not miss visiting Lafayette-West Lafayette this spring break season! For more information about these attractions and other fun things to do in our area, visit our website at www.HomeOfPurdue.com.