Posts tagged ‘family fun’

Kids’ Night Out is Downtown on Friday

It’s November, so you know what that means: First Fridays in Downtown South Bend. There are so many activities for the family, from music and dance classes at The Music Village to bookmark making at Idle Hours Bookshop to geocaching to free kids’ hot chocolate at Main Street Coffee House to hay rides (small fee) to free trolley rides. And that’s just to name a few things. There’s also entertainment and special dining promotions and other activites. It’ll be a great night to hang out downtown. Make plans now and bring your neighbors! Get more info at DTSB’s website:


November 1, 2012 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Beach Party On the River

From Friday’s Teen Night to Saturday’s Family Day to the 21+ Beach Party on Saturday evening, there is fun for everyone on the beach. But not just any beach. This event is held on the St. Joseph River where organizers have once again brought in tons of sand to create a pristine beach for all of us to groove on. What a fabulous idea and we get to benefit from it! The organizers have added another event this year — the In the River boat float. Whether you want to dump your teen for an evening or would like some family friendly activities or simply want to hang with the adults, you should consider this event. Did I mention food, battle of the bands, cornhole and volleyball tourney? There’s so much to do! Check out On the River’s website where you can get specific information on all the wonderful activities occurring over the weekend near downtown South Bend:

August 3, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Dog Days of Summer Event

It’s August (can you believe it?) and almost Friday, so that means its time for our monthly First Friday activity in downtown South Bend. The plans for August 3rd include the family dog (on a leash, of course) in Dog Days of Summer. Family-friendly plans include everything from a scavenger game to a rescue dog showcase. There is even a dog trainer from Chicago as well as an ugliest dog contest (now that will be fun to watch). For those more interested in art, consider checking out the Artpost reception (5-7pm) or the panel discussion (7-9pm). Or perhaps the Tejano dance band is more your style, then head to the KeyBank Plaza (5:30-8:30pm). And who wouldn’t enjoy the Classic Car Cruise In on Michigan Street? Don’t forget to grab dinner at one of the great dining establishments downtown. For more information about this event, check out DTSB’s website:

August 2, 2012 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Put Your Thinking Caps On

Ever want to experience Enshrinement? Well now is the time, since the College Football Hall of Fame will soon load up its truck and move to Beverly… (um, Atlanta). As usual, our town is filled with new celebrity faces and downtown is all abuzz. It’s pretty exciting. Check out CFHOF’s website to find an activity that interests you (see ribs cook-off in previous post – yum!!):

While there has been controversy surrounding the CFHOF, I think most would agree that it has been a fun stop for families on various occasions (from Enshrinement to Football Fridays to special events and more). Personally, I hope there is a way for some of those activities to stick around.

If money were not an issue, how would you like to see the CFHOF building used? Here’s a couple of my ideas:
1. Full-service shopping mecca with specialty boutiques, bridal boutique, restaurant, and grocery store (a need for those that live downtown).
2. Community center with theatre, rooms for programs/classes, meeting space (Okay, I know this is a real stretch, but it could be fun).

What are your ideas? Share them here!

July 20, 2012 at 12:58 pm 5 comments

Downtown Block Party

Did someone say Ribs Cook-Off? Yes, the Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event is back again this year. Of course, that means it must be Enshrinement Weekend, which is bittersweet for us locals, as the College Football Hall of Fame will not be here much longer. So take advantage of the festivities on the Hall of Fame’s Gridiron Plaza. There will be live music, family-friendly activities (inflatables and face-painting), plus interactive activities.  The fun begins at 11am. Word of warning, don’t wait too long to get ribs… some places run out fast (yes, they are just that good). Take your family and friends for a fun day, afternoon, evening. Fireworks display at the end. Nice!

July 19, 2012 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

Stay-cation Ideas

Everyone’s still talking about stay-cations, and for good reason… there is plenty to do in and around South Bend. Why not take advantage of some of those things? Now whether you’re planning to pitch a tent and roast hot dogs and s’mores in the back yard, or scheming the best movies for a two-day film fest, or bringing the coast to your door with a crab boil, there is something to be said for a stay-cation. Whatever your plans, consider including some of South Bend’s gems to the list of activities (and add your ideas to this list, please). Here’s some of our favorites:

  • Catch a Silver Hawks game at The Cove
  • Tour the Oliver Mansion
  • Check out the classic Studebaker collection
  • Enjoy the chocolate smells during a tour at South Bend Chocolate Factory (on Sample)
  • Trek around the College Football Hall of Fame (Enshrinement is just around the corner)
  • Journey through Potawatomi Zoo
  • Stretch your legs at HealthWorks! Kids Museum
  • And, of course, a little ways from South Bend… a dip into Lake Michigan is always splashy

For more ideas, check out the State of Indiana’s website (where you can pick activity type and location):

Be sure to post additional ideas here to share!

July 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm 1 comment

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