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Category - Family Fun

Monday, June 20, 2022

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in July 2022, and consider spending two or three days with us this season. Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ Fourth of July Events Ellettsville Fireworks Date: Saturday, July 2 Time: Dusk... Read More

Friday, June 3, 2022

The Boy Who Lived captured the hearts of millions, and over a decade after the last novel was published, Harry Potter continues to do so. The series may be over, but we can't let go of the whimsical magic associated with it — especially since Bloomington is home to many places that have an uncanny... Read More

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

It's not an Independence Day celebration without fireworks! Enjoy the following fireworks shows and Fourth of July festivities in Monroe County from Friday, June 24 through Monday, July 4. Stay tuned as more events may be added in the coming weeks. Friday, June 24 Fireworks at the Monroe County... Read More

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Years ago, Netflix swept us away with the mysterious happenings in Hawkins, Indiana in their retro sci-fi series, Stranger Things. As they wrap the show for good this year, it only seems right to lean into the Stranger Things lore — especially since Bloomington is home to many places that have an... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Bloomington offers a variety of family-friendly outdoor activities during every season. Whether you're here for a mid-week trip or a weekend getaway, there's something for everyone in the family to enjoy while making memories to last a lifetime. Spring A Day at the Park Bloomington boasts several... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

One of the best, easiest, most fun activities for families is taking a trip to the park to play on the playground. For kids, playgrounds are kingdoms full of imagination, exploration, adventure, and fun. For adults, a trip to the playground offers a chance to enjoy the outdoors and relax as the kids... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

There's nothing like summer in Bloomington, especially for families. With outdoor attractions like splash pads and playgrounds, great local shops to grab some ice cream, and fun seasonal activities like hitting the community pool and seeing a movie at the drive-in, there's plenty to do with kids in... Read More

Thursday, May 5, 2022

Nothing says "summer" quite like ice cream. A few scoops of the cold, silky treat is the perfect respite from the sweltering heat of a B-Town summer, and Bloomington has no shortage of ice creameries — and hidden ice cream gems — to satisfy your cravings and cool you down. Whether you like it in a... Read More

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Spring is an exciting time in Bloomington — with the return of warm weather, nature comes alive, restaurant patios are reopened, and beloved events like the Little 500 and weekly farmers' markets take place once more. With plenty of opportunities for exciting outdoor adventures, awesome indoor... Read More

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Secret waterfalls, sparkling geodes, lakeside views, rolling vistas, wildlife sightings — Bloomington's most unique hiking destinations offer it all and more. Discover what's in store at each destination, then grab your hiking boots and set-off on your trail of choice. Amy Weingartner Branigin... Read More