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Category - Family Fun

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Dining out with kids can be overwhelming, especially when you're traveling and aren't familiar with the area's local restaurants. You'll be relieved to know that Bloomington offers a wide variety of family-friendly places to eat across many types of cuisine — no need to resort to Applebee's or... Read More

Friday, January 19, 2024

There's always something going on in B-Town! Check out the top events happening in February 2024, and consider spending two or three days with us this season. Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS Eagles Over Monroe Date: Thursday, February 1 through... Read More

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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

Friday, December 15, 2023

Check out the top events happening in January 2024, and make a three-day getaway out of your trip! Use this list to easily navigate from section-to-section:​ FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS Freezefest 2024 Date: Thursday, January 18 through Saturday, January 20 Time: Various times — see the schedule... Read More

Friday, November 17, 2023

November 1 signifies two things: the official arrival of the holidays, and peak pie season. Whether you're simply craving the classic holiday treat or you're looking to pre-order pies for your Thanksgiving spread, these beloved Bloomington restaurants and bakeries will satisfy all of your sweet &... Read More

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Sometimes you want to get out of the house and roam around town without spending any money, and Bloomington is the perfect place to do just that. Our community offers a long list of free things to do for a variety of interests, from activities for kids and live music performances to nature... Read More

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Winter may get a bad rap, but Bloomington knows how to make the most of it — especially for families. With fun seasonal festivals & events, awesome indoor attractions, unique opportunities for outdoor fun, and Hoosier Basketball, there's plenty to do with kids in B-Town. Whether you're here for a... Read More

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

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

Thursday, November 9, 2023

Bloomington is home to a fantastic list of outdoor attractions, but when the weather just isn't cooperating for a day outside, there's plenty of indoor fun to be had around town. Whether you're looking to be entertained, learn something new, or do a hands-on activity with your crew, B-Town has many... Read More

Monday, November 6, 2023

Bloomington offers an incredible assortment of outdoor activities for families, but sometimes the weather has other plans in store. When it's cold, rainy, or just too hot, take the kids to have a ball at one of these great indoor attractions. Frank Southern Ice Arena Photo by Matthieu Picard From... Read More