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Category - Family Fun

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Spring time is a great time to get outdoors (finally!) and enjoy the natural beauty of Bloomington. But it's also a temperamental season, with cool, rainy days often on the forecast. For this reason, we've come up with two kid-friendly activities that will suit the changing weather and your kid's... Read More

Friday, April 8, 2016

The Indiana University Art Museum is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year with a huge free party on April 12 from 5-9pm involving live music, gallery tours, cupcakes, ice cream, swing dancing, poetry, storytelling, a photo booth, 1940s cocktails (for purchase), and more. Click for details... Read More

Friday, January 22, 2016

After a couple good snowfalls, folks start itching for spring. Cabin fever sets in and after a while, the endless board game nights start to feel less cozy and more crazy. So it's time to get out of the house and head on over to Bloomington for these top 10 events in February. For more great... Read More

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This is a guest blog post written by high schooler Zoe McAfee. Last night I went to see Cardinal Stage Company's Mary Poppins . The show was amazing, full of energy and warmth. The audience was engrossed from the start, especially the children watching. As a child, I loved Mary Poppins. The songs... Read More

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Recently I learned about a Danish concept called " hygge ," which basically refers to a mental state of coziness, conviviality, and togetherness in the heart of winter. Apparently, there's no word quite like it in English, but it sounds like that feeling you get when you can't wait to spend time with... Read More

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pretty soon, every sentence that comes out of my mouth will include the words "hark," "tidings," and "tinsel," all sung to the tune of Go Tell it on the Mountain . But for now, I managed to make a December events list that includes some really amazing events that have nothing to do with Christmas,... Read More

Friday, November 6, 2015

The holidays are such a great time to be a parent. It's a chance to relive the excitement and pure joy that you experienced as a kid, and this time you get to be the cause of all that happiness. Plus you get to play with the toys, eat the sweets, and act like a fool, which is also pretty great. Just... Read More

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

It seems the norm these days for most school systems to offer a reprieve in the middle of October, a fall break they call it. Kids and teachers need a couple days (or in some cases a full week or more) to recharge. For most families, it's not quite long enough to take a full-fledged vacation. Or,... Read More

Friday, September 18, 2015

This list was unreasonably difficult to create. Not because there aren't enough free things to do this fall, but because there are way too many good ones and if I included all the ones I want to go to, this blog post would break the internet. So I'll keep it simple ish, and you can fill up your... Read More

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

...or should that say BOOmington... Revel in the creepiest season of the year with these frightful and delightful October events. And just in case the little ones (and grown-ups, if you're like me) can't handle too much scary stuff, check out our list of the top 10 reasons to see Bloomington in... Read More