8 Road Trip Survival Tips for Families

8 Road Trip Survival Tips for Families

‘Tis the season for family road trips: fa-la-la-la-laaaa-la-la-la-la. Lafayette, IN sits in the Midwest which is conveniently accessible to most of the United States by car. However, time in a car brings out the best and worst of everyone! Tired, bored, and hungry family members make for some serious attitudes. So we are here to help you make the car an uplifting environment. Entertainment in the car often looks like movies and screen time or books, but concentration on a book or on a screen can cause car sickness. Here are a few other ideas for your family’s road trip this summer! All ideas can obviously be modified depending on family size, ages, and special needs.   Road Trip Survival Tips Bonding games. If you’re looking for more interaction in the car, the big tip is to be proactive! Initiate conversations with thought provoking questions or use some of these games to get the ball rolling! Scavenger hunts. These can be organized or done off the cuff. Include big things such as mountains, bodies of water, or animals, but don’t limit yourself. Stop signs, road signs, bumper stickers, and fast food chains can all be on the list too! License plate game: never fails. Verbal games such as rock, paper, scissors, or I spy, or Twenty Questions, or the Green Glass Door can be awesome brain stimulation in the car! Car color research. It’s science. Make a chart of common car colors and tally how many you see of each color on stretch of the trip. Then discuss science and research. The car can be wonderful for teaching moments!...
Spotlight on Mary Lou’s Donuts

Spotlight on Mary Lou’s Donuts

Donuts: our love language.  National Doughnut Day may have passed but that doesn’t stop us from talking about one of Lafayette, IN‘s favorite donut spots!  It’s a Lafayette staple, grouped with other restaurants such as Dog ‘N’ Suds and Triple XXX. If you’ve honestly never heard of Mary Lou’s, do yourself a favor, and get chu’ some. They’re made fresh every morning, gooey and yeasty, but the best part- they’re $0.50 a piece. This historic A-frame building is a must see in the Lafayette, IN area. Head on inside or hit up the drive through. Life is good when you can roll up to a drive through window and pay about $6 for a dozen of made fresh donuts.   Mary Lou Donuts Mary Lou’s opened in 1961, and it’s been named best donut for over 57 years. The current owner, Jeff Waldon, bought Mary Lou’s just over a year ago. He has made strides to expand Mary Lou’s in many ways. Currently, starting May 30th, Mary Lou’s will sell a line of homemade popcorn, candies, and coffee.  Click here to view what our local newspaper, The Journal and Courier, has to say about it. “…Mary Lou’s will begin selling a line of snack products such as dipped pretzels, flavored popcorn and chocolate covered potato chips as well as various roasts of coffee.” A good thing just got better!  “..The line of snacks and coffee were born out of a partnership with Concannon’s Bakery Cafe in Muncie, where Mike Concannon runs a similar operation to Mary Lou’s along with his gourmet snacks and coffees; roasted by his son, Marc…” A unique trait of this historic piece of...
Pools and Swim Lessons of Greater Lafayette

Pools and Swim Lessons of Greater Lafayette

  Official summer starts June 21st, but it feels like summer already. Therefore, we’re not going to pretend. It’s time to get out and into the pools. Here are the Lafayette, IN and West Lafayette, IN area pool locations and websites for your entire summer reference. All public pools have an on duty lifeguard during open hours. These pools are perfect for safe, fun summer adventures!   West Lafayette Municipal Pool (West Lafayette, IN): Three heated pools at this location: baby, intermediate, and large pools. Entire pool rental, season passes, and swim lessons are available!   Club NewTone (Lafayette, IN): Club NewTone is an all inclusive gym with an indoor swimming pool. This pool is perfect for aerobic or competitive swimming. It’s also perfect if you already have a gym membership to Club New Tone!   Castaway Bay (Lafayette, IN): Castaway Bay is perfect for a family with younger kids. It’s slow wade entrance is great for the babies and toddlers, but it also has a large deep end for the swim savvy in your party.   Tropicanoe Cove (Lafayette, IN): Tropicanoe Cove is a popular Lafayette, IN pool destination. It’s conveniently located in Columbian Park, and it’s loaded with super fun slides, obstical courses, and relaxation tactics. They run admission specials all the time, too! Wednesday night is Family night. Click here to view details on that. Another example: in honor of National Best Friend Day, Tropicanoe Cove is running a buy one, get one free deal on admission. Check out the Facebook Page for that event here! Lafayette Family YMCA (Lafayette, IN): The YMCA is another gym with...
2018 VBS of Greater Lafayette

2018 VBS of Greater Lafayette

Looking for ways to make sure your kids have a great summer? Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun, action packed week of summer that the kids will never forget. VSB makes Bible study a priority, while incorporating hands-on learning and activity into each lesson. It’s a perfect way to spend a week of their summer break. Check out these local Lafayette, IN area VBS options! Faith (Lafayette, IN): June 4, 2018 – June 8, 2018 *No registration required for these dates 3:30-5:00 pm LARA Center [directions] Upper Lincoln at the Lafayette Reformed Church [directions] Vinton Elementary School [directions] 6:00-7:30 pm Hanna Center [directions] Point West Mobile Home Community [directions] Lower Lincoln neighborhood [directions] June 18, 2018 – June 23, 2018 at Faith Church’s East Campus from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. St. John’s Episcopal Church (Lafayette, IN): Holy Moly! (Joseph’s Dreams/God’s Dream); June 4, 2018 – June 6, 2018; 5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Eastside Assembly of God (Lafayette, IN): Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus; June 4, 2018 — June 8, 2018; 5:30 — 8:30 P.M. Federated Church (Brookston, IN): Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus; June 4, 2018 – June 8, 2018; 8:30 – 11:00 A.M. Grace Lutheran Church (Lafayette, IN): Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus; June 4, 2018 – June 8, 2018; 9:00 – 11:30 A.M. Stidham United Methodist Church (Shadeland, IN): Hero Central; June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018; 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Heartland Community Church (Lafayette, IN): Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus; June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018; 5:45 – 8:15 P.M. Calvary Church (West Lafayette, IN):  GAME ON – VBS 2018; June 11, 2018 – June 15, 2018; 8:45 A.M....
Memorial Day Weekend Events in Greater Lafayette

Memorial Day Weekend Events in Greater Lafayette

A wonderful three day weekend is coming at you. What will you do with all this free time? Will you go camping? Will you build a bonfire at home? If you’re still wondering what the City of Lafayette, IN might offer, look no further! We’ve gathered a few events for you to check out this weekend!   Art Around the Fountain Art Around the Fountain in a free, annual event celebrating and embracing the fine arts in Lafayette, IN. With an extended list of artists from all over the United States, you’ll surely find something to fit your style here. Click here to download a brochure of 2018’s participating artists. Downtown Lafayette, IN hosts the event on Saturday, May 26th, from 9:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Don’t miss these one of a kind pieces at affordable prices during this event!   Lafayette, IN Farmer’s Market Saturday, May 26th. 8:00 A.M – 12:30. P.M. N 5th St. between Main and Columbia, Lafayette, IN Just like every Saturday morning through the summer! Pick up you local, fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, and more!   ECC Memorial 5K Run/Walk Saturday, May 26th at Evangelical Covenant Church  8:00 A.M. registration and 9:00 A.M. start time! “We are hosting a 5k Run/Walk to honor our fallen heroes who gave their lives in service of their country. We will be starting the run at Evangelical Covenant Church and will be running down Veterans Memorial Parkway… Proceeds for this event will go to the Marine Corps League Detachment 547 to continue on with the mission of helping veterans, their families and the local community.”   Memorial Day Yoga...