• Trader's Point Creamery
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Indianapolis with Kids,  Midwest

    Trader’s Point Creamery

    We actually ended up at Trader’s Point Creamery because, as is often the case with three kids, by the time we were ready to walk out the door with people fed, shoes ties, and meltdowns curtailed, it was too late for us to venture to our original destination. Instead of driving 2 hours to Spring Mill State Park ,we decided to explore somewhere closer to our home turf. We needed a location where our kids could spend some time in the sunshine and come home tired and dirty and ready to eat dinner and go to bed. This place checked those boxes. In a lovely spot in Zionsville, just far…

  • Headless Horseman 2019
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Indianapolis with Kids,  Midwest

    Headless Horseman 2019

    Conner Prairie’s Headless Horseman is probably our number one favorite Indianapolis with kids events. Harp and Indy have been talking about it since the first spring leaves sprouted. One part fall festival, one part spookfest, there is something for all my kids to enjoy, regardless of their age or interest in being totally creeped out. Harper would prefer we skip anything mildly scary. She gets the heebie jeebies walking through the Halloween section of Home Depot. Indy on the other hand, well he’s more than happy to talk about spiders and gross stuff all day long. And Hank is still unphased by most things but I’m not sure if that’s…

  • brown county state park
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Midwest

    Brown County State Park Camping

    Indiana has this weird habit of stealing city names from all over. There’s a Columbus and a Brazil, an Atlanta and a Long Beach. And a Nashville, Indiana which is where we spent a surprisingly temperate summer weekend camping at Brown County State Park to celebrate a-not-so little girl’s 9th spin around the sun. We packed my mom car to the brim with as many of the essentials as we could fit and headed south, not before stopping at Portillo’s for Chicago dogs and a free slice of chocolate birthday cake for Harper. Nashville is about two hours south of our home on the North end of Indianapolis and our…

  • Mounds State Park Anderson Indiana
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Indianapolis with Kids,  Midwest

    An Afternoon at Mounds State Park

    When the weather is nice, it’s rare to find us indoors. My middle kid is feral and when he’s stuck inside he acts like the caged animal he is. This summer we spent nearly every weekend somewhere new. Mounds State Park in Anderson, Indiana is less than half an hour from our house so we skipped over for park barbecue and some hiking on a warm Sunday afternoon. The park is just over 250 acres of woods, trails, a campground, swimming pool, and river access, along with the prehistoric structures that give the park it’s name. Nature Center Whenever we visit a new park we make a bee line for…

  • Indiana State Fair Pig
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Indianapolis with Kids,  Midwest

    A Day at the Indiana State Fair

    When we lived in California we were nine hours from the Sacramento, the state capital, and by extension the state fair. In the 24 years I lived there I never went. Now we live just outside of Indianapolis and somehow the proximity to the fairgrounds where the Indiana State Fair is held compels me to go. Last year, we went on an outlandishly hot day while I was ridiculously pregnant. For reference Hank was born less than a month later. I was not impressed. Maybe I was over the heat and lugging around 50 extra pounds of bouncing baby boy (and belly) with me at every turn. Anyway, we thought…

  • The Commons Playground Columbus IN
    Adventures,  Indiana,  Indianapolis with Kids,  Midwest

    A Day in Columbus…Indiana

    After fighting off sickness from every direction, Guy and I decided we should treat ourselves to an adventure so we spent a day in Columbus with the kids. Columbus, Indiana ( not to be confused with Columbus, Ohio) is about an hour South of where we live, making it day trip certified. We packed in, three across in the backseat and set off a little later than we’d hoped, of course. 450 North Brewing I’m not sure the location of this brewery even falls within the official Columbus city limits but we hit it on our way down from Indy. It’s in the sticks poised between their sister winery, Simmons,…

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