School ended for my children on Friday, making tomorrow the first real day of summer vacation. Like many families, we don’t have a big trip planned this year and our summer getaways will be limited to short one-to-three day trips. But that hasn’t kept our family from coming up with several ideas for how we plan to spend our Indiana summer.
- A visit to GoGo & Poppo’s who live in Evansville. While we’re there, we plan to take in the new Amazonia exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo. My husband also would like to take the kids to Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.
- I’ll do a little reminiscing when I visit Richmond, where I lived for three years when I was a little kid. Veach’s Toy Store is still there, so is the mummy at the Wayne County Historical Society.
- It wouldn’t be summer without our annual trip to Holiday World in Santa Claus, but we’re going to slip in a little educational fare by visiting Lincoln State Park in nearby Lincoln City. We hope to see the new “Lincoln” production at the amphitheater in the park.
- It’s been a few years since I’ve been to the Arts & Crafts Show at Amish Acres in Nappanee. Four days and hundreds of booths of fine arts and traditional and modern crafts make this a great girls’ weekend destination. If getting to the Arts & Crafts Show doesn’t work in our schedule, we hope to take the kids to Amish Acres to learn about the history of Amish farm life.
- While up north, I definitely want to take in the free Quilt Gardens Tour.
- The girl who cuts my hair recently told me that you can float down Sugar Creek at Turkey Run State Park in an inner tube. While I’m not into canoeing, the tube trip sounds like something I’d like to try.
- Not everything we want to do this summer will take us away from our Central Indiana home. We’ll find ourselves rooting for the home team — the Indianapolis Indians — a few times over the summer. With tickets ranging from $9-$13 for adults and $8-$12 for kids age 14 and under, it’s definitely an affordable family outing.
- The Children’s Museum in Indianapolis is always a favorite destination, but this summer we’ll be sure to take in the Tutankhamun exhibit.
- To my kids, summer means swimming or at least getting wet. So we’ll hit a couple of the spray parks on the north side of Indianapolis, including West Park and Inlow Park. In my opinion, spraygrounds are awesome — the kids can get wet without the possibility of drowning!
- Finally, we’ll wrap up the summer with a trip to the Indiana State Fair. Three trips, actually. On Friday, August 14, we’ll take in the hot air balloon Night Glow. In addition to the Night Glow, we’ll hit the fair itself twice, once as a family and once for a date night for my husband and I. The Indiana State Fair runs from August 7-23.
There you have it. My family’s Indiana Summer. Before you know it, I’ll be buying school supplies and packing lunches again. Before that happens, I plan to have plenty of fun right here in Indiana.