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Check out the guide to Kid Friendly South Bend Mishawaka for an easy-to-plan trip full of family fun.
Put on your work jacket and pop the hood at the Studebaker Super Service Center exhibit! This hands-on interactive attraction at the Studebaker National Museum offers kids the opportunity to learn how a car works and try their hand at automobile repair. Equipped with tools and life-like sound effects, this exhibit is sure to keep your attention!
The History Museum offers kids a chance to get a hands-on look at local history. From an old-timey schoolhouse to cabins and wagons, this children's museum takes you right into the past to show you how former residents of South Bend once lived.
Home practice site of BMX superstar Brett Banasiewicz, the Kitchen BMX and Skatepark , is the Midwest's premiere indoor skating and BMX facility. Soar through the air on your bike, board, skates or scooter, and show off some of your best tricks! The Kitchen also hosts several competitions throughout the year.
Located on 23 acres, Potawatomi Zoo is the olderst zoo in Indiana and exhibits more than 400 animals. Take a ride on the Potawatomi Zoo Train, stroll through Zoo Farm, or watch the North American River Otters glide through the water. Get up close and personal with some of the world's most exotic animals! After you visit the Zoo, be sure to stop by the playground and splash pad in Potawatomi Park for a little extra fun. Catch a concert or theater performance at the amphitheater or jump in the pool on a hot summer day!
HealthWorks! Kids' Museum is a one-of-a-kind place that is part children's museum, part health education center, and all fun! HealthWorks! offers interactive exhibits and activities for kids of all ages. Their unique brand of "edutainment" is infectious!
Get the inside scoop on how everyone's favorite confection is made with a tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory and museum. Try a piece of freshly made chocolate, and grab a box to take home to your friends! The downtown location of South Bend Chocolate is a great place to fuel up and play. It has a food and drink menu that will please the kids as well as the parents, an indoor play area, and the world's largest chocolate store!
The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has no shortage of fun ways to spend your day! Climb the rock wall, play in the gymnasium, float down the lazy river, or travel down the winding water slide. There are plenty of recreational, educational, and faith-based programs for people of all ages at the Kroc Center.
Investigate a collection of unique artifacts that encourages families to explore, learn and enjoy the history of the Mishawaka area! Hannah Lindahl Children's Museum allows you to explore exhibits of natural history, enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese tea room, and walk through a pioneer village of the past which includes a one room school house, general store, pioneer home and more.
Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center is no ordinary bowling alley! The facility offers all types of indoor recreation from black-light mini-golf to go-kart races, bumper cars and mini-bowling, arcade games, and of course, bowling!
During the summer, there's nothing better than a South Bend Cubs baseball game. Climb on the playground, cool off on the splash pad, or bounce and slide in the new inflatable Fun Zone! The new 360-degree concourse, picnic garden and Tiki Hut allow you to get a great view of the game from anywhere in Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium.
Learn all about the trout and salmon that grow up at the Bodine Fish Hatchery . See them at all ages and sizes, learn all about the rivers and lakes they will one day call home, and find out what they do to survive in the wild!