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You’ve got the whole gang together and you’re looking for fun. Find it in caves, at a candy factory, on a coaster and other cool spots all over the state.

GET A GOLDEN TICKET Take a behind- the-scenes tour at  Albanese Candy Factory to see how the “world’s best gummies” are made. The Merrillville confectioner makes gummies in mouth-watering favors such as wild cherry, mango and blue raspberry, plus a wide assortment of artisan chocolates. (N) 

GO DOWN UNDER Much closer to home than Mammoth Cave,  Marengo Cave offers two easy walking tours strewn with stalactites, stalagmites and other show-stopping stone formations. Kids will enjoy the gemstone-mining activity and the winding mazes, but Marengo also offers more adventurous options for the experienced spelunkers among us. (S) 

SEE THE WORLD’S LARGEST CHILDREN’S MUSEUM  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a wonderland of fun for kids of all ages. Ride a historic carousel, dig for fossils in the immersive Dinosphere exhibit, see a planetarium show or race boats down an indoor stream. Tinier tots will enjoy the Playscape gallery’s blocks, water features and climbing contraptions. (C)

RAMP UP YOUR GETAWAY At 33,000 square feet,  South Bend’s Kitchen BMX Skatepark is the state’s largest—and arguably best—indoor skate park. And no wonder: Professional BMX trick rider Brett Banasiewicz designed it as his private training facility. Try a few tricks yourself or get inspired by watching the experts at Banasiewicz’s annual pro/ am contest. (N)

PHOTO OP! Flush your kiddos down a giant toilet at  kidscommons —to teach them all about plumbing, of course. Afterward, head down the block to  Zaharakos, a beautifully restored ice cream parlor that has been serving up scoops and splits since 1900. (SC)

INDULGE IN A SWEET TREAT At the  Clabber Girl Museum & Bake Shop, the company’s 150-plus years of experience in baking powder are re ected in cases full of tempting treats, plus breakfast faves like biscuits and gravy. Stroll through the museum, which chronicles one of the nation’s oldest brands. (W)

HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY Fun-minded families flock each summer to  Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, which recently opened Thun- derbird, the nation’s  rst launched wing roller coaster. The whole town really comes alive in December, when a Christmas parade kicks off the month-long merriment. Hint: Mail letters to Santa from the town post of ce. (S)

PACK A RUBBER DUCKY If you dare to play in the  Quack Factory at the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, come prepared to get wet. The water-themed exhibit is one of several galleries at this fun, family-friendly space. (S)