Friday, October 21, 2011

Crew Review on "Snapperz Family Fun & Sports"


***Crew Review***

We made our way to Carmel to Snapperz and the kids couldn't wait to arrive!  It's bright, open, and very family friendly.  Located in Clay Terrace next to the Designer Shoe Warehouse, we might describe it as an upscale Chuck-E-Cheese meets Monkey Joe's! 

The standard fees to enter are $8/child ages 4-17 on weeknights and $10 on weekends.  Ages 2-3 are $3 and under 2 is Free!  Monday nights are only $5 after 6PM, but we also saw on their site that Mondays after 5P are Free, so that's TBD!  Parents always get in FREE!

Once you pay your entry fee, you then can load a dollar amount on a reusable card and play games, do bounce houses and the 24' climbing tower (both included in entry fee),
or opt to enjoy the activities below at this pricing:

Laser Tag-  $5/Game 
Trampoline-  $5/Ride 
Climbing Wall-  $3/Climb 
Bumper Cars - $3/Ride
Laser Frenzy - $3/Game
Mini Bowling $3/Game


We liked the open layout for ease of seeing our children play, the secured exits, the many playing options for all age ranges, and the cleanliness of the facility. 
Our crew had a blast, but this trip can add up fast if you're a family on a budget.
Check their site for special events pricing and coupons.  Enjoy and make a special trip out of it and don't forget to visit their snack bar for a tasty treat
(or take your crew to McD's afterwards like we did!)





The Climbing Tower and Bounce Houses are included in the entry fee! 
Those are great fun in themselves!




Load a reusable card with your choice dollar amount and start to play away!  Games, Skee Ball, Trampoline Swings, Bowling, Laser Tag, Bumper Cars and more will keep your crew busy for hours!




Play away, win some tickets, cash them in at the ticket counter, and then shop the prizes.  Our crew LOVED this part!  This Mom and Dad admits to Skee Ball being our favorites for sure!


Snapperz also has great party packages and special event pricing, too! 
Visit their site above for all the details, save up, and put this playful spot on your agenda soon!  Great for school breaks, rainy days, entertainment for Dads and Crews while Moms shop Clay Terrace (*grin*), and just because you want to have a good time with the family!  Enjoy!




Sunday, October 9, 2011

Crew Review of Stonycreek Farm "Pumpkin Harvest Festival"


***Crew Review***

We took the family out to Stonycreek Farm in Noblesville on a warm Saturday afternoon.  The "Pumpkin Harvest Festival" was in full swing as we arrived.  They say the weekends are much more crowded, and because of that, they charge $5 per car for parking, but on the weekends only.

Entering the festival, you'll find so many great things to do!  However, we must say, that this visit is not cheap!  Tickets are required for nearly every event offered.  Tickets are $1 each and can be purchased at the ticket booths throughout the festival.  Booths may take 1-3 tickets each, depending on what it is.  Bring your cash, they don't take credit cards for the pumpkin purchases.

The grounds are gorgeous and if you're looking for lots of events to tackle such as a hay pile, petting farm, pony rides, a hayride, the pumpkin patch, tasty treats, and inflatables....then this is the place for you.  They say the weekdays bring fewer crowds, but also come with fewer activities for the kids.

We had a great time, but warn you this stop can really add up fast if you plan to eat and buy lots of tickets for all the events!  It truly has a festival theme, which is much more than your average pumpkin patch and hayride location!  We enjoyed it, but sometimes less is more!



So save your bucks and bring your cash!  Our crew cost $5 to park, $6 to ride the hayride, and $20 for 4 pumpkins.  We didn't do the extra activities or buy a treat.....but you can see how it adds up fast!



The hay pile kept the kids busy as we waited in the hayride line. 
Climb high and jump if you dare!
No tickets needed for this unique thrill!



The hayride is gorgeous!  Pile in, sit tight, and enjoy the ride.  Your pumpkin awaits!



This was new to us!  The pumpkin patch sits amongst the Christmas trees! 
We thought that maybe while we were out there, we should have tagged our tree that will be ready for us in about six weeks!



There were tons of pumpkins to shop!  The smaller pumpkins seemed to have been taken, so our crew went for the larger ones!  Our pumpkin rule: if you can carry it, you can get it!  I'm thinking this one's just a little too big for him!!  Yep, Mama carried this back to the van....so much for the "rule"!



Our selections have been made!  We ride back to the festival and prepare to pay by the diameter for each pumpkin.  They say tall and skinny is the way to save some bucks!  Our crew loved their pumpkin picks!



Pumpkins are paid for and now it's time to play!  We chose to play on the "grounded" tractor, play set, and hay bale maze.  No tickets needed for those fun events!



The farm's setting is spectacular! 
Whether you come for little or much, the setting is worth the trip!



The ponies welcome and wave you goodbye as your farm trip comes to an end.  Barns, pastures, fences, and grazing animals....it's all part of the experience!


We really enjoyed this festival trip!  As we mentioned, if you want simple and basic, this may not be the best fit for you.  If treats, rides, and activities are on your pumpkin patch list, make sure to make this stop!!


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Crew Review of "The Museum of Miniature Houses"


**Crew Review**

We've driven by this museum on Main Street in Carmel many times and always wanted to stop in.  Well, we finally did it!  Our group ranged in age from two to 84-years-old, both boys and girls along. 

This Museum was begun by three founders 18 years ago.  There are a total of seven rooms, all displaying miniature houses, interior house views, and single room displays.  There are several historical pieces, some dating back to the early to mid 1800s. 

Fees to get in are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages three and older.  Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11AM-4PM and Sunday, 1PM-4PM.   We really enjoyed our trip and were there about an hour.  It was nice that we were the only ones there and could really explore all that this stop has to offer!  Two thumbs up to this unique find!!




This is just one of MANY homes to admire.  Look closely at each decorated space!
Parents rest easy...each home has glass fronts so little hands don't touch!



This dining table is set for six.  Each home's rooms are finished and decorated from top to bottom.  This one's a grand estate!


We didn't get all the way through it, but we enjoyed the scavenger hunt. 
What a great idea to keep little ones focused and intrigued!



The museum volunteers are so helpful and patient with the kids.  They explained the history of the museum, showed us special features on the homes, and answered many of our questions.  Thank you for making us feel welcome!


We have a dream to do this someday.  This miniature home has a twin life-size home, too!



This is the museum's oldest home dating back to 1861. 
We appreciate their preservation of these great pieces!



We read that 1/3 of all visitors to the museum are children.  This place is so kid friendly! 
There's one doll house at the kids' level that is for play...all the rest are for eyes only!
Also, there are stools in each room so little ones can get a boost up to see inside the houses.


We really enjoyed this stop and can't wait to go back!  It's so nice to meet people who work to preserve collections and creations for others to enjoy. 
What a great place.....Hope you plan to go visit sometime, too!