Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Crew Review of "Rhythm! Discovery Center"

***Crew Review***

We headed downtown and tried a fabulous new stop recently.  Located in the Claypool Court below the Weber Grill on Washington Street, the Rhythm! Discovery Center awaits your musical interest and rhythmic talents!  A part of the Percussive Arts Society, this museum is perfect for those that love to have a hands-on approach in exploring, learning and just flat out making noise! 

It was perfect that we happened to be almost the only ones in there (how nice of them!) during our 90-minute visit, but still we were able to keep the noise levels high with our banging and drumming on the instruments!  If your crew is super sensitive to sound and loud noises, then you may need to take breaks or explore the quieter parts of the museum!

Pricing is $5-$8, and children 5 and under are free.  Annual family memberships are available for $50....might be something to consider if you make several trips down!

We suggest you make a day of it and grab lunch or visit other stops while there. 
We happened to choose a parking garage that was an $8 cost, but there were others to choose from that we later realized were less expensive.....(Now we know!)

This greeted us at the entry.....Now that's some drum!

Explore!  Gotta love a hands-on approach to learning! 
Some displays are for viewing only, but most are interactive.

Whatcha' got?  Grab a seat and show off your skills!

There are two sound proof recording studios.  Prepare your piece, press record, and show off your skills! 
Not bad for a little man!  A future drummer on our hands?!

In this cubby you'll find a cymbal.  In this cubby you'll find sticks.  In this cubby you'll find a tambourine........There was just so much to do!  Loved it!

Our group was thrilled with this trip!  It's great when you're looking to entertain with something new and excellent for those that want to touch and feel everything!  For the adults on the trip, there are plenty of historical pieces to read all throughout the museum in addition to many "Did you know" boards to challenge young minds!

A big thank you to the Percussive Arts Society and Rhythm! Discovery Center for providing a wonderful learning opportunity for our youth to get a new perspective and upclose view on music education!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Crew Review of "Ben and Ari's"

***Crew Review***

Located in Fishers near 141st and SR 37, this one-stop-shop was great for dinner and family fun!  The only down side was the kids wanted to hurry through the grub to get over to spend through their tokens!  "Eat slowly and wait 30 minutes until you can play".....Nice try, that only works in the pool! 

As a parent, we loved the small size of this stop because we could easily see our crew as they explored the play space.  Two thumbs's a fabulous find!

Roughly $20 for a large Marco's pizza, cheesy bread and pitcher of fed our party of 6!

So much to see and do and great for kids of all ages!
Like we said earlier, just the right size so the kids aren't easily lost in the size of the place.
4 tokens for a $1, and most games take 1 token....doesn't break the bank too much!

It's not a party without the Skeeball!  This gal had to get her turn in, too!

It was chilly out, so we chose to bowl instead of golf.  Golf is open year round if you dare hit the course in the cold!!  We LOVED the bowling lanes!  The bowling balls fit perfectly into little hands, but don't stand too close....the balls were a flyin'!

Many party options with small and large rooms to meet your group's needs!

And when the tokens are spent and Mom and Dad are flat out of money, you add up your tickets and cash 'em in for some loot!  Who doesn't love a plastic boat or back scratcher?!!

Score of a stop!  We enjoyed our trip and it was just enough to fill our arcade cravings!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Calendar of Events for Late November-December 2011

*Completed Events are marked in Yellow

*Events are organized by Seasonal, Dated, Service Projects, and Ongoing make sure to scroll all the way down!!

*Want to add an event in your area to our list? You can!
Email Mindy Here!

-Christmas Light Shows-
Grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the show from the car! 
Have a show in your area to tell us about?  Email Mindy Here!
-8440 Harrison Parkway, Fishers 46038, Harrison Park Neighborhood
A computerized light show with music that can be tuned in to your car stereo

-14809 Victory Court, Carmel, 46074, Village Farms Neighborhood
A computerized 70,000+ light show and a 45-minute playlist of 16 holiday songs
Donations encouraged towards the American Cancer Society
-15131 Senator Way, Carmel, 46074, Village Farms Neighborhood
A computerized 35,000+ light show encompassing the entire cul-de-sac of homes
-161 Hollowview Drive, Noblesville, 46060, Monterey Village Neighborhood
Show runs 6:30-10P
-Reynolds John Deere
126th and SR 37, Fishers 46037
Free drive-thru light show featuring over 1 million lights and holiday figurines
This show started in 1992!  Thanks Reynolds Family for giving us great family entertainment for many, many years!

-See even more HERE on this Indy Star Link to tons of Indy-area light shows!

-Christmas Tree Lightings and Parades-

-Noblesville: November 25, 7P; On the Square
-Indianapolis: November 25, 6-8P; Downtown Circle
-Noblesville: Annual Christmas Parade; November 27, 2P
-Fishers: December 1, 6:30-8:30P; Town Hall
-Westfield: December 2, 7P; Downtown

-Santa's Mailbox Letter Drop Off-

-Fishers Parks and Rec
November 21-December 12
8:30A-4:30P, Monday-Friday
Santa has dropped off a very special mailbox that will send your letters directly to his workshop.  He has promised to reply to each letter he receives. All letters must include a self addressed stamped envelope so Santa can get back to you without delay!  For fourth grade and younger. 
Drop off at: Fishers Town Hall and 11565 Brooks School Rd.

-Carmel Arts and Design District
December 3-18
ArtSplash Gallery at 111 W. Main Street, Suite 140
Each  letter is handwritten and mailed back to each child at no charge

-Pictures With Santa-

-Castleton Square Mall, Indy

-Clay Terrace, Carmel

-Fashion Mall, Indy

-Hamilton Town Center

-Noblesville Santa Claus House

-Holiday Events Going On Through the Season!-
Children’s Museum
Jolly Days Winter Wonderland….enjoy the Yule Slide and more!
November 25-January 8

Christmas at the Zoo
Opened Wednesdays thru Sundays 11/25-12/23; and also open 12/26-12/30
Santa’s village, Animals, Animated light shows

Spencer Farm, Noblesville
Now thru December 19
Precut Christmas trees, wreaths, and their famous sweet shop with gifts, fresh baked pies, hot chocolate, cider, and cookies!
Get their tree pricing here!
Follow their Facebook Page Here!
Get More Info Here!

Stonycreek Farm Nursery, Noblesville
Now thru December 20
Trees, wreaths, garland, gift shop, hot cider

Piney Acres Tree Farm, Fortville
Now thru December 24
(We’re getting our tree here!  Watch for a Crew Review coming soon!)
Enjoy the 73-acre farm and choose and cut your own tree or shop the precut selection
Santa’s there from Noon to 4P on 11/25-27; 12/3-4; 12/10-11

Celebration Crossing
November 25-December 31
The “Santa Claus Express” train was acquired from the downtown Indianapolis L.S. Ayres store and has been running at the Indiana State Museum since 1991
Special events include:
-Santa’s arrival by helicopter on November 25th at 9A
-A Festive Breakfast with Mrs. Claus, ongoing dates and times
-Visit Santa and his elves in his special house, ongoing dates and times

Conner Prairie “Holiday on the Prairie”
-Outdoor Adventure: December 3, 10, 17, ; 10A-4P
-Gingerbread Village: December 1-31
-Conner Prairie by Candlelight: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17
-Breakfast with Santa: December 3 and 10: 9-11AM
-Dinner with Santa: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17

Yuletide Celebration
Flying reindeer, tap dancing Santas, magical toy shop and music that makes this one of Indiana’s greatest holiday traditions
Indiana Symphony Orchestra at  Monument Circle
Show times and ticket prices vary
Polar Express Train
*Tickets went on sale 10/1, so seating may be limited
The event runs weekends in December, but buy your tickets NOW!!
Ride the Indiana Transportation Museum’s Polar Express Train with Santa and make great memories with the family! 

Gingerbread House Scavenger Hunt, Downtown Carmel
December 3-23
Tues-Sat 10-6p; Sun 1-4p
Start your hunt at Simply Sweet Shoppe at 30 N. Range Line Road and receive your map and clues.   At each stop you will see a gingerbread house in the window of the business where an answer to a clue can be easily found.  Claim your prize at the last stop and be entered for a basket drawing, too!
Free for all ages!
Get More Info Here!

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure
Eiteljorg Museum
Now thru January 8
Over 1200 feet of train track is decorated and embellished with themes and settings from the Wild West
-Dated November/December Events- 
“Holiday Shoppers Express”
Saturday, November 26
Ride the Indiana Transportation Museum’s Train from Fishers to Noblesville and explore the holiday decorated square!
See Santa, enjoy shopping in decorated shops, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee
4 arrival and 4 departure times, so go and stay as long as you like and make a day of it!
$7 round trip tickets for adults; $3 ages 2-12; 2 and under Free
Reservations required; Buy your tickets NOW!
Get More Info Here!

Huge LEGO display at the Fishers Library
Now thru December 8
Get More Info Here!

Free Children’s Museum Night
December 1; 4-8P

Peewinkle’s Holiday Cabaret
Thursday, December 1
A puppet production highlighting the winter festivals around the world
Artcraft Theatre in downtown Franklin, IN
$5 tickets; 2 and under free

“The Nutcracker”
December 1-4
Show times and ticket prices vary
A holiday family tradition and ballet for all ages
Clowes Memorial Hall

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
December 1-4
Conseco Fieldhouse

Christmas on the Square
Friday, December 2
Santa house, carolers, holiday parade, tree lighting, hot chocolate

Westfield in Lights
December 2, 5:30-8:30P
Santa House, Tree lighting, Live nativity scene, Horse carriage rides, Carolers, Winter market with 30+ vendors, Fire pits

Noblesville Historic Home Candlelight Tour
December 2
$5 tickets; children 12 and under free

Carmel Clay Historical Society, Holiday Home Tour
December 2 and 3
Tour four historic homes decorated for the holidays and showcasing beautiful furnishings and antiques
Ticket prices vary; Day and evening tours available

“Lights Up, Sound Down”
Open to everyone, but specifically giving families & children with Autism and sensory issues the opportunity to enjoy their favorite movies in a comfortable, sensory - friendly setting with the lights turned up and volume turned down in the auditorium
Saturday, December 3
Hamilton 16 IMAX, Hamilton Town Center
“The Muppets”

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic
Saturday, December 3
Caboose project
Get More Info Here!

Big 10 Football Championships “Fan Fest”
Saturday, December 3
Tickets: Adult-$8; Youth-$5
More than 200,000 square feet at the Indiana Convention Center will be dedicated to interactive games, entertainment including special guest appearances and mascots, performances by participating teams' bands, giveaways, food and beverages, and much more!
Get More Info Here!

Cookies and Santa, 20th Anniversary by Fishers Tri Kappa
Saturday, December 3
Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus for $5; Purchase homemade cookies; Entertainment by local dance and choir groups
Fishers Town Hall

Breakfast with Santa at the historic Propylaeum
Saturday, December 3 and 10
Old Northside Neighborhood, Indy
$12 children; $18 adults
Get More Info Here!

Pictures with Santa
Wednesday and Thursday, December 7-8
6 to 7:30P
FREE!  Open for all ages
Fishers Town Hall, 1 Municipal Drive

“A Christmas Carol”
December 8-11, 15-18
Presented by the Carmel Repertory Theatre
Ticket prices and show times vary
The Studio Theater at the Palladium, Carmel

Candlelight Evening Tour of the Museum of Miniature Houses, Carmel
Saturday, December 10
5-8P; Carolers visiting the museum at 6P
Special pricing of $3 for child and adults
Get More Info Here!

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic
Saturday, December 10
Coal Car project

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis
December 10
Conseco Fieldhouse

Holiday in the Arts District
Saturday, December 10; 2-6P
Mr. and Mrs. Claus, reindeer and elves, strolling carolers, carriage rides
Live Family Christmas at the President Benjamin Harrison’s Historic Home
Saturday, December 10
10A-3P; Tours on the half-hour
$10 adults; $5 ages 5-17
Bring the family for a unique Christmas tour of the Benjamin Harrison Home.  The year is 1888.  President Harrison, some of the family from Ohio and the household staff will be "home for the holidays" talking about the excitement of Christmas Day and personally offering their good wishes to you and yours for the holidays
Broadripple Lights Up!
Saturday, December 10
Firestation visits, Mr. and Mrs. Claus arrive, Tree lighting, and Parade!
Events run 2-7P
Get More Info Here!

Christmas on the Farm
Trader’s Point Creamery
December 10, 17
Visit with St. Nick, take a sleigh ride around the farm, enjoy carolers, and make a craft; Winter Farmer’s Market also available
Get More Info Here!

“Christmas at the Puppet Studio”
December 10-22, 27
Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
Bring your family to this music-filled, marionnette Christmas performance, hosted by the delightful ritzy rodents, Ludmilla & Mozart...they live in the piano!!
Tickets: $10 each; 2 and under Free
Post show workshops are $3 after the show.
Downtown Indy

“Willy Wonka”
December 16-January 7
Presented by Civic Theater
Ticket prices and show times vary
At The Tarkington at the Palladium, Carmel

Great Train Expo
December 17-18
State Fairgrounds
$7 tickets; Ages 11 and under Free!
Get More Info Here!

4th Annual Skate with Santa
Sunday, December 18
Sponsored by the Fishers Figure Skating Club, held at the Forum in Fishers
Ages 4 and up: $6 skate, $2 skate rental
Face painting, games, and pictures with Santa

“Santa’s Train Home”
Tuesday, December 27 and Wednesday, December 28
Ride from Fishers Station to Noblesville’s Forest Park to visit with Santa one last time, thank him for your gifts, and see how he enjoyed your cookies.  He’ll have one last gift for each child before you get to wave goodbye as he heads home to the North Pole!
Train departs at 10:30A and 1:30P both days
Tickets are $10 round trip for ages 2 and up
“Winterfest” at the Indiana Historical Society
December 27-30
Free with admission to the Indiana Experience
Vintage fun with Slinky races, hula hoop competitions, and Tinker Toy and Frisbee challenges. Kids can make bike streamers, decorate wooden cars, make a Spirograph masterpiece, have fun at our Silly Putty station and more!
Radio Disney on site from 1-3PM on 12/30

Zooper Bowl Holiday Recycling Event
Wednesday, December 28
Indianapolis Zoo
2-7PM Recycling Event; Zoo opens at noon on the 28th, with Christmas at the Zoo running that night from 5-9PM
Drop off your old electronics (from 2-7PM) to receive a $2 off coupon for Zoo admission good thru April 2012
Get More Info Here!   

Children’s Tea at the Propylaeum
Thursday, December 29
Tea time for children and adults; On-going tea times with monthly themes!
This month’s theme: “A Peter Pan Tea”,
2-4P at the historic Propylaeum in the Old Northside District in Indy
Ages 3-6: $6; Ages 7-12: $12; Age 13-Adult: $18
Get More Info Here!

A Family-Friendly New Year’s Celebration
December 31
End the year with a bang with the family-friendly alcohol-free celebration. Face painting, stilt walkers, clowns and music highlight the evening. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows the little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations are accepted but not required, call 317.232.1637.
Indiana State Museum

-Service Projects and Charity Events-

-Bottles for Babies
An operation of Life Centers Fill baby bottles with loose change to raise money for mothers who have chosen life for their babies Great fundraiser for any age, in your home, garage sales, parties, you name it!

Get More Info Here!
Life Centers Facebook Page Here!

-Food Rescue
Food Rescue schedules and inspires more than 2,000 "food rescues" each month, turning millions of dollars in rescued food into hundreds of thousands of meals for children and families in need through a network of volunteers working to turn discarded food into changed lives. Great service to do as a family!

Get More Info Here!
Food Rescue Facebook Page Here!

-Kids Against Hunger
(See our Crew Review!)
3rd Saturday of the Month Food Packing
Get More Info Here!
Kids Against Hunger Facebook Page Here!

-Samaritan’s Purse, “Operation Christmas Child”
Pack a shoebox and support a child in need
Get More Info Here!

-Shepherd Community Center
TONS of ways to get involved and give back: soup kitchen, youth sports, tutoring, medical clinic, pancake breakfasts.  Find your fit!
Get More Info Here!
-Wheeler Mission Thrift Store
By selling new and gently used clothing and household items to the community, the Thrift Store helps fund vital ministry programs and also offers training and work opportunities for program participants. Volunteers are needed throughout the week to sort, organize, and clean donations at the Thrift Store and Donation Center.
Get More Info Here

-Ongoing Activities-
Ben and Ari’s  (Read our Crew Review!)
Arcades, Bowling, Miniature Golf, Parties, Pizza
Fishers, 141st and SR 37
Get More Info Here!

Blue Ribbon Carriage Rides
Tour the downtown streets of Indy by horse drawn carriage!
Open year round, 7 days per week
Rates start at $50 for 1-4 passengers for a 25-minute ride; Holds up to 6 for $5 more/person
Load at your choice of hotel or restaurant or starting point
They tell us little ones sitting on laps don't get charged as passengers, so you can squeeze more in!

-Cooper's Stardust Bowl, Noblesville
Smoke-Free Days: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays (select hours)
Play 9 holes of Putt Putt Golf for $5/person and get 8 arcade tokens free!

-Pin Heads, Fishers
Arcade, Bowling, Parties
Thunder Bowl: $3/person per game; $4 Fri-Sun 

Chicken Limo and The Hippo Party Bus
Rent the privately-driven Chicken Limo for your next fun occasion! 
Seats 8; $85/hour
Rent the privately-driven Hippo Party Bus for an even bigger party!
Seats 18; $150/hour
Loaded iPod on each rental

Civil War Museum
Free; Observation Deck $1
10A-6P Wed-Sun


Climb Time Indy
Rock Wall Climbing
Wednesday Nights Kids’ Night after 5PM
$12/session; Free harness rental to all others


Conner Prairie Indoors Areas
Great Fall and Holiday events on the calendar!
Open Tuesday-Sunday; Outdoor areas closed November thru March.

Cool Creek Park Nature Center 
(See our Crew Review!)
Nature Center and Ongoing Events
Bird Hikes and Activities, Wildflower Hikes, Special Programs
Get More Info Here!

Earth Discovery Center
Eagle Creek Park
(See our Crew Review!)
$5 Park admission/car; Discovery Center Free
9A-5P Mon-Sat; 1P-5P Sun

Farmers Markets
- Carmel Winter Farmers Market Saturdays; 9A-Noon
Carmel, City Center Building
Get More Info Here!
-Trader’s Point Creamery
Saturdays; 9A-Noon
Get More Info Here! 

Gymnastics Unlimited
Open Gyms, Teen Times, Classes, Adult Zumba
Brookschool Rd. Exit off of 465 East

Hamilton County Sports Complex
(See our Crew Review!)
Saturdays, "Community Appreciation Day"
Sundays, "Family Fun Day"
Open gym for all sports, bounce houses, tumbling, bungee trampoline, zip line
$25/Family; $10/individuals
Get More Info Here!

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
(See our Crew Review!)
Open 9A-5P
Adults $5; ages 6-15 $3; Under 6 Free
Take a Track Lap (for additional costs) while you're there!

Indiana Transportation Museum
Train Rides and Events All Year Long
Dinner Trains; Caboose Rides; Holiday Trains….See the schedule link!

Indiana State Police Museum
Police cars, artifacts, displays of all things law enforcement
Open 9A-3P, Monday thru Friday
Located near 21st and Post Road in Indianapolis

Indiana War Memorials
(See our Crew Review!)
Museums honoring all Indiana war veterans
Downtown Indy

John Deere Tractor Store at Reynolds Farm Equipment
Farm Figurine Toys and Tractors to (pretend) drive!
December Holiday Light Show is a must-see, too!
Fishers, 126th and SR 37

LEGO Store
Castleton Square; Center Court in front of Macy’s

Ongoing calendar of events
Story Time; Early Literacy Programs; Teen Movie Night; Art Classes and more!

Lucas Oil Stadium Tours
A behind the scenes, 1-hour tour visiting the playing field, NFL locker room, plaza, press box, and more
Every Tuesday/Wednesday
11A, 1P, 3P
Adults $7; Ages 4-12 $5; Ages 3 and under free

Monkey Joes
(See our Crew Review!)
Bounce Houses and Birthday Parties
Castleton/North Indy

Museum of Miniature Houses
(See our Crew Review!)
Open Wed-Sunday
$4 adults; $2 children under 10

My Gym
Open Play for ages 1-5
Tuesdays 11:45-12:45
$5 per player for 1 hour of play
Ball pits, climbing, balance beams, trampolines, gym equipment, and the famous Mr. Kendal!  Plus, it’s a clean, smaller gym so it’s just right for younger children! My Gym also does great birthday parties and structured classes as well!
E. 96th Street in Fishers

Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio
Year-round puppet shows with holiday themes
Downtown Indy

Prairie Tykes at Conner Prairie
Adult/child class to engage using crafts, dance, and song
Ages 2–5
$11/member youth; $12/non-member youth
9:30–11am and 12:30-2pm on select Fridays
Classes all year long.....Schedule/Themes on link below
Get More Info Here!

Recreation Unlimited
(Read our Crew Review!)
Indoor Playset Showroom open for play!
$6 per child
Get More Info Here!

Rhythm! Discovery Center
Interactive exhibits and participatory opportunities using rhythm and its role in our society
Open: Mon-Sat, 10-5; Sun, 12-5
Admission: Adults: $8, Seniors: $7, Youth: $5, Free under age 5
Downtown Indy at Illinois and Washington Streets

Rita's Backyard
(See our Crew Review!)
Garden Center, Lunch & Tea should see the small tea cups for little girls!
Open thru December 23
116th and Brooks School Road, Fishers
We small businesses!......(Tell her Mindy sent you!)

-Carmel Ice Skadium
Open Year Round
Fees: $5-6.50; Skate Rental $3

-Indiana/World Ice Skating Academy
Open Year Round
Fees: Children $3-$4, Adults $4-5; Skate Rental $3
Pan Am Plaza, Downtown Indy

-Pepsi Coliseum Public Ice Skating
Great for birthdays, youth events
$5 entry ages 13+; $4 entry under age 13
Skate rental extra
Indiana State Fairgrounds

-The Forum at Fishers, Ice Skating
Open Year Round
$6 entry; $4 skate rental; Ages 3 and under only pay skate rental

-Skateland Family Skate Events, Rollerskating
1st Wed of each month: Tiny Tot Skates
Character Skates; Saturdays; 11A-1:30P
West side of Indy

Sky Zone
Indoor Trampoline Park
NEW.......Opening December 2011!
Fitness, Fun, and Parties
Get More Info Here!
Visit Their Facebook Page Here!

Snapperz Family Fun and Sports
(See our Crew Review!)
30,000 sq ft of fun featuring bowling, themed inflatables, rock wall, 4-story kid center, laser tag, games, bumper cars, trampoline, and food
Great for parties and group outings
Free Admission on Mondays after 5PM!
Check link for hours, general admission and single activity pricing

Stony Creek Farm
(See our Crew Review!)
Noblesville SR 38
Very family-friendly seasonal events
Get More Info Here!

Sweet Treat Boutique
(See our Crew Review!) 
Ice cream, cotton candy, loads of treats, gifts
Great for birthday parties
Oaklandon/Geist area

Trader’s Point Creamery
(See our Crew Review!)
Take a Creamery Self Guided or Guided Tour!
Observe cow milking, see pigs and chickens, enjoy a treat at the Dairy Bar or a great meal at the Lodge Restaurant!

"The Park" at Trader's Point Christian Church
Got kids with a lot of energy? How about a two-story indoor playground filled with mazes, slides, and a tree house?
Hours: Monday-Friday 8A-8P;  Saturdays 8A-6P; Sundays 12:30P-8P
Get More Info Here! (Scroll down the page on this link for the details)