Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Crew Review of "Saxony Beach in Fishers"

Welcome to Saxony Beach in the Lake District of the Saxony campus!  Located on Pennington Road off of 131st Street in Fishers (one street west of Olio), you'll find this family-friendly beach where memories can be made! 

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11AM-7PM
(Why is it closed Mondays?  The guards report it's for site maintenance)

Cost: FREE!!

What else is offered: Kayaks (on weekends), Beach Yoga (info on site at guard shack), a walking path around the lake, and special fireworks over the lake with kayak rental at night on July 3!

To answer some of your questions:

-Is it clean?  Yes!  We found some larger rocks and seaweed in the lake, but otherwise it's very clean and safe for swimming.

-Can we eat there?  Yes!  Pack a lunch or dinner and make a day of it!

-Is it open for those who don't live in Fishers or Saxony?  Yes!  All are welcome!

-Are there bathrooms and picnic tables?  Not yet, but a port-o-let is nearby. 

This is an up and coming area and this beach is brand new for 2012.  With that said, they're still in process of adding picnic shelters, bathrooms, parking, and dining.  In due time, the word is this will be one hoppin' place! 

Lifeguards check you in as you enter the beach. 
Several guards will be on duty in their chairs at all times....we like that!

Our crew ran right in and they report (even as of late May!) the water temperature is pretty warm!  Like most open water swims, the grade drops off and gets deeper out to the rope in the distance.  Little ones enjoy playing at water's edge, while the bigger kiddos can swim about in deeper waters. 


A quick video clip of the beach!

Bring your sand toys to make a sand castle masterpiece.  On this visit, the sand was still wet from the heavy rain earlier in the day.  It's a sand mixture with a gravel base, but we're in Fishers, Indiana, remember?!  We love this as a nice alternative to the busy pools.
(Gotta love our snow shovel....off to the store soon to restock the real beach toys!)

It's quite a large swimming area and beach front.  We estimate the total open space is roughly 150 yards long (6 indoor pool lengths) and about 10 swimming lanes wide out to the rope boundaries.  For those athletes looking to swim in open water for possible upcoming outdoor events, this would be a perfect spot to get your swim in!  A dock and boardwalk line the back drop across the lake. 

.....and we know it's all worth the trip with a face like this!  One of my kids was quite concerned he'd find snakes and sharks, but we told him he's in the wrong state for that!  We plan to make this visit quite a bit this season and as my oldest said on our exit, "But we are coming back tomorrow, aren't we?"  Pack some grub, pack the suits, towels, and sunscreen and we'll see you at the Saxony Beach!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Crew Review of the "Indy 500 Festival Parade"

As a kid, I grew up going to the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade each year.  We'd go in a huge group of people and back in the 80s, you could sit right on the side literally steps from the bands and floats.  Times have changed and security is much tighter now, but the good times still roll!

The parade is part of the 500 Festival events for the month of May and always takes place the Saturday before race day.  Now with our family in tow, we've done the parade a few different ways: in large groups and small groups, in the sun and in the shade, arriving early and arriving just in the nick of time.  Either way, just as long as you catch the police at the beginning and the Purdue marching band and legendary drum on a roll, you're guaranteed a good time! 

You can buy tickets to sit in assigned seats or bleacher spots, but we've actually never done that.  Each year we say we'll "upgrade" from the free spots on the side, but that's yet to happen!  Pack the kids, pack the car, and pack the food....the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade is something you must experience if you live in Indy.  It's a low to no cost way to make memories with your family!

We've parked in several different spots, but our best space was at the Murat parking lot located at North and New Jersey Streets.  Make sure to arrive early before 11 AM to ensure a space in this lot.  If it is full, there are nearby lots for roughly $5 per car that you should be able to find within an hour of parade start at noon.

Loaded up and ready to go! 
Wagons, strollers, coolers, sunscreen, blankets, the crew, and of course the food! 

Coming in from the east, all streets west of Delaware are closed, so once you get past Delaware, you'll be able to walk on the streets and possibly catch some of the floats and horses prepping to march!  We enter in on North street and always aim to sit under the shade of the Federal building or across the street in the lawn.  This is the start of the parade at Noon on the dot and also the first to finish by 1:15PM.  It makes for a nice exit to avoid major crowds, too!

We skirted in just in time for the start this year, and although our seats were not the best behind this tree, our littles found a way to get a great view.  They're happy, we're happy!

The motorcycle police are lined up at the start and have been performing for as long as I can remember.  In behind them is the Purdue marching band and legendary rolling drum.  Definitely two of my favorite acts....even as an IU grad!

The Motorcycle Police in action and doing bike tricks.  Kids...don't try this at home!

Floats and bands, Pacemates and Princesses, race car drivers and entertainers...you'll love to see it all!

May you trip down to see the parade and add this to your annual family memories as we have....Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

2012 Indy-Area Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) Program List

Find a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program in the Indy and surrounding areas on our list below!
Programs are arranged by city and then by date of the event.
We'd LOVE to add more to our list,
so if you know of one that we missed, email Mindy Here to get it added!


Saint Marks United Methodist
126th and Gray Rd.

*June 18-22; 9:45A-Noon
"Sacred Puppet Camp"
Ages 4 to 1st Grade
$10; 25 participant limit and parents must volunteer 1 day
Camp Info Here!

*June 18-22; 12:30-3P
“Sacred Drama Camp”

Learning the musical “Old Testament Fast Forward”
Ages 2nd Grade-6th Grade
$10; Limited to the first 35 registrants

Camp Info Here!

Carmel United Methodist
126th and Rangeline Rd.
June 24-28; 6:15-8:30P
"Sky-Everything is Possible with God"
Ages 4 to 5th grade
VBS Info Here!

Christ Community Church
Main Street
June 24-29; 8:50A-12:15P
Family Jamboree on June 24; Closing program on June 29
Ages 4 to 5th grade
VBS Info Here!

Hazel Dell Christian
146th and Hazel Dell Rd.
June 25-29; 6-8:30P

June 24 is VBS Kickoff from 4:30-6P
"Sky-Everything is Possible with God"
Ages 3 to 6th grade
VBS Info Here!

Carmel Lutheran
131st and Main St.
July 9-13; July 16-20
Times not listed on their site yet
"Amazing Desert Journey"
Ages 3 to 6th grade
VBS Info Here!


Geist Christian

126th and Promise Rd.
Summer Camps from June-August
6 weeks of themed camps with weekly or daily rates for kids
Camps for ages 3-5th grade
Visit their site for camp themes and dates
VBS Info Here!

Holy Family Episcopal
South of 116th near Fishers Town Center
June 11-15; 9A-Noon
"Operation Overboard"
Ages 4 to 10
VBS Info Here!

Crossroads Community
North of 126th on SR 238 (Greenfield Ave)
June 11-15; 9:30A-Noon
"Son Games"

Ages 4 to 6th grade
VBS Info Here!

Hamilton Hills Baptist Church

126th and Cumberland Road, east ½ mile

June 18-22; 9A-Noon

“Amazing Wonders”

Ages 4-5th grade

VBS Info Here!

Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic
114th and Hague
July 9-12;
July 13; 7P; Family Celebration
VBS Info Here!

Christ's Community Church
131st and Allisonville Road
July 9-13; 6-8:15P
"Under the Big Top”
Ages 4 to 4th grade
$10-$15/child; $25 family maximum
VBS Info Here!

Holy Spirit Parish at Geist
Fall Creek and Brookschool Road,
July 16-20
"Sky Everything is Possible with God"
Ages 4-6th grade
VBS Info Here!

The Pointe Community Church

9030 E. 91st Street, Fishers

July 16-20; 9A-Noon

“Amazing Wonders”

Ages K-5th grade

VBS Info Here!


Geist Christian

86th and Mudd Creek Rd.
Summer Camps from June-August
6 weeks of themed camps with weekly or daily rates for kids
Camps for ages 3-5th grade
Visit their site for camp themes and dates
VBS Info Here!

Castleview Baptist
86th and Hague Rd.
June 4-8; 9-11:30A
"Go For The Gold At Olympion"
Ages 3 to 5th grade
VBS Info Here!

Warren Baptist
21st and Post Rd.
June 10-13; 6-8:30P
"Space Quest"

Ages 3 to 6th grade
VBS Info Here!

Faith Missionary
91st and College Rd.
June 18-22; 9-11:45A
"Sky…Where Everything is Possible With God"
Age 4 to 6thVBS Info Here!

2nd Presbyterian
77th and Meridian
June 25-29
"Planting Seeds of Faith"

Ages 4-6th grade
$20/child; $50 family max
VBS Info Here!

College Park
W. 96th and Towne Rd.
July 9-13; 9A-12:15P
"The Great National Park Adventure"
Ages K5-6th grade
VBS Info Here!


Grace Community Church
146th and Hazel Dell Rd.
June 18-22; 9A-Noon
"Cactus Valley Junction"
Ages 1st  to 5th grades
$18-25/child; $54-$75/family max
VBS Info Here!

Noblesville Methodist
Monument St.
June 18-22
VBS Info Here!

Bethel Lutheran
206th and Cumberland Rd.
June 24-28; 6-8:30P
"Sky…Where Everything is Possible With God"
Ages 4-11
VBS Info Here!


Radiant Life
161st and Carey
July 23-27; 8:45-Noon
"GOlympics….Where Kids Go for God’s Gold"
Ages 4 to 5th grade
VBS Info Here!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Calendar of Events for May 2012!

Our list line-up has changed! 
Be sure to see the calendar below AND the links for great info about events and ideas around town! 

-The calendar for the month is listed below.

May Calendar of Events

Sky Zone Indy Toddler Jump Time

Fridays for Ages 5 and under
Price: $8 per child, parents jump for free!
The scoop: Toddler Time is a special program offered exclusively to parents and children up to age FIVE! It's a fun and unique event that allows kids to jump, roll, crawl, bounce and most importantly, have fun on Sky Zone's all-trampoline walled, playing court!

Free Children’s Museum Night

Thursday, May 3; 4-8P

National Train Day Celebration

Train Museum, Forest Park, Noblesville

Saturday, May 5

Come enjoy a day full of fun and railroad activities!  We will have train rides, caboose rides, speeder demonstrations, train switching in the yard and Railroading 101.  Whether you have never been near a train or are a diehard railroad fan, we know you will have fun. 

Free admission that day

“Lights Up, Sound Down” Sensory Friendly Movies

Saturday, May 5


Movies for families and children with Autism and sensory issues

“Pirates! Band of Misfits”

Hamilton 16, Noblesville

Children’s Tea at the Propylaeum

“Mommy and Me Tea”

Saturday, May 12


(Read our Crew Review!)

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic

Saturday, May 12


“Picture Frame Planter”

Rookie Run as part of the 500 Festival

Saturday, May 12


The smallest runners, the biggest hearts!

500 Festival Kids’ Day

Saturday, May 12



La Bella Donna Mother’s Day Train

Sunday, May 13

Train leaves Noblesville at 11:30A; Buffet at the Tipton Elks Club; Leave Tipton at 2P

$18 for ages 13+; $10 for ages 2-12; under 2 Free

The Pizza Plus Express

May 19-26

Depart Noblesville from the Indiana Transportation Museum and ride to Tipton for pizza or dinner on the town; Meals an additional cost

Train tickets: $18 adults; $10 ages 2-12

Family Fun Fair

Hamilton County Sports Complex

Saturday, May 19; 11A-3P

Fun for all ages with everything from face-painting to climbing towers, bounce houses to fire trucks, and so much more... Our complex and all tenants will be open to all visitors for introductions, trial events and open gym fun! Make sure to visit all the local vendor booths, and enjoy our fair foods.  Giveaways, free games and activities for all ages.
Get More Info Here!

Family Learn To Fish Day

Fort Harrison State Park

Saturday, May 19; 9A-12P

Workshop for learning about fish biology, fishing skills, and get fishing practice!

2012 Dash for DisAbilities

Saturday, May 19

Preregistration on their website below

Walk-up registration begins at 8A;

5k race begins at 9A; 5k Fun Run begins at 9:05A; 5k walk begins at 9:15A

$20 registration fee to benefit Mephibosheth Ministries


Civil War Days at Conner Prairie

May 19-20

Free with admission

Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 19-20

Cultural booths, food vendors, live music, 250+ artists

Tix: $10-$15 adults, $2 youth ages 3-12

Dine To Donate for Caleb's Indiana Down Syndrome Buddy Walk Fundraiser
Monday, May 21
Chick-Fil-A Noblesville all day
20% of all proceeds will go towards Caleb's fund to raise money for his buddy walk for the Indiana Down Syndrome Foundation; Print the picture/flyer on our FYC FB wall or as seen here and take it with you on your purchase; Flyers also available at the Fishers Y Childwatch desk

Fishers Touch-A-Truck

Tuesday, May 22


As a part of National Public Works Week, stop by the Town of Fishers exhibit at Town Hall located just off 116th near the BMV and climb on the vehicles, honk a horn, and pretend drive your favorite ride!  Gift bags for the first 200 kiddos, temporary tattoo station, coloring station, free water and popcorn

Zoopolis 500

Wednesday, May 23

10:30 AM; part of the zoo admission

Watch the annual tradition of the Tortoise Racing as they race to the finish line to be the first to reach the abundant fruit platter!
Get More Info here!

500 Festival Community Day at the Track

Wednesday, May 23


Drive your car around the track; Get driver autographs

Hamilton Town Center Carnival, Noblesville

Friday, May 25-Saturday, June 2

Rides, games, concessions

500 Festival Parade

Saturday, May 26


A time-honored tradition!  Bands, floats, clowns, race cars….A Must See!!

Lowes Build and Grow Clinic

Saturday, May 26


“Ice Cream Truck”