Family Fun

<p>Things to do with the family in Steuben County, Indiana.</p>

Pokagon Halloween Happenings

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This year was the first time that we have been able to participate in the many Halloween activities offered at Pokagon State Park. MaKenzy and I weren’t able to get to the Nature Center in time to take part in the Bats Program that was offered, but we arrived at the Potawatomi Inn just in time lunch.   Mak had to stop by and say, “Hi” to her buddy the Wolf in the Potawatomi Inn Lobby then we made our way to the Café for lunch and to decorate caramel apples!  Mak and I shared a slice of pizza and we were given two (2) packages of sliced apples for our caramel apple concoctions.  We ate our pizza and then took our sliced apples over to the large table where there was caramel, peanut butter and chocolate along with crushed Oreos, M&M’s, sprinkles, nuts and chocolate chips.  Mak and I did not go light on the toppings and we both enjoyed the caramel apple treat! After we were done with our lunch, we made our way to the Nature Center.  Not only did they have a costume contest going on, the normal activities were available to enjoy as well.  Once MaKenzy was done checking out the turtles and the other interesting items at the Nature Center, we checked out the pumpkin carving contest.  They had different age groups, but because MaKenzy is only two (2) years old we decided to save that Halloween activity for another year.  Once we were done exploring at the Nature Center, we headed home so MaKenzy could get a nap in before the Trick or Treating that was scheduled to start at 5:00 p.m. in Campground 3. Around 4:15 p.m. we got back to Pokagon.  Luckily, we had friends that were camping in one of the campgrounds so we made our way to their camper to get ready for trick or treating.  Around 4:45 p.m. we headed to Campground 3 on foot.  I have never been at Pokagon during the trick or treating and boy, was I shocked!  When we arrived at Campground 3 I could not believe all of the people!  Not only all of the children and adults that came out, but all...

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Steuben County Halloween Happenings

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In addition to the normal Halloween Trick or Treating around town and at the local businesses we attended a couple different “Halloween Happenings” around the area this year. Fremont Public Library Pumpkin Trail The first Halloween Event we attended was the Pumpkin Trail at the Fremont Public Library.  In previous years, due to work schedules, I was never able to take the girls before, but this year it worked out and Grandma was even able to join us!  As soon as we got there we realized how big this event was because the parking lot was packed, but we were able to find a close parking space and got the girls ready to go.  They both got dressed up in their princess dresses and we headed down the trail.  They had fun cut outs like Cat in the Hat and Captain Underpants which the girls absolutely loved.  The Grinch was also there handing out candy along with several other characters.  As we continued walking down the trail there was a photo booth with fun props,  goofy minions and so many happy faces handing out candy.  When we finished with the trail, we checked out the pony rides, grabbed some fresh apple cider and even got a piece of Bubba’s Pizza!  After the girls ate their food we made our way into the library and went to the basement where they had a Book Walk and balloon animal artists!  Emi and Mak immediately got in line for the balloon animals.  Emi was very excited for the book walk so as soon as she got her balloon, she made her way over to the game.  After several turns, her number was eventually called and she won a book to take home.  We all had a very pleasant time full of smiles, laughs and of course a bunch of candy!  As long as schedules permit it, we will be attending next year as well! Angola Parks & Recreation Halloween Fun at the Selman Timber Frame The second Halloween Event we had to make sure to catch was Halloween Fun at the Selman Timber Frame put on by the Angola Parks & Recreation.  We went to this last year so we wanted to...

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Ridenour Acres

By on Nov 20, 2017 in Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The last couple years we’ve made it a point to visit Ridenour Acres at least once.  This year I knew that they had added some new activities for the kids and I was sure that they would enjoy them.  We got lucky once again and the weather was absolutely beautiful so we decided to head over to Ridenour Acres for the afternoon. As soon as we got inside, Emi and MaKenzy took off to the huge tube slides.  They both bypassed the mini tube side and went straight to the big slides!  Mak moved from the slides and ran to the bounce house and Emi decided to play in the large corn box.  Then they both moved onto the hay bale fire truck, they had so much fun going through the tunnel and climbing up top on the ladder. I saw that all of the pedal cars on the track weren’t being used  so I put both of the girls on one and I got on one too!  Emi and I were racing while Bryan pushed Mak since her legs were a tad short to pedal on her own.  After we raced around the track a couple times, we headed over to the barrel train.  This year the barrel train was much longer than in years past.  Emi and Mak sat in one barrel and I sat in the one behind them.  After our fun ride, they ran over to the bounce ball track and the duck races.  I went inside the barn and got us apple cider slushies and apple cider donuts to share.  We sat down at a tic tac toe table, played a game and enjoyed our snack. We noticed that the line for the hayride wasn’t very long so we decided that we would hop on the wagon.  This was the first time that we’ve gone on the hayride here and the girls loved it!  After the hayride was over the girls just had to get their faces painted!  Emi picked out a rainbow and Mak got a butterfly on her cheek. Before we left, the girls ran over to check out the new combine slide.  It did not disappoint and the girls loved sitting...

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Stroh Orchards with the Schiffli Family

By on Oct 19, 2017 in Family Fun, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Every year my mom and I take the girls to pick out pumpkins at G. W. Stroh Orchard.  That time of year is already upon us, so my Mom and I, along with my Aunt Becky, took the girls to Stroh Orchard last Monday for their annual pumpkin picking.  Since Mak and Emi are getting older, they knew exactly what we were there for.  They immediately ran over to the countless pumpkins surrounding the trees in the front.  There were so many to choose from and they just couldn’t figure out which pumpkins they wanted!  They crawled all over the pumpkins, like a jungle gym, thoroughly inspecting each pumpkin trying to pick out the perfect one.  Emi then saw the huge crates full of the pie pumpkins and she had to search through those as well since she could actually pick those up. Stroh’s also have a tree trunk sculpture of a dog in the front yard and the girls absolutely loved it.  After they posed for a picture with the sculpture, we made our way to the “U Pick Pumpkin Patch.”  Emi spied the little red wagon that is used to haul the pumpkins and once Mak saw the wagon she immediately jumped in so Emi took her on an excursion through the pumpkin patch!  After countless laps up, down and around the patch, the girls finally found their two perfect pumpkins so we made our way to the store. When we got in the store we were greeted by Gary Stroh.  We took a look at the countless types of apples, gourds and snacks that they had available to buy.  The girls and I decided to get some fresh apple cider and some caramel corn to snack on.  The girls were so excited to finally have their pumpkins, they loved the cider and ruined dinner with the caramel corn (it was almost gone by the time we got home).  As always, we enjoyed our trip to the orchard and we will look forward to next year’s...

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Pokagon State Park Pocket Museum

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Family Fun, History, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In 1934 Company 556 of the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at Pokagon State Park.  One of their first jobs was to build the park’s gatehouse.  The site was recently turned into a pocket museum to commemorate the men who built it. A ghostly life-size image of a corpsman stands guard in the window to greet visitors.  Inside the original fireplace still stands, along with many artifacts from the bygone days of the CCC.  Photos and plaques line the walls of the tiny structure, bringing to life the story of the corpsmen The CCC operated on a system similar to the army.  Enrollees wore military style clothes and used military equipment.  They slept in barracks.  Each bed had a footlocker to store all belongings from clothing to their cleaning supplies, canteens and mess kits. In addition to building a beautiful park, the men often learned skills to use later in life, from finishing high school to skills like carpentry and masonry. The museum is free.  It is open to the public whenever an attendant is at the front gate of Pokagon....

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Seaplane Fly-in with the Schiffli Family

By on Sep 27, 2017 in Events, Family Fun, Food, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Last year we attended the Seaplane Fly-in later in the afternoon so we did not see many planes.  This year, especially with Bryan starting the process to receive his pilot’s license, we wanted to make sure we arrived early enough to see all the action!  The event began at 8 am at Pokagon State Park at the Potawatomi Inn beach on Lake James and we arrived less than an hour later.  I was pleasantly surprised by how many seaplanes were on display, flying, landing and taking off!  Bryan and I thought it was absolutely spectacular.  I was used to seeing one type of seaplane, but there were several different types at the event.  It was neat to see the differences and the varying sizes of the planes.  Emi was very interested in the planes but MaKenzy was a little unsure of them and held onto Bryan pretty tightly at first.  A water “landing strip” was marked off with buoys and there was a ramp on the beach made from wood and metal plates.  Every once in a while a plane would land on the water and then move to the Potawatomi Inn front lawn to park so everyone could see the plane up close.  The Indiana Seaplane Pilot’s Association had a tent set up with items for ssale and had a free raffle drawing for seaplane rides.  The girls were both really excited by the mini foam seaplane from the Steuben County Tourism Bureau.  The four of us started to get hungry so we went into the Potawatomi Inn and had a great breakfast at the buffet in the historic dining room.  After we finished breakfast we made our way back down to the beach to see more seaplanes.  It was a lot busier than before breakfast!  We walked around some more and took a closer look at some of the planes and Emi played in the sand at the beach.  We made sure we stuck around to listen to them draw numbers for free seaplane rides.  Unfortunately we din’t win one, but there were a lot of lucky winners.  It was an amazing event that included something that a lot of us don’t get to see all the...

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