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Nothing To Do In Indy – Guest Post – Eagle Creek

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A guest post on stuff to do in Indianapolis from my friend Tony Troxell.

So you say that there is nothing to do in Indy, especially when you’re broke, and you have a Geekling who is DESPERATELY looking to get out of the house? Well, here’s something for you.

Ever since we moved to Eagle Creek Apartments, the Geekling loves walking down to “the pond,” which is what she calls Eagle Creek Reservoir.

Yeah, Geeklings have no concept of size.

Since Saturday was a beautiful November day, pushing 70 degrees, I brought her down to the edge of the water for a bit, to let her poke around, throw rocks in the water, and generally burn off steam for what I thought was going to be 20 minutes until she got bored and wanted to come back in and watch “Adventure Time.” To my surprise, we spent the next two hours comparing splashes from little rocks, playing “Does It Float?” with various pieces of nature lying on the bank, and exploring some of the walking trails on our little edge of the Reservoir and Park area. In fact, the only reason we didn’t stay longer was because she was thirsty and had to hit the little girls room. This was 2 hours of quality Daddy/Daughter time, no electronics required, no television, and 200 yards from our back door. If this is what she likes about an old boat launch, I can’t wait to see what she thinks about the actual park.

Find a lake. Throw rocks in it. People love splashing rocks, doesn’t matter if you’re 3 or 35.

There’s always something to do.

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Disclosure:This is a series of posts for people who think there is nothing to do in Indianapolis. I disagree with this notion and believe these folks are not trying hard enough to find things to do with their families. These are events that look like they would be fun to do and I would attend with my family. Unless otherwise stated, I was not asked to post about this event. I was not compensated for posting about the event posted at the top of this page. These opinions are my own. I am just a guy trying to let my kids experience different things. I am also trying to be an Awesome Dad. Will I be at these events? Yes! Can you come up and take a picture with me? Heck yeah! Again, thanks for reading this far into the post.

There’s Nothing To Do In Indy – Upcoming Event- Rumpelstiltskin with @OperaIndy

I saw this post on my friend, @IndyWithKids, Twitter page and I wanted to share it with you because it looks awesome.

Indianapolis Opera has a free Children’s Theatre performance on Sunday!… http://fb.me/1mqURJ2CG

Then I saw this tweet from OperaIndy.

OperaIndy FREE FAMILY EVENT: Central Library Sunday at 3 PM for children’s opera, Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully presented by @IOEnsemble. CU there!

Who: Indianapolis Opera and the Indy Opera Ensemble

What: A live,theater performance of Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully

Where: Marion County Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St.; Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-275-4100

Why: Because it’s a way for you and your family to experience theater.

When Sunday, November 11th, 2012 @ 3pm

For more information about these and other events:

Indy With Kids

Indianapolis Opera

There is always something to do with your family in Indianapolis.

Disclosure:

This is a series of posts for people who think there is nothing to do in Indianapolis. I disagree with this notion and believe these folks are not trying hard enough to find things to do with their families. These are events that look like they would be fun to do and I would attend with my family. Unless otherwise stated, I was not asked to post about this event. I was not compensated for posting about the event posted at the top of this page. These opinions are my own. I am just a guy trying to let my kids experience different things. I am also trying to be an Awesome Dad. Will I be at these events? Yes! Can you come up and take a picture with me? Heck yeah! Again, thanks for reading this far into the post.

Heartland Film Festival- Death

“It looks like the other shows are kind of heavy Tuesday night.”
“I was thinking the same thing.”
“Oddly enough, the comedy playing is Death.”

 

It’s true the feature film I was able to see at this year’s Heartland Film Festival was, in fact, called, Death. And it was, in fact, comedy, of sorts. I mean, it was British, so the comedic flair was different, but there was for sure laughter.

Seeing a film during the Heartland Film Festival guarantees you’re going to see something that makes you think, and  feature talent you’ve never seen before. My selection was driven completely by my schedule- there were 118 films in this year’s festival and to see only one seems to not be fully taken advantage of what’s available.

Death is the story of siblings coming together after their estranged father’s death. As the story unfolds, the audience learns of what tore the family apart. Working on their eccentric’s father’s last invention turns out to be the thing that brings the three siblings back together.

Heartland offers many films that are appropriate for elementary aged children, and few that are appropriate for the whole family.

Did you make it to Heartland this year? What’s on your to-see list from this year’s program? I’ve heard good things about Starry, Starry Night,and hope to catch it in a theatre in the near future.

BgKahuna was kind enough to pass on a ticket voucher to me so I could attend this screening.

October is My Favorite

After much consideration, I think October may be my favorite Indiana month. There is so much to do, and so many ways to celebrate fall in central Indiana, I actually schedule it all in so we don’t miss anything (Calendars. It’s what I do). October is a big month for agrotourism in Indiana and all across the midwest- it’s finally time to enjoy the fruits of the farmers’ endless labor.

There’s pumpkins and corn mazes and apple picking and so many hayrides it’s hard to keep track. I love bringing the kids outside in this long pants-short sleeve weather, where they can soak up the sun and  marvel at the change of seasons

Taking a break on an actual pumpkin.

This year, we took the kids to a real pumpkin patch- a field where pumpkins were actually growing on the vine. They wandered happily for nearly an hour, exploring the field, moving the pumpkins around and generally soaking it all in. There is something about being in the moment, being in the place where food is grown, that is centering in a way nothing else is. To find a pumpkin patch near you, check out My Indiana Home’s Pumpkin directory.

We also made it to a corn maze, where they trekked for another hour. Not only was it an adventure, it was a good lesson in the way our food depends on the weather. Last year, the maze was lush and green, with stalks so thick there was no cutting through. This year, the stalks were short, thin, and dry. The corn that did grow was unusable, and there were bald spots in the maze where nothing grew at all. While they may be a little thinner than in years past, it’s still fun to get lost in a field. Find a corn maze near you using My Indiana Home’s Corn Maze directory.

My son had the thrill of apple picking for the first time with my parents. We typically shop at the store rather than a farm market, and by doing so, I think we’ve forgotten what fresh produce tastes like. When I bit into that Rome apple grown in northwest Indiana, my mouth was shocked at the flavor. So delicious. Because they are detail oriented, the kids have had a great time taste-testing apples this season- in a blind taste test, they know the difference between a Golden Delicious, a Gala, and everyone’ most favorite, the Honeycrisp. For everything apple, check out My Indiana Home’s Apple Page.
For a list of seasonal crops and where to pick them, see this handy pdf: http://www.in.gov/isda/files/Harvest_Calander.pdf.

Thanks to Indiana’s Family of Farmers Table Talk program for providing me with some fall-themed goodies, passes to Kelsay’s Fall Fun on the Farm  and handy information about Indiana’s agrotourism. October is also National Pork Month- can you say BACON? Learn more on Indiana’s Family of Farmers website, and connect with them socially @FamilyofFarmers and www.facebook.com/familyoffarmers.

**While my blog undergoes a little maintenance, I’m invading BgK’s space here. It’s kind of like how my clothes inch over to his side of the closet, and toiletries migrate on the vanity. Thanks, babe. ~Michelle (aka, Gotchababy)