Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FREE Movie Mondays all Summer in at the Eagles Theatre in Wabash

Have you been to the Eagles Theatre in Wabash?  On Mondays during the summer they show FREE family movies!  Grab your kiddos for an afternoon out of the heat!  Movies are free, and if you want to get popcorn it is only $1 for a kids-size.  We've done these in summers past, and they are crowded, so make sure to get there early to get a seat!  And, I recommend going across the street either before or after the movie for a treat at the Charlie Creek Inn's candy/ice cream shop.  Very fun & quaint!

For more info, go to:

FREE Movie Mondays All Summer!
Showtimes:  1 pm, 4 pm, 7 pm
Made possible in part by the generous support of Bickford Assisted Living, D.H. Floyd and Associates and Landmark Management, Inc.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hanfield United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School

Colossaal Coaster WorldAnother VBS you may want to think about for your kiddos.  My oldest son has attended VBS at Hanfield twice and has had a great experience - they put on a GREAT VBS!  This year my youngest son is old enough, so I know he'll have a great experience too! 

July 15-18, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

For kids ages 4 (& potty trained) - 6th Grade.

To register your kiddos, go to

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Rainy-Day Summer Activity - Bowling!

Need a rainy-day activity this summer? Try Crest Lanes Bowling Alley on 18.  Every Tuesday is $2 day, where shoes are free and each games is only $2. 

Every other day has a happy hour from 3-5pm, where 1 hour of bowling (unlimited # of bowlers) is only $12.

My kiddos love bowling, so I'm keeping this idea in mind for a rainy afternoon OR an afternoon that gets so hot we're desperate to be inside! 

Crest Lanes Bowling Alley
2014 W 2nd St  Marion, IN 46952
(765) 662-7673

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Westminster Presbyterian Vacation Bible School - June 24th - 28th Presbyterian will be offering Kingdom Rock VBS June 24-28, 2013 from 5:45 to 8:30 PM. 

Preschoolers 3 years old through children entering the 5th grade are welcome to attend.   Each day your child will join a small crew of friends in the sanctuary for Music and a Welcome.  Each crew will then rotate through stations of Crafts, Games, Snacks, and Bible drama.  Parents are invited to join kiddos at 8:15 for a finale program each evening featuring a video with pictures from the day, songs, and a reminder of our Bible point for the day.   This year kids will be reminded to STAND STRONG for God each day.   

You can register your children for VBS online at
If you have any questions please feel free to contact 765-661-6110.  

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

College Wesleyan Vacation Bible School - June 17th - 21st (9am - noon)

Vacation Bible School

We have a special program this summer for your children. Instead of doing Summer’s Cool, the church has decided to do a Vacation Bible School program called Kingdom Rock. It will be for those children who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade this year. Our desire is to reach out to the spiritual needs of the kids in our church and local community.

College Wesleyan's VBS is next week.  If you have a kiddo Kindergarten - 4th Grade, you can register them online at:

"At Kingdom Rock, kids will discover how to stand strong for God! They will be learning all about various Bible characters and the strength they showed when doing what God called them to do. There will be team-building games, cool Bible songs, theater shows, science experiments, tasty treats, and more. We would love to have your kids be a part of this great, FREE, event! Since everything is hands-on, kids might get a little messy. (Be sure to send them in play clothes and safe shoes). Plus, we’ll help kids discover how to see evidence of God in everyday life – something we call God Sightings. Get ready to hear that phrase a lot!
Your kids will also participate in a hands-on mission project, through a program called Operation Kid-to-Kid, that will let the kids in our community show God’s love to children in India. Parents, grandparents, and friends are invited to join us in the “Royal Courtyard” section each day in the sanctuary because that’s when we’ll be having Fanfare Finale – a daily celebration of God’s love you won’t want to miss."


Be sure to join us for a great time; June  17-21 9:00-noon

Need more info?
Contact Jil Mazellan (765) 674-8541 Register Here

Monday, June 10, 2013

2013 Grant County Fair (Discount on Advanced Purchase Tickets)

The 2013 Grant County 4-H Fair is June 16-22. 

Grants Admisstion is free, but  there is a cost for all rides, games, food, etc.  Carnival rides start Tuesday, June 18th at 5:30pm, and will continue every night through June 22nd. 

Pre-sale for carnival ticket wristbands (unlimited rides) is $12 per person - they are on sale at Lances New Market, Via Credit Union or Afena Credit Union through June 17.  The wristband can be redeemed any night of the carnival.  After the presale ends June 17th, wrisbands will be $18 each, and can be purchased at the carnival.

For more info & a schedule of events, go to

My kiddos are very excited for the fair! We've purchased the discounted wristbands the past two years, and it was well-worth it!  They rode/played to their hearts content, and I definitely got my money's worth! 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Converse Fair (6/5-8)

header-photoNeed something to do with your kiddos before Main Street Marion on Friday night?  Try the Converse Fair!  Started Wednesday and goes through Saturday, June 8th. For more info, check out

Converse Fair

Free admission.  Annual fair includes competitions, rides, harness racing, and  concessions.  Harness Racing June 5 and June 6 at 4pm.  For additional information call the fairgrounds, or Jason Miller at 260-563-5450.

Event Date(s)

06/05/2013 - 06/08/2013
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Converse Fairgrounds
40 34 56 N 85 52 4 W
Converse, IN 46919
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Main Street Marion First Friday (6/7/13)

First Friday May: Hoosier Superhero?Friday, June 7th is the first Friday of the month, which means FIRST FRIDAY for Main Street Marion.  Take your kiddos, some good walking shoes, a water bottle & some cash & head downtown right next to the River (across the River from the YMCA). 

From the Show Me Grant County website - below.  

Main Street Marion’s First Friday

Hosted by Main Street Marion, featuring live entertainment, artisans, crafts and children’s activities.  Join the fun at the Riverfront District.  Contact Main Street Marion for additional information at 765-662-1192 or visit Main Street Marion’s website.

Event Date(s)

06/07/2013 5:00 pm - 06/07/2013 9:00 pm
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Downtown Riverfront - Marion
1st Street & Adams Street
Marion, IN 46952
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JCPenney Coupon - $10 off $30 Purchase (Good through 6/10)

jcp150I found this on a a blog I follow: pennypinchinmom.  I tried it, and it works!  Only takes about 30 seconds total & your on your way to some new summer duds. :)

Here’s a way to get another coupon from JCPenney — this time directly to your phone!  Just follow these steps:
  • Text NEW to 527463
  • You will need to respond with the letter Y
  • Text SAVE to that same number
  • You will get a coupon for $10/$30 purchase in-store purchase
I was able to do all of this in less than a minute to get my coupon.  Always keep in mind that standard text messaging rates always apply for these offers.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Indianapolis Children's Museum - Free Nights & Summer Coupon

HomeWell today is my son's last day of kindergarten, so summer has officially begun!  I have a long list of things I've been promising my kiddos for months - things we haven't had time to do during the school year - and I'm excited to start plugging away at fun activities.  One we're going to start with is the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. 

This Thursday, June 6th, is the first Thurs of the month, and is a FREE night at the Children's Museum (4-8pm).  We're going to take advantage of the FREE rate, as the cost is usually pretty prohibitive!  If you can't make it on of of their free nights but want to go, check out their website for a summer coupon they're offering for $6 off adult admission or $25 off a membership (see below). 

Open free for families 4 p.m.–8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Please note: Due to the Fourth of July holiday, July's Target Free Family Night will be July 11, 2013, the second Thursday of the month.

Summer Discount aLERT!

$6 off An Adult Admission per a Paid Youth Admission (2 per household). Good through June 21, 2013.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

DIG Into Reading: Summer Reading Program at the Library

OverdriveThe summer reading program at the Marion Public Library starts this week: Monday, June 3 - Saturday, July 27.  The program is for preschoolers through 8th graders, and is a great activity for kiddos.  In addition to reading incentives (little gifts like Frosty's from Wendy's, stickers, Culver's cones, etc.) built into each week of the summer, each month there are activities/programs at the library, from Musicians to Magicians to Recycling classes to a Scientist and even a Civic Theatre musical (Oliver).  At the end of the summer they have a completion party and even give away a couple of bikes. 

To sign up for the summer reading program and to get all the info, stop by the library this week!  In addition to a kids program, they also have a reading program for TEENS and ADULTS.  I can never say it enough - Marion is SO fortunate to have such a great library - if you haven't been taking advantage of it, you SHOULD! 

For more info, see below or CLICK HERE.  

Dig Into Reading

Monday June 3 through Saturday, July 27 2012

Preschool through Eighth Grade

 How the Program Works
  • You'll receive a summer reading sheet to record the minutes you read this summer.
  • We'll be offering a variety of programs, give-aways, and contests all summer, so pick up a list of events and drop in as often as possible.
  • Everyone who completes the program will be invited to a final party with certificates and rewards.
  • The library welcomes children of all abilities.



  • Lunch on the Lawn: Every Tuesday at noon, starting June 4th through July 23th. Bring your lunch to our courtyard and enjoy stories read by local dignitaries.
  • Dig Into Summer Fun!: Every Tuesday at 1pm, starting June 4th through July 23th. Dig into summer fun with various activities offered each Tuesday.
  • Crafts with Mrs. Clare: Every Wednesday at 2pm, starting June 5th through July 24th for children in 1st through 6th grades (sign up required).


  • Musician - Tom Sieling: "Howl at the Moon with a Ground-Dweller Tune: Wednesday June 5th at 2pm. Tom Sieling is a singer and guitarist/banjoist. Fun, humorous, VERY participatory (sometimes even a bit athletic!) songs for kids that engage the whole family.
  • Dig into Recycling: Wednesday June 12th @ 2pm. Susan Eichhorn from East Central Indiana Solid Waste District will demonstrate why and how to compost for your summer garden.
  • Kids Sign Language Class: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21 from 10am-11am. Linda Taylor from Services for the Visually and Hearing Impaired will present these classes.
  • The Tortoise, the Hare, and Other Aesop's Fables: Tuesday, June 18 at 2pm. Minnetrista Theatre brings five of Aesop's most treasured stories to life with bright costumes, quirky characters, singing and dancing! This will enchant children and adults alike with live puppetry theatre.
  • Stevens Puppets presents Rumpelstiltskin!: Thursday, June 27 at 2pm. Celebrating their 80th year of producing unforgettable and one-of-a-kind marionette productions for children of all ages. These puppets are truly a national treasure!


  • Silly Safaris - Coyote Chris: Wednesday, July 10 at 2pm. Come and see animals that live underground.
  • Marion Civic Theatre - Oliver: Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm. Meet in the connector and walk over to the Marion Civic Theatre for a tour and a sneak preview of Oliver, their summer musical.
  • Magician CR Ryan: Wednesday, July 24th at 2pm. A father-son duo will perform a 45-minute stage show, "Dig Into MAGIC!"


  • Xtreme Science Magic: Saturday, August 10th at 2pm. Don O'Brien and his son Shane will present their science magic that will impress and inspire you.
  • Completion Party: Saturday, August 10th at 3pm. Those who completed the requirements of the Summer Reading Club will enjoy refreshments, learn the winners of the boy's and girl's bicycles, and other surprises.