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Bellaboo's

  1. Fall for All: Autumn Harvest Celebration

    October 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Fall for all, all week long! This is the time of the year when our garden pumpkins are fresh for the painting. The outdoor play areas are hay-filled and maze-y crazy. Scarecrows are being stuffed inside, apples are being stamped and cinnamon is I the air… and in the drinks at the café. As a universally designed building, Bellaboo’s is the perfect environment to be accessed, understood and used to great to the greatest extent by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Bellaboo’s Universal Design is open for play every day! Provided by Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch: www.harvesttymefun.com

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  2. I Spy Young Naturalists at Bellaboo's

    October 14, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Second Monday of every month: October 14, November 11, December 9, February 10, March 9 (No January program) The experts from Gibson Woods Nature Preserve provide interactive nature-based play at this monthly series. Little lessons may include stories or crafts plus plenty of outdoor exploration.

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  3. Two Can Tuesday

    October 15, 2019, All Day @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    On Tuesdays June-November bring in two cans of non-perishable and not expired food and receive 1 FREE adult admission per paid child. Not vaild with any other discount. All proceeds are donated to the NWI Food Bank. Helping you & those in need, thanks for the good deed! 2 cans+ 1 paid child = 1 FREE ADULT

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  4. Meet the Helpers- Independent Cat Society

    October 19, 2019, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Friendly Helpers all around making the world a better place every day right in Northwest Indiana! Some wear badges and speed by in zooming cars, others might wear muddy boots and hard hats or scrubs and a shower cap. Helpers are everyday people that use their talents to serve other beings the best they can. Join us to meet these special folks firsthand. While they are here you can ask them your questions, listen to their stories and share with them your kindness.In Celebration with National Cat Day the Independent Cat Society will visit. Included with admission prices.

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  5. Fall for All: Autumn Harvest Celebration

    October 21, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Fall for all, all week long! This is the time of the year when our garden pumpkins are fresh for the painting. The outdoor play areas are hay-filled and maze-y crazy. Scarecrows are being stuffed inside, apples are being stamped and cinnamon is I the air… and in the drinks at the café. As a universally designed building, Bellaboo’s is the perfect environment to be accessed, understood and used to great to the greatest extent by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Bellaboo’s Universal Design is open for play every day! Provided by Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch: www.harvesttymefun.com

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  6. Two Can Tuesday

    October 22, 2019, All Day @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    On Tuesdays June-November bring in two cans of non-perishable and not expired food and receive 1 FREE adult admission per paid child. Not vaild with any other discount. All proceeds are donated to the NWI Food Bank. Helping you & those in need, thanks for the good deed! 2 cans+ 1 paid child = 1 FREE ADULT

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  7. Glow Wild

    October 24, 2019, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    A kids costume Party… GLOW Outside & Play! *For safety, outside features close at sundown-glow fun continues inside. Glow play then stay to dance the night away! Make the most of your costumes this season- quality time spent with your family is the BEST reason! Limited Availability- Tickets go on sale Monday, September 16 2019.

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  8. Fall for All: Autumn Harvest Celebration

    October 28, 2019, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Fall for all, all week long! This is the time of the year when our garden pumpkins are fresh for the painting. The outdoor play areas are hay-filled and maze-y crazy. Scarecrows are being stuffed inside, apples are being stamped and cinnamon is I the air… and in the drinks at the café. As a universally designed building, Bellaboo’s is the perfect environment to be accessed, understood and used to great to the greatest extent by all people regardless of their age, size, ability or disability. Bellaboo’s Universal Design is open for play every day! Provided by Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch: www.harvesttymefun.com

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  9. Two Can Tuesday

    October 29, 2019, All Day @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    On Tuesdays June-November bring in two cans of non-perishable and not expired food and receive 1 FREE adult admission per paid child. Not vaild with any other discount. All proceeds are donated to the NWI Food Bank. Helping you & those in need, thanks for the good deed! 2 cans+ 1 paid child = 1 FREE ADULT

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  1. I Spy Young Naturalists

    October 14, 2019, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    2nd Monday of each month Dates: August 12, September 9, October 14, November 11, December 9, February 10, March 9 (No January program) from 9:30-11:30 AM $5 per child with caregiver Foster that natural curiosity in your little one by venturing outdoors to ‘spy’ what’s happening at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve. Each session will include a story, craft, snack and plenty of outdoor exploration. For ages 3-5 with a caregiver. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188.

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  2. Pre-School in the Park: C is for Campfire

    October 16, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Deep River County Park

    Make a kid friendly campfire with your hands. Program is designed for children 5 and under along with their families. Check out our other Pre-School in the Park programs happening every Wednesday from September 4 - October 30 at 10 am! Each includes a story time, in addition to hands-on activity or craft. This event is free and registration is not required.

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  3. Afterschool in the Woods

    October 17, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Nature is amazing and there’s so much to learn! Join us each moth as we discover new nature things together! For kids of all ages! 3rd Tuesday of the month September 19 2019 -March 19 2020 from 4-5 PM (No December program) Full list of dates and themes: September 19 Animal on the Move October 17- Animals Show Offs November 14- Talkin’ Turkey (No December program) January 16- Winter Weather Wonders February 20- Green in Winter? March 19- Spring Begins

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  4. Nature Playdate

    October 18, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Stoney Run

    Discover the natural wonders of the Lake County Parks during a monthly play date. We will meet at a different park each month to see what nature has in store to explore. Ages 2-6 with caregiver. Play dates are every 3rd Friday of each month. All 2019 Dates and Park: March 15- Lake Etta, April 19- Oak Ridge Prairie, May 17- Deep River, June 21- Three Rivers/ Bellaboos (outside), July 19- Buckley Homestead, August 16- Grand Kankakee Marsh, September 20- Lemon Lake, October 18- Stoney Run, November 15 Deep River

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  5. Fall in Love with Your Parks

    October 18, 2019, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Stoney Run

    Lake County Parks are fantastic! Join a park naturalist this fall and learn to love them like we do. Please dress for weather. Pre-registration, call 219-844-3188. All dates and locations: Thursday, September 12: Lake Etta Friday, September 20: Lemon Lake Thursday, October 3: Oak Ridge Prairie Friday, October 18: Stoney Run

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  6. Upcycling

    October 19, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    Come visit the main house at 1 pm to learn about ways you can turn old junk into something useful. There will also be a non-reserved tractor drawn hayride tour of the Homestead at 3 PM. The hayride is $2 per person and will start from the barnyard. Program is included with $2 admission fee and will run on a first come, first serve basis. The topic of the program is subject to change.

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  7. Story time in the Barn

    October 20, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    Bring your child to a special story reading I the historic barn at Buckley Homestead. There will also be a non-reserved tractor drawn hayride tour of the Homestead at 3 PM. The hayride is $2 per person and will start from the barnyard. Program is included with $2 admission fee and will run on a first come, first serve basis. The topic of the program is subject to change.

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  8. Pre-School in the Park: Magical Trees

    October 23, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Deep River County Park

    Learn about what makes trees so magical. Program is designed for children 5 and under along with their families. Check out our other Pre-School in the Park programs happening every Wednesday from September 4 - October 30 at 10 am! Each includes a story time, in addition to hands-on activity or craft. This event is free and registration is not required.

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  9. Fall Break Fun

    October 25, 2019, 11:00 AM - October 27, 2019, 4:00 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Join us for fun activities going on at Deep River County Park during our Fall Break Fun! This event will take place October 25-27 from 11-4 each day. Go on a hayride, watch corn being grind in the Historic Grist Mill, get some apple cider or maybe some apple and pumpkin butter in the Deep River General Store, kid's favorites are leaf crafts and an “October Obstacle Course” with pumpkin stacking, hay hurdles and leaf piles, and experience much more at this event! Hayrides will be available at 12, 1 and 2 PM. Hayride seating is limited so secure your spot by purchasing your tickets well in advance of the hayride you would like to ride. Hayride tickets are $2 per person and can be purchased in the Visitors Center throughout the day.

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  10. Bat-tastic Flyers

    October 25, 2019, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Join us for a bat-tastic evening as we invite presenters from Incredible Bats to fly us into Batweek to learn about these winged wonders’ lives and challenges, as well as introduce us to live live fruit bats. Co-sponsored by Dunes Calumet Audubon Society and Wild Ones- Gibson Woods Chapter Pre-registration required due to limited seating, call 219-844-3188. $2 per person.

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  11. Survival Skills: Fire

    October 26, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    Meet at the Log Cabin at 1 pm and learn the art and science of making fire. Program is included with $2 admission fee and will run on a first come, first serve basis. The topic of the program is subject to change. There will also be a non-reserved tractor drawn hayride tour of the Homestead at 3 PM. The hayride is $2 per person and will start from the barnyard.

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  12. Night Hike and Campfire

    October 26, 2019, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Ages 5 and up $5 per person Join us for a special evening venture as we take a hike as the sun sets and the night forest animals awaken. We will finish up our time around a campfire for snacks. Pre-registration required,please call 219-844-3188.

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  13. C.S.R.I. Wheelchair Accessible Hayride

    October 27, 2019, 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM @ Oak Ridge Prairie

    $3 per person (including family and caregivers) Advanced registration required due to limited space. Rides last approximately 20 minutes and can accommodate 2 wheelchair riders and 15 guests at a time. Upon registration, you will be assigned a ride time. Crafts, music and treats will round out the afternoon. We happily allow Canine Companions aboard with no fee. Call by October 23rd to reserve your ride. 219-947-7275. Mon-Fri, 9am-4 pm

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  14. Survival Skills: Shelter Making

    October 27, 2019, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    Meet at the Log Cabin at 1 pm and learn all about primitive shelter making. Program is included with $2 admission fee and will run on a first come, first serve basis. The topic of the program is subject to change. There will also be a non-reserved tractor drawn hayride tour of the Homestead at 3 PM. The hayride is $2 per person and will start from the barnyard.

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  15. Pre-School in the Park: Owl about me

    October 30, 2019, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Deep River County Park

    Learn all about owls and what makes them such a hoot. Program is designed for children 5 and under along with their families. Check out our other Pre-School in the Park programs happening every Wednesday from September 4 - October 30 at 10 am! Each includes a story time, in addition to hands-on activity or craft. This event is free and registration is not required.

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