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Author Heather SokolHeather Sokol is Hoosier born and bred. She and her hubby live in Central Indiana with their four active kids, ages 8 to 16. They enjoy exploring Indy on a quest for family fun, from theater and sports to museums and playgrounds. The real challenge is finding activities that appeal to kids, tweens, and teens at the same time. That's why she often leaves them home to enjoy date night or girls' night instead.


5 Things to Pack for a Fun Go Ape Adventure

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I have now been to Go Ape Adventure in Eagle Creek Park twice. Clearly that makes me some sort of expert. It’s a really fun time, and I loved sharing it with 11-year-old this summer. We visited with her Girl Scout troop. So, naturally, we went prepared. My daughter and I each carried a lightweight […]

TGI Fridays Daily Specials

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TGI Fridays has midweek specials on Tuesday through Thursday, including half-price appetizers and $3-5 drinks. My sister and I often see movies on Wednesdays while my kids are in school. It’s her day off, and it makes for a fun mid-week outing. When we discovered the deals at TGI Fridays in Castleton Square Mall, it […]

Barenaked Ladies Rocked the Free Stage

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It’s been One Week since I saw Barenaked Ladies at the Indiana State Fair, and I’m still in shock. 1990s Heather was amazed and excited. 1990s Barenaked Ladies are probably still trying to figure out how they landed on the free stage at a state fair. But, they absolutely rocked it. They played all my […]

2014 Indiana State Fair Is a Wrap

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The 2014 Indiana State Fair is officially in the books, and with over 950,000 visitors, it is the third largest attendees fair in history. We accounted for a tiny portion of those visits and loved every minute. The farm babies were adorable, as always. The award-winning produce, animals, home goods, and oddities were super fun […]

Homegrown at the Indiana State Fair

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One of my favorite things about the Indiana State Fair is the focus on Indiana local produce and goods. I love seeing all the local farmers in action. The animal barns, the livestock auctions, the country market, the ag-hort building — it’s amazing to have the opportunity to see a wide variety of farms at […]

Award-Winning Scarecrows at the Indiana State Fair

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You guys, award-winning scarecrows are a real thing. It’s one of the surprising Indiana State Fair categories I discovered last week. Now that the weather is turning crisp and cool, I’ve already got fall on the brain, and I can’t wait to steal some of these ideas. Check out these awesome Indiana Statefair scarecrows:

Farm Babies of Indianapolis

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I spent 10 hours at the Indiana State Fair on Monday, and we did nearly everything. It would probably take another full day to truly experience all the fair has to offer, but we were able to spend plenty of time on my favorite part — farm babies! I love the baby goats, the tiny […]

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

CANstruction Competition at the Indiana State Fair

There’s a section of the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair dedicated to canned good sculptures. Among the eclectic collection of blue ribbon winners stands a giant Olaf constructed entirely of canned foods. You can admire the stunning displays and vote for your favorite team. We chose the TARDIS and Olaf, but my favorite […]

9 Things You Didn’t Know Could Win the State Fair

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I’ve wandered through the ag-hort building at the Indiana State Fair for years, marveling at the things people have grown. There are watermelons as big as my kid, gorgeous Indian corn, and amazing produce. This year, though, a few more unique items caught my eye — things I had no idea could win awards. Here […]

Street Art of Indianapolis (Photos)

Street Art and Murals of Indianapolis

I absolutely adore street art. I don’t mean graffiti, though I suppose a lot of people might still call it that. I love it all anyway. But, there are also amazing murals on buildings, lovely hand-painted utility boxes, and beautiful art around Indianapolis. The cultural districts of Indianapolis feature stunning street art, commissioned by businesses, […]

Hipster Bars of Fountain Square

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In exploring a new (to me) cultural district last week, I had the opportunity to visit a few different Fountain Square bars. There was a tiki bar, a lounge bar, a local brewery, and a nuvo-hipster bar. Whatever that means. Each location has a unique flavor and together, they weave the fabric of the Fountain […]

Fountain Square in Indianapolis (Photos)

Fountain Square photos

While attending the Mixwest conference in Indianapolis last week, I spent some time in Fountain Square. The conference kickoff was at Fountain Square Brewery. The conference was held at University of Indianapolis. And we ended up at various bars and restaurants around Fountain Square in the evenings. It was a fun look at a cultural […]

Miles and Ellie at the Phoenix Theatre

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Miles and Ellie opened this weekend at the Phoenix Theatre, and I’m pretty sure everyone in Indianapolis needs to see this show. It’s a sweet, charming, cheesy look at first love, family feuds, and 90s nostalgia. It pokes fun at rom-coms while promising the play itself is not a love story. And I loved every […]

No Bike? No Problem: Pacers Bike Share in Downtown Indy

Pacers Bike Share Program

The Cultural Trail makes for a fun bike path through Indianapolis, and now you don’t even need a bicycle to participate! With the new Pacers Bike Share program, you can rent a bicycle and enjoy a ride without the costs and hassle of ownership. Bike stands are strategically placed along the trail and around downtown […]

6 Hilarious Traffic Signs You Won’t Find on a Driving Test

Traffic Signs You Only See in Indianapolis

The teen finally has her learner’s permit after weeks of studying rules of the road and traffic signs. The signs were the tough part — trying to memorize all the shapes and colors to recognize without the words you will see in real life. There were signs in her study guide I’ve never even seen […]

5 Fun Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain in Indy

Ways to Avoid Summer Brain Drain in Indianapolis

Have you heard of summer brain drain? With a long 10 weeks between the last day of school and the first day of the new school year, kids are at risk of sliding back in their education. The first month of school ends up focusing on a review to catch them up again before moving […]

The Best Popcorn in Indianapolis Movie Theaters

Indianapolis Movie Theaters Popcorn

I will freely admit — I mostly go to a movie theater for the popcorn. You just can’t replicate that movie theater, buttery goodness at home. My love of movie theater popcorn even means I will drive 20 minutes to see a movie in Castleton, when there’s a theater down the street. Because the popcorn […]

Addams Family the Musical: Spooky, Cooky, and All Grown Up

Addams Family the Musical in Indianapolis

As a Twittic for Broadway Across America in Indianapolis, I have been going to the theatre in Indy for years to provide Twitter reviews of touring musicals. Since I get two tickets, and babysitters are hard to come by, I usually take a kid with me each time. The tween loves musicals and begs to […]

Everything Is Awesome When Movies Are Cheap

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I love movie theaters. Love. Growing up in a small town, it was pretty much the only entertainment. We went to the movies on dates, with friends, and as a family. My parents still go to the movies at least once per week. But, with four kids, a movie can cost $50, just to get […]

500 Festival Mini-Marathon and 5K

Indy 500 Festival Mini Marathon and 5K

It’s May, and for Indianapolis that means Indy 500 hundred all the time! The 500 Festival is a month-long celebration of the race and our city. It kicked off this weekend with the 38th annual 500 Festival Mini Marathon. I ran the accompanying 5K. Okay, so ran is a subjective term. Still, I finished, and […]