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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.


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

Cinemark Dollar Movie Theaters

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 […]

Listen to Your Mother at Indiana History Center

Listen to Your Mother Indianapolis

Last year, I had the immense honor of being a part of the Listen to Your Mother Show in Indianapolis. Today, I got to see it again from the house seats, and it was just as amazing as I remembered it. Listen to Your Mother is a nationwide show that gives motherhood a microphone. Stories […]

5 Reasons to Visit the WTHR Health & Fitness Expo

WTHR Health and Fitness Expo in Indianapolis

Each year, WTHR presents a health & fitness expo, but I never really thought of it as something fun for the family. Today, I was invited to participate as part of the #13HealthExpo social media team and next time, I’m bringing the whole family! In addition to health-related vendor booths, there are several fun activities […]

Lunch Date at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Lunch Date at the Children's Museum

We have a family membership to the Children’s Museum and visit as much as possible. The kids love every inch of it and frequently argue over who gets to choose our starting point. But one of the things that helps us get the most value from it is our day trips without them. It’s a […]

Visiting Indy: A Spring Break Essay for My Nephew

Visiting Indianapolis A Spring Break Essay

When my sister mentioned she was working through my nephew’s spring break, I suggested she send the kids to visit Indy with our other sister and me. It’s no Disney World, but at least he would have some fun stories to tell when he returned to school and plenty of things to write about for […]

Girls’ Night at J. Razzo’s

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Last night, several friends and I celebrated a birthday at J. Razzo’s in Carmel, Indiana. This was my second visit to the restaurant, and the food was every bit as good as I remembered. J. Razzo’s features upscale Italian with a large wine selection, and a fun cocktail list with localized names for martinis and […]

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan Book Signing in Indianapolis

Kids Ink Book Signing

Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan came to town, and Indianapolis went crazy. In a calm, orderly way befitting a children’s bookstore. Kids Ink hosted a reading, Q&A, and signing by two popular young adult novelists. Rainbow Rowell has written three books, with her fourth due out this summer, and I have devoured each of them […]

Evergreen Indiana: How to Borrow Every Book Ever Written

Evergreen Indiana Library System

I’ve been a bookworm my entire life. I remember hiding under the covers with a flashlight to finish a book late at night — and now I’m yelling at my kids for the same thing. I read classics, mysteries, YA novels, non-fiction books, and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on. Luckily, […]

Sister, Sister: Two Girls, Two Suburbs, One Night on the Town

Ghost the Musical Girls Night Out in Indianapolis

My family is from southern Indiana. I grew up in the toe of Indiana’s boot, but my sister and I both ended up Central Indiana. We live less than 20 miles apart, in north side suburbs, and mostly touch base whenever we’re in our homewtown. Recently, we’ve both been making an effort to get together […]

Nostalgia in the Food Court: Root Beer Stand at Circle Center Mall

A&W Root Beer Stand in Circle Center Mall

There was a root beer stand in my hometown called Frost Top. Like root beer stands in every hometown, you could order from your car and have food delivered along with a frosty mug of draft root beer. If you’ve never tried draft root beer, you’ve never tried root beer before. It’s a part of […]

Supercross in Indianapolis: Photos and Results

Flying Motorcycles at Supercross in Indianapolis

I’ve been going to Supercross in Indianapolis for more than 10 years, but this one was a little different for me. Maybe it was the fact that I took three kids with me this time. Maybe it was the fact that with Chad Reed out, I had no rider to fangirl over. Maybe it was […]

Local Dining Treasures: 10 Must-Order Menu Items

Local Dining Treasures - 10 Must-Order Menu Items in Indianapolis

There is no shortage of amazing restaurants in Indianapolis. Over the years, I’ve cultivated a few favorite menu items from each local restaurant. I know there is so much out there, I should really be exploring new food and restaurants instead of constantly ordering the same thing. But our favorites are just so good and […]

Westfield Underground Railroad Run

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The Underground Railroad Run is a 5K run and 3K family walk that winds through historic Westfield, Indiana. This year’s race will take place on March 22nd, winding through Asa Bales Park and by the anti-slavery cemetery in downtown Westfield. Options include a 3K walk, designed for families to enjoy together, and a 5K timed […]