Looking for a place to find Santa Claus in Hendricks County this Christmas season?
Look no further.
With Christmas on the horizon, parents everywhere are looking for gifts. For a unique, practical, delightfully versatile and crazy durable Christmas gift, take a look at KiDECALS.
KiDECALS is a company out of Boulder, Colorado, that makes stickers. These are no ordinary stickers, however. They're customizable stickers that can be used to label just about everything under the sun.
KiDECALS offers labels for organization, school, canning, water bottles, sports equipment, lunch boxes, clothes, shoes, walls and much more.
KiDECALS recently reached out to They're Our Kids and offered us a free sample of their product to try out. Here's how our trial went.
Christmas break arrives this week for most of us, if it hasn't already, and the kids will be looking for stuff to do in their newfound free time.
Fortunately for us parents, there are two family-friendly movies playing this week that will entertain the kids without wrecking your holiday budget.
This Thursday, Dec. 19 (tomorrow!), at 7 p.m., the Kiwanis Club of Danville is showing "A Christmas Story" for Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night at the Royal Theater in Danville. Tickets are sold at the door and are a mere $3 per adult and $1 per child under the age of 12.
All proceeds from ticket sales go back to the Kiwanis Club of Danville to be used right here in our community in the form of several sponsorships and projects.
This 1983 "klassic" is set in small-town Indiana in the 1940s and chronicles Ralphie's quest to receive a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. It is rated PG and has a run time of 94 minutes.
This edition of Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night is sponsored by Diesel's Sports Grille and Hackleman Auto Collision Repair -- both located in Danville.
The Royal Theater is located at 59 S. Washington Street in Danville, on the east side of the historic Courthouse Square.
Then this Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m., Washington Township Parks & Recreation is showing "The Polar Express" inside The Pavilion Center at Washington Township Park in Avon.
Admission to this movie is free! Concessions are sold at very reasonable prices, but you can also bring your own treats. (It's allowed. I promise. You don't have to sneak it in.)
"The Polar Express" is an animated film starring Tom Hanks. It follows a young boy who boards a magical train on Christmas Eve and rekindles his belief in Santa Claus. The movie is rated PG and has a run time of 100 minutes.
This is part of a monthly movie series at The Pavilion Center through March that is sponsored by the Hendricks Power Cooperative. You can click here to learn more about it.
The Pavilion Center is located back by the Splash Pad. For those with GPS, the address is 435 Whipple Lane in Avon.
See you at the movies!
One of my favorite Christmas activities is to drive around and look at Christmas light displays. Nothing's worse, though, than driving around with a minivan full of excited kids, unable to find any lights.
Fortunately, I have a couple of friends who have found light displays in Hendricks County and in Indianapolis. No sense in me reinventing the wheel, so here's where you can find their lists:
Visit Hendricks County blogger Amanda Miller found these five holiday light displays in Hendricks County.
For light displays in Indianapolis, look no further than one of my favorite blogs, Indy With Kids. Here's their frequently-updated Indianapolis Christmas lights list.
The White Christmas at 935 Grayson Trail in Brownsburg is not in operation this year. On The White Christmas Facebook page, the homeowner cites time constraints but hopes to have the display up for Christmas in 2014.
As I stumble across light displays on my own, I'll add them here. And if you know of any, feel free to comment below!
"It was the veterinarian who first told Clarence he needed to move to a cooler climate."
And so begins the adventures of Clarence -- a camel suffering from heat stroke who must move away from Cairo, Egypt and finds himself in Danville, Indiana.
"Clarence the Christmas Camel" is written by Philip Gulley, an accomplished author, speaker and Quaker pastor from right here in Danville. He has published several books and was approached by the Downtown Danville Partnership to write a children's Christmas story this year for the town.
Gulley obliged, and "Clarence the Christmas Camel" was published by Sycamore Printing in the form of a children's coloring book, sponsored by Waste Management. Illustrations for the story were done by several local artists and members of the community.
At the annual "Christmas on the Square" celebration on the day after Thanksgiving, Gulley's wife, Joan Gulley, read the story at the Royal Theater to all who were in attendance. It was then revealed that all of the illustrations were posted on windows of businesses around the historic Courthouse Square.
Each illustration corresponds to a page of the story, so by beginning at the Mayberry Cafe on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square and following the black camel hoof prints around the Square, a person can read all about the adventures of Clarence.
We were out of town during "Christmas on the Square," so the girls and I only recently did the walking tour. It was a hit!
We read all about Clarence's airplane trip from Egypt to the United States by way of Paris, what kind of food he likes to eat, how some people were rude to him, and how a nice woman from Danville made him feel at home in our little town.
The girls enjoyed reading each part of the story and looking at the colorful artwork. We also stopped in at the Gallery on the Square and picked up complimentary "Clarence the Christmas Camel" coloring books for each of them. (You can get them at Mayberry Cafe and at the Danville Public Library, too, as long as supplies last.)
This is a fun, free Christmas activity for the whole family, and if you go at night, you'll be dazzled by all the Christmas lights around the Square. There are lots of neat shops and eateries around the Square if you want to duck inside from time to time to get warm, do some Christmas shopping or grab a bite to eat.
In our house, it's just not Christmas without Dr. Seuss. An annual holiday activity on our family advent calendar is to watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and our kids -- like millions of others -- develop their reading skills by reading the works of Dr. Seuss.
So when the Danville Public Library offered Christmas in Who-Ville yesterday, we couldn't miss it.
The program began with a Dr. Seuss enthusiast / comedian / magician entertaining the kids with a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham," some information about Theodore Geisel AKA Dr. Seuss, and some magic tricks -- even using some of the kids as "helpers."
My girls had a great time laughing at the jokes, hearing one of their favorite stories read to them, and clapping after the magic tricks. I made the mistake of not "harumph"ing with the rest of the room during part of the story, so the performer picked on me good-naturedly for the rest of the act, much to my daughters' delight.
After the hour-long program, the kids had the opportunity to meet Santa Claus. When I say "the kids," I mean all of the kids at the library. However, my kids have never been fond of meeting St. Nick, so they made a bee-line for the crafts room instead.
In that room, they could make Christmas reindeer from popsicle sticks and they could make their own Grinch masks, all the while inhaling as much juice, milk and cookies as they could.
All told, we spent two fun hours at the Danville Public Library and spent a grand total of nothing.
Don't forget about the libraries when you're looking for fun, educational and free (or dirt cheap) stuff to do with the kids throughout the doldrums of winter.
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The holidays are for kids. (At least, that’s what my wife told me recently when I handed her my 35-page Christmas wish list.) If you’re looking for some holiday kid activities, visit Hendricks County for a wide variety of fun and festivity.
Every year at this time, my wife makes an advent calendar for our two daughters with a different holiday activity for us to do each day in December. It’s fun, and it gets us in the holiday spirit.
So as my wife created this year’s calendar, she asked me if I had any ideas for holiday kid activities. As luck would have it, I’m a world famous blogger for Visit Hendricks County, so of course I have some ideas! Here are my Top 10, in chronological order.
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