GUEST BLOGGER BETH CRAWFORD
For the first time, on Friday 1/9/15, we loaded up my son’s BMX bike in the backseat and rolled out to find the Awakening Youth Skatepark at The Blended Church, 2215 Country Club Rd. Just barely across the Marion County line, many Hendricks County BMX and skateboard riders began streaming in to take advantage of the ramps set up once a month by youth pastor Jeremy Plumley.
His enthusiasm for the youth who ride BMX and skateboarders has led him to work to get the gym/recreation area of his church transformed into a skatepark to provide free riding from 6pm-12 on the 2nd Friday of every month. With a stage for a band, ping-pong table, foosball tables and bleachers for spectators, the gymnasium area transforms into the skatepark that gives otherwise cooped up teens and young adults a place to ride while temps outside make it impossible.
The inaugural Hendricks County Youth Sports Fair has added a very special attraction to the event!
The youth sports fair, brought to you by They're Our Kids and Macaroni Kid - Hendricks, is coming to Danville Community High School on Saturday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 5 p.m. and will now include an appearance by the Indiana Pacers Fan Van!
Looking for a place to find Santa Claus in Hendricks County this Christmas season?
Look no further.
I dabble as a blogger for Visit Hendricks County, and I recently had an assignment to check out Burnett Woods Nature Preserve in Avon. My daughters and I had a good time walking through the fall foliage, so I want to share my Visit Hendricks County blog post with everyone:
A couple weeks ago, I shared my five favorite places to see fall color in Hendricks County. I've since discovered a new location: Burnett Woods Nature Preserve in Avon.
Located on County Road 100 South, just east of Dan Jones Road, Burnett Woods is an 80-acre Indiana State Dedicated Nature Preserve that is owned and maintained by the Central Indiana Land Trust. Their purchase of the land was made possible by a gift from Ruth Burnett.
Burnett Woods is chock full of black walnut, oak, hickory, maple and tulip poplar trees, which are currently displaying rich, beautiful autumn color. It's also full of native wildflowers and shrubs that provide a different kind of beauty in the spring...
To read the rest of the Visit Hendricks County blog post, click here.
Surely by now, you've seen all sorts of videos on social media of people getting buckets of ice water poured over their heads in support of ALS -- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
Yet I still find people who don't understand the Ice Bucket Challenge or what it does for the ALS Association. (Hey, I'm not judging. I had to do some research myself.)
I recently took my kids down to the Vandalia Trail between Amo and Coatesville to check it out for a Visit Hendricks County blog post, and it was an experience worth sharing with the Villagers of They're Our Kids. What follows is the first couple paragraphs of my VHC post, along with a link to the rest of it on their website.
Bikers, hikers, walkers and equestrians: if you haven’t yet experienced the Vandalia Trail — or if you haven’t experienced it in awhile — it’s time to visit Hendricks County and see all the improvements made to the three-mile stretch between the towns of Amo and Coatesville, Ind.
The Vandalia Trail is built along the east-west line of the former Vandalia Railroad and currently sports 12.3 miles of continuous trail for hikers and bikers between Greencastle and Amo. The three miles of rustic rail-trail between Coatesville and Amo offer an additional parallel trail for equestrians.
Click here to read the rest of my blog post on Visit Hendricks County.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post for Visit Hendricks County about the new Danville Window Zoo. The Window Zoo went up this week and is now on display on the northwest corner of Jefferson and Main Street in Danville.
After writing the VHC blog post previewing the event, I was curious to see how it turned out, so my daughters and I ventured to the Hendricks County Courthouse Square to check it out.
The basic premise of the event was to turn a cardboard box into a zoo animal. For a fee, you could enter your zoo animal in a contest, or you could just enter one for free for the heck of it.
All of the entries are now on display, including the three winners of the contest.
First place, as it turns out, went to my favorite window zoo animal -- an elephant. I'm terribly biased, being an enormous fan of elephants in real life, but the artwork and color scheme of this particular elephant really drew me to the piece.
Second place went to a cool 3D orangutan in a cage, and third place went to a unicorn, which doubled as my youngest daughter's favorite.
There is a koala, a peacock, a tiger, a zebra and many more neat window zoo animals on display.
My oldest daughter liked the marine scene, on display right under my favorite elephant, the best.
My photos don't really do the artwork justice since 1) I'm not a very good photographer, and 2) I was dealing with sunlight reflecting off the glass window, so you really should see it for yourself.
The Danville Window Zoo will be on display through May 10, so if you're on the Square with the kids for any reason between now and then, be sure to wander across Jefferson Street from the Mayberry Cafe to check it out.
There are a lot of great artists around here!
I got tired of staring at the boring ol' "Blog" title at the top of this blog. The blog needed a name and some personality -- something that embraces what They're Our Kids is all about.
Welcome, then, to The Village.
To paraphrase an African proverb, it takes a village to raise OUR KIDS. It has long been a belief of mine that no one can effectively raise a child on their own. It takes family, friends, neighbors, teachers, coaches and other role models.
It takes an entire community.
It takes an entire community because we all have different talents, interests, areas of expertise and life experiences to share. OUR KIDS' lives are exponentially enriched by all of the villagers around them because OUR KIDS observe and learn from everyone with whom they have contact.
OUR KIDS are exposed to new things and exciting adventures when an entire village takes an interest in their development. They're kept safe and out of trouble when an entire village keeps an eye on them. And ultimately, the village benefits when OUR KIDS grow up and become contributing villagers themselves.
This is the premise around which They're Our Kids is built. We're all members of a community, and each child in that community is one of OUR KIDS.
I envision They're Our Kids as an online village where we can all come together in one spot and learn about our schools, local events and other community resources that assist us in raising OUR KIDS. The more villagers we have seeking and sharing resources and experiences, the better.
Now that we have our Village, we need Villagers.
Note the capital 'V' in Villagers. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill villagers now. We're talking about the special, dedicated Villagers who cherish OUR KIDS.
Our Villagers buy into the philosophy that it takes a special, dedicated Village to raise OUR KIDS, and that the more Villagers we have seeking and sharing resources and experiences, the better for all of us.
Our Villagers are those who subscribe to our blog (note the new feature in the right-hand column of this blog and on our home page), who spread the word about They're Our Kids and this blog to their friends and family, who "like" and share and actively participate on our Facebook page, who follow us on Twitter.
Our Villagers offer suggestions for additions to the They're Our Kids website, share kid-related resources that they find helpful so that those resources can be added to the site, and share family-friendly events in the area that they'd like other Villagers to know about.
Got some writing skills (don't worry...you don't have to be perfect -- or anywhere close to it) and a story to share with other Villagers about your experiences as a parent or something fun that you did with your kids? Contact me about submitting a guest blog entry! I'd love to read about your experiences, and I'm sure other Villagers would, too.
(Unfortunately, I cannot offer monetary compensation for guest bloggers. I don't get paid to do this, either.)
I've already had some Villagers alert me to Easter Egg hunts in Hendricks County that I didn't know about, special needs resources that they value for their own special needs kids, youth sports leagues that I didn't know existed (did you know that there's a youth LACROSSE league in Brownsburg?!), and suggestions for pages on local service clubs and local media and publications.
I LOVE the extra eyes and ears, and I want all the Villagers I can get! Together, we can cover Hendricks County like a blanket and make our Village an invaluable resource for parents in the area, as well as for parents who want to learn more about our area.
And OUR KIDS are going to be the ones who benefit.
Will you please become a Villager?
Brownsburg 8 theater is showing free family movies every Saturday and Sunday morning through April! Check out their lineup below!
Brownsburg 8 is located at 1555 N. Green Street.
(A big shout-out to Indy With Kids and Macaroni Kid - Hendricks for tipping me off to this event!)
A favorite spring activity in Hendricks County is to take the kids to an Easter Egg hunt. Wondering where the nearest hunt is to you?
Here are the Easter Egg hunts that we're aware of for 2014 (and please contact us if you know of one that isn't on this list!)
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Danville Public Library (Danville) - Their stacks are always filled with books....now they're filled with Easter eggs too! Children ages 2-9 are invited to an Easter egg hunt at the Library! Children ages 2-5 will hunt for eggs in the stacks at 10:00am and children ages 6-9 will hunt for eggs at 10:30 am. Please register by clicking here.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Countryside Meadows (Avon) - Join Countryside Meadows in the 500 lounge from 5-7pm for their annual Easter egg hunt. The Easter Bunny will be there, and there will be face painting for the kids. Light refreshments will also be served. Hunt hosted by Countryside Meadows Senior Community. (Villager submitted)
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Arbuckle Park (Brownsburg) - Over 10,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Free photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 9:30am. Easter Egg hunt begins at 11am. Hunt sponsored by Brownsburg Parks & Recreation.
Happy Easter Eggstravaganza at Indoor Water Park (Plainfield) - 10am to noon. Event hosted by Plainfield Parks & Recreation.
Hummel Park (Plainfield) - The 2014 Hummel Park Easter Egg Hunt Presented by Carpenter Realty® will be from 10-11am at Hummel Park, 1500 South Center Street, Plainfield. The Easter Bunny will arrive by fire truck at approximately 9:45am. Age categories will be 2 and under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. For more information, click here or call (317) 839-9121.
Our Shepherd Lutheran Church (Avon) - The annual Easter Egg hunt will be April 19th at 10am. Also the Easter Breakfast will be following the 7am service on April 20th. For the church's website, click here. (Villager submitted)
Washington Township Park (Avon) - Hunt will be held at 10am. Hunt sponsored by the Avon Optimist Club and Washington Township Park.
Eagle Church (Avon) - Eagle Church of Avon will be hosting an Easter Egg hunt from 11am to noon. (Villager submitted)
Egg-stravaganza at McCloud Nature Park (North Salem) - Hop-in for a non-traditional egg hunt from 11am to 4pm! Search for clues inside hidden camouflaged eggs on a nature scavenger hunt and trade in your completed worksheet for a prize. Crafts and games will also be available during the event. Event sponsored by Hendricks County Parks & Recreation.
Ellis Park (Danville) - Over 6,000 eggs filled with candy and prizes. Free photos with the Easter Bunny begin at 1:30pm. Easter Egg hunt begins at 2pm. Separate area will be set up for children with special needs. Rubber Ducky Race immediately following the Easter Egg hunt. Hunt sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Danville and Danville Parks & Recreation.
Coatesville United Methodist Church (Coatesville) - Easter Egg hunt held at 4863 Milton Street in Coatesville at 2pm. Hunt sponsored by Coatesville Downtown Revitalization Project.
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Easter Eggsplosion (Danville) - Massive 4-acre easter egg hunt (over 3,000 eggs) plus lunch, music, games, family portraits and a drawing for a New Wii U and Nintendo DS3 at Living Faith Church of Danville, 934 Sycamore Lane in Danville. Participating age groups: PreK, K-2nd, and 3rd-5th. They would love for you to join them on April 20th for a comfortable and contemporary Easter worship service at 11am. Then at 11:30am there will be free food, music, family portraits and games followed by the Eggsplosion Egg hunt and capped off with an exciting drawing for great prizes. Come get to know Danville's newest church! Hosted by Living Faith Church of Danville. (Villager submitted)
Looking for Easter Egg hunts in Indianapolis and Central Indiana? Check out the list compiled by Indy With Kids!
Check this post frequently, as it will be updated as more information becomes available.
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