We don't get to the movies very often, but when "Zootopia" hit theaters last week, my girls couldn't wait to cash in their Royal Theater gift certificates that they got for Christmas to see the newest animated Disney movie.
I don't normally do movie reviews because I don't pay enough attention to assess things like cinematography and soundtrack and direction and lighting and all of that stuff.
But "Zootopia" bills itself as a family movie, and we happened to see it during its opening weekend, so I thought parents might be interested to know whether or not it's appropriate for OUR KIDS.
(Don't worry, no spoilers here.)
Did you know that aliens came to Indiana nearly 40 years ago?
According to a classic movie written and directed by Steven Spielberg in 1977, two airplanes had a close encounter of the first kind (a sighting) with a UFO over Indianapolis, and Hoosiers had a close encounter of the second kind (physical evidence) with an alien craft in Muncie shortly thereafter.
On Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theater in Danville, aliens return to Indiana when the Kiwanis Club of Danville brings us "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in its latest installment of Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night.
For some Villagers, there's no place like home for Spring Break.
If you're staying home, make plans to attend the tenth edition of Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night on Thursday, April 2 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theater in Danville.
The Kiwanis Club of Danville will be showing the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the movie's release.
Admission is just $3 per adult and $1 per child under the age of 12, with all proceeds from ticket sales benefiting the Kiwanis Club of Danville.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Thirty years later, the answer is still the same: Ghostbusters!
The 30th Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters will be on the big screen on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Royal Theater in Danville for the eighth edition of Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night.
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!
"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.
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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