Top 10: Holiday Kid Activities in Hendricks County
Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:53 PM by Eric Ivie
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. 10. Attend Christmas on the Square in Danville Christmas on the Square is held from 4 to 6 p.m., Nov. 29 on the historic Hendricks County Courthouse Square in Downtown Danville, and it's a lot of fun. The event includes kids' activities, Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudolph, and when the sun sets, the Town of Danville fires up the lights on the tree and above and around the Courthouse Square. This year, there's an added bonus of the story of Clarence the Christmas Camel -- written by Danville's own Philip Gulley -- being told through artwork on business windows all around the Square. For more information, click here. 9. Drive through the Winterland Light Show in Ellis Park After you witness the lighting of the Christmas tree at Christmas on the Square, take a drive through Danville's Ellis Park to see the Winterland Light Show. I wrote about my experience last year. It's an annual tradition for our family and is open every night until Christmas. 8. Make a winter bird feeder The Hendricks County Parks & Recreation Department is hosting a workshop at 2 p.m., Nov. 30 in McCloud Nature Park, just outside North Salem, that sounds like a lot of fun. Make and take your own winter bird feeder! Learn to identify common winter birds of Indiana and which seed mixes they prefer as you look at different types of feeders (and how to keep the squirrels out!). It's free, and it's for all ages. Call (317) 718-6188 to reserve your spot. (Reservations are required.) 7. Do some shopping Take the kids Christmas shopping at Metropolis Mall in Plainfield, find some unique gifts for moms, dads, teens, kids and anyone else on your list, visit some local Etsy shops (I have no idea what Etsy is, but my wife tells me that the ladies who read this will know) or try this huge list of where to shop in Hendricks County. (One of my favorite places is Wilbur's Lincolnwood Toy Store in Brownsburg) 6. Have breakfast with Santa Danville Tri Kappa is hosting its 39th annual Breakfast with Santa event at the Danville Community Middle School from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Dec. 7. For a mere $5 per person, come have breakfast from 9 to 10 a.m., let the kids do some crafts, have their picture taken with Santa (for a small fee) and visit the Secret Santa Shoppe. Every child receives a gift, too! Call (317) 386-3059 to get your tickets. 5. Celebrate Christmas Under the Stars Head on up to Brownsburg, at 6 p.m., Dec. 7 for Christmas Under the Stars -- a Christmas parade and holiday light show. For more information, click here. 4. Christmas with Santa and ponies Do you have kids who like horses? Take them to Strides to Success in Plainfield on Dec. 13 or 14 for a visit with Santa and his miniature horses. The heated barn will be decorated, and the horses will be waiting to hear the children’s Christmas wishes! Games, refreshments, family photo opportunities, and kids making Christmas gifts for their family at Santa's Workshop will all be part of the fun! For more information, call (317) 838-7002 or e-mail email@example.com. 3. Go find the family Christmas tree You don't have to be a member of the Clark Griswold family to go find and bring home a fresh Christmas tree. Pack up the kids and head out to Evans Whispering Pines Christmas Tree Farm, just west of Danville, to get yours. You can read what I wrote about this great place last year by clicking here. 2. See a Christmas movie Who doesn't love a good Christmas movie with the family? In December, you have two great opportunities to see Christmas movies on Scrooge's budget. At 7 p.m., Dec. 19, the Kiwanis Club of Danville is hosting Kiwanis Klassic Family Movie Night at the Royal Theater in Danville and showing "A Christmas Story," sponsored by Diesel's Sports Grille. Admission is just $3 per adult and $1 per child under the age of 12. Proceeds from ticket sales go back to the club, which in turn uses them for great community projects. Then at 7 p.m., Dec. 20, Avon-Washington Township Parks & Recreation is offering a free showing of "Polar Express" as part of their Family Film Series sponsored by Hendricks Power Cooperative. The film will be shown at the Pavilion Center at Washington Township Park. 1. Hang with Radio Disney Metropolis Mall in Plainfield will host a kid-friendly event from 11 a.m. to noon, Dec. 21 that any kid will love. The Radio Disney Road Crew will be on location at the mall belting out tunes and encouraging kids to sing, dance and play games. Visit Metropolis' website for more information. How's that to start your advent calendar? What activities did I miss? Comment below and let me know!