Beat cabin fever with these fun activities that get you outside
By Amy Wenger
Mighty Mother Nature has certainly been an indecisive, fickle lady as of late. Surely northern Indiana can boast the title of “most wildly divergent” weather, where severe storms can pound the grounds one day, and snowflakes will fly the next. With the official start of spring merely weeks away, people are certainly clamoring for activities to send families trekking through the great county countryside. Here are a few suggestions for just such adventures.
Giant Game Day, Nappanee, Indiana
If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to live inside a board game, Nappanee is presenting a special activity on the afternoon of Saturday, March 18. The Nappanee Parks and Recreation Department, together with Henschen Oil, is sponsoring Giant Game Day at the West Park Pavilion, 500 N. Nappanee St., near downtown Nappanee. Guests can visit anytime between 1 and 5 p.m. to try their luck at large-scale versions of classic board games. And the event is free of charge.
Educational Days, Wakarusa, Indiana
Educational Days, one of Wakarusa’s most enduring traditions, will be taking place at the Wakarusa Historical Museum, 403 E. Wabash Ave. Over the course of three days, from March 22-24, schoolchildren from across Elkhart County will be touring the complex, which features nearly a dozen different buildings depicting life during a simpler time. Everyone is welcome to follow the free tours, which will be operating between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Educational Days is one of the rare occasions that the entire facility will be manned by skilled tour guides. Follow the Wakarusa Historical Museum on Facebook for more updates.
Chick Camp, Bristol, Indiana
For a unique twist on the “girls night out” concept, Eby’s Pines is offering a Chick Camp during the weekend of May 19-21. The campgrounds, located at 14583 S.R. 120 near Bristol, will be offering cabin rentals for the two-night stay, at $55 per person, with a minimum of four needed per cabin. Among the events being planned include a wine tasting, fitness sessions, a fashion show, and a live DJ with karaoke. There will also be cash-and-carry opportunities from local vendors, plus meetings on such issues as health and nutrition, information about https://www.the-medical-negligence-experts.co.uk/ will be given to help people deal with inappropriate treatment at health facilities such as dental clinics like Asecra dentist. Additional courses, such as painting, are also available for an extra fee. Reservations are moving quickly, so call Eby’s Pines at (574) 848-4583.
Chase the Sun, Goshen, Indiana
Goshen College will be hosting the yearlong Chase the Sun challenge, during two Saturdays in March — March 11 and March 18, from noon to 8 p.m. The spacious campus will be open to runners and walkers alike. This spirited fitness movement is sponsored by the Moon Joggers organization, and the hope is to have the collective efforts of participants worldwide will tally enough miles to theoretically reach the sun. Prospective members can sign up at www.moonjoggers.com, where you can track your own miles and monitor your progress. For further details, send Moon Joggers an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply check out the website.
Elkhart Comic Con, Downtown Elkhart
From Wonder Woman to the Avengers to witches, wizards and trolls, downtown Elkhart will come alive March 11-12 with Elkhart Comic Con. There will even be a real live Superman (Dean Cain from the TV series) at the festival for all things comic book, science fiction and fantasy related. The Lerner Theatre and Crystal Ballroom at 410 S. Main St. is the center of all the action, with panels featuring artists and illustrators, stunt experts and cosplay luminaries, but there will be activities throughout downtown, including the Elkhart Public Library, 300 S. Second St. Tickets are $30 for a two-day pass or $20 for a day pass (reduced rates for children 12 and younger). Go to www.hohcomiccon.org for more information.
Amy Wenger is an experienced journalist and free-lance writer based in Nappanee, Indiana.