Marvelous Molecules moves into Science Central

Bill Nye put it best, “Science is the key to our future.” While kids today might not still be watching Bill Nye with the same fervor of a few generations past, his statement rings true. And there is no better place to get kids interested in Science than Fort Wayne’s own, Science Central.

The new traveling exhibit is up and running and promises to be a great time. Marvelous Molecules explores the secret to life and invites visitors to take a closer look at the tiny molecules that make up all the different living things we see around us. Sure on the surface we can tell the difference between an elephant, a willow tree, and our next door neighbor, but at the core level, we are all made up of combinations of molecules. Visitors can learn all there is to know about these different atoms through hands-on activities, different stations, and computer interactives.

science central Marvelous Molecules moves into Science CentralOf course, there is still much more to see at Science Central. Some definite must-sees include the high rail bike, the tidal pool, and Science on a Sphere. Test out your skills as a weatherman or try to see what it would be like on the moon with no gravity. No matter what your kids are into, there is something for everyone at Science Central.

And, while you are downtown, hit up some of the favorite local restaurants, or pack your own lunch and have a picnic in Headwaters Park.

Marvelous Molecules will be on display from now through January 4, 2015. There is no additional cost to see this exhibit. Make sure to check out their website for prices and hours.

Holley Taylor

About

Holley is a student at Albion College in Michigan studying English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and History. She is excited to be back in her hometown this summer working as a Marketing Intern for Visit Fort Wayne. Holley enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.

Winterize, Remodel and Learn to Cook at Fall Home Design Expo

Looking to add value to your home? Prep it for the cold winter ahead? Or fine-tune your cooking skills? Head to the Fall Home Design Expo Oct. 24-26 at Memorial Coliseum!

The one-stop-shop remains a central hub for homeowners to connect with scores of high-quality exhibitors as it relates to kitchens, baths, carpet, doors, windows, insulation, room additions, home building, mortgages, roofing, decks, cabinets, refinishing, basements and more.

Show features include:

  • The Indiana Wine Experience. Enjoy a “grape” evening from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24 with wine tastings, food pairings, live music, Wine & Canvas painting lessons, silent auction, giveaways and more!

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  • Fun Fall Kids Zone. Kids will love the safe indoor trick-or-treat and spooktacular costume contest from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, along with face painting and balloon art.
  • Taste of Home Cooking School. Culinary Specialist Karen Davis will share home cooking tips, offer up door prizes and break down fabulous fall recipes at 11a.m., 1, 3 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25.

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  •  Giveaways. Homeowners can enter-to-win a Cambria vanity countertop valued at $2,300, along with many others!

On Sunday, the Fort Wayne Winter Farmers Market will relocate to the Coliseum to offer up an array of home-based food, fresh produce, crafts and natural products.

 

Fall Home Design Expo
October 24-26
Memorial Coliseum
FallHomeShow.org
Friday, noon-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

Expo Admission: Adults $10 (includes Taste of Home Cooking School Saturday); children 12 & under free; $3 coupons online; re-admittance valid all weekend.

Taste of Home Cooking School: Limited advance ticket sales available through FallHomeShow.org (includes preferred seating, a meet greet, autographed Taste of Home cookbook and gift bag).

The Indiana Wine Experience: $19/per adult (age 21+), or $30/per couple.

Kristen

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Kristen Guthrie is the Marketing Manager at Visit Fort Wayne, where she has the pleasure of sharing Fort Wayne with our potential visitors! She loves exploring downtown and taking her 5-year old son to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, where he knows more about the animals than she ever will!

Trick or Treating in Fort Wayne

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Wild Zoo Halloween kicks off on October 17th.

The house is decorated, the kids have picked out their costumes, the candy bags are ready to be filled – all that’s left to do is start the trick or treating fun! Whether you’re looking to get the maximum use out of the costumes, or just want to celebrate the day close to home, it’s good to know when and where to go!

If kids are dying to show off their costumes more than once, take them to the Wild Zoo Halloween. You can explore the zoo while trick or treating, plus there different characters on-hand and activities for the kids. Wild Zoo Halloween goes is open on Halloween, and the hours are before regular trick or treating starts.

The days for Wild Zoo Halloween are Friday, October 17th-Sunday, October 19th; Thursday, October 23rd-Sunday, October 26th; and Friday, October 31st – hours are 12-5 daily. Admission is $5 per person, or $9 for admission + trick-or-treating.

If you’d like to keep with the theme of family-friendly trick or treating (and maybe even stay indoors and warm) area shopping centers are offering trick or treating on Halloween. Both Jefferson Pointe and Glenbrook Square will have trick or treating from 5-7pm on Halloween. At Jefferson Pointe, participating stores can be identified by the orange pumpkin on the door. For a complete list of participating stores at each mall, check their websites for updates here and here. Georgetown Square will also have trick or treating + other special Halloween activities from 5:30-7pm.

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Take your trick or treater’s around Fort Wayne from 6-8pm.

Of course, there is always the traditional route of dressing up and running around the neighborhood on this night of fun and fright (but I like to stay on the fun side of things). The city of Fort Wayne trick or treating hours are from 6-8pm on Friday, October 31st, giving trick or treaters plenty of time to get all of the sugar they desire! Neighboring communities will also hold their own trick-or-treating hours, with New Haven’s from 5-7pm and Leo from 6-8pm.

As someone that took trick or treating very seriously as a child, and who has a little niece and nephew, here a couple of my tips for making trick or treating a success!

  • Dress for the weather – but don’t sacrifice the costume. This might sound silly, but kids take their costumes seriously! The weather can change at a moments notice – this is Indiana after all! I remember as a child getting so mad when my mom made me wear a coat over my newest princess dress. So if it was really cold she would layer my brothers and I up with long sleeves and sweatshirts under our costumes. I’m sure we looked like giant marshmallows, but we were happy everyone could still appreciate our costumes.
  • Have a good candy carrier. Nothing is more disappointing than getting halfway through the neighborhood and the bottom of your trick or treat bag falling out and candy going everywhere. Places like Dollar General, Walmart and Target have cheap, but durable, bags and buckets made just for getting the maximum candy haul possible!
  • Go in a group, stay in a well lit neighborhood, and have an adult present. I sound like my mom, and I’m sure this gets the giant eye roll from the older kids, but looking back now at my trick or treating days, they’re good rules of thumb. I always trick or treated with my brothers, cousins and friends and it was so much fun! Sometimes the little kids went too slow and the older kids went too fast but it’s still a fun memory. As for having an adult, for some this may seem like a no brainer, but it’s probably really easy to scoot the kids out the door and get a little peace before they come home on a sugar high. Having someone along that can keep the kids moving and also keep a little watch on others that are out and about can give everyone a little piece of mind! (And can be a good excuse to dress up yourself, or in my, case dress up your dog!) Fort Wayne has tons of trick or treat friendly neighborhoods!

Whatever you decide to do to celebrate Halloween, make sure you and your little ghouls, goblins, princesses, and pumpkins have fun! Do you have any other places around Fort Wayne that you like to go for trick or treating ? Let us know in the comments below!

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!

Fort Wayne has the best in Broadway whether it is a singing ogre or Swedish pop from the 70′s.

Believe it or not, Fort Wayne is bringing some of the best Broadway shows to you and your family (without the need of plane tickets or booking a hotel room.) That’s right, the world’s favorite ogre named Shrek and some of the soothing sounds of Sweden via Mamma Mia! are taking the stage here in Fort Wayne. Beautiful venues like the Embassy Theater and the Arts United Center are giving us a chance to see some of the best of what New York City stage entertainment has to offer at some of Indiana’s largest and historical theaters.

Mamma Mia!
Embassy Theatre
Monday, October 20, 2014

Mama Mia Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!

Mamma Mia! is a legendary and timeless musical that offers fun for all ages. Mamma Mia! is a show that covers romance, friendship, and laughter with music that includes many ABBA hits (especially if it happens to be on a Friday night and the lights are low… or if you’re just looking for a place to go.)

Mamma Mia! has it all as it has successfully conveyed its message through many different adaptations whether onstage or in film. Make sure you check out Mamma Mia! once it airs to see how well they took advantage of the fact that they weren’t allowed only one set piece or location to tell the story. Also throw in the fact that you’ve got Pierce Brosnan and one of the best actresses of our time Meryl Streep to help tell this story that takes place on a Greek island. Come for the ABBA hits and stay for the wedding climax that you were hoping for.

 

SHREK the Musical
Arts United Center
November 8-23, 2014

Shrek Musical Mamma Mia! and SHREK the Musical Are Coming to Fort Wayne!SHREK the Musical has just about everything that you’d expect and more when it comes to an ogre and his delightful group of pals (ranging from talking animals to humans.) Based on the Academy Award winning DreamWorks film, SHREK the Musical brings the characters you’ve seen on the silver screen to the stage in this spectacle that must be seen for all ages.

The stage production of Shrek follows the story of a princess, a talking donkey with serious attitude, a string of familiar fairy tale faces/characters, a short tempered bad guy, and of course our unlikely hero of this story… an ogre named Shrek. Watch your favorite animated film in live action with brand new songs, an amazing set, and nothing but fun for anyone interested in what this irreverent comedy has in store for them or loved ones. With a long list of new songs added to the musical that may be hummed to oneself after the show is over, come see the princess be shocked when witnessing her prince charming/ogre for the first time, and then eventually turn into an ogre herself.  Stay for the heartwarming ending once the musical is ogre (or when the fairy tale puns cease.)

An excellent activity to do with the family would be to watch it again on TV or internet for home before you go to make comparisons between the film and the play. Aside from the fact that they brought computer animation to life, check out how they used their imaginations to successfully tell a story with live action (and somehow keep the idea of talking animals believable on the stage.)

 

When it comes to bringing the experience of Broadway to Fort Wayne, the world is a stage and the plays could possibly inspire some unconventional song or dance breaks for some of your casual conversations in your immediate future (after witnessing these theatrical works of genius.)

Kaila Strong

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Kaila is a technology blogger and active online as a writer for over ten years. Her passions include technology, business, travel and much more. She has fond memories of Fort Wayne, spending summers with her grandmother as a child and is also a continued supporter of local businesses in the area.

Let’s go Komets – Fort Wayne Komet Hockey is back!

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Fort Wayne Komet Hockey is back in action October 18th!

Fall is probably my favorite time of year with boots, scarves, apple cider, sweaters, pumpkin EVERYTHING and s’mores galore being just a few of the things that have made me love when the leaves change colors. Given all of those wonderful things, there’s something that makes me even more excited for fall – HOCKEY SEASON!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, there’s just something about hockey that gets my blood pumping. I don’t know if it’s manliness of the sport, the fast pace, or the fights (it’s probably the fights), but for a girl who will pass on most other sporting events and activities, I always jump at the chance to watch some hockey! On October 18th, the Fort Wayne Komets opened their 62nd season, and the words “It’s hockey night in Fort Wayne!” are ringing through the arena of the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum once again!

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Komet hockey is a family affair.

The Fort Wayne Komets have a long, and storied, history here in Fort Wayne. They are the longest running minor league sports team in town, and have provided generations of Komets fans a lifetime of memories. In my family Komet hockey is a tradition! My grandpa has had season tickets for as long as I can remember, and some of my best memories growing up were going to hockey games with him and my brothers. These traditions especially extend to holidays. We never miss the annual Thanksgiving Night game – a huge draw for a number of families who have made Komet hockey a part of their Turkey Day! After eating our Thanksgiving meal, it has always been the tradition for “Katie and the boys” to head to the Komets game. Growing up we also ringing in the new year with the Komets at their annual New Year’s Eve game. This is a great game to go to kick off the evening’s festivities! As I’ve grown up going to Komets games, the tradition continues today! I try to make it to all of the Komets games that I can, and always enjoy the time I get to spend with my grandpa. To make it even more special, my husband is a huge hockey and Komet fan, so we hope to carry on the Komet hockey tradition for years to come!

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Even our dog loves the Komets!

If you didn’t grow up loving the Fort Wayne Komets like I did, or are just a casual sports fan, don’t miss out on the action in “The Jungle”! Komet games are great for dates, group hangouts, family fun nights and just catching a great hockey game in general. Grab a bite to eat before the game to make a night of it! The energy of the crowd will definitely pull you in, and you’ll be cheering and booing before you know it! Get into the spirit when you’re at a game. Anyone that’s been to a sporting event can tell you that the atmosphere is contagious! Cheer and chant along with the crowd when the Komets get a goal. Boo when the refs make a bad call. “Oooo” and “ahhhh” when the game gets close!

Over my many years of attending Fort Wayne Komets games I’ve developed some tips, tricks and favorites when it comes to attending games.

  • Over the last couple of years the Coliseum has really stepped up their dining options. Beyond the standard sporting event fare, there are a number of specialty options bringing something a little more gourmet and special to the legions of Komet fans. These include Appleseed Burger Co., Slice’D and Wok This Wayne, plus many other delicious eats and treats! Even with all of the great new places to grab a bite, my favorite place to hit up during a game is the Edy’s Ice Cream Parlor on the main concourse. You will can find me there between the 2nd and 3rd period getting a kiddie cup of cookies and cream ice cream nearly every game!
  • Parking at the Coliseum on game night can be a little much, especially when there’s another event going on in another area of the building. Patience is key – and makes for a much more pleasant experience! There is plenty of parking in the Coliseum parking lot, but when you have 9,000 people congregating in one place, at the same time, it can be a little rough. We always like to get to the games a little extra early (45-30 minutes before game time) to ensure that we have a smooth time in the parking lot and don’t have to battle any traffic. After the games there is a mad dash to the parking lot which not only makes it congested for the cars, but people trying to walk to their cars too. Hang back, relax and take your time! Giving yourself a little extra time before and after will get you in and out of the lot much quicker, while also making it a more calm experience too.
  • There are plenty of chances to be involved during the games. If you think the kids (or even you) will get a little antsy during the game, the Komets team is excellent at providing a little crowd participation. From games in the crowd and on the ice during intermission, to all of the various fun cams you can get caught on, you’ll have fun beyond just the game! To participate in the games you can sign up for a chance to be picked to play before each Komet home game at their info box at the 200 level.
  • Treat yourself to Premium Seating at least once, it’s fantastic. When the Coliseum expanded the arena in the early 2000s, my grandpa upgraded his season tickets to Premium Seating. There are different levels within Premium Seating and we have Club Seats. Club Seats offer a more spacious way to watch a game with extra padded chairs, more leg room and also the ability to order food and drinks right from your seat! While many people rent Club Seats year round for access to during other events held in the arena, these seats are made open to the public four days prior to an event. There are also Luxury Suites available that are great for hosting parties, big families, and company outings. I highly suggest splurging at least one if you can! The Coliseum and Premium Seating staff does an excellent job.

The Fort Wayne Komets kicked off the 2014-2015 season at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, October 18th against the Indianapolis Fuel. Ticket information can be found on the Coliseum’s website. For more information on the Fort Wayne Komets check out Visit Fort Wayne!

Katie

About

Katie Robinson simply loves Fort Wayne! Born and raised in the Summit City, she returned following graduating from Ball State University with a degree in Public Relations in May of 2013. A former Visit Fort Wayner, Katie currently works for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority as the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist. In her spare time you can find her baking cupcakes, Zumba-ing her heart out and relaxing with her husband, Joe, and their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.