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

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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.

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.

Enjoy “Merry, Not Scary” Wild Zoo Halloween

What’s better than the zoo during a nice day in the summer? Give up? A one-of-a-kind experience in the fall! Enter Wild Zoo Halloween at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo!

Giraffe Pumpkins 200x300 Enjoy Merry, Not Scary Wild Zoo Halloween If you’re looking for a low-cost and seasonal event to take your kids to, this is it.  When you visit the zoo from noon to 5 pm,  Oct. 17-19, 23-26 and 30-31, you can expect lots of entertainment.  Planned activities include: Trick or treating,  mini maze, pumpkin picking, jokes,  and a visit from Broomhilda the Witch. Insider’s Note: Guests of any age can purchase the Admission + Trick-or-Treating package, which allows collection of 10 treats and a pumpkin from the Pumpkin Patch.

Of course they’ll be time to see and interact with the animals. All activities are located in the Central Zoo and portions of the Australian Adventure. The African Journey and Indonesian Rain Forest will not be open during the Wild Zoo Halloween.

And be sure to mark your calendar for some special events:

  • October 17  Guessing Games – How much candy is in the jar?
  • October 18  Princess Day – Meet & greet our real Princesses 2-4 PM
  • October 19  Mascot Day – Meet & greet local Mascots 2-4 PM
  • October 23  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free  12-5 PM
  • October 24  Pumpkin Stomp & Chomp – Animals get pumpkins to eat and play with.
  • October 25  Hero Day – Meet & greet Police, Fire, and Military representatives 2-4 PM
  • October 26  Magic Day – Amazing Magic Shows
  • October 30  Free Train Rides – Ride the train free 12-5 PM
  • October 31  Pumpkin Decorating Workshop – Create a pumpkin masterpiece to take home

If nothing else, this is a great time to experience why the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has been consistently rated as one of the best children’s zoos in the country. If you can’t make it to Wild Zoo, the zoo re-opens in April.

About

Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.

Come in to Gaze at the Sky

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Want to see the moon, the sun and a few planets? Check out Schouweiler Planetarium, where you have to see the sky from inside!

Maybe you remember going to the planetarium for a school trip? Or perhaps at a museum in a big city? Check out Fort Wayne’s own planetarium, the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium, located on the campus of the University of St. Francis. The Schouweiler Planetarium (say Shoe-wi-ler) is a staple for star gazing with an educational twist.

Hosting elementary field trips, holiday themed events, and just plain interesting shows for the public during festivals, this planetarium is cool for any age. Located inside the Achatz Hall of Science, the planetarium boasts a Spitz Model A4 projector, 75 seats, and the capacity to project images of the Milky Way, 2100 stars, and a host of other galactic phenomena. The comfortable seats recline, just a little, so you can see quite well from almost any seat in the studio. Note – you might want to avoid the very last row, next to the wall, if you don’t want to miss the starry action that occurs behind your head.

If you visit the Planetarium, you’ll enter through a pair of double doors and walk into a round room. A giant machine, rather resembling a large ant, is in the center, on a raised circular platform. This is the Spitz Projector. Star Trek-style seats fill the room, with a few handy aisles between the rows. What may really command your attention are the constellation images painted on the walls of the planetarium. Black lights mounted up in the low edge of the ceiling turn the shapes into glowing, neon designs. These constellations look real – they require little imagination to tell which is Taurus the Bull or Pisces the Fish or the Gemini Twins. And, as an added bonus, if you’re wearing light-colored clothing, it will glow in the blacklight with a purplish haze. Kids and adults like to stroll under the lights before a show, just to see if their shoe laces glow.

To see a show at the Shouweiler Planetarium, patrons should call about four weeks in advance of their desired show date. Visitors make reservations for the planetarium, then choose which program they want to see. Shows range in age-suitability from kindergarten through adult, with at least 11 different programs. Prices are listed on the Planetarium’s website – and they are quite low. Discounts for seniors, children, and families with children are also explained. For group attendance, exact prices per person are listed along with the different shows – cost varies by the program chosen. Shows are also done for specific events, like area festivals and the Christmas season. For these programs, you simply show up – you don’t have to request space at the planetarium ahead of time. Watch the Planetarium’s website, sign up for their electronic updates, and check out the Fort Wayne Visitor’s Bureau website for more information. You don’t want to miss the chance to explore the sky at Schouweiler!

Louisa

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Louisa is a lifelong Fort Wayne resident. A long-time musician and literature aficionado, Louisa likes to explore the classical music offerings that Fort Wayne has to offer. (She also likes to browse the Allen County Public Library's stacks for just the right book!)

Fall Fun Awaits Your Family at the Botanical Conservatory

I absolutely love fall, and Fort Wayne embraces the season with me – especially the Foellinger-FreimannBotanical Conservatory.  Pumpkins and bright, fall colors decorate the gorgeous array of flowers throughout the Conservatory.  I love watching children’s faces light up when they spot giant pumpkins and garden gnomes in the foliage!  Come check out the Punkin’ Path exhibit yourself on October 14-31.

Currently at the Conservatory, visitors can do more than just stroll amongst the flowers.  There are classes for adults, like the seasonal DIY gifts and home décor classes, and family-oriented programs through Family Garden Close-Up.  One of my personal favorites is Tai Chi in the Garden; it is a truly unique and relaxing experience!  (Click here to view more classes at the Conservatory.)

IMG 6997 Fall Fun Awaits Your Family at the Botanical Conservatory

Also, the Botanical Conservatory is just one of several places that has something fun to do during downtown Fort Wayne’s annual sensation and one of my favorite nights of the year, Fright Night, on Saturday, October 18th.  Downtown comes alive this night with all kinds of festivities, and the Conservatory will feature pumpkin activities for children and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” in the evening for adults.  ($2 viewing fee)

The Botanical Conservatory is a welcome reprieve you might need after a busy day of work or to take a break from city life.  Admission costs are fairly low ($5 – adults, $3 – children), so come bring your family here for a fun and educational experience!

Visit the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory online, on Facebook, or downtown at 1100 S. Calhoun St. 

260-427-6440

Hours:

Sunday Noon – 4pmTuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 8pm   Closed: Mondays, New Year’s Day, Christmas Day

Admission:  Adults $5  Children (ages 3-17) $3   Age 2 and under Free

Amanda Reusser

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Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.