My Favorite Places to Run – Shoaff Park

The first of my “Best Places to Run in Fort Wayne” posts featured Concordia Theological Seminary, and I hope some of you have had a chance to check it out (both the post and the campus). I wrote that post after a “heated” run – man, it was hot that day – but soon after, the weather took a turn toward fall, making it much nicer to be outside. Such pleasant weather gives me ample opportunity to explore the outdoors before retreating into the gym for the winter. For this post, I decided to hit the trails at Shoaff Park, located at 6401 St. Joe Road, and what a great place to run it is.

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Fall in Shoaff Park

Shoaff Park, like several others in the Fort Wayne park system, has a paved fitness loop. It’s one of only three parks, though, that has multiple loops (Hamilton and Kreager Parks are the other two). I decided to run the perimeter loop – at almost two miles, it’s the longest of the three. The first part of the loop takes you through the woods along the St. Joseph River, which will be even prettier as the leaves start to change. It then takes you past the playground, the baseball diamond, and around the golf course (assuming you run clockwise, that is). I like to run where it’s quiet and I don’t have to worry too much about traffic, and Shoaff Park is a beautiful place to do that. I should also note that there is a Rivergreenway trailhead here that extends along the river, under Saint Joe Center Road, and with a little off-road running, leads you to Johnny Appleseed Park. That, however, is a run for another day.

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Apart from spending his college years in West Lafayette, Indiana, and Dayton, Ohio, Mike Flohr is a lifetime resident of the Summit City. Today he divides his time among his wife, Megan, his job as a college librarian, and his many geek obsessions.

How to Make Trick-Or-Treating About More Than Candy


It’s almost Halloween, and kids of all ages are ready to get costumed and trick-or-treat, or head to the Halloween Carnival. This year, as more and more teachers are flipping their classrooms – students listen to lectures at home and do the enrichment in class – why not consider Halloween as a learning activity?

A few spooky ideas for fun learning experiences are below:

  1. Have your child trick-or-treat for a good cause. At home, have them learn about the organization or cause and then collect money on their candy runs.
  2. If you have a younger child, set them up at home with candy bingo. This way they will get excited about counting the candy or identifying its color as they go.
  3. Have your kids research their favorite zoo animal and have them tell you about them while at Wild Zoo Halloween.
  4. Utilize problem solving skills by having your kids plan the trick-or-treat route. Have them plan the shortest path between points and to home or have them make a path that never crosses itself.
  5. If you have a tween or older, have them learn about some of the “haunted” spots nearby. Visit them together and have the tween tell you all the ghost story after the trick-or-treating is done.

Those are just a few ideas on how to make Halloween about more than candy. Do you have any educational ideas for holidays that can be done outside the classroom? If so, leave them in the comments below.



Fort Wayne Trick-Or-Treating Times:

Fort Wayne: 6 pm – 8 pm
Jefferson Pointe Shopping Center: 5 – 7 pm
Leo-Cedarville: 6 pm –8 pm
Grabill: 5 pm – 7 pm
Huntertown: 6 – 8 pm
New Haven: Halloween Carnival at Schnelker Park from 5 pm – 6:30 pm, offers trick-or-treat at downtown businesses from 5 pm – 7 pm, and then regular trick-or-treat hours from 6pm – 8 pm.

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Kaila Strong


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.

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October 22nd, 2014
You are right! We have made the change!
October 22nd, 2014
I believe trick or treat hours are from 6-8pm in Ft. Wayne...that's what the Journal Gazette is reporting.

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


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
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 (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 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 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.