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Bellaboo's

  1. I Spy Young Naturalists at Bellaboo's

    July 13, 2020, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    The experts from Gibson Woods Nature Preserve are happy to provide interactive nature-based play perfect for children of all ages. Ms. Caryn always arrives with a variety of specimens, stories and adventures. Dig into different nature concepts with each session and discover the wonders of nature through the eyes of your child. All Spring/Summer: March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14 2020

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  2. Shipwrecked Wednesdays

    July 15, 2020, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Did you know Bellaboo’s New Imagination Garden is dripping with water play? A river, pond, sprayer and squirters will sprinkle the children with joy and keep them cool on the hot summer days! Want more magic? Visit Bellaboo’s on select Wednesdays for unique pretend play and waves of seaside adventures! 11 AM- Pirates in training- Provided by Merrillville High School Thespain Troupe 1692 Ahoy wee pirates! Learn the talk, then walk the walk … or the plank! 12 PM - Under the sea * live performance* & DIY Snack Get entertained while fishing for Yummy Fun in Children’s Cooking 1:30 PM - Beluga Whale Bubbles Provided by: Paint on Me, Inc. Shake a Tail Flipper and start the day with Music Bubbles Play 2 PM- Sea Stories in the Sand Provided by: Lake County Public Library Lake Station Branch Dig into the story and sand in this sensory-stimulating Storytime

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  3. Movin' & Groovin' Dance Show

    July 17, 2020, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Mirror Image Dance Academy is joining us in the amphitheater for a 30 minute full dance show! Their creative talents are sure to provide us with high-quality show featuring diverse dancing styles. Plan for lawn seating (picnic blankets or towels only please!) and be wowed by these many gifted young artists we are so eager to share.

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  4. Clay Creatures in the Garden

    July 20, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Each child gets a chance to squish, squeeze and sculpt their very own garden creature this summer. For 5 headed flowers to 17 eyed caterpillars- let’s see what oddities and wonders are unleashed in this highly sensory pleasing (or not-depends on your kiddo!) hands-on, messy and rewarding program. Take home a creature to plant somewhere in your own home or garden.

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  5. Youth Performers Concert

    July 24, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Music of Oz has provided music instruction to students of all ages since 1994.Their artists in bloom will be presenting hits of all kinds of lovely setting of Imagination Garden amphitheater. Bring a towel or picnic blanket to lie back and enjoy the art treasure the children and Music of OZ studio are so generously sharing for you listening pleasure! This concert them is ROCKIN' USA

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  6. Clay Creatures in the Garden

    July 27, 2020, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    Each child gets a chance to squish, squeeze and sculpt their very own garden creature this summer. For 5 headed flowers to 17 eyed caterpillars- let’s see what oddities and wonders are unleashed in this highly sensory pleasing (or not-depends on your kiddo!) hands-on, messy and rewarding program. Take home a creature to plant somewhere in your own home or garden.

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  7. Sidewalk Chalk Flash Murals

    July 31, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Bellaboo's Play & Discovery Center

    It’s just what it sounds like. Grab your grown-ups and meet us at the amphitheater! Buckets of chalk and a garden full of inspiration are shown to make this group activity a creative and colorful win. Keep your eyes peeled for visiting artists… There are bound to be some special people working next to you.

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  1. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Butterfly Basics

    July 10, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Is it a butterfly or a moth? How do you tell the difference? Learn this and more about some of the more common butterfly species of the area. For all ages.

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  2. Grinders vs. Valparaiso Lookouts

    July 12, 2020, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Change in friendly competitors: We're excited to announce that our neighbors, the Valparaiso Lookouts will be joining us for this match! The Deep River Grinders vintage baseball team invites you to their upcoming match . Played by 1858 rules complete with traditional uniforms, Grinders’ games provide a fun look at how baseball when it first started out. Bring the whole family out for the free match to enjoy some old-fashioned baseball. Stick around after the match as kids can take a turn at bat and run the bases. Check out the calendar or the Grinders page to see more games!

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  3. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: I Spy Young Naturalists

    July 13, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    For ages 3-5. Foster that natural curiosity in your little one by venturing outdoors to ‘spy’ what’s happening at Gibson Woods Nature Preserve. Each session will include a story, craft, snack and plenty of outdoor exploration. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. All dates: March 9, April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14

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  4. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Weekly Dragonfly Hunts

    July 14, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Gibson Woods is home to 20+ documented species of dragonflies. Explore the trails in search of these amazing winged hunters. This program is for adults. Please call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  5. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Winged Wonders Walk

    July 15, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders. Call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  6. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Summer in the Park

    July 15, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Please call the park at 219-947-1958 for theme information and to register. This FREE Deep River County Park program is designed especially for kids ages 10 and under. A new themed program each week provides families a unique way to get outside and learn something new! Meet outside the Visitor Center Wednesdays at 10am.

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  7. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Northwest Indiana Dragonfly Hunt

    July 16, 2020, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM @ Three Rivers

    Ages 15+. Practice identifying dragonflies as you walk with a naturalist from Gibson Woods. Bring binoculars and a camera if you like. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Meet at the south end of the parking lot nearest the picnic shelter.

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  8. Nature Playdate

    July 17, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Lemon Lake

    Ages 2-6 with caregiver | 3rd Friday of month Discover the natural wonders of the Lake County Parks during a monthly play date. We will meet at a different park each month to see what nature has in store to explore. Upcoming 2020 dates and locations: August 21- Lake Etta, September 18- Buckley Homestead, October 16- Oak Ridge Prairie, November 20- Deep River

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  9. Buckley 5-Miler

    July 18, 2020, 6:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Buckley Homestead

    The 5 Miler run at Buckley Homestead is back again. Runners start off running on Belshaw road and will eventually running throughout the pioneer farm itself. The race is a unique and picturesque challenge for runners .The event will be Saturday July 18 starting check-in at 6 am and the race starting at 7:30 am. Visit the Calumet Area Striders website for more information and to register!!!

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  10. Jupiter and Saturn Together: Giants of the Solar System

    July 18, 2020, 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM @ Calumet Astronomy Center

    Please confirm event details with the Calumet Astronomical Society before visiting. Weather and other updates available at www.casonline.org

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  11. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Aquatic Creek Adventure

    July 20, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Turkey Creek Golf Course

    Ages 5 and up. Join us for a special aquatic adventure as we investigate Turkey Creek and who lives in it. Wear shoes/clothes you do not mind getting dirty/wet. Limited spaces available. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  12. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Weekly Dragonfly Hunts

    July 21, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Gibson Woods is home to 20+ documented species of dragonflies. Explore the trails in search of these amazing winged hunters. This program is for adults. Please call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  13. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Stars and S'mores

    July 21, 2020, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM @ Stoney Run

    Enjoy a summer night with campfires, s’mores and stargazing at Stoney Run. There is limited space so pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  14. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Winged Wonders Walk

    July 22, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders. Call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  15. REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Summer in the Summer

    July 22, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Please call the park at 219-947-1958 for theme information and to register. This FREE Deep River County Park program is designed especially for kids ages 10 and under. A new themed program each week provides families a unique way to get outside and learn something new! Meet outside the Visitor Center Wednesdays at 10am.

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  16. CANCELED: Hummingbirds: Talk and Walk

    July 23, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    We are going to try to reschedule the talk part of early 2021 as we get tired of winter and want summer to return.

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  17. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Nature's Bouquet Hike

    July 24, 2020, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    More than 300 species of native plants are found at Gibson Woods, including a variety of rare and unique species. Join a park naturalist for a walk through the preserve to learn more about our flora. Comfortable shoes and insect repellent recommended.

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  18. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Nature's Circle

    July 24, 2020, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Let’s learn to enjoy nature together at an outdoor circle time, as we celebrate the summer reading theme of “Imagine Your Story.” Read a story, sing silly songs, and have lots of fun, helping little ones comfortably engage in a natural setting. A short walk will end our time together.Designed for ages 2-6.

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  19. Summer Nights at Gibson Woods

    July 25, 2020, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Enjoy those long summer nights by coming out to Gibson Woods as we keep the preserve open later. We will be celebrating National Moth Week. Stop in to learn something new or just take a hike on the trails.

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  20. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: A Mid Summer's Night: Sounds and Sights

    July 25, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    The sounds and sights of summer are spectacular. An indoor presentation about these nature entertainers will be followed by a hike, hopefully catching the summer "singers and shows-offs” in the act. Limited space so pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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  21. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Pond Exploration Day

    July 27, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Oak Ridge Prairie

    Ages 3 and up. Ever wonder what lives underwater in a pond besides fish? Join us as we collect and look at some of the smaller and spectacular species of the watery world. Wear shoes/ clothes you do not find getting dirty or wet. Gate fee applies at Oak Ridge Prairie. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually. All future dates and locations: Monday, August 3: Oak Ridge Prairie

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  22. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Weekly Dragonfly Hunts

    July 28, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Gibson Woods is home to 20+ documented species of dragonflies. Explore the trails in search of these amazing winged hunters. This program is for adults. Please call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  23. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Winged Wonders Walk

    July 29, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    The skies are filled with animals in flight in our warm summer months. Which winged wonders will we witness each week? Will nature surprise us with something new? Join us and discover your favorite of nature’s wonders. Call 219-844-3188 to register.

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  24. Summer in the Park: Fire Safety- Bucket Brigade

    July 29, 2020, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Deep River County Park

    Learn about fire safety with the “smoke house” and stay for watery fun with the bucket brigade. This FREE Deep River County Park program is designed especially for kids ages 10 and under. A new themed program each week provides families a unique way to get outside and learn something new! Meet outside the Visitor Center Wednesdays at 10am.

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  25. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Bugs, Sunset and S'mores

    July 29, 2020, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM @ Oak Ridge Prairie

    Explore the prairie searching for some of the smaller residents of the park. Bug nets will provided. Enjoy the sun setting on the prairie. Afterwards, you can roast a marshmallow or make your own s’mores. Pre-registration required; please call 219-844-3188. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually. Limited space, call and save your spot!

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  26. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Insect Investigations

    July 30, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Summer is synonymous with ant trails, buzzing bees and fluttering butterflies. What about all the rest of the largest group of animals on the planet? Join us to investigate the lives of other amazing insects.

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  27. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY: Magical Monarchs

    July 31, 2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM @ Gibson Woods Nature Preserve

    Butterflies come in all sorts of sizes and colors, but monarchs are probably the most recognizable. Explore their life cycle, the magical lives they live and use your observation skills as part of a citizen science project. Homeschool, scout and other groups are welcome to attend, but each family within a group must register individually.

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