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Kid’s Guide to B-Town

Fun and excitement is in the air during any weekend in Bloomington, especially when it is a home game weekend.  But, the fun isn’t only for adults. Here is a kid-friendly guide to B-Town!

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS…Gain a little knowledge:

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WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
308 W. Fourth Street
(812) 337-1337

WonderLab’s mission is to encourage people of all ages “to experience the wonder and excitement of science through hands-on exhibits…and foster lifelong learning.” Kids will love the Water Works exhibit, where they can play with water movement, and the Grapevine Climber, a two-story maze.
Tues-Sat, 9:30am-5pm; Sun, 1pm-5pm; First Friday of the Month, 9:30am-8:30pm. Admission: Nonmembers (Age 1 and older), $7; Members, Free.


Mathers Museum of World Cultures
416 North Indiana Ave
(812) 855-6873

The Mathers Museum is dedicated to preserving the world’s cultures, both past and present, through family-friendly exhibits. While exploring the many different collections of artifacts from around the world, be sure you don’t miss the ethnomusicological collection which features different musical instruments from all 7 continents!
Admission: Free

Hours: Tues-Fri, 9am-4:30pm; Sat-Sun, 1pm-4:30pm

PARKS & RECREATION…Blow off some steam:

Trail head signs at Griffy Lake Park

Lower Cascades Park
2851 N. Old State Road 37
Go play on the playground and admire the mosaic tile mural, walk the trails along Cascades Creek, or admire the waterfalls. No matter what you decide to do, Lower Cascades Park is a natural haven just outside Bloomington!
Hours: Daily, 5am-11pm. Admission is Free.

Building and Trades Park
619 W. Howe Street
Originally known as “Second Street Park,” the Building and Trades Park is a great place to have a picnic and relax outside. It features a playground, five basketball goal and a ¼ mile loop track!
Hours: Daily, 5am-11pm. Admission is Free.

Griffy Lake
3300 N. Headley Road
Griffy Lake Nature Preserve was acquired through several land acquisitions between 1992 and 2002. It is the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors. Go fishing in the lake or hike one of the 4 hiking trails! You can also rent a boat from the boat house and enjoy the water!
Daily, 5am-11pm. Admission is Free.

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Hilltop Garden and Nature Center
2367 E. 10th Street
(812) 855-8808
Hilltop’s youth gardening program was created in 1948, one of the oldest in the country. Enjoy walking the grounds which includes ponds, gardens of perennials, and greenhouses.
Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:30am-4:30am; Tues, Thurs, 8:30am-8pm; Sat, 8:30am-4:30pm; Sun, Closed

4505 E. Third St.
(812) 337-0456
Featuring laser tag and an arcade, LaserLite is a great way to spend an afternoon without going too far from campus; however, you must be at least 6 years old to be able to play laser tag. The arcade is the largest redemption arcade in Bloomington!
Hours: Thurs, 4pm-9pm (Free Play Thursday – $20 admission); Friday, 4pm-12am; Sat, 12pm-12am; Sun, 12pm-6pm.
Admission: 1 game, $7; 2 games, $13; 3 games, $18; Free Play Thursday, $20.

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The Back Alley, Indiana Memorial Union
(812) 855-2328
The Back Alley at the Union is a great place to hang out. With 12 bowling lanes, billiards, and arcade games, there is always something to do. Call for “glow bowl” times to go bowling in the dark!
Daily, 3pm-11pm. Admission: $2.50/game, $2.25/shoe rental.

Frank Southern Ice Arena
2100 S. Henderson St.
(812) 349-3740
Ice Skating is a fun way to exercise and Frank Southern offers public skating 7 days a week. Strap on some skates and take a spin around the rink!
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 12pm-2:30pm, Fri; 7pm-9pm; Sat, 12:30pm-2pm, 7pm-9pm (lunar skating), 9:15pm-11pm (night owl); Sun, 3pm-5pm. Admission: $5. Skate Rental: $2.50.

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS…Fuel up and have a few treats:

Mother Bear’s Pizza

Village Deli
409 E. Kirkwood Ave.
(812) 336-2303
Village Deli is the go-to place for a great breakfast. With pancakes bigger than your plate and create-your-own omelets, Village Deli is a fun place for all-ages to enjoy the first meal of the day. As their website says, “you can’t do Bloomington without doing the Deli!”
Mon-Fri, 7am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-9pm

Mother Bear’s Pizza
1428 East Third Street
(812) 332-4495

Voted “Best Pizza in Indiana” by USA Today and “Best Pizza in Bloomington” four years in a row by the Indiana Daily Student poll, Mother Bear’s is the only place to get pizza while in Bloomington. Kids can pick their own toppings, sauce, and crust to create their perfect pizza, and don’t forget to document your visit by writing your name on your booth!
Sun-Wed, 11am-1am; Thurs-Sat, 11am-3am

The Chocolate Moose

Domo Japanese Restaurant
1500 E. Third Street
(812) 339-7868
Sit at the Hibachi Grills and enjoy the show while your meal is cooked right in front of you! With chicken, vegetarian, beef, seafood and sushi, Domo has a little something for everyone!
Sun-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11pm

Yogi’s Bar and Grill
519 East 10th Street
(812) 323-9644

No matter how much of a picky-eater you are, Yogi’s has something for every preference: burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings, salads, and more! They also have 32 HDTVs so there is always something to watch while you eat!
Mon-Thurs, 11am-1am; Fri-Sat, 11am-2am; Sun, 12pm-1am

The Chocolate Moose
401 South Walnut Street
(812) 333-0475
A Bloomington tradition since 1933, The Chocolate Moose serves their homemade ice cream in a variety of ways.  Try it in a fun cone such as a chocolate chip cookie cone or a pretzel cone!  They also make homemade vegan ice cream!
Mon-Sat, 11am-11pm; Sun, 12pm-10pm

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Campus Candy
518 E. Kirkwood Avenue
(812) 331-6600

Over 500 different kinds of candy line the walls at Campus Candy.  It also features a yogurt and cereal bar, and sells cheesecakes and cupcakes from The Cheesecake Factory!  Have fun mixing and matching to create your perfect sweet snack!
Mon-Fri, 11am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11am-1am


PRE-GAME ACTIVITIES…kid-friendly football fun:

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Kid Zone and Knothole Park
Behind the South End Zone at Memorial Stadium
The recreation area behind the South End Zone is for kids age 13 and under.  It features a turf replica of the playing field at Memorial Stadium where kids can play with Nerf footballs and meet student-athletes from different sports! They can also write with chalk on the driveway behind the field!
Opens 90 minutes before kickoff
. Admission is free with Youth Ticket to football game. 

The Pfau-Shrine Legacy Court
Cook Hall
1001 E. 17th Street
(812) 855-2794
The Pfau Shrine Legacy Court is a unique museum/ exhibit space that celebrates the history of Indiana basketball!  Along with photographs, trophies and artifacts, it also has interactive touch-screen kiosks that honor Indiana’s traditions and championship teams.
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; hours on game day vary, call for details. Admission is free.

About: Nicole Amodeo

Nicole Amodeo is a senior at Indiana University studying Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. She is from Crown Point, Indiana and enjoys spending her time reading. Go Hoosiers!