Author: Lindsay Parker Williams
Lindsay Parker Williams has lived in Indiana for more than 15 years and you'll often find her taking a new way home just to see what new adventures await. She's been known to drag her husband and two boys along in a never ending quest for the next new hike or the perfect ice cream cone, usually without much complaint. When not exploring, you can often find her cheering for her beloved Butler Bulldogs or hopelessly searching for a quiet spot in her house to curl up with a book. Follow her personal blog: http://www.letmegiveyousomeadvice.com/.

An annual tradition for many families, Headless Horseman at Conner Prairie in Hamilton County, Indiana is full of spook-tacular fun. If this is your first time attending, we’ve got tips and tricks to help make sure that the only surprises you have are the kind that go “boo”!

There’s nothing worse than being hungry and searching for a restaurant as your kids begin melting down in “hanger.” Recently, my husband and I found ourselves on yet another Friday night, trying to decide where to head for dinner with our kids. Our criteria for a great restaurant is like most parents: yummy food for the whole family and kid-friendly options on the menu - bonus points for quick service or fun kid activities. Luckily for us, Hamilton County, Indiana is full of family-friendly dining options!

It’s a rite of passage for every kid from Indiana - that first taste of our state’s culinary history, the edges of deep fried crunchiness dangling past the bun. No self-respecting Hoosier parent would deny their children the chance to partake in this celebration of Midwest flavor. That’s why I recently set out to introduce my son to the venerable pork tenderloin sandwich.

Perhaps you’ve discovered you have a young Picasso in your house? Are you running out of canvases (or walls) for your budding artist to decorate? Downtown Noblesville is full of opportunities for you and your kids to spend time together while creating a new masterpiece. From mosaics to mobiles and pottery to paintbrushes, there are plenty of opportunities for creative expression all-around town.

Perhaps your family is finally starting to get over the last of the winter sniffles or your running shoes are calling to you from their place in the closet. Maybe it’s the extra hour of daylight in the evening or your local pub sweeping off their outdoor patio. Whatever it is, it’s the sound of spring calling to you and you’re ready to pack up your parka and explore. I love the awakening of a new season, especially one that beckons me outside to discover unknown places and spring in Hamilton County is the perfect time to add a few new adventures to my bucket list.

Whether your new year’s resolution involved supporting the arts or exploring new places, checking out The Center for The Performing Arts in Carmel, IN should be at the top of your list. What better escape from the chill of winter than a performance in one of their three world-class spaces, including the Palladium, The Tarkington, and The Studio Theater? Below are some of our top tips to get you ready for an evening at one of Hamilton County’s best arts and culture venues.