5 Fun Things to Do With Kids in Fort Wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

fun things to do with kids in fort wayne

If you’re looking for a day of heart-warming fun with the little ones, look no further than Fort Wayne, Indiana. This medium-sized city is full of local charm, beautiful nature, and family fun. You don’t have to look far to stumble into some adventure in Indiana’s second largest city. No matter what your kiddo is into (history, action, animals) they’ll find it right here.

Whether you’ve got family coming in town or kids to entertain of your own, we’ve got you covered. Here are 5 fun things to do with kids in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

1. Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Let’s start with a classic: the zoo. Your little one will love wandering through nearly 40 acres of Australian Adventure, African Lions, and the like. Boasting 100 different species within 5 exhibits, you can easily make a day here. There are two different adventure rides, as well as a scenic rail ride to take visitors through the park. You can even feed the giraffes and goats, or go on a pony trail!

2. Science Central

Fort Wayne’s interactive science center is an imagination lover’s paradise. With over 200 permanent exhibits and various national-touring exhibits, even residents visit again. See how the “Earth is brought to life” at the Science on a Sphere exhibit. Or, stroll through different demonstrations to learn about the solar system, weather, and more. If you live in Fort Wayne, you can even become a member!

3. Parkview Field

Take them out to the ball game, take them out to the crowd at Parkview Field. This stadium is the home playing field of the TinCaps, a well-known minor league in the Midwest region. The Parkview that stands today is from 2008, however, the field itself dates back to 1871. It was originally called “The Castle” and it hosted hundreds of future major league teams.

4. Visit the Parks

Fort Wayne boasts a fair amount of green space. Fox Island County Park is one of the prominent outdoor locations, with over 600 acres of parkland. You’ll find a plethora of fishing and hiking trails here, as well as a bird observatory. Salomon Farm Park is equally as interesting to adults as it is children. Learn about 1930’s farm life, a significant era of agriculture and domestic life.

5. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Outdoor lovers – rejoice! This list wouldn’t be complete without Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. TripAdvisor even rates this garden as one of the top places to visit in Fort Wayne. Even in the winter months, you can pack up and head here to enjoy several indoor gardens. We love the tropical garden, filled with breadfruit, coffee, banana, and orange trees!

Looking for things to do with kids in Fort Wayne?

Luckily, Fort Wayne is full of family fun. From parks to escape rooms to chocolate tours, there’s plenty of things to do with kids in Fort Wayne. And heck, the whole family may love it so much, they’ll want to call it home. That’s where we come in. Willow Creek Crossing offers a variety of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments for rent. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our facilities!

New Resident Guide: Top 5 Things to Do in Fort Wayne

things to do in fort wayne

things to do in fort wayne

When you think of Indiana you probably get an image of farms and snow. When you start to look closer you will be surprised. Fort Wayne, Indiana, near the border of Ohio, is a bustling city with a population of around 270,000 and beautiful summer temps of about 85 degrees.

Looking for some adventure and fun? Read on for our top 5 things to do in Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

For families looking for education and fun look no further than Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Ranked over and over again as one of the best things to do in Fort Wayne, this zoo is awesome! This place has everything; lions, monkeys and even a honey badger! With super affordable ticket prices set at just $14 for adults and $10 for kids, you can bring the whole family.

Parkview Field

Debating about things to do in Fort Wayne? Take me out to a ball game for sure!

When it’s baseball season this is an inexpensive and family friendly day at the park. The Tincaps Stadium, conveniently located right in the middle of the downtown, has lots of shops and restaurants nearby making it your best bet for a fun day of ball.

Allen County Public Library

Most wouldn’t think of the library as a fun place to hang when out and about but this one is something special. With a great children’s section and lots of fun events this library shines.

This isn’t your grandma’s library! The kid’s section has an awesome aquarium, raised reading pods, and even a coding and robotics section. For the low admission price of free, this is a fun and educational stop for any family.

The Embassy Theatre

This legacy theatre is a gem in Fort Wayne. Built in 1928, this theatre seats 2000 people and is like a blast from the past. It’s the 1930’s meets today as the latest Broadway shows tour through.

The action at the Embassy doesn’t stop at Broadway shows there are a ton of events going on there all the time. You can check out a full schedule of their events right on their website. Check out the newly renovated rooftop for breathtaking city views once the sun sets.

Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory

Sprawling gorgeous gardens, a talking tree, and even a worm hole make this a must stop in Fort Wayne. The best part? Admission will only set you back $3 and you can spend hours in here looking at the beautiful foliage. With rainforest sections and sneaky treasures like hidden metal sculptures and lots of legends and fun stories, this conservatory is anything but boring. If you come in season (the butterflies are here for a couple months in Spring) you can also check out the butterflies flying through their garden.

Things to Do in Fort Wayne: Now You Know What to Look Out For!

With all this fun and adventure you may want to stay here in Fort Wayne forever and we have the perfect place for you to live! If you are looking for some more advice on the local area or are interested in making Fort Wayne your home, please contact us.

Looking for more to do around the Fort Wayne area? We have a map of the Fort Wayne area with all the attractions listed out for you here.

10 Great Things to Do in Fort Wayne in May

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what to do in fort wayne - may 2017

Happy May! If you’re looking for something fun to do this month, you’ve come to the right place. We have a list of some of the great things to do in Fort Wayne in May.

Cinco de May Margarita Tent

May 5, 2017
Salud Tapas ‘n Tequila will be hosting Cinco de Mayo Margarita Tent. Enjoy tacos, beer, live music, and margaritas.

BikeFusion

May 5, 2017
Kick off cycling season at BikeFusion at Turnstone Athletic Center and fellow fitness enthusiasts while enjoying music, festival food, craft beer, a bicycle art show, and other family friendly activities.

Beer & Barre BQ

May 6, 2017
Enjoy Craft beers, BBQ including vegetarian options, live music, and performances by the Fort Wayne Ballet at the University of St. Francis.

SolFest

May 6-7
SolFest at Fox Island Park is a 2-day celebration of the sun with live music, kids activities, hayrides, food, kayak demonstrations, vendors, and more.

Fort Wayne Music Festival

May 10-14, 2017
Head over to Headwater’s Park for the Fort Wayne Musical Festival which features 4 days of music with a little something for everyone.

Mommie Dearest and Mimosas

May 14, 2017
Celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom at Mommie Dearest and Mimosas at the Cinema Center.

Tears for Fears

May 18, 2017
Tears for Fears, the English alternative rock band from the 80’s will be at the Embassy Theater on May 18th playing some of your favorite tracks such as Shout, Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heals, Mad World, and more.

Downtown Farmer’s Market

The weather is finally warm enough to take the Farmer’s Market outside. Head out to the YLNI Barr Street Market for fresh produce and more from local farmer’s and crafters.

Pedal for Paws

May 20, 2017
Have fun while supporting H.O.P.E for animals at Pedal for Paws at Pedal City. Enjoy pedal car rides, beer, food, games, music, raffle items and more!

Free Outdoor Movie

May 27, 2017
Enjoy a free outdoor showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens at Sweets so Geek.

Earth Day 2017: Ways You Can Help the Environment

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Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 22nd!

The first Earth Day was held in 1970. Every year since, April 22nd is celebrated around the world to remind us that it is in our hands to preserve and protect our planet for future generations. Even small steps make a difference. It’s a good time to reconsider old habits and incorporate new ones into our daily lives and be good to Mother Earth.

At home:

  • Turn off lights when you leave the room
  • Have the kids turn off the TV AND the video game console when they are done playing
  • Turn off the faucet when brush your teeth
  • Donate old clothes, furnishings and toys, instead of throwing them away
  • Switch to Energy Star-rated CFL lightbulbs which use 75 percent less energy and can last 10 times longer than standard bulbs
  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full
  • Don’t hand wash dishes — the dishwasher uses significantly less water and energy than hand washing does

At work:

  • Carpool — it reduces emissions and saves you money, too!
  • Set up the office printer and copy machine to print on both sides of the page
  • Set your computer to go into “sleep” mode if you will be away from it for more than a few minutes

Food and beverages:

  • Brew USDA ”certified” organic coffee at home — it’s grown using sustainable methods
  • Use a travel mug at your favorite coffee shop instead or throw away cups — you may even get a discount!
  • Use refillable, reusable metal water bottles instead of plastic bottles designed for one-time use
  • Go meatless (even if just on Mondays) — large-scale meat production creates pollution and emits greenhouse gases and are the leading cause of climate change
  • Eat local and seasonal whenever possible — if you haven’t already, check out the Fort Wayne Farmers Market to buy your fruit and veggies from local farmers

Running errands:

  • Bring your own bags to the grocery store
  • Slow down and drive the speed limit — higher speeds guzzle more gas
  • Check your tires air pressure regularly — keeping them filled to your car’s guidelines improves mileage
  • Use Fort Wayne’s ever-expanding trail system to get places without a car — and get some exercise at the same time!

    In the community:

  • Celebrate “Earth Day Fort Wayne” at Eagle Marsh on Sunday, April 30, from 1 to 5PM — a free, family-friendly event with something for everyone, including conservation tips, wetland/nature presentations, a drawing for special prizes, and more.
  • Help keep Fort Wayne beautiful — The Great American Clean-Up in Fort Wayne is on Sunday, May 2oth. Check the website for details

    Happy Earth Day!

Tax Day Deals and Freebies

tax day deals and freebies

tax day deals and freebies

Don’t forget, today is the last day to file your taxes. And, to help relieve some of the stress (and possible financial burden) of tax day a few companies in Fort Wayne are offering special discounts to customers. Be sure to call ahead to make sure your location is offering the tax day deal or freebie

Bob Evans – save 30% off your meal with this coupon.

Noodles & Company is offering $4 off any $10 purchase placed through order.noodles.com using the code TAXDAY17 at checkout.

McDonald’s (in select regions) is offering customers a Big Mac or Quarter Pounder for just 1cent when you purchase one of those sandwiches at the regular price on April 18.

Arby’s – Get a free curly fries at select locations

Planet Fitness – Get a free HydroMassage at Planet Fitness with a coupon available starting on April 15 on their website.

Sonic – Cheeseburgers are half off at Sonic on Tax Day

Firehouse Subs is offering a free medium sub from April 18 to 20 with the purchase of another medium or large sub, chips and drink.

Chili’s – Participating Chili’s will have $6 blueberry and pineapple margaritas on Tax Day.

Staples – Get up to 2 pounds of documents shredded for free through April 22.

What to Do in Fort Wayne in April

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Spring, is that really you? Always such a tease! But, maybe, just maybe, Spring really is knocking on our door and we can think about enjoying some time outside once again! Below are some fun and entertaining things to get you and the family outside during the month of April. (Though, she’s fooled us before, so we’ve also put in some suggestions for indoor fun, too — just in case!).

OUTSIDE

Tin Caps Opening Day

April 8th, 6:05pm
Head out to the ballpark for the Tincaps opening day game vs Bowling Green.

Easter Bone Hunt

April 9th
Pack up your pooch and head out to the 9th annual Easter Bone Hunt on Sunday, April 9th at Franke Park to enjoy a fun with your dog. There will dog-friendly games, crafts & even tattoos. Prize baskets will be given away to the lucky pups who find prize eggs! All dogs admitted for a $15 donation & proceeds will go toward FWACC’s Adoption & Volunteer programs. Bring some extra dough and get your photo taken with the Easter Bunny!

The Buzz about Bees

April 18th,  9:30-11 am
“If you have a busy little bee at home, bring them down to the Salomon Farms for The Buzz about Bees Spring Programs for Kids (and their grownups!) to learn what all of the buzz is about! Instructor Glenn Hile, local beekeeper, and owner of Glenn’s Natural Honey will teach little ones about the importance of bees using fun hands-on activities. Ages 3- 5.”

Stargazing at Riverfront Fort Wayne

April 19th
The third Wednesday of every month, head out to the Historic Wells Street Bridge for a night walk along the Fort Wayne Riverbanks. On this walk, you’ll also have a chance to see some rare star formations and learn about what’s going on in the universe from some friends from Science Central. This is a great, FREE opportunity for some fun for the whole family!

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo Opening Day

April 22nd
Consider becoming a member of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo this year and enjoy the benefits here, and when you travel! Benefits include:

  • free Zoo admission for 1 year
  • 10% discount in the gift shop
  • discounted admission at more than 140 zoos nationwide
  • Zoo to You Magazine

INDOORS (Because April can be fickle, as we all know.)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone concert

April 7th
Love Harry Potter and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic? Then you’re in luck! Join the Fort Wayne Phil at the Memorial Coliseum on April 7 for Harry Potter in Concert.Watch the film on a giant screen as the Fort Wayne Philharmonic performs every note of John Williams’ score from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The Fort Wayne Farmers Market

Saturday Mornings
Shop locally grown fruit, veggies, and crafts at the Fort Wayne Farmers Market which is still indoors this month at Parkview Field every Saturday morning until May 13. Early Spring veggies and the usual plethora of other treats will be available!

Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale

April 19-23rd
It’ back! Vera Bradley Annual Outlet Sale April 19-23. Spanning five days, this is a not-to-be-missed event for Vera Bradley fans. “Products available at the sale are primarily retired and overstock items (shop early for best selection). The first three days offer multiple ticketed sessions to shop where shoppers take advantage of great product selection (get your tickets early as sessions do sell out). The last two days are open to the public with no ticket required to enter.”

FWMoA Spring Party

April 21st, 7 pm
Celebrate Spring with a night of art, music, and food at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art’s Spring Party on April 21st $8 Members / $15 Guests. Four times a year, the museum highlights current exhibits with a party that brings together art lovers to enjoy “specially designed decór and seasonal edibles from the area’s top caterers.”

Record Store Day

April 22nd
Enjoy live music from 16 area bands, food trucks, goodie bags, and free coffee and cookies at Wooden Nickel’s 10th annual Record Store Day on April 22nd at their North Anthony location.

Michiana Wine Festival

April 29th
Love wine? Then you won’t want to miss the Michiana Wine Festival on April 29 at Headwaters Park. Enjoy wine samples from over 150 wines from countless wineries across Indiana and Michigan.

 

Things to Do in Fort Wayne in March

things to do in fort wayne march 2017

things to do in fort wayne march 2017

You know what they say about March: “In like a lion, out like a lamb.” Though, in this part of Indiana, it’s sometimes: “In like a lamb, out like a lion.” Although the first day of March did bring a dusting of snow, we could see: “In like a lamb, out like a lamb”… we can only hope, .

With the weather being so Spring-like lately, we’re ready to get out and enjoy some of the great events going on around Fort Wayne this month! To celebrate the arrival of Spring on the 20th, here are a few events to get you in the mood.

Thinking of Spring Events

Hold on to Winter Events

Of course, it doesn’t matter how much we hope — we’ll still have plenty of Winter weather this month. So make the most of it and enjoy these fun Winter activities!
outdoor iceskating at Headwaters Park
indoor iceskating (or bounce houses!) at SportOne Parkview Icehouse
tobogganing at Pokagon State Park
winter hiking or cross-country skiing (we’ll just need a little snow first) at Fox Island Park

Whatever the weather, there are always lots of fun options to explore!

What to do in Fort Wayne in February

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what to do in fort wayne february 2017

Yes, there is that big holiday (that starts with a “V”) coming up…. So, we’re highlighting some of the romantic things the two of you could enjoy together around town this month along with some other great activities going on around Fort Wayne in February. Grab your sweetheart, BFF, best bud, or even the kids and enjoy some fun in February!

Check-out some of the restaurants with live music (call or visit their websites to see who’s playing that night):

Check out some of Fort Wayne’s great museums and galleries:

Or enjoy some outdoor fun Downtown!

Cheer on the local teams!

Show our fine city some love this February and explore some of the fun things it has to offer!

What to Do Around Fort Wayne in January

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what to do in fort wayne january 2017
Oh, the weather outside is frightful! But that doesn’t mean there aren’t loads of fun things to enjoy around Fort Wayne in January. Start the New Year off right and take advantage of the great offerings our fair city has to offer. Don’t let the cold stop you. Whether your thing is arts or sports or food, there’s load to see and do all over town — even in the dead of winter!

Art:

Bring the kids to the “Mary Poppins Garden Parties” at the Botanical Conservatory and explore the new Mary Poppins-themed garden exhibit. January through April.

Spending an afternoon at the Castle Gallery in the historic West Central neighborhood is a great way to get out of the cold. The Gallery’s Holiday Show continues into January. Visit their website for hours and upcoming exhibits.

Music or comedy:

Writer and comedian, Guy Branham, at The Tiger Room at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads, & Spirits on January 13th.

A calendar of all of IPFW’s College of Visual and Performing Arts performances can be found here

Sports:

Enjoy some hoops! Check out the Mad Ants schedule for January for great hoop action!

Or some hockey! The Komets games are listed here

And, if the weather isn’t too cold, lace up and head to Headwaters Park Ice Skating Rink.

Food:

Savor Fort Wayne is back January 11 – January 22. Enjoy 12 delicious days of menu deals from over 30 Fort Wayne restaurants.

Saturdays, head down to the Lincoln Financial Event Center at Parkview Field from 9-1 to purchase fresh veggies and other local goods. Buy local at the Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market.

Festivals:

Who says festivals are only for Summer? Bundle up and head downtown Saturday, January 28th for Winterval 2017. Enjoy ice carvers, catch a rugby game, warm up by a bonfire while listening to live music, and more!

Best Events Going on Around Fort Wayne in December

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

what to do in fort wayne December 2016

What to Do in The Fort in December

Do you hear what I hear? The thump of a Christmas tree being loaded on top of the family car. The whirring of the mixer and the dinging of the oven timer as holiday treats are whipped up in the kitchen. The rustling of shopping bags and crinkling of wrapping paper as gifts and surprises are prepared for giving. Bing Crosby crooning carols at the coffee shop. The pop and fizz of champagne. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

We wish you a wonderful holiday season, full of friends and family and fun and here are some ways to enjoy the holiday all month long and all over Fort Wayne.

Christmas on the Farm

Saloman Farm Park’s 8th annual Christmas on the Farm on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-5pm is a day filled with holiday vendors and a visit from Father Christmas.

Christmas at Brookside

Spend Christmas at Brookside – the beautiful and historic mansion on the St. Francis University campus is decorated for Christmas by local florists and designers. Visit their website for hours and ticket information .

Breakfast with Santa

St. Francis also hosts Breakfast with St. Nicholas on Saturday, December 3rd at USF Robert Goldstine Performing Arts Center.

It’s a Wonderful Life

First Presbyterian Church Theater presents the classic It’s a Wonderful Life “recreated as a 1940’s radio drama, this Frank Capra holiday classic brings to life the town of Bedford Falls with live sound effects and holiday carols.” December 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2016.

Twelve Days of Christmas

See the Twelve Days of Christmas displays at the Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory “Elements of a familiar Christmas carol are sprinkled throughout the Conservatory, from the Atrium to the Desert. Following a whimsical twist, you can explore the facility and discover each part of the song. Along the way, you will enjoy the lights, rich color, and festive décor of our gardens in holiday dress. Kids can climb in the nest with the goose eggs, “milk” the cow, or share a croissant with a French hen. Mom and Dad can enjoy a scenic moment in a swan boat surrounded by lovely holiday poinsettias. Will you find all twelve special ornaments listed on the scavenger hunt? Take family photos or just stroll the gardens as you revive your holiday spirit.”

Fantasy of Lights

The drivable Fantasy of Lights at Franke Park is an annual tradition for many families. November 22-December 31, 2016; 6 pm-9 pm Sunday-Thursday; 6 pm-10 pm Friday & Saturday.

Festival of Gingerbread

The History Center hosts its annual Festival of Gingerbread November 25-December 11, 2016. Creatively decorated houses, crafted by creative people of all ages from all walks of life, are on display.

Mannheim Steamroller

Listen to the sounds of the season with Mannheim Steamroller performing at the Embassy Theatre on December 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm.

Holiday Pops

Also at the Embassy, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic (along with its Chorus and special guests) present the annual Holiday Pops Concert “a program of the traditional and contemporary holiday favorites you know and love. The Hallelujah Chorus, a Christmas carol sing-a-long, and dancing Santas will sparkle in the majestic Embassy Theatre, decorated in holiday splendor especially for the occasion. Get into the holiday spirit and deliver fun for your entire family.”

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop

New to Fort Wayne this year is the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop on December 31st at the Barrett McNagny Parking Lot. Countdown to the New Year with an LED Tower while enjoying music, fireworks, and entertainment.

Wishing you the happiest of holidays!