[Part 2 in a series of 4] by Laurie Sherck
People who have watched the recently released video of Shipshewana have been telling me, “I didn’t realize there were so many things to do here.” It’s always exciting for me to help people discover that a visit isn’t just a bucket list of “things to do”. It’s so much more and that’s what I love about living here. It is an amazing place to bring your family to create your own stories that you will be sharing together for years to come. If you haven’t watched the video I’m referring to, here’s your chance. Just click the photo below.
Staying Sane this Summer
The video is merely a jumping off point of where to dive in when you visit. Since we’re right in the throes of summer school vacation, it’s probably accurate to say that if you have children at home, you may be hearing those dreaded words: “There’s nothing to do” or “I’m bored” escaping through the lips of your little sweethearts. Worse yet, there may be an ongoing battle of trying to get kids off their devices or trying to pry them away from the TV. I’ve chosen this blog to share about a few of the things you can do with children in Shipshewana. A visit to here could be your answer to “staying sane” this summer while the kiddos are home from school. The added bonus? It’s just plain fun for everyone! While there are lots of terrific options, here are a few tips that will make this a summer that both you and your kiddos won’t forget?
Hilarious Fun at Dutch Creek Animal Farm Park
A few hours at Dutch Creek Animal Farm Park is a hilariously fun way to invest time with your kids or grandkids. Most recently I took my son, his wife and 4 children to visit this one-of-a kind park, where they had the opportunity to get up-close and personal with all sorts of critters. What’s not to like about a wagon ride through a huge field filled with exotic animals, or holding a baby duck, or taking a quick barrel ride around the barn yard? My grandkids particularly loved feeding the zebras and ostrich. It’s easy to understand why people keep returning to this farm. Some people like to visit the farm in the spring and meet the new babies, and then return later in the summer to observe how much they’ve grown. We learn something new every time we visit. It never gets old. This recommendation comes with a warning though. If you’re expecting a quiet ride home, you may be in for a surprise. Kids and adults alike will talk non-stop about the crazy antics of the talking Cockatoo, or the overly-friendly ostrich.
Create Your Own Doll at Kids Kreations
One of the neatest things I’ve done with my granddaughters here in Shipshewana is to take them to Kids Kreations and help them make a doll. I’ve found the ladies at Kids Kreations to be very patient and caring with children as they help them choose everything they need to build a beautiful keepsake doll. It’s such a treat to help pick out a little outfit for their baby, give their new doll a name and receive the “birth certificate”. I especially treasure the hugs and kisses I got from my little sweeties as we walked out the door with them cradling their “babies”. Love, Love, Love that feeling! Be sure to ask the ladies at Kids Kreations about their Birthday Party packages. They go all out to give children a birthday to remember!
Take in the fabulous view from The Dentzel Carousel at Davis Mercantile
Kids of all ages love riding the 1906 Dentzel Carousel located on the 3rd floor of The Davis Mercantile. The menagerie of carousel animals pass by enormous picture windows that offer a birds-eye view of Shipshewana that you can’t find anywhere else in town. Many people admire the hand-carved and hand-painted work of the carousel animals. For me, probably the most rewarding part of this stop is watching the children smile and hearing the giggles as children take their turn on the carousel. Of course, since you’re in the neighborhood anyway, you’ve just gotta grab lunch at Millie’s Market Café, sample a piece of chocolate at Aunt Millie’s Candy Store and stop in at the Red Wagon toy store! Right?!! They are all located on the 3rd floor of The Davis Mercantile. It’s always a great time at the Shipshewana Carousel Company!
Did you miss Part 1? Catch up on that one for sure and for more great ideas for things to do in Shipshewana be sure to visit www.shipshewana.com. Also, keep your eyes peeled open for Part 3 coming soon.