The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority will be hosting their annual Explore the South Shore event on Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Welcome Center. The first 250 families at the event will receive a regional passport of savings from participating organizations to use over the summer and the first 250 children will receive a free event bag.

The event offers numerous interactive booths featuring giveaways, games and prizes, live entertainment, a magic show, a hula hoop contest and $1 train rides. Participating businesses include Fair Oaks Farms, SouthShore RailCats, Dunes National Park Association, the Lake County Fair, Munster Parks and Recreation, South Shore Arts, Downtown Hammond Council, Hammond Port Authority, Cabela's, Challenger Learning Center, Panorama Now and many more.

Throughout the event, a magician will be walking around and interacting with visitors and will perform a magic show beginning at 1:00 p.m. Attendees may also enjoy a performance by Indiana Ballet Theater at 12:00 p.m.

In addition to activities, giveaways and games, the Explore the South Shore event will provide information on numerous family-fun events found along the South Shore. For more information, visit the event web page at