Hammond, Ind. (April 19, 2018) – The annual Explore the South Shore returns to the Indiana Welcome Center on Saturday, April 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Families will enjoy an afternoon of fun and entertainment at this free event.

The first 200 families to visit will receive a goodie bag filled with special treats and savings from participating organizations and attractions. Sweet treats and small bites will be available for purchase. Area attractions and festivals will have interactive activities, giveaways and games as well as information about events happening in 2018.

Kids can also enjoy live entertainment from Indiana Ballet Theatre at 2:00 p.m.

 Train rides will also be available throughout the event and area mascots will be in attendance for photo opportunities.

Explore the South Shore was created by the South Shore CVA to kick-off the summer travel season and in conjunction with National Travel and Tourism Week in early May.

Participating organizations include: Edge Adventures, Challenger Learning Center, Cedar Lake Summerfest, Bellaboo’s, Albanese, Deep River Waterpark, Fair Oaks Farms, Lake County Fair, the City of Whiting and a number of other area attractions and municipalities.

The Indiana Welcome Center is located at 7770 Corinne Drive in Hammond, Ind. conveniently off I-80/94 at the Kennedy Avenue South exit. Learn more at www.alongthesouthshore.com/explorethesouthshore/.