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Educational Family Fun

If your family enjoys educational entertainment, the South Shore offers many opportunities to have a great time while expanding your knowledge!

Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center


The kids won’t even realize they are learning with play at Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station! Packed full of educational fun – you can spend an entire afternoon in a self-directed play facility. Kids from infants to nine will enjoy everything from water play, painting, trains and so much more! Kids can also explore outdoors in the garden, the Dino Dig or ride on the pedal carts along the track. Older kids will also enjoy the newest edition - the pirate-themed Imagination Garden featuring slides, a 60-foot pirate ship and water elements. Guaranteed to keep the kids busy all afternoon while the parents enjoy coffee and the smiles from their children.

Mascot Hall of Fame - mascot heads

Mascot Hall of Fame

The South Shore has its very own interactive children’s museum in Whiting, Indiana! The Mascot Hall of Fame is also fun for adults and invites all ages to be wacky at the museum.

Launch the most t-shirts into the crowd, play in the ultimate indoor playground or make a basket, shoot a puck and score a touchdown! You will learn the science of silliness as well as about the mascots that make your favorite teams fun! Before your visit, join Reggy and the Mascot Hall of Fame team for virtual cooking, story time, crafts and more on Facebook or their website.

Fair Oaks Crop Adventure

Fair Oaks Farms

Head to the farm for learning opportunities about modern-day dairy farming at Fair Oaks Farms. Here on the farm, you can take a tour, learn about sustainability and innovation and even see a calf be born. The Pig, Dairy and Farm Adventures are all indoors, providing educational, yet fun, entertainment. The Adventures are open year-round and the farm also features special events like Cowtober Fest and a U-pick apple orchard during harvest season. Come anytime with the family! Stay for more than a day with Fair Oaks’ on-site hotel complete with an indoor pool!

More Educational Opportunities

Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education

Part of the Indiana Dunes National Park. Enjoy award-winning environmental education programs or hike through the unique ecosystems of the Indiana...
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Challenger Learning Center

This space-science themed education center uses simulation programs, hands-on science and engineering activities, and media presentations to engage...
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Buckley Homestead County Park A Living History Farm

When Dennis and Catherine Buckley first settled in Northwest Indiana from Ireland in 1849 they would never have imagined that their farmstead would be...
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Kankakee Sands Project Office

The Kankakee Sands is a Nature Conservancy Project that is located in northwest Indiana and northeast Illinois. The goal of this project is to bring...
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Conway Observatory - Calumet Astronomical Society

The Calumet Astronomical Society hosts events at the Thomas Conway Observatory site including nighttime viewing sessions, public talks and astronomy...
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Deep River County Park & Wood's Historic Grist Mill

One of the most beautiful parks in the South Shore, Deep River encompasses more than 1,200 acres on both the south and north sides of U.S. Highway 30...
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