HAMMOND | The Indiana Welcome Center is celebrating National Tourism Week through Sunday. Throughout the week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Wwelcome center, 7770 Corinne Drive, will be decorated and visitors will enjoy complimentary popcorn, half-price admission to the John Dillinger Museum, and the Civil War expo “Region United, Nation Divided: Civil War in the South Shore.”
On Saturday, the Indiana Welcome Center will be hosting Explore the South Shore: Kick Off the Summer. The free event will bring local attractions and events, giveaways and activities for families from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will feature games, giveaways, face painting sponsored by Bellaboo’s, a free carnival ride, $1 train rides, a magic show beginning at 1 p.m. and fun food in addition to information on local events and attractions.
The first 250 families to arrive at the event will receive a passport of savings from the participating organizations to use during the summer. Additionally, the first 250 children will receive an event bag.
Participating organizations include Albanese, Cabela’s, Challenger Learning Center, Pierogi Fest, Gary SouthShore RailCats, South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail, Downtown Hammond Council, Lake County Fair, City of Crown Point, Gary Parks and Recreation Department, Hammond Parks and Recreation Department, Munster Parks and Recreation Department, NWI Oilmen, and the Hammond Port Authority.
For more information, visit www.southshorecva.com/explorethesouthshore.com.