The 36th Annual Home and Lifestyle Show is not for adults only but instead the focus is on family fun for everyone.
“This year we’re featuring a Kids Korner with activities for families with children as a way to add something new and exciting to the show,” said Vicky Gadd, executive officer, Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana (HBA of NWI). “The Kids Korner makes it more family friendly so that when adults are looking at the other exhibits children will have lots of things to do.”
One of the biggest events for kids is the HBA of NWI’s first annual Children’s House Building Contest featuring LEGO® bricks which takes place on March 8 (more details on exact times below).
“We have two age categories--5 to 8 and 9 to 12,” said Gadd noting that each age category has 20 spots for participants to build a LEGO home and first, second and third place prizes are awarded in each age group. Prizes are based upon five criteria-- design, details, colors, landscaping and appeal. “Each child receives both a certificate and participation prize.”
A cautionary note, the LEGO designs don’t get to go home as the blocks will be used for next year’s contest so bring a camera to take photos of these creations.
But what Gadd thinks will most appeal to kids who’ve been cooped up inside during this long winter is the Bounce House, which along with the photo booth, is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s also Face Painting at the Kids’ Korner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekend days.
“Treats by Sticky Fingers Candy Company, Noak's Popcorn and others will be available at Kids Korner,” said Gadd listing other options for children attendees. “Culver’s will be at the Kids Korner doing games—though no food and the Girl Scouts will be selling cookies.”
On Saturday from 2 until 5 p.m. and Sunday noon until 3 p.m., parents can pick up I. D. kits from the Porter County Sheriff Department. Leroy’s Hot Stuff, a favorite in Porter since it opened in 1990, will be on site selling snacks as well as full meals.
“We think it’s great that people can come to the show with their children, making it a family day with something for everyone to do,” said Gadd.