Now that spring is in full swing, it's time to get out of the house, explore the outdoors, learn something new, or just spend some quality time together at one of these family-friendly events.
THROUGH MAY 9 Register for Andrean 5.0, Andrean High School, 5959 Broadway, Merrillville. 219.887.5281. andreanhs.com/academics_andrean50.php. The Andrean 5.0 Summer Enrichment Program is a five week session from June 16-July 18 for students around the Region entering 7th and 8th grade. The program offers a 5:1 student to instructor ratio in academic, wellness and extracurricular opportunities. Classes include English, math, science, speech and communication, fine art, drama, and informatics. Students will interact with counselors and students from diverse backgrounds. The sports portion of the program features basketball, volleyball, flag football, soccer, ultimate Frisbee, whiffle ball, and track and field. Tuition is $500, which will also include a light breakfast and lunch every day and t-shirts.
THROUGH MAY 25 40th Annual Tri-County Junior/Senior High School Art Show, Center for Visual and Performing Arts Atrium Gallery, 1040 Ridge Rd, Munster. 219.836.1839. southshoreartsonline.org. Student artwork submitted by their teachers is on display for a chance to win monetary prizes. Students attend schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties in Indiana and south suburban Cook County, Illinois.
THROUGH MAY 31 Humane Society Calumet Area Coloring Contest, 219.513.8911. hscalumet.org/aspca.asp. Children in grades kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to enter Humane Society Calumet Area's coloring contest for a chance to win an HSCA T-shirt or have his or her artwork featured on the cover of the quarterly newsletter. The coloring contest is held in conjunction with the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and is designed to increase awareness about animal adoption among school-aged children.
MAY 3 7th Annual Lake County Pet Expo, 9am-4pm, Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S Court St, Crown Point. lcpetexpo.org. Tails will be wagging during this annual event supporting local area rescues. The event features family and dog-friendly activities, vendors and services, plus information on adoption and pet care. All friendly leashed animals are welcome. Profits benefit local area rescue organizations.
MAY 3 Family Safety Education Day, 10am-2pm, Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Dr, Hammond. 219.989.7979. southshorecva.com. The Hammond Police and Fire Departments will teach children about safety and activities include children's fingerprinting, a motorcycle display and K-9 demonstrations.
MAY 3-4 Indian Camp at Buckley Homestead, 10am-4pm, Buckley Homestead County Park, 3606 Belshaw Rd, Lowell. 219.769.7275. lakecountyparks.com. The public can see how the Woodland Indians in Lake County lived in 1750—including their wigwam homes, clothing with decorations and wild and cultivated foods. Volunteer re-enactors will tell stories, cook and dress the way the Woodland Indians did.
MAY 3-OCT 25 Chesterton's European Market, Broadway & 3rd St, Chesterton. 219.926.5513. chestertonseuropeanmarket.com. This European Market offers a quality shopping experience, live entertainment and a festive community environment. The artists, chefs, merchants and farmers come from Indiana, Michigan and Illinois to offer visitors an extraordinary collection of products and services.
MAY 9-JUN 6 Kids Training for the Hub Run 2K, 4-5pm, Southlake YMCA, 1450 S Court St, Crown Point. 219.663.5810. slymca.org. Children can train to run the Hub Run 2K during this five-week session featuring games and activities to encourage them to run and have fun. Running coaches will not run with the children on race day.
MAY 10 Planetarium Showing, 2-6:15pm, Challenger Learning Center, Purdue University Campus, 2300 173rd St, Hammond. 219.989.3250. clcnwi.com. The Challenger Learning Center presents two showings of South Shore Skies and Sky Quest, followed Lasermania, a laser light show set to a fun mix of songs—including Men in Black, Under the Milky Way, Mortal Kombat Theme, Time Warp and All the Small Things.
MAY 17 National Kids to Parks Day, Douglas Center, Chesterton. nps.gov/indu. Kids can enjoy a day in the park building a fort in the Nature Play Zone, becoming a Junior Ranger, taking a hiking challenging and more. Young visitors receive a water bottle and a set of Nature Play cards.
MAY 17-18 Voyageur Rendezvous, 10am-4pm, Grand Kankaee Marsh, 21690 Range Line Rd, Hebron. 219.769.PARK. lakecountyparks.com. During this fun and educational event, visitors will travel back more than 250 years when Northwest Indiana was primarily a marshland. Attendees will learn how merchant traders and early settlers, among others, lived and traded along the Grand Kankakee River. Activities include interactive games for kids, storytelling, a tomahawk throw, a fashion show, food and more.
MAY 30 Skate Park Block Party, 6-9pm, Community Park Skate Park, 8601 Columbia Ave, Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Skateboards are welcome to show off on the ramps and enjoy the food and music. Helmets are required during the event and registration offered on-site only.