As the weather warms up, there are plenty of opportunities for families to get out and enjoy all that Northwest Indiana has to offer —including art exhibits, family-friendly walk/runs, park parties and the kick-off of festival season.
Spring into the Arts
THROUGH MAY 20, downtown Valparaiso. 219.531.3160. springintothearts.com. This monthlong celebration of the arts organized by Valparaiso Community Schools features artwork by students in kindergarten through 12th grade at seven downtown landmark locations, as well as art-themed events.
Fairy House Garden Exhibit
THROUGH JUNE 30, Taltree Arboretum & Gardens, 450 W. 100 N., Valparaiso. 219.462.0025. taltree.org. Back by popular demand, this trail of whimsical miniature gardens surrounds Heron Pond. Made from natural and recycle materials, each home is unique with a natural landscape to match its personality.
Cinco De Mayo Party in the Park
MAY 5, 5-10 p.m., Redar Park, 1722 S. Park St., Schererville. 219.865.5530. schererville.org. Schererville Parks and Recreation kicks off its new summer series with this festive party for all ages. Activities include a beer/wine garden, a live DJ, food and craft vendors, games, dance contests, a free festive-themed craft, bounce houses and more.
Lake County Pet Expo
MAY 6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. 219.218.5768. facebook.com/lakecountypetexpo. Pet lovers can browse vendors selling pet-related items and meet with adoptable animals from local rescues. Additional activities include a K9 fun walk, kids 'n' canvas, a police demo, a pet blessing and more.
Fair in the Air
MAY 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fair Oaks Farms Adventure Center, 856 N. 600 E., Fair Oaks. 877.536.1194. fofarms.com/fairintheair. Professional kite teams will wow attendees with their synchronized kite dances throughout the day. Kids can make a kite or bring their own to fly in the Family Fly Zone. Additional activities include an inflatable play zone, a candy drop, face painting and an array of craft and merchandise vendors.
MOMentum 5K Run
MAY 13, 9 a.m., Coffee Creek Watershed, 178 E. Sidewalk Road, Chesterton. runsignup.com. This event includes a 5K run/walk, a one-mile kids' fun run and a one-mile moms' stroller run/walk, plus music, vendors, a raffle and a bounce house, face painting and a balloon artist for the kids after the run. Proceeds benefit Hannah's Hope.
Run Like a Mother 5K Run/Walk
MAY 14, 8 a.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. 219.662.9840. hometownhappenings.net. A celebration of moms, this 5K run/walk and one-mile fun walk is followed by breakfast with mimosas, a DJ and more. Strollers are welcome and donations of diapers and laundry detergent are appreciated.
Spring Out to Sunset
MAY 20, noon-4 p.m., Sunset Hill Farm County Park, 775 Meridian Road, Valparaiso. 219.465.3586. porterco.org. This family-friendly fest includes a variety of activities for all ages — including flying kites, wagon rides, an obstacle course, music, delicious food, scavenger hunt, face painting and more.
Michigan City Food Truck Festival
MAY 27-28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Washington Park, 2 On the Lake, Michigan City. 219.873.1506. michigancityfoodtruckfestival.com. Michigan City kicks off its inaugural food truck festival featuring gourmet food trucks, live entertainment, games and more.
Wolf Lake Wetlands Festival
MAY 27-28, Wolf Lake Park Pavilion. 2938 S. Calumet Ave., Hammond. William Powers State Fish and Wildlife Area, 12949 S. Ave. 0, Chicago. 219.933.7149 or 312.220.0120. wolflakeinitiative.org. A celebration of the local wetlands, this two-day fest features canoeing, fishing, a rowing demonstration, kite flying, face painting, birding, nature walks, wind surfing instructions and a bike tour.