There are plenty of activities to keep families busy this April in the Region.
Disney's Winnie the Pooh KIDS
THROUGH APRIL 9, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Crown Point Community Theatre, 1125 Merrillville Road, Crown Point. 219.805.4255. cpct.biz. When Winnie the Pooh and friends learn that Christopher Robin has been captured by the mysterious Backson, the animals prepare for a rescue operation and learn about teamwork, friendship and sharing along the way.
Chair'ish the Children
THROUGH APRIL 26, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Indiana Welcome Center, 7770 Corinne Drive, Hammond. 219.989.7979. southshorecva.com. This display of chairs decorated by local school art classes supports foster care, adoption and family services. APRIL 26: Auction event.
Alice @ Wonderland
APRIL 6-9, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m., 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Towle Theater, 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond. 219.937.8780. towletheater.org. A modern retelling of the classic children’s story performed by the Towle Youth Theater Ensemble, the play imagines a present-day Alice, cell phone in hand, encountering the legendary Wonderland.
Dog First Aid Class and Children's Event
APRIL 8, 1:30-4 p.m., Lake County Public Library, 1919 81st Ave., Merrillville. 219.290.9791. canineknights.org. Dr. Jeremy Cartagena from the Hobart Animal Clinic will lead this seminar — designed for both adults and children — about dog first aid, early canine cancer detection and more. The event also will feature a coloring contest and free plush dogs for the first 100 children to register. Registration is available on the website.
The Tail of the Little Mermaid
APRIL 8-9, 10 a.m., noon, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. Based on the original Hans Christian Anderson tale, this musical adaptation tells of the adventures of the little mermaid who falls in love with the handsome “human” prince.
Eggsellent 5K/10K Run/Walk
APRIL 9, 1 p.m., Lake County Fairgrounds, 889 S. Court St., Crown Point. 219.662.9840. hometownhappenings.net. Complete with colored eggs, rabbits and all things Easter, this 5K/10K run/walk features an Easter egg hunt along the route.
Underwater Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 9, 3:30-5 p.m., Munster High School Aquatic Center Entrance I, 8808 Columbia Ave., Munster. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Hosted by the Munster Parks and Recreation Department, this underwater Easter egg hunt will be followed by a chance to visit with the Easter Bunny and a family open swim. Preregistration required.
APRIL 11, 7 p.m., Star Plaza Theatre, 8001 Delaware Place, Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Set in the 13th century, with period costuming, this performance by the Indiana Ballet Theatre promises to be a delightful pantomime ballet for the entire family to enjoy.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 13, 7-8:15 p.m., Dyer Town Hall, 1 Town Square, Dyer. 219.865.2505. townofdyer.com. Hosted by Dyer Parks and Recreation, this evening egg hunt kicks off with pizza and drinks for participants, followed by a raffle.
Pirate Easter Egg Hunt
APRIL 13, 5:30-8 p.m., Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station. 219.963.2070. mybellaboos.com. The eggs mark the spot at this pirate-themed Easter egg hunt. Advance ticket purchase required.
Easter Family Fun
APRIL 14, 5-7 p.m., Central Park Plaza, 68 Lafayette St., Valparaiso. 765.414.1138. rollinghillsvineyard.org. Hosted by Rolling Hills Vineyard Church, this second annual family-friendly event offers pictures with the Easter Bunny, coloring contests with prizes, an Easter egg hunt and food trucks.
Beautiful Day Spa
APRIL 15, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Mario Tricoci University, 2549 Highway Ave., Highland. 219.836.6900. munster.org. Mario Tricoci hosts a mother-daughter spa day, featuring a polish change, make-up and hair style. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Space is limited and registration is recommended.
APRIL 22, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., downtown Valparaiso. 219.531.3160. springintothearts.com. A month-long celebration of the arts organized by Valparaiso Community Schools kicks off with this art walk, featuring artwork by students in kindergarten through 12th grade at seven downtown landmark locations. APRIL 22-MAY 20: Art on display.
Green Gary Day
APRIL 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Paul H. Douglas Center For Environmental Education, 100 N. Lake St., Gary. 219.395.1821. nps.gov/indu. In celebration of both National Park Week and Earth Day, this free, family-friendly event will include hikes, kid’s activities and guest speakers throughout the day.
Healthy Kids Day
APRIL 22, 3-5 p.m., Portage YMCA, 3100 Willowcreek Road, Portage. 219.762.9622. ymcaofportage.org. A kick-off to summer, this free event features free information and resources from various community vendors aimed to keep kids healthy in spirit, mind and body throughout the summer.
Kids Closet Sale
APRIL 22, 8 a.m.-noon, Old Fairgrounds Park Butterfield Pavilion, Evans and Calumet avenues, Valparaiso. 219.462.5144. valpoparks.org. More than 30 vendors will have gently-used infant, toddler and children's apparel, toys, furniture and more for sale. Cash sales only.
Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration 2017
APRIL 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.465.3694. portercountyrecycling.org. With more than 80 environment-friendly exhibitors, attendees to this family-friendly event can learn how to get in touch with nature and explore earth-friendly products and services. The fair also includes entertainment, activities, food and more.
Party Like A Pirate Festival
APRIL 22, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 119th Street, Whiting. 219.659.0292. wrchamber.com. For the third year, pirates will invade downtown Whiting. Daytime activities for families include a real pirate ship and a scavenger hunt to find booty and win prizes.
Be Kind to Animals Pet Care Expo
APRIL 29, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. portercountyexpo.com. Hosted by Porter County Animal Shelter, this annual fair is one of the largest animal care events in Northwest Indiana with entertainment, live animals, animal care demos, contests, hands-on activities and food. Leashed pets are welcome.