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NWI Playground Review: Butterfly Meadows Park in Valparaiso


If you interact with children at all, odds are you've run into more than one that loves the park. From swings to slides and everything in between, there is something about a trip to the park that brings pure joy into a child’s eyes.

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Hannah’s Hope All-Inclusive Playground to be Portage Destination Coming this September


The all-inclusive playground has been a dream of the members and friends of Hannah’s Hope for years. All-inclusive means it will be accessible to children and families of all ages and all abilities, yet there is something a little bit more special about the upcoming attraction.

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South Shore Line’s Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle Offers a Free Ride to Area Beaches


Imagine traveling to the beach without worrying about the drive or hassle of parking! The South Shore Line along the Dunes learning center and the national park service, is helping make this a reality by offering a FREE Dune Buggy Beach Shuttle for the second consecutive year. Worrying about transportation is a thing of the past, as South Shore Line makes traveling through Northwest Indiana even easier. In their efforts to make a day of fun as simple as possible, they’ve added a way to enjoy the beach without driving!

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The City of Hobart Hosts a Large Scale Scavenger Hunt with Their 2nd Annual Great Hobart Hunt

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It’s not every day you get to participate in a scavenger hunt that encompasses your whole town. With the “The Great Hobart Hunt,” the city of Hobart is hoping to start a new annual tradition in a grand scavenger hunt covering two and a half square miles in the downtown area where teams of two compete for awesome prizes.

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Summertime is the Perfect Time to Bring Your Bikes on the South Shore Line!


Imagine taking your bike to the Indiana Dunes for the day and biking along their beautiful trails or spending the day in Chicago without having to worry about utilizing expensive transportation throughout the city. These are just two of many realities made possible by the Bikes on Trains program offered by the South Shore Line.

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Hobart Water Festival Celebrates the Environment with Educational Fun

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Hobart’s sixth annual Water Festival was held Saturday, June 17, featuring warm weather, Lake George, and a diverse group of business, community, and environmental groups educating the public about clean water, beaches, and ways to protect the environment around them.

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A New Chellberg Farm Family is Making the Farm Cool Again

New-Chellberg-Farm-Family-is-Making-the-Farm-Cool-Again-2017_01Years ago, Annette Hansen and her son stopped by the Chellberg Farm in Porter to see the animals. There were pigs to pet, cows to moo with, and chickens to peck and poke.

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Hammond's 2017 Summer Recreation Program

Hammond-Parks-2017Mayor Thomas M. McDermott, Jr. and Hammond Parks & Recreation present: Summer Recreation 2017, a supervised program with Arts & Crafts, Sports and Games.

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Generous Donors Send Record Number of Kids to Camp in the Dunes

Summer-Camp-National-ParkIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center is set to award a record number of summer camp scholarships this year, according to executive director Geof Benson.

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Dunes Learning Center Receives $2,500 Environmental Grant from Patagonia

Military-Kids-to-CampIndiana Dunes National Lakeshore education partner, Dunes Learning Center, is proud to be the recipient of a $2,500 Patagonia Environmental Grant to engage youth through field-based stewardship and learning in their communities.

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Hawthorne Park Playground Install Looking for Volunteers in 2017

Hawthorne-Park-Playground-Install-Looking-for-Volunteers-in-2017Porter’s own Ruth “Babe” Poparad took one of the last trips down the twist slide at the Hawthorne Park playground last week prior to its demolition (photos attached). Babe was also the first person to slide down the twist slide when the slide was installed over 22 years ago.

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