There is no shortage of attractions in our community geared toward keeping the kids happy. Whether you have sports fans, animal lovers or sugar fiends – there is a little something for them all in The Bend!
During the summer, there’s nothing better than a South Bend Cubs baseball game. Climb on the playground, cool off on the splash pad, or bounce and slide in the inflatable Fun Zone! Practice your home run swing at the First Source Bank Performance Center in the same batting cages the players use. The 360-degree concourse, picnic garden and Tiki Hut allow you to get a great view of the game from anywhere in Four Winds Field, the “2017 Best Single-A Ballpark” in the country according to Ballpark Digest.
Put on your work jacket and pop the hood at the Studebaker Super Service Center exhibit! This hands-on interactive attraction at the Studebaker National Museum offers kids the opportunity to learn how a car works and try their hand at automobile repair. Equipped with tools and life-like sound effects, this exhibit is sure to keep your attention!
Located on 23 acres, Potawatomi Zoo is the state of Indiana’s first zoo and exhibits more than 500 animals. Take a ride on the Potawatomi Zoo Train, stroll through Zoo Farm, or watch the North American River Otters glide through the water. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most exotic animals! After you visit the Zoo be sure to stop by the playground and splash pad in Potawatomi Park for a little extra fun. Catch a concert or theater performance at the amphitheater or jump in the pool on a hot summer day!
The History Museum’s Kidsfirst Children’s Museum offers kids a chance to get a hands-on look at local history. From an old-time schoolhouse to cabins and wagons, this children’s museum takes you right into the past to show you how former residents of South Bend once lived.
The Kitchen BMX and Skatepark is the Midwest’s premiere indoor skating and BMX facility. Soar through the air on your bike, board, skates or scooter, and show off some of your best tricks! The Kitchen also hosts several competitions throughout the year.
HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum is a one-of-a-kind place that is part children’s museum, part health education center, and all fun! HealthWorks! offers interactive exhibits and activities for kids of all ages. Their unique brand of “edutainment” is infectious!
The Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center has no shortage of fun ways to spend your day! Climb the rock wall, play in the gymnasium, float along the lazy river, or travel down the winding water slide. There are plenty of recreational, educational, and faith-based programs for people of all ages at the Kroc Center.
Investigate a collection of unique artifacts that encourages families to explore, learn, and enjoy the history of the Mishawaka area! Hannah Lindahl Children’s Museum allows you to explore exhibits of natural history, enjoy the tranquility of the Japanese tea room, and walk through a pioneer village of the past which includes a one-room school house, general store, pioneer home, and more.
Head to Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Mishawaka to experience the weightlessness of bouncing and flipping on wall-to-wall trampolines. Kids can also enjoy a game of ultimate dodgeball, a high-flying basketball slam dunk, or flying into 10,000 foam cubes!
Strikes and Spares Entertainment Center is no ordinary bowling alley! The facility offers all types of indoor recreation from black-light mini-golf and go-kart races to bumper cars and mini-bowling, arcade games, and of course, bowling!
Get the inside scoop on how everyone’s favorite confection is made with a tour of the South Bend Chocolate Factory and museum. Try a piece of freshly made chocolate, and grab a box to take home! The downtown location of South Bend Chocolate is a great place to fuel up and play. It has a food and drink menu that will please the kids as well as the parents, an indoor play area, and the world’s largest chocolate store.
Learn all about the trout and salmon that grow up at the Bodine Fish Hatchery. See them at all ages and sizes, learn all about the rivers and lakes they will one day call home, and find out what they do to survive in the wild!