The Vintage Indiana wine festival totes more than 200 award-winning Indiana wines. As varietals from wineries such as Oliver Winery, Winzerwald Winery, and Best Vineyards flow into glasses, food from eateries such as Bazbeaux, Chef JJ's, and various food trucks curbs appetites. Live music adds a soundtrack to the entire affair, which also includes special events such as culinary demonstrations.
There's something in the air in downtown Lafayette. Not the aromatic pheromones of trees trying to send mankind a message, but rather, the energy generated by scores of revelers. This is Dancing in the Streets, a festival that fills roadways with three separate stages boasting country, indie-rock, blues, and swing performances. As the night stretches on, youngsters can take to the kids' corner to partake of rides, moonwalks, and activities. Guests of all ages snack on portable eats while enjoying dancing and DJ-spun tunes, and a 45-minute cruise parade shows off classic cars and freshly polished roller skates.
Every day, thousands of pins are slammed into submission at the hands of bowlers at Market Square Lanes. Balls ranging from 6 to 16 pounds sail down the bowling center’s 24 lanes as TVs above display scores. Cosmic bowling lights up the lanes every night after 9 p.m. as well as on Saturday afternoons. A snack bar stocked with personal pizzas, hot dogs, soft drinks, and beer ensures bowlers don't have to prowl the lanes cracking bowling balls open for the delicious yolk inside.
The gravity-savvy professionals and instructors at Air Indiana Skydiving Center oversee safe and controlled adrenaline rushes every year between late March and early November. In addition to a comprehensive ground school, they also teach practical skills with training jumps that leave from Delphi Municipal Airport. Over time, they help familiarize students with skydiving by leading controlled tandem jumps, instructor-assisted deployments, and accelerated free falls that exit planes from as high as 9,500 feet.
In addition to its staff of instructors, Air Indiana Skydiving Center also hosts a professional skydiving team. The team of pro jumpers can perform demonstration jumps for company picnics or groundbreaking ceremonies for the neighborhood's new wind tunnel.
Within Buccaneer Bay Water Park Center’s sprawling 9,000 square feet of space, the delighted shrieks of frolicking children ricochet off the cavernous ceilings. Surrounded by ranks of slowly nodding palm trees, kids scramble up the sides of a replica pirate ship before whooshing down the slick red slides, landing feet-first in the clean water, or else skimming the surface like a smooth rock or a pelican thrown overhand. The churning warmth of a hot tub turns tension into soothed sighs, which drift toward an arcade full of flashing redemption machines. Gaggles of youngsters celebrating birthdays cannonball into the pool, fueled by slices of cake.
Toward the back of Great Skates Fun Center, techno blares and thick clouds of fog waft through a 3,500-square-foot laser-tag arena. Black lights and a glowing maze pierce the miasma, as do lasers racing toward the vests of competing players. Like those speedy lasers, pucks zoom across air-hockey tables in the 2,000-square-foot game room, which includes billiards, skee-ball, and motorcycle-racing video games. Once they accumulate enough tickets, players can visit the game area's toy store to exchange stubs for prizes or a plot of land on the frontier.
In addition to laser tag and arcade games, the fun center houses an 80-by-130-foot wooden surface across which skaters can coast to the rhythm of upbeat tunes. To recharge after skating sessions, they can swing by a snack bar replete with pizza, nachos, cotton candy, and soft drinks.