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Super Hero Saturday

Concord Mall - Elkhart
Wonder Woman and Superman will available to meet and greet kids. Parents be sure to capture this moment on your camera. Children are invited to come in their favorite super hero costume.

Deb Alwine - 574-875-6502

Granger Missionary Church Easter Egg Hunt

Granger Missionary Church 50841 Birch Rd Granger, IN 46530
Easter Egg Hunt for ages 10 and under.

Niles Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Niles Elk Lodge, 1322 Canal Street, Niles MI 49120
Don’t miss the Niles Elks Annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday April 19.
A child-friendly buffet will be available/served from 11:30 – Noon
Easter egg “hunting’ will be done in the following age groups at Noon:
1 – 3 yrs (indoors).
4 – 8 yrs (outdoors east).
9 – 12 yrs (outdoors west).

Leonard Dalenberg 269.683.0489

Easter Egg Hunt

Goshen Christian Church, 2133 Berkey Ave, Goshen IN 46526
Easter Egg Hunt for children age 0 - 10 years.

Bernie 574-533-8122

Easter Egg Hunt

St. Peter Lutheran Church, 437 E Dragoon Trail, Mishawaka
Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages – Games; Sing-A-Long; Face Painting; Egg Hunt; Easter .

Amy Smessaert - 574-255-5585

Lemonade Day Workshop

Concord Mall - Elkhart
Concord Mall Community Room - Lemonade Day is hosting 2 FREE workshops at Concord Mall for kids to learn about Lemonade Day. After picking up a backpack, students can participate in a workshop that will focus on: (1) putting a business plan together, reviewing the workbook & explaining how to secure financing for your business; (2) teaching the importance of giving back to your community and how you can make a difference; (3) financial security and learning how to set up a savings account and setting goals for future spending -- like college; (4) building an awesome Lemonade Day stand!

Deb Alwine - 574-875-6502

Easter Bunny

Concord Mall - Elkhart
The Easter Bunny will be at Center Court starting on Saturday, April 5 - April 19, 2014, Hours: Mon-Sat: 11a-3p & 4p-7p Sunday: 1p-6p. Bunny Hop Photos are also available. Be sure to pick up your Ben's Soft Pretzel FREE Pretzel Coupon, while supplies last!

Deb Alwine - 574-875-6502

Story Time at the Farmer's Market

Goshen Farmer's Market, 212 W. Washington Street, Goshen
Join us at the FARMER'S MARKET for an hour of stories. Enjoy old favorites, and new stories bound to become favorites. A local reader will read to children from a selection of books - sometimes around a special theme.

Veronica Berkey

God's Time for Little Ones Bible Story Hour

Peace Lutheran School 16791 Cleveland Rd Granger, IN 46530
A Bible story hour for 3-5 year olds includes a story, songs, and a craft. Held in the preschool room at Peace Lutheran School

Mrs. Terry Steinke 574-273-8260

The Children's Book Experience

Better World Books, 215 S. Main Street, Goshen
Here’s how it works:
KIDS - pick up your PASSPORT, then:
**Meet authors of real children’s and young adult books, and find out how their books came to be.
**Hop through stations to make your very own book!
**Hear our celebrity readers read from their favorite books.
When you’re done, show your filled PASSPORT for coupons, a small prize, and an entry for your very own signed book and other prizes.

Veronica Berkey

Bunnyville & Coloring Contest

Concord Mall - Elkhart
Kids Enter the Online Coloring Contest and join in the Easter fun at Bunnyville!
Coloring Contest: The top three winners in each category (Ages: 3-4,5-7 and 8-10) will receive Concord Mall Gift Cards:

1st Place Winners in each category - $50 Concord Mall Gift Card
2nd Place Winners in each category - $30 Concord Mall Gift Card
3rd Place Winners in each category - $20 Concord Mall Gift Card

Plus loads of fun and games are at Easter Bunnyville: Dress up the Easter Bunny, Read Easter Stories, Swap Mail with the Easter Bunny, Send Easter eCards, Check the Bunnyville Weather Forecast, Paint Easter Pictures, Solve Jigsaw Puzzles, Test your Knowledge with Easter Trivia, Track the Easter Bunny & So Much More...Have an EGGSTRA FUN TIME!

Deb Alwine, 574-875-6502

Linton's Easter Egg-straordinaire

Linton's Enchanted Gardens 315 CR 17, Elkhart, IN 46516
Free photos with the Easter Bunny with canned food donation (Saturday 4/19, 10am- 4pm). Food donations benefit Church Community Services food pantry.
Visit baby chicks, baby ducks, baby lambs and baby goats in our conservatory.
Cookie decorating and train rides for additional fee.

Jennifer Keen

Easter Egg Hunt

Newton Park 801 N. Michigan St. Lakeville, In 46536
Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday April 19th, 2014 at 9:00 am
Over 15,000 eggs spread over 3 soccer fields! Fields will be split up by ages up to 13 years old.
Be sure to come see E, Bunny and have your picture taken for just $3.00


Vacation Bible School

Jul 15, 2013 - Jul 19, 2013 Call for times

Bethany Lutheran Church 5302 W Sample St. South Bend,IN. 46619
GOD's Backyard Bible Camp/Under the Stars
We will have a band with us so come and bring a friend!

Tracy Zahl
Director 289-1083

Hay Day! VBS

Jun 23, 2013 - Jun 25, 2013 Registration Sunday from 5-6pm. VBS starts 6-8 pm

Willow Creek United Methodist Church 14010 E Jefferson Hwy Mishawaka, IN 46545
"Jesus always loves us" Vacation Bible School, Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. June 23-25.


Mummphy's Summer Reading Program

Jul 5, 2013 - Aug 30, 2013 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Concord Mall - Elkhart
Hannah Rohrer, sixth grade teacher at Mary Beck Elementary will be coordinating the program once again so get ready for some real learning and real fun! The program is open to grades K-8 and will run Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. There are no fees and it is NOT necessary to come every week, just come when you can and enjoy the fun!

Mummphy's Book Nook 574-875-0770

St. Peter Lutheran Church Vacation Bible School

Jul 9, 2013 - Jul 12, 2013 9am-Noon

437 Dragoon Trail East, Mishawaka
The VBS theme is "Go Tell It on the Mountain." Children will learn about the one true God through four mountaintop Bible accounts. Each day of VBS will include Bible stories, songs, crafts, activities and a snack.

Roxanne Rockwell, Office Assistant

Pioneer Craft Evening

Apr 23, 2013 4pm-5pm

Elkhart Public Library
Join us to learn how to make butter & a braided rug for a dollhouse, planter or hot dish. Grades K-5. Dunlap Branch (574) 875-3100.

Dunlap Branch (574) 875-3100

St. Peter Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 30, 2013 9:30am - 11:00am

437 Dragoon Trail East
Area children are invited to a Community Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by St. Peter Lutheran Church, Saturday, March 30 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., on the church grounds at 437 Dragoon Trail East, Mishawaka, IN. Join us for an Easter egg hunt, game/activity, craft time, song time and refreshments. Bags will be provided for the Easter egg hunt and no one will go home empty-handed. Event will be held rain or shine. For information, call St. Peter Lutheran Church at (574) 255-5585 or if you have any questions e-mail Amy Smessaert at

Roxanne Rockwell

Easter Egg Hunt

Mar 30, 2013 2:00 pm

Goshen Christian Church, 2133 Berkey Ave, Goshen, IN 46526
Annual Easter Egg Hunt

For children up to 10 years old
We would love to see you there!


Niles-Buchanan YMCA Invites The Community to Annual Fall Festival

Oct 27, 2012 Noon-2:30p.m.

Niles-Buchanan YMCA, 905 N. Front St Niles, MI 49120
The Niles-Buchanan YMCA will host a Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 27th Noon - 2:30. The free outdoor community event is appropriate for all ages and will feature old fashioned activities for the whole family including: ring the squash, pumpkin toss, hayrides, sawdust scramble, the pumpkin dance and so much more.

The Y will also be offering a Family Rugged Challange featuring a potato sack rack, wheel-barrow race, leap frog, tug of war, tire trek and funniest team uniform contest. All ages are welcome to participate and families should preregister.

This event is also part of the National Make a Difference Day and will feature a drop off of recyclables, a career clothes and food drive, and the creation of Thanksgiving Day cards for Meals on Wheels. You can also contact the Y now about volunteering to help with the day's activities

For more information, please contact the YMCA at

Doris Higgins

Fall Stroller Walk

Sep 27, 2012 10-11:30am

Spicer Lake Nature Preserve: Visitor Center
10 to 11:30am Fee: $3/child
Fall is a wonderful time to share the wonder of nature with a child! Bring your baby or toddler (up to three years old) in a stroller or baby carrier, to enjoy a view of fall from the boardwalk. The program will include hands-on learning activities and a guided walk. Registration is required by September 25. (Min. 5; max. 20)

Katie at Bendix Woods County Park

Johnny Appleseed (children’s production)

Jul 12, 2012 11am

Lerner Theatre in Elkhart
The IU South Bend Theatre and Dance Company’s annual children’s theatre production is Johnny Appleseed adapted for the stage by Van Lingle Mungo. Johnny Appleseed is a show about the friendship and love spread by the American “tall tale,” and his teachings of the adoration and respect for Mother Nature and her bounty.

Box Office: (574) 293-4469

Back-to-School Drive

Aug 11, 2012 8am to 12 Noon

Agape Missionary Church 248 W. Wolf, Elkhart, IN 46544
Back-to-School Drive. Free back packs, hair cuts, dental care, food, home fire saftey evacuation procedures also available.

Pastor Dannell Brown 574-310-7039

SonQuest RainForest Vacation Bible School

Jul 16, 2012 - Jul 20, 2012 6-8:30PM

First Church of God 33180 US Hwy 12 Niles MI 49120
Children ages 4 through 4th grade are invited to follow Jesus on a life-changing journey. Children will have a great time singing songs, creating crafts, and playing games. But most important, they'll learn about how much God loves them. We're looking forward to sharing this exciting event with the children and parents in our neighborhood.

JoAnn Barkman 269-683-8848

Fashion Days with Kathy Friend- "Back to School Fashion Parade"

Aug 4, 2012 11-1

Granger Goodwill Store 13000 State Rd 23 Granger IN 46530
Join us at 11:00 am at the Granger Goodwill Store to learn great “how to” fashion tips from Wardrobe Coach, Kathy Friend! At noon, you’ll enjoy a Back to School Kid’s Fashion Parade. Then, at 12:30 gather for the Mini Workshop: How to Get the Most from Your Clothing Budget. Kathy will be on hand to answer questions and provide shopping assistance at no charge following the fashion show and workshop. The first 10 individuals who bring a DONATION of at least 20 clothing items will receive a discount on a one-on-one consultation with Kathy to be scheduled at a later date. Moms – if your child or children would enjoy being a model at Fashion Days in Granger, contact the Store Manager at: (574) 968-5018. Children must be age 6-12. Deadline for model entries is: Thursday, August 2nd. Stay in the know about all things Goodwill. Sign up for our monthly Email Newsletter at: Like Us on Facebook. Follow our Blog!

Pat Cichos

Auditions for Kids4Kids "All Shook Up"

Aug 19, 2012 - Aug 20, 2012 August 19 3p-6p, August 20 6:30p-9:30p

First United Methodist Church, 333 N Main St, South Bend, IN
Auditions for South Bend Civic Theatre’s next Kids4Kids production of All Shook Up will be held Sunday August 19 from 3:00-6:00 PM and Monday August 20 from 6:30-9:30 PM (callbacks will be Tuesday August 21) at the First United Methodist Church in South Bend. Students from 7th-12th grade are encouraged to come get All Shook Up with this exciting mash up of Shakespeare and Elvis!
Into a square little town rides a guitar-playing, hip-swiveling rebel who changes everything and everyone he meets in this musical fantasy that'll have you jumpin' out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as "Heartbreak Hotel," "Jailhouse Rock," and "Don't Be Cruel."
For full information regarding the production, including synopsis, character breakdowns, and song selections, please visit
Those intending to audition need only come one of the dates. Please be prepared to move as there is a dance section to the auditions. People interested in a solo should select one of the audition sides from the website and prepare one of the songs provided.
The First United Methodist Church is located at 333 N Main St (just south across Madison St from the theatre), downtown South Bend.
Performances for All Shook Up will take place October 19-21, with a school performance Monday October 22. All performances will be held at the O’Laughlin Auditorium at the Moreau Center on the campus of St. Mary’s College.
For more information call 574-234-1112 or go online at and to sign up for e-mail notices for auditions go to

Box Office

Back To School Bash

Aug 18, 2012 2-4

First Apostolic Church 802 E Mishawaka Ave Mishawaka, IN 46545
Free event for the community. There will be bounce houses, food, an assortment of games and activities, prizes, and school supply give aways.

Rachel Hoffman

Digital Fingerprinting for Children

Aug 18, 2012 10-1

Goodwill Retail Store, 3420 Grape Road, Mishawaka, IN 46545
Goodwill and Comcast bring you FREE Digital Fingerprinting for Children on Saturday, August 18th at Goodwill’s Mishawaka Store on Grape Road. Bring your children and receive a free digital photo and thumbprints card with safety tips for your records. Digital fingerprinting does not use ink – it’s clean, fun and provides a permanent identification. Each child will receive a FREE stuffed animal. Bring a donation of gently used household items to the Attended Donation Drive-Thru and the kids will receive an extra free stuffed animal while supplies last. And, you’ll receive a Discount Shopping Coupon.

Pat Cichos

Vacation Bible School

Aug 15, 2012 - Aug 18, 2012 August 15th-18th 6-8 pm August 19th from 1-4pm

First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, 55933 Fir Road, Mishawaka,In 46545
Free School supplys for kids who attend the week.

Transportation avalable

Foe mor information call Beth at (574)876-7009

Dana Zarate
(574) 255-1243


Jul 23, 2012 - Jul 27, 2012 11:30

Peace Lutheran Church and School, 16791 Cleveland Road, Granger, IN 46530
Be a part of Team Jesus! We’ll meet some great Bible people who show us what it takes to run God’s race on the way to heaven.

Be with us to share Bible truths, crafts, songs, and friends. Age 3 thru Grade 6. Call 574-272-5682 to register.

Cathryn Pleuss

Back 2 School Rally & Youth Leadership Academy

Aug 18, 2012 9am to 4pm

101 North Adams Street, South Bend, IN 46628
The South Bend Chapter Indiana Black Expo, Inc. is pleased to announce our Annual Back 2 School Rally & Youth Leadership Academy. This year's theme is: Transitioning To The Next Level. The event will be held on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 101 North Adams Street, South Bend, IN. The day will consist of: a Youth Conference for middle and high school students. Make & Take activities will be conducted for Kindergarten to 4th grade students. These session will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Additional activities will included Free backpacks giveaway,vendors, games, youth and parent workshops, inflatable rides and fellowship. The inspirational concert will be under the Big Tent from 2-4pm.

Contributors: MLK Jr. Senior Men's Club, 1522 Linden Avenue, The 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, Blessed Gospel Magazine, Saint Joseph County Minority Health Coalition, 21st Century Community Learning Center, SBCIBE, GSJMBC, Community Coordinated Child Care, Teacher's Credit Union, Bethel Business
Machinery. This event is free and open to the public.

Registration: 8- 9 a.m.-Youth Conference begins at 9 a.m.
To pre-register, volunteer or become an active contributor contact Linda Johnson (574) 229-3755 or Craig Clark (574) 339-3272.

Craig Clark (574) 339-3273 or Linda Johnson (574) 229-3755

Back to School Pajama Bash

Aug 7, 2012 6 PM-8:30 PM

Hilton Garden Inn, 3401 Plaza Ct., Elkhart, IN
Calling all girls! Bring your friends and come to the Back to School Pajama Bash! Glam stations, jewelry making, snacks, a pajama fashion show, and so much more! Get ready to laugh and have a super fun time!

For girls entering grades 1-6 for the 2012-2013 school year. Fee is $10 per girl, and registration is required. To register, contact Abby at or 800-283-4812, ext. 311. Sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana.

Abby Schoonaert, 574-273-3021, ext. 311

Adventures on Promise Island VBS

Jul 29, 2012 - Aug 2, 2012 6-8:30PM

Winding Waters Church
Winding Waters Church in Elkhart will host Adventures on Promise Island Vacation Bible School July 29th through August 2nd from 6 – 8:30pm. Children ages 3-12 will discover God’s lifesaving love as they enjoy Bible stories, songs, games, crafts, snacks and more. Event is free. For more information, visit or call 574-264-4108.

Winding Waters Church
421 CR 4 W
Elkhart, IN

Mt. Carmel M.B. Church Vacation Bible School

Jul 30, 2012 - Aug 2, 2012 6PM

137 E. Indiana Ave South Bend, IN 46614
Mt. Carmel M. B. Church is pleased to host Vacation Bible School starting Monday July 30, 2012 through Thursday August 2, 2012. The program will be held at the church which is located at 137 E. Indiana Ave. in South Bend from 600pm to 800pm nightly. The title of this year’s program is Holy Ghost Party. Come join us as we explore the word of God. We will have good food, good fellowship, prizes and fun for all so bring the whole family. Come celebrate with us.

Deacon James Thompson

Adventures on Promise Isand VBS

Jul 30, 2002 - Aug 3, 2012 9am-12pm

Bethany Lutheran Church 5302 W. Sample St. South Bend,IN. 46619
Vacation Bible School
Excitement and fun await as kids learn about promises that God made to people. Each day kids will discover those promises at Seaside Celebration, Lifeguard Lagoon, and Project Pointe. This year the Band Central Plains will be joining us for music. Don't miss this adventure of a lifetime. Please RSVP at

Tracy 289-1083

SonRise National Park Vacation Bible School

Jul 16, 2012 - Jul 20, 2012 6:30 ot 8:30pm

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 51490 Laurel Road, South Bend, IN 46637
Preschool throught 7th Grade!
Skits, Games, Crafts, bible Stores, Songs & Snacks

Only $5.00 per child! Invite a friend or two!

Doris Merkle

Fine Arts Showcase

Apr 24, 2012 5:30-7PM

McKinley Primary Center
Showcasing the artistic talents of McKinley students. The Showcase features artwork from 1st thru 4th grade, music from the honor choir as well as some theatre performances. There is no cost for this event.

Heather Ducharme

Fall Youth Retreat

Oct 14, 2011 October 14th (6:ooPM)-October 16th (10:00AM)

Lake Ellen Camp
Need a little pick-me-up after the first month of school? How does a weekend of fun, new friends and encouragement sound? Sounds good doesn't it? If you’re in 4th-8th grade, come on over to Lake Ellen Camp October 14th-16th for our Fall Youth Retreat! During your free time can you attempt the climbing wall, do some archery and BB guns, create crafts, go on a trail ride, take a canoe around the lake, conquer the gyros, or enjoy a nature walk. But that's not all! Nope, you get a chance to build and shoot off your own BOTTLE ROCKET!!

You'll have lots of fun, meet many new friends, and be encouraged by our speaker Joe Basso. I don't know about you, but it sounds like the perfect way to spend a weekend to me!

6:00-8:00PM October 14th


For more information visit or call 906-542-3529
We hope to see you there!


Vacation Bible School

Jun 14, 2010 - Jun 18, 2010 9:00am - Noon

58343 Apple Road, Osceola, IN
Mountain Adventure: A "Peak" at God's Love
for ages 4yrs.- 6th grade

Chris - 674-5918

Community Hymn Sing

Jul 5, 2009 6:00 PM

The Old Rugged Cross Church, Pokagon, Michigan
Join with others to sing favorite "old" Christian hymns that many people grew up with in the 1900s. No admission charge. Free will offering to support restoration of the church. 269-683-4540 for information.

Molly Shaffer

Bible Story Time

Peace Lutheran School - 16791 Cleveland Road, Granger IN 46530
Children ages 3 - Grade 3 are invited to Bible Story Time. Each week we will hear about the miracles of Jesus. We will meet in the lower grades classroom in our school building, located just behind the church. For more information, call 574-272-5682

Cathryn Pleuss

Cider Fest

Oct 6, 2007 - Oct 7, 2007 Contact Wicks Apple House

Wicks Apple House - Dowagiac Michigan
Free fun for familes, horse drawn wagon rides, petting zoo etc.

Wicks Apple House