Fun Holiday Events in Kokomo

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday's Hometown Holiday

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday’s Hometown Holiday

Enjoy a variety of fun, family events this holiday season in Kokomo!  Here are some highlights:

“Scrooge – The Musical” presented by Kokomo Civic Theatre  will be held on November 21-23, 2014 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Don’t miss one of the best musical adaptations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Visit www.KokomoCivicTheatre.com for ticket information.

Shop local!  Find locally-made gifts and delicious baked goods at the Kokomo Winter Market, located inside the Historic Train Depot on Buckeye Street.  The Winter Market is open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday through December 20, 2014, and a perfect place to find unique holiday gifts!

Make plans to visit Christmas at the Seiberling – a local holiday tradition.  Explore the Seiberling Mansion, adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, angels, and thousands of lights – elaborately decorated both inside and out (including 20 rooms on all three floors!)  Opening Night Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday, November 29, 2014 starting at 6 p.m.  Enjoy tours, cookies and wassail, visits with Santa, and carriage rides (reservations required for all carriage rides.)

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through December 21, 2014.  Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 1-4 p.m.  In addition, the Mansion will be open several weekends for special evening tours!  These dates include December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.  Thanks to local sponsors, free admission will be given on December 4, 18, and 19.  Check out www.HowardCountyMuseum.org for more details.

Join us on December 5, 2014 for Kokomo’s Hometown Holiday during First Friday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  See the lighting of Downtown Kokomo with caroling, holiday window displays, and a holiday parade to the Historic Train Depot where Santa will be waiting!  For more information, visit www.FirstFridayKokomo.com.

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

In addition to Downtown Kokomo, check out fantastic light displays at Highland Park and We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over one million lights and dozens of animated displays, opening on Thanksgiving night!)

Looking for a way to stay active this holiday season?  Participate in the Rudolph Family Fun Run on December 6th in Downtown (starting at Kokomo/Howard County Public Library) or the Jolly Jingle 5K Run/Walk on December 13th in Kokomo’s Highland Park.

For a list of all events going on in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.  Happy Holidays!

 

 

 

Explore Corn Mazes & Discover Haunted Fun in Kokomo!

Guffey Acres

Guffey Acres

Whether you are looking for some family fun or a scary adventure, Kokomo has it covered this fall!

Explore seven acres of paths in three corn mazes at Guffey Acres – at various levels for all ages!  Kids will also enjoy hayrides, barnyard barrel train rides, tube slide, corn popper, giant checkers, cornhole, and much more.  Don’t forget to stop by the Big Red Barn to see all the animals!  Pumpkins and mums are also available to purchase.  Open Saturday & Sundays now through October 26, 2014.  Learn more at www.guffeyacres.com.

Scare up some fun at Twisted Darkness and Twisted Illusions 3D Fun House.  Be ready for new set designs and tons of new scares!  Open Friday & Saturdays now through November 1, 2014 (plus October 23 and 30.)  For tickets and more information, visit www.twistedhaunt.com. Ask about their Apocalypse Zombie Experience!

Edge of Insanity takes you through the nightmare-ish den of Dr. Weitles Asylum.  Enter if you dare!  Open Saturday & Sundays now through November 2, 2014.  Visit www.weitlesasylum.com to see what you are in store for!

There are many more family-friendly options to celebrate fall and Halloween in Kokomo, including a Kids Halloween Party (October 25, 2014), Haunted Trail Walk in Jackson Morrow Park (October 25, 2014), Pumpkin Painting at the Kirkendall Nature Center (October 18, 2014), and Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market Fall Harvest Festival (October 11, 2014.)

Visit our community calendar at www.VisitKokomo.org or download the free Kokomo mobile app to see a complete list of fun fall activities!

Experience “ART ON FIRE” in Kokomo October 17-18, 2014

2014 ART ON FIRE Flyer FINAL REVISED

Learn about Kokomo/Howard County’s rich glass heritage during “Art on Fire” on October 17-18, 2014.  Experience amazing art glass through factory tours, glass blowing demonstrations, exhibits, and shops during this special glass weekend!

Go behind the scenes at Kokomo Opalescent Glass, America’s oldest art glass company, on a fascinating tour to experience the glass-making process.  Watch as hot glass is ladled from a 12-pot furnace, hand-mixed, cooled, and shipped all over the world.  They produce over 22,000 variations of sheet glass!  Also, see local glass blowers create unique glass art in the Hot Glass Studio, watch bead and suncatcher demonstrations, and have the opportunity to purchase beautiful glass items made by local artists in The OP Shop.  Glass production tours and glass blowing will be offered from 9:00 a.m. through Noon both days.  The OP Shop will be open on October 17 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Special Offer: Receive $5 off any purchase of $25 or more in The OP Shop!

Explore the Howard County Museum, located in the remarkable Seiberling Mansion, built by industrialist Monroe Seiberling for his family in 1891.  The Mansion contains beautiful stained glass windows created with art glass from Kokomo Opalescent Glass.  Some of the windows are original to the house, others were added during a recent renovation.  The museum possesses one of the largest known collections of Jenkins Glass, produced in Kokomo, and has a portion of it on permanent display. There is a temporary display in the James Long Gallery, featuring Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Visitors can also see representative pieces of Greentown glass, produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown, and Bournique glass, which began in Howard County.  The Seiberling Mansion will be opened from 1-4 p.m. on October 17 and 18.

Next, head to Downtown Kokomo to discover Artworks Gallery, Crystal Wand Creations, and Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop! Artworks Gallery will feature glass bead demonstrations and an art glass exhibit during this event.  Talk with local artists while they work and see beautiful artwork in a variety of mediums in this 2-story art gallery.  By the way, all pieces of art in the gallery are also available to purchase.  Artworks Gallery will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Find local, handmade glass items at Crystal Wand Creations, including glass jewelry, stained glass ornamentals, panels, suncatchers & wind chimes in this unique retail shop located in Downtown.  Special Offer: Receive 10% off all in-stock stained glass!  The shop will be open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Purchase beautiful, custom glass art platters made from wine bottles at Fragrant Blossom Artisan Shop.  The shop also carries handmade soap, candles, and accessories from Indiana artists.  Open October 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and October 18 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Make sure to visit all three shops while in Downtown!

Finally, don’t miss a visit to the Greentown Glass Museum.  The museum’s permanent exhibit houses over 2,000 pieces of glass on display, including a vast number of pieces of glassware produced by the Indiana Tumbler and Goblet Company in Greentown between 1894-1903.  The extensive display features various glass patterns and highly collectible pieces, such as Chocolate Glass, Golden Agate and Rose Agate.  Open October 17 from 12-4 p.m. and October 18 from 1-4 p.m.

To plan a visit, call 800-837-0971 or go to www.VisitKokomo.org.  For more information on where to see glass in Indiana, go to www.IndianaGlassTrail.com.

 

Kokomo on FOX59’s “Your Town Friday”

Photo Credit: FOX59

Photo Credit: FOX59

FOX59’s Kristin Kane and Scott Jones came to Kokomo today for their Your Town Friday segment.  In case you missed it, a recap of their visit and videos can be seen at: http://fox59.com/2014/08/15/your-town-friday-heads-up-to-kokomo/.

Three great local businesses were highlighted, including Kokomo Opalescent Glass, Martino’s Italian Villa, and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles.  They also previewed the Taste of Kokomo, one of Kokomo’s largest events featuring lots of great local food, live music, kid’s activities, and fun food contests and competitions (like the Hot Wing Eating Contest and Taco Throwdown!)  Benefiting the United Way of Howard County, the Taste of Kokomo will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 5:00-10:30 p.m. in Downtown’s Foster Park.  Admission is free.

Thanks FOX59 for making Kokomo “Your Town Friday!”

August Trip Ideas in Kokomo

Kids are starting to go back to school, but there are still plenty of warm summer days left this month.  Check out these Kokomo trip ideas!

1.  Attend the Taste of Kokomo and see David Cook in concert!  Enjoy local cuisine, fun food competitions, kid’s activities, and great live music all evening including  American Idol winner, David Cook.  Admission is FREE!

2. Get a double dip ice cream cone or fro-yo and indulge in one of the simple pleasures of summer!  Check out our website or mobile app to find ice cream shops in Kokomo.

3. Check out a live comedy show at the Laugh House.  Visit www.laughkokomo.com for a list of upcoming shows and ticket prices.

4. Enjoy a picnic in Highland Park or take a walk or bike ride on the trails in Kokomo.  Have kids?  Make it fun by creating a scavenger hunt!  See who can find the most items on your list.

5. Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Weekly activities also include live music, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

6. Experience local racing action at the Kokomo Speedway or Kokomo Quarter Midget Racing Club.  (Kokomo Speedway will have fireworks after the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014!)

For more ideas of things to do and great upcoming events, check out our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.  Connect with us on Twitter @VisitKokomo and share your Kokomo summer fun ideas and photos!

 

Laugh House Brings Live Comedy to Downtown Kokomo

laughhouse

The Laugh House is one of Kokomo’s newest venues for live entertainment.  Kokomo’s first comedy club is located at 113 E. Sycamore Street in Downtown Kokomo, and has already hosted several national acts since opening this summer.  Upcoming shows include Jamie Kennedy, J Chris Newberg, Adam Ray, Vince Morris, Dave Waite, and Heywood Banks among many others scheduled this year.

For more information on upcoming shows or to purchase tickets, visit www.laughkokomo.com or follow them on Facebook.

First Friday Kokomo: A Family Experience

First Friday provides a great opportunity to bring your family to Downtown Kokomo.  While we have attended before, I thought I would share our family’s experience during last month’s First Friday in photos.

Our adventure started at Artworks Gallery.  We looked at the beautiful artwork on display and enjoyed watching the local artist demonstrations.  There is so much to see on both floors!

Artworks Gallery

 

Then, we headed to Planet Mind and Kokomo Toys & Collectibles (two of my son’s favorite downtown stores!)  He made an edible craft while at Planet Mind.  We took our time exploring both shops (while he made mental notes of the items he wants to add on his Christmas list already!)

Planet Mind

When we left Planet Mind, we ran into a couple of interesting characters on the sidewalk – pirates!  Well, not real pirates as my son thought.  They were promoting an upcoming event in Kokomo and drew quite a bit of attention!

Re-enactors

 

Some of the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market vendors were there.  We shopped and enjoyed samples.  And learned more about the weekly market (and brand new Little Sprouts program for kids.)  It felt like a festival!

Farmers' Market vendors


 Farmers' Market booth

As we walked around, we stopped to listen to great, live music performed on Walnut Street.  Musicians from the Sound of Music’s Rockstar Academy were playing.


Live Music

 

Sound of Music was celebrating its 30 year anniversary.  So, we helped them celebrate by joining the party!

Sound of Music

 

Next, my son got his face painted (with a mischievous moustache!) and got a balloon animal hat made.  Of course, he requested an elephant – his favorite animal!

Balloon Animals
There was so much to see and do!  The restaurants were busy, and the flowers were in full bloom.  Downtown was the perfect setting to enjoy a Friday evening.

First Friday crowd
After several more stops and looking at the “Chalk the Block” sidewalk artwork, it was finally time to go home.  And make plans to attend the next First Friday!

Balloons & Fun

 

First Friday is held year-round on the first Friday of every month from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  While the activities change each month, you can bet you will find artists, music, and tons of fun in Downtown Kokomo!  Visit www.firstfridaykokomo.com to learn more.  The next First Friday “A Tribute to Innovation” will be held on July 4th, where you can get your pic in the Pioneer! Hope to see you there!