The Routine of Family Fun Friday

The difficulty of Family Fun Friday Adventures is that is really easy to make them look like Grand Adventures. And some truly are, but the reality is most are just routine. Take for example last Friday.

We had a plan to pick up lunch, eat it at a park, take in the scenery, and then go to a favorite place we hadn’t been to in over a year for some more fun. And then life happened. The place we wanted to pick up lunch – was closed – for good. So onto the same place (did I mention they have great gluten free bread and more than one location?) on the other side of town. We arrive, order, and then they inform us they do not have gluten free bread. Cancel order and change plans – again. We are now dining in.

After lunch, we change parks and head to Holcomb Gardens at Butler instead. A Great Adventure (see the photos above) but now our timing and location are off and it is nearing rush hour. We have some shopping that needs done and we don’t have time to finish our plans.

Did we have a Family Fun Friday? Yes.

Was it the day we planned? No.

Was it more like real life filled with challenges and disappointments? You bet.

But, we were together for the day and we still managed to check off the 3 main ingredients of a Family Fun Friday. Truth is that is what most of our Fridays are really like.

Take for instance these Fun Fridays:

Family Fun Friday – planting flowers and spreading mulch plus dinner out (upper left)

Family Fun Friday – shopping and eating lunch at a new place to us – Fat Dan’s Deli (lower left)

Family Fun Friday – lunch with my Dad at a new place to us – 3 in 1 Restaurant – with fresh made tortilla chips (middle left and middle right)

Family Fun Friday – shopping a simply driving around discovering all that is closed or to hectic to want to go in, but look at the art on the wall as we stop at the light (upper right)

Family Fun Friday – Midland Arts and Antiques spending the day wandering around looking at stuff and discovering the Bat Signal and toy dolls that once were loved? (Lower right)

Those were routine days – not grand adventures.

But they were fun because we chose to spend the day together. And when it seemed mundane, we chose to call it fun anyway.

And it was Fun. We did something. We were together. And somehow we experienced culture.

And now it is nearly Friday once again … will it be new? routine? disappointing? or grand?

Truth is it is our choice.

The story from the day may not grand from your perspective, but it will be for us.

Because we will have spent the day together.

Here’s to more routine days … together.

Family Fun “Fast” Friday – April 16

You know you can live in place all your life and still not really know what is there. Now I have been to countless Indy 500 races and many other times to practice or the Museum, but never actually to Speedway, Indiana. Plus if you are going to get a once-in-a-lifetime vaccine for a pandemic, why not do it in an unique place? Hello Speedway!

From there it was an easy choice to check out Main Street Speedway and the sights. Who knew there was all these cool spots to see? The Dallara Factory, Antiques, Unique Shops – thanks Famous Tomato!, and Great Food and drink – thanks Daredevil Hall! (Don’t be afraid of the SparkPlug – beer and orange soda really do work well together!)

We even took time to check out another unique spot in town the Virginia Fairbanks Art Park at the Museum of Art. This is a fun place for a walk, but very short on Art. Perhaps after 10 years they might have have installed more than a few sculptures – Have I told you about Pyramid Hill in Cincy?

All in all this was a great family day.

So here’s the lesson – some of the best things to do are right in your backyard, your neighborhood, or your city. You don’t have to travel far to find something new or surprising.

As a matter of fact, you don’t have to wait for a race to have fun in the Racing Capital of the World.

Family Fun Friday – March 26

If you have ever wondered how to plan a fun day trip …. wonder know more …

So it’s Thursday Night and I am asked, “What are we going to do tomorrow?”

It happens every Thursday, but this was different because I really had no idea.

Many of the things we would normally do at this time of year, we have done recently or are downtown. And honestly with the increased crowds from March Madness we just simply were trying to avoid Indy. Plus, I just didn’t want to drive very far …

So, what to do?

As Sherry and I talked … we have enjoyed our excursions to Antique Malls and there is one that has been recommended by several people that we have not been to … yet.

So we have a destination – Gilley’s Antique Mall in Plainfield, but that won’t fill the day … plus where is the food and the aesthetics?

A quick search on Trip Advisor … gave me some options … and before you knew it we had a plan.

Our day begins with a late breakfast on the Historic National Road

Hard to beat good diner food … unless you can add a great cup of diner coffee!

and Riley loved the wall of 8 tracks and cassettes! Oh and did I mention that the Oasis Diner was first opened in 1954 and is well worth the trip! And we didn’t have to go far as the diner was right be in the Bicentennial Park Bridge which means we got bonus culture and activity with a short walk.

Now just a short drive west on the Old National Road and we have a bit of walking to do as we check out all that there is at Gilley’s!

The fun of places like Gilley’s is all the things you see. It is a trip down memory lane as you find things from your childhood and you hear a clock chime with the same sound as one the used to ring at your Grandparent’s house. Plus there is the unusual – weird primitive bunnies that look more like potatoes or Beeker dressed up as a bunny. Sherry found the perfect Covid Safe Salt and Pepper Shakers. And yes, we always find a something affordable … an amazing blown glass flower for only $12 – that’s right only $12 and it is now resting at our house! Who said I never buy Sherry flowers.

Add in a stop to fill up the car with a gas … and the realization that it is only the second time in a year that I have put gas in my Mazda – Wow! Plus a stop at Tractor supply for dog food and we are off for a walk in a park, but not just any park – The Sodalis Nature Park.

Lots of trails through the woods and around the lake with a bonus of being greeted by spillway waterfall. A bit chilly, but the signs of spring were all around us.

Not a bad day for having nothing planned 12 hours earlier. A recommendation from a few friends … a quick search … and three stops turned into a full day with all three boxes checked.

And definite plans to return to the Oasis to try more things on the menu !

Happy Friday Greetings! and that a wrap until after Easter …