15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort
Feb04

15 Ideas for Winter Family Fun in the Fort

It’s that time of year: the holidays are over, but winter is still upon us, spring and summer are too distant to get excited about just yet. Boredom is constantly lurking, and lazy nights it seems like the only option every weekend.  If only there were another way… Fort Wayne to the rescue!  Despite this annual lull and chilly weather, our city is never short on activities, happenings, and events.  We’ve done the research: check out our top 15 ideas for the whole family on staying busy and entertained this winter.   1. Cheer the Komets on to Number One! View this post on Instagram Monday would be a lot better if we all had popcorn guns. A post shared by Fort Wayne Komets (@fwkomets) on Jan 8, 2018 at 7:41am PST The Komets are on fire this season with some of the best skaters in their league and are currently ranked second in their division.  Join Icy at the rink and help bring them to number one! 2. Go Mad for the Mad Ants View this post on Instagram 📸 from our first game of the #gleagueshowcase yesterday afternoon A post shared by Fort Wayne Mad Ants (@fortwaynemadants) on Jan 12, 2018 at 9:50am PST Mad Ants games are fun for the whole family, and promo nights keep things fresh. Don your capes and masks for Superhero Night on February 3rd.  Moms and Dads can enjoy a Wayne’s World theme on March 16th with a crowd-singing of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”  Party on! 3. Hit the Lanes View this post on Instagram It's Saturday night and we're in the spot! A post shared by Crazy Pinz (@crazypinz) on Oct 7, 2017 at 11:56am PDT Fort Wayne has no shortage of awesome bowling alleys.  Besides its 56 lanes, Pro Bowl West claims to have the best pork tenderloin sandwich in the city.  Thunderbowl #1 has daily specials.  Crazy Pinz doesn’t stop at bowling; mini golf, a ropes course and a rock wall are just a few of their extra attractions. 4. Jump Around  View this post on Instagram ugly sweaters, sick jumps A post shared by Sky Zone (@skyzone) on Dec 23, 2017 at 9:51am PST Ever wanted to dunk a basketball like the pros?  Give it a shot (pun intended) with a trampoline at Sky Zone.  More trampolines stretch wall-to-wall for endless jumping, including a dodgeball court and foam pit.   5. Take an Intergalactic Adventure View this post on Instagram Tag other players through the grates! #ultrazoneftw #ultrazone #fortwayne #lasertag #visitfortwayne #familyentertainment #familyfun A post shared by Ultrazone Fort Wayne (@ultrazone_laser_tag) on Apr 3, 2017 at 7:52pm PDT Is there...

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The Embassy Theatre: Black & White Film Series
Jun22

The Embassy Theatre: Black & White Film Series

Do you believe it’s possible to travel through time? Until today, I myself was a skeptic; however, I now full-heartedly believe in the magic. I was transported back to the year 1928 (and you can be too). How? Well, I simply spent my morning at the Embassy Theatre. With the above in mind, The Embassy originally opened in 1928 as a silent film and vaudeville house. To honor the theatre’s history, The Embassy is currently in the midst of its marvelous Black & White Film Series. Not familiar? I’ll elaborate. The Black & White Film Series is an annual 3-part succession of silent, black and white films. The last installment of this year’s series will take place on Monday, June 27th at 7pm. It is important to note, each of the films are accompanied by an organist on the Grande Page pipe organ. I assure you the accompaniment alone is reason enough to check out the series! Today’s features were two vintage silent films: A Trip to the Moon, a French film, and Backstage, a slapstick comedy. A Trip to the Moon was narrated by John O’Connell from IPFW, and Backstage featured subtitles. The experience began with the lights dimming. Then, both O’Connell and the organist took their places on stage. The Grande Page was lowered into the floor, to avoid obstructing views, and after some brief history on the films, they began. Overall, the atmosphere in the theatre was incredible. The astonishing architecture, remarkable music, and great films all added to the magnitude of the event. The Black & White Film Series is certainly something everyone should experience at least once! And, we should take advantage of the opportunity being in our own city. How many people have the chance to see a silent film with live pipe organ accompaniment? So, come out next Monday evening, have some popcorn, and enjoy being taken back in time....

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Mar03

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. Jay Leno Thursday, March 3 at 7:30pm Jay Leno is performing live at the Embassy! How fun is that?! 2. Princess Party at Roller Dome North Saturday, March 5 at 10am Meet Anna, Else & Olaf! There’s a full buffet brunch, and it should be super fun for the kiddos! 3. International Women’s Day Saturday, March 5, all day There will be a wide variety of events going on throughout the day, all designed to celebrate and support connection between women everywhere. 4. Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate! Seven different shows throughout the weekend We LOVE Disney on Ice at our house. The show is always great, for adults and kids alike! 5. USF Battle of the Bands Saturday, March 5 at 7pm Many talented bands, all under the age of 25, are competing in this year’s Battle of the Bands! Come out and see the talent right here in our hometown. 6. Pops: Classical Mystery Tour: A Tribute to the Beatles Saturday, March 5 at 7:30pm This Saturday this Beatles Tribute will draw people of all ages, and it should be a great show! 7. Free Beer Tasting at Pedal City Saturday, March 5 at 9pm Try the new Henry’s hard soda as well as a couple other selected beers to sample at Pedal City! No cover! Staci Stork will also be performing live! 8. Downton Abbey Finale Sunday, March 6 at 2pm It’s the last episode of Downton Abbey! The Embassy and PBS are pairing up to give us a special, FREE sneak preview! 9. CDI Pop Up Sale Event Sunday, March 6 at 11 am While you visit the sale you can enjoy mimosas and bloody marys, along with som live music. Drinks, sales (20% off art and accessories, 30% off furniture) and music. Perfect Sunday fun! 10. North Anthony Corridor March Walkable Wednesday Wednesday, March 9 at 8am (all day) Businesses offer specials and discounts in the North Anthony Corridor — check out all they have to offer!   Remember, this isn’t all Fort Wayne has to offer. Check out our events calendar, and get out and have some fun this weekend! We can’t wait to see you around our...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb25

LFW Weekend Fun File

Our calendar is full of fantastic events taking place around our city, so be sure to check it out for a more exhaustive list. In the meantime, here’s a quick peak at some of the things we are looking forward to this week! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com 1. Works In Progress Night Thursday, Feb. 25 at 7p           The Philmore on Broadway is hosting an event centered around positive and innovative thinkers. Bring your work (even incomplete) to share with the group! Each artist will have a scheduled share time in which to perform and/or talk about their piece. Not an artist? That’s ok! Come anyway! Admission is FREE. 2. Down the Line Friday, Feb. 26 at 8p You can’t miss the original with its legendary classic-rock covers from rock-solid local bands! The successful Down the Line concert series celebrates 10 years of putting the best bands from Fort Wayne on the Embassy stage, it should be a fun night for everyone! 3. Murder Mystery Overnight Friday, Feb. 26 at 7:30         You get to spend the night at Science Central and try to solve a murder mystery, learning about science and forensics in the process. Who doesn’t think that sounds cool? This is a family friendly event — children 6 and up are welcome with an adult. 4. Young Frankenstein Friday, Feb. 26 at 8p             I saw this show last weekend. LOVED IT. I highly recommend going. The cast is wonderful, the songs are fun, the choreography is on point, and the story is everything you’d want it to be. It was also hilarious. 5. YLNI Winter Farmer’s Market Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9a                 Spring is almost here! In the meantime, grab some fresh and unique produce, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in an urban setting. It’s perfect. 6. Fort Wayne Home and Garden Show Saturday and Sunday, all day.           Get your Spring Fever on while browsing the over 600 vendors participating in this year’s events. There will be exhibits giving you ideas for both outside and inside your home, as well as educational seminars throughout the weekend. 7. Cinema Center and the Oscars From Mars Saturday, Feb. 27 at 6p           Dress up, participate in live and silent auctions, Oscar trivia, music, food provided by Club Soda, beer and wine, and a FREE screening of the Oscar Nominated short films. There’s also a tribute to...

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LFW Weekend Fun File
Feb11

LFW Weekend Fun File

This weekend is Valentine’s weekend, and I have PLENTY of date ideas for you. You can add these to your typical dinner and flowers and a box of chocolate, or you can make it a totally off-beat date weekend and try all the quirky (but fun) things going on in our city! This isn’t all there is (believe me – I had a terrible time trying to narrow things down) so make sure you check out our calendar for a more comprehensive list! If you’d like to see your event featured in the Weekend Fun File, or added to our events calendar, let us know! Email us at info@livingfortwayne.com   1. How Sweet it is Wine Tasting Thursday, Jan 11 from 5p – 8p     A delicious evening of wine & chocolate samplings from around the world! 2. Tumbledown at Cinema Center Thursday, February 11, Pre-Show at 7:00 Feature at 7:30             As part of the NY Film Critic Series, there will be an interview with Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, & Blythe Danner after the showing. Don’t miss! 3. My Cold Hearted Valentine Friday, January 12 at 7p                 Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend with a night of mystery and mingling. Explore the museum, drink in hand. Interview suspects, and in true Science Central fashion, get “hands-on” while examining the evidence. Drinks and food provided by Hoppy Gnome and JK’s, and dessert is provided by Sweets So Geek. Ah! What a fun, off-beat Valentine’s date night! 4. George Gardner (Void Reunion) Friday, February 12 at 8:30p to 11p         Join a Soirée favorite, George Gardner from Void Reunion, for a night of friendly hangs at the offices of One Lucky Guitar. BYO and support local musicians! 5. YLNI Farmer’s Market Saturday, February 13 at 9a – 1p           The usual: good eats, great buys, support your local businesses. Not only do I look forward to these Saturdays, but the kids love going as well! 6. Cupid’s Chocolate Chase Saturday, February 13 at 8:45 am           You can run (or walk if you’re me) in support of the ALS association. At the end of the run, you get chocolate. I might get into running if someone gave me chocolate every time. Our resident runner wrote a piece about the event, check it out! 7. Fun at the City Exchange Shops                 There’s a Matilda Jane pop-up in collaboration with The Good Ones (dying — my daughter has so many Matilda Jane clothes it’s...

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