Author: Michael Lombardi

Fall Drives | 8 Breathtaking Drives to See the Changing Leaves in Indiana

Last year, I told you where to find beautiful fall colors! With leaves stopping chlorophyll production, it’s easier to see the brown tannins, purple and deep-reds from anthocyanins, as well as yellow and oranges from carotenoids. While last time I focused primarily on walks through the trees, this year, I’m here to tell you where you can get spectacular views without leaving your car! Brown County State Park – Just east of Bloomington and about an hour south of downtown Indianapolis, enter the park off IN-46. This is probably the place I visit most often. Not all of the...

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Parent and Me Classes in Indianapolis | Mommy & Me | Daddy & Me |

Mommy and Me and Daddy and Me classes are super popular with first time parents and even more seasoned parents that are able to participate with more than one child at a time or find someone to care for their other children. One of the best things about the first few years of a child’s life is that everything is new. Pinwheel? Awesome! Paint? Cool! Playgrounds? Fun! And because everything is new, everything is an opportunity to learn. At some point, they’ll have to go off on their own and learn about Pythagoras, presidents, and photosynthesis. Until then, however,...

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Tree Lighting Events in Indy | 2015

I don’t want to leapfrog Thanksgiving, but many popular Christmas activities occur in November. If you like to fly by the seat of your pants, just bookmark this page and come back in a few weeks. For the rest of us, here’s a collection of local Christmas tree events, organized here by city, so you can start planning. You aren’t going to want to miss this! November 14th Fort Wayne –  7pm Tree Lighting Ceremony at Jefferson Point including live entertainment and reindeer. November 21st Carmel –  3:30pm-6:30pm Holiday on the Square has had reindeer, children’s activities, a visit...

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Where to See the Leaves Change | Best Spots Around Indy for Fall Color

The autumnal equinox is coming. And I can’t wait! While Labor Day officially marks the end of summer in our culture, the autumnal equinox marks the beginning of fall. The “autumnal” part of the phrase references autumn and the “equinox” part of the phrase means the day and night are split evenly at 12 hours each, on the equator. In addition to less daylight, I love autumn because of hayrides, apple picking, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, and the leaves changing color. You might know that leaves have a green pigment inside them called chlorophyll that traps the sunlight leaves...

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