Discovering enriching family fun in South Bend
Teacher at Riley High School and mother of four
South Bend Venues Parks & Arts
My first recommendation is South Bend Venues Parks & Arts, formerly called the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The “Things to Do” tab highlights a variety of free and low-cost activities, which can be filtered according to age and interest—athletics, arts and culture, outdoor exploration and more. You can also check out the “Our Stories” tab for the quarterly Spark Magazine with timely information about opportunities in the community, and the “Get Involved” tab is a great way for families and teenagers to sign up to volunteer.
Downtown South Bend Inc.
DTSB is a local nonprofit aimed at promoting businesses and public spaces in the downtown area. Its website includes an events calendar, along with details for DTSB’s signature events, like Art Beat and First Fridays, which have become traditions for my family. Discover coloring pages of South Bend locales, as well as volunteering opportunities. DTSB also has its own blog with South Bend-specific suggestions.
St. Joseph County Public Library
My friends that live in other states can never believe the amazing array of resources and events available at the St. Joseph County Public Library. Our children grew up loving storytimes, attending Science Alive, participating in the Summer Reading Challenge and going to local branch events like escape rooms, Harry Potter celebrations and scavenger hunts. There are plenty of events for adults, too. And don’t forget to sign up for the library’s eNewsletter at the footer of the homepage.
The library has a gold mine of technology and training within it called Studio 304. Teenagers and adults can learn new skills and receive guidance as they bring creative ideas to life. Along with a variety of print, video and audio equipment available for loan, Studio 304 also offers group classes and individual sessions.
South Bend Museum of Art
The South Bend Museum of Art hosts events that are great for the whole family. Of course, don’t forget to also explore what’s happening under the “Exhibits” tab. And check out the “Education” tab, where you’ll find art classes for youth and adults, as well as online educational resources—such as virtual tours and artist demos, digital puzzles and online coloring pages—in the “For Our Community” category.