The team visited BellaBoo’s Play and Discovery Center in Lake Station Indiana.

BellaBoo's Play and Discovery Center - Lake Station Indiana

BellaBoo’s is a newer addition to the Lake County Parks Department which opened it’s doors to the public in September, 2009.

We were delighted to see this state of the art facility in Northwest Indiana. It didn’t take long to see that a lot of thought went in to the making of this fantastic playland for kids. The facility is spotless, and design and layout is breathtaking.

Kara Mackey, the general manager of BellaBoo’s, took some time out of her busy schedule to give us a personal tour and for us, it was well worth it. Kara explained that kids 9 months to 9 years old were the main target in the creation of activities, but while we were there we noticed that the parents were having a good time as well.

A few words about BellaBoo’s from Kara Mackey:

Some of the activities include a Water Room, a Jungle Gym with a Ball Pit, a Kitchen where kids can make their own food and so much more. They also have special events, camps and other activities that connect children with their parents and families. They even offer private rooms for parties and get togethers that are very unique.

Singing a song with the kids in the Interactive Kitchen:

Another thing that we were very impressed with was their employees, which are called the BellaBoo Buddies. For instance, they have a story telling room for the kids, and you would have to be there to see the talent and passion that goes in to the story telling. The story comes alive which totally grabs the attention of the kids…and the parents!

BellaBoo's Play and Discovery Center

All of the employees that we spoke with and observed were all very professional and it was easy to see that they had a great time working with the children and parents. You can see an example video of some excellent singing talent that was in the Interactive Kitchen.

BellaBoo - Mascot, BellaBoo's - Lake Station IndianaIf you are looking for something to do with your kid(s), this is an excellent way to spend some quality time while they play and learn. They also have security that ties the children to the parents at check-in so there aren’t any mistakes in identity. Outside, there is a Lake County officer in front of the facility whenever the doors are open.

We were also told that BellaBoo’s  has plans in the works to add to their already filled up activity list in months to come, such as an outdoor go-cart track as well as a few other surprises that we will see in the near future.

So put BellaBoo’s in your event planning as we feel your kid(s) will have a great time!

BellaBoo’s is located at Three Rivers County Park at the intersection of 28th Av. and Colorado St. in Lake Station Indiana.

You can get more information on activities, events, and driving directions as well as other information that we might have missed at their website at

A special thanks goes to Sandy Basala of the Lake County Parks Deptartment, and Kara Mackey for allowing us this visit!

You can visit the Lake County Parks website at to see the variety of activities, parks and events that they have to offer the Northwest Indiana community.

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