Spark’s Top 5

Venues Parks & Arts staff members give you five things they're looking forward to this fall and winter.

Get Out & Get Active

The chilly weather might be coming in, but it’s not too late to make memories for life this season in your favorite South Bend parks. From autumn nature hikes to sledding, come enjoy the great outdoors year-round!

I enjoy taking walks at Rum Village Park during my lunch time. I think it’s the best place to enjoy flowers and the wildlife as I do my walk around the park.”-Rose Kaufman, Howard Park Center Supervisor


We’re ready for colorful leaves, sweaters, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Another one of our favorite parts of fall? Trick-or-treating throughout the city! Check out in October to find the best spots for dressing up and enjoying treats this Halloween season.

My daughters absolutely love trick-or-treating downtown and have a blast every time.”-Kyle Miller, Production Manager at the Morris Performing Arts Center

Holidays at the Morris

Morris Performing Arts Center will feature some holiday favorites this winter. Here are some of the classics to get excited about:

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas Live!
  • The Nutcracker Ballet
  • Swan Lake

The Nutcracker is a wonderful wintertime tradition in South Bend, and one that every family should experience!”-Elizabeth Leachman, Special Events Coordinator for Venues Park & Arts

New Year’s Resolution: O’Brien Fitness

According to a Nielsen survey, “staying fit and healthy” is our top New Year’s resolution as Americans, followed by losing weight. The O’Brien Fitness Center is here to help! With supportive staff and the ability to work at your own pace, the center is a great place to begin your fitness journey.

The O’Brien Fitness Center is the perfect place to feel like part of a family. It’s not just about getting a workout in; it’s about an environment that allows everyone of all types to feel comfortable.” -Michael Self, Venues Parks & Arts Arborist

Kids Special Events

Looking for something to do with the kiddos? Santa is coming to town for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and the whole family can visit him all month at his in-town workshop for pictures. Also, stuff those stockings with Daddy/Daughter and Mom/Son Dance tickets this year! Tickets will be on sale online in early November.

Being able to take my son to the Mom Son Dance and make those memories with him was exciting. A great night out, spending time together!” – Amanda Yasko, Venues Parks & Arts Fitness/Wellness Supervisor

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