|Cost:||General Admission: $12 Children 12 and Under: Free|
|Location:||West Pavilion & Expo Hall 1202 E 38th Street Indianapolis, Indiana 46205|
When I heard about a Gift and Hobby Show I imagined a giant building filled with lots of hand made crafts, Christmas decorations and tons of ornaments and stockings for sale. I was wrong. It was so much more than that and a truly amazing event!
There was so much to see and do and try that I thought we would need a nap to finish it. My kids wanted to try everything and play with as much as possible which is understandable. There were booths with toys of course, clothes, scarves, food, books, flooring, demonstrations of kitchen items and there were animals! They had a pet adoption area and a booth with Sugar Glider information…and now we want one.
When you first walk in there was a chocolate and candy place…with free samples. I am not a fan of blue berries unless they are in muffins but I found out if you cover then in chocolate I’ll eat them. Our first stop was a book selling area with TONS of different types of books. Holiday books, cook books, classics you name. We spent some time there because we like books.
I was pretty sure we wouldn’t see everything but we were going to try! We skipped the food area because we had eaten before we got there but it sure smelled good! I love places that offer food while you are still there! There were also random booths that were selling foods of all sorts. We bought cookies from one!
One booth had bow and arrow sets for kids! They were easy to use and the tips of the arrows had pool noodles on them so they were very safe and don’t hurt when your child misses and hits you in the back…yeah that happened…twice. They had a lot of designs for them too so kids could pick their favorite.
I don’t think I can even begin to describe all the booths but there were booths with toys, clothes, scarves, cooking supplies, demos of cooking utensils, Christmas ornaments and decorations, hair bows and bands, squishy toys (the splat balls), riding toys to try and of course purchase, doilies and table cloths, food, bow and arrow sets for kids, and even a LEGO booth!
Here is a collection of pictures from our adventure at the Gift & Hobby Show 2014
There was literally something (many somethings) there for everyone. They had a booth with instruments turned into lamps and one with nothing but nesting dolls!! I love those things.
There wasn’t a lot of room to stop and look from the aisles so you had to get super close to the booths or step inside them. Most of them had been set up to allow for this though so it wasn’t too bad. There were a LOT of people there! We managed ok though and were able to check out everything we wanted to looks at easily enough.
A few of the fun extras there were performances on the stage at the back. We were able to catch tap dancers. I LOVE tap dancers! Right next to that there was a building you could pet and get your picture taken with a real Reindeer! Our favorite part, however, was visiting Santa! He and Mrs. Clause were available for kids to sit on his lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas. He even gave them a little Tree shaped Advent Calendar! We are excited to start those.
We did a little shopping for the holidays and a little for ourselves too! I couldn’t imagine a better place to shop for the Holidays than the Christmas Gift & Hobby Show!