Fun Things to Do in May in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley!

Don’t let this spring fly by without enjoying some serious family fun. In this brand new calendar, you’ll find 70  things to do in May in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley!

Summer classes at KinderCenter

This month’s calendar is proudly brought to you by KinderCenter. Ms. Rhonda is ready to see you and your little ones in her classes this summer!


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Summer classes start the week of May 6.

Babies to 18 months – Busy Days!

18 months to 3 years – Zoo Train!

3 to 5 years – PlayShops – a variety of themes ranging from a Tea Party for Pirates & Princesses to Dinosaurs!

5 to 7 years – World Adventures!

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May Events in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

Daily Events in May

Tuesdays. 9:30 a.m. Story Time Tuesday at Chick-fil-A Terre Haute. Join us for an hour of stories and activities. All kids 12 and under who participate can enjoy Chick-n-Minis on us!

Tuesdays. 1:00 p.m. Art Start at the Swope. Young artists are invited to experience this free art program. We will be reading a book and doing a related art project. For children ages three to five accompanied by an adult. Located at the Swope Education Center, enter from Ohio Street.

Tuesdays. 7:30-9:00 p.m. Hawthorn Hiking Club. It’s Spring time! Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress and rid yourself of the winter blahs. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. All Ages. Free!

Wednesdays. (May 1, 8 and 15) 10:00-11:00 a.m. Wiggle Worm Wednesdays at Vigo County Main Library. Ages 2-5: Bring your preschooler to the Library for interactive stories, songs, dancing, crafts and play!

Thursdays. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Elliot Woods Hiking Club at Prairie Creek Park.  Ages 18+. Free! It’s Spring time! Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress and rid yourself of the winter blahs. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.

Thursdays. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Open Gym at Illiana Gymnastics Complex. $5/child.

Thursdays. (except May 30) 5:30 p.m. Open Studio & Basic Wheel Throwing at Deming Park Pottery. Open Studio: $65/month or $55/month for 3 months. Basic Wheel Throwing: $35 per class + glaze day. Project: Mugs

Thursdays. (May 2, 9 and 16) 6:00 p.m. Books Before Bedtime at Vigo County Main Library. Bring your children ages 0-5 for this evening storytime.  Wear your pajamas to the library for stories, songs, and crafts before bedtime! This event will vary each week from traditional story time, to art-based activities, to music-making, and everything in between!

Thursdays. 6:30-9:00 p.m. Painting & Pie at Grand Traverse Pie Company. Paint beautifully during this step-by-step canvas class led by artist instructor Robyn Michelle. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 4 – 12, $25. Ages 12+, $35

Fridays. 10:30 a.m. (except May 10) Ready to Read Storytime at Vigo County Library West Branch. Ages 0-5: Sing along to music, move your bodies with egg shakers and scarves, hear stories and participate in crafts or playtime. Parents and caregivers are invited to participate with their children during this storytime.

Sundays. 6:00-7:15 p.m. Yoga in the Park at Hawthorn Park. Ages 13+. $5/per person. This is an all levels class that focuses on breath and postures to help align, strengthen, and develop flexibility in the body. Yoga has been shown to decrease stress, increase balance, and promote a sense of wellbeing.

Fun things to do in May in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley

One Time Events in May

Wed May 1. 12:00-3:00 p.m. The Rose Show. Have you seen some of the amazing work our students are doing? They’re taking what they learn in the classroom and using it to tackle all sorts of challenges. That’s what engineers, scientists and mathematicians do, after all. Free and open to the public.

Thurs May 2. 8:30 a.m. Senior Social Hour – Bingo! at Chick-fil-A Terre Haute. Enjoy bingo with the chance to win prizes along with a free small refillable beverage for guests over fifty-five.

Thurs May 2-Sat May 4. Fill It Fresh Produce Sale at Baesler’s Market.  Fill the brown paper “Fill It Fresh” bag with any of the FEATURED FRESH produce items for only $15.00. Quantities of some items may be limited and are listed on each item’s sign.

Thurs May 2  7:00 pm, Fri. May 3 7:00 pm, Sat. May 4 3:00 pm. Les Misérables at Terre Haute North Vigo High School. General Admission: $10.00.

Fri May 3. 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Fairy Tale First Friday at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Hear ye, hear ye! Activities will include everything from classic fairy tales with princes and princesses to superheroes, Jedi training, and so much more! First Friday includes special admission — $5 for all ages 2 and up –and includes these activities!

Fri May 3. First Friday in downtown Terre Haute. May the 3rd Be With You! Okay, so it doesn’t quite work, but we’re still nerding out for “May the 4th”, just a day early. Show off your inner fan and wave your freak flag high! Serious about Star Wars? Devoted to Disney? Head-over-heels for Harry Potter? Into Cos-Play, Costumes and More?!

Fri May 3. 6:00-9:00 p.m. Let’s Get Roasted with Rex Coffee at The Red Barn at Sycamore Farm. Come join us in our 1860’s Farmhouse, on the Sycamore Farm property, for a Rex Coffee four course pairing dinner. Please enjoy a complimentary take home goodie, with each ticket! Tickets $55.

Fri May 3. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fandom Prom at the Vigo County Public Library. Ages 12- 19: Are you a Jedi, a Whovian or something else entirely? Prom. Dance the night away with your friends and DJ Danny Wayne or hit up the game room for tabletop and card gaming. Please register all participants separately.

Sat May 4. Free Comic Book Day.

Sat May 4. 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Borrowed Hearts and Reach Services Bag and Bake Sale. Come and fill a bag FULL OF CLOTHES for $5.00! All proceeds go to Borrowed Hearts & Reach Services!

Sat May 4. 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. City Wide Clean Up. The focus of the city-wide cleanup is downtown since big dumpsters will be at the THPD. Everyone is encouraged to clean-up wherever they are!

Sat May 4. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Spring Craft Bazaar at Wabash Activity Center. Spring is in the air!! Get ready for Spring with the many vendors whom have worked all winter making some unique crafts. Vendor space is available.

Sat May 4. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Experience Otter Creek at Markle Mill Old Mill Dam. Get your feet wet! Free, family friendly event! Learn about Otter Creek water quality, go birding, and get familiar with wildlife habitat.

Sat May 4. 9:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Princess for a Day at Marshall High School. Girls 3 years old to 4th grade. Hair, makeup, nails, crafts, cupcake decorating, princess and more. $20/child, $10 for each additional child in immediate family.

Sat May 4. 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Preschool Clay Ages 2-5 at Deming Park Pottery. $7 per child. Project: Mother’s Day Vase. Pre-Registration Required.

Sat May 4. 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Terre Town Pack 124 | Vintage Car Show. Located in the Meadows parking lot, this event includes music provided by Just Cruising Mobile DJ, classic cars, a silent auction and concession stands. Awards are sponsored by local businesses.

Sat May 4. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Healthy Kids Day at Vigo County YMCA or Clay County YMCA.  Looking for ways to awaken a child’s imagination and inspire healthy choices? We will feature games, physical activity, fresh ideas for caretakers, healthy snacks and more! FREE and Open to the Community.

Sat May 4. 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Elementary Clay Ages 6-12 at Deming Park Pottery. $15 per child. Project: Mother’s Day Vase. Pre-Registration Required.

Sat May 4. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (CDT) Let’s Make Mother’s Day Cards at Paris Carnegie Public Library. children ages 6-12 have an opportunity to create a special Mother’s Day card for their mother, grandmother, aunt, or other special person in their life. This is a free program, but signups are required in order to have enough supplies ready.

Sat May 4. 11:00-3:00 p.m. Hand-on Science: Geometric Bubbles at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Who knew that bubbles could be geometry. Create 3D and 4 D bubbles with zometools. Included with admission.

Sat May 4. 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. (CDT) Mutts Gone Nuts! Dog Performing Show at Paris Center of Fine Arts. From shelters to showbiz, these amazing mutts unleash havoc and hilarity in a breathtaking, action-packed, comedy dog spectacular, featuring some of the world’s most talented 4 legged performers. Tickets $10-$15.

Sat May 4. 6:30 p.m. The Railway People: A Survivor and a Songwriter at CANDLES Holocaust Museum. The event will consist of a screening of “The Railway People,” a presentation and brief performance by Raymond Meade, and Q&A. Admission is free and open to the public.

Sat May 4. 7:30 p.m. Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra Disney in Concert. The stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin and more are told through four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by the THSO! Tickets starting at $17.

Sat May 4. 2:00-5:00 p.m. Cinco de Mayo drive-thru party at Terre Haute Chick-fil-A.

Sun May 5. 11:00 a.m. Donut de Mayo Social Ride in Rockville, IN. This is a road ride through Rockville, Indiana. We will start and finish at the Wheel House Donut Shop. The route is about 25 miles long and we will stay together as a group. If it is raining, we will post on the event page if the ride is canceled.

Sun May 5. 12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. A Cinco De Mayo Sip N’ Shop Event at 1921 Boutique. This free event will be held in our barn. We will have great sales, never before seen boutique items, additional vendors, music, food, specialty drinks, and more!

Tues May 7. 6:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Indiana Primary Election Day! Time to vote in Indiana Municipal Elections.

Tues May 7. 4:00-5:00 p.m. Popped Bubble Art at West Branch Vigo County Public Library. Create beautiful abstract art with colored bubble solution. Blow bubbles, use drips and drops, and see what appears.

Wed May 8. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Community Resource Fair ​& Blood Drive. Hosted by AARP Senior Employment Services, this event will allow Senior Citizens to tour multiple booths, located in the Meadows Atrium, with health-related topics.

Fri May 10. All Vigo County Public Library  Locations will be closed for the VCPL Staff Institute.

Fri May 10. 5:00 p.m. Terre Haute Firefighters Local 758 Chili Cook Off at the Meadows shopping center lot. We will be having a beer garden, food and lots of chili. Mullet Over will be performing for the entertainment. We helped over 315 kids this past year and also made a donation to Saint Pats soup kitchen. C

Fri May 10. 7:00 p.m. 3rd Annual Arts & Crafts Brew-Off at Red Barn at Sycamore Farm. Support the mission of Art Spaces, and celebrate the ancient art of beer making. Attendees will enjoy tasting home brewed beers, additional regional craft beers, food, and a commemorative glass. Tickets $35.

Fri May 10. 7:30 p.m. The Doo Wop Project at Hatfield Hall. Featuring stars of Broadway’s smash hits Jersey Boys and Motown: The Musical, the Doo Wop Project brings authenticity of sound and vocal excellence to the greatest music in American pop and rock history. Tickets start at $29.

Sat May 11. 1:00-3:00. Hands-on Science: Geometric Bubbles at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. What shapes create the perfect bubble? Learn about the science behind bubbles while experiment with various geometric shapes.

Sat May 11. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Spring Thyme Plant and Herb Faire at Wabash Valley Fairgrounds. Vegetable plants, trees, water garden plants, herbs, garden decor, aromatherapy soaps, primitive crafts and much more! Free admission.

Sat May 11. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 12 Points Revitalization Initiative Cleanup. The plan is to wash windows, broom the streets, wash off some siding, and pick up trash. This will be a massive cleanup event!

Sat May 11. 9:30 a.m. Gardening in the Village at Fowler Park: Pioneer Village. Calling all gardeners, outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs and knowledge seekers! We are seeking volunteers interested in helping us revitalize the gardens and native plantings throughout Fowler Park’s Pioneer Village. Ages 10+ Free!

Sat May 11. 12:00-4:00 p.m. Terre Haute Chapter’s Kids Fishing Rodeo. Bring the family for a day of archery and fishing. Open to the public! This will be a great time with lots of fun and smiles!

Sat May 11. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Second Saturday Studio at Swope Art Museum. This month we are inspired by the fabulous art work in the student exhibition especially the sculptures using cardboard. Join us between 1-3 and make great things out of a material the usually houses good things. Free and for all ages.

Sun May 12. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. Mothers Day Brunch at The Landing at Fort Harrison. Celebrate mom by treating her to a delicious brunch by Fifi’s at The Landings. Tickets $25 (age 13 and over).

Mon May 13. 5:00-7:00 p.m. Super Mom Monday at Terre Haute Chik-Fil-A. We will have family games, crafts, and a surprise for all of the SUPER MOMS and her little super hero sidekicks!

Tues May 14. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Mommy and Me Morning-If You Give A Moose A Muffin at  Shewey’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. We will read a book and paint a moose. We will enjoy cookies and milk. $15/painter.

Tues May 14. 10:00-11:00 am. Tot Time: I Can Build That! Your tot is a creative builder with each block tower or town teaching them about physics, force, and gravity. Come build up knowledge and fun with our tot crew at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Please register in advance.

Tues May 14. 7:30 p.m. Rose-Hulman Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert. Made up of Rose-Hulman students and faculty as well as members of the community, this talented group of musicians is one you won’t want to miss! This event is FREE and open to the public!

Tues May 14. 10:00 a.m. Ages 8-14. Creative Writing Workshop at the Vigo County Public Library. Tap into your creative side and get writing!

Wed May 15. Paper Marbling at West Branch Vigo County Public Library. Create colorful designs using a centuries-old technique of floating ink on water and then “printing” the designs onto paper. Recreate common patterns from the time of hand-made books, or freestyle your design to make a one-of-a-kind work of art. Registration Required.

Thurs May 16. 8:30 a.m. Senior Social Hour – Bingo! at Chick-fil-A Terre Haute. Enjoy bingo with the chance to win prizes along with a free small refillable beverage for guests over fifty-five.

Thurs May 16. 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Kids Poo and Goo Event at Shewey’s Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. We will be painting our party poo emoji and the kids will be making ooey, gooey slime! $30/painter.

Thurs May 16. 6:00 p.m. Ages 5-15. Paint a masterpiece with Nicole at the Vigo County Public Library. EAch child will take home his/her own painting. Registration required.

Fri May 17 and Sat May 18. 7:00 p.m. Matchmaker at Terre Haute South Vigo High School. Horace Vandergelder, a wealthy merchant in nineteenth-century Yonkers, NY, decides to take a wife and employs a matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi. Tickets $10 at the door.

Sat May 18. 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Terre Haute Farmers Market First Outdoor Market of 2019! Join local growers and makers  in the Meadows Shopping Center parking lot!

Sat May 18. 9:00 a.m. Surviving the Color. Get ready for an explosion of color during the Surviving the Color 5k run/walk! Be sure to dress in white and we’ll make sure you leave covered in color! his run benefits the organization Team of Mercy whom offers assistance to those left behind after an attempted or completed suicide. Tickets $25.

Sat May 18. 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Treasure Fest at Wabash Valley Flea Market. A ton of yard sales all in one spot. Antiques, plants, furniture, toys, even hot tubs anything you can imagine it will be there.

Sat May 18. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Baby Explorer: My Family. Each family is different and special. Come celebrate different activities and ways families play together. Baby Explorer is at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum for ages 0-2. Included with admission. Please register in advance.

Sat May 18. 9:30 a.m. National Road Heritage Trail, Inc. Bike Ride. This is the 2nd in the series of 6 monthly bike rides in 2019 by NRHT, Inc. to see firsthand the status of the various open sections of the cross-state National Road Heritage Trail & enjoy each section’s local culture. Total ride length will be 22 miles.

Sat May 18. 9:30 a.m. Cookies & Canvas at Grand Traverse Pie Company. Paint beautifully during this step-by-step canvas class led by artist instructor Robyn Michelle. All skill levels are welcome. Ages 4 – 12, $25. Ages 12+, $35.

Sat May 18. 10:00-2:00 p.m. Summer in the Village. Join us for “Summer in the Village” as our Pioneers at Fowler Park open up their cabins for all to explore and demonstrate early 19th century skills and crafts for the public to experience. Free!

Sat May 18. 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Rally In The Valley Patriot Ride. We are launching the largest patriot motorcycle rally and poker run, Bike Show, whole hog roast, live music, raffles, 50/50, and silent auction event in the Wabash Valley. All riders are welcome and our special invitation goes out to all the veteran and patriot motorcycle clubs who we will be honoring at this event.

Sat May 18. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Hands-on Science: International Day of Light at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Explore the natural light in your world with Rose Hulman’s SPIE and OSA chapters. Harness the power of the sun to focus light. Examine how rainbows are formed. Included with Terre Haute Children’s Museum admission.

Sat May 18. 6:00 p.m. Water Lantern Festival in Indianapolis. As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. Tickets start at $25.

Sat May 18. 8:00 p.m. Wabashiki Full Moon-Night Ride. An adventurous 10-mile fundraising ride through the river bottoms. Hybrids and mountain bikes are recommended, helmets are required. $5 cash.

We really and truly love our public libraries, and this summer we’re working with the Vigo County Public Library to promote their Summer Reading Program. Our family will absolutely be joining this FREE program with an out-of-this-world theme! You can get a sneak peek of the Summer Reading Program events they’re planning HERE.

Wed May 22. 4:00 p.m. 2019 Run For The Fallen at Memorial Stadium. Hosted by Wabash Valley Run For The Fallen. Come help honor those who have served in this long battle, those who did not return and their families.

Thurs May 23- Sat June 1. Banks of the Wabash Festival. Held in Fairbanks Park, the annual Banks of the Wabash Festival will include Luehrs’ Ideal Rides, a new craft market, a merchandise market, bingo, nightly entertainment, lots of good food, an auto show, and much more. Admission is Free.

Fri May 24. 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Kids Night Out at the Vigo County YMCA. The evening will feature seasonal games, arts and crafts, healthy snacks and more.  Children ages 18 months – 12 years. Member rate $15 first child/$10 additional children; Nonmember Rate: $25 first child/$15 additional children

Sat May 25. 10:00 a.m. Sensory Friendly Showing of Pokemon Detective Pikachu at AMC CLASSIC Terre Haute 12. AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings where we turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing! Tickets start at $5.09.

Sat May 25. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Paintings for the Playground for the Vigo County YMCA. Linda Lou Rogers is hosting a canvas class This is open to all ages for just $10/person! Registration is due by May 21st.

Sat May 25. 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Intro to Blacksmithing at Fowler Park: Pioneer Village-Blacksmith Shop. Work with experienced blacksmiths to learn how to operate a blacksmith forge, understand the parts of an anvil, and the uses for various hand tools in the blacksmith shop. Ages 18+. $60 / person.

Sat May 25. 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Splash Pad Grand Opening in Covington. At the Covington City Park, celebrate with us, old or young, there’s something for everyone! Entertainment & Music, Food Trucks, Personalized Caricatures, Prizes & Festivities,  Blood Drive, Event Photography, Covington City Pool- 12:00 Noon – 6:00 P.M.

Sat May 25. 1:00-3:00 p.m. Hands-on Science: Oobleck Experiments at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Is oobleck a solid or liquid? Would different objects sink or float in oobleck? Put these theories to the test with various experiments. Included admission.

Mon May 27. 7:00-10:00 a.m. 8th Annual Memorial Day 5K at Deming Park. The 5K run/walk will be honoring our veterans and current service men and women. There will also be a 1 mile fun run. Pre-registration: $15 for 12 and under
$20 for 13 and older. Day of registration: $25

Tues May 28. 10:00-11:00 a.m. Tot Time: Butterfly Discoveries at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Look at that butterfly! Why can it fly? Can I fly? Where did it come from? Butterflies are full of mysteries and delightful discoveries that our tots can learn and enjoy. Included with admission. Register in advance.

Have you signed your kids up for summer camp? If not, now is the time! Find the best option for your family in our 2019 Summer Camp Guide! 

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