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Families from across the states' border area known as Michiana come to South Bend on a regular basis for entertainment options for the little ones. One of the top attractions for tikes is the Potawatomi Zoo. A charming, small-town zoo, Potawatomi is surrounded by neighborhoods and adjacent to a park area that includes a splash zone during the summer. The zoo houses an array of primates, small mammals and reptiles. The larger animals include African lions and a white Bengal tiger.
Located on the Notre Dame campus, Hammes Notre Dame Book Store far eclipses a traditional college bookstore in size and selection. Children and adults alike will marvel at the building's architecture inside and out, and the store features a selection of literature for young readers, including titles specific to Notre Dame.
When you need a break from reading, head over to South Bend Chocolate Factory. The local producer of gourmet chocolates and confections offers a daily tour of its factory to show how candy is made. After the walk-through, stop at the company's downtown café to sample some of its delectable malted milk balls.
While probably not the best option after filling your face with fudge, Healthworks Kids' Museum is designed to promote good health habits to children. The interactive museum features a number of hands-on experiences designed to educate as well as entertain. Kids will enjoy the climbing wall but will hopefully learn a bit of heart health at the same time.
The young ones will certainly want to run around some after a visit to Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium, the home to the South Bend Silver Hawks Class-A Minor League Baseball team. The Cove, as it's affectionately called, is a kid-friendly venue that has an area of the outfield concourse devoted to children's activities, including inflatable play areas.