Indiana Dunes Barbie Blog

Barbie is everywhere these days thanks to the new Barbie movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Her presence is even felt in the Indiana Dunes area. Here are just some of the ways Barbie lovers can celebrate the pink-clad doll created in 1959 by American businesswoman Ruth Handler:

Sweetly immerse yourself in Barbie

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Designer Desserts in Valparaiso often goes all-in when it comes to pop culture phenomenon. As to be expected, it's no different with Barbie. Stop by to see their limited-time Barbie pop-up and try some Barbie-themed cupcakes. 

Designer Desserts Barbie pop-up



Try Maple + Bacon's Barbie-themed drinks

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Valparaiso's Maple + Bacon is celebrating the Barbie movie with three themed drinks.

  • Malibu Barbie Sangria is made with Rumchata Limon, UV Cake, Malibu, Pineapple, Glitter, and Pinot Grigio.
  • Pretty in Pink has Howler Head Banana Whiskey, Banana Liqueur, Vanilla, Strawberry, Lemon, Glitter, and lime soda.
  • Barbie Blush (non-alcoholic) is made with Jade Cloud Green Tea, Cream, Rose, Strawberry, and Whipped Cream.

Maple+Bacon Barbie drinks

Visit the Century of Progress Homes

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There are five Century of Progress homes at the Indiana Dunes National Park, but only one looks like the Barbie Dreamhouse. The Florida Home was built for the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, after which it was moved by barge to its current location. Just remember to use your best Barbie-approved manners when taking pictures in front of the house as people do live there. 


Try a Dreamhouse at Blockhead

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Blockhead Beerworks in Valparaiso has whipped up a Barbie-themed cocktail to celebrate and is also having a Barbie event next month. While you're there, be sure to try their sushi, steam buns, or noodles.

The Dreamhouse is made with Teremana Blanco Small Batch Tequila, Coconut Milk, Strawberry, and Lime. 

Blockhead Barbie drink

Feel the Aftermath of Barbie vs. Oppenheimer

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Aftermath Cidery has introduced four boozy slushies as a nod to the Barbie vs. Oppenheimer battle. Each can be ordered by the glass, flight, or in a to-go pouch.

Malibu Barbie and Life in Plastic vs. Atomic Bomb and Nuclear Reaction. Which will you choose?

Aftermath Barbie

Head to the movies!

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This one might be obvious, but head to the movies! Check local listings at our local movie theaters to find out when and where you can see the movie. Porter County has three major theaters: Cinemark in ValparaisoEmagine Portage, and the 49er Drive-In.

Emagine Theater

Know more area businesses that are celebrating Barbie in creative ways? Let us know on Facebook or Instagram!