Once upon a time, I was a young, idealistic dad. I sat nervously in the room waiting for the ultrasound technician to tell me all about my first child. I had visions of tossing the football in the backyard with my new child. I imagined taking him - ok, I just assumed it was a boy - to the 200th running of the Indy 500 (I am a very specific daydreamer) cheering on Mario Andretti as he crossed the finish line. My son and I would share a big gulp of milk together before walking arms over shoulders back to our miraculously close parking spot. Wasn\u2019t I cute? In reality my first child was a daughter and hates loud noises. My first son has ADHD and wouldn\u2019t be able to sit through more than 50 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. My third child is lactose intolerant and my wife says the Indy 500 isn\u2019t appropriate for a 1 year old. To make matters worse when was the last time Mario Andretti raced, much less won!? So while all my hopes and dreams seem to have been dashed upon the rocks of the real world I submit to you this glimmer of hope: The Dallara IndyCar Factory. If you are a parent of older children you might be getting tired of hearing about places with sensory tables and hands on activities for younger kids. You\u2019ll be happy to know I thought of you parents the whole time I was at the Dallara IndyCar Factory. It is a prime spot for older kids or young adults who are interested in racing and STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) and even for their little siblings who might want to tag along. Included in the admission is unlimited use of the racing simulators (think arcade style racing game except significantly harder) and access to the build-you-own-car race track where your little kids can build Mario Bros themed cars next to your big kids\u2019 sleek aerodynamically sound racers. You\u2019ll be glad to know the track is built with a starting arm, so once the cars are set, no one can cheat by giving their car a push. There are nearly a dozen cars to look at (but no touching please!) as well as one climb-in car for your little ones. A film on the history of the Dallara IndyCar factory will interest the historical racing enthusiasts in your group. So while your little ones might not be ready for the Indy 500 this year, they will definitely love the Dallara IndyCar factory. Plus, parking is on the street outside the front door which is right in line with my somewhat delusional fantasies of IndyCar glory. A small word of caution: If you are sensitive to smells, you might want to take some precautions. The place does smell strongly like that spot at the front of Costco when you walk by the tire department. Lots of rubber and oil smells. But Long\u2019s Donuts is right up the street and THAT certainly\u00a0smells lovely. Make a day of it. Go nuts and donuts... That has a nice ring to it. I should be a writer. What to Know Before You Go Location: 1201 W Main Street, downtown Speedway Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm Tours take place daily at 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, and 3:00pm. Admission: Adults, $10; seniors\/children 12 and under, $5; children 4 and under, FREE Call 317-243-7171 or visit their website for additional details. In late June, 2007 Luis Ruvacalba removed his\u00a0laundry from the dryer to find that he had rendered all of his\u00a0undershirts pink and shrunk his\u00a0favorite red University of Arizona sweater. At that point \u2013 as he says: \u201cI realized: I need a wife. I married Katie in Sept of 2007. Aside from one lousy pen left in my pants pocket and numerous dried on Conner Prairie stickers, the laundry has gone pretty well since then.\u201d Luis\u00a0has four children: Maggie- 7, Micah- 5, Millie- 2, and Merritt- 1. Each of them helps him\u00a0sharpen his\u00a0parenting skills in new and unique ways. \u201cWithout Maggie I\u2019d never have learned to put on tights. Without Micah I would have the weakest MMA fighting skills on the block. Millie challenges me to improve my search and rescue abilities. Merritt gives me weekly lessons in Matrix style urine dodging. Together we are the greatest family to ever ruin your family\u2019s nice quiet afternoon at the park.\u201d Follow along with Luis as he\u00a0helps shows you the best places to let your family run wild.