Indianapolis Moms Guide to November


November activities for families in IndianapolisThe holidays are just around the corner and November is here!

Here is our round up of some of the family fun activities and events happening this month in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas! 

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Indianapolis Moms Event – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Sundaes with Santa – November 30th 10:00am – 12:00 pm at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel

Join us for a morning with Santa sponsored by Multiples Made EZ! Attendees will enjoy ice cream from Hudsonville Ice Cream, activities and games from local businesses and shopping from vendors. Each family will have a private photo opportunity with Santa with our professional photographer along with the chance to take their own pictures too! LESS THAN 20 TICKETS REMAIN! Get your tickets here

November (All Month Long)

YMCA (All Locations- Dates vary by location): PARENTS Night Out- 5-10pm

Head to your local YMCA for their KIDS NIGHT OUT EVENT. Parents, this event is perfect to allow yourself a night out on the town and the kids will be having fun too! Program activities include swimming, gym play, arts and crafts, and kid friendly movies. Dinner and snacks provided. Prices and details vary with each YMCA. Call your local YMCA for more details and date information.

YMCA Information

November 1st

YMCA-Fishers Dia De Los Muertos: 5:30pm-7:30pm

Join the Fishers YMCA to celebrate the Day of the Dead (Dia De Los Muertos.) Enjoy music, crafts, and viewing of the movie, Coco. (Registration required. Call the Fishers YMCA for more information.)

November 2nd 

Cereal Cinema at Newfields: 10am

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie. After the film, enjoy discounted general admission to stay and explore. Presented with Indy Film Fest.

Cost: $6. Includes the film and admission to the cereal bar.

November 3rd

Indianapolis Colts WATCH PARTY: Midtown Plaza: The fun begins at 9am

The City of Carmel, will host a special road game “Watch Party” at the city’s Midtown Plaza when the Indianapolis Colts visit the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday, Nov. 3. The party is free and will include appearances by Colts Cheerleaders, the Colts Play 60 Zone, the Colts in Motion traveling museum, free giveaways and much more.  

Food and beverages from several Carmel area restaurants and food trucks, including special tailgating breakfast items, also will be available for purchase.  Ample free parking is available in the area. Head to Carmel in your blue and white and join the fun! 

Get the details here!

November 7th

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Discount Evening: 4-8pm

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! This is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets for First Thursday at the Children’s Museum

November 7-9th

43rd Indy International Festival | Indiana State Fairgrounds: All Day

The INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL will feature exhibits from the 50 + ethnic groups represented in Central Indiana as they gather to share their rich cultural histories and traditions. Highlights of the festival include authentic foods from 20+ ethnic vendors; continuous ethnic music and dance by local and national performing groups; Culture Booths hosted by volunteers in traditional dress where you can connect with your own ethnic heritage; artisans demonstrating unique cultural crafts; a Naturalization Ceremony and an International Marketplace offering gifts from around the world.

• GIANT, WALK-UPON National Geographic Map of Europe hosted by Geography Educators’ Network of Indiana
* Student Passport Program
* Ethnic Foods
* Non-Stop Music & Dance
* And so much more!

Tickets: Adults $10.00 General Admission
Children (3-12) $ 6.00 Flat rate / 2years old and below are FREE
Advance discount tickets available for purchase at

November 8th – January 1st

Christmas Nights of Lights

From Indy’s largest synchronized light show! Christmas Nights of Lights is coming to Indianapolis for the 2019 season! Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with us. 

Check here for details and ticket information! 

November 9th

My Way Matinee: Regal’s Sensory Friendly Movie Showing

Regal’s My Way Matinee gives everyone the opportunity to experience a movie with the lights turned up and the volume turned down. This becomes safe space where guests are free to express themselves by singing, crying, dancing, walking around, talking or shouting while enjoying Hollywood’s latest films!

All screenings for sensory friendly movies will begin at 10:30am on the second and fourth Saturday of the month for a special discounted ticket price! 

See schedule and select theaters here.

November 13th

Small Wonders- State Museum: 10-11am

Small Wonders invites you to bring your 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. This monthly program will build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement and art. 

$9/members; $12/non-members.

Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

November 15th-22nd

Festival of Trees: Indiana State Museum: 10-5pm

Indulge in a winter wonderland of 92 beautifully decorated trees and special programs at the Festival of Trees. There’s something magical happening every day.


Elf on a Shelf – Where is Hoosier Buddy, the History Center’s Elf on the Shelf, today? Check their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for a clue. Tell the Welcome Center staff you found him for a prize.

Where’s the Weihnachtsgurke? – See if you can spot the 10 pickle ornaments hiding in different trees all over the building.

Holiday Sing-Along – Jump into the holiday spirit in the Cole Porter Room and sing along with traditional carols.


Every Saturday and Sunday from Thanksgiving to Christmas, Santa strolls through the History Center from noon to 4 p.m., handing out special treats to children of all ages. He’ll stop for breaks in the Citizens Energy Santa’s Reading Nook at 1 and 3 p.m. for storytime with the little ones. Saturdays also include special crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Trees By Night

The trees are so pretty in the twilight! Experience the holiday enchantment Dec. 16 through 23 when the History Center stays open until 8 p.m.

Special Programs

Sugarplum Saturday: The Sweet Experience
Saturday, Nov. 30 | 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bring the whole family for a morning of sweet treats, photo ops with characters from The Nutcracker and making your own wooden nutcracker ornament.

Sugarplum Saturday*
Saturday, Nov. 30 | 12:30 and 2 p.m.
Get in the holiday spirit with a day full of magic with dance performances and nutcracker-themed crafts. See selections from The Nutcracker at 12:30 and 2 p.m. performed by members of The Dance Refinery.

A Christmas Story Day*
Saturday, Dec. 14 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” Celebrate the iconic film A Christmas Story with movie trivia, photo ops, decoder puzzles and making your own icicle ornament.

*Included with admission

November 16th

Tuttle Orchard: Holiday Sampling Open House: 5717 N. 300 W. Greenfield, IN: 10am

Come and join the fun on Saturday, Nov 16th from 10AM-2PM for Holiday Sampling Open House in our Farm Store. Enjoy samples of lots of great items for your holiday gatherings and feasts. See the new holiday displays in the Farm Store. Enjoy specials on different products this day only.

Find more information HERE. 

November 17th

Piney Acres Farm Opening Day for Christmas Season: 1115 E 1000 N Fortville, IN 46040: 10am

Piney Acres Farm’s 73 acres has many different styles of trees. If choose and cut trees are your style, grab a guide map from the farm store, a saw from the barn, hop on a hayride and head out to the zone of your choice to find your perfect Christmas tree. Once you and your family cut down your tree, hop on the hay wagon to bring both you and your tree back to the cozy barn and farm store. While their crew processes your tree and gets it all ready to travel home with you, enjoy hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and visits with Santa in inside.

Additionally, find everything you need to trim your tree and deck the halls in the farm store, from easy peasy tree stands, to unique ornaments, handmade fresh wreaths and swags to old fashioned tensile.

Check out their website here:

November 21st-December 31st, excluding Mondays. Times Vary.

A Christmas Story: Beef and Boards

Based on the movie classic and set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts — an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Ralphie plots numerous schemes to receive the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here, together with a versatile score. Rated PG Cost: Tickets start at $45

November 23rd-January 20th

Jingle Rails: Eiteljorg Museum

Be one of the first to experience the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a favorite family holiday tradition that is unlike any other. Marvel as model trains wind past miniature landscapes of Indianapolis and the American West. NEW THIS YEAR: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and historic Spanish Colonial missions of the Southwest. Visit the exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 will be museum open until 8 p.m.

Get tickets HERE.

November 24th

The Nutcracker with a Children’s Sweets Meet & Greet: The Palladium at the Center for Performing Arts: 2pm-7pm

Indiana Ballet Conservatory presents “The Nutcracker.” Come experience the magic of this adapted production of Indiana’s premier Nutcracker tradition to begin your holiday season. Special guest performances by Cincinnati Ballet’s Thomas Curran and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

IBC will be hosting a Nutcracker “Sweets” Meet & Greet at 4:30pm.  This event, open to the public, will cost $15 in addition to the price of a youth ticket and take place in one of the smaller areas of the Founder’s Room. Children will be able to meet with dancers including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Masha, the Nutcracker and others.  

This will be the only opportunity for pictures with the dancers in costume and a great way to capture memories of this Holiday Tradition.  Each child will also receive a Nutcracker themed sweet.  Gluten free options available.

November 23rd-December 30th

Christmas at the Zoo: Indianapolis Zoo

Dating back to 1967, the Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the nation to hold a holiday lights event. Year after year, Christmas at the Zoo presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union continues to grow. For our 51st year, we’re adding even more lights to fill the Zoo with a warm glow. And the best part is it’s all included with regular admission!

Under the Bicentennial Pavilion, Santa’s Village is one of our newest additions. Here, you’ll discover:

  • Santa’s Study: Free visits with Santa through Dec. 23 with photo packages available for purchase. Please be in line by 9pm to visit Santa.
  • Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen: Free visits with Mrs. Claus through Dec. 23 and treat decorating available for purchase. New this year, find different ways to decorate our cookie shapes.
  • Santa’s Barn presented by State Farm: See Santa’s sleigh and a few of his reindeer.
  • The Snowflakery presented by Honda Manufacturing: Wind through the mirror maze that is full of wintery twists and turns!
  • Tunnel of Lights: Have your camera ready to remember the moment you step inside the tunnel and are surrounded in glowing lights!
  • Penguin Encounter: Get up close to these winter-ready birds from 6-8pm (animal and weather dependent).
  • Mistletoe Kisses Gazebo: A picturesque place to find one of 10 hidden mistletoe. Look for more mistletoe hidden throughout the Zoo and submit your answers in the main gift shop to try to win an Animal Art Adventure.
  • Holiday Card Photo Opportunity: Larger than life holiday card for a larger than life family photo moment!

November 29th

Santa’s Big Arrival: The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: 8:30-10am

It’s the jolliest spectacle of the holidays…Santa dashes in to The Children’s Museum—by IndyCar!

  • Join in on a fun family sing-along
  • Explore Jolly Days Winter Wonderland
  • Ride the Yule Slide! 
  • Don’t forget to grab a photo with Santa


8:30-10 a.m.—30% discount* in the Museum Store
9:15 a.m.—Santa races into the museum! 
9:40 a.m.—Holiday sing-along with the Chorduroys
10 a.m.—Museum exhibits open

Prepare for your visit with our Top 10 Tips for Santa’s Big Arrival, plus a highlight video to show the kids!

Ho, ho, ho! See you there!


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Wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea’s always had a way with words and a dramatic and energetic spirit. She is married to the love of her life, Justin. She’s the mother to a spunky and beautiful 7-year-old daughter named Hattie, an independent and rambunctious son who is 4, named Hutson and an adorable baby named Hyland. She is currently a University Supervisor for Anderson University and has a deep love of teaching and helping to inspire students. She is a Ball State graduate but an Indiana University Hoosier at heart. Chelsea loves writing and being apart of the IMB team. She also writes for her personal blog: Happiness, Hope & Harsh Realities.