2016 Indianapolis Summer Bucket List



The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and the grass is green. Indianapolis has so many exciting things waiting to be discovered this time of year, and we can’t wait to get started on our summer bucket list!

Fun for Littles

  • Get some energy out and hop around at Sky Zone. Both the Fishers and Plainfield locations have special toddler time, specifically for children 5 and under.
  • Take your kiddos to pet the barnyard animals or enjoy interactive history at Connor Prairie.
  • Let them bang on drums and make noise to their heart’s content at Rhythm! Discovery Center.
  • Visit the Holliday Park Nature Center when the weather’s gray, and enjoy the hiking trails when the sun is shining!
  • Spend the morning reading, playing, and exploring at The Urban Chalkboard.
  • Enjoy train rides aboard historic train cars thanks to the Indiana Transportation Museum.

Outdoor Adventurers

Cinema Seekers

  • On Friday’s at 7 p.m., head over to The Indianapolis Museum of Art for their summer nights film series. The outdoor amphitheater is family-friendly and picnic perfect.
  • Enjoy a movie under the stars at West Park in Carmel. Movies begin at dusk, and families are allowed to bring their own refreshments or purchase some on-site.
  • Lover of the classics? Head to Noblesville’s Forest Park Shelter for some free flicks!
  • Enjoy two movies from the price of one at the Tibbs Drive-in Theatre. The theatre has been open since 1967 and is family owned and operated.
  • If you would rather ‘DIVE-IN’ than ‘drive-in,’ check out Franklin’s pool party on July 28! The event is free, and families can enjoy the move Pitch Perfect.

Water Splashers

  • Check out the lazy river, adventure slides, kiddie pool, and the lily pads at The Water Park at the Monon Community Center.
  • When the weather’s crummy, but you still want to go for a swim, check out Goldfish Swim School. They have family swim from 12-1 p.m. every week day, cost is $5/person (maximum $15/family), and they have the best swim toys for kids of all ages.  They have locations in both Fishers and Carmel.
  • Love free splash pads? Check out this guide for 25 locations around Indianapolis.
  • Want to rock’n’roll while you splash? Check out the guitar shaped splash pad at Wes Montgomery Park.
  • Take an overnight trip to Great Wolf Lodge in Cincinnati, Ohio. Families with kids of all ages can find something fun to do.
  • Visit the Indy Island Aquatic Center for heated indoor pools and an adults only spa area!
  • Make your own slip’n’slide and invite all the neighbor kids!


Sports Lovers

Connoisseurs of the Arts


  • Catch lightning bugs.
  • Run in the sprinkler.
  • Make a bird feeder.
  • Plant a vegetable garden.
  • Play with bubbles.
  • Build an epic blanket fort  (Hello every rainy day of my childhood!).
  • Have a picnic in the living room or in the backyard.
  • Draw with chalk (The possibilities are endless!).
  • Have a lemonade stand.
  • Camp out in your backyard.
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Katie is a Butler University graduate, who was lucky enough to meet her husband the third day of college. After graduating as one of Butler’s top 10 women, she went on to do Teach for America; South Carolina. She was a second grade teacher in a school with a high Hispanic population and loved every second of it. Never intending to be a stay-at-home parent, she worked until the day before she gave birth, took one look into her son’s eyes, and decided she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom after all. After re-prioritizing upon the birth of their son, Katie and her husband decided to move back to Indianapolis to be closer to family. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in education. She loves to cook, celebrate holidays, watch movies, party plan, travel the world, take walks, and play with her Border Collie. You will likely find her seeking adventure, hunting for bargains, helping others get healthy through her passion as a health coach, or cuddling on the couch with her hubby, baby, and puppy. If you’re interested in reading more about her crazy adventures, check out her personal blog, A Quinning Love.