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.
- If you have older kids or want an adults-only adventure, check out the Go Ape Treetop Adventure.
- Go fishing at Hummel Park in Plainfield.
- Visit the Ornitholody Center at Eagle Creek Park to learn more about birds, specifically those native to Indiana, and at certain times, they even give you the opportunity to get up close and personal!
- Go hiking or biking on one of the many trails around Indianapolis.
- Take a day trip just outside of Indy to Hunter’s Honey Farm where you can bottle honey, make a candle, or take a bee tour.
- Register your kiddos for Holliday Park’s Nature Discovery Camps.
- 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.
- 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!
- Support local farmers and enjoy some treats for yourself at one of the Indianapolis Farmers Markets.
- Take a hike along the Monon, and stop for frozen yogurt at our all-time favorite treat spot, Huddles.
- Pack a picnic and a blanket for a family meal around town.
- Enjoy a farm to table brunch at The Loft at Trader’s Point Creamery. Their food and adult beverages are on point! And you can stop by their farm afterwards for a private or self-guided tour.
- Chase after a food truck and enjoy a meal wherever you end up.
- Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum during the historic 100th year of the Indy 500.
- Play a few rounds of laser tag at X-site Amusement and Recreation Center.
- Teach your kids what hard work and dedication looks like at The NCAA Hall of Champions. Student-athletes are highlighted, showcasing what it takes to be successful on and off the field. Little kids can create their own mascots, and bigger kids can shoot free throws or soccer goals.
- Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians at one of their home games and enjoy fireworks after games on Fridays.
- Go duckpin bowling as a family at Fountain Square.
- Check out Greatimes Family Fun Park, a five-acre theme park that has everything from an arcade to mini golf to bumper boats.
Connoisseurs of the Arts
- Enjoy summer concerts at The Gazebo in Carmel.
- Take a class at the Indianapolis Art Center. Children as young as four can be enrolled in some of the amazing classes offered!
- Enjoy theme day/night specials for painting pottery at You Are the Potter.
- Check out the independently owned Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore for an amazing selection of literature, games, and puzzles, and check out their events for free story hours and author visits.
- 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.