Indianapolis Winter Bucket List


Indianapolis Winter Bucket ListSanta and his reindeer have flown away, Elf On The Shelf has gone back into hiding, and your home may be strewn with new toys and wrapping paper, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to put a stop the fun and hibernate. Indianapolis is full of family-friendly opportunities to capture just a little more of that wintertime magic. Slip on those mittens, grab that hot cocoa and let’s create a memory! 


  1. Didn’t make it to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Jolly Days Winter Wonderland before Christmas? Don’t worry—there is time! Head on over to ride down the Yule Slide, make it snow in the Giant Snow Globe, or “ice skate” in your socks! After the Jolly Days is closed for the season there are still tons of great things to do and memories to make at the Museum as well. 
  2. Spend a night watching all the new specials that came out on Netflix December 31st. If you couldn’t score tickets to Taylor Swift this year, her Reputation Stadium Tour is now available to stream.
  3. Feeling sporty? Check out Topgolf in Fishers where pros and amateurs alike can have a good time knocking balls toward I-69. Kids and left-handed clubs are available. The food is fantastic too, so don’t worry about having lunch beforehand.
  4. Start the tradition of a gratitude jar. Find a large jar and scrap paper and place in a prominent position in your house. Have everyone write down things they are grateful for throughout the upcoming year. Then, read all of the notes of gratitude on New Year’s Day 2020!
  5. Leave your kiddos with the grandparents to enjoy those fun (noisy) toys and head to your favorite restaurant. Talk about your goals for 2019. It will be nice to reconnect and stop eating leftovers!
  6. Feeling a little cooped up? Head over to Newfields and the Winterlights exhibit. Beautiful lights, warm drinks, and s’mores will keep you feeling festive well into the new year. (Ends January 6th)
  7. Don’t forget that people don’t stop needing our help just because Christmas is over. Sign-up to volunteer as a family or with your spouse at Wheeler Mission.
  8. Sip a French Hot Chocolate at any of Cafe Patachou‘s Indianapolis locations and rest assured that the food (including their amazing kid’s menu!) is just as good as it sounds.
  9. Explore the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails exhibit featuring a G-scale model train wonderland containing nine working model trains that take you through a stunning miniature landscape including the national parks of the West.  
  10. Before you take all those twinkly lights down enjoy a family game night and camp-out in front of the Christmas tree. Pick your favorite board games, pop some popcorn, and break out the fort building materials.
  11. Have a “Gift Card Day.” Using only gift cards you received for Christmas go shopping, eat, and be merry all over town!
  12. Visit Conner Prairie on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 21) for FREE! Activities are planned throughout the day, including theatrical performances, family games, art and more!
  13. Maybe you don’t think of Harry Potter as particularly “wintery” but attending a performance put on by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows is sure to keep little ones and adults entertained. Mmmm…family bonding.
  14. If you don’t mind a small road trip—load up the car and head to Perfect North. You can snow ski, snow tube, or snowboard, load up on hot chocolate and arrive home wonderfully exhausted.
  15. Visit the Indiana State Museum to check out a movie in the IMAX theater. Entertaining but still educational—and, who doesn’t want to watch a movie on the biggest screen in the state?!