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13 Things to Do with the Under 5 Crowd

As cooler weather arrives, what to do with the boundless pep of young children can be present a quandary. Fortunately, Hamilton County offers up plenty of options perfect for a day of fun. Here are a few ideas to have at the ready.

NinjaZone Academy at Grand Park, Westfield

Children ages 3 and up can live out a fantasy of becoming the next American Ninja Warrior at this state of the art facility. Memberships are on a monthly basis and include open gym time and a parent’s night out.

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BounceU, Fishers

During the bleakest of cold days, this indoor bounce house extravaganza will provide a much-needed release of energy for your little ones. Look for the “Preschool Playdate” bounce hours which specifically accommodate younger children.

Gymboree, Carmel

Play and learn classes keep little ones busy, plus music, art and play lab classes are available that can include the family as well. Be sure to take advantage of open gym time, too!

Hamilton County Area Libraries

locations in Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, Carmel and Cicero

The library is the place to be for fun and free educational entertainment all year long. Offerings include Baby Time, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Tot Tunes. Check out local branches for a full list of current schedules.

Monon Community Center, Carmel

Keeping your kids busy should be no problem at all at this family fitness center. Courses are offered year-round in swimming, group fitness and athletics.

Urban Chalkboard, Carmel

Sit back and enjoy unlimited refills on your coffee while your children are entertained in this play cafe. The Urban Chalkboard is a great space for socializing with other moms, as young children have ample opportunities for fun – from the play kitchen to the swivel chair in the reading nook to the learning studio where a variety of classes are included in admission.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Fishers

Even when it gets too cold to wander the sprawling grounds, there is plenty of fun inside this interactive history park. Be sure to explore the Holidays on the Prairie event during November and December.

Sky Zone, Fishers

What kid doesn’t love a park made out of trampolines? The Foam Zone is especially good for younger kids as is the Toddler Time event.

Goodrich Hamilton 16 IMAX, Noblesville

Not convinced that a movie theater is the place for kids? Morning Movies will change your mind. Weekend show times at 10 am are free for kids and family-friendly.

Russell Farms Pumpkin Patch, Noblesville

This pumpkin patch has a whole lot of fun for the entire family. Wander the corn maze. Pet the animals. And eat lots of yummy snacks.

Carter’s Play Place, Westfield

This indoor play space provides truly inclusive play options for children with and without special needs. Young children will enjoy the many fun activities available, and parents will appreciate the safe space.

Boniccis Family Fun Place, McCordsville

Little kids will get a kick out of the exploration wall, pretend playhouses, inflatable cars and parents will appreciate the free Wi-Fi. Discounts are offered for children under age three.

Goldfish Swim School, Fishers and Carmel

When it’s cold outside, a warm pool sure sounds good. With multiple locations throughout Hamilton county, this swim school has classes for kids four months old and up.

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