The kids are off school for an entire week (or two)!
If you are staying local for spring break, Indy has tons of kid-friendly activities to keep the whole family busy! Explore some new places or things you’ve never done this spring break!
Here are 20 things to do in Indy this spring break:
1. Visit the Children’s Museum.
The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. Meet a legendary sports character every visit, hear their story of greatness and get coached in the drills and skills that helped them succeed. Imagine yourself in the shoes of that same sports legend, and start your story today.
Plus, head to the museum on Thursday, April 2 to take advantage of $5 First Thursday Nights from 4:00 – 8:00pm! Visit the museum for just $5, the Sports Legends Experience for just $5, or both for just $7! Get your tickets early.
2. Celebrate spring with xZOOberance at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Coming just in time for spring break, xZooberance runs every Thursday – Sunday, March 26 – April 12. The Zoo will be open 9:00am – 5:00pm with event activities running 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Plus, Butterfly Kaleidoscope will be returning to the Indianapolis Zoo for the season beginning March 20 thru September 7!
3. Go to the circus! Sort of.
Head to the Indiana Historical Society for Circus Day on March 28, 10:00am – 5:00pm. Families can step right up for free admission and enjoy carnival activities, crafts, face painting, and special circus displays. Concession and activity tickets are only 50 cents each.
4. Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians.
Go to Victory Field on April 9 for the Indianapolis Indians season opener for baseball and fireworks! Remember, game day is 60 degrees guaranteed or you will receive another home game ticket of your choice in April.
5. Stay busy at the Indiana State Museum.
- Pinewood Derby
All are invited to race their pinewood derby cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line. The track will be open to the public April 7-10, 10:00am – 5:00pm, with the official race on Saturday, April 11.
- Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention!
Experience Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg’s iconic contraptions and celebrate his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible!
- Firefly Landing
Firefly Landing is a new early childhood learning space just for the littlest museum visitors! Here families with children ages 6 and younger will experience interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more. Visit Tuesday – Sunday from 10:00am – 12:00pm for daily fun and check out the various early childhood programs (Toddler Time, Small Wonders, Young Explorers, etc) also taking place in the new space.
6. Enjoy spring break at the Prairie.
- Playtime on the Prairie
Playtime on the Prairie is an early childhood experience for children ages 0-5, organized into groups by age. Attendees will be able to play, explore, inquire, and learn! Themes will represent unique activities and events at Conner Prairie – both on the historic grounds and throughout the vast natural areas available on our property.
- Make and Take
Stop by the Make and Take stations to enjoy short session craft activities. Have fun making many different types of crafts and activities like carpentry, candle making, jewelry making, cooking, and much more.
- Outdoor Excursions: Blooms and Bugs
Head to Conner Prairie for a guided tour on March 31, 3:00 – 3:45pm.
7. Go downtown!
We bet there are some things on your downtown Indy bucket list that you still need to check off. With so many events and activities happening downtown during spring break, you can experience so much and make great memories right in your city.
8. When in doubt, go to the library.
The greater Indianapolis area has some incredible libraries, both for finding new books and creating new adventures. Here are a few of our favorite libraries that offer great kids zones:
- Central Library – 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis
- Hancock County Library – 900 W McKenzie Rd, Greenfield
- Michigan Road Branch Library – 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
- Carmel Clay Public Library – 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel
9. Visit a nature center.
Nature centers have the best of everything. Enjoy some time outside before heading indoors for educational activities and exhibits. You could spend your entire week visiting all the different nature centers in Central Indiana!
10. Take a stroll on the Monon Trail
Enjoying a walk or a family bike ride on the Monon Trail is a sure way to know spring is here. The Monon Trail is 18.1 miles long and stretches from Downtown Indy, all the way up to Westfield. Along the trail, you will find some of Indy’s best local shops and restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly spots to get a quick treat:
- Bub’s Burgers& Ice Cream – 210 W Main St, Carmel,
- Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station: BRICS – 901 E 64th St, Indianapolis
- Gallery Pastry Shop – 1101 E 54th St G, Indianapolis
- Locally Grown Gardens – 1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis
- Huddles Frozen Yogurt – 1356 E 86th St, Indianapolis
11. Enjoy a whole day at White River State Park!
White River State Park offers 9 different attractions across 250 beautiful acres in downtown Indianapolis. All are a must-do!
12. Hit the trails of Hendricks County
Bring the whole family to Hendricks County Trail Rides at the Nature Valley Ranch! They offer 30-, 60- or 90-minute trail ride options along White Lick Creek. Be sure to reserve your ride online before you go! Please note: no riders under 4 years old.
13. Explore Fort Harrison State Park
This park located in the beautiful Fort Harrison State Park on the east side of Indianapolis. Offering biking, hiking, and fishing; this park has six trails that vary in difficulty and time. Entrance is $7 for in-state vehicles. Check out any of these special events around spring break:
- March 21: First Day of Spring Hike
- March 22: Critter Feeding
- March 28: Wildflower Walk
- March 29: Film at the Fort
14. Get your drum circle on at Rhythm! Discovery Center!
Rhythm! Discovery Center is full of interactive exhibits and historic artifacts that are enjoyable for all ages. Stop by for a Drum Circle, try out their Saturday Programs, or take part in a “Behind the Glass” tour. Find all of their programming and activities on their website.
15. Put a different spin on bowling
Head to Main Event Entertainment for a day of non-stop fun. Aside from bowling, they also offer laser tag, arcade games and more. During spring break, don’t miss out on their Spring FUNpass! Starting at $14.99 per person before noon or $19.99/person after noon, the Spring FUNpass offers all-you-can-play bowling, billiards, laser tag and more!
16. Bloom into Spring
After a drab winter, our soul longs for the beauty of flowers, flowers, and more flowers. Thankfully, Newfields gives us our flower fix with their springtime exhibit, Spring Blooms, March 20 – May 26. Feast your eyes on more than half a million flowers — peonies, tulips and everything in between. The museum’s family-friendly Beer Garden returns this spring also, so adults can grab a beverage, wander the garden and enjoy the colorful blooms.
17. Play, run, jump!
Enjoy some spring weather at one of Indianapolis top playgrounds! Indy’s Child has a long list of playgrounds and reviews. Here are a few of our favorites we can’t wait to hit this spring break:
Colts Canal PlaySpace – Indy’s newest playground is located in Downtown Indy on the north end of the Downtown Canal Walk. The nearly one-acre playground boasts a swirling roller-coaster-looking climbing tower, ladders galore, slides for kids big and little, swings, a spinner bowl, twister nets and stepping stones.
West Commons Playground – A Carmel favorite, located on the edge of Carmel’s Monon Center. The park is over 25,000 square feet and includes numerous areas for climbing, swinging, sliding, exploration, and water play.
Quaker Park – Quaker Park is located in Westfield and might be the brightest park in all of Indy. The ground and playground equipment are awash in electric yellow, firehouse red, and aquamarine blue. Everywhere you look a primary palette of bright, happy colors.
Holliday Park – Holiday Park will always be a family favorite located right in the middle of Indianapolis. This classic park spans over 94-acres and has everything a family needs for a perfect spring day at the park.
18. Take a Day Trip
Just because you aren’t planning a big spring break vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t plan a few quick day trips. Check out this Indy’s Child for our top 15 kid-friendly day trips from Indianapolis. Have a little bit longer than a day? Check out these ideas for a perfect road trip, all under a 3-hour drive.
19. Have a treetop adventure
Add a little excitement to your spring break plans, by spending the day among the treetops. For younger kids, climbing a local treehouse could be just the adventure your family needs. You can find treehouses at Conner Prairie and Flat Fork Creek. Older kids might enjoy an adrenaline rush from a ride on a zip line.
20. Take advantage of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day!
Museum Day is a one-day event in which museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Participants are allowed to download one ticket per email address. The ticket provides free general admission on Saturday, April 4 for two people. Get your tickets here!
If you are still stuck on what to do this spring break, head over to the Indy’s Child calendar for all of the family-friendly events going on around Indy!