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:
A must see if you’re in town over spring break at the Old National Centre! This true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul. Experience non-stop music and energetic show from March 28- April 2. Click here for tickets and times!
2. Stop by the Children’s Museum
Check out one of many ongoing exhibits- Circus—Starring YOU!, if you haven’t already! This is the museum’s newest interactive exhibit. It has toddler’s hula hooping and grandparents testing their juggling skills as visitors of all ages learn more about the extreme athleticism of daring circus acrobats. Experience the history and beautiful artistry of the circus and much more!
3. Butterfly Kaleidoscope is back at the Indianapolis Zoo!
Finally, guests can once again experience this beautiful and immersive exhibit from March 17 through September 10. Inside the Hilbert Conservatory at White River Gardens, this seasonal showcase features thousands of these wonderful winged insects free-flying throughout a tropical, indoor paradise that visitors will never want to leave. This year’s awe-inspiring exhibit will highlight 40 species from four different continents.
- Remember, the Indianapolis Zoo is next door. Monday- Thursday, 9 am-4 pm Mon-Thurs, and Friday- Sunday 9 am-5 pm.
4. Any circus-goers?
Head down to the Indiana Historical Society for the FREE Circus Day March 25. See the Hampel Family Circus, live animal shows, clowns, magicians, jugglers, face painting and more!
5. Indianapolis Indians
It’s the 2nd Annual Bike to the Ball Park starting at Sun King Brewery then heading over to Victory Field on April 6 for the Indianapolis Indians season opener! Remember, game day is 60 degrees guaranteed or you will receive another home game ticket of your choice in April!
- Everyone is invited to race 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 all week with the official race Saturday, April 1.
- Discover the mastodons and mammoths that were Indiana’s last native giants through the Ice Age Graveyards See how the remains of these pre-historic beasts are uncovered.
- On April 7, check out the Eco-Science Fair!
- Stop by Peewinkle’s Puppet Show presenting Cinderella! Click here to buy tickets.
7. Ready for a one-of-a-kind show in Indy?
Any Friday or Saturday evening, enjoy an amazing, mind-bending experience with the Mind Tripping Show inside the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel.
8. Indiana State Fairgrounds
Find your new interest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds to watch the NCAA Fencing Championships for the first time ever in Indianapolis! This exciting event is taking place March 23 – 26.
9. Indianapolis Pacers
It would be hard not to find a game that suits your schedule, with so many options to choose from, check out the Pacers at one of their home games! The Pacers are at home March 20, 24, 26 & 28 and April 4, 6 & 12.
10. Rainy days- have no fear!
We can’t forget about a possible rainy day or two in Indy this spring break. Don’t forget about all local libraries! Check out these classes and more at libraries all over Indy!
11. Stay Active!
Want to get active over spring break? Climb Time Indy is a great place to exert some energy. Every day of the week has its own special, try it out on Wednesdays for Kid’s Club! $12.00/ per session and free harness rental to all others. Click here to view their site for more special deals during the week!
12. Jump anywhere in town!
13. Enjoy a whole day at White River State Park!
Whoever thought it would be this easy to spend a WHOLE day at White River State Parks. All attractions are a must see! You can purchase a Park Pass which includes admission vouchers into six attractions with more than 25 percent off the regular adult and child prices.-
14. Learn more about a man’s best friend
Check out Dogs: Faithful and True at the Eiteljorg Museum. You can explore the roles that dogs
played in the West and with Native Americans cultures. You will be able to adopt a dog from the Indy Humane’s Pet Adoption Wagon, participate in fun art workshops, hear a talk from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine on the history of dogs in art and dog breeds, and much more!
Bring the whole family to Hendricks County Trail Rides at the Nature Valley Ranch! They offer 30- 90-minute trail ride options along White Lick Creek. Toddlers can ride with adults for only $5 extra. Be sure to reserve your ride online before you go!
16. Fort Harrison State Park
This park located in the beautiful Fort Harrison on the east side of Indianapolis. Offering biking, hiking, and fishing; this park has six trails that vary in difficulty and time. It is a $7 in-state vehicle entrance fee. Find out more information about the park here.
17. Rhythm! Discovery Center a museum for all!
Try out Rhythm! Discovery Center. This museum is full of interactive exhibits and historic artifacts that are enjoyable for all ages. Try out one or both Saturday Programs they offer. Click here to view their full calendar of programs and events!
18. Ever wonder where you can be the “I” in Indy?
Pose as the “I” in Indy– Look here for the 3 locations you can knock this off your spring break bucket list!
19. Put a different spin on bowling
Try out Action & Atomic Duck Pin Bowling, in Fountain Square this place is perfect for families to get a little competitive. Be sure to make your reservations before you go. Walk-ins are welcome but not always guaranteed a spot. You will need to check the sign by the public elevator to see which alley your reservation is booked in. Contact them today! 317-685-1955. Price is $35/hours. Hours of operation vary. Check the website for more details.
Head to the Indianapolis Museum of Art and discover an ocean of color this spring! Family day is April 1st! Immerse yourself amongst the flowers and take in the wonder
ful aromas of the most beautifully curated gardens in Indianapolis. The garden exhibition will be filled with favorites such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, irises, and pansies, as well as rare Himalayan Blue Poppies that were started from seed in Alaska for the IMA. Guests are invited to explore the beautiful scenery through a new garden path. Every twist and turn will be filled with glorious color and spectacular views of the historic Oldfields estate. And parents, you can enjoy their new beer garden! Opening weekend is March 31-April 2.