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:
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2. Stop by the Children’s Museum to learn and play at the Sports Legend Experience
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.
- Head to the Children’s Museum on April 4th for $5 Thursday from 4:00- 8:00 pm. Visit the Sports Legend Experience for only $7.
3. Celebrate spring at the new xZOOberance Spring Festival at the Indianapolis Zoo
Debuting just in time for spring break, the Indianapolis Zoo’s brand-new festival begins March 21 and continues every Thursday through Sunday until April 7. The Zoo will be open 9am-5pm with event activities running from 10 am-4 pm.
- Don’t forget Butterfly Kaleidoscope will be returning to the Indianapolis Zoo March 21-Septemeber 2.
- Plus Easter Weekend at the Zoo will take place April 20-21.
4. Any circus-goers?
Head down to the Indiana Historical Society for the Circus Day March 28. Families can step right up for FREE admission when the Indiana Historical Society continues its circus tradition. On this fun-filled day, families can enjoy carnival activities, live performances, and the Indiana Experience.
- While you’re there make sure to check out the Indianapolis Colts exhibit, open now though Aug. 10.
5. Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians
Go to Victory Field on April 11th 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 April 2-5 & 7, with the official race Saturday, April 6.
- Check out the Color of Style exhibit. Color of Style will be at the Indiana State Museum from March 16 through July 28, and entry is included with the purchase of general museum admission.
- Visit or participate at the Eco-Science Fair. Challenge your skills at spotting energy foes, conduct water quality experiments, plant your own garbage garden and create your own water filter to take home with you! This event is free for K-12 students and teachers/chaperones and is included with general museum admission for other visitors. Students can submit projects on a range of small to big initiatives including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative fuel, and recycling programs in their schools and communities. Applications are due by, March 29, 2019. Find more info here.
- Catch Rumpelstiltskin on stage at the Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Receive $2 off museum admission with the purchase of a full-priced Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio ticket on the same day (not available online). Indiana State Museum members receive $2 off admission to Peewinkle performances.
7. Hop Around!
Hop around Indianapolis with our guide to Easter Egg hunts around town!
8. Spring Break at the Prairie
Explore Conner Prairie during their Spring Break Preview March 26-April 7. Come to Conner Prairie to see springtime begin to take hold of our gardens, and baby animals begin to frolic in the fields. Prairietown is shaking off the snow and coming outside to play!
9. 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 zoons:
- Central Library – Indianapolis Public Library – 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis
Hancock County Library – 900 W McKenzie Rd, Greenfield
- Michigan Road Branch Library – Indianapolis Public Library – 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
- Carmel Clay Public Library – 55 4th Ave SE Carmel
10. Visit Cool Creek Park & Nature Center
Cool Creek Park is one of Hamilton County’s most popular parks, as it offers a wide variety of features and activities. Members of the entire family are sure to enjoy this beautiful 90-acre park year round. The park includes 4 miles of wooded trails, perfect for hiking, jogging and bird watching. Scenic paved roads wind through the park are ideal for those who cycle and roller blade.
11. 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
12. 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! White River State Park offers 9 different attractions across 250 beautiful acres in downtown Indianapolis.
13. Hit the trails of Hendricks County
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!
14. Explore 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.
15. 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!
16. Put a different spin on bowling
Head to Main Event Entertainment, besides bowling, they also offer laser tag, arcade games and more. During spring break take advantage of their Spring FUNpass. Starting at just $14.95 per person, the Spring FUNpass offers all-you-can-play bowling, billiards, laser tag and more!
17. Bloom into Spring
After a long, 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, now through May 26. Feast your eyes on more than half a million flowers — peonies, tulips and everything in between. The museum’s Beer Garden returns this spring, too, so adults can grab a beverage, wander the garden and enjoy the colorful blooms.
18. Play, run, jump!
After what seems like the longest winter ever, enjoy some spring weather at one of Indianapolis top playgrounds. Indy’s Child has a long list of playgrounds and reviews right on our website. 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.
19. 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 day trips from Indianapolis. Have a little bit longer than a day? Check out these ideas for a perfect spring break road trip. All of these destinations are under a 4.5-hour drive.
20. 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 Prarie and Flat Fork Creek. Older kids might enjoy an adrenaline rush from a ride on a zip line.
If you are still stuck on what to do this Spring Break, head over to the Indy’s Child calendar page for all of the family-friendly events going on around Indy!