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 5th for $5 Thursday from 4:00- 8:00 pm. Visit the Sports Legend Experience for only $7.
3. Butterfly Kaleidoscope is back at the Indianapolis Zoo!
Finally, guests can once again experience this beautiful and immersive exhibit from March 16 through September 3. Immerse yourself in the beauty of butterflies in this three-acre Hilbert Conservatory. We’ve transformed the indoor gardens into a tropical paradise to bring you over 40 species of butterflies in a way that you’ve never experienced them before!
4. Any circus-goers?
Head down to the Indiana Historical Society for the Circus Day March 24. 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.
5. Indianapolis Indians
Go to Victory Field on April 5th 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 7.
- Check out the Power of Poison before it leaves April 22nd.
- March 29-April 14, experience Sleeping Beauty during a vintage marionette show on a beautiful stage with velvet curtains and scenery. The cackling witch and delightful fairies will enchant your children. Tickets $12. Children under 2 are free at Peewinkles Puppet Studio.
7. Indiana Comic Con
Indiana Comic Con is back in Indianapolis March 30- April 1 at the Indiana Convention Center. Over 400,000 square feet and 150 booths of comics, cosplay, videos, toys, action figures, anime, video games, Star Wars, artwork, trading cards, and fun! Celebrity guests include Sean Astin, Wallace Shawn, Jonathan Frakes, Matthew Lewis, Michael Biehn, Sean Young, Henry Thomas, and Rodger Bumpass.
8. Spend time at IKEA?!
From Monday, April 2 – Friday, April 6 IKEA Fishers will host the 5-day Spring Break Event, with interactive activities and make-and-take craft workshops for customers of all ages. Plus, IKEA FAMILY members can enjoy exclusive food offers and other perks. In-store activities and offers include:
9. Hop Around!
Hop around Indianapolis with our guide to Easter Egg hunts around town!
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!
- March 30, 11:00 am: Garden Storytime!
- April 2, 10:30 am, Noblesville Storytime
- April 8, 1:00 pm, Robots After Noon
11. Visit Cool Creek Park & Nature Center
The Wilds and I took full advantage of the 60+ degree weather and decided to check out Cool Creek Park & Nature Center. We take any chance we can to get outside. What a cool park! This was my first visit to the park. My son got really excited when we pulled in because he recognized the park. His school had visited on a field trip last year.
12. Indiana Historical Society
Celebrate the Indianapolis Colts while exploring football’s role in American culture through digital interactive activities, player interviews, original artifacts, photographs and video of the Colts in action.
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 the Reel West
Check out Dogs: Faithful and True at the Eiteljorg Museum. You can explore the roles that dogsplayed 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. Cereal Cinema
Enjoy cereal and the Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh on April 7th at Newfields.
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.
20. Hello Spring!
This spring you’ll see more flowers in a single stroll than you can anywhere else. Also, if your interest in flowers turns out to have limits, there’s always art in the IMA galleries and beer in the Beer Garden. Now open ’til 8 pm Thursday through Saturday— because nature works overtime in spring. Exotic, traditional, the fresh, the familiar, still life, real life—it’s in the IMA, the Garden and Fairbanks Park. Hello Spring, arriving in stages through May. Visit now, before it changes again.