“What are we going to do today?” whines one. “I’m bored!” cries another. Soon a chorus of complaints fills the air. The bubble of bliss has popped, and they won’t stop until a solution has been found. It’s hard to balance daily entertainment with a reasonable budget, but Indy’s Child has you covered. For more free fun, check out our list of free things going on in Indy this month!
The list below opens up many possibilities for fun activities for $5 or less in Indianapolis!
1. Try for a turkey with Indy’s Kids Bowl Free Program! Children participating must register online beforehand.
2. Make the most of your Wednesdays at the Flix Brewhouse with their summer special – $2 family-friendly screenings!
3. Pack a picnic and blanket for Concerts on the Canal! Lawn seating is free.
4. Take in the fresh air on one of Indianapolis’ hiking trails. Some parks require small entry fees and some are free!
6. Climb away on the Treehouses at Flat Fork Creek. Free!
7. Splash around at the Monon Center’s Waterpark! General admission is reduced to $5 for adults and $4 for youth ages after 4pm, Monday – Friday.
8. Hit the beach! Enjoy a day at Morse Beach and Park. Admission is $3/person Monday – Friday and $4/person Saturday – Sunday.
9. Learn about the best of the best at the NCAA Hall of Fame! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids and seniors (kids under 5 are free!).
10. Head downtown once a month for Sunset Cinema on the Canal, a free outdoor movie series. Movie-goers are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics. Free!
11. Don’t let the rainy days deter you! Check out The Park, a giant indoor playground at Trader’s Point Christian Church. Free!
12. Attend a local summer festival! Admission fees vary, but many are free.
13. Respect the law and learn all about it at The Indiana State Police Museum. Donations are accepted. Free!
14. Take a farm walk and watch the process of milking real cows at Trader’s Point Creamery! Admission is $3 and kids under 2 are free!
16. Get your art on! Admission to Newfields is free on the first Thursday of every month, 4-8pm, for the general public. Free!
17. Skate the day away at Skateland! Head there on Mondays from 12-3pm for 50 cent admission and $4 skate rentals and again on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm for $2 admission and $2 rentals!
18. Head to Kingmakers Board Game Parlour on Mass Ave for hours of board game fun! $5 cover per person.
19. Escape hot or rainy days at the indoor playground at Brookville Road Community Church. Free!
20. Not in Indy but road trip-worthy nonetheless. Roll your own beeswax candle at Hunters Honey Farm! Cost ranges from $3.25 – $4.50. The farm offers many other activities at varying prices as well.
21. Decorate pottery at You Are the Potter on Wacky Wednesdays for the $5 special.
22. Check out Royal Pin’s bowling specials at different locations around the city, like $2.50 early bird Sunday games, $2.50 game/$2.50 rental Monday night specials, and more!
23. Putt on over to Just 4 Fun on Wednesdays from 5-8pm for specials on mini golf and go karts! Only $4.
24. Build sandcastles, swim, or simply soak up the sun at Saxony Beach. It’s free to Fishers residents, and $5 for non-residents (kids under 2 are free).
25. Explore the brand new Kid City at Greenwood Community Center. This brand new indoor playground is just $4 per child. Accompanying adults are free.
26. Use our comprehensive guide to explore Indianapolis’ parks! Free!
27. Visit the interactive and fun Holliday Park Nature Center. Free!
28. Enjoy $5 per person admission to The Children’s Museum on the first Thursday of the month. Admission to the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® is a separate fee, but also only $5 per person (or visit both for $7 per person).
29. Check out Indy Parks’ summer concert and movie series. Free!
30. Scope out the The Carmel Fire Buffs and Fire Department Museum. Donation at the door appreciated. Free!
31. Visit your local farmers market, many with live music and fun activities for kids.
32. Walk around and explore rotating exhibits the Indianapolis Art Center! Free!
33. Discover Indiana Flora and Fauna at the Zion Nature Center! Open Friday – Sunday. Free!
34. Explore the The Learning Curve at Central Library! Free!
35. Explore a new playground.
36. Gear up for Laser Tag at X-Site for $5 games on Fridays from 12-6pm!
37. Explore the Eiteljorg’s indoor galleries and enjoy live music under The Sails every Wednesday this June and July from 5pm-8pm. Music starts at 6pm. Free!
38. Try Wednesday nights at the Indiana State Museum’s Canal Nights. Stop by from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays for games, art, science, and fun! Free!
39. Take a break from the sun at Barnes & Noble Storytime and Activities. Free!
40. Cool off at a nearby Splash Pad. Most are free!
41. Did you know the Monon Trail stretches through Indy for 26 miles? Get the family outside on bikes, blades, or foot and enjoy one of Indy’s local treasures! Free!
42. Visit Mass Ave on Sundays to explore fun stores without paying for the parking meter!
43. Have you checked out the Colts Canal PlaySpace yet? Spanning about an acre on the north end of the Downtown Canal Walk and connected to the Cultural Trail, the whole family will enjoy this public play area. Free!
Colts Canal PlaySpace44. Make summer reading fun! Head to Indy Reads Books on the first and third Saturday of every month for Paws to Read, a program designed to build confident young readers by reading to trained therapy dogs. Free!
45. Put your walking shoes on and climb to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on the Circle. Free!
46. Spread love and joy by volunteering at the Mid-North Food Pantry. Free!
47. Head to the library for countless free events and activities. Reading groups, computer classes, art classes, movie screenings, and much more are available at multiple branches! Free!
48. Spend a day at Eagle Creek! The park includes hiking trails, a swimming beach, a playground, and various boat rentals. $5 per car for Marion County residents.
49. Don’t miss First Fridays in Indy this summer! Enjoy art galleries, open-air markets, local musicians, and more. Many events are free to the public. Check our monthly guide to find an event near you.
50. Join Indianapolis Public Library’s 2019 Summer Reading Program! Celebrating 100 years, the reading program caters to all ages and reading styles. And it’s free!