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The “100 Things To Do This Summer In Indy” List

It’s the last official month of summer. Don’t forget about our special “100 Things To Do This Summer In Indy” list, thanks to our friends at theCityMoms. Some of the activities are free, some on the weekends – all come with the promise of fun. For a challenge, download the printable version of this list and check off each activity your family completes. Make sure to share the fun by posting your photos to social media. Just use the hashtag #ICSummer and tag @indyschild!

Get started at https://indyschild.com/100-things-to-do-this-summer-in-indy/

It’s time for the Indiana State Fair

2015 marks the Year of the Farmer for the Indiana State Fair, showcasing that past, present and future of Hoosier agriculture. Returning are the Midway rides, Family Fun Park, Grandstand events, delicious eats, animals and free stage entertainment we’ve come to love. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Fishing Pond may be one of the best-kept secrets of the entire fair, offering free fishing opportunities for kids grade school ages and up. If you haven’t added this to your list of summer to-dos, don’t miss out. Free shuttles are available from Glendale Mall or hop a ride on the State Fair Train departing regularly from the Indiana Transportation Museum Fishers location.

August 7-23

Indiana State Fairgrounds

For more info: www.in.gov/statefair

Kids Day at the Traders Point Charity Horse Show

The Traders Point Charity Horse Show takes a break from their five day event to celebrate Kids Day on Saturday, August 8 with pony and horse rides, face painting, the Pacers Van and many other fun activities. Visit the special Kids Day Tent to round out the fun. Admission $15; kids 12 and under free (with free parking too.)

Saturday, August 8, 10 am-3 pm

Wild Air Farms, Zionsville

More info: www.traderspoint.org

Star light, star bright: Let us see the Perseids tonight

In August the Northern Hemisphere is blessed with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower and according to experts, you can often expect to see up to 50 meteors per hour. Although young family members may not make it through the night to early dawn when viewing is best, this is definitely a fun family activity worthy of pitching a tent for in the backyard. Best date for viewing is believed to be August 13.

Peak viewing: August 11-14

Location: Your backyard or favorite night sky viewing location

*this one can be omitted if you need space

Yes those are monsters… as in monster trucks

The Monster Truck Nationals return to the Indiana State Fairgrounds as part of their national 2015 tour and promise to bring loads of engine-roaring fun with them. There will be side-by-side drags, wheelie shootouts and plenty of freestyle action to watch. Bring noise-cancelling headphones for the kids (or yourself) as the volume can be quite loud. Admission is $5 but paid admission to the Indiana State Fair is required. Kids 5 and under are free.

Saturday, August 22

Indiana State Fairgrounds

More info: www.monstertrucknationals.com/monster-truck-nationals-indianapolis

Indy’s Child Back2School Bash 

We’re trying something a little new: A special Back2School Bash! Thanks to the Monon Community Center, this fair will be a high-energy event where families can learn more about local organizations, enjoy hands-on activities, watch live entertainment, win prizes and enjoy the Monon Community Center Water Park – all for free! Come join us as we celebrate the back to school season in style.

Saturday, August 29

Monon Community Center

For more info: https://indyschild.com/back2school-bash/ 

Students visit the Indiana State Museum… for free!

It’s the last month for students to enjoy free admission to the Indiana State Museum.  A special downloadable pass can be printed from the ISM website that allows free admission with the purchase of an adult admission. Don’t forget to snag a special goody bag at the ticket counter that will also help guide your family through the galleries and feature special information about our state. Pass is good for multiple visits through August 2015.

To download and print your coupon, visit: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/hoosierreaders/museum-student-passcolor.pdf

Warm weather = outdoor movie season

Take the popcorn and head outdoors to watch a family flick this summer. The “Summer Fun: Guide To Outdoor Movies In Indy” lists a variety of outdoor movie options around the greater Indianapolis area. And many of them are free! Put them on your calendar for a family outing or a great date night.

For full lineup and other details, visit: https://indyschild.com/outdoor-movies-indianapolis/

Adventure is waiting. Launch into Scouting!

Scouts do stuff. They build things. Play with purpose. Make friends and work together.

These life changing experiences, and the confidence they provide, become bricks that eventually form a foundation; one a Scout can stand on to embrace opportunity and overcome obstacles. For the parents watching in awe, it’s not a question of where their Scout will go, but where won’t he go.

Make Scouting the foundation of your son’s future. Register for Scouting at your local

elementary school Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, or at www.JoinScoutsIN.org. Each new member will receive a free model rocket to build and launch!

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