There is a big, wide world outside your home for your baby to discover.
When you’re both ready to fly the coop in search of some fun, here are a few places where you and your baby will have a good time.
Enjoy pint-sized play at
Playscape at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Located on Level 3 of the museum, Playscape was created especially for the 5 and under set. But even better, there is a special area just for babies, so you can let your little one roll around, crawl and explore new sights and sounds in a safe space designed just for them. Playscape also offers amenities like private nursing areas, family restrooms and diaper-changing stations.
3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
Drink a latte while your baby plays at
The Urban Chalkboard
Part café, part play area, The Urban Chalkboard offers intentionally designed, open-ended play spaces for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. The play café offers a special space just for babies and non-walkers, complete with soft padding all around and age-appropriate toys.
452 E. Carmel Dr., Carmel
Create, build and explore at
Discovery Station at Conner Prairie
This indoor area of Conner Prairie is where kids ages 9 and under can create, explore, play and pretend. Babies have their own area where they can crawl and explore, too. Discovery Station is open year-round, even when the outdoor spaces of Conner Prairie are closed for the season.
13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers
Meet up with your parent pals and their tots at
Little Village Playroom
Located on the Carmel/Indy border, this play space encourages exploration around the bright, open room filled with toys and imaginative play spaces that are perfect for babies and toddlers. Tables and chairs bank one side of the play room, which is a perfect area to rest, watch your child play and enjoy some free coffee.
9850 N. Michigan Rd., Carmel
Take a class at
Gymboree offers parent/child classes and activities that encourage sensory development for children ages 0 to 6 months, as well as all the way up to preschool ages. Classes for babies include tummy-time exercises, songs and opportunities to socialize.
Read stories and sing songs at
Baby Storytime at Your Local Library
Your neighborhood library is a great place to take your baby for free fun. Many libraries offer programming for babies and lap-sitters that involve reading books, singing songs and rhymes, and doing fingerplays. Best of all, with so many libraries around Indy and the surrounding cities, you’re sure to find a baby storytime that fits your schedule.
Indianapolis | Carmel | Avon-Washington Township
Make music at
Kindermusik’s Foundations Classes
These music classes are geared toward babies ages 0 to 18 months, and offer young tots an environment to explore and react to new sounds, sensations and objects in a gentle and caring atmosphere.
Splish splash during
Family Swim Time
Introduce your baby to water in a fun and relaxing way during a family swim time at your local pool. Many YMCA locations and neighborhood community centers have indoor and outdoor pool areas, and times set aside for families and young kids to play in the water. Many swim schools also offer special hours dedicated to family swim — some are included with swim lesson membership, and some are pay-as-you-go.
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis | Monon Community Center | Goldfish Swim School
Meet other mamas at
Mother Connection Support Group at IU Health North Hospital
Known around Indy as a cheerleader and mentor to new moms, Cindy Love (childbirth educator and pediatric nurse practitioner) oversees two support groups: one for new moms with infants, the other for women with toddlers. These casual, free weekly meetings are a time for moms to connect with other moms, listen to guest speakers and feel supported. Cindy Love brings the toys and snacks, so moms can relax, nurse their babies and learn from each other.
11700 N. Meridian St., Carmel