20 Places Around Indianapolis to Take Your Baby or Toddler

Got a wee little one? There’s still lots of fun to be had around town!

The early years of parenthood are daunting. It can feel confining — like you’re restricted to your home, stroller walks, or your precious 10 minutes walking the aisles of Target with a latte while your little one snoozes in the cart. Where are all the good spots for parents of very young children? Where can you and your baby go to relax, play and socialize? We have you covered with our favorite parent-approved indoor and outdoor baby-friendly locales across the Indianapolis area for kiddos ages 0 to 2!    

Places Around Indianapolis to Take Your Baby or Toddler:

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis 

Imagine 29 acres of land offering countless areas of fun for your tots. The world’s largest children’s museum has so many places for little ones to visit. Here kids can learn about history, discover new things, and even have a blast running around the spiral stairs positioned at the center of the museum. The museum is a fantastic historical center, although you’re likely to see your children go straight for the Playscape. The Playscape (open to children 5 and younger) has a padded play area for less mobile babies. It also boasts private rooms for nursing and diaper changes.  

For toddlers: There are many things to do here, but the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is the absolute best. Take your toddler around to try out each of the different sports. It’s a great early way to gauge their interest level (if any!) in various sports, with 12 outdoor experiences and three inside exhibits. 

playescape at the children's museum of indinaapolis
playescape at the children's museum of indinaapolis

Eiteljorg R. B. Annis Western Family Experience

500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis 

The newly renovated R.B. Annis Western Family Experience is not to be missed! Fan favorites, like the stagecoach, are ever-present, but the addition of imaginative play spaces that allow children to “plant” and “harvest” a garden, and serve food out of a kitchen, are perfect for little learners. You can also cuddle up and read in the library before riding off into the sunset on one of the horse statues.  

The Eiteljorg Museum’s New Family Education Center
The Eiteljorg Museum’s New Family Education Center


12524 N. Gray Road, Carmel 

Gymboree offers classes for infants (0-8 months), Crawlers (6-14 months), and Walkers (10-18 months), as well as family and music classes. Classes are a multi-sensory play and learning experiences that stimulate reflexes and builds brain power.  

Classes for Babies & Toddlers | Gymboree Play & Music - Carmel, IN

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The Busy Bee Play Cafe

5635 W 96th St Suite 200, Indianapolis

Imagine an indoor play space where adults can unwind while their kids engage in imaginative and energetic play. That’s precisely what the Busy Bee Play Cafe is all about – a harmonious blend of child-friendly excitement and adult relaxation.

The Busy Bee Cafe Indianapolis

Holliday Park Nature Center 

6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis  

Hiking may be the shining star of Holliday Park, but don’t overlook the year-round fun to be had in the Holliday Park nature center. The space boasts many live animals to enjoy (and a working beehive), but also baby-friendly toys, books, a fun loft to explore and even a stream to splash in! Bonus: It’s FREE! 

Holliday Park Nature Center
Holliday Park Nature Center

Dig Dig for Kids

12800 Ford Drive, Fishers

Dig Dig for Kids is the largest indoor sandbox in Indiana specifically designed for the kids under, with toddlers especially in love with what it offers. They’ve built a sandbox that is more than a play area – it’s also a place for creativity and discovery. While primarily catering to the younger crowd, children over 10 are also invited to share in the fun, provided they handle the equipment with care and show kindness to the smaller adventurers.

dig dig for kids

Kid’s Planet 

499 Southpoint Circle, Suite 101-102, Brownsburg 

Kid’s Planet has a multi-story indoor playground appropriate from new walkers to pre-teens. This is the perfect play spot for a multi-age family, with options for everyone. The padded toddler play area is inviting and perfect for your little one. 

About | Kids Planet
Kid’s Planet 

Schoolhouse 7 Cafe

12125 Cyntheanne Rd., Fishers

Formerly a one-room schoolhouse, Schoolhouse 7 Cafe in Fishers is a welcoming place for families. Along with coffee and hot chocolate, Schoolhouse 7 offers delicious family recipes, like Sally Jo’s sausage souffle and Grandma Jean’s chocolate cake, as well as kid-friendly goodies like cake pops, cupcakes, muffins and more. Venture upstairs and you’ll find a play area with toys and books for kids, which also serves as the meeting place for storytime events that the cafe puts on.

schoolhouse coffee

Kid City at the Greenwood Community Center

 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, IN 46143

Kid City at the Greenwood Community Center opened in 2017 as part of the reimagined Community Center. The two-story space is a year-round indoor playground for children, with STEAM-focused activity centers incorporating educational themes, art, science, and music. Babies and toddlers will particularly enjoy the small climbing structures and musical garden.

Kid City Playground


Indy Stars Gymnastics Preschool Open Play 

8070 Georgetown Road, Indianapolis  

POP, as it is affectionately called, is open to children 0-6, and the entire gymnastics floor is open for exploration for the children. Your baby may enjoy bouncing on a trampoline, exploring a foam block pit, or just moving their bodies on the padded gym floors.  Every Wednesday from 10-11:30 am. 

POPs at Indy Star Gymnastics
POPs at Indy Star Gymnastics

Library Story Times 

Various locations 

Even though your tot won’t be reading their first novel for quite some time, the library is still the place to encourage a love of reading right from the start! The Indianapolis Public Library has 23 branches, each offering various events for kids.  Baby story times can help develop early literacy skills. Utilizing songs, stories, rhymes, puppets and instruments, these sessions engage your baby and make their first library experiences fun and exciting. Visit the website for specific times and locations for each event. 

Carter’s Play Place

Every child deserves a place to play, and they’ll find that at Carter’s Play Place in Westfield. The newly reopened inclusive children’s play space is better than ever, and designed to cater to kids of all abilities. Toddlers will love the foam pit, trampoline and swings. Babies have their own dedicated area, a safe and engaging environment crafted just for them to discover and play. 

Carter’s Play Place Inclusive Fun indoor play place in Westfield, IN
Carter’s Play Place Inclusive Fun indoor play place in Westfield, IN


Rose & Lois 

7249 E. 146th St., Suite 110, Carmel 

If you’re looking for a quiet spot to relax while your little one can play for a few minutes, Rose and Lois has exactly what you’re looking for. A dedicated small corner of their café is dedicated to kiddos and is just right for little ones who want to keep an eye on Mom or Dad while they engage in some imaginative play. Bonus, the coffee is great! 

a kitchen with a table in a room
Rose & Lois 

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Conner Prairie Discovery Station (temporarily closed) 

13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers 

Conner Prairie’s Discovery Station is a play area that is open year-round, and although it caters to kids through the age of 9, there is a special section just for you and your infant. A Mom’s Room is nearby, providing a convenient space for feeding and diaper changes at Conner Prairie. 

Discovery Station at Conner Prairie
Discovery Station at Conner Prairie

Want to take things outside? Here are our favorite parks for babies and toddlers.  

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Founders Park, Carmel 

We have two words for you: sand box! That’s right, bring your scoops and buckets and let your kiddo dig right on in. In addition, there are swings and a toddler play area and walking trails to explore at Founders Park in Carmel. 

Holliday Park, Indianapolis  

Holliday Park’s playground has something all parents want: a fenced-off toddler playground! You can feel safe your little one hasn’t given you the slip and let them freely explore the kid-friendly play space.

Independence Park, Greenwood 

When Independence Park was renovated, the goal was to create a space where children of all ages and abilities can play together and they nailed it! We love this space for families with many children, there’s something for everyone.  

Independence Park in Greenwood

Simon Moon Park, Westfield 

A parent of a toddler must have designed Simon Moon Park! All the play structures are low and easy for early walkers to navigate. The rubberized turf makes for a soft landing, should your tot take a tumble.  

Simon Moon Park
Simon Moon Park

Tarkington Park, Indianapolis 

Tarkington Park’s rubberized turf and sloping hills make it an ideal play space for little explorers.  

River Heritage Park

River Heritage Park, located on Carmel‘s east side, has a modern playground with many fun structures designed for younger kids. Hiking with babies or toddlers is also ideal at River Heritage Park because of its soft rubber path. Perfect for pushing strollers or for toddlers to walk themselves. 

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