Let’s face it – packing up all the gear necessary to spend an afternoon out of the house with a baby can be a daunting task. But sometimes you’ve just got to get out! (Even if only for a short period of time.)
So here’s a list of places to go with baby in tow.
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
This indoor play area 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. There is also a mom’s room nearby, providing a convenient space for feedings and diaper changes.
GREENWOOD: 1001 N State Road 135, Greenwood
CARMEL: 12524 N. Gray Road, Carmel
The Baby Lab at Gymboree is a multi-sensory play and learning lab that stimulates reflexes and builds brain power. The specially designed equipment and props are created just for babies 0 – 10 months. Themes include art, music, signs, literacy, lights and mindfulness.
Kindermusik is recognized as a leader in music-based education for kids, and you can start bringing your newborn to classes when they’re just a few weeks old. “Cuddle and Bounce” sessions are specifically designed for babies as young as 6 weeks, and are now offered at two locations. Licensed instructors lead parents and their little ones on an adventure of learning and fun while laying a foundation for musical exploration.
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 Public Library of Indianapolis has 23 branches and each one offers a variety of events for kids. “Mother Goose on the Loose” and 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.
452 East Carmel Drive, Carmel
Boasting a learning studio as well as a play café, The Urban Chalkboard might just have it all. A padded play area made just for infants is perfect for your little one to practice those new rolling or crawling skills. Mirrors and bright colors make exciting additions for getting in that tummy time too. Parents are welcome to grab a latte at the café hub, and relax while watching their babies explore. There are also fun classes offered daily in the learning studio. Open play is free for babies under 9 months and most classes are included with admission. Be sure to check out the online calendar for class details and open play times, and reserve a spot before you visit as space fills up fast!
Babies don’t stay babies for very long. Make the most of this special time together by visiting these spots made just for you and your little sidekick.