Spring “Must-Do’s”

Now that warmer weather has finally started to return, help your kids shake off their winter blues by taking them outside for one of the many events downtown Indy has to offer in April.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art continues its Family Day series this month with a basketball themed Museum Madness event on April 4. Honoring the Final Four, event tip-off will include a screening of Space Jam, followed by the transformation of the Great Hall into a basketball court. The day will conclude with art-themed activities, cheerleaders and a special drum-line performance. Be sure not to miss this one: it’s the last IMA Family Day that will be FREE.

If your family wants to see more basketball, come downtown for the Final Four® Dribble refreshed by Coca-Cola® on April 5. This event offers 3,000 kids the chance to dribble their way through the heart of downtown Indy during the weekend of the 2015 NCAA Final Four®, plus it’s free to all kids under 18. Participants receive a Final Four t-shirt, a basketball and free admission to the Final Four® Fan Fest presented by Capital One® on April 3 – 6. Event registration begins at 12:30 pm outside the entrance to the Indiana Convention Center (the corner of Georgia Street and Capitol Avenue).

Celebrate Earth Day with 30,000 other Hoosiers during the Earth Day Indiana Festival at White River State Park on April 25. More than 100 environmental nonprofits, companies and groups will be featured to help attendees understand and appreciate the importance of sustainability, environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources. Have fun helping the earth while listening to live music, making arts and crafts and eating delicious food.

Inspire your kids to do good and promote healthy living at the Best Buddies Friendship Run and Walk at White River State Park on April 26. Form a volunteer team and race in the competitive walk or run, or just come for the friendship walk. Either way, encourage your child to take part and learn how to become more compassionate to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

April is also the beginning of the baseball season with eleven chances to catch the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field. For collegiate sports fans, April 21 promises to be an exciting day as Victory Field hosts the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Indiana Hoosiers in a showcase of the best college baseball Indiana has to offer. Victory Field also offers the best deal in town for young fans: kids who join the Knot-Hole Kids Club receive lawn or reserved seat admission to all home games and are invited to run the bases after the game each Sunday. Membership is only $16. Call (317) 269-3545 to sign up.

After a long winter, it’s time enjoy all the outdoor activities downtown Indy has to offer your family this spring!

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