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Tea Rooms in Indianapolis to Visit with Kids

I took my kids to have tea today.

Real life, three-tier platter high afternoon tea. There were porcelain cups that could break, there was clotted cream and I kid you not, there was a real English lady there baking scones.

If you haven’t checked out Tina’s Traditional Old English Kitchen & Tearoom in Carmel, you should. My wife, our two youngest kids, and I took a seat next to the front window. The gorgeous late morning sun was beaming in, creating an idyllic and picturesque background for my two little darlings to shove copious amounts of sugar cubes in their mouths.

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You see, there is a lot to love about Tina’s: the under-the-stairs play area for kids, the beautiful teacups, and the ah-mazing tomato chutney. But for my kids, all of it pales in comparison to those little brown and white lumps of sweet sweet sugary goodness. They didn’t even notice that we were able to come in without the usual 24-hour reservation that most afternoon teas require… Or that the staff was extremely kind and patient while my daughter refused to leave the play area until we’d taken her picture wearing 20 different plastic dress up rings and three princess tiaras.

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What they did notice was that we went and did something a little different today. We played dress up, we pretended to be princesses and princes, we drank from special cups, and we gave them our undivided attention because God knows we were horrified that they might smash a water goblet to the floor.

Taking your kids to afternoon tea is like that. It’s like skydiving: So many things could go wrong in so many ways, but usually it’s fine and you’re left with an awesome memory. Except – unlike skydiving – the colder it is outside the more fun it is to do. So I suggest getting dressed up and heading out!

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If getting dressed up is too challenging for your crew – or heading to Hamilton County too much of a trek – you can always visit one of the other places listed below or throw a tea party at home. There’s an option for every location and budget.

Here is a list of tea rooms in Indianapolis worth visiting with kids:

Tina’s Traditional English Kitchen and Tea Room

Two locations

30 Rangeline Road, Carmel
(317) 565-9716

1702 Pennsylvania Street, Columbus
(812) 657-3484


229 N Madison Avenue, Greenwood
(317) 888-8449


135 S Main Street, Zionsville
(317) 873-5590

Tilly’s Tea Room

3rd floor of Saks Fifth Ave at the Fashion Mall
8701 Keystone Crossing, Indianapolis
(317) 816-0171

Taiwan Teahouse

3746 82nd Street, Indianapolis
(317) 598-9733

Tea’s Me Cafe

140 E. 22nd Street, Indianapolis
(317) 920-1016

Twigs & Tea

Relocating as of August 2019. Check Facebook for updates.
(317) 578-2550

Cafe at the Prop

The Indianapolis Propylaeum
1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis
(317) 638-7881

L.S. Ayres Tea Room™ at the Indiana State Museum

This tea room is open only during the holiday season! Visit November 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020.

650 W Washington Street, Indianapolis
(317) 232-1637

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