Things to do in Indianapolis this Winter

Things to do in Indianapolis this Winter

  1. Go sledding on one of Indy’s favorite sledding hills.
  2. Visit Mr. Muffins Trains in Carmel.
  3. Enjoy some botanical fun at the Holliday Park Nature Center.
  4. Sit in a double-sided car at the Indiana State Police Museum.
  5. Walk through the Garfield Park Conservatory.


  6. Stop in to play, work, or socialize at The Urban Chalkboard of Carmel.
  7. Lace up your skates at a local ice rink. {Have you seen Holliday Park Ice Rink??}
  8. Let the kids run wild indoors at The Traders Point Christian Church’s “The Park.”
  9. Watch the Jingle Rails trains go ‘round at the Eiteljorg Museumthru 1/18.
  10. Catch a film in the Indianapolis Museum of Art Winter Nights Series.
  11. Discover the indoor Discovery Station at Conner Prairie.
  12. Ride the escalators at Central Library in downtown Indy, then head to The Curve for a little green screen fun.
  13. Pick out a $1 children’s book at Indy Reads Books.
  14. Sing-a-long on the 3rd Monday of the month at a Carmel Parks Winter Kids Concert.
  15. Look into a cooking class for your mini Julia Child.
  16. Enjoy a free program at one of our local libraries.
  17. Swim in the indoor pool at the new downtown CityWay YMCA.
  18. Step into Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio for the Valentine Cabaret. {Read our recent review.}
  19. Gather friends for a fun playtime at the Recreation Unlimited showroom of Noblesville.
  20. Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Clowes Hall 1/13-1/16 for Wizard Of Oz, the musical.
  21. Head north for a ride on the Pokagon State Park toboggan run.
  22. Fire up a tableside helping of s’mores at BRICS in Broad Ripple.
  23. Honor MLK Day with free admission at a local attraction.

    Family Day at IMA - Indy's Child

  24. Visit Family Day on the first Saturday of the month at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
  25. Visit the Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park.
  26. Head south to the huge indoor climbing gym at The Commons of Columbus, IN.
  27. After your visit at The Commons, stop for treats at Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor, just across the street.
  28. Go duckpin bowling in Fountain Square.
  29. Jam out at a Kids Rhythm Class with Bongo Boy Music School.
  30. Take a ride down the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Chocolate Slide, as part of the Willy Wonka-inspired décor in the Sunburst Atrium.
  31. Venture through the new Flat Fork Creek Park of Fishers. Start with the sledding hill, stay for the treehouses.
  32. Bounce like Tigger to Cumberland Park for the Fishers Parks and Recreation National Winnie The Pooh Day on 1/17.
  33. Or, bounce the winter blues away at BounceU of Fishers.
  34. Plan time for Hot Jazz For Cool Kids, the Indianapolis Public Library’s annual winter jazz concerts perfect for young listeners.
  35. Bundle up for a winter hike on Fall Creek Trail at Fort Harrison State Park.
  36. Scout out the 35-foot Veal’s Ice Tree in person.
  37. Enjoy free admission to the Indianapolis Museum of Art on the first Thursday of every month from 4-8pm.
  38. Pet a shark at the Indianapolis Zoo.

    99 Things To Do This Winter - Indy's Child

  39. Pop in to Carmel Clay Library for a Preschool Dance Party on 1/22.
  40. Check out weekly storytime, Tuesdays at Pottery Barn Kids{5-time visitors receive a $10 coupon toward their own book!}.
  41. Don’t miss Peppa Pig Live! at Old National Centre on 2/4.
  42. Stock up on spring clothes at a local consignment sale.
  43. Go on one of the National Geographic Sacred Journeys at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, running through 2/21.
  44. Look into Snowy Science, a new winter program with the Indianapolis Public Library that teaches kids about how snow is made, snowflakes and more.
  45. Enjoy a family swim night at Goldfish Swim School.
  46. Check into a Youth Climbing time at Evo Rock + Fitness, Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8pm.
  47. Let the kids {and you!} have a night out by looking into one of these great Parent Night Out programs.
  48. Learn about making maple syrup at the annual Holliday Park Sap To Syrup Day on 2/26.
  49. Keep eyes peeled for the Yelp Indy’s Little Yelpers Club activities which are free andworth putting on your calendar.
  50. Engage your preschooler/kindergartener in the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Teddy Bear Series.
  51. Check out the Indiana Repertory Theater’s run of To Kill A Mockingbird through 2/28.
  52. Join Broad Ripple Park for their annual Moonlight Madness Egg Hunt on 3/18.
  53. Put your kids’ musical tastes to the test at the monthly Indy CD & Vinyl Kids Day on the last Sunday of the month. Includes a concert too!
  54. Head to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on the first Thursday of the month for free admission from 4-8pm.
  55. Visit the new location of the Indy Winter Farmers Market at the Circle City Industrial Complex.
  56. Take the fam or go for an adults-only night out during Devour Downtown.
  57. Enjoy a fun Saturday morning Peanut Butter & Jam concerts at The Center For The Performing Arts, designed for kids ages 1-7.
  58. Spend an afternoon bowling at your favorite local lanes.
  59. Don your green at the Greening Of The Canal on 3/16, which includes family fun at the Indiana Historical Society, concerts and more. 

    GreeningOfTheCanal - Indy's Child

  60. Speaking of green, head out for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Indy.
  61. Skate on in to an Indiana Fuel hockey Family Fun Day.
  62. Explore the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum.
  63. Schedule a tour of the Indianapolis Humane Society.
  64. Head to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indy. {Small fee to take the elevator but the stairs are free.}
  65. Scope out the Indianapolis Firefighters Museum on Mass Ave.
  66. Walk around the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway {kids 4 and under are free!}.
  67. Take advantage of a snowy day by going to the Lakeview Church Indoor Playground.
  68. Catch a performance of The True Story of the Three Little Pigs at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ Lilly Theater, 3/12-3/26. {Museum admission required.}
  69. Snuggle up with a new book at Kids Ink Bookstore.
  70. Afterward, head next door for a treat at The Flying Cupcake.
  71. Investigate the Presidential Egg Roll at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on 3/19.
  72. Cheer on the Butler Bulldgos basketball team at the historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.
  73. Be inspired at the NCAA Hall Of Champions {ages 5 and under free!}.
  74. Sneak in and see the Cool Creek Park Nature Center.
  75. Decorate pottery at You Are The Potter Wacky Wednesdays for a discounted $5 fee.
  76. Dive into the trampoline park, giant foam pit or dunk baskets at SkyZone of Fishers or Plainfield.
  77. Just pop in for a free sample of popcorn at well, Just Pop In! of Broad Ripple. {Mini bags make a perfect snack.}
  78. Mark your calendar for the annual Circus Day at the Indiana Historical Society {usually the last weekend in March!}.
  79. Celebrate National Pie Day on 3/14 with a slice from My Sugar Pie in Zionsville.
  80. Watch a Naptown Roller Girls bout.
  81. Take a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, available every Tuesday and Wednesday. {Kids 3 and under are FREE!}
  82. Build the day away at Brickworld Indy LEGO Expo at the Fairgrounds 3/12-3/13.
  83. Lay underneath the Richard WentworthFalse Ceiling – Indianapolis lobby installation at the Indianapolis Museum Of Art. 

    Richard Wentworth False Ceiling Indianapolis - Indy's Child

  84. Enjoy a Lucas Oil Family Nightwith the Indiana Pacers.
  85. Curb your Spring Fever with the annual Carmel Clay Parks afternoon of kite flying, Easter egg hunts and more on 3/26.
  86. Bang away at the Rhythm Discovery Center, an interactive percussion museum in downtown Indy.
  87. Sign up for winter swim lessons at your family’s favorite spot.
  88. Take advantage of a warm{er} day and walk through history at Crown Hill Cemetery.
  89. Discover your family’s love of classic tales at the new Pirates and Princesses – Storybook Adventures exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
  90. Keep your eyes peeled for gnomes at the Garfield Park Conservatory’s Gnome Away From Home display, 3/19-4/3.
  91. Get a cup of hot chocolate from South Bend Chocolate Company on Monument Circle.
  92. Go for lunch at City Market downtown. {May we recommend 3 Days In Paris Crepes?}
  93. Take your budding astronomers for a public tour on Friday or Saturday evenings at Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, reopening in late January.
  94. Channel your youth at a local roller skating rink.

    99 Things To Do This Winter - Indy's Child

  95. Indulge in an oversized donut at Dancing Donut of SoBro.
  96. Go glow golfing on level 4 of the downtown Circle Centre Mall.
  97. Be enchanted by Sleeping Beauty at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio from 3/24-4/17.
  98. Watch for plenty o’ family-friendly films on the schedule at Flix Brewhouse in Carmel.
  99. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with one of many storytimes or activities around town in early March.

Are you out enjoying some of this fun? Please let us know! We’d love to see your pics, send Twitter shouts our way and/or repost your family’s smiling faces. Include @indyschild #ICWinter in any of your posts on social media and we’ll find you.