The kids are off school for an entire week (or two) for spring break!
If you are staying local for spring break, Indy has tons of kid-friendly activities to keep the whole family busy! Explore some new places or things you’ve never done this spring break!
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Here are 22 things to do in this spring break in Indianapolis:
1. Visit the Children’s Museum.
The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience combines rich sports history, physical fitness, and health education in a variety of family-fun, indoor and outdoor experiences. Run, drive, jump, putt, and play while learning how to stay happy, healthy, and safe. The Sports Legend Experience reopens on March 19, 2022.
The NEW Dinosphere is designed to make you feel surrounded by a magical world of prehistoric plants and animals. It literally feels like walking into the pages of a fairytale. The Dinosphere opens on March 19, 2022
Plus, head to the museum on Thursday, April 7, 2022, to take advantage of First Thursday Nights from 4:00 – 8:00 pm! Visit the museum for just $6, the Sports Legends Experience for just $6, or both for just $7! Get your tickets early.
2. Celebrate spring with xZOOberance at the Indianapolis Zoo.
Coming just in time for spring break, xZooberance runs every Thursday – Sunday, March 24 – April 17. The Zoo will be open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm with event activities running 11:00 am – 4:00 pm.
3. Cheer on the Indianapolis Indians.
Go to Victory Field on April 5 for the Indianapolis Indians season opener for baseball and fireworks! Remember, game day is 60 degrees guaranteed or you will receive another home game ticket of your choice in April.
4. Stay busy at the Indiana State Museum.
- How People Make Things Exhibit
Every object in our world has a story of how it is made. How People Make Things, is a new exhibit that tells that story by linking familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas, and technology.
6. Enjoy spring break at the Prairie.
- Juice and Canvas – April 7
Children of all ages will be invited to join a thirty-minute class where they can learn beginners’ painting techniques while painting the nature around them and drinking juice. Tickets are $5, as well as a general admission ticket or membership.
- Treetop Outpost
Conner Prairie has so many outdoor locations to explore, but the one you don’t want to miss is the Treetop Outpost. The Treetop Outpost also includes this 30-foot suspension bridge and a connecting Nature Walk that leads visitors through the woods and along the White River to a prairie lookout.
7. Go downtown!
We bet there are some things on your downtown Indy bucket list that you still need to check off. With so many events and activities happening downtown during spring break, you can experience so much and make great memories right in your city.
8. Explore a nature playground
It’s no secret that Indianapolis is home to many beautiful playgrounds, but these natural ones stand out for their unique design – bringing you closer to nature.
- Nature Adventure Playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion – This playground is truly a hidden gem, and it’s the only public park in the area with a zip line!
- River Road Park – Little archeologists, history buffs and dinosaur lovers: We have the perfect park for you! River Road Park in Carmel is a one-of-a-kind park that includes features you’ll see nowhere else around Indy.
- The Children’s Garden at Coxhall Gardens – This beautiful park, located on the west side of Carmel, is a magical hidden gem, and it’s the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a more analog park experience for kids.
9. When in doubt, go to the library.
The greater Indianapolis area has some incredible libraries, both for finding new books and creating new adventures. Here are a few of our favorite libraries that offer great kids zones:
- Central Library – 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis
- Hancock County Library – 900 W McKenzie Rd, Greenfield
- Michigan Road Branch Library – 6201 Michigan Road, Indianapolis
- Carmel Clay Public Library – 55 4th Ave SE, Carmel
10. Visit a nature center.
Nature centers have the best of everything. Enjoy some time outside before heading indoors for educational activities and exhibits. You could spend your entire week visiting all the different nature centers in Central Indiana!
11. Take a stroll on the Monon Trail
Enjoying a walk or a family bike ride on the Monon Trail is a sure way to know spring is here. The Monon Trail is 18.1 miles long and stretches from Downtown Indy, all the way up to Westfield. Along the trail, you will find some of Indy’s best local shops and restaurants. Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly spots to get a quick treat:
- Bub’s Burgers& Ice Cream – 210 W Main St, Carmel,
- Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station: BRICS – 901 E 64th St, Indianapolis
- Gallery Pastry Shop – 1101 E 54th St G, Indianapolis
- Locally Grown Gardens – 1050 E 54th St, Indianapolis
- Huddles Frozen Yogurt – 1356 E 86th St, Indianapolis
12. Enjoy a whole day at White River State Park!
White River State Park offers 9 different attractions across 250 beautiful acres in downtown Indianapolis. All are a must-do!
13. Try out a new restaurant
14. Get your drum circle on at Rhythm! Discovery Center!
Rhythm! Discovery Center is full of interactive exhibits and historic artifacts that are enjoyable for all ages. Stop by for a Drum Circle, try out their Saturday Programs, or take part in a “Behind the Glass” tour. Find all of their programming and activities on their website.
15. Duck, duck … Bowling
Indianapolis is home to many bowling alleys. But Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling, located in the Indianapolis neighborhood of Fountain Square, is probably the most unusual — and perhaps the oldest — bowling alley you’ll find in the Midwest. Family-friendly and fun for all ages, duckpin bowling uses smaller, lighter balls, so it’s perfect for the smallest bowlers in your bunch.
16. Bloom into Spring
After a drab winter, our soul longs for the beauty of flowers, flowers, and more flowers. Thankfully, Newfields gives us our flower fix with their springtime exhibit, Spring Blooms, March 26 – May 15, 2022. Feast your eyes on more than half a million flowers — peonies, tulips and everything in between. The museum’s family-friendly Beer Garden returns this spring also, so adults can grab a beverage, wander the garden and enjoy the colorful blooms.
While at Newfields, take the opportunity to visit The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. The 100-acre park is free to access and open to the public from sunrise to sunset. Families can enjoy nature while playing on the unique playground features or while jumping on the one of a kind Funky Bones by Dutch artist Atelier Van Leishout.
17. Play, run, jump!
Enjoy some spring weather at one of Indianapolis’s top playgrounds! Indy’s Child has a long list of playgrounds and reviews. Here are a few of our favorites we can’t wait to hit this spring break:
Colts Canal PlaySpace – Indy’s newest playground is located in Downtown Indy on the north end of the Downtown Canal Walk.
Carey Grove Park – A Carmel favorite, the playground is evenly divided into two zones: one side for young children up to age 5, and the other side for kids ages 5 through 12. The unique playground offers kids lots of climbing, swinging, and even spinning opportunities.
Quaker Park– Quaker Park is located in Westfield and might be the brightest park in all of Indy. Everywhere you look a primary palette of bright, happy colors.
Holliday Park – Holiday Park will always be a family favorite located right in the middle of Indianapolis. This classic park spans over 94-acres and has everything a family needs for a perfect spring day at the park.
- Main Street Park – Main Street Park opened in 2019 and is located northeast of Indy in Whitestown. The playground features inclusive equipment, futuristic slides and several climbing structures.
18. Take a Day Trip
Just because you aren’t planning a big spring break vacation, doesn’t mean you can’t plan a few quick day trips. Check out this Indy’s Child for our top 19 kid-friendly day trips from Indianapolis. Have a little bit longer than a day? Check out these ideas for a perfect road trip, all under a 3-hour drive.
19. Have a treetop adventure
Add a little excitement to your spring break plans, by spending the day among the treetops. For younger kids, climbing a local treehouse could be just the adventure your family needs. You can find treehouses at Conner Prairie and Flat Fork Creek. Older kids might enjoy an adrenaline rush from a ride on a zip line.
20. Explore a new museum
Indianapolis is home to some of the best museums in the country. Explore, discover, have fun, and be inspired at these great spring break destinations!
21. Be a little unique
Want to do something a little different. We have some ideas for our favorite unique activities around Indianapolis:
- SoChatti Kids Chocolate Class
At Indianapolis’ own SoChatti, you can take your family’s love of chocolate up to the next level with kids’ chocolate classes geared toward little chocolate enthusiasts.
- Selfie WRLD Selfie Museum
At Selfie WRLD, you’ll find more than 30 photo installations complete with props, great lighting and changing rooms (for outfit changes, if you wish!). It’s a high-end photography studio and museum that is open to the public, where you can immerse yourself in fun, eye-catching, interactive art installations.
- Race RC Cars in Indianapolis
Radio control (RC) cars are a fast and fun hobby, and you might have seen people play with these scale model cars in a park or on the street. But did you know that there are race tracks, especially for RC cars, where you can take your racing to the next level?
- Ignite Art Studio and Makerspace in Fishers
Ignite Art Studio and Makerspace in Fishers is like a giant art classroom. It has many of the tools and materials that you might need to create multiple projects, housed in a light and airy space with media specialists there to help. It’s a place to create and explore almost anything that you can put your mind to! And it’s Free!
22. Budget-friendly spring break ideas
If you are still stuck on what to do this spring break, head over to the Indy’s Child calendar for all of the family-friendly events going on around Indy!