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45 Things To Do This Winter in Indianapolis

The temperature may be dropping, but that doesn’t mean you’re destined to spend the next couple of months trapped in your house with nothing to do. There is still plenty of opportunity for family fun – both indoors and out. Thanks to the input of our Indy’s Child readers and our own experiences as parents, this list of 45 Things to Do This Winter in Indianapolis will keep you active and entertained.

And because everyone loves free things (especially right after the holidays), all of the activities you find below with* are free. That’s right – FREE! So get out there and show those winter blues who’s boss.

45 Things to Do This Winter in Indianapolis:

  1. Go sledding on one of Indy’s favorite sledding hills.*
  2. Enjoy some natural fun at the Holliday Park Nature Center.*
  3. Honor MLK Day with free admission at a local attraction.*
  4. Make a splash at an indoor pool.
  5. Walk through the Garfield Park Conservatory.
  6. Lace up your skates and visit a local ice rink.Avon Ice Ring – Ice Bumper Cars
  7. Play at one of these fun indoor playgrounds.
  8. Ride the escalators at the Central Library downtown Indy, then head to The Curve for a little green screen fun.*
  9. Visit any of these children’s museums within 2 hours from Indy.
  10. Take a trip north for a ride on the Pokagon State Park toboggan run.
  11. Visit the Ornithology Center at Eagle Creek Park.
  12. Bounce, climb, run, and play the day away at Incrediplex.Euro Bungy at Incrediplex
  13. Sign up for a kid-friendly cooking class!
  14. Visit Baby’s, Indy’s newest and trendiest family-friendly restaurant.
  15. Curb cabin fever with a day of bowling, rock climbing, laser tag and much more at Main Event.
  16. Check out the lava- and nature-themed play pods at the Fashion Mall.*

    Play pods at the Fashion Mall.
  17. Venture through Flat Fork Creek Park of Fishers. Start with the sledding hill – stay for the treehouses.
  18. Scout out the 35-foot Veal’s Ice Tree in person.*
  19. Find somewhere to regularly volunteer as a family.
  20. Farmer’s Markets aren’t just for the summer. Find some tasty treats at the Carmel Farmers Market or Indy Winter Farmers Market at the Circle City Industrial Complex.*
  21. Take the entire family (or go for an adults-only night out) to enjoy a delicious meal during Devour Indy, January 20 – February 2.
  22. Enjoy a meal out where kids eat free any day of the week at any of these locations around Indy.
  23. Splash around during Goldfish Swim Schools family swim hours.
  24. Explore the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall Of Fame Museum.
  25. Head to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument downtown Indy. There’s a small fee to take the elevator, but the stairs are free, if you’re up for the challenge.
  26. Explore the Dallara IndyCar Factory in Speedway (kids 6 and under are free). 

    Dallara IndyCar Factory
    Dallara IndyCar Factory


  27. Find your favorite Books & Brews for food, board games, books, and a beer or two for parents.
  28. Or head to any of these family-friendly breweries around town.
  29. Visit any (or all!) of these nature centers in Central Indiana.
  30. Bang away at the Rhythm Discovery Center, an interactive percussion museum in downtown Indy.
  31. Discover the indoor Discovery Station at Conner Prairie. 

    Discovery Station at Conner Prairie
    Discovery Station at Conner Prairie
  32. Pack up the kids in the car and head to Fort Wayne for a family day somewhere new!
  33. Get creative at The Tie Dye Lab in Avon.
  34. Take your budding astronomers for a public tour on Friday or Saturday evenings at Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium.
  35. Explore and find your new favorite local bookstore. 

    The Tie Dye Lab in Avon
    The Tie Dye Lab in Avon


  36. Visit the Young Readers Center at the Indiana State Museum.*
  37. Bounce the day away at one of these fun bounce house/trampoline attractions.
  38. Let your kids get their hands sticky and make their own donuts at Jack’s Donuts of Carmel.
  39. Sit in a double-sided car at the Indiana State Police Museum.*
  40. Bundle up and enjoy a winter hike.*
  41. Have some fun, Ninja Syle.
  42. Go glow golfing on level 4 of the downtown Circle Centre Mall.
  43. Take a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium, Monday – Friday. Kids 3 and under are free!
  44. Mix things up and visit a local tea room!
  45. Get your board game on at Doughnuts & Dragons.

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