Family, Indiana

Spring Break in Indianapolis!

Spring Break is right around the corner and I’ve been complying a list of activities to keep the kids busy during our “Staycation.”  Anyone does staying home this year?  We just went on a family vacation over Christmas, so this break will definitely be spent exploring our little part of Indiana right here in Indianapolis.

Although we don’t live in Indianapolis, we live just enough on the outskirts to make it regular drives into town.  For us, it’s as little as a 30-minute drive to get into the city.  I’m specifically focusing on activities for kids ages 9-15, we have a mix of teens, pre-teen, and a kid going on.  I love that at this age they are able to do more independent activities and there is no hauling around the house to go anywhere (diaper bags, strollers, etc.).  I actually take that back – these kids require a lot of snacks to keep them fueled!

I’m also including deals, steals, and discounts that I’ve found, because what family doesn’t like to save money! 

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – We go to this one mainly for the younger of the older kids.  The teens think they are too old for this place, but honestly, as an adult, I love going here!  American Pop, Beyond Spaceship Earth, and the Lilly Theatre are some of my favorite exhibits here!  They recently opened the Star Trek exhibit and The Sports Legends Experiences, these are the exhibits we’ll be focusing on the most for our next visit since we have never been to them!  More details found on Yelp here.  Bonus:  You can bring in your own snacks and drinks.  Yes!

American Pop exhibit

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art – Last November we visited the Eiteljorg for the first time as a family to see a special exhibit and it left me wondering why I had never explored this place before (see post here!). This place is great for kids of all ages, the Western Art exhibit was my favorite and the younger kids loved the Family Area downstairs.  Kids under age 4 are free.  Bonus:  $2 off admission on Yelp!

James Whitcomb Riley Museum – to keep the education flowing on Spring Break, visiting the home of James Whitcomb Riley is a great and affordable option!  Tickets are only $1 for students under the age of 16 and $4 for adults.  Keep in mind that they are closed on Mondays and the last tour begins at 3:30pm. Bonus:  4 adults tickets are available on Groupon for $7 right now! 

NCAA Hall of Champions – Visited last year with the teens and also did a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium at the same time!  I don’t think this place gets all the credit it deserves, the tour guides were very informative and the interactive sports area was fun.  If you go by April 27th, ask the information desk for the Spring Break FaScavengerengar Hunt (all participants will be entered into a drawing).  Kids under age 3 are free, also keep in mind that they are closed on Mondays.  Bonus:  NCAA admission for 4 only $12 on Groupon right now!

Lucas Oil Stadium Tour – Ever want to see the stadium up close and personal?  We did and it was pretty awesome!  Tours are scheduled three times a day, Monday-Friday and are around 90 minutes long.  Order tickets in advance for a $5 savings per ticket!

IMAX at the Indiana State Museum – Big screen, ample seating space, and Tinker coffee.  Can you really ask for more?  My first experience at this theatre was last week and I loved the seating here.  Take the kids, drink some coffee, and then explore the Indiana State Museum while you are there!  Parking is free with admission.  Join the Director’s Club for FREE and get $2 off each movie ticket and 20% off of concessions! More details found on Yelp here.

Connor Prairie – An outdoor interactive history museum opens back up for the season on March 24, 2019!  This is an all-day experience for the kids, so pack a lunch and make an entire day out of it!  Parking is always free.

Indiana Pacers Game – If you make it a priority, you can still get in a Pacer’s game during Spring Break!  The last of the season is upon up and the Pacers still have several games coming up.  Tickets are Seat Geek start from $8 and go up, some tickets are also available on Groupon for $10 a ticket (obviously, while supplies last).

Indianapolis Indians Game – One of the best family outings in Indianapolis is going to an Indians baseball game!  The first game of the season starts April 11th and will feature a fireworks display, as will every Friday game.  Mondays are $1 days, hot dogs, peanuts, potato chips, Cracker Jack and popcorn are all available for just $1 each. Tuesdays are 2-for-1 tickets, Thursday are $2 for all Pepsi fountain drinks, and Kids eat free on Sundays (all children 14 and under receive a voucher for a free hot dog, a bag of chips and a bottle of water with the price of admission).  Great deals an opportunities for families here!  Groupon also has tickets available.

Breakout Games – Just have my first escape room experience and it was a ton of fun!  This is a great opportunity for kids to get in on some real-life Clue and use their puzzle-solving skills!  One of the rooms I did was the Island Escape and it’s one of the best rooms for kids to do!  They have 10% off of tickets through their website.

Goodrich Quality Theatres Free Movies – with three locations in Noblesville (Hamilton 16 IMAX), Brownsburg, and Lafayette the Goodwich Theatres offers free movies during Spring Break for families with an FMG Rewards Membership.  This membership is FREE and up to 6 tickets are available per family, per movie.  Movies will be available Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10am.


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