Spring Break in Indianapolis!

Spring Break in Indianapolis

Updated March 2024

Spring break is right around the corner, and I’ve been organizing a list of activities to keep the kids busy during our “staycation” in Indianapolis. Think about staying home for Spring break or traveling? We will explore our little part of Indiana in the Indianapolis area. Maybe you are also interested in visiting Indianapolis for the break – check out all there is to do here!

Indianapolis State Capital Building

For us, it’s as little as a 30-minute drive to get into Indianapolis. I’m specifically focusing on activities for kids ages 9-16, but many of these activities are great for younger ones and older young adults. I love that they can do more independent activities at this age, and there is no hauling around the house to go anywhere (diaper bags, strollers, etc.). I take that back – these kids require a lot of snacks to keep them fueled!

Indianapolis skyline from Highland Park

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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

Teenagers *may* think they are too old for the children’s museums, but honestly, even as an adult, I love going here (and they will too)!  My favorite exhibits are American Pop, Beyond Spaceship Earth, and the Lilly Theatre.  The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is one of my older children’s favorite exhibits (we could spend all day just here)! Bonus:  You can bring in your own snacks and drinks.


Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

The Eiteljorg is a special museum with exhibits honoring Native American culture and arts. This place is great for kids of all ages. My favorite parts are the interactive activities and Western Art exhibit, and younger kids love the Family Area downstairs. Kids under age 4 are free.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art
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 17 and $10 for adults.  Keep in mind that they are closed Sunday through Wednesday.

Travel further down the road to Greenfield, Indiana, and visit James Whitcomb Riley’s Boyhood home.

James Whitcomb Riley’s Boyhood home in Greenfield
NCAA Hall of Champions

It’s extra fun to visit the NCAA Hall of Champions and tour Lucas Oil Stadium simultaneously! I don’t think this place gets all the credit it deserves. The tour guides were informative, and the interactive sports area was fun. Kids under age 5 are free.

NCAA Hall of Champions
Lucas Oil Stadium Tour

If you ever want to see the stadium up close and personal, Lucas Oil offers tours! Tours are typically on Fridays and are around 75 minutes long.  Order tickets in advance for a $5 savings per ticket!

Indiana State Museum & IMAX

The Indiana State Museum offers three floors of Hoosier history, artifacts, and exhibits. Their IMAX theatre features a big screen and ample seating space. Take the kids for a movie and then explore the Indiana State Museum while you are there!  Parking is free with admission.

Indiana State Museum
Conner Prairie

Conner Prairie is an outdoor interactive living history museum. Although It is open all year, the outdoor exhibits are usually open for the season at the end of March, so plan accordingly for your Spring break. 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.

Conner Prairie
Indiana Pacers Game

If you make it a priority, you can still attend a Pacers game during Spring Break. Although the end of the season is upon us, the Pacers still have several games coming up. Tickets are available through the Pacers website.

Take a detour to the Hickory Gym for some Hoosier basketball history.

Pacers game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Indianapolis Indians Game

Take the kids out to a ball game!  Tickets go on sale in March. Check the website for promotions such as fireworks and discount nights. 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. Vouchers can be picked up behind Section 108) and can also run bases after the game with the Knot Hole Kids Club. There are several deals and opportunities for families here!

Breakout Games

I had my first escape room experience at Breakout Games, which was a lot of fun!  This is a great opportunity for kids to get in on a real-life Clue game 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!

Breakout Games Indianapolis
Indianapolis ArtsPark

Located at the Indianapolis Arts Center, the ArtsPark was created by Hoosier Michael Graves and offers visitors an open setting to view sculptures and outdoor artwork. With 9.5 acres and more than 27 sculptures from Indiana artists, children can interact with the artwork at no charge (free to all). Parents can enjoy a coffee or latte from the Library Coffee Bar before wandering around the park. It is open from dawn to dusk.

Indianapolis ArtsPark
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  • Hedvig
    Posted 09/14/2021 4:54 am 0Likes

    I’ve been crisscrossing the country again, without much reason. Sometimes a place will just pop into my head and I’ll take off. This time, down through Normal, Illinois, from high up in white Minnesota, dead of winter, icy roads, wind blowing sideways across the empty cornfields. Find myself stopping for the night outside Indianapolis, off 74, just before it makes its sweeping junction with 65 South to Louisville. I randomly pick a Holiday Inn, more for its familiar green logo and predictability than anything else. Plus, I’m wiped out. Evidently there’s some kind of hot-rod convention going on in town, although I seem to remember those always taking place at the height of summer, when people can run around in convertible coupes with the tops down. Anyway, there are no rooms available, except possibly one, and that one is “Smoking,” which I have nothing against. The desk clerk tells me she’ll know in about ten minutes if there’s going to be a cancellation. I’m welcome to wait, so I do, not wanting to face another ninety-some miles down to Kentucky through threatening weather.

    • Jamie
      Posted 09/14/2021 2:01 pm 0Likes

      Sounds like quite the road trip! That’s what I call spontaneous adventuring!

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