Spring Break in Indianapolis
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. Is anyone else staying home for Spring break, or are you traveling? We will be spent exploring our little part of Indiana right here in Indianapolis. Maybe you are also interested in visiting Indianapolis for a school break – check out all there is to do here!
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 9-16. 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!
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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!
Our teens think they are too old for children’s museums, but honestly, as an adult, I love going here (and they do too)! American Pop, Beyond Spaceship Earth, and the Lilly Theatre are some of my favorite exhibits. They have an outdoor and indoor Sports Legends Experience that is one of my older children’s favorite exhibits (we could spend all day just here)! More details found on Yelp here. Bonus: You can bring in your own snacks and drinks.
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.
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 3:30 pm.
Travel further down the road to Greenfield, Indiana, and visit James Whitcomb Riley’s Boyhood home.
We 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.
If you ever want to see the stadium up close and personal, Lucas Oil offers tours! 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 offers a 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.
Conner Prarie is an outdoor interactive history museum, it usually fully opens for the season in the Spring (it open all year for events), but is currently open on Saturdays and Sundays. 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.
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 available through the Pacers website, some tickets may also be available through Groupon (obviously, while supplies last).
One of the best family outings in Indianapolis is going to an Indians baseball game! The first game of the season starts in April and tickets go on sale on March 1st. 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!
I just had 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.
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). And parents can enjoy a coffee or latte from the Art Center’s coffee shop before wandering around the park. Open dawn to dusk.
Other Indianapolis activities:
- Indianapolis Date Ideas for Under $30!
- Garfield Park’s Sunken Gardens in Indianapolis
- 16-Bit – a 90s Arcade on Mass Ave. in Indianapolis
- Sleep in a Train Car in Downtown Indianapolis
- The Sports Legends Experience at Indianapolis Children’s Museum is great for older kids!
- HUGE List of FREE Indianapolis Area Family Events this Summer!
- Why Indianapolis is Great for Families!