Summer Goals: Your Checklist To Family Togetherness in Indy

Feeling the boredom of summer already? Never fear – we’ve got your checklist of family togetherness ready to go! #SummerGoals


  • Day of planting – plan, purchase, pick out, and plant something new! Get your hands in the dirt and give back to the planet.
  • Swim day – find a new pool, waterpark or splash pad to try.
  • Animal outing – Let your monkey out of its cage and take a visit to The Indianapolis Zoo or a road trip to a family farm.
  • Beach day – Grab your shovels and sunscreen and head to the beach.
  • Volunteer – Find a volunteer opportunity in your town and donate items or your time to a good cause to help the local community.
  • Media free weekend – that’s right, none! Can you do it?
  • Museum day – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, The Eiteljorg, and The Indianapolis Museum of Art; put all three on your calendar and reserve time to go as a family! Make it a priority to make a whole day out of each.
  • Outdoor movies at the park – Many of our city parks host family-friendly movie night; check out the upcoming shows at Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation.
  • Have a water balloon fight!
  • Sleepover – Invite a friend or have a family sleepover, complete with movies, table topics and more.
  • Board game day – Make a day of nothing but games! Inside or outside, there are some lawn games that will have your kids entertained for hours. Did I mention Pie Face? Your kids will love it.
  • Theater – Introduce your children to one of your favorite plays or musicals; The Center for the Performing Arts or Beef and Boards have great options for the whole family.
  • Campout – Even if it’s in the backyard, there is something special about summer nights, tents, and a campfire. Share the joy of making s’mores and sleeping under the stars.
  • Hit the fair – Treat your children to a petting zoo, kiddy-rides and their favorite fair food at the Indiana State Fair.
  • Clean out the garage – Everyone helps! Go through all the areas of the garage and organize, then donate the rest.
  • Pack a picnic and head for a new park.
  • Family kitchen day – Grab your aprons and try out a new recipe: plan, shop, make, and most importantly, eat together!
  • Paparazzi – Head out to some of your favorite places in the city; arm the little ones with their own camera, and get a new perspective on how they see the world.
  • Letters – Write to some of your far-away family members – create pictures, and handwritten letters telling them about your summer adventures.

How many of these summer goals have you completed?

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