Spring break has a way of sneaking up on me. I don’t know about you, but Christmas ends, we celebrate the new year and bam! It’s spring break time. So if you are like me and are staying home, you are rushing to put together some ideas for all-around family fun. Yes, I know there is snow on the ground still, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find some amazingly fun things to do around central Indiana. Spring break doesn’t have to mean heading south.
For those of us looking for some fun right here at home, we have a few suggestions for you. The Indianapolis Moms Blog created a list of fun activities the family and your kiddos can enjoy once school lets out. We hope you will find something for your family below, but please feel free to leave your favorite SB19 activity in the comments section to share with others out there. Enjoy everyone!
The Escape Room is a very interactive, hands-on game that you can play with the entire family. Instead of sitting in front of your TV or computer to play games this spring break try out this fun, adventure game in Indianapolis (although other concepts offer locations across central Indiana). Players solve puzzles and locate clues together resulting in great laughs with your teammates while you play. It is a fun activity for all ages, in any weather condition and for any occasion. There is an age minimum of 10 years old, and children must have a parent there as well. Cost is $29 per person.
The IKEA Fishers Restaurant is once again hosting Kids’ Academy events! Children 12 and under are invited to take part in these free, fun-filled workshops designed for the youngest IKEA visitors, while supplies last. Show your IKEA FAMILY card, or sign up in-store to participate. Various dates and times are available.
For more information visit the website here.
Hit the Pool
Ok, so we aren’t exactly ready for the beach here in Indiana yet, but there are indoor pools across the city that have family swim times allowing us to feel the warmth in the water this spring break! Check out Indy Parks for some of their offerings, such as the Indy Island Aquatic Center located at Raymond Park: 8575 E. Raymond Street, Indianapolis, IN 46239. The indoor pool and aquatic center are open year-round on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Indy Island Facebook page or call (317) 862-6876. Hard to beat this fantastic facility during those cold days here in Indiana.
The Children’s Museum is always a go-to for parents looking to have fun with their kiddos and this year they upped the ante. The Paw Patrol exhibit launched in February just in time for spring break. If your kiddos are anything like mine, they will love joining all their Paw Patrol friends to explore different scenarios, overcome obstacles and help others. There are several exhibits for children to explore. Parents can save money by buying tickets at least two weeks in advance, but members get in free. Of course, there are a ton of other exhibits to explore as well! We do have the best Children’s Museum in the country after all!
Newfields is a great place to bring the kids for a fun-filled family day during spring break. Our family loved Winterlights, and we love having the ability to check it out year-round too. Newfields encourages visitors of all ages to use its exhibitions, collections, campus, and programs as extensions of classroom learning. No matter their age or level, Newfields offers a wealth of opportunities to engage with art and nature and learn about our world and the people in it.
The Skyzone is a great place to burn energy for kids and adults this spring break! There are locations in Fishers, Plainfield and on the south side. Who doesn’t love bouncing around giggling and having fun? Check out the website for times for little ones to bounce and other times for the big kids in our lives. Pricing runs about 15 dollars for 60 minutes of jumping.
Little Village Playhouse and Other Play Spaces
Sometimes you just need to let the kids blow off some steam and sites like the Urban Chalkboard and the new Little Village Playroom have great events daily for them to do just that. While they do charge a small admission fee, there is plenty for your kids to do while they are there. Other spaces like The Park at Traders Point Christian Church or Eagle Church in Whitestown are free, but all locations hit capacity quickly. So be sure to get there early.
Check out each website below for more info!
YMCA 2019 Spring Break Camp
The Indianapolis YMCA is offering spring break camps for children in the area. Locations across the city will have fun with classic camp activities both inside and out, like arts and crafts, science and cooking projects, swimming, guest speakers and field trips. Enrichment camps, like STEM camp and Superhero Academy can also be added. Check out the area locations here and register online.
Indiana State Museum Spring Break Camps
The Indiana State Museum is also offering spring break camps providing an engaging experience for students during their time out of school. Each day offers a different topic for new experiences. Camps are sold by the day, allowing parents to choose the date and theme that works for their families. Check out all of the fantastic options here.
The Indy Fuel is an excellent option for our sports-loving families this spring break. The whole experience is family friendly, not to mention the affordable ticket prices! Following Sunday games they even host a family fun skate post game for those in attendance. Check out their full schedule and purchase tickets online here.
Top Golf Fishers
Top Golf offers a Kids Spring Break Academy for three days of entertainment and learning about the game. The academy is taught by a golf professional who will teach all components of the game. Each junior golfer receives in-depth instruction in developing a spot-on golf swing. From chipping, putting and taking full swings, to rules and etiquette, kids will learn everything they need to know to improve their game. For more information or to register your child, visit their website.
Spring Break Art Camp
If your children are art lovers check out these local options for your creative kiddos. Kiln Creations and the Indianapolis Art Center are both offering spring break camps. Each day will feature a different activity that will keep your child intrigued all week long. The Indianapolis Art Center will offer two sessions as well. For more information and to register go to their websites:
The Indianapolis Zoo isn’t always a go-to for those looking to escape the cold, but the Butterfly Kaleidoscope could be your answer. As you walk through the warm, indoor garden, 40 species of butterflies will fly around you — and one might even land on your head! Don’t worry about missing them though. Each day, hundreds of new butterflies will be released from the chamber with about 13,000 released during the season. Make it a learning experience too when you see the full metamorphosis of a butterfly!
See a Good Old Fashioned Motion Picture
Morning movies are back with FMG Goodrich Quality Theaters. Showings take place early on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 am. Those FMG card members will get those movies free of charge! It’s easy to get the card too, so if you’re interested check out their website for more information.