The kids are out of school, the weather is unpredictable, many families have left town, you’re not willing or not able to blow a bunch of money on a vacation right now, half of your family is still working or in school — whatever the reason, if you aren’t going away for Spring break, here are some ideas for you! This list mostly assumes that Spring Break for your kids is either the final week of March or the first week of April. If that isn’t the case, some activities should still work for you but others may not. Check the Indy with Kids Calendar for other area activities.
Most vacations have water involved in someway. I’ve found that the best way to make something feel special or different is to just add water! The Indianapolis area is home to many indoor swimming pools, some with slides and splash areas — here are 9 places you can go swimming right now!
Since Spring break is traditionally in celebration of the Easter holiday, check out an egg hunt, get a photo with the Bunny, ride the Easter Bunny Express train and even have breakfast with the furry guy!
We have some of the best family friendly museums around! On March 30th, the Indiana Historical Society is celebrating Circus Day with free admission and on April 4th, the Children’s Museum has free admission from 4-8pm. Or why not check out somewhere that you might not normally have time to drive to? The WonderLab in Bloomington has $7 admission but it’s only $3.50 after 5pm on April 5th. The Muncie Children’s Museum (just over an hour away) has $6 admission!
Are your kids sports fans in the making? Spring break is the perfect time to catch a game or two or three! The Pacers two for Tuesday (2 tickets for the price of one) and family nights are a great deal. On April 5th you could see the Naptown Roller Girls compete in a bout. Have you ever taken your kids on a tour of Lucas Oil Stadium?
If you are an outdoorsy family, Indiana is home to many, many parks: city, state, national. Hiking or walking is fun. Look for our geocaching e-book to come out later in March. This will be a free download for all who subscribe to our weekly activities email. One of our favorite places to walk around is at the 100 Acres at the IMA. We especially love it in the summer but at least in the Spring there would be fewer bugs and there’s an interesting Spring Equinox Celebration on March 23rd & 24th. The IMA also offers a lot of free family friendly activities throughout the month.
Many local businesses offer free monthly activities and projects. Lucky for all of us, a lot of them take place during the Spring Break weeks! Not only is the Tibb’s Drive In opening for the season, but the Hamilton 16, Brownsburg 8 & Lebanon 7 movie theatres offer free family movies at 9am and 10am on Saturday and Sunday through April. The Lego Store is a cool place to visit any day but on April 2nd at 5pm kids are invited to come be a part of a mini-model build (free kits while supplies last). The Home Depot kids workshop is on Saturday, April 6th and the Lowe’s Build and Grow workshop is on March 24th.
There’s a free kids concert at the Monon Community Center on March 25th. Free Preschool Yoga Classes continue at the Indianapolis Public Libraries. The Pinewood Derby Races begin the week of April 4th at the State Museum and everyone is invited to race their pinewood derby car.
There will be more information added to this Guide to Spring Break in Indianapolis as we near the end of March. Stay tuned!
My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indianapolis with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!