On Saturday, May 14th, the 500 Festival Kids’ Day will take place on Monument Circle. This is a free event where over 10,000 prizes will be given away — no child will go home empty handed.
The 500 Festival Kids’ Day (and the Rookie Run specifically) are right near the top of the list of events that my kids talk about all year long. Lulu always references “the race” that she ran in. She loves sharing the story of how she ran so fast and then she had to go a little slow and then she “won” so she get a medal at the end. The best part? The snacks at the end. If I give her a bottle of water and a banana, she isn’t interested. If it’s the prize at the end of a run? She’ll take two please.
If your family hasn’t been to the 500 Festival Kids’ Day on the Circle in Downtown Indianapolis, then you are neglecting one of the most fantastic days that Indianapolis has to offer. This day is set aside just for kids and families and it’s a great time. The festival is free.
FREE activities for kids include mini car racing, race themed crafts including princess sashes and pop can race cars, games, face painting, clowns and appearances by celebrity mascots. There will be food available for purchase.
Don’t forget about the 500 Festival Rookie Run at 12:30 pm. There are age appropriate race courses for kids ages 3-10. All runners get a race bib and a medal for finishing. It’s like a really mini mini marathon! The Rookie Run is $16 per child if you register in advance (includes a special t-shirt) or $8 on site (shirts sold separately when available for $10). Lulu will be running for the third time and Scout is excited for her second run.
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