30 Noteworthy Things to Do in Indianapolis in April

Spring has sprung and we have an Indianapolis events and activities calendar full of fun events for you to enjoy with your kids. After being cooped up inside all winter, we’re excited to get out and have some fun again! From the solar eclipse to Earth Day to Easter egg hunts, Indianapolis will be bursting at the seams with events and activities this April. Here’s a great list of 30 noteworthy things to do in Indianapolis in April.

30 Noteworthy Things to Do in Indianapolis in April


Total Solar Eclipse

On April 8th, Indianapolis will be in the path of totality for a total solar eclipse. Millions of tourists will flock to our lovely state to take in the views and participate in the events leading up to and on the day of. Indianapolis has been hard at work preparing events for the whole day for your family to enjoy; not just the 3 min 46 seconds that the sun will be completely blocked by the moon, leading to an eerie darkness in the middle of the day.

Easter Egg Hunts

Start planning your egg hunts now with our 2024 Indianapolis Easter Egg Hunt Guide. With so many organizations and churches planning events, there’s certainly a fun opportunity near you!

Things to Do in Indianapolis in April: two toddler girls sit in the grass on a lawn with bunny ear headbands eating chocolate from plastic easter eggs

Visit a National Park for FREE

Get free admission to any national park on April 20th to kick off National Park Week. Indiana is fortunate to be the home of three national parks: Indiana Dunes National Park, George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, and the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Visit any of these beautiful national parks for free in honor of National Park Week.

Oddities & Curiosities Expo

The Oddities & Curiosities Expo showcases hand-selected vendors, dealers, artists, and small businesses with all things weird. On April 27th at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, you’ll find items such as taxidermy, preserved specimens, original artwork, horror/Halloween inspired pieces, antiques, handcrafted oddities, quack medical devices, creepy clothing, odd jewelry, skulls/bones, funeral collectibles, and much more.

Earth Day Activities

Earth Day is an annual celebration of this planet we call home. Families can celebrate by attending festivals and other Earth Day activities in and around Indianapolis.


Visit the Indianapolis Zoo Thursday through Sunday from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. through April 14th for their spring festival, xZOOberance. There’s live music, spring-themed crafts, and fun activities like photo ops with larger-than-life flowers, hummingbirds, and pinwheels. Move around at animal-inspired yoga sessions and play spring-themed games. All of this AND you get to visit the zoo animals.

a mother and child watch giraffes at the Indianapolis zoo

Lilly Gardens at Newfields

Newfields Museum of Art has acres of gardens burgeoning with life during the month of April. Traipse through the beautiful Lilly Gardens. Also, the first Thursday of every month is free to the public if you want to check out the inside as well.

100 Acres Art & Nature Park

Explore the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres at Newfields for a springtime treat. Enjoy woodlands, wetlands, meadows, and a 35-acre lake. Kids can check out the “Funky Bones” art installation and the yellow art that pops up throughout the park. The tree swings are a favorite for our crew and the wild grass labyrinth is a lot of fun too!

Indy Eleven Soccer

The Indy Eleven soccer team is just kicking off its 2024 season. Snag tickets to a home match and enjoy the drama of football. There’s plenty of entertainment for the whole family, on and off the field.

Indy Fuel Hockey

Our Indianapolis ice hockey team, the Indy Fuel will play several games in the final month of their season. Cheer them on during special-themed nights or even kids eat free nights.

the indy fuel mascot, a red dragon, bends down on one knee to greet a line of children, some wearing hats of the mascot

Indiana Pacers Basketball

Pacers games with kids are a blast and if you need fun things to do in Indianapolis in April, the full schedule of basketball games can help you out! The high-energy game fills the air with excitement for everyone. Cheer for Indianapolis’ NBA team.

Indianapolis Indians Baseball

The Indianapolis Indians Baseball team is back at Victory Field for another season of ball games. Reserve your tickets today for a fun evening or afternoon of America’s favorite pastime.

Holcomb Observatory

A giant telescope, a planetarium show, and access to the stars. You can experience all of this at Holcomb Observatory on the campus of Butler University. Public tours and shows are available throughout the month of April.

Indoor Playgrounds

It doesn’t matter what the temperature or the weather is when you have access to a collection of indoor playgrounds to choose from in Indianapolis. There’s an indoor playground near you, no matter where you live!

a giant indoor treehouse play structure is in front of a wall of windows in a large indoor playground with colorful chairs and walls

White River State Park

White River State Park has a variety of outdoor activities: concerts, a canal walk, bike rentals (including a surrey-style bike that seats a family), paddleboat rentals, swan boat rentals, hammock rentals, a community garden, and art installations. Take a stroll downtown before it gets too hot out!

Indiana State Museum

White River State Park is also home to several museums and cultural institutions. If you’re walking along the canal in downtown Indy, stop by the Indiana State Museum to watch the steam clock or head inside to visit Firefly Landing with your toddlers.

Tibbs Drive-In Theater

Tibbs Drive-In movie theater is open for the season! Tibbs shows first-run movies and some classics. You can typically find a film for everyone in your car to enjoy. This theater is fantastic for people looking for after-dark things to do in Indianapolis in April.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Lowes and Home Depot kids workshops are very popular weekend activities for families with young children. Sign up in advance, or take your chances and drop in for a morning of building, decorating, and designing! This is one fo the best free things to do in Indianapolis in April with little kids.

a father holds together pieces of wood as his son, wearing a home depot orange apron, screws in a nail at a home depot kids workshop

Embark on a StoryWalk

April is a beautiful time of year to take a walk along the path to follow the tales of a StoryWalk. Read an engaging children’s storybook as you make your way along. A StoryWalk is a collection of enlarged pages from a book printed on weatherproof material or covered from the elements. Readers are invited into the story in a natural setting.

Have a Pool Party

Pool party? We know where to find the best indoor pools and even ones with waterslides in the Indianapolis area. We’re sharing the details about pools with slides, hotel pools, swimming pools with toddler play areas, and everything else.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail is an 8-mile bike and pedestrian path that winds through the heart of Indianapolis. This trail connects the city’s six downtown cultural districts and major attractions. Take some time to enjoy the public art installations, beautiful landscaping, and outdoor seating areas along the Cultural Trail. Usually, there are even more things to do in Indianapolis in April along the Cultural Trail because of the mild weather.

Children’s Museum Sports Legends Experience

There’s a wonderful outdoor exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience is a sports park where guests can try their hands (or their feet) at all kinds of sports and exercises, designed specifically for kids. Full of opportunities to run and play outside, it’s one of our favorite things to do in Indianapolis in April.

An elevated view of the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children's Musuem of Indianapolis. there are basketball hoops of different heights and the building behind it.

Monument Circle

The Soldier and Sailors Monument on Monument Circle stands 284 feet tall and is made of Indiana limestone. Inside the monument is a museum that tells the story of Indiana’s military history. Visitors can take an elevator or climb stairs to the observation deck at the top of the monument, and see stunning views of the city skyline.

Indianapolis Public Library

A visit to any branch of the Indianapolis Public Library is a fantastic adventure, but the Central Library downtown is a gem. The building was designed by architect Rem Koolhaas and is a striking example of modern architecture. Inside there are over one million books, DVDs, and other materials. There’s a theater, a cafe, a massive children’s area, and the Center for Black Literature & Culture.

Crown Hill Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery boasts the highest geographical point in the city of Indianapolis. You’ll want to walk, drive, or ride your bike up there to see the view of the Indianapolis skyline. Check it out from James Whitcomb Riley’s final resting spot. While you are there, learn the significance of the coins left on his headstone and leave a penny behind.

Indianapolis Art Center’s ArtsPark

Talk a walk through the Indianapolis Art Center’s ArtsPark and you’ll be treated to wacky and whimsical art created for your enjoyment. Your stroll will take you along the White River where you’ll see a backdrop of seasonal beauty and maybe even some recreational canoers and kayakers.

A piece of art at The Indianapolis Art Center Artpark that is a playhouse with a crooked body that is bent over and touching the ground. Three children stand inside the door.

Things to do Near Indianapolis in April

If you still haven’t found enough things to do in Indianapolis in April, just beyond Indianapolis you’ll find some great events and activities!

Spring Fest at Purdue

Head to Spring Fest at Purdue University. This one-day festival celebrates the science-based fields of study by providing hands-on activities for kids and their families. Spring Fest is a free event for the community and offers exciting science, technology, engineering, arts, and cultural experiences.

Fly to Fairyville

Fairyville kicks off on April 17th in downtown Noblesville and it’s a full week of whimsical fun and adventure! Vote for your favorite fairy houses, walk the Fairyville Trail, and attend tea parties, story times, performances, and shows.

Two young children dressed in fairy costumes pose with seven teens also dressed up in fairy costumes at the Welcome to Fairyville event in Noblesville, Indiana at Nickle Plate Arts.


Topgolf in Fishers is a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon or an evening. It’s a high-tech driving range that’s perfect for both golfers and non-golfers of most ages. Topgolf is a great multi-generational activity and a great choice when looking for outdoor yet sheltered-from-the-elements things to do in Indianapolis in April.

Mr. Muffin’s Trains

Mr. Muffin’s Trains is a hobby shop located in Atlanta, Indiana, a city in Hamilton County. Mr. Muffin specializes in model trains and related accessories. They also host events and workshops for train enthusiasts of all ages, including an open house every Saturday so you can tour the massive train track layout. Be sure to stop by the Choo Choo Cafe for a delicious breakfast or lunch.

A woman is looking at a miniature town layout and small scale collector train running on a track at Mr. Muffin's Trains in Atlanta, Indiana, near Indianapolis, Indiana.

From the solar eclipse to Earth Day to Easter egg hunts, Central Indiana will be bursting at the seams with events and activities this April. This comprehensive list of 30 noteworthy things to do in Indianapolis doesn’t even include spring break ideas! If you need some more ideas for April, check out this list of 65 FREE Spring Break Activities. For even more inspiration, check out our list of 100 Spring Break Activities in Indianapolis, ideas for spring break with active kids, spring break activities for artsy kids, spring break outdoor activities with kids, and ideas for spring break with grandparents.

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