Your Guide to Summer Fun in Carmel | Things to do

There’s no shortage of fun in the city of Carmel and we’re here to guide you to all of the things to do in Carmel with kids. Plus, we’ll tell you about our favorite things to do WITHOUT kids. Welcome to summer. Welcome to Carmel.

The Waterpark in Carmel opens for the season Saturday, May 29. It’s the perfect spot for all ages to stay cool.

Monon Mixers are back for the 21+ crowd! Grab a friend and hit The Waterpark after hours on June 17, June 25, July 15, July 23, August 5. Registration required.

$1 family movies play twice a week, all summer long at Carmel’s Village Park theater.

Kid-friendly restaurants and fun children’s menus are plentiful. Check out these kid-approved restaurants.

Take a hike and explore these fun hiking trails in Carmel.

When it comes to creating fun and engaging parks, Carmel is tops! Families visit from all over the state to play on these Carmel playgrounds

DIY’ers can mix their own fragrances to create personalized bath products at Bath Junkie in Carmel.

Sniff, select and stir your own fragranced wax and pour a custom candle at the Penn & Beech Candle Company.

Fans of laser tag will have a blast at Laser Flash in Carmel.

Join the fun at the free Pollinator BioBlitz on June 23, 4-6pm at Central Park. Details and registration.

Carmel splash pads are a cool hit during the summer months.

Midtown Plaza in Camel is an entertainment and dining district with shopping, festivals, hotels, green spaces, cultural spaces and more. Families love this space for it’s free play spaces, family dining and events.

Call a sitter and hit the town for a night of romance and adventure. Carmel is a hot spot for date nights.

Off the Wall Sports in Carmel is an indoor soccer facility meets entertainment venue. Bounce houses, birthdays and more!

There’s no shortage of things to do with your favorite furry friend. Carmel is dog-friendly.

Stay cool as you explore nature during a good old fashioned Carmel creek stomping adventure.

Fishing is a fantastic sport for kids and Carmel has some “fishing holes.”

Find free summer concerts and live music all summer long in Carmel.

Pick up fresh produce, baked goods, local meat, fresh cut flowers and more at the Carmel Farmers’ Market.

Did you know that Carmel is home to the World’s Smallest Children’s Art Museum?

Foodie kids will love making their own donuts at Jack’s Donuts.

Games, rides, fireworks, food and family fun are all a part of Carmel Fest, the annual 4th of July celebration in Carmel.

Gymboree is a community staple in Carmel. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers love it!

Goldfish Swim School offers swim lessons for kids AND family swim times.

Mini master chefs take over this youth sized kitchen at Sprouts Cooking School. They’ll learn skills to create delicious dishes.

The reopening of Flowing Well Park in Carmel will be celebrated with the My Park Series on July 8, 10 – 11 a.m. Register in advance.

Preschoolers and their adults are invited to morning of fun at The Waterpark on August 11, after all of the big kids are back in school! Register now for the Preschool Splash Bash.

Upcoming Events in Carmel

March 5, 2024


Coming of the Eclipse
Coming of the Eclipse
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
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March 6, 2024


Storytime at Cool Creek Park
Storytime at Cool Creek Park
10:30 am – 11:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 7, 2024


The Nature Academy- Introduction to Astronomy
The Nature Academy- Introduction to Astronomy
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 8, 2024


Pajama-Rama
Pajama-Rama
7:00 pm – 7:45 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 9, 2024


Carmel Winter Market
Carmel Winter Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm — The Six Eleven
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March 10, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 12, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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March 13, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Birds […]

Nature Preschool Programs | Solar Eclipse Fun
Nature Preschool Programs | Solar Eclipse Fun
10:30 am – 11:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 15, 2024


Parents Night Out | KidStrong
Parents Night Out | KidStrong
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm — KidStrong
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March 16, 2024


Carmel Winter Market
Carmel Winter Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm — The Six Eleven
Goodbye […]

March 17, 2024


Making a Book Nook
Making a Book Nook
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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March 19, 2024


Homeschool Hikers | Solar Eclipse Viewers
Homeschool Hikers | Solar Eclipse Viewers
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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March 20, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Birds […]

Coxhall Mansion Tours
Coxhall Mansion Tours
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Coxhall Gardens
Hamilton […]

March 23, 2024


Carmel Winter Market
Carmel Winter Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm — The Six Eleven
Goodbye […]

March 24, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Birds […]

March 26, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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March 27, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Birds […]

March 30, 2024


Carmel Winter Market
Carmel Winter Market
9:00 am – 12:00 pm — The Six Eleven
Goodbye […]

April 2, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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April 8, 2024


2024 Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party
2024 Total Solar Eclipse Watch Party
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm — Clay Terrace Mall
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April 9, 2024


Homeschool Hikers | Careers Where Every Day is Earth Day
Homeschool Hikers | Careers Where Every Day is Earth Day
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
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FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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April 10, 2024


Beginning Bird Hike
Beginning Bird Hike
8:30 am – 9:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Birds […]

April 16, 2024


World Voice Day
World Voice Day
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm — The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
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FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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April 17, 2024


Nature Preschool Programs | Open Wide and Say AHHHH!
Nature Preschool Programs | Open Wide and Say AHHHH!
10:30 am – 11:30 am — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Bring […]

Coxhall Mansion Tours
Coxhall Mansion Tours
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Coxhall Gardens
Hamilton […]

April 20, 2024


Peanut Butter & Jam: Premium Blend
Peanut Butter & Jam: Premium Blend
10:30 am – 12:00 pm — The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
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April 23, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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April 30, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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May 4, 2024


Peanut Butter & Jam: Bongo Boy Music's Fam Jam
Peanut Butter & Jam: Bongo Boy Music's Fam Jam
10:30 am – 12:00 pm — The Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
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May 7, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
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May 14, 2024


Homeschool Hikers | Luna Moths
Homeschool Hikers | Luna Moths
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm — Cool Creek Park and Nature Center | 10 Ways to Play and Explore in Nature
Plan […]

FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
Join […]

May 15, 2024


Coxhall Mansion Tours
Coxhall Mansion Tours
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Coxhall Gardens
Hamilton […]

May 21, 2024


FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
FREE Trivia at Sun King Carmel
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Sun King Carmel Distillery
Join […]

June 19, 2024


Coxhall Mansion Tours
Coxhall Mansion Tours
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm — Coxhall Gardens
Hamilton […]

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