Dad’s in charge for the day, and can’t wait to get out of the house with the kids. So what does he do? Where does he go? Chances are, it’s not the same places mom goes. I’ve tracked down some dads and rounded up a list of places around Greenfield Indiana where fathers can take their kids for some quality time. And the best part…. all but a couple of these are FREE!
There are two different farm stores in Greenfield. One is Orscheln Farm & Home east of town on Highway 40 (1875 E. Main Street, Greenfield). And the other is Tractor Supply (1645 N. State Street, Greenfield). Both stores carry traditional hardware items so dad doesn’t usually mind looking around a little himself. The kids are interested to see some baby chicks in the spring and late summer or new farm toys around the holidays.
On the southeastern edge of town along Highway 40 is a John Deere dealership, Koenig Equipment, with an assortment of Tractors, combines, lawn mowers and more. The kids love to just drive by and see all the big machines (and inside the dealership there is a small toy section.)
While mom might get nervous with this activity dads are usually a lot more into getting out in nature and getting a little dirty. There are two areas where kids can get down close to the creek and stomp around in the water. Thornwood Preserve (South Morristown Pike) and Riley Park (Corner of Apple Street and US 40). (And dads please dress the kids in play clothes and not their good white Easter clothes. Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.)
Greenfield has a variety of parks with playground equipment and parks with walking and bike trials. Some have sport facilities as well so there is no excuse for not burning off some of the kid’s energy so they nap/sleep better later on. Here is a great list of parks in Hancock County.
When the weather is nice the Splash Pad in Greenfield is FREE. There are plenty of tables and chairs for dad to sit and watch, restrooms close by and a toddler splash area for smaller kids. Pack a picnic as it a fabulous place to cool off and enjoy the day. Or pay to visit the newly renovated City Pool adjacent to the splash pad. Now with two water slides, rock wall and a kid play area, you are sure to make some memories there. Located at 300 Apple Street, Greenfield.
Or if it’s winter time check out the sledding hill at Riley Park. It is big and the sleds go down fast, especially if dad is giving that extra push from the top.
There are two donut shops in town for dads to get the kids all sugared up. Jacks Donuts (1522 N. State Street, Greenfield) and Sweet Shop (1309 W. Main St., Greenfield). Stop in for Breakfast or a mid-day snack.
Yes, Greenfield is home to a nesting pair of Eagles. The nest is listed on the DNR’s map of known Bald Eagles Nest and it is easy to view from your car at the corner of Apple and New Road. Often times you can see one perched in a tree or inflight nearby.
Home Depot Workshop
The first Saturday of the month the kids are up early to go make something with dad at the Home Depot store. Fun, wood working projects are provided for FREE, so stop in from 9 am – noon and get to hammering. Please note Home Depot requests that you register online.
Sometimes a visit here can feel a little bit like visiting the zoo. Besides all the fish and cats, there are snakes, lizards, turtles and even chameleons. Our kids love peering through the glass to see what’s inside.
While there are a couple Mozzi’s Pizza restaurants around the county, the one located at 2221 W. Main St., Greenfield has a Basketball themed dining room full of signed memorabilia. It’s quite a sight to see if you are sports enthusiast. Their All-Star buffet offers a variety of pizzas, pastas, soups, salads, breadsticks & dessert. And kids eat free if they’re 5 and under!
Strike Force Lanes is located on US 40 in Greenfield and offers 32 lanes of fun. And on Wednesday afternoons you can Bowl for as little as $1.50 per game per person. You can’t beat that price! (shoe rental not included)
With so many options for outside or inside activities in Greenfield, dad is sure to come up with something fun to do with the kids.