Family Friendly Festivals 2017

One thing we love about living in Indianapolis are the incredible festivals happening all over the city almost every weekend. Festivals are a chance to celebrate together while engaging the entire family in interactive activities and of course savoring some delicious treats. Here are a few of our favorites coming up:

February 4-5, 10 am-4 pm, Indianapolis Great Train Expo at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Cost: $10/Adult (Sat)*ticket can be used both days, $9/Adult (Sun), Children 11 and under are free. If you have a train enthusiast in your family you can’t miss this festival. With over 50 exhibitors from across the country and hundreds of train tables, children are bound to be thrilled. Don’t miss the riding train for children of all ages.richmond furniture gallery free train rides things to do with kids

February 4, 11 am-5 pm, Family Day-The Science of Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Cost: Price is included with general admission. Learn about how seamlessly art and science blend together by painting with robots, creating your own natural dye, hands on digital animation, and discovering movement through art with yoga.

February 7, 11 am-4 pm, Creativity Fest at Indiana Landmarks. Cost: Free. Arts for Learning is proud to present workshops for children of all ages in different art forms including jazz, theater, drumming, mime and more. Enjoy live performances and engaging art experiences for your budding artist.

February 8-12, Midwinter Dance Festival at Butler Arts Center. Cost: Tickets for each show purchased separately. If you have a ballet enthusiast in your home you can’t miss George Balanchine’s “The Four Temperaments.” You will also get the chance to experience several new ballet performances showcased by resident choreographers.

February 10-12, Fri (3 pm-10 pm), Sat (10 am-10pm), Sun (10 am-6 pm), Autorama, 58th Annual World of Wheels at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Cost: $18/Adult, $6/Child ages 6-12, Children 5 and under are free. (Discounted tickets are available at O-Reilley Auto Parts). If your little one enjoys custom automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles they are going to love this festival.  Enjoy guest appearances by Peyton List from the Disney Channel and more.

February 11-12, Sat (10am-5pm), Sun (11am-5pm), 14th Annual Indiana Art Fair at the Indiana State Museum. Cost: Included with museum admission. Explore arts made right here in the Hoosier state by over 60 artists. You are sure to find something for the entire family all while supporting local and state Hoosier artists and the Indiana State Museum.

February 18, 11 am-3 pm, Second Annual Winter Blast at Clay Terrace. Cost: Free. Enjoy train rides, carriage rides, ice sculptures, face painters, a hot chocolate trail and much more!

February 22, 10:30 am-2:30 pm, International Festival at IUPUI. Cost: Free. Enjoy international performances by musicians and dancers, taste free food from around the globe and don’t forget to participate in the Best Dressed contest in your international garb. Children are sure to enjoy learning about different cultures and celebrating them.

February 25, 12 pm (Adults), 1 pm (Kids), Groundhog Gallop 5K & Kids Run at Johnson County Park. Cost: $25/Adult run, $15/Kids run. Kids of any age are invited to participate in the run and parents may run with small Chinese new year tcm indianapolis indy indianachildren. All of the children receive medals upon completion.

February 25, 12:30–2 pm, Sap to Syrup Day at Holliday Park. Cost: $7/person. Pre-Registration required. Celebrate the magic of maple trees! Enjoy a Syrup taste test, make a craft, and savor a delicious Syrup Sundae. Tours depart every 15 minutes and meet in the lobby.

February 26, 1-4 pm, A Chinese New Year Celebration & Family Festival. Cost: $25/Adults, $10/Child. Join Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio as they celebrate their 20th anniversary by exploring the roots of puppetry in China. Get excited for an afternoon of Chinese food, a Chinese lion dance and parade, crafts and much more family fun.

March 4, 10 am-4 pm, Hamilton County Maple Madness at Bray Family Homestead Park. Cost: Free. Learn how maple syrup is made and go on a tour learning the history and science of maple trees. You and your family will get to be a part of the Bray Family tradition which is over 150 years old. Pre-registration is required.

March 11-19, Indiana Flower & Patio Show at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Cost: $14, Children 12 and under are free. With over 450 exhibitors, engage in exciting workshops, check out the beauty of the show gardens, buy herbs from the plant market, taste fresh food, and have the kids run wild at the Recreation Unlimited Play Zone complete with trampolines, backyard play sets and more.

March 16-18, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Downtown Indianapolis. Cost: Free. Participate in the Greening of the Canal (Mar 16), the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Mar 17), and the Shamrock Run/Walk (Mar 18). Don’t forget to wear green!

March 18, 10 am–5pm,  Passport to High-Tech at Conner Prairie. Cost: Price is included with general admission. Recommended for girls ages 7-12. Engage in hands on experiments in the fields of chemistry, biology, engineering, technology and more with top female experts at Indiana’s hi-tech companies.

March 17-19, 12pm-6pm (Fri), 10am-6pm (Sat), 10am-4pm (Sun), Indiana Flea Market at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Cost: Free. If you have a collector in the family, they are going to love the flea market. With over 250 booths you are sure to find gifts that everyone will love.

March 18-19, 10 am-6 pm (Sat), 10 am-5 pm (Sun). Brickworld 2017 LEGO Exposition at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Cost: $12 (3 and under free). This event is a lego enthusiast’s dream with 60,000 sq. ft. of LEGO brick areas and interactive activities for the entire family.brickworld indianapolis indy with kids lego

April 8, 10 am-6 pm, Calvary Christian School Spring Festival & Barbecue Competition. Cost: Free.  Children will get to enjoy over 20 carnival booths & a collection of bounce houses ($15 wristband), tour a car show, enjoy barbecue and food trucks as well as explore local arts and crafts.

April 15, 9 am-11 am, EGGnormous Egg Hunt in Zionsville at Lions Park. Cost: Free. Join in on the fun with activities for the whole family followed by an egg hunt.

April 23, 1-4 pm, 6th Annual Earth Day Celebration at the JCC. Cost: Free. More than 45 organizations will offer family-friendly, environmentally-focused, interactive hands-on activities like constructing a mini-greenhouse, making art from recycled materials and going on a nature hike on the wooded grounds to just name a few. Enjoy food trucks and live entertainment.

April 22, 11 am-4 pm, Earth Day Indiana Festival at Military Park. Cost: Free. Join over 125 organizations with workshops, live music, and food vendors for a full day of fun including a Butterfly Parade at 3 pm. There will be an abundance of children’s activities with special guests like Animalia, Ruditoonz and more. This year’s event will also feature a 5k run/walk and a beer garden.