Looking for things to do with children in Indianapolis this summer? We have thousands of ideas on our Indiana summer bucket list and we’re sharing them over the next 101 days of summer in Indy.
Indianapolis Summer Bucket List
Each day we’ll share ideas for things to do with your kids. There are activities and events for all schedules. Some are free, some are cheap, and all are fun! For the past decade, we’ve published this list spanning from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It’s still our favorite thing to do!
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Summer Fun Ideas in Indy
- Smile for the camera at Selfie Wrld, an interactive selfie museum.
- Take a ride on a miniature railroad.
- Go flower picking at these u-pick flower farms.
- Find fresh fruit when you go strawberry picking.
- Creek stomping is tons of fun.
- Go on a nature/scavenger hunt.
- Make and fly a kite.
- Build a fort or fairy house in the woods.
- Eat donuts to celebrate Donut Day Indy (June 2).
- Have ice cream at one of our favorite ice cream shops in Indy.
- Watch the Broad Ripple Canal Rubber Duck Race (June 4).
- Get a checkup at the Teddy Bear Clinic, presented by Gateway Hancock Health (July 8).
- Run in a family-friendly 5k, like the Heroes for the House Annual 5k (June 17).
Indianapolis Area Favorites
These summer fun staples are favorites for families living near Indy or visiting Indianapolis on summer vacation.
- Spend some time exploring The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, especially the outdoor Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience.
- Go to the 500 Festival Parade (May 27) and the Indianapolis 500 (May 28).
- Plan your next adventure at Conner Prairie and explore their acres of history and fun. Also, make plans to attend a Symphony on the Prairie!
- Do all of the things at the Canal in downtown Indianapolis.
- Visit the Indianapolis Zoo and visit the new Global Center for Species Survival.
- See Indianapolis from the highest points and the best views.
- Explore all of the family fun in Carmel.
- Take me out to the ballpark! Go see the Indianapolis, Indians Baseball team play at Victory Field. | Get Tickets Here |
- Watch a summer movie at Newfields.
- Cheer on the boys in blue at an Indy Eleven match.
- Enjoy the delicious Strawberry Festival on the Circle (June 8).
- Go to the Indiana State Fair (July 28-August 20).
- Take the kids to Daniel’s Vineyard.
Places to Play Inside in Indy
Indoor activities are plenty this summer. Save these ideas for a bad weather day.
- Jump the day away at Urban Air.
- Visit the theater for $2 Summer Movies.
- Shop at a Farmers’ Market for fresh food.
- Summer Reading Programs at the libraries are in full swing.
- Take a cooking class for kids or as a family.
- Indulge in one of these best Indy milkshakes.
- Have a tea party.
- Visit a children’s bookstore.
- Visit your local library.
- Go play at an indoor play place.
- Blow glass or paint pottery or a canvas at a local shop.
- Visit this DIY tie-dye lab.
- Ride a real train.
- Sign up for a Kids’ Class and learn about chocolate-making at Sochatti.
Where to Play Outside in Indy
Get out and enjoy those beautiful Indiana summer days!
- Watch an outdoor movie in Indy.
- Touch trucks, and see giant equipment at these Indy Touch-A-Truck events.
- Take advantage of DNR’s Free Fishing Day (June 3-4).
- Drive-in to these movie theaters.
- Enjoy a summer concert in Indianapolis.
- Splash the day away at a local splash pad or spray park.
- Go swimming at these pools.
- Slip and slide at these water slides.
- Spend the day at the beach.
- Go blueberry picking.
- Go blackberry picking.
- Visit an amazing garden.
- Go on a nighttime adventure.
- Host a glow-in-the-dark summer egg hunt.
- Go chase fireflies.
- Watch the stars.
- Go inner-tubing.
- See baby animals.
- Try a new park.
- Fly to new heights—go ziplining
- Horse around with horses.
- Rent a rowboat at a State Park.
- Have a picnic.
- Visit a nature center/park.
- Mini golf with kids.
- Cruise the Cultural Trail.
- Experience a balloon glow.
- Watch fireworks.
- Play in a sandbox at a park.
- Play outdoor games with your family.
- Visit one of Indiana’s 26 State Parks.
- Go geocaching with kids.
- Take a hike with your family.
- Art parks & sculpture gardens.
- Eat on the roof/up high.
- Go apple picking.
- Ride a bike.
- Go fly a kite in Indy.
- Visit a Story Walk.
- Try a restaurant where Kids Eat Free.
Sports Events and Recreation in Indy
Indy is a city full of sports teams, events, and history. Summer is one of the best seasons to catch all the excitement.
- Colts Training Camp (July 26-August 24).
- Archery with kids.
- Free bowling for kids.
- Indoor swimming.
- Try duckpin bowling.
- Check out the AlleyCats Ultimate Disc Team.
- Go roller skating.
- Learn a new sport, try disc golf.
- Rent the Swan Boats on the canal.
- Visit a kids’ gym.
- Go ice skating!
- Let them climb someone else’s walls.
- Have a yummy treat with the kids.
- Enroll at a local Vacation Bible School.
- Take your kids camping.
- Go sailing in Indy.
- Go fishing.
- Jared’s Epic Blaster Battle (June 10).
Take an Indiana Summer Day Trip or Road Trip
Something awesome about living in Central Indiana is that it’s just that: central. New adventures abound just a few hours’ drive away.
- Swim in the quarry and camp at Natural Springs Resort.
- Spend the weekend in Santa Claus, Indiana, and play at Holiday World.
- Visit Kings Island amusement park.
- Hit the road for a weekend of family fun in St. Louis.
- Go waterfall chasing at these waterfalls in Indiana.
- Play all day or all weekend at these family-friendly places in Richmond.
- Spend a day at the beach at Indiana Dunes.
- Explore and adventure in French Lick.
- Road trip to Chicago for family fun and the American Girl store.
- Join the pack at Wolf Park.
- Go caving in southern Indiana.
- Take a ranch tour and wagon ride at a bison farm.
- Rent a cabin and play at the Abe Martin Lodge Aquatic Center.
- Take a safari at the Wilds wild animal park.
- Plan a weekend getaway to the Petoskey area.
- Learn and play at one of these Indiana children’s museums.