nature at nightCrisp fall evenings are upon us, and it’s time to start enjoying bonfires, full moons and nature after dark. Dress the family in warm shoes, sweatshirts and maybe even stash a pair of gloves for good measure. Then take a look at all that’s happening outside after work and school, and go enjoy.

Bonfire Campfire Indy with KidsHolliday Park is offering their Hauntless Halloween program  October 20 – 22nd. This program includes a hike by candlelight, friendly magical creatures, and a campfire. Register early, because this popular event sells out every year!

The park also continues to host Friday Night Campfires monthly-  November’s theme is Constellations. Preregistration is required.

Holland Park in Fishers is inviting families to get outside to solve a mystery in the park on the evening of October 25th. Pre-register to join the sleuthing fun!

Eagle Creek Full Moon Paddles – the last two full moon evening paddles are set for the weekend of October 14th this year. Register online, children ages 6 and older are able to participate with an adult.

Enjoy looking at the stars? Join the Indiana Astronomical Society for an evening under the stars at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem (Hendricks County). Learn about the night sky in a short presentation, then venture outside if it’s clear. If your stargazer is itching to use his or her own telescope, bring it along! Don’t have one? No problem, they will teach you how to use theirs. 

free things to do fall indianapolis kids indy indiana 100 child momsMcCloud Nature Park will also be hosting a Campfire on October 29th- register to join in the fun! Storie will be told, and s’mores will be made.

Not everyone can head out for a late night excursion, but as the days grow shorter, you can go to your own backyard. Lay out a blanket and look at the stars and listen to night sounds. Even the most familiar spaces look different when the sun goes down, making adventure easy to find, even close to home.