12 January Family Nights Out in Indianapolis | Many Free & Cheap

Looking for some family night out ideas this month? Look no further. We’ve put together a list to help make planning a little easier for you. Check out our calendar for even more events around the greater Indianapolis area too. Share pics from your family night out with the hashtag #PLAYindy


Once the hype of Christmas and the holidays comes to an end, it can leave us parents wondering what else to do with the kiddos before they head back to school? A great opportunity during break is the winter break open studio at Garfield park. Each day there will be materials provided and your child has free will to create their very own masterpieces. Open studio will be held on Thursday, January 2nd from 12pm-5pm and the theme for that day is Drawing. There will be another open studio on Friday, January 3rd from 12pm-5pm and the theme is Crafts. There is a $5 that includes all the materials for your child to make their masterpiece.


Did you love skating as a kid? Want to show your kids your tricks and have a great family day? Then check out Skateland Roller Skating in Indianapolis during their winter break dollar Fridays. On Friday, January 3rd between 3:30pm-5:30pm admission to skate land will only be $1 per person. There is a $4 skate rental fee and you can choose between regular skates or rollerblades.


With temperatures dropping here in central Indiana, Indy seems to be having lots of unique experiences and one that is sure to amaze the entire family is ice sculptures. There will be a Festival of Ice at the Center Green Art District in Carmel. The event will be the weekend of January 10th-12th. On Friday, January 11th from 4-8pm your family can enjoy watching ice carving demonstrations in the Arts & Design District. Saturday, January 11th, from 12-5pm enjoy lots of family activities; there will be carving demonstrations and classes, kids play area, ice skating, live DJ and a chili cook-off. On Sunday, January 12th from 12-3pm there will be a carve off competition and ice skating. The entire event is free to attend, but there will be ice skating fees.


Do you want to get your little ones outdoors this winter season for some great learning experiences? Tinkergarten will be hosting free trial classes on Tuesdays, January 7th and 14th from 11-11:50am and Saturdays, January 11th and 18th from 11-11:50am. The trial class will be held at Mill race park in Columbus. Registration is required.


Head over to WonderLab Museum in Bloomington for its freeze fest on Saturday, January 11th. The Fest will feature a full day of family fun; showing unique winter science activities. There will be liquid nitrogen demonstrations, explore how ordinary matter changes under extremely cold temperatures, learn about safety on icy winter roads and much more. All the activities are free and included with museum admission. Admission to the museum is $10 per person ages 1 and up.


Do you or your child enjoy winter sports? My son has become quite interested in ice hockey. What better way to show him than an ice hockey game? Checkout an Indy Fuel Hockey game on Thursday, January 16th at 7:05 pm at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The game will feature a PNC Nitro Kids Club takeover and will feature kids’ activities during the evening, as well as kids eat for free. Tickets start at $19 per person and it’s highly recommended to purchase them early.


Since trips outdoors and playtime outside have been put on hold for this weather season, kids still want to get that energy and wiggles out in some way. What better way than one of these indoor play spaces. Most are free and open on certain days and times to the public. There are also other great indoor play spaces for a fee. Check out this great list for all the indoor play spaces that your family can explore this winter season.


Who says hot cocoa ends during the holidays, check out a family fun activity of making a popsicle stick hot cocoa mug craft! The event will be at McCloud Nature Park on Saturday, January 18th at 11am. The event is free to attend, no registration is required and is based on a first come bases. The duration of the program is one hour and will also include free hot cocoa to drink while making your craft.


Did you know that national Hot Chocolate Day is January 31st? To keep on celebrating this yummy warm treat, take your kids one evening out for a night of warm hot chocolate or make it a fun family challenge to check out all the Indy area hot chocolate spots. Here’s a list of various locations around Indy offering hot chocolate.


Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by checking out Broad Ripple Park’s sing and play activity. On Monday, January 20th the park will be hosting a sing and play program which will feature, arts, crafts, open play time, and a learning experience about MLK. The event will be from 10am-12pm.


Another great way to spend the day during MLK day is to attend one of the free museum days offered in Indy. All museums will feature educational activities for families to learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Free museums include; The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, Indiana State Museum, NCAA Hall of Fame, The Indianapolis Zoo, Eiteljorg Museum, Newfields, Rhythm Discovery Center, Indiana Historical Society and National parks. Take advantage of this great learning opportunity to teach your children the power of one person’s voice and how it changed our nation.


Head to your local library to enjoy some free family activities; the Plainfield-Guilford Township library will be having a library lab: liquid layers on Monday, January 20th from 4:30-5:30pm, children will get to make a rainbow in a cup and learn about liquids and density. The Ignite Studio in fishers will feature an opportunity to create a beautiful chalk pastel landscape featuring the northern lights on Thursday, January 2nd from 6-8pm, supplies will be provided, and the activity is geared toward children ages 5-10. Check out Beech Grove Library for a family Storytime on Tuesday, January 7th from 6-7pm. The White River Branch Library in Franklin will host itsGirls First Robotics on Friday, January 24th form 4:30-6pm, girls will get to build with motorized Legos and learn about simple machines and coding, the program is geared towards girls ages 7 and up. As always check with your local library for registration and other great free activities.

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