This originally appeared as an Indy with Kids TV segment on Indy Style.
During the chill of winter it’s a lot more difficult to get my kids up and moving and outdoors to play than it is during the spring or fall months. It’s not because they don’t want to or don’t need to get moving. Just the idea of putting three kids age 4 and under into winter gear and heading out is just exhausting. Oh moms (and dads and other caregivers), let’s try to do it! Here are some ideas that will get your whole family moving and playing together all winter long in Indianapolis. If there isn’t a location listed near where you live, I’m sure we can help you find something in the city that is near your home.
Goldfish Swim School
· Fun – and warm – place to swim this winter. Goldfish offers lessons and open swims for kids 4-months to 12-years old.
· With one location already in Carmel, Goldfish has opened a second location in Fishers.
· Family swim time is offered every Friday from 6:30 – 8 for only $5 ($15 family maximum)
· Members can take advantage of additional swim times, in addition to lessons, from 1 – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.
· Laser tag is great for ages 7 and up.
· Participants enter the laser tag arena to play a game of electronic tag amidst strobe lighting and fog.
· Check out Laser Flash in Carmel, Xsite in Castleton and Laser Storm off of Emerson Avenue on the south side.
· Our very own roller derby teams have helped bring roller skating back in style.
· Skateland Indianapolis offers a Learn to Skate Class on Saturdays from 10 – 11 a.m. for all ages.
· Don’t miss Saturday Kids Fun Skate and Family Skate times on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
· Admission ranges from $4 – $7 plus skate rental.
Outdoor Hikes and Activities
· Most of the Indy-area parks offer outdoor hikes – even in the winter.
· Fishers Parks and Recreation presents the Heart Hike at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve on Feb. 6 and 7. It is free and no registration is required.
· Families can go on a photo scavenger hunt to find all the ways Mother Nature creates art in leaves, clouds, rocks and more.
· The campfire will be going at the shelter to keep everyone warm during breaks.
· Check out organized hikes at other local parks.