Nearly 100 Things to Do with Kids During Winter Break in Indianapolis

Nearly 100 Things to Do with Kids During Winter Break in Indianapolis

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(Don’t forget to check the activities calendar)

Last Chance Holiday Themed Activities in Indy


Reynold’s Farm Equipment Light Display (ends 1/1)
Lights at the Brickyard (ends 12/31)
✩ Celebrate New Years with the Whole Family
✩ See all of the Christmas Lights in Indy
✩ Celebration Crossing at the State Museum (ends 1/1)
✩ Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum (ends 1/8)
Christmas at the Zoo (ends 12/30)
✩ Eiteljorg Jingle Rails (coupon) (ends 1/16)
Festival of Trees at the Indiana History Center (ends 12/30)
✩ Conservatory Crossing Trains and Poinsettias (ends 1/1)

Indoor Activities

(see our entire collection of indoor activities!)


✩Go swimming or play at one of the many indoor pools, water slides and aquatic centers.
✩Try ice skating at an indoor ice rink or or good old ✩roller skating!
Duckpin Bowling is an Indianapolis classic.Regular bowling is also fun!
✩Take your little ones to play at the Urban Chalkboard! They have the best toys, caring staff and even some activities on their calendar that are included with admission!
✩ Make some music and learn about percussion instruments at Rhythm Discovery Center. You can also work on your rhythm at  Bongo Boy Recreational Music Center.
✩ Conner Prairie indoor areas are open and the Discovery Station is a favorite for younger ones.
Play at your favorite library. Some great spaces include the Greenwood Public Library and the Learning Curve at Central Library.
Watch a movie at Flix Brewhouse or Studio Movie Grill.
Host or attend a tea party.
Grab a ticket for a performance of Beauty & the Beast.
✩ Car loving kiddos will enjoy the Indy Auto Show (ends 1/1)
 Paw Patrol takes the stage in Indy (12/30-31)
✩ Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate
✩ Visit a candy shop for a sweet treat
✩ Volunteer as a family

Visit an Indoor Playground

Run Around, Jump, Climb and Play

That Fun Place
Incrediplex has a giant climber, bowling, arcade games and more!
BounceU is packed with inflatable fun!
Skyzone has open jump sessions and even special times for the little ones.
Laser Tag is one of the best ways to wear kids out and give them a good time!
✩ Visit one of Indy’s newest indoor fun centers, Boniccis Fun Place
✩ Check out the fun at kid-gym, Carter’s Play Place

Get Crafty, Creative and Artsy

 Paint Your Own Pottery is a great place to try something new and have something to show for it!
Enroll your little chef in a cooking class.
Lakeshore Learning arts and crafts on the weekend.
✩ Take an art class or shop for art supplies and make something at home.
✩ Check out one of the area crafting studios and sign up for a workshop!
✩ Nickel Plate has a fun drop in art activities during the holiday break.

Get Outside or Pretend You’re Outside


Check out the nature centers at Eagle Creek
See animals, play instruments, dress up and crawl around at Habitat Hall in Holliday Park.
Visit a State Park
Visit one of our three National Parks in Indiana
Visit the 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
If the weather is right, go sledding or visit ✩ Veal’s Ice Tree!
✩ Bundle up and take a hike or push that stroller out and about on a hike.
✩ Shoot some arrows at the archery range.
✩ Visit one of your favorite parks if the weather stays nice.

Cheer for the Home Team & Tour Their Digs

✩ Tour Lucas Oil Stadium
Watch the Pacers in action!
✩ See the Indy Fuel Ice Hockey Team.
Butler Basketball games are a hometown favorite for all ages!
The Dallara Race Car Factory is a good stop for the race fan or car enthusiast in your family.
✩ You might also want to check out the Motor Speedway Hall of Fame.
✩ Sports fans can play and learn at the NCAA Hall of Fame.

Take a Day Trip or a Road Trip


✩ Muncie Children’s Museum
✩ Kidscommons in Columbus, Indiana
✩ Louisville, Kentucky
✩ Richmond, Indiana
✩ Wonderlab in Bloomington
✩ Pokagon State Park – Toboggan Run
✩ Arctic Blast Snow Tubing at Paoli
✩ Big Splash Water Resort at Paoli

Things to do for Free in Indianapolis


Free indoor playgrounds
✩ Spend the first Friday checking out local art galleries and participate in family friendly fun (in many areas)
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✩ Check your local library schedule of events
✩ Free Admission to the Children’s Museum (January 5th)
✩ Free Home Depot Kids Workshop
✩ Kids Eat Free
Family Drum Circle on Thursday Nights (closed New Years Day)
Free Lowes Build and Grow Workshop
Cars & Coffee
Indiana State Police Museum

About The Author

Katy Mann

My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indy with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!