It’s winter break in Indianapolis, the kids are all home from school and you’re looking for things to do in Indy. We’ve got you covered with 1000’s of ideas on IndywithKids.com but here’s a list of some of our favorites.
Things to do While the Kids Are On Winter Break In Indy
Holiday Themed Activities in Indy
✩ Christmas Nights of Lights is a fully synchronized light display at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. This event ends 1/1/20
✩ Lights at the Brickyard is a drive thru holiday light display at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. You’ll drive around the same track that legends of the Indy 500 have raced around. This event ends 1/5/20.
✩ Celebrate New Years Eve with the Whole Family
✩ See all of the Christmas Lights in Indy
✩ Celebration Crossing at the State Museum This event ends 1/5/20.
✩ Jolly Days at the Children’s Museum This event ends on 1/5/20.
✩ Christmas at the Zoo This Indianapolis event ends on 12/30/19.
✩ Eiteljorg Jingle Rails Save $2 off your ticket order with code INDYWITHKIDS. This event ends 1/20/20.
✩ Festival of Trees at the Indiana History Center This event ends 1/4/20.
✩ Conservatory Crossing at Garfield Park: Trains and Poinsettias. This event ends 12/31/19.
✩ Drive around and look at Christmas lights before they’re gone!
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✩ 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 Little Village Playroom! They have the best toys, free coffee, 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.
✩ Cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate
✩ Visit a candy shop for a sweet treat
✩ Volunteer as a family
✩ Shop around at the Unicorn Pop-Up Shop at The Children’s Museum.
✩ Visit a toy store, like Mass Ave Toys.
✩ Peruse your favorite book store, like Indy Reads.
✩ Curl up with a cup of the best hot chocolate in Indianapolis.
Visit an Indoor Playground
✩ Explore and have fun at Kid City indoor play space in Greenwood. It’s great for most ages!
✩ Playground at Brookville Community Church
✩ The Park Indoor Playground at Traders Point Church
✩ The Treehouse in Plainfield
✩ The Well Community Center indoor play area
✩ Playground at Cornerstone Lutheran Church
Run Around, Jump, Climb and Play
✩ Meet up with friends at an open gym like Indy Stars.
✩ 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!
✩ Check out the fun at kid-gym, Carter’s Play Place.
✩ Indy Parks has a sensory play room.
✩ Off the Wall Sports is a fun indoor place to play.
✩ Play hard at Urban Air Indoor Park.
✩ Gather a group and reserve some time for archery tag in Kokomo.
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.
✩ Mix up your own soaps, lotions and fragrances at Bath Junkie.
✩ Pour your own candles at Penn & Beech on Mass Ave or in Carmel.
✩ Stop in to see the new Firefly Landing space for kids 5 and under.
✩ Line + Form Art Center is open in their new location!
✩ The Ignite Studio at the Library is incredible!
Get Outside or Pretend You’re Outside
✩ Play and explore at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt.
✩ 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.
✩ Take a hike with your kids at Turkey Run.
✩ Go on the free story walk in Hummel Park.
✩ Koteewi Seasonal Slopes makes their own snow for snow tubing.
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
✩ Fortville is super close and there’s a lot to do.
✩ 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
✩ EnterTRAINment Junction in Cincinnati
✩ Visit the American Girl Store in Chicago.
✩ Spend a day finding all of the things to do with kids in Greenfield.
✩ Fortville is packed with family fun!
✩ There’s a ton of family fun in St. Louis.
Things to do for Free in Indianapolis
✩ Play at a free indoor playground.
✩ Spend the first Friday checking out local art galleries and participate in family friendly fun (in many areas)
✩ 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
✩ Adopt a dog for the day through this awesome program.