12 November 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.

Goldfish Swim School is known for being the most inviting and safe place to take your children for swim lessons. Their tropical environment includes a pool that’s heated. Their teaching model is grounded in SwimPlay to teach kids to swim and give them a love of swimming. They currently have locations in Carmel and Fishers and the Greenwood location will open in Fall 2019.

Did your kids love watching Coco? It’s a visually stunning and educational cartoon that shows & teaches children about Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). If you are wanting to show your kids this celebration than head over to the Nickel Plate Art Center on Friday, November 1st from 3pm-9pm or to the Garfield Park Art Center on Saturday, November 2nd from 5pm-8pm for a Day of the Dead celebration featuring an altar, traditional Mexican food, traditional dances, songs, crafts and storytelling. The events are free to attend, but there is a $5 craft fee at the Nickel Plate Art Center. Enjoy a day of celebrating loved ones who are no longer here.

On Sunday, November 3rd, we all will be changing our clocks back one hour for Daylight saving time. Head over to Columbus and join in a unique experience in welcoming this time change on a Fall Tinkergarten Lantern walk. The event will feature tea light lanterns, songs, activity and the walk. The event is from 6pm-7pm and is free to attend, but does require registration.

Join your local library for a fun and free program offered this fall, meet Paddington bear at the Johnson County Public Library Franklin Branch on November 4th, from 10:30am -11:30am. Have a fall-tastic fun evening at the Hancock Public Library on November 13th, from 4pm-5pm. Enjoy a family game night at the Central Library Branch on November 4th, from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Head to the Greenwood Library for an American Girl Holiday on November 18th, from 4:30pm-5:30pm. Join the Carmel Clay Public Library on November 8th at 6:30pm for a movie and a snack. And if you don’t feel like cooking head over to the Plainfield-Guilford Township Library on November 21st at 6:30pm for dinner & a family movie. Be sure to check with your local library to register for any of these events/activities.

Does your family love seeing all the different colored trees during fall time? Check out Eagle Creek park for a day of beautiful fall foliage. If you’re feeling a little adventure for your family, then pack a picnic, a full battery on your phone or camera and head to Brown County State Park for a beautiful scenic picnic and hike.

You can travel the world from the comfort of your own city with the 43rd Indy International Festival. The event will feature 50 ethnicities from across central Indiana. Each culture is represented by a colorful and educational display. Traditional clothing, music, dance performances, activities and food will also be at the festival. The festival is held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from November7th-9th and has a $8 entrance fee plus a parking fee.

While there are lots of activities to see and do this month and season, let’s take the time to honor those who served and currently serve on November 11th for Veterans Day.  There will be a Veterans Day Parade held in downtown Indy at 12pm. The event is free to attend and will start at Michigan and Pennsylvania Street. Be sure to wear your red, white and blue and show support to those who have served our great nation.

Do you have an animal lover in your family? Check out Animal Tales, where a park naturalist will share a story about a native animal at a local library. After the story; there will be an activity or craft. The program is free, but Registration is required for this program through your local library. Check out the website for a list of participating libraries.

Each Saturday this month, head over to Lakeshore Learning for a free craft. The theme for this month is, “World of Fantasy” and children can create a magical reading wand, diy wings, fire breathing dragon, dragon eggs and a medieval helmet each Saturday. The craft is from 11am-3pm starting Saturday November 2nd through November 30th.

With Thanksgiving around the corner, let’s teach our children about giving to others by participating in a family volunteer day during Thanksgiving break. The Indianapolis area offers lots of family volunteer opportunities for all ages and abilities. The best thing, it’s completely free and gives your children an opportunity to give back to their community.

Check out the Downtown Indy, Inc. Circle of Lights® tree lighting ceremony at Monument Circle. The event is always a great way to start the holiday season after Thanksgiving. There will be entertainers, fun atmosphere and since the weather is getting cold, don’t forget to grab a delicious hot chocolate while your family waits for the tree to light up.  The ceremony will be held this year on November 29th at 6pm.

If you can’t make it downtown for the Circle of Lights®, don’t worry there will be another tree lighting ceremony in Noblesville on November 29th at 6pm.

Get in the holiday spirit at Zionsville’s Christmas in the Village. Starting November 30th, the village of Zionsville will be transformed into a magical holiday scene. There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides, strolling carolers and musicians, a Christmas parade and of course to top it all off Santa in his Christmas house.


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