We're a month into a new school year and many parents are starting to miss their kids—and their free time. Fall schedules can be hectic; so when it feels like everyone is heading in too many directions, take a night off for a family date night! We have 12 ideas that your will make you and your kids fall in love with family time!

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

1

Apple pie, caramel apples, apple cider, and more! September is the prime apple picking season. But you can also learn about cooking apples or visit an apple festival. 

2

Get your glow sticks ready for Glow in the Park on Saturday, September 7 at the Nickel Plate District AMP. Families and kids of all ages are invited to get messy while enjoying face painting, a graffiti wall, a neon splash zone, and more!– FREE

3

Cooler temps mean no more outdoor swimming, but the pool at Goldfish Swim School is always perfect! Take advantage of their Family Swim Night September 13 at the Fishers and Carmel locations. 

4

Pack up a blanket and your favorite picnic essentials for a family friendly picnic at Oliver Winery.  

5

Inspire your budding artists: Paint Your Own Pottery, participate in Wee Wonders or Arts for All, or take advantage of $5 Family Night at The Urban Chalkboard.

6

Celebrate National Guacamole Day on September 16 at one of our Kids Eat Free locations

7

What’s better than a free live concert on a cool summer night? We have more than 25 locations for you to get your groove on for free (or nearly free.)

8

Take your biggest Disney fans to the Indy Disney Meet on Saturday, September 21. Enjoy games, food, dole whips, crafts, displays, presentations and more. – FREE

9

Stock up on cauliflower, cabbage, watermelons,  apples, and more September fruits and vegetables at your local Famers’ Markets.

10

Get free admission to participating local museums on Saturday, September 21, 2019 for the 15th annual Smithsonian Free Museum Day. – FREE

11

Celebrate Lucha Libro at the Library! Learn about Lucha Libre’s history and culture, read a story about a young Luchador, participate in a thumb wrestling match, and create your own Luchador mask. 
Garfield Park,  West Indianapolis, Haughville, Pike, InfoZone, Beech Grove, College Avenue, Southport, Spades Park, Nora, Decatur, Glendale, Fountain Square, Central Library, Lawrence, West.

12

Take a day-date to a state park for a fall family hike