Its summer break and your kids are ready to hang out with their friends, play sports, and relax. Then they tell you that they really want to get into skateboarding. If you are a skater yourself you grab your board and drop in on the nearest quarter pipe with your kids. If you don’t know what any of that means or you are nervous for your kids to start skating then we have just the place to start.

Minus Skate Shop of Carmel is the perfect place for families to learn about skating, get fitted for all the coolest gear and find a community of skaters to bond with. Owner Aaron Vaughn has been skating since his teens and is passionate about helping families learn about skateboarding and finding the right gear to help make skateboarding safe and fun. Aaron took over the old RISE skateboard shop in Carmel and rebranded it in conjunction with the Minus Skate Shop on 54th Street in Indianapolis. Minus Skate Shop serves kids, teens and adults from beginner to life-long skaters. Aaron is an expert at helping skaters find the right size board and equipment to make skating fun and safe. Skaters choose their board based on shoe size and desired graphic as well as shape. Minus Skate Shop has build-your-own decks, complete kits and long boards as well as apparel.

Skateboarding can be an amazing sport for kids to learn because it requires a ton of patience, dedication and grit to keep trying even if you fall down and fail. Aaron recommends beginners try out lessons at The Monon Community Center or Q Skatepark (see below). Both facilities offer lessons for beginner and intermediate level skaters. Youtube videos are also an excellent resource for young skaters as they add tricks to their repertoire.

Minus Skate Shop is a really cool and welcoming place, especially for families new to the skateboarding scene. If you and your family are thinking about skateboarding or want to learn more, start with the experts at this shop. Not only is shopping local cool, but it lets you build a relationship with established skateboarders so you can get your questions answered and feel more confident about your kid dropping in on a concrete quarter pipe. Located at 622 South Rangeline Road in Carmel or call at (317) 843-9980.

Check out our list of local skate parks to try with your family. It’s important to always wear helmets and other safety gear and to practice safe and supervised riding. If you want some inspiration, check out Sky Brown, an amazing 10 year old skater. Watching her skate is really something to behold.

Marion County Skate Parks

Lake Sullivan Skate Park (Major Taylor Velodrome)

3649 Cold Spring Road
Indianapolis 46222

The Velodrome is an Indianapolis institution. This skate park allows skateboards, rollerblades and BMX. Visit https://www.visitindy.com/ for more information.

AY Indoor Skatepark

Located at 2215 Country Club Road
Indianapolis 46234

This FREE INDOOR skate park is open to skaters 12 and up with a signed waiver by an adult. This skatepark is open one Friday per month. Visit their Facebook Page to stay up-to-date.

Q Skatepark

1727 Stout Field East Drive
Indianapolis 46241

This AMAZING INDOOR skatepark is a must visit for local skateboarders, BMXers and other extreme sports enthusiasts. Q Skatepark hosts lessons for beginners and intermediates as well as Skate camp. If your kids are interested in skating or just starting out, this is a must visit facility. Hours are MondayFriday 2-10 pm, Saturday Noon-9 pm, and Sunday Noon-5 pm. Visit https://www.qskatepark.com for more information.

Skatepark Lawrence

5301 North Franklin Road
Lawrence 46216

This park has bowls, stair sets and rails and is a fully concrete park. This park also has lights for early evening skating. Hours  are 8 am-10 pm daily. Visit http://www.cityoflawrence.org for more information.

Hamilton County Skate Parks

Forest Park

701 Cicero Road
Noblesville 46060

Forest Park is home to many unique amenities including a 1920’s Herschell carousel, a Tom Thumb miniature golf course, a 9-hole regular golf course and a skate park.  The skate park is situated between the main playground and the tennis courts and is fenced in for added safety. Kids and adults alike can drop in on the various quarter pipes and ride the rails in this medium sized wood and concrete skate park.  This skate park is also BMX friendly if you have a budding Dave Mirra in the family. Visit https://www.cityofnoblesville.org/ for more information.

James A. Dillon Park

6001 Edenshall Lane
Noblesville 46060

James A. Dillon Park has a nice combination of amenities including spray park, disc golf, playgrounds and a skate park. The skate park is mostly made of concrete and metal and includes several bowls, stair sets, rails, quarter pipes, and banked ramps. This skate park is BMX friendly and nicely laid out. Visit https://www.cityofnoblesville.org for more information.

Monon Greenway Skatepark

1235 Central Park East Drive
Carmel 46032

This skate park is state-of-the art and includes rails, quarter pipes, and concrete bowls.  Located between the east and west buildings of the Monon Center, the park should only be used for skateboarding. This 10,000 square foot park has lots of drop in points and rails as well as a seriously huge concrete bowl. Skateboarding lessons are offered through the Monon Center at this skate park. Visit https://apm.activecommunities.com? to learn about lessons. Visit https://www.carmelclayparks.com for more information.

Hancock County Skate Parks

Fortville Skatepark

West Church Street (Fortville Park)
Fortville 46060

This skate park is on the smaller-side, but has concrete ramps with banks and rails for grinding. There are benches, picnic tables, and other bars for tricks.

Riley Park Skatepark

300 North Apple Street
Greenfield 46140

This 7,200 square foot skate park has quarter pipes, handrails and pyramids and stair sets. Visit https://www.greenfieldin.org/recreation/facilities/162-rileypark for more information.

Johnson County Skate Parks

Greenwood Skatepark

100 Crestview Drive
Greenwood 46143

The Greenwood Skatepark is set on a series of unused tennis courts and contains several quarter pipes and very long and medium rails. Skaters can use the large footprint of this park to gain a lot of speed for tricks and practice. This skate park is fenced in and has lights surrounding it. Visit https://www.greenwood.in.gov for more information.

Franklin Action Skatepark

South Main Street
Franklin 46131

This skate park is connected to the Historic Greenway Trail and has several quarter pipes, rails, tables, and pyramids as well as other concrete structures. Visit https://www.festivalcountryindiana.com/franklin-action-skate-park for more information.

Boone County Skate Parks

Mulberry Fields Skatepark

9645 Whitestown Road
Zionsville 46077

Mulberry Fields Skatepark is a concrete park with bowls, banked hills, rails, and stair sets. This skate park is located very near to Zionsville Middle School. Visit https://www.zionsville-in.gov/ for more information.

Monroe County Skate Parks

Upper Cascades

2602 North Kinser Pike
Bloomington 47404

This FREE outdoor sports park features concrete construction with ramps, rails, and a street course as well as the deepest bowl in Indiana. The skate park is geared towards skateboarders and in-line skaters. No bikes are allowed. Visit https://www.visitbloomington.com for more information.

The Warehouse

1525 South Rogers Street
Bloomington 47403

The Warehouse has nearly 32,000 square feet of FREE INDOOR skateboarding fun at this amazing facility in Bloomington. This non-profit uses skateboarding and other extreme sports to provide a positive outlet for local youth. The facility also has boxing, rock climbing, soccer, volleyball, tennis, gag ball, trampolines, and so much more. The Warehouse is open Monday-Friday from 3-7 pm for open skate, but is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and most major holidays. Visit https://btownwarehouse.com/sports/ for more information.

Madison County Skate Parks

Extreme Plaza

West 10th Street and Madison Avenue
Anderson 46016

Extreme Plaza is located at Mays Park in Anderson. This medium size skate park has several stair sets, rails and quarter pipes as well as a pyramid.  Visit https://www.cityofanderson.com for more information.

Howard County Skate Parks

Kokomo Pipelines

4200 South Park Road
Kokomo 46902

This nearly 10,000 square foot skate park features an amazing 90 degree bent full pipe (like the wave a surfer rides that is about to close at the end) several drop in points and small bowls. This park is also a favorite of BMXers. Visit http://www.cityofkokomo.org for more information.

Mainstreet Skatepark

1016 South Main Street
Kokomo 46902

This INDOOR skate park is open year-round. You can even rent a board if you need one! Visit https://visitkokomo.org for more information.