I actually enjoy taking my kids shopping. Grab a stroller and a diaper bag and we are off. But I’ll be honest, I try to take them to places that are somewhat kid friendly. Did you know there are an array of stores in Indianapolis that offer in-store activities for kids? Some are free and some charge. Some need an adult to be present and some will keep the kids busy while you shop. I have the break down for you here so you can plan your next shopping trip accordingly.
Lakeshore Learning – Most Saturdays from 11 am – 3 pm they offer Free Crafts for Kids ages 3 and up. They also have some additional special events as well.
Pottery Barn Kids -Weekly story times and a few other events throughout the year. One time we saw Super Why characters there.
Local Bookstores such as Kids, Ink and The Wild Bookstore offer story times, crafts and author signings. Check their website and Facebook pages for details.
Barnes & Noble – Weekly story times, some with crafts, snacks and giveaways!
LEGO Store – Free monthly build event the first Tuesday and Wednesday of the month but pre-registration is required.
Toys R Us has in-store events for your child’s birthday as well as LEGO builds and new toy discovery. Be sure and check out Baby’s first Easter.
Home Depot– Free monthly kids workshops for kids 5-12 the first Saturday of each month from 9 – 12am. Make and Take project and free apron. Must be accompanied by an adult
Petsmart – This is one of our favorites as they offer opportunities for kids to feed fish, pet hamsters and do a craft, get coloring pages and so much more. My kids love it.
Both Free & Paid
Lil Bloomers check out their monthly calendar for free story and craft times as well as some paid craft classes.
Jo Ann Fabrics For a fee kids and teens can sew and craft a variety of projects in store.
Michaels – They make, you shop. Some for as little as $2 kids ages 3 and up can make a weekly craft on Saturdays from 10 till noon.