best places to shop with kids indy
You’ll do anything to put off grocery shopping, open up a can of apple pie filling…fruit. Stuffing mix, that’s a passable entree, right? You don’t want to go when you have my kids with you because…well, you know. You also don’t want to go when you are away from your kids because that’s when you get everything else done.

I’ve faced the music, I have to take my kids most of the time. So, I do whatever I can to make it an interesting and engaging experience; we talk about different foods, unfamiliar food items and the variety of colors we see. I really appreciate the grocery stores that make their stores welcoming to children and families.

The Market District
11505 N Illinois St, Carmel

  • Variety of shopping carts that look like cars
  • Little Shopper’s Treat Card program: $1 per child annually: allows children to pick up a treat while they are shopping. Choose a cookie from the bakery, a fresh piece of fruit or cheese from the deli
  • Coming soon: classes and events for kids and families
  • Family brunch in the restaurant

Trader Joe’s
2 Indy area locations

  • Small shopping carts for kids to push around
  • A hidden animal for kids to find

Many Indy area locations

  • Sandy, the famous penny pony ride
  • Bakery often will give a free cookie to children
  • Samples of the deli meats and cheeses

Fresh Thyme
Several Indy area locations

  • Small shopping cart for your kids
  • Make your own peanut butter & almond butter
  • Large bulk item area, let your kids create trail mixes and fruit and nut mixes
  • Produce at a low level for kids to help select
  • Small red tractor hidden in the store with a reward for kids who find it

Whole Foods
Several Indy area locations

  • Kid friendly and family friendly recipes and menu planning resources
  • Food and cooking classes for kids, some are free

Several Indy area locations

  • Free Marsh Kids’ Club for children ages 4 – 12: free treat of the week, free birthday cake

Here are even more places you can shop with your kids
PLACES WHERE TOTS CAN (1)We shared our favorite places to shop with kids in the Indy Star in October 2015.