7 Things to Do This Weekend Near Indianapolis

7 Things to do this weekend

Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines! 

This weekend is the world famous Indianapolis 500, bringing all the checkered-flag-fanfare to the circle city! We love all things Indy 500, but we especially love the AES Indy 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, May 27. While there are plenty of spots to view the parade for free, don’t forget you can get reserved seats that guarantee you won’t miss any of the action! 

But the Indy 500 isn’t the only big thing happening this weekend. We’re also officially kicking off summer at Indy With Kids, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Check out our list of 101 Days of Summer for 101 ideas of things to do with your kids all summer long. That’s one thing to do every day from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day! Places, activities, events, and more await you this summer. Come back to the website when you’re looking for inspiration, or download the calendar and follow along for summer fun the whole season!

Summer is here! Let’s go #PlayIndy.

7 Things to Do This Weekend

AES 500 Festival Parade

The 2024 AES 500 Festival Parade is one of the biggest and best parades in the United States. A big part of the celebrated Indianapolis 500 month of May in Indy, the parade is on the can’t-miss list for local families and visitors. Bands, floats, giant helium-filled floats, celebrities, mascots, race cars, and drivers take to the street and wave and smile at fans. Music will fill the air, and over 200,000 spectators will cheer and applaud the parade participants as the parade winds past some of Indy’s most iconic landmarks. The event is free, and reserved tickets start at $25. 

Indiana Peony Festival

On Friday morning, May 24, drop into Garfield Park’s Blake’s Children’s Garden and learn about nature through a story. After the reading, children are encouraged to stay and explore the garden. This program is free and open to anyone wishing to attend. The target age range is 2-8 years old. In the case of inclement weather, Garden Storytime will move into the classroom.

Opening Weekend | Splash Pads

We have the best splash pads and spray parks! There are dozens throughout the city and our surrounding area. Spend the summer touring them all with your kids! The Indy Parks pads have been open for a few days, and this weekend, the surrounding areas will turn on their sprinkler parks, too!

Throughout the day, you’ll hear squeals of delight and surprise as the patterns shift and soak unsuspecting children (and adults). Pack a picnic, some sunscreen, and water toys. Bring along plenty of energy for a day of family fun.

Rockin On Main

Head to Speedway for a-rockin’ good time this Friday evening, May 24. Enjoy live music by Nashville recording artist Clayton Anderson and fan-favorite My Yellow Rickshaw! Enjoy food trucks, vendors with original artwork, handmade crafts, boutique merchandise, and festive fare. Head to the Kid Zone for interactive activities and more. Admission is free to this family-favorite pre-race day event. 

Race Around The Farm

This Saturday and Sunday, May 25 & 26, come “Race Around the Farm” to celebrate the Indy 500. The Oinking Acres sanctuary will be open for visitors for self-guided tours. The self-guided tour is best for children over the age of 6. Visitors are welcome to bring approved snacks to feed the animals: apples, carrots, cucumbers, grapes, watermelon, and Cheerios.

U-Pick Strawberry Farms

There is nothing like the sweet taste of sun-ripened, fresh strawberries picked straight from the plant. Luckily, you won’t have to drive far to find a place to harvest your very own delicious berries.

Strawberry picking in Indianapolis is a popular early summer tradition for many local families. The little ones tend to eat their weight in berries as they move down the rows in the strawberry patch. The car will smell sweet on the drive home from the boxes of fresh-picked berries and the juice that stains tiny hands and faces. Scope out a berry farm in your area and make a plan for some pickin’ this weekend. 

Summer Skate Event

If you can’t get enough of the brisk, chilled air of winter, check out the summer skate events in Columbus this Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25. Kids aged four and under are free to skate but will require a paying adult to accompany them. Bring your skates or rent them for only $2. Bring a sweater and some gloves, as it can get chilly on the ice.

Indianapolis 500

In case you didn’t know… Indianapolis is home to the largest single-day sporting event in the world, the Indianapolis 500. People travel from all over the world to be a part of the action, the race, the parties, and the 500 Festival Parade. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the place to be during the month of May, and you CAN do the Indy 500 with kids! Come prepared for a long, but exciting, day at the track! We have all the best tips and tricks for keeping kids happy at the track on race day. 

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