March of Dimes aims to distribute commemorative onesies to the families of the 400–500 babies who will graduate from the Methodist Hospital neonatal-intensive-care unit (NICU) this year. Each onesie will be printed with the words: Proud to Be a NICU Graduate. Parents can dress babies in the onesies for their trips home, and keep them as a reminder of overcoming health problems during their NICU stays.
A pinch of Mediterranean. Equal parts Asian and Greek. A dash of soul for good measure. Though its recipe is far from exact, the Taste of Indianapolis brings a spread of culinary traditions into one day-long celebration of food. The festival's edible offerings come from some of the city's top restaurants, giving visitors a chance to taste the city without licking the state capitol building. As a distraction from the non-stop munching, attendees can catch live bands jamming out along the canal, watch chefs share their tricks during interactive demonstrations, and visit family friendly attractions that keep even the youngest of visitors entertained.
Nominated as one of Metromix's best bars in 2011, Taps & Dolls matches a medley of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza with more than 44 draft beers, including craft brews and big-brewery ales. As bartenders loosen the taps, a line of flickering flat-screen TVs above the bar lets patrons cheer on their favorite sports teams or bellicose cartoon animals while they quaff PBR or Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. In addition to the 2-D entertainment, pool tables and arcade games—including Golden Tee and Silver Strike Bowling —keep fingers busy in between bites of chicken wings or fries, and a dance floor pulses with the beats of an all-request DJ Thursday–Saturday.
Royal Pin’s four bowling centers each boast 80 gleaming lanes, but their widely varied facilities offer far more than games of tenpins. The Woodland location, voted Best Bowling in Indianapolis by CityVoter, ups the ante with flat screens above the lanes and cushy couches where players recline while waiting their turn to take a ride through the pinsetter. Its adjacent mini-golf course, Pirates’ Cove, sends putters on a salty adventure with 18 Lilliputian fairways populated by streams, waterfalls, and a pirate ship. The Expo location switches it up with a gaming arcade and Laser Storm laser tag, where players battle for rights to moon territories.
At all four locations, cosmic-bowling nights create a psychedelic atmosphere with fog, music, and black lights. Darts fly and pool balls clack in their lounges, and the Royal Cafe fuels revelry with hamburgers and tenderloin sandwiches, as well as brews poured at a full-service bar. Besides their alleys, Royal Pin also manages the 5-acre Greatimes Family Fun Park, where kids zip around a go-cart track, bounce through a multilevel playland, or pilot bumper boats equipped with blaster squirt guns and highly sensitive grownup detectors.
When The Haunted Angelus House's monsters first come out in the evening, frightened guests can ward them off with glow sticks. The neon batons send a warning signal to the unseen horrors, letting them know the group contains children or timid souls who may not be ready for the full brunt of their fearsomeness. But as the night progresses, so does the terror, and once the clock strikes eight, nothing can hold back the monsters, demons, and zombies as they spill from the shadows to horrify unsuspecting visitors. The only hope left for the innocent victims is to navigate the 37-room haunt, which swarms with demon tenants, and then make it past the 3,000-square-foot outdoor black maze haunted by chainsaw people and souls willing to risk eternity for their chance at a rent-controlled apartment.
Though the event aims to scare, its real intent will warm visitors' hearts, as all proceeds are donated to The Angelus, a nonprofit that aids those with cerebral palsy.
It would be hard to place Freedom Kayak Adventures on a map, even if that map were drawn in waterproof ink. Although the business is headquartered in Indianapolis, its team rents out kayaks and standup paddleboards at Saxony Lake each summer. In addition, Freedom Kayak Adventures delivers kayak rentals throughout all of Indiana, including bodies of water such as Lake Monroe and Summit Lake. Once it arrives at the chosen destination, the team passes out safety gear and happily recommends scenic kayaking routes.