Kids Activities in Indianapolis

Indiana Historical Society – Up to 46% Off Visit

Indiana Historical Society

Downtown Indianapolis

$14 $8

State history explored through 3-D re-creations of photos and events with historical actors, interactive experiences, and a conservation lab

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race

Scotty's Brewhouse Downtown

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

54% Off a Party with Snakes or Critters

Snakehead Ed

On Location

$250 $115

Snakehead Ed introduces kids to snakes and reptiles during hands-on lessons at birthday party

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home – Up to 46% Off a Guided Tour

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

Downtown Indianapolis

$16 $9

Museum celebrating writer, poet, and best-selling author will welcome a new visitor and education center in June

Up to 31% Off a Dragster Experience

Pure Speed Drag Racing Experience

Multiple Locations

$169 $119

Dragster creates g-force as drivers accelerate to speeds of 100+ mph during ride-alongs or self-piloted adventures

Up to 55% Off Mini Golf in Indianapolis

Glowgolf

Circle Centre

$16 $8

Luminescent golf balls, lit-up putters, neon obstacles, and incandescent walls illuminate players negotiating tricky glow-themed landscapes

45% Off Video Gaming

Latitude 360

Castleton

$20 $11

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Inside a high-tech game room with plasma screens, guests play new and classic video games for credits, which they can then redeem for prizes

45% Off Arcade Games at Woodland Bowl

Woodland Bowl

Woodland

$20 $11

Players train their reflexes by slamming buttons and scoring points in the arcade

Up to 62% Off at Bat Cave

Bat Cave

Indianapolis

$34 $15

Black-light mini golf course, arcade games, and batting cages for baseball and softball players of all abilities populate bustling space

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library – Up to 71% Off Membership

Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Downtown Indianapolis

$30 $12

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Membership to a nonprofit, library/museum memorializing the Slaughterhouse-Five author includes gift-shop discounts

Up to 62% Off at Wheels of Wonder

Wheels of Wonder

Multiple Locations

$69.99 $34

Families spin around the rink in quad skates and play redemption games in the arcade; birthday parties entertain up to nine kids

NCAA Hall of Champions – Up to 50% Off Visit

NCAA Hall of Champions

Downtown Indianapolis

$10 $6

Kiosks for all 23 NCAA sports; video clips and interactive sport simulators immerse visitors in the history of college athletics

Up to 50% Off Video-Gaming Passes or Party

Ebash Video Game Center

Multiple Locations

$20 $10

Numerous PC and gaming consoles set up in a family-friendly environment that encourages socializing

Up to Half Off Urban Dare Adventure Race for Two

Urban Dare

Front Page Sports Bar and Grill

$90 $45

Fast-paced competition challenges teams of two with trivia, photo hunts, and mental and physical challenges

50% Off One-Week Kids' Summer Sports Camp

The SportZone

Pike Township - Park 100

$145 $73

Five-day camps keep kids age 5–13 active with field trips, relay races, flag football, basketball, baseball, kickball, soccer and volleyball

Up to 56% Off Bowling

Beech Grove Bowl (South City)

Beech Grove Bowl

$33.50 $16

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Bowling lanes host games and provide shoes for groups of two or four

45% Off at Otte Golf and Family Fun Center 

Otte Golf and Family Fun Center

Otte Golf & Family Fun Center

$20 $11

Award-winning driving range shares well-tended grounds with an executive golf course, miniature golf, and nine batting cages

Gymboree Play & Music – 66% Off Classes

Gymboree Play & Music

Multiple Locations

$115 $39

With parental participation, kids aged 0–5 develop motor, cognitive and social skills through music, art, and movement classes

Up to 71% Off at Wright's FUNdamentals

Wright's FUNdamentals

Multiple Locations

$120 $39

Kids up to 9 years old tackle an indoor playground full of gymnastics equipment, zip lines, slides, ball pits, trampolines, & tumbling mats

Up to 72% Off Four at Monster Mini Golf

Monster Mini Golf

Multiple Locations

$32 $15

Balls ricochet around 18 black-lit indoor holes set amid luminous murals, giant monsters, and animated props; party with golf and games

40% Off Music Lessons

My Violin Studio

Brownsburg

$90 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Art Classes for Adults

The Art Studio of Carmel

Carmel

$50 $25

Current & retired teachers with over 125 years of combined experience lead art classes for adults; class themes vary based on season

Up to 76% Off Educational Assessment for Children

Minds-in-Motion

Multiple Locations

$250 $59

Specialists meet with children to evaluate how their brains and bodies interact, and how this interaction affects their learning

Sky Zone Fishers – Up to 46% Off Indoor Trampolines

Sky Zone Fishers

Fishers

$26 $14

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Burn off calories and excess energy on wall-to-wall trampolines

Up to 56% Off at Bounce U

Bounce U

Fishers

$8.99 $4

Kids can explore bouncy castles and other inflated structures, while parents can join in at the playground or relax in the party room

50% Off Music Lessons

Music Notes

Adams

$20 $10

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 51% Off a Two-Hour Kids' Summer Party

Recreation Unlimited

Noblesville

$99 $49

Kids celebrate birthdays in an indoor play area with trampolines, a basketball court, 15 play areas, and a party room

Up to 59% Off Bounce-House Play Sessions

Cicero Fun Factory

Cicero

$42.50 $23

Open floor plan filled with inflatable slides, bounce houses, arcade games, pool table, and air hockey enchants tykes

Up to 52% Off Two Nights at S&H Campground

S&H Campground

Buck Creek

$70 $35

Stay in a camper or tent with water and electric hookup by a creek and fish-stocked lake; optional breakfast buffet and Family Fun Park

Up to 62% Off Bowling at Hi-Way Lanes

Hi-Way Lanes

Franklin

$40.04 $17

Bowlers take aim at pins on 1 of 28 lanes equipped with bumpers before noshing on pizza and drinks

Up to 49% Off Zipline Tour

Explore Brown County at Valley Branch Retreat (IN)

Nashville

$170 $89

Explore the beauty of winter-gripped woodlands via ziplines, sky bridges, and rappelling towers that take adventurers over land and lake

A Night With A&E's Duck Dynasty – Up to 39% Off

A Night With A&E's Duck Dynasty Willie, Korie, Si & Al Robertson

Columbus North High School

$39 $26

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Willie, Korie, Si, and Al Robertson answer fan questions and tell stories about their family, business, and faith; includes express entry

Up to 59% Off Family Bounce Center Visit

Big Bounce Family Fun Center

New Castle

$35 $17

A 7,500-square-foot indoor playground with inflatables and an arcade hosts parties with pizza, ice cream, and soda

51% Off Gem-Mining Experience In Brown County Indiana

Copperhead Creek Gem Mining Company

Nashville, Brown County, Indiana

$39 $19

Amateur prospectors use a sluice to sift through dirt in search of colorful stones; each person also gets to take home an unopened geode

Up to 55% Off at Wayne County Historical Museum

Wayne County Historical Museum

Richmond

$14 $7

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Artifacts and memorabilia paint a vivid picture of Wayne County from the pioneer era through contemporary times

Up to 61% Off at Grissom Air Museum

Grissom Air Museum

Grissom AFB

$14 $6

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Twenty-four restored aircraft from different stages of aviation history are on display, ranging from B-17s to F-100s and commercial aircraft

Up to 50% Off Ziplining

French Lick Ziplines and Wilstem Ranch

Paoli

$138 $79

Guests traverse 4,000 ft. of ziplines as a pair of certified guides keeps fliers safe with a braking system

Up to 61% Off Circus

Loomis Bros. Circus

Multiple Locations

$22.09 $12

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Traveling circus delights audiences with clowns and acrobats, as well as trained tigers and elephants

Up to 50% Off at Lanier Mansion

Lanier Mansion

Madison

$20 $11

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Inside a Greek Revival mansion with a spiral staircase, visitors learn interesting stories about the Lanier family and the town of Madison

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park – Up to 50% Off

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park

Hamilton

$16 $8

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335-acre park and outdoor museum invites guests to wander among 64 sculptures tucked into gardens and meadows and alongside lakes

Up to 76% Off Bowling at Game of Garfield

Game of Fairfield

Fairfield

$31 $12

Multi-faceted facility hosts bowling parties with packages that include shoe rentals

Up to 53% Off Go-Kart Racing at Whiteland Raceway Park

Whiteland Raceway Park

Whiteland

$27.95 $13

Birel N 35-X karts whip riders around the track; the driving school offers basic training and track time

Up to 53% Off Membership to Boone County Arboretum

Boone County Arboretum

Florence

$15 $7

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Guests can visit 121 acres of trees, shrubs, perennials, and annuals at this living museum while traversing one of Kentucky's best trails

Jane’s Saddlebag – Up to 50% Off Visit

Jane's Saddlebag

Walton

$16 $8

Restored saddlebag home offers insight into settler life with tours of a historic smokehouse, flatboat, and petting zoo of farm animals

Up to 46% Off Guided Zipline Tour for Two

Dagaz Acres

Rising Sun

$90 $49

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One-hour Premier and two-hour Ultimate courses offer more than 23-acre-long ziplines over multiple ravines and bridges; speeds up to 30 mph

The Hillforest – Up to 67% Off Mansion Membership

The Hillforest

Aurora

$75 $25

Mid-19th century mansion overlooks the Ohio River and welcomes families for tours with a membership and cookbook

49% Off Indoor Playground Visits

KidZoo

Hebron

$23.50 $12

Modeled after classic outdoor playgrounds, the indoor play area entertains kids with swings, slides, and games led by the staff

Select Local Merchants

Royal Pin?s four bowling centers boast a total of 270 gleaming lanes, but their widely varied facilities offer far more than games of tenpins. At all four locations, cosmic-bowling nights create a psychedelic atmosphere with fog, music, and black lights.

The Woodland location, though, was voted Best Bowling in Indianapolis 2012 by CityVoter and 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 outdoor mini-golf course, Pirates? Cove, sends putters on a salty adventure with 18 Lilliputian fairways populated by streams, waterfalls, and a pirate ship. In addition, the location recently received a makeover, with a new midway, lounge, bar and restaurant. In that same center, there's also the two-story Pirate's Quest laser tag, which combines the excitement of laser tag and swashbuckling.

At the Expo location, the theme relates to another exciting frontier: space. In Laser Storm tag, players battle for rights to moon territories. 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.

5261 Elmwood Avenue
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.

650 West Washington Street
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Orchard in Bloom’s annual garden show and symposium sponsored by National Bank of Indianapolis in Holliday Park raises funds for The Orchard School, an independent grade school for grades pre-K through 8, as well as Holliday Park. Select local landscapers create macro-landscapes with in-season botany as well as specialized microgardens, designed to showcase specific plant varieties and new design ideas that homeowners can easily incorporate into their own yards. Gardeners can stock up on tools, plants, and art at the Gardener’s Market, full of national and regional artisan vendors. The children’s area entertains youngsters with age-appropriate activities, such as filling flowerpots with soil and playing patty-cake with the limbs of trees.

6363 Spring Mill Rd.
Indianapolis,
IN
US

Plopped in downtown Indianapolis across from the Indiana Convention Center, Indiana/World Skating Academy fosters skills for winter sports on a pair of NHL-size rinks. I/WSA's coaches, whose instruction has helped produce regional, national, and world-class competitors, direct the facility's programs, including learn-to-skate courses designed for skaters with varying levels of experience. In addition to skating, the facility also offers private rink rentals as well as opportunities for speed skating, broomball, and adult hockey leagues. Off the ice, the academy offers less slippery activities, such as weight training, aerobics, jazz, and ballet. A rinkside deli open during public-skating hours keeps legs primed, and an onsite pro shop keeps equipment bags stuffed with the latest gear.

201 S Capitol Ave
Indianapolis,
IN
US

In this day of DVDs and in-home, on-demand options, drive-in theatres are a rarity. But Tibbs Drive-In Theatre continues to provide what’s generally considered to be an old but cherished way to watch movies, particularly around Indianapolis. From early spring through mid-fall each year, Tibbs visitors can enjoy large-screen movies from the comfort of their own vehicles, or pull together an array of lawn chairs and other foldable furniture for strategically-positioned seats inside the facility’s parking lot. A variety of movies run across the four screens, usually as double-headers, making Tibbs an all-night destination. Concession stand options are plentiful and varied, and a large, grass-covered area is available near the main screen, where younger moviegoers often gather and play.

480 S Tibbs Ave
Indianapolis,
IN
US

More than 50 years old and 8,500 members strong, the Percussive Arts Society (PAS) strives to promote percussion through education, research, and performances across the world. To carry out this mission, the organization includes more than 50 chapters in the US and 28 chapters abroad, all of which communicate online via resources such as lessons, free practice exercises, and annual events. Each year PAS hosts the annual Percussive Arts Society International Convention—the largest of its kind in the world—in which exhibitors convene to showcase the newest developments in percussion technology, instruments, and publications. The convention also includes over 120 clinics and performances with lauded artists covering all genres and styles of music.

110 W Washington St
Indianapolis,
IN
US