Kids Activities in Indianapolis


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  • Indy Parks and Recreation
    The 207 green spaces overseen by Indy Parks and Recreation aren't just oases of natural beauty in the middle of the city: they're also the setting for many of Indianapolis' most diverse cultural attractions. Parks throughout the city host events that range from basketball and league sports games to fitness and yoga on the grass to all-ages, hands-on art classes. In warm weather, sounds of outdoor film screenings and more than 80 live concerts reverberate through the hills and trees. Meanwhile, 20 indoor and outdoor water recreation facilities encourage splashing, and picnic shelters and open-air pavilions host events ranging from large-scale family reunions to children's birthday parties. The city's parks also inject their entertainment with a bit of education. The hilltop Garfield Park Arts Center organizes live performances and classes in visual and performing arts. Eagle Creek Park](http://bit.ly/1j2TWNp)?the parks system's crown jewel?celebrates nature. Its more than 4,300 acres of forested terrain take visitors out of the city, but attractions such as the aerial ropes course, Go Ape, and the live reptile and amphibian exhibits at the Earth Discovery Center convince them to stay.
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    8575 East Raymond Street
    Indianapolis, IN US
  • Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve
    It’s hard not to feel romantic when strolling along the interwoven trails at this nature preserve. Grassy fields, wooded hills, and creeks set the stage, while birds provide a peaceful soundtrack. The preserve is also dog-friendly, so hikers are welcome to have their pups accompany them, and it boasts plenty of tables for those who feel like packing a picnic.
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    10410 Hague Road
    Indianapolis, IN US
  • Eagle Creek Park
    Outdoorsy pairs have plenty of opportunities to discover their mutual interests at this 5,000+-acre park, whether it be hiking, fishing, sailing, or even shooting. The massive green space also hosts year-round activities like summer concerts and fall hayrides, and boasts 24 different picnic sites.
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    7840 W 56th St
    Indianapolis, IN US
  • Go Ape! Eagle Creek Park
    With 3,900 acres of land and 1,400 acres of water, it could take years to explore all of Eagle Creek Park—unless you get above it. At Go Ape's obstacle course, adventurers take to the treetops, soaking up dramatic views of the park while flying across five ziplines, beating their chests on two Tarzan swings, climbing rope ladders, and surmounting other obstacles.
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    5901 Delong Road
    Indianapolis, IN US
  • Royal Pin
    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.
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    5261 Elmwood Ave
    Indianapolis, IN US
  • IMAX Theater at Indiana State Museum
    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.
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    650 West Washington Street
    Indianapolis, IN US

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