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Things To Do With Kids in Lafayette

The rich history in Lafayette is fun for families to explore. See where Amelia Earhart prepared her plane for her last around-the-world flight at Purdue University Airport or tour one of the city’s infamous mansions like the Fowler House. The Greater Lafayette Area has a reputation for being smart with Purdue helping lead the nation in research and a number of the city’s museums featuring renowned exhibits. Explore educational kids activities, popular attractions, historic landmarks, and other things to do with kids in Lafayette.

In the summertime Lafayette hosts a lot of festivals. Some of the most popular ones include the Mosey Down Main Street, Taste of Tippecanoe, and Dancing in the Streets but almost every Saturday there are downtown activities families can enjoy. Browse deals on other top-rated things to do with kids in Lafayette:

  • Enjoy tours, exhibits, special events, and more at the Columbian Park Zoo
  • Check out Lafayette’s science center, Imagination Station
  • Access Wildcat Creek through Fairfield Lakes where you can enjoy four lakes
  • Walk around, eat, and shop in downtown Lafayette
  • Visit the non-profit Wolf Park in Battle Ground

There are plenty of things to do with family in Lafayette, stop off at the oldest drive-in in the state, Triple XXX, or grab a Chicago-style dog at DT Kirby’s. More fun family things to do in Lafayette include:

  • Between the city parks and high schools there are 8 locations you can play tennis
  • Escape the room at Rugged Xscape or Mission and Breakout Lafayette
  • Stop for a bite to eat and some board games at Merlin’s Beard
  • Walk down Purdue Mall at the university and marvel at the Engineering Fountain
  • Hike two trails and play at the Happy Hollow Park Playground where you can have a picnic or play volleyball on the sand courts

Lafayette has nine official historic landmarks ready to be explored. Plus, the city is riddled with fun history attractions kids will love. Find sightseeing activities and free things to do in Lafayette:

  • Appreciate historic agriculture and homesteading arts at Historic Prophetstown, a fun living history site
  • Get your feet wet plunging through wetlands at the Wah-ba-shik-a Nature Center
  • Take a historic ride down the Erie Canal on The Delphi at Wabash and Erie Canal Park
  • Play in the university’s Founders Park and walk over to see the Loeb Fountain
  • See a college football or basketball game at Purdue

Lafayette boasts well-maintained public soccer, football, basketball, or baseball fields, tennis courts, and more for kids to unleash their athletic side. Explore more fun things to do in Lafayette with kids below:

  • Ride the rails and ramps at Lafayette Skate Park at Faith Baptist Church
  • Enjoy the beachlike entrance, outdoor pool, and play area at Castaway Bay
  • Take a short hike through wildflowers and other plant life in the Jerry E. Clegg Botanic Gardens
  • Swim around at the Prophetstown Aquatic Center
  • Spend an afternoon racing go-karts, driving bumper boats, or playing the arcade games at Kart Ranch

It’s easy to find group entertainment in Lafayette. Between the retro restaurants and indoor skate facilities, a fun afternoon with the kids is just a few Groupons away. Find fun family things to do in Lafayette:

  • Play paintball at Paintball Barn at half the cost
  • Take horseback riding lessons at Hunters Pointe Farm in Cicero
  • Throw it back to the 80s at Kate Skate Center of Rock Hill or Roller City Indy
  • Toss a disc around at Fly by Faith Community Disc Golf Course or at the course in Murdock Park
  • Book a historic group tour and see the Farm at Prophetstown or Fort Ouiatenon

Lafayette is full of educational activities ranging from art-focused to history-oriented. Pick up a new skill at the YMCA day camp or take self-defense classes. Explore more educational activities for kids in Lafayette:

  • Take self-defense classes in Indianapolis at Seven Star Praying Mantis Kung Fu
  • Marvel at the exhibits in the Haan Mansion Museum of Indiana Art
  • Visit Tippecanoe Battlefield Museum, a monument to preserve the battlefield and history center to tell the story
  • Sign up for an outdoor YMCA day camp like Straight Arrow Day Camp where your kids can learn about nature, teamwork, and responsibility
  • Visit Fort Ouiatenon, a replica of the wooden blockhouse originally built here by the French in 1717

Lafayette is a hub for creative and performing arts classes too. Try your hand in pottery at Half Baked Pottery & Gifts or browse other fun art and music classes in Lafayette:

  • Save on studio admission for six at Color Me Mine in Carmel
  • Take private music lessons at Ma Petite Étoile Music Academy
  • Or take music lessons at Music Lessons of Indianapolis instead
  • Sign up for dance classes at Studio B or the Lafayette Ballet School
  • Bring the kids to Dance Moves & Gymnastics to instill balance, strength, and muscle control

In Lafayette, there are plenty of deals on classic indoor kids activities like bowling or rock climbing. There are also unique places to spend time inside like The Elliott Hall of Music on campus where national musicians, musicals, and comedians come to perform. For more indoor activities and things to do with kids in Lafayette, try the following:

  • Pay half the price for rounds of mini-golf at Monster Mini Golf
  • Jump around at Sky Zone in Fishers
  • Climb indoors at the Hoosier Heights climbing gym in Indianapolis
  • Bowling at Market Square Lanes or Mustang Alley
  • Swim inside at Club Newtone