For the Young and the Young At Heart

50 fun activities for $5 and under, in Indianapolis, IN.  Not in Indiana? I’m sure where ever you are has some similar activities. This list courtesy of INDY’S CHILD Indiana’s #1 parenting resource.

  1. Visit several local museums during Free Museum Days Many museums around Indianapolis offer free admission on different dates throughout the year. Free.
  2. Try for a turkey with Indy’s Kids Bowl Free Program!  Children participating must register online beforehand. Free.
  3.  Discover Garfield Park Conservatory offers a wide range of engaging and fun programs for all ages. General admission is $2/per person (after March 31), special events $4 per person, $10 per family(2 adults max. per family), 2 and under free.
    • Upcoming Special Events
      • June 2-3: Bonsai Show
  4. Take in the fresh air on one of Indianapolis’ hiking trails
  5. Climb away on the Treehouses at Flat Fork Creek.  Free.
  6. Pack a picnic for the Concerts on the Canal.  Free seating in the lawn.
  7. Get your cat fix at Nine Lives Cat Café. To visit with the cats, it’s $3 per person for a half hour, or $5 per person for a full hour. The fees collected go directly to caring for the cats and providing them a good home.
  8. Catch a $1 movie at local Regal Cinemas.
  9. Try over 100 different restaurants on the Indy’s Child Kids Eat Free list.
  10. Splash around at the Monon Center’s Waterpark. General admission is reduced to $5 for adults and $4 for youth ages after 4pm each day.
  11. Jam out at a FREE outdoor concertFree
  12. Check out a local splash pad.
  13. Go creek stomping at Marott ParkFree
  14. Build sandcastles, swim, or simply soak up the sun at Saxony Beach.  It is free to Fishers residents, and $1 for non-residents.
  15. Don’t let the rainy days deter you!  Check out “The Park”, a giant indoor playground, at Trader’s Point Christian Church.  Free.
  16. Foster imagination at the Museum of Miniature houses!  Admission is $5 for kids aged 3-9.
  17. Respect the law, and learn all about it, at The Indiana State Police Museum.  Admission is free, but donations are accepted.
  18. Enjoy a free Morning Movie at Goodrich Quality TheatersFree
  19. Take a self-guided tour at  Trader’s Point Creamery! $2 per person (kids 4 and under free)
  20. Jam out under The Sails or explore inside the Eiteljorg every Wednesday of the summer from 5pm-8pm.  Free
  21. Make a splash during Goldfish Swim Schools family swim. Family swim is just $5 per person with a max of $15 per family.
  22. Check out the Indycar Factory!  $5/children 12 and under + senior citizens; FREE for kids 4 and under.
  23. Skate away during $2 Tuesday Nights at Skateland. $2 for skates, and $2 for admission.
  24. Visit the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum to learn about the fastest sport in the world!  $5/youth ages 6-15, free for ages 5 and under.
  25. Putt on over to Just 4 Fun on Wednesdays to receive a special on mini golf and go karts! $4 cost each.
  26. Explore the brand new KidCity at Greenwood Community Center. This brand new indoor playground is just $4 per child and adults are free.
  27. Visit the interactive and fun Holliday Park Nature CenterFree.
  28. Enjoy $5 per person admission to The Children’s Museum on the first Thursday of the month.
  29. Tour the track used for the Indy 500 on an IMS bus, complete with narration.  $5 tickets for kids 6-15, children under 5 are free.
  30. Scope out The Carmel Fire Buffs and Fire Department Museum.  Donation at the door recommended.
  31. Walk around the Indianapolis Art Center!  Free.
  32. Discover Indiana Flora and Fauna at the Zion Nature CenterFree.
  33. Explore The Learning Curve at Central LibraryFree.
  34. Explore a new playground.
  35. Gear up for Laser Tag at X-Site for $5 games on Fridays.
  36. Check out Ultimate Guide to Story Times in Indianapolis offering many FREE stories times throughout the week.
  37. Go climb a tree inside at The Treehouse at Plainfield Christian ChurchFree.
  38. Race family and friends on bikes, foot, or blades on the Monon Trail.  Free.
  39. Visit Mass Ave on Sundays to explore fun stores without paying for the parking meter!
  40. Take advantage of a rainy day by going to Cornerstone Lutheran Church. Free.
  41. Make reading fun with dogs!  Indy Reads Books Paws to Read Program uses therapy trained dogs to help build confidence.  Free.
  42. Stomp out the creek on a nice spring day at  Cool Creek Park.  Free.
  43. Spend a day at Eagle Creek!  The park includes hiking trails, a swimming beach, a playground, and various boat rentals.  $5 per car.
  44. Weather shouldn’t stand in your way of having fun at the pool, head over to Indy Island Aquatic Center and enjoy their indoor waterpark. Kids ages 3-17 is $4 on weekdays, and $5 on weekends. Adults is $5 on weekdays and $6 on weekends.
  45. Ride the monorail downtown – catch it at Methodist Hospital and ride the loop. Free
  46. Road trip down to Columbus to play on one of Indiana’s largest indoor playgrounds, the Commons. Free.
  47. Take a walk through Broad Ripple and stop at the Rainbow Bridge to feed the ducks. (This change is mine: DO NOT FEED THEM BREAD. Feed them corn (canned, frozen, or fresh), peas (same deal), seeds, oats, or rice.
  48. Explore the iconic ruins of Holliday ParkFree.
  49. Lock your kids up at the Hamilton County Museum of History and old jailFree.
  50. Try over 100 different restaurants on the Indy’s Child Kids Eat Free list.


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