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The Best Things for Kids to Do in Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

The Best Things for Kids to Do in Indianapolis

Key Points

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a must-stop for all families. It can provide your children with a mix of entertainment and education!
  • If you want a place where your kids can play without it costing you a dime, head to the Colts Canal Playspace, the Kennedy King Memorial Initiative, or Holliday Park.
  • Indianapolis has a great zoo for your kids to explore. This can be a great opportunity to teach your kids about respect for nature and for our planet.

Indianapolis is known for the Indy 500, the Colts, and one of the largest children's museums in the country. Besides these incredible attractions, this city has so much to offer. It doesn't matter if you love the country or the city; Indianapolis has a variety of unique attractions to enjoy with your children. Exploring with your children is a beautiful way to bond, learn about culture, and add excitement to your relationship.

Fun Things for Kids to Do in Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children's museum in the world. It has a wide variety of exhibits to explore, from Scooby-Doo! Mansion Mayhem to a new Dinosphere exhibit. New exhibits are always being added to the museum. They also take care of the smallest visitors, offering unique playscapes that keep them occupied for hours. Spending the day at this museum is sure to excite everyone in the family. 

Cost: Varies by the day you visit but ranges from $18 to $30 for general admission

Children's Museum of Indianapolis Exterior
Children's Museum of Indianapolis Exterior


Indianapolis Zoo

Visiting a zoo is an enriching experience for children and adults alike. The visit allows you to learn more about your favorite animals and more. The Indianapolis Zoo is home to a wide variety of animals. The Dolphin In-Water Adventure is a child favorite, allowing guests to get in the water with these playful friends!

Cost: Adult tickets start at $32.75, and child tickets start at $28.75

Indianapolis Zoo lions
Indianapolis Zoo is home to a variety of fascinating animals, including lions.


Fun City Scavenger Hunt

Do you and your children enjoy puzzles and scavenger hunts? Indianapolis City Scavenger Hunt is a fun way to spend the day exploring the city. The scavenger hunt consists of five stops and is two hours long, making it fun and manageable for families with younger children.  

Cost: $12.99 per player over 5 years of age

Conner Prairie

Your child will enjoy spending the day at Conner Prairie if they enjoy history. First, you can explore a prairie town straight from 1836. Next, sit in a one-room schoolhouse and discover how children used to learn. Then, go on a balloon voyage ride or encounter amazing animals. Conner Prairie is full of unique activities to explore together as a family. 

Cost: General admission tickets vary depending on the season, starting at $10

Greatimes Family Fun Park

Greatimes Family Fun Park is a favorite of locals in Indianapolis. A fun place to go during the warmer months, Greatimes has many attractions to choose from, such as go-karts, miniature golf, and an indoor play place, making this a wonderful place to spend the day. 

Cost: Activities require the use of play points. Play points are bought per dollar—for example, $1=100 play points

Funny cute happy baby playing on the playground. The emotion of happiness, fun, and joy. Smile of a child.
Family parks are a wonderful way to spend the afternoon together.

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SoChatti Chocolate

If you and your child have a sweet tooth, SoChatti Chocolate is a fun place to go together. You can book a tasting and explore many different treats. They also offer a kids' class that teaches all about chocolate making! If you have an older child, there's other classes that you can try together as well. They have a large store with many different types of chocolate, as well as some fruit nectar to try!

Cost: Price varies

Zip City

Zip City is an excellent place to spend the day with active children. Your child can burn off energy with the trampoline park, zip line, and climbing walls. But that is not all; Zip City has a sky lounge, ropes course, and laser tag. You and your child will have a blast exploring their many activities. 

Cost:  Starting at $24.95

Go-Kart Racing Indianapolis

Go-kart racing is a great activity for your child who loves speed and adrenaline. The indoor track at Go-Kart Racing Indianapolis makes this fun activity possible even in bad weather. You even can purchase a Speedpass for $64.95, giving you two races, a t-shirt, and a membership! 

Cost: Starting at $25.95

Smiley Indoor Playground And Arcade

Smiley Indoor Playground and Arcade is a fun indoor place to spend the day with your child. When you visit Smiley, you can access an entertaining arcade, a rice pit playground, a lego room, and a jungle gym. This is perfect for letting your little ones explore and play off some energy. 

Cost:  Starting at $11/hr for ages 2 and under, $14/hr for ages 3-10

IMAX Theater

The IMAX Theater prides itself on being an immersive experience for each movie-goer. The sound system is outstanding, and the pictures have the highest resolution. The details put into the IMAX experience make your time at the movies much more than when at your typical theater. 

Cost: Starting at $7 per child or $10 per adult for 60 minutes or less

White River State Park 

Walking downtown Indianapolis allows you to hit many attractions. This includes the White River State Park. Doing so will give you a beautiful view of the river and access to many other places on this list, such as the IMAX theater and the Indianapolis Zoo. Visiting the White River State Park is a lovely way to spend the afternoon with your child. 

Cost: Varies depending on the attraction

White River State Park
White River State Park


Colts Canal Playspace 

The Colts Canal Playspace is a unique playground in downtown Indianapolis. This playground has bright colors that appeal to children, engaging climbing equipment, and soft ground, making it enjoyable for toddlers. Older children can find plenty to do here, with climbing objects and rope structures for them to conquer. There are no bathrooms here, but public bathrooms can be found a short walk north.

Cost: Free

Eagle Creek Park

Eagle Creek Park is a beautiful place to explore if your child is a nature lover. This park offers boating, fishing, and hiking. Eagle Creek has over 3,900 acres of forest and 1,400 acres of water to explore. It is only a few minutes outside of the city, making it the perfect escape to nature. 

Cost: Starting at $5 a vehicle

Holliday Park

Holliday Park is one of the oldest parks in Indianapolis. If you go six miles outside of downtown into Holliday Park, you can feel like you walked straight into a nature-lovers dream. You can watch wildlife like birds, rabbits, foxes, etc. Go on a nature hike, play on a playground, and more. Holliday Park offers an excellent escape for those who love the city yet yearn for nature. 

Cost: Free

Indiana State Museum

Indiana State Museum is home to many historical sites, exhibits, and galleries, allowing you to travel the state and see history. In addition, the museum offers interactive exhibits that explore Indiana's most influential animals, Indiana's founding people, and more.

 You could also head out into Indiana and visit the Culbertson Mansion, a philanthropist who became one of the wealthiest men in the state. Maybe you would like to see the Levi and Catharine Coffin House. A house that helped keep over 1,000 people safe while heading to Canada for freedom. These are just a few excellent historical sites you can visit when choosing the Indiana State Museum. 

Cost: The museum starts at $17/adult, $12/youth, and children under 3 are free. Prices vary on historical sites

Indiana State Museum
There is plenty of hands-on fun at the Indiana State Museum before you even set foot in the building!

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The Treehouse Indoor Playground

The Treehouse Indoor Playground was built to provide a safe and fun place for families in the community to bring their children. The best part? It is entirely free. The playground is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m. to 1-3 p.m. 

Cost:  Free

Indy Attraction Pass

Why limit your adventure to one place? For those looking for maximum fun on a budget, the Indy Attraction Pass is a great way to go. You can purchase a one-day or three-day pass to several attractions across Indianapolis. These attractions include Conner Prarie, Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis Zoo, The Children's Museum Of Indianapolis, and more., making it possible to explore even more of the city of Indianapolis with your child. 

Cost:  Starting at $39

In Conclusion

There are plenty of fun places to go with children in Indianapolis. For your history buff, you can take them to the Indianapolis State Museum or the Kennedy King Memorial. If you have an active child, they will enjoy Sky Zone or Zip City. The Indy Attraction Pass gives you more options for your pocketbook. There is no shortage of entertainment for you and your child in Indianapolis.

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