Sunny and sweating one minute, windy and rainy the next: what else could it be but springtime in Indianapolis? As the weather warms, it’s time to start getting out of the house, stretch your legs and enjoy the fresh air. While you may not want to plan trips to the park just yet, there are plenty of activities available to cure you and the kids of your cabin fever.
For the Family
It’s hard to find anyone living in central Indiana who hasn’t visited the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis at least twice, but there is a reason that it has been named a Top Museum by more than a dozen magazines.
You have probably heard that the grounds of Newfields (aka IMA) are great for warmer months, but you can enjoy the fantastic exhibits indoors year-round. Check out Newfields’ tips on enjoying the museum as a family.
For an offbeat shopping experience, check out the City Market. Open six days a week, the market offers farm-fresh produce, handmade food, unique gifts, and quirky crafts. Keep an eye out for special events like the monthly cooking demonstrations and live music, and remember that every purchase supports a local business or artist.
In the mood for a big night out? Visit Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an Ice, Pacers, or Fever game at during your spring break. The kids will get a kick out of the roaring crowds and bright lights as you cheer on your favorite team. There are plenty of gift shops and concession stands for those more interested in snacking or shopping than sports.
Just for Grownups
After the kids are in bed, head back to the City Market to visit the adults-only Tomlinson Tap Room. Sample Indianapolis’s finest craft beers in a friendly pub-like atmosphere.
Schedule a stay-cation in the city at The Alexander for you and your spouse to reconnect. Enjoy fine dining, access to the hottest spots downtown, and specially commissioned artwork curated by Newfields.
If you’re not sure exactly what you want to do, take a trip to Mass Ave and choose from dozens of restaurants, shops, and performance spaces. Popular destinations include ComedySportz, an improv sketch comedy show, and the Rathskeller, a restaurant/pub with live music on the weekends.