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Cabin Fever? Traveling downtown for spring break? Or just need a fun list of toddler-friendly activities to do in downtown Indianapolis this Spring.

I have a list of our favorite springtime activities downtown and some not downtown.

1. Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Sports Legends Experience is the newest addition to the already award-winning Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Sports Legends Experience will officially open on March 17th and will be included with admission to the museum or with the museum membership. The Children’s Museum is roughly 3 miles north of downtown.
The Sports Legends Experience will include 12 different sports experiences and 3 indoor sports exhibits. It will encompass physical challenges at every sport as well as incorporate some history of the sport. They also integrated key pieces of Indiana into every sport. Wheater that is sponsorship from the Indiana Pacers or Pete and Alice Dye designing the golf course.
However, my absolute favorite part of the new Sports Legend Experience is that at every sport they will have a toddler-friendly activity to do at each one. So important for us families with little guys that want to join in on the fun! 

Here are a couple of pictures from my preview visit back in November of 2017. 

2. White River State Park

White River State Park has many different attractions including, Indiana State Museum, Eiteljorg Museum, Farm Bureau Lawn, NCAA Hall of Champions, Wheel Fun Rentals, Segway Rental, IMAX Theater, Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, home of the Indianapolis Indians. We love walking down to the White River Park to the zoo, baseball game or just to enjoy the many green spaces. 

The museums hold many different family-friendly activities we love to go to.

The Indiana State Museum is hosting The Power of Poison exhibit extended until April 22nd. This is a toddler-friendly exhibit, I know D3 loved it. You get to experience poison’s roles in nature, myth, and legend through interactive experiences and hands-on discovery. The poisonous frogs, fish, and faux animals were a big hit with D3. My husband and I enjoyed the mention of Harry Potter in the exhibit as well. 

We were lucky enough to preview the exhibit before it opened to the public back in October 2017. 

3. Indianapolis Zoo

Our little family LOVES the Indianapolis Zoo. It’s also a plus that we have the ability to walk to the zoo any day. I highly recommend investing in a membership to the zoo if you plan on visiting 3 or more times in a year. The membership also includes the zoo’s special events like ZooBoo and Christmas at the Zoo.
This past Spring and Summer was so fun for our family at the Indianapolis Zoo. Each visit D3 discovered something new, whether that being a tall blade of grass, going to the Oceans exhibit for the first time or feeding the giraffe.

The Indianapolis Zoo offers many different spring/ summer camps, volunteering programs, and activities for kids of all ages. We are excited to go to Easter Weekend at the Zoo and see all the momma and baby animals.

4. Animal Encounter at Conner Prairie

Even though this is not a downtown activity, we are so EXCITED to go explore Conner Prairie and see all the baby farm animals this spring when the outdoor experiences open on March 27th. Connor Praire is located in Fishers, IN and roughly 30 minutes from downtown. D3 loves animals so seeing him with the baby animals will be so special. Children will get to see rare animal breeds of cattle, sheep, hogs, and goats. We get to observe their behaviors and what the animals eat and even chat with a pro about the different animals.

5. Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Can we even talk about Indianapolis in the spring without bringing up the month of May and everything that leads up to The Indianapolis 500? This year will be the 102nd running of the race. The 500 Festival Parade, The Mini Marathon, practicing, qualifying at the track and of course The Indianapolis 500. Even though this is not downtown it is about 20-minute drive west to Speedway, IN.

Our favorite toddler-friendly activities for the month of May are Kickoff to May on Monument Circle,  Kids’ Day on Monument Circle, IPL 500 Festival Parade, going to the track for practice and of course The Indianapolis 500. Yes, the track can be toddler-friendly. Don’t forget kids 15 and under are free with an adult general admission ticket. 

Tips for a toddler-friendly day at the track (rules are slightly different on Race Day):

  • Plan to go on a cooler, overcast day. We all know how hot and humid May can be in Indiana.
  • Pack for a toddler. Cooler with milk or juice. Plenty of snacks. 
  • Bring your stroller or wagon to carry or haul little people and their things 
  • Take an umbrella, sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats to protect yourself against the sun

Indianapolis Motor Speedway also offers a Kids Club, which includes invites to different track events and a welcome bag of fun goodies for children ages 2-12. 

6. Downtown Restaurants

Downtown Indianapolis is quickly becoming a “foodie” city. This is no exception for finding a fun, toddler-friendly meal downtown. Many restaurants are featuring a kids menu that’s more than chicken fingers and french fries.

 

  • Shoefly Public House offers menu items such as pork tacos and yucca fries or cheese tortellini and tomato sauce. 
  • Siam Square, one of our favorites, D3 loves chicken pad thai. Of course, I always share with him and we still have leftovers. 
  • Cafe Patachou offers kids great brunch options such as green eggs and ham.

I hope we gave you a few fun toddler-friendly ideas for spending a spring day or a whole week in my favorite city, Indianapolis.

What are your favorite spring time activities to do in Indianapolis?

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