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It’s so cold! What do we do?

Let’s face it, who really likes the freezing weather? Well, for parents of toddlers its especially frustrating being stuck inside. We all know toddlers need to burn some energy and have plenty of space to run around and well when you love in an urban setting this can get quite challenging. Here are a few things we like to do on cold, frigid days.

Have an Art Day

We like to have a whole morning or afternoon dedicated to making a big mess making art. We drag out our old blanket (so we didn’t get our floors dirty), old clothes and bring out all of our art supplies.

      • Paint on Canvas, using different materials as paint brushes
      • Glue with pom-poms and pipe cleaners
      • Color with markers and crayons
      • A fun thing to do at the end of art fun is to play with shaving cream in the bathtub
  • Spend a day at the Indianapolis Children Museum. With their ever revolving exhibits its always a fun way to spend a freezing day with your little one. You can make a day out of it and pack a lunch and eat in their huge cafeteria. You can also explore the Eiteljorg Museum or the Indiana State Museum. Both museums have great areas for toddlers to “let loose”.


  • Another favorite of ours is to go see a show. Indianapolis has so many wonderful performances for families. From seeing a play at Periwinkle Puppet Studio or seeing a bigger production like Disney on Ice at Bankerslife Fieldhouse or Magic School Bus at Clowes Memorial Hall. 
  • What better way to warm up then to go see a Pacers game or Indy Fuel hockey game.  Both teams offer evening and afternoon start times so it will work with your toddler’s nap time schedule.


Cereal Cinema at Newfields is the perfect way to start the weekend. Usually, the first Saturday of the Month and includes a cereal buffet. The collaborative project continues every other first Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at the IMA. Tickets are just $6.00.  Stayed tuned for the info on the next film that will be featured at Cereal Cinema.


A neighborhood favorite, Duckpin Bowling in Fountain Square. Open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, it is a fun activity to do with your family. Duckpin Bowling is a bit different than regular bowling as in the bowling ball is much smaller than a normal bowling ball which makes it easier for your little one to participate. 


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