February 25, 2020

While Mother Nature may not be aware, many of us are trying to enjoy a spring break staycation, since traveling isn’t always in the budget. Instead of binge-watching Netflix or playing video games all day, there are plenty of activities to get out of the house and have some fun! Here are some free or low-cost activities to do in Indy during spring break:

Indianapolis Public Library

The Indianapolis Public Library is not only home to books, movies, and music, but it also has many different activities available to families and children of all ages. There are too many to list, so check out the link here!

Indiana State Parks

The Indiana State Parks system has some creative and fun events, particularly if you’re willing to take a little drive. Favorite hikes, parks with asphalt trails for biking, and top 5 things to do in most of the Indiana State Parks are just a few of the things you’ll find on their website to get moving outdoors. Or check out their Indiana Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights for ideas of things to do with your kiddos.

Indiana War Memorial

The Indiana War Memorial (IWM) is in the heart of downtown Indianapolis and commemorates the fallen soldiers of past wars. In addition to the IWM, there are other sites and monuments to visit including the Soldiers and Sailors MonumentVeterans’ Memorial Plaza, and the USS Indianapolis Memorial. There are many other sites to visit, all of which include beautiful architecture and a great learning experience. The IWM is free and open Wednesday – Sunday from 9am – 5pm. Learn more about it here.

Indianapolis Cultural Trail

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail offers 8 different paths to travel around town by foot, bike, wheelchair, roller blading, whatever you want! It’s a great way to get out of the house, explore the city, get some exercise, and some fresh air. Spend time with friends and family by traveling on the trail together. If you don’t feel like walking and don’t have access to a bicycle, there is a bikeshare option at certain locations. The bikeshare option is not free, but for $5 you can use it for 24 hours. More information on the cultural trail and bikeshare here.

Garfield Park

Garfield Park has interesting events and areas to visit, but two noteworthy areas are the conservatory and the sunken garden. Admission for special attractions is relatively low-cost. The Garden Gnome attraction that will be featured during spring break is $4 per person or $10 per family. The sunken gardens are also available. More information and directions available here.

Other Sites via the Indiana Access Pass

The Indiana Access Pass, started by the Children’s Museum, is a special $2/per person rate to visit area attractions for families receiving State support. Families receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP and Hoosier Works, or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance are eligible. The attractions include Children’s Museum Indianapolis, Conner Prairie, The Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana Historical Society, NCAA Hall of Champions, Terre Haute Children’s Museum, Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology in Bloomington, Indiana State Museum, Newfields, and the Indiana Repertory Theatre.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering and doing random acts of kindness with your children can instill compassion, responsibility and an understanding of why it is important to help others.  Here is a list of organizations, listed in alphabetical order by county, offering volunteer opportunities for families and youth of various ages throughout Indiana.