100 Things to do this summer in Indianapolis :: PRINTABLE!

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We see Summer in our headlights and know soon enough we’ll be talking all ‘ooooh it’s hot out’ and ‘girl I need a good splash pad reco.’ But you know what we truly love? A good list. We’re talking lots of things to look forward to and can cross off one-by-one.

Thanks to Indy Parks and Recreation, we present this enormous 100 Things to do this Summer in Indianapolis.

Call it your go-to for summer fun, or your season’s bible of must-dos – the best part is, it’s PRINTABLE! We’re printing and pinning it to allllll our boards, our fridge, our car dash, our pool bag and more.

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Click for the full printable version, perfect for your fridge, summer fun bag or to stash in the car!

  1. Dive into your favorite outdoor pool. Indy Parks has plenty worth exploring.
  2. Road trip! Here are 12 great day trips for families in Indiana.
  3. Sign up for the KidsBowlFree summer bowling program.
  4. Peek in on the fascinating – and free – Eskenazi Health Sky Farm.
  5. Enjoy a Newfields’ Summer Nights outdoor movie.
  6. Hit the links at your favorite mini golf course.
  7. Visit a local farmers market. Here’s a full list of them thanks to Market Wagon.
  8. Sing along to the ISO Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie.
  9. Hit up a local splash park or spray pad.
  10. Explore the Children’s Museum outdoor Sports Legends Experience.
  11. Go creek stomping. Marott Park is a fave!
  12. Grab your catcher’s mitt for a night with the Indy Indians.
  13. Don’t miss the Indiana State Fair.
  14. Visit the beautiful grounds of Garfield Park and Sunken Gardens.
  15. Trek thru a new-to-you Indiana State Park.
  16. Settle in to a Summer Under The Sails Concert canal-side at the Eiteljorg Museum.
  17. Look for a local touch a truck event.
  18. Check out the brand new Colts Canal Playscape in downtown Indy.
  19. Mark your calendar for a special summer festival.
  20. Channel your inner Katniss at Strawtown Koteewi Archery Range.
  21. Plan to finally take your crew to Indianapolis Colts Training Camp.
  22. Take the kids to eat on the cheap. Here’s a kids eat free list, thanks to Books & Brews!
  23. Get work done at The Urban Chalkboard while kids play.
  24. Visit the Indiana State Museum for the first time. Or second. Or hundredth.
  25. Try ziplining at Eagle Creek Park’s Go Ape!
  26. Take your love out for a date night. Here are 50 ideas.
  27. Vacation to the new “Take Me There: Greece” exhibit at the Children’s Museum.
  28. Go geocaching at your favorite local park.
  29. Indulge in ice cream from BRICS. Or Wyliepalooza. Or any local stop.
  30. Put your family’s favorite camping spot on your must-do list.
  31. Pop in to the Museum of Miniature Houses in Carmel.
  32. Enjoy a walk through Holliday Park.
  33. Take to the trees – climb Treetop Outpost at Conner Prairie.
  34. Beat a rainy day indoors with this list of best play areas.
  35. Go on a donut shop crawl: Donut Experiment, Dancing Donuts, etc.
  36. Sign up for Family Night swims at Goldfish Swim School.
  37. Visit the Beer Garden at Newfields.
  38. Spend the day exploring downtown Zionsville.
  39. Hop in for an Indiana Fever game.
  40. Arrange a stop at the Carmel Fire Buffs Museum.
  41. Set up a backyard sprinkler.
  42. Plan a night for an Indy Parks Summer Concert or outdoor movie. Here’s the lineup.
  43. Venture into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
  44. Peruse the history inside Crown Hill Cemetery.
  45. Crash into the Rhythm Discovery Center.
  46. Pop in to Flix Brewhouse for an air-conditioned movie on a hot day.
  47. Entertain the kids at a free IKEA Kids Academy.
  48. Fly a kite at your favorite park.
  49. Learn about our nation’s 23rd president at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site.
  50. Enjoy an Indy Eleven game.

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  1. Sign up for a summer camp at Sprouts Cooking School. {Yes, there are occasional adult classes too!}
  2. Peek for an upcoming date of the Home Depot Kids Workshop.
  3. Play at Little Village Playroom of West Carmel.
  4. Rent a kayak, paddleboard or bicycle at Eagle Creek.
  5. Investigate the Teeny Statue of Liberty Museum.
  6. Say hi-ya to a parents night out, thanks to NinjaZone Academy. Peek a full list of places that offer similar programs.
  7. Finally stop in to LINE+Form Atelier for a fun art class.
  8. Barbecue. Enough said.
  9. Check out the Indiana State Police Museum.
  10. Attempt something new at Atomic Duckpin Bowling.
  11. Plan a day of mall-walking. Stop at the new Fashion Mall play areas while you’re there.
  12. Cool off with ice skating at a local indoor rink.
  13. Play on the musical swings in Lawrence.
  14. Take a farm tour at Traders Point Creamery.
  15. Rent bikes from the Indianapolis Pacers Bikeshare and ride the Cultural Trail.
  16. Try horseback riding at Fort Harrison State Park.
  17. Channel your inner circus performer at Cirque Indy. {BONUS: They have kid classes too!}
  18. Hit the trails at Flat Fork Creek Park.
  19. Snag a popsicle from Nicey Treat in Broad Ripple.
  20. Try your hand at the Tie Dye Lab of Avon.
  21. Walk the Monon or your favorite local trail.
  22. Find a summer fireworks show.
  23. Try a new fitness class. {Some even have childcare!}
  24. Drum up fun at a Bongo Boy Music School Kids Rhythm Class.
  25. Pick up your favorite sweets at Rocket Fizz downtown on the Circle.
  26. Spend the day exploring downtown Noblesville.
  27. Strike up a new hobby. Here’s good reason why.
  28. Hit up IKEA. With kids.
  29. Pack a picnic for an afternoon at your favorite local park.
  30. Climb to the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
  31. Borrow a Second Nature Backpack from Fishers Parks and explore.
  32. Go for a family bike ride at Southeastway Park.
  33. Visit Chase, Marshall and the whole Paw Patrol gang inside their exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
  34. Start making your Fall must-do family list!

In June…

  1. Mark your calendars for the first Tarkington Park Fest, 6/1
  2. Spoon up a dish at the downtown Strawberry Festival on the Circle, 6/13
  3. Slide into the Fishers Parks’ annual Monsoon Madness, 6/15
  4. Watch ET, the Extra Terrestrial at the Indy Film Fest Sunset Cinema on the Canal, 6/20
  5. Enjoy Zoolapalooza Friday night concerts at the Indianapolis Zoo, 6/21-7/26.
  6. Get your inner om on at Indy Monumental Yoga, 6/21
  7. Browse the Eiteljorg Museum Indian Market, 6/22-6/23
  8. Cheer your rubber ducky at the Broad Ripple Duck Race, 6/23

In July…

  1. Glee in the Glorious Fourth at Conner Prairie, 7/4.
  2. Go on a Great Waldo Hunt with Kids Ink Bookstore, dates TBD
  3. Get the hoses ready on Fishers Parks’ famous Mud Day, 7/13
  4. Slide your way into the Indy Slime Fest, 7/13
  5. Cirque de Soleil Crystal arrives in downtown Indy, 7/24-7/28

In August…

  1. Mark your calendar for the Indiana State Fair, 8/2-8/18
  2. Try a new restaurant at the Devour Indy Summerfest, 8/19-9/1
  3. Enjoy the Feast of Lanterns at Spades Park, 8/24

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2019-05-22T12:53:28+00:00May 17th, 2019|
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