April is packed with great activities around Indianapolis. From family fun runs to Earth Day celebrations, there is so much to do in our city. Take a look at our list of fun April family events in the greater Indianapolis area this month!
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Kids Night Out at YMCA
Up first on our list of April family events is Kids Night Out at your local YMCA! Parents, this event is perfect to allow yourself a night out on the town and the kids will be having fun too. Program activities include swimming, gym play, arts and crafts, and kid friendly movies. Dinner and snacks provided. Prices and details vary with each YMCA. Call your local YMCA for more details and date information.
PAW Patrol Live! at Old National Centre
PAW Patrol Live! is on a roll and heading to Indianapolis on April 1st and 2nd. There are two showtimes at the Old National Centre, at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. About PAW Patrol Live “Heroes Unite”: The show follows Ryder and the PAW Patrol pups as they face their greatest challenge yet. When Mayor Humdinger clones Robo Dog, chaos ensues all over the world. It’s up to the PAW Patrol to catch the clones, rescue Robo Dog, and show that when the going gets “ruff,” lending a paw makes you the ultimate TOP HERO! This new adventure is going to be PAWsome!
xZOOberance Spring Festival at the Indianapolis Zoo
Say goodbye to winter and hello to spring at the xZOOberance Spring Festival at the Indianapolis Zoo! From noon to 4:00 pm on event days, the Bicentennial Pavilion will be buzzing with live music and dancing, along with spring-centric art and fun activities. Do crafts together in the Busy Bee, practice animal-inspired yoga, and get a family photo taken at the beautiful Fly with the Butterflies photo op.
Kids Eat Free Sunday at Victory Field
The Indianapolis Indians play the Omaha Storm Chasers on Sunday, April 2nd and you can experience the popular Kids Eat Free Sundays at Victory Field!
Small Wonders: Earth Day at the Indiana State Museum
Geared toward children ages 3-5, Small Wonders: Earth Day at the Indiana State Museum will help your kiddos find out ways to help our environment while learning all about the Earth. From the event website, “Create a recyclable art project, listen in during an interactive story time and more. Preschoolers are invited to learn, play and discover in the museum during this hour-long class. Build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, art and more.”
First Thursday Nights at the Children’s Museum
We love highlighting free activities, and this is a good one! On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $6 per person to visit either the museum with their amazing Dinosphere exhibit or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. And your ticket also includes access to Ask the Experts Night. This is only between the hours of 4:00 and 8:00 pm, the perfect after-hours time for families! Get your First Thursday tickets here.
First Free Thursdays at Newfields
Newfields offers special FREE admission on the first Thursday of every month. Head over from 11am-5pm to explore the grounds and enjoy all that the Indianapolis Museum of Art has to offer. Keep an eye out for additional free admission days throughout the year.
Playtime on the Prairie at Conner Prairie
Purchase your tickets for Playtime on the Prairie today! From the event website, “Playtime on the Prairie for 3-5 year olds is an hour long program designed for early learners and their parents or guardians. During these classes, attendees will have the opportunity to explore natural materials, participate in age-appropriate activities, CREATE, PLAY, and LEARN! Children must be accompanied by an adult at no charge.”
Indianapolis Mariachi and Folklore Fest at the Central Library
At the Central Library in downtown Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Mariachi and Folklore Fest is a “day full of Mariachi music and traditional dancing from Mexico. Enjoy the community mercado with local vendors and learn what local organizations have to offer. If you work up an appetite, we will also have a food truck available. This is a free family friendly event.”
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Wiggle & Bounce Family Time at the Warren Branch of the Indy Public Library
Wiggle & Bounce Family Time will have you dancing together! Located at the Warren Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, “children birth through age 5 and their caregiver will join Kindermusik of Indianapolis in the music and movement class. Adults will bond with their child through singing, dancing, and instrument playing. There’s room for everyone to grow in this family program!” Registration is required to attend.
Library Babies at the Carmel Clay Public Library
Free tickets are required and are first-come, first-serve for the Library Babies event at the Carmel Clay Public Library on April 13th. From the event website, “Come to the Discovery Room and enjoy our infant storytime: twenty minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, and stories. This program is a great way to introduce your baby to early literacy skills through reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing! Siblings are welcome.”
Jurassic Quest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds
All dinosaur lovers are welcome at the popular Jurassic Quest at the Indiana State Fairgrounds from April 14th to 16th. Check out their website to purchase general admission tickets for this indoor, family-friendly adventure. “Jurassic Quest and our skyscraping dinosaurs bring supersized family fun – only here can you get up close to life-size, realistic dinos, and even see them move and roar! Whether the dinos had skin that was scaly, feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense to bring the dinosaurs to life.”
Butler Ballet presents Swan Lake at Clowes Memorial Hall
Better suited for your older teens, head to Clowes Memorial Hall to experience the Butler Ballet presents Swan Lake from April 14th to 16th. “The timeless story of the power of pure love; this romantic and tragic story of the magical beauty of the swans, the maleficent evil of the sorcerer, and the eternal struggle between the forces of light and dark is undoubtedly the most popular of all classical ballets.”
Pajama Rama at the Cool Creek Nature Center
Put on your jammies, grab your favorite stuffed animal, and head to Pajama Rama at the Cool Creek Nature Center on April 14th. Geared toward kiddos aged 1-7 years old, you will love the music educator from Moriah Music, who will lead you in songs and stories about some of your favorite animals. Make sure to register at the website!
Young Explorers: Weather Investigations at the Indiana State Museum
“Become a meteorologist while learning about the changing weather. Conduct a wind experiment, create a snowy art creation, learn how to build a structure that can stand through an earthquake and more.” In this 90-minute drop-off class, we encourage independence, creativity and exploration in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. Children ages 4-6 will enjoy Young Explorers: Weather Investigations at the Indiana State Museum. Don’t forget to get tickets on the event page.
Welcome to Fairyville at Nickel Plate Arts
Welcome to Fairyville at Nickel Plate Arts is an adorable event for the whole family. Walk through the Fairy Home Show together, view & vote for your favorite miniature fairy house along the outdoor Fairyville Trail (during Fairy Friday and Sprite Saturday). Also, make sure to reserve your toadstools for take-out craft activities, enjoy storytelling, nature-themed activities, and more!
Stroller Club at the Fountain Fletcher District
Stroller Club, hosted by the Fountain Fletcher District, is a great way to meet local moms and bond in this wild ride that is parenthood. Each month, Stroller Club meets at a new location and you can grab a coffee and a treat and walk together with your babies. In April, they will meet at Bovaconti Coffee. Stroller Club begins at 10:00 am.
Earth Day Celebrations Around Indianapolis
Check out all of the Earth Day celebrations happening around Indianapolis on Earth Day – Saturday, April 22nd.
Arbor Day Giveaway at Greenwood City Center
Arbor Day at Greenwood City Center is not necessarily a family event, but it does prompt a fun family activity you could do together to celebrate Arbor Day. The city of Greenwood is giving away 1,000 trees on Arbor Day April 28th from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. The following trees will be available at the Greenwood City Center and Craig Park Shelter until they’re all gone: Red Oak, Redbud, Tulip, Gray Dogwood, and Sweet Gum.
Family Creek Exploration at Holliday Park
Head outside for Family Creek Exploration at Holliday Park on April 29th from 1:30-2:30 pm! “Holliday Park has ponds and creeks teeming with wildlife. Participants will have loads of fun getting wet and muddy exploring the creatures that live in these wet places. A naturalist will help you identify what you find. Nets and collecting tubs provided. Wear old shoes and clothes that can get dirty.”
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