Indianapolis Moms Guide to April Family Events

Disclosure: We are thrilled to bring this resource in collaboration with one of our favorite community partners, Herron Classical School.

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!

Meet Our Sponsor: Herron Classical Schools

We are thrilled to work with Herron Classical Schools on our Guide to April Family Events! Herron Classical Schools is a network of three tuition-free public charter schools, Herron High School, Herron-Riverside High School, and Herron Preparatory Academy. Within each of our schools, we envision a racially and socio-economically diverse student body. Herron Classical School believes that a classical, liberal arts education prepares students to become well-rounded, engaged citizens of the future.

For more information, visit their website.

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Ongoing fun activities you and your family can enjoy this month:

Events Around Our City

April – all month long

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.

Now–April 14th

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.

April 1st

Wiggle & Bounce Family Time at the Eagle Branch of the Indy Public Library

Wiggle & Bounce Family Time will have you dancing together! Located at the Eagle 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.

April 2nd

Indianapolis Indians Opening Night

Baseball is BACK for the season so you and your family should head to Victory Field on April 2nd as our Indianapolis Indians face off against the Memphis Redbirds. If you are Knot Hole Members, take advantage of the Knot Hole Kids Club Opening Night!

April 2nd

Small Wonders: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles at the Indiana State Museum

Geared toward children ages 3-5, Small Wonders: Trains, Planes, and Automobiles at the Indiana State Museum will help your kiddos discover many modes of transportation by zooming through a racetrack and testing their very own planes while also making art and exploring sensory dough. From the event website, “Preschoolers are invited to learn, play and discover 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.” 

April 4th

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.

April 4th

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.

April 5th

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.”

April 5th

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 5th. Geared toward kids 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!

April 5th

Spring Book Sale at the Carmel Clay Public Library

Discover great bargains on used books (and more) at the Spring Book Sale at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Just $10 for a bag of books! Presented by the CCPL Foundation Friends.

April 7th

Kids Eat Free Sunday at Victory Field

The Indianapolis Indians play the Memphis Redbirds on Sunday, April 7th and you can experience the popular Kids Eat Free Sundays at Victory Field! All children 14 and under receive a free hot dog, bag of chips and Capri Sun® juice pouch with price of admission.

April 8th

Total Solar Eclipse

There are a ton of great, family-friendly events taking place around Central Indiana centered on the total solar eclipse, and Indianapolis Moms has you covered with all the details. Check out our guide to Best Places to Watch the Solar Eclipse Around Indianapolis!

April 14th

Indiana Pacers Home Game

Our beloved Indiana Pacers are playing the Atlanta Hawks at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 14th! A home game in the middle of the day is the perfect way to enjoy Gainbridge Fieldhouse with the family. Go Pacers!

April 17th-20th

Welcome to Fairyville at Noblesville Creates

Welcome to Fairyville at Noblesville Creates (formerly known as Nickel Plate Arts) is an adorable event for the whole family. During this free event, walk through the Fairy Home Show together, view & vote for your favorite miniature fairy house along the outdoor Fairyville Trail. Also, make sure to reserve your toadstools for take-out craft activities, enjoy storytelling, nature-themed activities, and more!

April 19th-21st

Butler Ballet presents Cinderella at Clowes Memorial Hall

Head to Clowes Memorial Hall to experience the Butler Ballet presents Cinderella from April 19th to 21st. “Come take the magical journey with Cinderella as her Fairy Godmother transforms her from rags to richesdespite her outrageous stepsisters.  The story comes alive in grand ballet style, complete with a “pumpkin” coach, a grand ballroom scene, and the prince’s worldwide search for his mystery princess.

April 21st

Teddy Bear Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

On April 21st, the Central Library branch of the Indianapolis Public Library is hosting a Teddy Bear Concert with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. “Young children are invited to move along to live music as they listen to the story of a ladybug’s search through the garden for her own special song. This piece was written by ISO violinist Victoria Kintner Griswold and is designed for ages 3 to 6. Young children will have the opportunity to try real instruments and interact with ISO musicians at the end of each program!”

April 22nd

Earth Day Celebrations Around Indianapolis

Check out all of the Earth Day celebrations happening around Indianapolis. Some events are not happening on April 22nd, so make sure to check out each event to plan ahead!

Cool Creek Nature Center

Children’s Museum

Garfield Park

Indianapolis Zoo

JCC Indy

Pecar Park Nature Center

Zionsville Greenfest

April 26th

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 26th 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: Pecan, Redbud, River Birch, Black Cherry, and Silver Maple.

April 27th

Family Creek Exploration at Holliday Park

Head outside for Family Creek Exploration at Holliday Park on April 27th 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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Andrea is a SAHM and Project Manager for Indianapolis Moms. She lives in Noblesville with her husband Dan and their two kids, Jonathan and Sarah. They are involved at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. You can usually see her with a cup of coffee in her hand and a smile on her face. Unless she doesn’t have said coffee. Then she is frowning and running towards her Keurig. Andrea is thrilled to be involved with IM as she goes through motherhood! She loves being able to bond with other parents. Other interests include reading, wine tasting, and working out on her spin bike to stay sane.


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