Indianapolis Moms Guide to January


things to do in Indianapolis in JanuaryJANUARY HAS ARRIVED and a New Year is upon us! Here is our round up of some of the family fun activities, events and things to do in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas during the month of January! 

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Indianapolis Moms Event – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Bloom A Celebration of Motherhood

Join us for BLOOM: An Event for Mothers. This year’s event will take place on April 26th. Be on the lookout for more information. This year is shaping up to be our best event ever! 

Follow our Facebook page for all the event details and updates!

January 1st

Christmas Nights of Lights: Indiana State Fairgrounds

From Indy’s largest synchronized light show! Christmas Nights of Lights is coming to Indianapolis for the 2019 season! Come see over 1 million lights synchronized to traditional and newer, rocking Christmas music played through your car stereo. Pack your vehicle full of friends and family to enjoy the show and begin a new Christmas tradition with us. 

Check here for details and ticket information! 

January (All Month Long)

YMCA (All Locations- Dates vary by location): PARENTS Night Out- 5-10pm

Head to your local YMCA for their KIDS NIGHT OUT EVENT. 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.

YMCA Information

January 1st-January 5th

Winterlights 2019 at Newfields

It’s very merry. It’s really bright. Winterlights returns for a third year, making it an official holiday tradition in Central Indiana. Create even more memories this season with friends and family as you stroll through our spectacular Winter Wonderland, sip apple cider or hot chocolate (spiked options are available for adults) and make s’mores over a fire pit.

Watch lights dance to music on the Lilly House lawn and stop to take photos at the Snowflake Bridge, Frosted Forest and other illuminated displays throughout the grounds. Special glasses will be available that transform every one of the 1.5 million lights into a shimmering snowflake.

Guests can also revisit another beloved Newfields tradition, Deck the Halls at the Lilly House, during Winterlights. Each room in the elegant, historic mansion will feature decorative surprises, including beautiful holiday floral arrangements.

Tickets are now on sale. Click HERE for more information and to purchase tickets. 

January 2nd

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Discount Evening: 4-8pm

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! This is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets for First Thursday at the Children’s Museum

January 1st-January 20th

Jingle Rails: Eiteljorg Museum

Be one of the first to experience the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a favorite family holiday tradition that is unlike any other. Marvel as model trains wind past miniature landscapes of Indianapolis and the American West. NEW THIS YEAR: The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and historic Spanish Colonial missions of the Southwest. Visit the exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On Dec 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 will be museum open until 8 p.m.

Get tickets HERE.

January 2nd
Indy Fuel Ice Hockey Game: Teacher Appreciation Night

INDY FUEL TAKE ON THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES​– Time: 7:05 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tickets: Start at $15. Avoid long lines at the box office and purchase tickets online.

Parking: Due to the “Christmas Night of Lights” show at the Fairgrounds no parking will be allowed in the infield. To accommodate fans the Fairgrounds and Fuel staff have alternate plans to ensure all attendees have suitable parking. Fans can enter through Gate 1 and Gate 3 on 38th street as well as Gate 6 on Fall Creek Parkway.

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January 6th-11th

Bloomington’s Freeze Fest

Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest is a community celebration designed to beat the winter doldrums with fun interactive activities for the entire family to enjoy together. Featured events will include ice sculpting demonstrations from internationally recognized master ice sculptors, fast-paced interactive games and shows, an igloo, kid’s activities, a chili cook-off and more. The event will be held January 6 – 11, 2020. 

Follow Freezefest on Facebook for more information and a schedule of events.

January 11th, 25th & February 8th

Movie Nights at Penguin Park: Washington Township Parks: 6-8pm

Join Washington Township Parks and Rec for Movies in the Igloo. They will show movies starting at 6pm in one of their heated igloos. Popcorn and hot cocoa will also be served. Cost is $5/person. Register at:

Movie Schedule:

1/11 The Avengers
1/25 Happy Feet
2/8 Ice Age

January 16th

INDY FUEL TAKE ON THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES​– Time: 7:05 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tickets: Start at $15. Avoid long lines at the box office and purchase tickets online.

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January 24th

Holliday Park Owl Prowl Weekend: 12am

Despite the cold, owls are very active this season and more likely to be seen. This weekend is devoted to owl discovery at Holiday Park with many ways for you to learn about these amazing creatures. Sign up for a night hike, drop-in to meet a live screech owl, enjoy a free owl craft, learn to identify owls, or watch a live owl show! Some activities require pre-registration and a fee. All ages welcome!

January 24th
Indy Fuel Hockey Game: INDY FUEL TAKE ON THE FORT WAYNE KOMETS​: Nitro’s Birthday Bash- 7:05pm

INDY FUEL TAKE ON THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES​– Time: 7:35 p.m. at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Tickets: Start at $15. Avoid long lines at the box office and purchase tickets online.

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The Park at Traders Point Northwest:
Location: Trader’s Point Christian Church, 6590 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown
Cost: Free
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am – Noon. The Park is closed the first Monday of each month for deep cleaning.
Location: 5729 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Cost: Prices vary.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00am – 10:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 11:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am – 11:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am – 9:00pm
Carter’s Play Place:
Location: 17219 Foundation Parkway, Suite 100, Westfield
Cost: Pricing varies and membership packages are available.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
KidCity at Greenwood Community Center:
Location: 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, IN 46143
Cost: $4.00/child and free for adults
Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 6:00pm; Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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