Indianapolis Moms Guide to May Family Events

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

may family events in IndianapolisVROOM VRRROOOM, can you hear that? Must be May in Indianapolis. Take a look at our list of fun and family events in the greater Indianapolis area for the month of May!

Meet Our Sponsor: Herron Classical Schools

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 Schools believes that a classical, liberal arts education prepares students to become well-rounded, engaged citizens of the future.

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Events Around Our City

May 4th – 28th

500 Festival: Family Events and Activities

The month of May is huge in Indiana. There are multiple ways for your and your family to enjoy the events leading up to the biggest event in racing history – the Indianapolis 500. Here are the 500 Festival events you can enjoy with your family:

  • May 3rd: 500 Festival Kickoff to May
  • May 6th: 500 Festival Mini-Marathon
  • May 6th: Delta Dental 500 Festival 5K
  • May 14th: 500 Festival Kids’ Day & Rookie Run
  • May 20th: 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard
  • May 26th: 500 Festival Memorial Service
  • May 28th: AES 500 Festival Parade

Check out our Guide to 500 Festival Family Events and Activities post for all the details.

May 3rd

Original Farmers’ Market: Indianapolis City Market

In the heart of Indianapolis, you’ll find the Original Farmers’ Market. Head over to Market Street for local dairy, veggies, fruits, and so much more. Here you will find local growers and farmers that are ready to share their healthy and tasty treats with all of you. You can enjoy the market from 10 am to 1:30 pm every Wednesday. Indianapolis City Market is also full of other events and markets, check out the other fun happenings here this summer.

May 4th

Newfields: First Free Thursday

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 summer.

May 4th

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Night

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $6 per person to visit either the museum with their amazing new Minecraft 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 and 8 pm, the perfect after-hours time for families! Get your First Thursday tickets here.

May 5th-7th

Youth Inspirations Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Jr.

The Butler Arts’ Shelton Auditorium will be home to the Youth Inspirations Theatre’s production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. The show is “a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance” with the classic story we all know and love. You can get your tickets here.

May 6th (& Every Saturday through Summer)

Broad Ripple Farmers Market: Located at Glendale Town Center

Warmer weather has arrived. If you’re in the Broad Ripple area, head over to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market for local goodies. The market will be open Saturdays throughout the summer from 8 am-noon. You’ll find anything from gorgeous flowers, yummy fruits and veggies, and handmade goods. Support local and head over to the Glendale Town Center parking lot, located East of Lowe’s.

May 7th 

YMCA (Multiple Locations): Kids Night Out

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 is provided. Check out their Family Specialty Activities page for more information and other locations this is offered – registration is required. Prices range from $25-40 dollars and kids ages 6 weeks to 12 years are welcome!

May 7th

Indiana State Museum: Mother’s Day Teatime

Go on a beautiful tour of the Indiana State Museum gardens, designed by Gene Stratton-Porter, and enjoy a traditional high tea lunch. During your high tea lunch, you will listen to tea enthusiast Deb Stuart share the history of tea, different recipes, and the reasons for teas. This celebration of motherhood is from 10:30 am to noon and you can get your tickets here.

May 9th

Jungle Tales at Garfield Park Conservatory

Bring your preschooler to Jungle Tales at the Garfield Park Conservatory for “a different nature-related story, activity and craft each month.” Registration is required! The cost is $5 per child, and this program is geared toward ages 2 to 6 years old.

May 12th

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.”

May 13th

Touch A Truck at Greenwood DPW

For $2 per child, “your little ones can climb in and bring their toy trucks to life” at Greenwood’s Touch A Truck event. Local departments and companies will pack the new Department of Public Works parking lot (accessed through Craig Park) from 9:00 am to noon.

May 13th

Indy Film Festival: Cereal Cinema

Cereal Cinema combines two of the best things about Saturday mornings: cereal and a great movie! On May 13th, head down to the Basile Theatre at the Athenaeum to watch Disney’s Cars. Tickets include cereal and coffee is available for purchase.

May 16th

Indianapolis Public Library: Storytime at Glendale Branch

From 10:30 to 11:30 am, babies to 24 months old and adults are invited to enjoy a story, songs, and rhymes at the Glendale Branch of the Indianapolis Public Library. Registration is not required. Throughout the month of May, the Indianapolis Public Library hosts storytime at different IPL branches. You can see a full list of their storytime events here.

May 18th (through July 9th)

Beauty and the Beast: Beef & Boards Theatre

Beef & Boards is inviting you to be their guest and enjoy Beauty and the Beast, starting May 18th. This enchanting story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a prince trapped under a magic spell. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end. Unforgettable songs include “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Gaston,” and the famous title tune. You can get your tickets to the show here.

May 19th

Indiana Fever Season Kickoff vs. Connecticut Sun

Get your tickets here for Indiana Fever’s home opening game of their 24th season at Gainbridge Fieldhouse, with tip-off starting at 7:00 pm. Get the season started right on May 19th!

May 19th

Indianapolis Indians: Fireworks Friday

Head to Victory Field for Friday Fireworks! Enjoy watching our beloved Indians playing against the Iowa Cubs and stay for the post game fireworks, a staple of summertime in Indianapolis. Baseball season has arrived and the fun at Victory Field is in full swing. Click here for more information and additional events with the Indianapolis Indians.

May 19th

Indianapolis 500: Fast Friday

Spend a fun afternoon watching the last practice before our popular Indianapolis 500 qualifications! Fast Friday is on Friday, May 19th and you don’t want to miss “this day of pure speed” where “cars will receive a turbocharger boost to reach the speeds they will run during qualifying the next two days, and sometimes even faster when turning laps in big packs. The practice charts will offer the best look at who might claim the coveted front row for the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge, and the on-track speeds will thrill fans.”

May 24th

Toddler Time: Bubbles at the Indiana State Museum

Children ages 18 to 36 months get to “play and create with bubbles and do an engineering project” during this one-hour session. The session also includes circle time, story time, station explorations and movement time. Through play, children will learn skills like problem-solving and social-emotional communication and develop their fine and gross motor skills. Get your tickets here.

May 24th

Zoopolis 500: Indianapolis Zoo

This is a one-of-a-kind event at the Indianapolis Zoo. Zoopolis 500 is one of the Zoo’s oldest and most popular events, and has been highlighted by Top Events USA’s website as one of the top events in Indianapolis! Come out from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm and see what makes the Greatest Spectacle in Tortoise Racing such a beloved Zoo event.

May 25th

Party in the Park at the Zionsville Nature Center

Party in the Park will be a fun celebration on the last day of school at Mulberry Fields Park. “Enjoy games and activities with your favorite park staff, a visit from the Zionsville Nature Center, live music, and the opening of the Mulberry Fields Splash Pad! Food trucks are on hand to grab a bite or dinner.”

May 28th

Indianapolis 500

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is here – the Indianapolis 500! Gates open at 6:00 am and the 107th running of the Indy 500 will begin at 12:45 pm. Make sure to visit the Plan Ahead page to plan your day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Whether you prefer to listen to the race live on the radio or be at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to see the action, we can all agree the best part is the traditional rendition of Back Home Again in Indiana, right?

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May events in Indianapolis