Free Things to Do With Your Kids in Indianapolis

Let's face it—taking your kids to a lot of the local attractions can really add up. But having fun in Indy doesn't have to cost you a fortune. This list gives suggestions on things you can do in Indianapolis with your kids that are completely free.

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    dinosaurs bust out of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis the world's largest children's museum - Indianapolis, Indiana - USA
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    We all know how proud Indy is to boast the largest children's museum in the world. And when it comes to places to take your kids in town, this one always tops the list. While regular admission can be costly, the museum does offer a free night once a month that while crowded, is a great money-saving way to enjoy one of Indy's top attractions. In addition to the monthly free evening, free general admission is also offered on select holidays.

    When:  The first Thursday evening of every month, 4-8 p.m. Free admission offered on MLK Jr. Day, Presidents Day, El Dia de Los Ninos, and Christmas Eve.

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    All kids love playing on playgrounds and when the weather doesn't cooperate, there's still a few places to go and play for free! This list includes playgrounds that are available year-around!

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    Dinosaur among the plants in the Garfield Park Conservatory
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    Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens is located within the 136 acre Garfield Park, on Indianapolis' near south side. Special workshops, gardening demonstrations, youth education, and guest lecturers on horticulture and landscaping are offered throughout the year. Admission to the park is free and admission to the conservatory is $1 which includes a free garden tour.

    When:  Free during normal operating hours. $1 for conservatory admission, which includes a tour. 

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    LEGO Store Mini Model Build

    Legos
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    The first Tuesday of each month the LEGO® Store, located at Castleton Square Mall, offers a mini model workshop. Kids are invited to build a mini model and take it home all for free! Quantities are limited and the offer is good only while supplies last. A new model is available every month, based on a theme for the month. The workshops are open to children ages 6 to 14. The events begin at 5 p.m., until supplies last.

    When:  The first Tuesday of each month, 5 p.m.

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    Pajama Rama at Cool Creek Park, Noblesville

    During the school year, Cool Creek Park hosts their monthly Pajama Rama. Held the first Friday evening of every month, this family event is for parents and their toddlers and preschoolers. Kids are encouraged to come in their pajamas with their blankets to enjoy songs and stories about some of their favorite animals. This event is perfect for kids ages 1-7. Pre-registration is required and can be done on the website.

    When: First Friday of every month during the school year from 7-8 p.m.

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    Indianapolis Artsgarden.
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    The Indianapolis Artsgarden hosts over 300 free performances and exhibits every year. Owned by the Indianapolis Arts Council, this 17-foot glass structure is an architectural beauty, hovering over Illinois and Washington Streets downtown. The Artsgarden connects to Circle Centre Mall and Embassy Suites. Kids will enjoy being able to stand above traffic, looking out from the glass structure and with so many exhibits and performances, there's almost always something happening at the Artsgarden.

    When: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sunday, noon - 6:30 p.m.