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December 01, 2011Enjoy the Indianapolis winter with Indy Parks! Don't hibernate until spring; join us for fun at a variety of indoor and outdoor programs, events and amenities throughout the long winter.
If you prefer to bundle up and brave the cold Indiana air, catch a ride down one of Indy Parks' 10 approved sledding hills just after the first snowflakes fall.
Cross-country skiing is also a great winter workout for the entire family. Explore the wintery paths criss-crossing through Eagle Creek, Northwestway and Southeastway Park trails. Don't forget, all 59 miles of Indy Parks Greenways can be used for cross-country skiing if the trail conditions are just right.
Still want that winter feeling without the blustery cold air turning your fingers blue, head indoors to Perry Park Ice Rink for hockey and skating.
What if you don't want to see your breath when you breathe? Indy Parks has 16 family centers, four nature centers and The Garfield Park Arts Center and Conservatory to keep your family warm but still active. Here are some fun activities where you won't need to wear your coat.
Youth Futsal League at Bethel Park – It's kind of like soccer but the ball has a little less bounce and you play on a hard surface.
Drop into an Indy in Motion Fitness class at various family center locations across Marion County. This free class features a total-body health and fitness program through a partnership with the Marion County Health Department and the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. A NIFS instructor will lead each class. Classes vary based on location, call 327-PARK to learn more.
Step back in time to explore plants and insects that were living when dinosaurs roamed the Earth at Jurassic Conservatory! Pretend to be a paleontologist as you walk through the Garfield Park Conservatory and discover the many plants that were food for dinosaurs, make a dinosaur craft, and unearth a trilobite fossil to take home with you!
Arts for All at The Garfield Park Arts Center – Discover your creative side! Families can stretch their creative muscles through fun, hands-on art projects and activities.
Indoor swimming – Leave the sunscreen at home when you swim at Krannert, Thatcher, LaShonna Bates, Indy Island and George Washington Community School indoor pools.
Visit www.indy.gov./parks for more information about these activities and lots more. Also, check out the 2012 Winter/Spring Fun Guide – registration begins December 9.