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Summer Bucket List

10 things to do in Indy before age 12

Photo: Indy's Summer Bucket List 2012
May 2012

Get Carside Service at Mug 'n Bun Drive-In

Pull in to a parking space at this 1950s-style drive-in and show the Kids a glimpse of the golden days. Your youngsters will love the menu: huge tenderloins, hand-dipped onion rings, signature homemade root beer and delicious milkshakes. When you're ready to order, blink your headlights for service.

Info: $2 to $7 per meal

Location: 5211 W. 10th St., Indianapolis

Watch a Live Cow-Milking at Traders Point Creamery

Traders Point is a family-owned artisan dairy farm that makes organic, award-winning cheese on-site. Take a tour of the farm to visit the calves and chickens, walk out to the pasture to see the herd, visit the milking parlor, and watch production while looking through the Creamery window. Afterward, be sure to stop in the Dairy Bar for some homemade ice cream.

Info: Self-guided tours $2 per person, guided tours $6

Location: 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville

Climb the Spider's Web at Holliday Park

You'll find some of the best playgrounds in the city at this park. Big kids can conquer the rock-climbing wall, test their bravery on slide towers and climb to the top of the spider's web. Younger children will enjoy exploring tunnels, crossing bridges and swinging.

Info: Free

Location: 6363 Spring Mill Rd., Indianapolis

Pick Fresh Berries at Spencer Farm

Roam Spencer Farm's fields to scout out and take home the season's freshest produce. Stawberries are in-season in May, but black raspberries, blueberries, red raspberries, and flowers are available for picking at other times throughout the year.

Info: Prices vary; call (317) 776-1560 for harvest availability

Location: 7177 E. 161st St., Noblesville

Catch a Double Feature at Tibbs Drive-In Theatre

Load up the family vehicle with kids and a picnic, find the perfect spot to park in front of Tibbs' gigantic movie screen, and watch two movies for the price of one – all from the luxury of your car.

Info: Adults 13 and older are $10, children 4 through 12 are $5, children 3 years and younger are free

Location: 480 S. Tibbs Ave., Indianapolis

Rent a Surrey Bike from Wheel Fun Rentals

Cruise around Circle City in a unique vehicle from Wheel Fun Rentals. Wheel Fun offers wacky tandem bikes and also surrey bikes that carry up to six people. Or if you'd rather travel by water, rent a pedal boat or kayak for the canal.

Info: Prices vary by rental

Location: 439 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis

Roll a Strike During Duckpin Bowling

Similar to regular bowling, duckpin bowling is a retro game that's known for using fun-sized bowling balls and mini pins. Two duckpin bowling alleys can be found in the Fountain Square Theatre Building in Indianapolis; these are the only authentic alleys left in the Midwest.

Info: Call (317) 686-6006 for lane reservations; $30 per hour per lane, shoes are free

Location: 1105 Prospect St., Indianapolis

Create a Masterpiece at Kiln Creations

Let your little artists get messy with their crafts at Kiln Creations, where kids of all ages can make their own pottery or mosaic. There's a vast selection of unfinished pottery and wood base pieces for you to find the perfect project, and all supplies are provided.

Info: Studio fee is $8 for adults, $6 for children. Pottery pieces individually priced.

Location: 60 N. 9th St., Noblesville

Scale Boulders at Climb Time Indy

Burn off some energy with indoor rock climbing at Climb Time Indy. Adventurous climbers of all ages have fearlessly ascended the 8,500 square feet of climbing surfaces and 30 ropes. With the wall configurations changing every few weeks, you could visit again to tackle a different climb.

Info: Boulder climbing pass $10, children 9 and younger get free equipment rental with pass. Visit on Wednesdays for Kids Club discounts.

Location: 8750 Corporation Dr., Indianapolis

Catch a Fly Ball at Victory Field

Take in an Indianapolis Indians baseball game at Victory Field for some old-fashioned American fun. Sit on the grassy knoll to see the game from the comfort of your favorite blanket. Visit on a Sunday for the "kids eat free" promotion.

Info: Ticket prices vary

Location: 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis

Tags: Enrichment, In This Issue, Kids, Out & About, Party and Entertainment, Toddler, Tweens & Teens

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