It's finally here: warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies take hold of Central Indiana after Indy's snowiest winter. Now it's time for the kids to come out of winter hibernation and brush off the frost. Here are eight fun ways to get the kids out and active from runs and walks, to yoga, to running the bases at Victory Field.
Bike, skate, run or walk through Downtown Indy's unique Cultural Districts along the 8-mile Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It's easy to make a complete day out of your trek with shops, restaurants, public art and attractions like the Indiana State Museum and Madame Walker Theatre Center along the way. Shop local on Mass Ave, grab a bite in Fountain Square or host your own picnic in White River State Park. See a map, photos and more at www.indyculturaltrail.org.
Kids ages 4 – 18 are invited to explore theatre with the Indiana Repertory Theatre's Youth Classes, kicking off April 14. All classes take place at the IRT and are led by professional IRT artists. Students will participate in acting exercises, immerse themselves in acting styles and produce multiple playlets. Classes are broken down by age group and most cost $80 for six sessions (Class 4, for 14 – 18 year olds, costs $125).
ust because your kid isn't a pro baseball player doesn't mean he or she can't run the bases like one. Kids ages 14 and older who join the Knot Hole Kids Club receive lawn or reserved seat admission to all 72 regular-season, home games at Victory Field , as well as an invitation to run the bases after each Sunday home game. Membership is $16 (or about $0.22 per game).
Earth Day is April 22 and there are plenty of fun, FREE activities at the Earth Day Indiana Festival April 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White River State Park. Thousands of Hoosiers will head to downtown Indy to enjoy more than 140 environmental and conservation exhibits, live music, special kid's activities and good food. Visit www.earthdayindiana.org for more information.
Beginning in April, take public outdoor walking tours at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Enjoy some fresh air and participate in an hour-long art and nature-focused tour of 100 Acres every Saturday at noon. Embark on guided garden tours of the 152-acre Lilly house campus every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Best part? Both tours are completely FREE. For more information, visit http://www.imamuseum.org/events-programs/public-tours.
Take your toddler to Preschool Yoga Classes at the Central Library April 12 at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers ages 3 – 5 and their parents are invited to enjoy the health benefits that yoga can offer during this 45-minute FREE program presented by certified yoga instructors from the Greater Indianapolis YMCA.
Go stride-for-stride in one of the great runs or walks for great causes this month: The Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on April 12 starting at Military Park, Walk MS takes off April 26 also at Military Park and the Best Buddies Friendship Walk is April 27 at White River State Park.
Gather your mini runners and participate in the 3rd annual Bunny Rock 5K & Egg Hunt at White River State Park April 19. Each participant receives bunny ears, sunglasses, a t-shirt and goody bag. Kids ages 2 – 8 can participate in the egg hunt or the petting zoo. An award will be given to the participant with the most creative bunny costume. The 5K run kicks off at 9 a.m. and the egg hunt begins at 10 a.m. Visit www.bunnyrockindy.com for more information.