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Spring Has Sprung!


Indy is Blooming with Family Fun This Spring



April 01, 2010
GET OUT AND GO! It's finally spring and if you're itching to get out and about to enjoy spring, gather the family and step outside for one or many of these outdoor Indiana activities.

Easter activities

French Lick Resort Easter Weekend Festivities: Meet-and-greet the Hare Extraordinaire on Saturday. Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday in the Formal Gardens for kids 13 and under. Easter Feast at the Grand Colonnade or West Baden Springs Hotel.

When: April 3 and 4

Where: French Lick Resort, 8670 West State Road 56, French Lick

Cost: Varied per event

Info: (888) 936-9360 or www.frenchlick.com

Hip Hop Easter Egg Hunt: Hop your way out to Douglass Park for a Hip Hop nighttime Easter egg hunt for ages 3-12.

When: April 1, 7-8 p.m.

Where: Douglass Park 1616 E. 25th St.

Cost: $5

Info: 327-7174 or www.indygov.org/

Eggs-Citing Adventures!: Hop on over to Holland Park to decorate eggs, compete in seasonal relay races and complete an "egg-stra" special craft! Third through sixth grade.

When: April 1, 5:30–7 p.m.

Where: Roy G. Holland Memorial Park, One Park Drive, Fishers

Cost: Residents, $4; non-residents, $6

Info: (317) 595-3458 or www.fishers.in.us.gov/

Shows, theater and sports

Harlem Globetrotters: See the world famous Globetrotters with their comedy basketball show in their 84th season of fun-filled family entertainment.

When: April 14, 7 p.m.

Where: Conseco Fieldhouse, 125 South Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis

Cost: $15 - $100

Info: (317) 917-2727 or www.consecofieldhouse.com

Sesame Street Live Elmo's Green Thumb: Help Elmo find a new home for Sunny, his sunflower friend, in this all new Sesame Street Live stage show.

When: April 22 and 23, 7 p.m.; April 23 and 24, 10:30 a.m.; April 24, 2 and 5:30 p.m.; and April 25, 1 and 4:30 p.m.

Where: Murat Theater, 502 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis

Cost: $15 - $32

Info: 317-231-0000 or www.murat.com

Festivals

41st Annual Maple Syrup Festival: All you can eat pancakes and sausage, free popcorn, parade, entertainment, contests, vendors and more.

When: April 16, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., and 17, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: Downtown, Wakarusa, Elkhart County, Indiana

Cost: Free

Info: 574-862-4344 or www.wakarusachamber.com/festival_site/

Purdue University Spring Fest 2010: Two days of activities at nearly 30 campus sites for all ages. Learn about animals, art, astronomy and a variety of other subjects.

When: April 17 and 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Purdue University, Campus Wide, West Lafayette

Cost: Free admission

Info: (888) 398-4636 or ces.purdue.edu/sfest/

Earth Day activities

Earth Day Indiana Festival: At Celebration Plaza, featuring 130 environmental and conservation exhibits, plus live music from some of Indiana's best new bands, special activities for kids and good food.

When: April 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: White River State Park, 801 West Washington Street, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Info: (317) 767-3672 or www.earthdayindiana.org/news.html

Go Green!: Be kind to the Earth by re-using items to make a craft, learning green habits through songs, games, and stories and having an environmentally friendly snack. Ages 3-6. When: April 28, 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: Broad Ripple Park, 1550 Broad Ripple Ave., Indianapolis

Cost: $14

Info: 327-7161 or www.indygov.org/

Green is Good Party: Play games you can make out of things you may be throwing away. Games, leftover crafts, roasting sticks and marshmallows supplied.

When: April 24, 4-7 p.m.

Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road, Fishers

Cost: Residents, $4; non-residents, $6

Info: (317) 595-3458 or www.fishers.in.us.gov/

Earth Day Extravaganza: Students learn about recycling, enjoy a nature walk around The Monon Center and complete an Earth-related craft. Age 3-5.

When: April 22, 5-5:45 p.m.

Where: The Monon Center, 1235 Central Park Drive East, Carmel

Cost: $10

Info: (317) 848-7275 or www.carmelclayparks.com

Healthy Habits = Healthy Habitats: Festival will feature demonstrations, displays, entertainment and kid's activities.

When: April 17, noon-4 p.m.

Where: Washington Township Community Park, 115 South CR 575 East, Avon

Cost: Free

Info: (317) 745-0785 or www.washingtontwpparks.org/events

Nature and the outdoors

Naturalist on the Loose: Join a naturalist as we leave the nature center behind and embark on an exciting adventure! Meet guide under the gazebo at the playground. All ages.

When: April 11, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Info: 327-7180 or www.hollidaypark

Eggstravaganza!: Springtime means lots of baby animals! We'll crack the case on which animals come from eggs. Ages 3-5 with parent.

When: April 14, 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.

Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers

Cost: Residents, $4; non-residents, $6

Info: (317) 595-3458 or www.fishers.in.us.gov/

Friday Night Frogwatch: Learn about frogs and frog calls, and visit a pond to search for the frogs themselves! Bring a flashlight and wear boots and a jacket. Ages 3 and up.

When: April 16 and 30, 8:30-10 p.m.

Where: Eagle Creek Park 7840 W. 56th St., Indianapolis

Cost: $5

Info: 327-7110 or www.eaglecreekpark.org

What's Up With the Weather?: The sky is our window to weather so how do you know what to look for? Visit us in the Nature Center and learn how to "read" the sky for what's looming.

When: April 17, 1-2 p.m.

Where: McCloud Park Nature Center, 8 W Main St, Danville

Cost: Free

Info: (765) 676-5437 http://www.hendrickscountyparks.org/natureCenter.html

Spring Wildflower Hike: Walk the trails with a Naturalist in search of beautiful spring wildflowers at Cool Creek Park. Hikes begin in the Nature Center.

When: April 17, 11 a.m.

Where: Cool Creek Park, 2000 East 151st Street, Carmel

Cost: Free

Info: 317-774-2500 www.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/parks

Take Flight! Birds of Prey and People: Through the use of live animals, natural artifacts, and theatrical techniques, Take Flight! brings the importance of understanding the natural world to life. Ages 2 and up.

When: April 18, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis

Cost: $3

Info: 327-7180 or www.hollidaypark

Cloud 9: Learn how clouds form, look at different types of clouds and make your own clouds. Rainy days will never be boring again! Ages 5-11.

When: April 20, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Where: Eagle Creek Park 7840 W. 56th St, Indianapolis

Cost: $4

Info: 327-7110 or www.eaglecreekpark.org

Tales and Trails: Dive into the pages of favorite children's books then venture out to explore the natural world yourself. Dress for the weather and be ready to have fun! Ages 3-4 with parent.

When: April 20, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis

Cost: $3

Info: 327-7180 or www.hollidaypark

Nature's Recyclers: Mother Nature is full of systems that clean and take care of themselves. Discover who (or what) is involved in the clean up crew for the environment. Family hike.

When: April, 23 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, 10410 Hague Road, Fishers

Cost: Residents, $4; non-residents, $6

Info: (317) 595-3458 or www.fishers.in.us.gov/

Creature Feature: Plants, animals and insects, oh my! Join a naturalist to look at one of Indiana's most amazing creatures, the opossum. Ages 2 and up.

When: April 25, 2-3 p.m.

Where: Holliday Park, 6363 Spring Mill Road, Indianapolis

Cost: $3

Info: 327-7180 or www.hollidaypark

Fishers Arbor Day Tree Planting: Join to plant a tree in celebration of Arbor

Day then go on a hike through Ritchey Woods.

When: April 30, 6 p.m.

Where: Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve 10410 Hague Road, Fishers

Cost: Free

Info: (317) 595-3458 or www.fishers.in.us.gov/

Extra

Voices of Youth Concert: Featuring the Indianapolis Children's Choir as part of the Tapestry of Song 2009-2010 concert season.

When: April 11, 3 and 7 p.m.

Where: Hilbert Circle Theatre, Hilbert Circle Theatre, 45 Monument Circle, Indianapolis

Cost: $12 in advance, $13 at the door

Info: (317) 940-9640 or www.icchoir.org

Schoolhouse Rock: The pop-culture phenomenon comes to the Indianapolis Civic Theatre

When: April 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 10 a.m. and noon; April 17, 2 and 5 p.m.

Where: Indianapolis Civic Theatre, 3200 Cold Spring Rd, Indianapolis

Cost: $10 youth, $15 adult

Info: www.civictheatre.org/317-923-4597

Indianapolis Indians Baseball: 2010 home opener versus Toledo Mud Hens. Weather permitting.

When: April 16, 7:15 p.m.

Where: Victory Field, 501 West Maryland Street, Indianapolis

Cost: $9 to $14

Info: (317) 269-3545 or www.indyindians.com

7th Annual Mutt Strut: A pet walk to benefit the Humane Society of Indianapolis. This year's goal: 10,000 walkers.

When: April 25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 4790 West 16th Street, Indianapolis

Cost: Pre-registration: $25 ages 16 and over, $15 for ages 7-15, 7 and under free. Onsite registration: $35 for ages 16 and over, $25 for ages 7-15, 7 and under free.

Info: (317) 872-5650 ext. 102 or www.indyhumane.org

Conservation Day at the Marian University EcoLab: Ecological restoration day including invasive species removal, native plant installation and basic trail maintenance. All experience levels welcome.

When: April 17 9 a.m.-noon

Where: Marian University, 3200 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis

Cost: Free

Info: (317) 224-3383 or wetland.marian.edu

Holly Wheeler is a freelance writer for Indy's Child.

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