Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Indoor and Outdoor Winter Activities to Keep Your Family Active
Frosty Fun at Indy Parks

December 01, 2010

It may be cooling down outside, but things are heating up at Indy Parks! We often get asked, “Does Indy Parks hibernate during the winter?” No way! Indy Parks offers a variety of indoor and outdoor programs throughout the winter so you and your family can stay active all year long.

If you prefer to bundle up and brave the cold Indiana air, catch a ride down one of Indy Parks’ ten approved sledding hills just after the first snowflakes fall. Launch your own sledding races or make a snowman and build lasting memories with your family. Just be sure you follow the important sledding safety tips offered at

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. Try out your triple lutz or double axle during open skate time, but no need for expertise – beginners can still hold on to the railings! Want to try something new? Take a crack at Broomball! It’s played like hockey, but in soft-soled shoes. All equipment is available at the rink for no charge.

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 and active during the winter. 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. Come by and check out a game – you are sure to be a futsal fan soon!

Mommy & Me Exercise at Broad Ripple Park – Do you need to exercise, but don’t have a baby sitter? Try something new and bring your infant or toddler as you exercise away those unwanted pounds! Class workouts incorporate your stroller, weights, bands and even your little tyke.

Building Birdfeeders for Preschoolers at Eagle Creek Park – Teach your little one how they can do their part to help nature during the winter months by building a birdfeeder for your feathered friends. This hands-on class will help your child create a variety of simple, yet filling birdfeeders. The only time you have to brave the cold is when you step outside to hang your newly constructed birdfeeder!

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. Themes change regularly, so come by and see what’s on deck for December.

Indoor swimming – Leave the sunscreen at home when you swim at Krannert, Thatcher, LaShonna Bates, Indy Island and George Washington Community Center indoor pools. Sign your family up for swim lessons or just take a few laps during open swim time. Indy Parks’ indoor pools are a great way to give you a little reminder of summer! For more information visit

Indy Parks has many fun and exciting programs and activities during the winter months. Visit for more information about these activities and lots more. Also, check out the 2011 Winter/Spring Fun Guide – registration begins December 13.