Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Downtown Indianapolis is Bustling with Summer Fun
Ideas for keeping the kids fit while having fun this summer

by Brittany Smith

June 01, 2012

Get kids off the couch and outside this summer with Downtown’s fun and active options in the heart of the City.

To market, to market!

Teach kids to love their veggies with a visit to one of Downtown’s farmers markets. Farmers markets offer a fun lesson on local and sustainable farming practices and the value of food. You’ll find everything from maple syrup and asparagus to fresh herbs and greens in Downtown’s vibrant market scene. On Wednesdays at lunchtime, Market Street in front of Indianapolis City Market is transformed into a harvest festival for the Original Farmers Market from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, join the Stadium Village Farmers Market across the street from Shapiro’s from 4 – 7 p.m. for fresh produce and crafts. Pack a picnic and enjoy over 350 acres of green and public open spaces including waterways, gardens, trails and parks to be found Downtown.

The Cycology of Downtown

Get outside and enjoy one of Downtown’s favorite spots – The Canal Walk. With the help of Wheel Fun Rentals you’ll be rolling around the Canal on one of their many surrey and bicycle options that make it easy to enjoy the 3-mile stretch by pedal. The City of Indianapolis boasts more than 64 miles of biking lanes! In addition, The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick and a flat geography with relatively slow traffic speeds, make Downtown Indianapolis the ideal setting for an urban biking adventure with the kiddos.

Summer youth classes

Downtown’s YMCA @ the Athenaeum offers several options for parents looking to keep their kids active during the summer months. On the first Friday of every month from 5 – 9 p.m., kids are welcome to enjoy an evening of crafts, games, physical activities and fun! Have a toddler at home? For thirty minutes once a week, toddlers can try their hand at tumbling in the Tumbling Tots class. Participants will learn creative movements while building self-confidence, coordination, discipline and positive self-esteem. Make outdoor activities educational with a tour of a Downtown historic neighborhood like Lockerbie Square and Indiana Avenue. The compact layout of Downtown makes it easy to set out on foot! ActiveIndy offers walking tours that explore a variety of areas and themes. Tours include the White River State Park & Canal tour, the War Memorial Trail tour and Lockerbie & Mass Ave tour. Tours cover 1.5 to 2.5 miles in 60 - 90 minutes.