Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

“Spring” into spring!
Eight ways for kids to get active this April

by Taylor Newell, Communications Coordinator, Indianapolis Downtown

April 01, 2013

At long last, warmer weather, blooming flowers and sunny skies will take hold of Central Indiana in April after a longer winter than most Hoosiers expected – or wanted. 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 dancing to running the bases at Victory Field!

Bike, skate, jog or just walk outside through Downtown Indy’s unique Cultural Districts along the recently completed Indianapolis Cultural Trail. It’s easy to make a complete day out of your trek, with plenty of shops, restaurants and attractions along the way like the Indiana State Museum, Madame Walker Theatre Center and all the things to do and see (and eat) along Mass Ave and Fountain Square. Don’t miss “Get Down On It!” the trail’s grand opening celebration May 10 – 11. See a map, photos and more at www.indyculturaltrail.org

Indianapolis School of Ballet is Downtown Indy’s premier organization for ballet education and performance for kids and adults. Year-round classes are offered for young children 4 to 8 years old and “Pre-Professional” students ages 8 and up. If you or your teenager can’t commit to a full semester of classes, ISB also provides “Open Dance” Tuesday and Thursday evenings for just $20 per class for teens to adults. Visit www.indyballet.org to learn more.

Just because your kid isn’t a pro baseball player doesn’t mean they can’t run the bases like one. Kids who join the Knot Hole Kids Club, in addition to admission to all 72 regular-season home games, get to run the bases after every Sunday home game! Membership is only $16 (Yes, seriously, only $16. That’s like, $0.22 per game. Crazy, right?)

Earth Day is April 27 and there are a ton of fun, FREE activities at the Earth Day Indiana Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at White River State Park. There will be interactive exhibits hosted by the Indianapolis Zoo, Lilly, IPL and many others that will give kids the chance to build a bird feeder, plant seeds, decorate t-shirts and much more. Visit www.earthdayindiana.org for complete info.

Go stride-for-stride in one of the great run/walks for great causes this month: The Central Indiana Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure runs April 20 starting at Military Park, Walk MS takes off April 27 also at Military Park and the Best Buddies Friendship Walk is April 28 at White River State Park.

Take a public outdoor walking tour at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Starting in April, Garden Tours embark from the Lilly House entrance every Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and hour-long walking tours of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres run every Saturday at 1 p.m. Best part? Both tours are completely FREE.

Take your toddler to Preschool Yoga Classes at the Central Library April 27 at 10:30 a.m. for FREE! Kids 6 and under can take part in a fun class inside the Learning Curve where they’ll learn basic poses from a certified YMCA instructor.

More dancing! Teens ages 14 and up can head to the Garfield Park Arts Center for English Country Dance April 11 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a FREE fun night of unique dancing for all skill levels led by Barry Levitt and Alice Smith-Goeke. To find more fun activities and classes at the GPAC visit www.gpacarts.org.

If you have a little runner, be sure to get them registered for the Chase 500 Festival Rookie Run May 11th! Kids 3 to 12 can run courses ranging from two blocks to 1/3 mile. Sign up at www.500festival.com.

Now head Downtown and have fun!