Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Get Down On It!
The Indianapolis Cultural Trail Opening offers free family fun on Saturday, May 11

by Trisha Shepherd

May 01, 2013

So, you’ve heard about the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, but haven’t really checked it out? Here’s your chance: eight miles of family-friendly surprises await you on Saturday, May 11.

The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick celebrates its official opening weekend with more than 100 activities along the entire trail. The “Get Down On It!” opening celebration includes a Parasol Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Families will be invited to decorate parasols at four locations: Mass Ave. & 10th Street; Indiana Ave & St. Clair; Virginia & Prospect; and Blackford & Vermont. Each group will then join one of four IPS marching bands in a march to City Market, where together they’ll perform a rendition of Kool & the Gang’s “Get Down On It.”

Several major attractions along the trail are extending special offers and outdoor activities on Saturday, May 11. The Indiana Historical Society and the Rhythm! Discovery Center will offer free admission. The Eiteljorg Museum is giving out $2-off coupons good through August 2. You can pick up free tickets to a future Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra performance by visiting the Symphony Centre office at 32 E. Washington Street from 1p.m. – 4 p.m. The Indiana Repertory Theatre will offer free backstage tours with a complimentary drink to toast the completion of the trail from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. (Theatre lovers can also use the discount code “trail” online or at the IRT ticket office to purchase discounted $20 tickets to select performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”)

Kären Haley, Executive Director of Indianapolis Cultural Trail, Inc., says the opening weekend celebrates culmination of more than a decade of hard work. “The Trail makes Indy one of the most connected, most pedestrian friendly downtowns in the country,” says Haley. “Your journey along the Trail is as lively as the places to which it connects you."

To view the entire schedule of activities, visit