Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

May Fun in Downtown Indy
Exciting events all over town!

by Jack Meehan, Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

May 01, 2014

Runners: start your engines!

With the big race just around the corner, let your little ones have a race of their own. Children ages 3 – 12 are invited to participate in a non-competitive fun run where everyone is a winner: The Rookie Run. All little runners will receive a goodie bag, a real runner’s bib and a finisher’s medal – just like the Mini Marathon runners. The Rookie Run takes place during the Chase 500 Festival for Kids and costs $6 in advance and $10 day of. Lace up your running shoes and enjoy the endless prizes, arts and crafts, food and face painting waiting for your kids at the finish line.

Experience ancient China

Give the whole family something to “ooh” and “ahh” about as the eighth wonder of the world comes to Indianapolis on May 10. Take a trip back in time to the days of emperors and ancient secrets with the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at The Children’s Museum. Surround yourself with life size ancient warriors and more than 100 artifacts from the time of China’s first emperor. Take Me There: China will also open May 10. Board a modern Chinese airplane and fly over the Great Wall, sell and buy food in a modern Chinese market, explore an urban and rural Chinese home and more.

Celebrate spring at the Zoo

Be sure to mark May 24 in your calendars and attend the grand opening of the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo. The International Orangutan Center will provide an unparalleled physical and social habitat where visitors will have a remarkable window into the orangutans’ world. Also at the Zoo, celebrate mom during Mother’s Day Weekend May 10 – 11. Snap a photo at a Mother’s Day photo booth, snack on a free cupcake and join in a special family scavenger hunt to discover the Zoo’s very own secret animal moms. Family fun in May continues with the annual Zoopolis 500, held the Wednesday before the Indianapolis 500. This event showcases radiated tortoises hustling to the finish line. Before the action begins, meet the 500 Festival Princesses and check out a 500 Festival Pace Car.

Art the entire family can enjoy

Start your summer vacation with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s “Spotlight on Africa” tour May 10 and 24. There’s no need to pack your bags for this 30 minute trip halfway across the world. This family tour is open to children of all ages and runs at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Also enjoy the free Art in the Park event every Sunday from noon – 4 p.m. From wildflowers to wildwoods, soak up the sun and nature while channeling your inner artist and creating a “wild” masterpiece of your own.

Swing for the fences at Victory Field

With the Indians season underway, visit Victory Field to learn the basics from your hometown heroes. The Tribe hosts their annual Youth Baseball Clinic Thursday, May 29 at 5 p.m. The clinic is open to all children 14 and younger and includes a chance to throw, pitch, field and hit right where the pros play. Admission to the clinic is included with purchase of a ticket to the Thursday, May 29 game against the Buffalo Bison.