Kids' Attractions in Indianapolis

by Robbin McClain
Kids like the hands-on Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Kids like the hands-on Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

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Home to the world's largest children's museum, Indianapolis offers many options for fun kids' activities. Kids can enjoy miniature golf, go-karts and arcade games at a fun center or hike and fish in one of the city's outdoor parks. Don't miss the five-story Children's Museum of Indianapolis, which will capture young ones' imaginations while teaching them about the world.

Fun Centers

Covering five acres, Greatimes Family Fun (greatimesfunpark.com) features 18-hole miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, batting cages, a large multilevel arcade, an indoor play area and a pizza restaurant. Kids will burn off some energy at Climb Time Indy (climbtimeindy.com), 8,000 square feet of climbing surfaces with beginner holds. Ben & Ari's (benandari.com) offers two designer miniature golf courses, mini-pin bowling, a video arcade room and a cafe. Designed for paintball beginners 10 years old and up, Dark Armies Paintball Arena (darkarmies.com) brings the action inside and under black lights and includes games such as "Capture the Flag."

Museums

The world's largest children museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (childrensmuseum.org) consists of five floors of exhibits including a 1917 full-size carousel, a live pond, life-size dinosaur fossils, a locomotive and a replica of an Egyptian marketplace. Carter's Antique Toy Museum (antiquetoymuseum.com) features collections of dolls, rocking horses and model machines, along with a floor of antique arcade games and rides and an old-fashioned ice cream parlor. Step back in time with a visit to the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (connerprairie.org), a replicated 19th century prairie town where kids can see demonstrations of blacksmithing, candle making and butter churning.

Zoo

Each year 1.5 million people visit the Indianapolis Zoo (indianapoliszoo.com), which also includes an aquarium and a botanical garden. The zoo has five biomes or habit-authentic environments that house the animals. In addition, the popular Dolphin Pavilion features a performance pool and in-water area where visitors interact with the dolphins. Children can also enjoy the roller coaster, carousel, train and splash park.

Parks

Located downtown, the 250-acre White River State Park (inwhiteriver.wrsp.in.gov) includes the blooming flowers and extensive butterfly exhibit of the White River Gardens and the Indianapolis Canal Walk, which has murals and fountains and has peddle boats and bicycles available for rental. Fort Harrison State Park has trails, picnic areas and lakes that allow fishing and hiking.

About the Author

Robbin McClain has been writing professionally since 1992. She has written about beauty, fashion, health, business and crafts for "American Salon," "Redbook," "Woman's Day" and other publications. McClain holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas.

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