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Moms, what’s your go-to destination for family fun in Indianapolis? With so much to offer, from cultural excursions and educational outings to outdoor adventures, it can be challenging to choose attractions that cater specifically to the whims and fancies of your little ones. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of the top 5 fun-filled things to do in Indianapolis with toddlers. As an Indianapolis family photographer and mom of two, I’ve got some of my kids favorites to share. So let’s dive in and explore some of Indy’s most exciting kid-friendly destinations!
5 Best Things to Do in Indianapolis with Toddlers
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Downtown Indianapolis
Acclaimed as the world’s largest children’s museum, the Children’s Museum is a spectacular place for kids to unleash their creativity and have fun. The Children’s Museum boasts many interactive exhibits just north of downtown Indianapolis, including sensory play areas, climbing structures, and a water play zone. Your toddler can also explore the iconic Barbie collection and experience unique shows like “Dinosphere,” where they can come close to life-size dinosaur skeletons. In the Indianapolis Museum, our toddler loves indoor fun activities like the rhythm discovery center and the arts and crafts area. They have a great gift shop that caters to younger children.
Conner Prairie is not just a historical museum but an eventful outdoor destination inviting young minds to discover history, science, and nature. The expansive destination boasts beautiful grounds, pristine trails, and a variety of exhibits and hands-on activities for children to participate in. From pony rides and animal encounters to discovery areas and water play zones, Conner Prairie is ideal for a summer day trip with your toddler.
If your toddler loves animals, visiting the Indianapolis Zoo should be on your itinerary. With more than 1,000 animals representing 300 species, the zoo has a broad collection of animals worldwide. Kids will love the animals featured, including lions, tigers, bears, and creatures like otters, sea lions, and kangaroos. They can also get up close and personal with several domestic animals at the Indiana Family Farms exhibit, where they can pet and feed goats and chickens.
Carmel Public Library
One hidden gem that’s sure to please both you and your kiddos is the Carmel Public Library. It recently went through a remodel, making it a top destination for those in Indianapolis with kids. This family-friendly spot has many activities for young children, from storytime sessions to play areas with puzzles and toys. The library also offers access to books, movies, and music, so you can keep your toddlers entertained while cultivating their early love for learning. With free Wi-Fi and free parking, the Carmel Public Library is the perfect place to relax and unwind with your babies. So next time you’re wondering what to do on a rainy day, pack up the kiddos and head to this cozy destination! They have many activities geared towards kids ages 0-5.
Newfields: Nature Center
If you’re looking for a family-friendly activity with your toddler in Indianapolis, you’ll love spending a day at Newfields. This 152-acre cultural nature park has several breathtaking gardens, art galleries, and a library. There’s plenty of space for your little one to run around and explore, and who knows? You might inspire a future artist in the process. One of my favorite things with my toddler is to pack a picnic and enjoy lunch on the vast grassy fields. It’s a great way to unwind and soak up the natural beauty of the surroundings with the entire family. With so many exhibits and events happening throughout the year, Newfields is a must-visit destination for families looking to make lasting memories. It’s a gorgeous landscape for some family photos!
Things to Do in Indianapolis with Toddlers
That’s it for our top 5 picks for fun-filled things to do in Indianapolis with toddlers. From the fun exhibits of the Children’s Museum to Newfields, there are plenty of exciting places to choose from. Plan your next family day trip to one of these destinations and make unforgettable memories with your little one. If you’re looking for more ideas, check out:
- Indianapolis Art Center – in Broad Ripple with a range of art classes
- White River State Park – in downtown Indianapolis
- Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum – showcases classic race cars
- Indiana State Museum – a must when visiting Indianapolis, they have many different types of exhibits
If you want a photographer to document your next family portraits, I’d love to hear from you! I specialize in rangling toddlers to get those genuine smiles! Also, you may continue reading:
- Indianapolis Toy Stores: A Parent’s Guide on Where to Shop
- Noblesville Family Photographer: 5 Tips to Documenting Toddlers
- Indianapolis Photoshoot Locations – The 8 Best Spots for Photos
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Also, if you’re looking to learn more about birth photography, read my photographer friend Becky’s post about Overlake Childbirth Center in Seattle.
Till next time,