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6 Out-of-the-Box Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained This Summer

From free outdoor concerts to flower picking and art workshops, here are six fun ways in Indianapolis to keep your kids engaged.
Four Kids at P&D Flower Farm

Looking for some fun, inexpensive things to do with your kids over summer break? Here are six ideas of local Indianapolis-area activities to add to your list.

MOVIES AT MIDTOWN PLAZA IN CARMEL

This summer and beyond, Allied Solutions Movies at Midtown will be playing free family-friendly movies in Carmel’s Midtown Plaza every Monday, with showings at Noon, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Bring a blanket and some snacks, or grab some food and drink from Midtown’s restaurants, and watch a fun film like “Coco” or “Sing 2.” If you’re looking for the movie lineup, you can check Midtown Plaza Carmel’s Facebook or Instagram page.

WEDNESDAY LUNCHTIME SHOWS WITH FISHERS PARKS

From noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday through July, Fishers Parks is offering a Wednesday Lunchtime Show series at the Central Green, which is at 1 Municipal Drive in Fishers. These shows are family friendly, free, and open for all. July features shows by Mr. Daniel and Stevens Puppets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FLOWER PICKING AT P&D FLOWER FARM

On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., P&D Flower Farm in Indianapolis offers “u-pick” flower arrangements ranging in price from a single stem for 80 cents to $20 for a 28-stem bouquet. Note: Sunflowers and Dahlias are extra, and the farm sells an assortment of vases on-site in their Flower Shed Shop.

RE-GENERATION INDY KIDS ART WORKSHOP

Re-Generation Indy is a community organization that is teaching free art workshops to children of a variety of ages this summer. Their workshops are filling up fast, but there is currently space left in their cubism-themed class on July 9, and you can visit their website Regenerationindy.com to sign up. They are also hosting a youth art show on July 23 which will feature art activities for all ages and is free to attend.

DRUMMING AT RHYTHM! DISCOVERY CENTER

Located in downtown Indy, Rhythm! Discovery Center is billed as the world’s only interactive drum and percussion museum. It features unique exhibits highlighting a collection of historic artifacts and hands-on percussion instruments. Adults are $12, children aged 6-16 are $6, and kids 5 and under are free. They also offer free concerts; there is one on July 6 featuring Bashiri Asad (advance registration is required). Visit the museum’s website Rhythmdiscoverycenter.org for hours; it is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

MADAM WALKER LEGACY CENTER SUMMER INSTITUTE 2022

The Madam Walker Legacy Center offers a free virtual summer institute for kids from ages 6-14 with a different presenter each day covering a variety of S.T.E.A.M.-related topics. It will be held from 1-2 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in July from July 6 through July 28.

Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven and she can’t wait to do some of these activities with her six-year-old daughter.

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