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Free Weekend Events – Jan 11-13

Lowe’s Build & Grow Clinic

 

Friday, Jan 11

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle 

Take in the holiday display downtown until January 12, 2013

Saturday, Jan 12

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle 

Take in the holiday display downtown until January 12, 2013

Build & Grow Clinic @ Lowes

This Saturday, stores will receive one of several classic Build and Grow kits! The project may be a mystery but it’s no surprise that your child will have fun building it at Lowe’s!!

10 am

School Age

Free – with registration

Inaugural Family Fun Day@ Dallara IndyCar Factory

As part of the Inaugural celebration of Governor-elect Mike Pence family fun activities are planned.

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

All Ages

Free – Registration required

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Jan 13

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle  @Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Preschool

Early childhood education is a barometer for future success so this is a great opportunity.  Indianapois Pulic schools (IPS) will offer a limited number of free preschool openings for the 2013-14 school year.  You must live in the IPS district and registration is limited to 1,400 students.  Registration is expected to fill quickly and will begin January 19.  There are more details in the press release

 

 

 

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Free Weekend Events – Jan 4-6

Mayor Ballard’s Polar Bear Pedall II

Ongoing Events

Holiday Night Lights 

The Indy Star compiled a list an map of homes with outstanding light displays.

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle 

Take in the holiday display downtown until January 12, 2013

Christmas at Lilly House @ IMA

 Christmas at Lilly House uses the American country house setting to explore the decorative ideas of the 1930s and 1940s.  Until January 6, 2013

Friday, Jan 4

 

Saturday, Jan 5

Polar Bear Pedal II @ Indy Bike Hub

This will be the second year Mayor Ballard will lead the winter season bicycle ride and we want to make it even bigger. This year the ride will start at the Indy Bike Hub located in the east wing of the City Market and will highlight bike lanes and facilities Downtown and on the Southside.

Registration/Check-In 9 a.m. Ride Starts 10 a.m.

All Ages

Free

Barks to Books @ Pike Library

Beginning or struggling young readers are invited to read to a patient and non-judgmental therapy dog for a 15-minute session. It’s a great way to improve a child’s confidence and competence.

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Ages 6-11

Free

Kids Workshop @ Home Depot

Free Kids Workshops to Learn, Create & Craft at The Home Depot. All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Preschool Yoga Classes @ Eagle Library

Children ages 6 and under are invited to have fun exercising and learning yoga poses from a certified instructor from the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

1 p.m.

Ages 6 and under

Free- Must register

Sunday, Jan 6

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Indy Events – Winter Break Edition

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Winter Break doesn’t have to be spent at home….try these FREE events for kids.

 

Ongoing Events

Holiday Night Lights 

The Indy Star compiled a list an map of homes with outstanding light displays.

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle 

Take in the holiday display downtown

Christmas at Lilly House @ IMA

 Christmas at Lilly House uses the American country house setting to explore the decorative ideas of the 1930s and 1940s

Monday, Dec 24

Museum Special Days @ Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Enjoy free admission on Christmas Eve.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Tuesday, Dec 25

Christmas Day @ Home

Enjoy

Probably wasn’t free

Wednesday, Dec 26

Winterfest @ Indiana Historical Society

Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians.

All Ages

Free

Thursday, Dec 27

Winterfest @ Indiana Historical Society

Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians.

All Ages

Free

Friday, Dec 28

Winterfest @ Indiana Historical Society

Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians.

All Ages

Free

A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Create A Zombie Caricature @ Eagle Library

Teens ages 13 – 17 are invited as artists from Art With a Heart guide them through the steps of identifying and drawing the unique features of the walking dead.

3 p.m.

Ages 13-17

Free

Saturday, Dec 29

Winterfest @ Indiana Historical Society

Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle  @ Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 30

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Ages

Free

Monday, Dec 31

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 20-24

I’ve included a few extra days for this “weekend,” since many of you will be home.

Winter Solstice -IMA

Thursday, Dec 20

Winter Solstice @ IMA

Celebrate the season with IMA’s annual Winter Solstice celebration. Step outside for an ice carving demonstration, art-making, and music.

5-8:30 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Friday, Dec 21

 

Saturday, Dec 22

Pictures With Santa  @ Franklin Rd Library

Children of all ages and families are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa and meet some of Santa’s friends during this event sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce.

11 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 23

 

Monday, Dec 24

Museum Special Days @ Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Enjoy free admission on Christmas Eve.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 14-16

It seems the library is the place to be for free activities.  Don’t forget the Free Holiday Activities in Indy through the end of the this month.

 

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Friday, Dec 14

 

Saturday, Dec 15

Pictures With Santa @ Franklin Road Branch

Children of all ages and families are invited to have their pictures taken with Santa and meet some of Santa’s friends during this event sponsored by the Franklin Township Chamber of Commerce.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

All Ages

Free

Holiday Party at East Washington @East Washington Branch

Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy the holiday at the Library! There’ll be music, crafts, giveaways, refreshments, and a visit from the North Pole!

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

All Ages

Free

Barks to Books at Pike @Pike Library

Beginning or struggling young readers are invited to read to a patient and non-judgmental therapy dog for a 15-minute session.

10:15 am – 12:00 pm

Ages 6-11

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children of All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 16

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Children of All Ages

Free

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Did you know the Children’s Museum offers Free Memberships?

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That’s right, free annual memberships.  There are a few programs offered by the museum that allow some to receive a free or discounted membership.

I hope this helps.

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Free Weekend Events in Indy, Dec 7-9

A very busy weekend of Free events for kids in Indianapolis.  Great holiday traditions could get started with so many holiday activities.  Don’t forget the Free Holiday Activities in Indy through the month of December.

Friday, Dec 7

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

2 p.m. – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Dec 8

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

noon – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Christmas @ Garfield Park

Oh what fun it is to visit the Conservatory to meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show.  Jingle all the way to the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves.  You can also dash through the snow to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats.  All activities are free.

10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Rowdie Claus Holiday Party @ Victory Field

Rowdie will have art projects and crafts for kids from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m inside Victory Field suite level.  Enjoy festive food and drinks and get a free photo with Rowdie Claus.

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

School Age Children

Free

Santa Comes to Fountain Square @Fountain Square Library

Families are invited to PNC Bank in historic Fountain Square for carriage rides, photos with Santa, and a craft program at the Fountain Square Branch.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Families

Free

Build a Gingerbread House @ Lowe’s Hardware Stores

The holidays are right around the corner! Bring your child to Lowe’s and they can build a cool Gingerbread House!

10 a.m.

School Age

Free – with registration

Central Library’s 5th Anniversary Celebration! @ Central Library

The entire community is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the beautifully transformed Central Library with a variety of free activities for all ages.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Bleed Blue Blood Drive @ Lucas Oil Stadium

 the 2012 blood drive will include a free health fair and other family-friendly activities to create an informative and fun experience for all who attend. There will be opportunities to tour the field, chances to win prizes, and appearances by Colts Cheerleaders and Blue, the official mascot of the Colts. A blood donation appointment is not required to enjoy the other event activities.

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free entrance and Free Parking available

Sunday, Dec 9

City Sidewalks with Free Ice Skating @ Georgia Street

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

noon – 8 p.m

All Ages

Free

Central Library’s 5th Anniversary Celebration! @ Central Library

The entire community is invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the beautifully transformed Central Library with a variety of free activities for all ages.

12 noon-5 p.m.

All Ages

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 30 – Dec 2

A lot of hands on activities this weekend, remember they are all free.  If you are looking for more festive activities, check out the list of Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

 

Friday, Nov 30:

Not much going on today….

Saturday, Dec 1:

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic @ Lowe’s stores

Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman’s Plane from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians!

10 a.m.

School Age Children

Free (must register)

Lilly Scientist in Residence Series: Discover the Amazing Human Body@ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to learn how our muscles and bones work together in perfect harmony to enable us to do amazing things.

2 – 3:30 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 2:

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1-4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Journey Through Eastern Europe: Romanian Folk Masks @ Nora Library

Children ages 5 and up and families are invited to explore Romanian folk tales and sculpt their own mini mask puppet using a variety of materials during this two-hour program.

2 p.m.

5 and up

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 23-25

Thanksgiving weekend is full of family time.  If you are looking to get out with the kids try these free events.  If you are looking for ways to celebrate the season, don’t forget to check out all of the Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

Friday, Nov 23:

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on that Friday.

Entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. | Televised show 7 – 8 p.m. |  Light-up 7:45

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Nov 24:

Santa’s Arrival 2012 @ Indianapolis International Airport

Santa is making a special stop at the Indianapolis International Airport.

11 a-2 p

All Ages

Free

IMA Community Day: A Feast for the Eyes@ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Enjoy activities and tours highlighting works of art depicting food, objects created for serving food, making art that looks like food, and hearing a taste of spicy music.

11 a- 4p

School Age

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a- 4 p

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Nov 25:

 Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p- 4 p

All Ages

Free

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