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Free Indy Events For The Week Ahead

The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library is host to many story times throughout the week.  You can check their calendar for times at your local library. Most story times do not require registration.

Indy Parks is another great resource.

Mon., April 2:

Tues., April 3:

Wed., April 4:

Thur., April 5:

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April Fools’ Day

It almost got past me, Sunday is April Fools’ Day!  I’ve never really participated in this day.  Now that my boys are old enough to appreciate a joke, I think I want to get in on the fun.  The Family Fun website has these cute recipes that are not what they seem.  The meatloaf cupcake looks like something I might be able to pull off.  I hope this works.

Do you participate in April Fools’ Day?

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Free Weekend Events Fri., March 30-April 1

 

Friday:

Friday Night at the Movies @ Riverside Park

6pm-8pm

Ages 2+

Free

Saturday:

Circus Day @ Indiana Historical Society

10am- 5pm

All ages

Free admission, game tickets $ .50 each

Brain Games @ Indianapolis Central Library

11am-12pm

1st-4th grade

Free, Must register  call 275-4222

Drop-in Crafts @ Lakeshore Learning Store

11am – 3pm

Free

Kite Making @ Pike Library

11am

Ages 6-13

Free, Must register call 275-4480

Indiana Living Green Launch Party @ Indianapolis City Market

This event will participate in Earth Hour where people around the world will turn off the lights for one hour.

7pm-3am

All Ages, Family

Free

Sunday:

Art in the Park @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

 12-4 pm

All ages

Free

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Reminder!

Karate class

Don’t forget to register for the free and cheap spring sports and activities.  Many will begin next week.

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The Week Ahead

The Indianapolis Marion County Public Library is host to many story times throughout the week.  You can check their calendar for times at your local library. Most story times do not require registration.

The East Washington Branch is hosting a free preschool science workshop on Wednesday for children ages 3-6.  The 10:30am workshop will teach children about the new food guide. Registration is required by calling 275-4360.

For those older students who like science, Wednesday The National Science Teachers Association is hosting Science Rocks!  This free event is geared toward Elementary through High School age students and parents.  They are attempting a world record with the largest chemistry experiment on the planet.  This event is from 6pm-8:30pm at the Indiana Convention Center.

Indy Parks is another great resource.

This week Eagle Creek Park is hosting their “Meet a Raptor” series on Wednesday and Friday from 4-4:30pm at the Ornithology Center. You will learn about a bird of prey.   This educational program is free with park admission ($5 per car.)  No need to register.

Each Thursday at Broad Ripple Park you can take your little ones to the Preschool Partners play group from 10am-noon.  Toys are provided and it is $2 for the whole family. No need to register.

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Being Prepared for a Nice Day

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While it is more difficult to find things to do in rainy weather, being prepared for those nice days can help take advantage of busy schedules.

I’d never thought of this until my sister called me, on a whim, and asked to go fly kites with the kids.  I first complained, I don’t have kites, the kids aren’t dressed and they will needs snacks.  My sister let me know she always keeps a small bag in her trunk with a picnic blanket, kites, a few balls, and water.  All I needed to do was dress the kids and grab some bananas, for good measure I made a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  We were at the park in thirty minutes.

 

Here are a few ideas of things to keep on hand:

 

Food:

 

Bottled water

 

Favorite healthy crackers

 

Toys/Games:

 

Picnic blanket – this could easily double in the winter for emergency use

 

Basketball

 

Kites (you knew this was  coming)

 

Water guns

 

baseball,  a few mitts and a bat

 

soccer ball

 

Obviously, you may not be able to fit everything, just a few should do the trick.

 

What are some things you might add to your trunk of fun?

 

 

 

 

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Easter Egg Hunts and Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 2012

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I can imagine that there are dozens of Easter egg hunts in Indy.  We’ve collected a short list of free egg hunts and breakfasts.

Indy Parks   more info 317-327-PARK

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny @ Riverside Park

This breakfast will include games, crafts and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

Free, Drop in

10am-12:30pm, Sat., April 7

Ages 10 years and under

Easter Egg Hunt @ Christian Park

Free

10am-12pm, Sat., April 7

Ages 1 – 12 yrs

Easter Egg Hunt @ Windsor Village Park

Free

2-4pm, Sat., April 7

Ages 1 – 12 yrs

YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

44th annual Good Friday Breakfast @ Indiana State Fairgrounds

This is a large event that serves over 1,000

Free-with registration at www.indymca.org

7:30-9am, Fri., April 6

All Ages

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

2nd annual Indianapolis Motor Speedway Easter Egg Hunt

This event includes prizes, a bounce house and a visit from the Easter Bunny

Free

10am-11:30am, Sat., April 7

10am – registration begins

10:30 –  Easter egg hunt begins

Ages 12 and younger

The Indianapolis Propylaeum

Easter Egg Hunt

This egg hunt will include a visit from the Easter Bunny

Free

11am-noon, Sat., April 7

12 and younger

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Free & Cheap Spring Sports

Girls playing Soccer.

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Getting young kids involved in sports is a great way to burn off extra energy and learn how to follow instructions.  Sports can get expensive, from league fees, equipment, and team snacks.  We’ve found some ways to cut down on those costs.  You must register for all activities through Indy Parks 317-327-PARK

Indy Parks offers several:

Soccer Clinic @ Christian Park

Free

April 10 – May 3

5-6 pm, Tues & Thurs

Ages 4-12

Tiny Tot Tumbling @ Municipal Gardens

$20

April 4 – May 23

10-11am, Wed.

Ages 3-5

Rhodius Shotakan Karate @ Rhodius Park

$5

April 7-May 12

12:15-1:15pm, Sat.

Ages 6+

Tae-Kwon-Do @ Riverside Park

Free

Ongoing through the spring

1-2:30pm, Sat

Ages 6+

Storm Track and Field @ Riverside Park

Free

April 17-May 29

6:35-8pm, Tues

Ages 8-13

Line Dancing @ Washington Park

Free

Ongoing  through Spring

6:30-7:30 pm, Fri and 3-5pm, Mon – Fri

Ages 8+

Beginner Ballet @ Rhodius Park

$10

April 7-May 12

9-9:30 am, Sat.

Ages 3 – 15

Youth Volleyball @ Garfield Park

$1/person

April 9-May 14

6-8pm

Ages 13-17

For more information and registration please contact Indy Parks 317-327-PARK

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Weekend Events Fri., March 23-25

Saturday:

Indianapolis Opera’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”

Free Event

1p.m. @ Clowes Auditorium

Brain Games @ Indianapolis Central Library

11am-12pm

1st-4th grade

Free, Must register  call 275-4222

Drop-in Crafts @ Lakeshore Learning Store

11am – 3pm

Free

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