Families on a budget can still find unique and free activities in Indianapolis. If your children are bored after visits to local parks or libraries, you have other options. There are several Indianapolis organizations offering opportunities to entertain children and help you keep your sanity.
Free Drum Circle at Bongo Boy Music School
The Bongo Boy Music School is offering Indianapolis families free drum lessons every Thursday. The weekly event is a Community Drum Circle that officially starts at 7 p.m., but everyone can arrive at 6:45 p.m. for an earlier session. Bongo Boy Music School welcomes families and children without any music experience. In addition, children of all ages can attend.
The school provides all the music equipment, so all you need to bring is enthusiasm. Children can also receive free lessons during the Community Drum Circle. This is a great event for the entire family.
Free Concerts on the Canal
Concerts on the Canal are sponsored by the Indiana Historical Society. They offer free concerts for Indianapolis families every Thursday evening. Featuring local performers including the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra and Gregg Bacon, these concerts have no admission, but families must bring their own seats.
Concerts on the Canal allow you to bring your own food and beverages. Although tables can be reserved for a fee, many families enjoy the music for free by bringing their own chairs to the weekly event. Children are also welcome. With different musicians and groups set to play every week, your family will never get bored.
Free Visit to Slow Food Garden
The Indianapolis Slow Food Garden is located at White River State Park. Covering 6,000 square feet, this urban garden can entertain and teach your children. It stems from a partnership between the Indianapolis Wishard Health Services and Growing Places Indy. Your entire family can explore the Slow Food Garden for free.
The garden offers Indianapolis visitors the chance to explore a variety of crops and get involved. All of the growing areas are accessible, and volunteers are always welcome. Your children can have fun digging in the dirt while learning about local foods and plant growth cycles.
Free Movies at Carmel Clay Parks
The Carmel Clay Parks are offering families free movie nights at West Park. On one Friday each month, the park will show a family classic film for free. Everyone can bring their own chairs, blankets, food and drinks. Children are welcome and encouraged to attend. This activity is a great way to spend an evening.