When summer comes, occupying my kids attention is always a challenge. Without the distraction of school, my kids get bored quickly, and they always want to know, "What are we going to do today?" If we don't find something fun to do, chaos ensues.
Whether you are local to Central Indiana, or you're visiting for a summer getaway, you'll find lots to do with your kids. Here are some of my favorite places to take our boys and wear them out...I mean, give them a fun day!
1. Splash Island Family Water Park
One of the best places to spend a summer day is at Splash Island Family Water Park in Plainfield, Indiana. There's something for everyone, including slides for the thrill seekers and a lazy river for those looking to relax.
There's also lap swimming, areas for little ones and diving boards. A rainy day won't slow down your fun, either; Splash Island also has an indoor area that is open year round.
2. Local Splash Pads
Another great way to beat the heat with kiddos is at one of the local splash pads.
Washington Township Park in Avon has a fun splash area for kids, and the splash pad at Williams Park in Brownsburg is absolutely gorgeous.
After we have fun getting wet, my kids like to dry off by climbing all over the nearby playground. These locations are great for very young children and older kids as well.
3. Sky Zone Trampoline Park
Plainfield's Sky Zone Indoor Tramploine Park is a great place for your kids to get their bounce on!
Sky Zone provides hours of fun for kids -- and is an excellent way for them to burn off energy. Younger children can play safely in the Sky Zone Foam Zone.
But Sky Zone isn't just for kids; adults can jump in and get a great workout, too.
4. Kid's Planet
Kid's Planet in Brownsburg is designed for children ages 2 to 14. There's a special area for kids 4 and under, so you don't have to worry about your toddler getting run over by bigger kids.
Older kids can enjoy the four-story play structure that includes everything a child could want: slides, a foam pit, tunnels, ball shooters and so much more.
Attendants keep an eye on the kids while they are playing and are continually making sure the structure is clean.
Need a break from climbing and jumping? Kid's Planet also features tons of arcade games, available to play at an additional cost. Kids can earn tickets on the games and turn them in for prizes!
When I asked my boys what they liked best about Kid's Planet, my oldest picked the slides, while my youngest claimed "everything" was his favorite. We didn't get a chance to try out the arcade games, so they are on our list for next time.
5. Press Play Gaming Lounge
Another great indoor option that combines gaming while still encouraging kids to be active can be found at Press Play Gaming Lounge in Brownsburg.
This amazing hangout for kids as well as adults boasts numerous virtual reality stations, a foam wars area, three-point shootout, family pods with Xbox gaming and much more.
These are just a few of my favorite places to spend a day with kids, but I highly recommend checking out the family fun page on the Visit Hendricks County website for even more great ideas. There's no shortage of family fun in Hendricks County, and no matter where you go, you're sure to have a great time building memories with your kids!