- Go Sledding – If you are looking for some outdoor activities after a snowfall, Hendricks County has some great sledding hills. Check out the hills at Washington Township Park in Avon, Hummel Park in Plainfield and Ellis Park in Danville. The best part about this activity is it is free. Afterwards, there are several places in Hendricks County to warm up with a hot drink.
- Go Swimming – You are probably familiar with Splash Island, but did you know there is an indoor facility at Splash Island? This is my daughter’s favorite thing to do in the winter time. The facility is open for recreational swimming from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday; 5-9 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from 1-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Bounce Around – Head to Sky Zone in Plainfield. Your kids will love all the trampolines. The walls are even trampolines. Admission starts at $9 for a 30-minute open jump pass. Sky Zone is open 3-8 p.m.,Tuesdays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-noon for Toddler Time and open jump is from noon-9 p.m. on Fridays; 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturdays; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sundays. Sky Zone is located at 851 S. Columbia Road in Plainfield. For more on Sky Zone read Amanda’s post from earlier this year.
- Go Roller Skating – Take the kids to Hot Skates in Avon. The former Rock-N-Rollers is under new ownership and has been remodeled. The facility has a new skate floor, sound system and décor. I recently wrote a post about the new changes. For a list of hours, click here. Hot Skates is located at 241 Casco Drive in Avon (Behind Terry Lee Honda).
- Jump Around – Let the kids burn off some energy by jumping around in bounce houses at JR Funnigans Jump & Play. There are several inflatables for the kids to choose from and a special area for the little kids. Jump & Play also has video games and a concession stand. Admission is $5 for kids 2 and under and $8 for kids over 2. Jump & Play is located at 8407 E.U.S. 36 in Avon.
- Play Tag – Take your family to Xtreme Lazer Tag in Avon. This facility features 4,000-square-feet of multi-level play. Open Play is from 4-9 p.m., Thursdays; 4 p.m.-midnight, Fridays; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 1-7 p.m., Sundays. Admission starts at $8. Check their website for special deals. Xtreme Lazer Tag is located at 8131 Kingston Street, Suite 100 in Avon (Behind Godby Furniture).
- Golf – Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you can’t go golfing, mini-golfing that is. Take your family to Monster Mini Golf in Avon. Kids will love playing on the course of monsters and bright colors. Admission starts at $7. Be sure to check their website for specials. Monster Mini Golf is located at 7591 E. U.S. 36 in Avon. They are open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday; noon-10 p.m., Saturday and noon-8 p.m., Sunday.
- Bowl – Spend a day bowling with the family. Brownsburg Bowl and Sunset Bowl in Clermont are both great options. Brownsburg Bowl is open noon-11 p.m., Sunday-Thursday and noon-1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Games start at $2.25. Sunset Bowl in Clermont is open noon-11 p.m., Monday-Wednesday; 5-11 p.m., Thursday; and noon-1 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Games also start at $2.25.
- Go to a Movie – I have two options for you that are different from your standard movie experience. My first suggestion is The Royal Theater in Danville. This theater combines the historic setting with the latest technology. Tickets are $6; $4 for children 3-11; and children under 2 are free. Shows before 6 p.m. are $4. My second option is the Family Film Series offered by Washington Township Parks and Recreation. This monthly film series is free and held in the park’s Pavilion Center. The next movie, “Here Comes the Boom,” will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 17 followed by “Despicable Me” on Feb. 28 and “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” on March 14. Eric wrote a post about his experience earlier this year.
- Learn about Nature – Enjoy free programs at McCloud Nature Park in North Salem. Programs are held inside their Nature Center and many offer a hike through the park to expand the learning experience outdoors. Some of the upcoming programs include, “The Elusive Bobcat: Myth of McCloud?” this Saturday (Jan. 4), “Branching Out: Winter Tree I.D.” on Jan. 11 and “Attracting Winter Birds” on Jan. 18. Visit their website for a full list of programs.
Top 10: Winter Activities for Kids
Thursday, January 2, 2014 10:18 PM by Jennifer Donovan