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Staycation: Frugal Fun in Indianapolis

by Ann-Marie on May 13, 2014

Indianapolis Staycation

You don’t have to go far to enjoy time with your family and friends, and create new experiences and memories!

Here in the Indianapolis area, we have stops for kids of all ages, and kids-at-heart. From world-renowned attractions like the Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo, to smaller but just as fun activities and locales … here are ideas for your family to find frugal fun in Indianapolis for your next “staycation”!

Rhythm Discovery Center

Rhythm Discovery CenterYou know that time when your child says “I want a drum set!” and you’re all “not in this house” because you envision a splitting headache from bang-bam-boom-crash day after day?

Not at this place. Rhythm Discovery Center, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis, is an “interactive” percussion museum, with drums from all over the world, all eras in time, and guess what: Most of them you’re encouraged to play.

You’ll find the world’s largest gong (that’s purely my opinion, but it’s pretty dang big, 8′ in fact), drum kits played by drummers from Rush, Led Zeppelin, Herbie Hancock and Santana to name a few; and our family’s favorite area …

The soundproof rooms:

Rhythm Discovery Center

Rhythm Discovery Center is SO affordable! Adult admission is only $10, kids are $6 and if you have young’ns 5 & under, they’re free! Expect to spend about 1.5-2 hours unless you absolutely cannot drag yourself away from the soundproof rooms. They ARE fun.

Plan your visit to Rhythm Discovery Center here.

Indianapolis Museum of Art

IMA Summer Film SeriesThis is a jewel of a place that I have yet to take my own family to! The Indianapolis Museum of Art is one of the 10 largest art museums in the country!

Enjoy the Summer Nights film series plus take a free family tour. Actually, general admission to IMA is free as well! There is a small fee for special exhibits.

Also not to miss – Art in the Park for make & take themed art projects all summer long each Sunday from 12-4pm (and it’s free!).

Plan your visit to the IMA here.

Indianapolis Indians

Indianapolis Indians

No summer is complete without at least one visit to Victory Field to see the Indianapolis Indians play. I’ve gone since I was a child, back when it was at Bush Stadium. Now we bring our kids – believe it or not Mallory got a foul ball last summer!

While they’re still a bit too young to pay much attention to the game, they love going for the fun pre-game activities and Cracker Jack, and Larry and I love going for the nostalgic atmosphere (he’s always been a baseball fan, just like both our dads) and, well, the beer. Let’s just say our cups overfloweth with Sun King Victory Lager, which you can only get at Victory Field.

Plan your visit to the Indianapolis Indians here. Be sure to check this promotions schedule for the Monday Dollar Menu, 2-for-1 Tuesdays and more frugal fun at the Indianapolis Indians games.

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And let’s not forget there are so many free things to do in Indy when you’re staycationing! Here are just a few starters:

  • Hiking, biking and playing at our amazing Indy Parks
  • Garbage trucks, dump trucks and firetrucks oh my! Experience a free Touch-a-Truck event where your kids can climb into these bad boys, talk with their drivers and more. Find this summer’s growing list at Indy With Kids.
  • Movies in the Park at Garfield Park Arts Center, happening the last Saturday in each month from May – August
  • Take in a Farmer’s Market – VisitIndy.com has a few listed here.

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Photo credit: The most awesome Sara at Solid Gold Eats

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Mini Marathon Expo

If you missed my Friday Freebies this morning on B105.7, here’s the rundown!

  • I’d love to encourage everyone to go downtown today and take in all the free festivities at the Mini Marathon expo. It’s at the Indiana Convention Ccenter until 9:00 tonight. Bring the whole family to enjoy a race simulator and other interactive activities. As a sponsor of the Mini Marathon, McDonald’s will have a “Farm to Table” exhibit where you can learn more about where McDonald’s food products come from. I’m looking forward to my first mini marathon experience, just the 5K portion – baby steps y’know.
  • And after the weekend’s over, Monday May 5th is otherwise known as Cinco De Mayo, and you can stop into any participating Moe’s Southwest Grill location for a free guac!

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OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon

I have only ever participated (because I can’t really say “ran”) in one 5K ever, and that was on a bitter cold day last November for the Ugly Sweater Run. A few Indianapolis women bloggers decided to bundle up and brave the elements (it was FREAKING COLD) and run, walk, run/walk, and meander our way through downtown Indianapolis, looking fun and festive in our ugliest of Christmas sweaters, thanks much to Emily’s “Junky Brilliance” ugly sweater store:

Ugly Sweater Run with Indianapolis women bloggers

I have not been much of the workout type. Two summers ago I participated in a team challenge with a personal trainer, and I was purposeful and diligent, and I lost about 10 lbs and one size. For me, that was pretty good! And then, the challenge was over. And like you’ve heard a million times before, I didn’t stick with it, so those 10 lbs came right back on.

May 3rd I will be participating (still not ready to say “running”) in the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K, and I have begun “training”.

It is a slow go.

I used “training” in quotes, because it’s laughable that I would even call what I’m doing “training”. As a work-from-home mom with a preschooler still at home, my time is limited. I could seriously give you even more excuses than that, but we’ll just leave it there. And really most people don’t train for a 5K. They can run 3.1 miles like it’s a warm-up. Well, not me. Maybe one day, but it can seem a long way off.

For now, I’m doing what I can.

Larry and I ended our gym membership because neither of us was going, and at $70-something a month, that’s a high price for nothing.

So then my amazing and inspiring friend Jenn became a certified personal trainer, and I hired her to create a home plan for me, with the following parameters:

  • Our sessions could only be once a month, and I am accountable for following Jenn’s plan in between sessions
  • I had to use the few tools and equipment I have (which ain’t much), without buying much more
  • I had to be able to exercise in my basement, or weather permitting outdoors, but sticking close to home because much of the time Carlie would be with me

And you know what? It’s a slow go, but it’s working for me.

I’m admittedly not exercising 3x/week as the plan calls for, but when I do, I push myself to get my heartrate up, and on some off-days when I can leave the house, I’ll go for a walk/run with my Couch to 5K app.

Be on the lookout over the next three weeks for more parts to this journey of getting fit for the OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K.

You might also find interest in more recent Indiana posts., and follow my friend Michelle’s journey as she prepares for the 5K too!

This post is sponsored by McDonald’s of Central Indiana. I was provided with OneAmerica 500 Festival 5K registration and McDonald’s swag in exchange for my participation in this campaign. For more info please see my disclosure policy.

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