Can you hear it, the collective "ahhhh" from children all around Indianapolis? June marks the time of year when backpacks are flung from shoulders, school uniforms are heaped in forgotten piles and book reports are distant memories. With so many free hours, even the most independently creative kid is bound to utter, "I'm bored." Parents, don't panic. Just breathe. We've got you covered. From music festivals to weekday plays, Sky Blue Window has your go-to family activities in and around Indy for the month of June.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, hop on your bikes, the city bus, or pile in the car and make your way down to White River State Park for PBS Kids in the Park. Your little ones will be thrilled to see many of their favorite PBS characters in the opening ceremony parade at 10 a.m. With two stages full of music and performance art, your kiddos will definitely be entertained. The always-creative "Know No Stranger" will perform at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the Tom Wood Subaru Main Stage. The group's silly antics will surprise and inspire your gang while promoting positivity.
This year marks the 13th Annual Independent Music and Arts Festival (IMAF) from noon to 8 p.m. on June 14 at the Harrison Center for the Arts. This free and for-all-ages event is sure to please the entire family. While mom and the older kids scout out the perfect artsy Father's Day gift at the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange, which runs in conjunction with IMAF, everyone else can shake their booties to the many local and regional musical acts. There will also be a clutch of food trucks, ice cream, beer and mead (sometimes called "honey wine"), so come hungry and thirsty!
Looking for something that combines an appreciation for music and nature? Check out the 40th Annual Eagle Creek Folk Music Festival from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 7 and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 at Eagle Creek Park. Pack a picnic and enjoy a lovely afternoon overlooking the lake, while listening to a variety of folk music. I wonder -- will the birds and bullfrogs sing along?
At 10 a.m. every Monday in June, you and your little ones could be in Carmel grooving to some hip tunes! Don't forget to look at the schedule ahead of time so you know who is performing and where. The concerts are at two different parks in Carmel. If seeing Ruditoonz isn't enough of a push, Kona Ice sells shaved ice. A portion of their proceeds will go back to the scholarship program that provides kids and families with access to Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation programming.
Does your child think dogs are the cat's pajamas? Well, at 11:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, Indy Reads Books hosts Paws to Read. Certified reading therapy dogs from Paws & Think are available to be patient and snuggly listeners. What a great way for your children to keep up on their summer reading! From kindergartners to tweens, I know this activity would count toward some reading points in the Indianapolis Public Library Summer Reading Program.
Get a little bit fancy and join Civic Theatre, Jr. for the grand production of My Son, Pinochio Jr. The show runs June 13 - 18 at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, with a variety of show times. Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $10 for students (individuals aged 18 and younger). With a brand new score and slant on the original story, this adaptation promises to hit a nostalgic nerve while creating new memories. As a kids-only musical, this show might ignite a fire in the budding thespian in your family.
Cover photo of the Eagle Creek Folk Festival courtesy of Dave Wensits.