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Rated G for Great Family Fun 

As we celebrate another season of open windows, sunscreen-scented babies, and grill marks on our meals, we remember what it means and how it feels to spend entire days outside. Luckily, many of Indy's parks and museums invite the entire family to enjoy the outdoors and a bit of culture. They spoil us with free or low-cost kid- and parent-friendly programs that focus attention on the gorgeous green city around us. So pack away the parkas don your flips-flops and embrace some of our city's late-spring fun.

Cat and the Hat is ready to meet lots of new friends at this year’s Fifth Third Bank Broad Ripple Art Fair WFYI Kids’ Stage.  - COURTESY OF WFYI
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  • Cat and the Hat is ready to meet lots of new friends at this year’s Fifth Third Bank Broad Ripple Art Fair WFYI Kids’ Stage.

Garfield Park Chalk Art Festival and Competition

On Saturday, May 10 take a bike ride down to Garfield Park, just south of Fountain Square, and commence decorating. Participants of all ages are welcome to bring their own sidewalk chalk or purchase a kit for $3.00. This colorful festival is for all ages. Adults and teens are encouraged to join the judged competition. Registration is from

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garfield Park Arts Center. If you plan to compete, don't dillydally. All work must be completed by 3 p.m. to be judged. Let your inner artist shine!

Swing into fun at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres and create something wild. - WHITNEY WALKER
  • Whitney Walker
  • Swing into fun at the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres and create something wild.

Art in the Park -- "Wild Things"

Every Sunday in May from noon to 4 p.m., the Indianapolis Museum of Art beckons families to explore the fairytale-esque landscape of the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park: 100 Acres. Roam through the winding paths to find a variety of flowers, twigs and leaves and then gather at the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion to create a piece of art using a mixture of nature-made treasures and human-made supplies.

Fishers Movies in the Park -- Nickle Plate District Amphitheater

May nights are made for movies in the park. With a slight chill in the air, your little ones will be happy to munch on popcorn and snuggle under blankets. You might even convince your tween to put down the smart phone. Feel free to pack a picnic dinner, blankets and chairs, and be sure to arrive a bit early, the movies begin promptly at dusk. Fishers Parks and Recreation has great kid-friendly movies on the docket for May.

May 9 - Planes

May 16 - The Smurfs 2

May 23 - Cloudywith a Chanceof Meatballs 2

May 30 - Despicable Me 2

Broad Ripple Art Fair

Let's "go gogo on an adventure" to the Indianapolis Art Center and meet the Cat in the Hat at the Fifth Third Bank Broad Ripple Art Fair on May 17from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and May 18from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While mom and dad pick up this year's latest artworks for the home, kiddos can dance and sing along to live music at the WFYI Kids Stage. The Cat in the Hat will be there at various times throughout the weekend. Presale tickets for adults are $13 and kids ages 3 to 12 are $3.00. Kids under 3 years old get in free.

The staff at Books and Brews love sharing art and literature with their smallest customers.   - COURTESY OF BOOKS AND BREWS
  • Courtesy of Books and Brews
  • The staff at Books and Brews love sharing art and literature with their smallest customers.

Books and Brews Craft Time

Looking for something artistic to do on a rainy Thursday night? Hop on over to Books and Brews every Thursday in May from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. for its weekly kids' craft night. Craft night is always free and led by the friendly staff. If you haven't been to this great new spot on the Northside, do yourself a favor and check it out. They have a lot of great events geared for family fun, yummy local food, and of course, great beer.

East Side Story

Join Q Artistry for its newest original musical, East Side Story. The show will go on May 10at 3 p.m., May 11 at 3 p.m., and May 17 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The musical is about friendship on the Eastside of Indianapolis, giving a nod to the Leonard Bernstein classic, West Side Story. Show organizers recommend children 4 years and older attend. It runs about 45 minutes. Rumor has it Q Artistry shows sell out quickly, so purchase your tickets ahead of time here.

Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day

Race on down to Monument Circle on May 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Chase 500 Festival Kids' Day. Indiana's largest free outdoor festival has a little bit of everything. There will be mini-car racing, a craft station, face painting, clowns, food and plenty of on-stage entertainment.  

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Jamie Fahrner

Jamie Fahrner

Although she is an Indianapolis transplant, Jamie Fahrner’s kiddo will most certainly be a native. A lover of all things Indy, you can often find Jamie and her curly haired family biking down the Monon Trail, playing with friends at Holliday Park, or simply enjoying a home cooked meal on their back patio.

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