Don’t let cabin fever run rampant in your house! In this cold weather, it is easy to hibernate in your house, only going out for groceries, church, work….
Adults are usually easy to pacify in such a habitual pattern, but children are not. If you have ever been cooped up in the house with toddlers for more than a day, you know what I mean.
Most of the weather recently has been a great opportunity to bundle up and go to a local playground. The next couple of days are expected to be in the low 40s, or even pushing 50 degrees! Some rain is predicted, so you may want to prepare for that. These would be great days to go to a local community playground or park and let the kids burn off stored up energy. Remember to use sunscreen – just because it’s winter, doesn’t mean you can’t burned.
Still unsure of what exactly is the best way to wear out your little ones? Pack up and go eat at almost any Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s. Most have a built in playground, so you can feed them and let them play all in one stop. I would caution you to be extra germ sensitive with these outings, due to the high traffic experienced.
The Indianapolis Children’s Museum is a great place for you to take your kids. Along with getting out of the house and burning some energy, the Museum offers many opportunities for learning. It is open 10am-5pm Tuesdays – Sunday until the 28th of February. Starting March 1st, it is open every day. Admission for ages 2-17yrs is $10.50, 18-59 is $15.50, 60 and up is $14.50. Under 2 is free. There are also Target Free Family Night each first Thursday night from 4-8pm.
Bouncertown could also be a fun place to take the family. Bouncertown is located in Greenwood on Madison Ave, just south of the Greenwood Park Mall. There is also a Carmel location in the Clay Terrace Mall.
Directed primarily towards children under 10 years old, Bouncertown is open 7 days a week. For those who are not under 10, there are sometimes after hours jump times on weekends, plus the opportunity to reserve it for special events & parties. General admission for those 2yrs and older is $8. Under 2yrs is free. There are also different admission packages offered.
Bouncertown also offers food, games & prizes. The games and amusement rides are supervised by trained “bounce rangers,” who try to keep every one safe. As an added bonus, the rides are cleaned and inspected daily to keep everyone safe and hopefully healthy.
You can find coupons for Bouncertown at Chacha.com.
Do you have a favorite place to go play with the family? Please share it with us!
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