Kid-Approved Activities Just South of Indy

Posted by: Shelby Miles on May 11, 2021

From ice cream shops to water parks to go-karts, Festival Country is home to activities that kids love. Find the fun at one of these kid-approved places.


Greenwood

Freedom Springs

Freedom Springs is the home of slides, a lazy river, a lap pool, concessions, shelter houses, cabanas and great events like Adult Nights. 

Dave and Buster's 

Enjoy arcade games and a virtual reality experience. 

Ella’s Frozen Yogurt & Candy Shop

Build your own frozen yogurt bowls and find candy and stuffed animals in the candy shop.

Greenwood Park Mall

The mall offers more than 150 indoor and outdoor shops as well as exciting dining options.

Kid City

The two-story space is a year-round indoor play zone for children, with a Luckey Climber three-dimensional climbing sculpture, a musical garden, and STEAM-focused activity centers that incorporate educational themes, art, science and music.

Mrs. Curl

This classic walk-up ice cream stand was named the best soft serve in Indiana. Across the street is the newly renovated Old City Park, so it would make the perfect stop during a summer play date.

P&D Flower Farm

This U-pick flower farm is open Friday through Sunday from June 1 to Sept. 30 every year and is a great spot to pick your own flower bouquet and have a relaxing picnic in a beautiful setting. They also offer pre-cut flowers and bouquets.

Regal Greenwood Stadium 14/RPX

Enjoy the movie experience with luxurious recliners, reserved seating, enhanced menu, full bar and the RPX large-format experience.

Splash Pad at City Center Park

The splash pad offers a variety of water features to keep kids engaged on summer days.

uPaint Pottery Studio

Kids and adults can walk in and paint their own pottery or create their own fused glass project.


Franklin

The Historic Artcraft Theatre

Named the best theater in Indiana, this award-winning historic theater showcases favorite movies from a variety of decades as well as live events.

10 Pins

Experience six lanes of mini bowling, a 10-pin bowling game that uses smaller balls.

Benjamin’s Scoops & Treasures

Taste the delicious Hershey’s ice cream, and for added fun, order through the walk-up window.

Canary Creek Cinemas and Drive-In

There are eight fully digital theaters and the area’s only drive-in movie theater. Spend your summer nights watching a movie under the stars, or catch a movie inside year-round.

Dollie’s Farm

This flower farm is known for its lavender fields and U-pick flowers in the summer, as well as pumpkin patches in the fall. They also have chickens and peacocks to visit.


Franklin Family Aquatic Center

Enjoy an Olympic-sized pool with a diving well, a 190-foot water slide, a zero-depth pool with a play structure, water basketball and a concession stand.

Franklin Skate Club

They offer lessons, private parties and general skating opportunities.

Hi-Way Lanes

This family-friendly bowling facility also has a restaurant and special discounts on Wednesdays.

Hoosier Cupboard Candy, Snacks and Ice Cream

Find throwback candy and ice cream at a Top 10 Candy Shop in Indiana. 

Johnson County Museum

Explore exhibits tracing the local history from its geological beginnings to the pioneer days to the foot-tapping 1950s. Admission is free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


Toodleydoo Toys

Find toys for kids of all ages and shop for little ones in their new baby boutique. Enjoy play events and storytime on select days.

Urban Air Adventure Park

This indoor adventure park features attractions like sky rider, warrior obstacle course, climbing walls, warrior battle beam, trampolines, ropes course, tubes obstacle course, slam dunk zone, dodgeball courts and drop zone.

Visitor Center

Stop by to see a giant 11-foot apple, slide down an indoor slide, drive a go-kart, take a photo in the photo booth and more. Kids also love solving the puzzle to win prizes like stickers and temporary tattoos.

Wild Geese Bookshop

Let the kids explore a world of books in this cozy independent book store.


Trafalgar

The Apple Works

The Apple Works has fun for the entire family from early spring to late fall. Come visit to find spring flowers, summer vegetables and fall apples. Activities and special events for the kids are held regularly, including the famous pick-your-own pumpkin patch. See their website for specific events.



Nineveh

Johnson County Park

This park is home to Hoosier Horse Park and six community groups that have their home base in the park, including Johnson County Antique Machinery Club, Columbus Model Railroad Club, Radio Controlled Flyer Club, Indiana Live Steamers and Nineveh Senior Center.


Whiteland

Rascal’s Fun Zone

Enjoy 11 acres of fun, including go- karts, mini golf, bumper boats and an arcade.

Whiteland Raceway Park

This iconic venue offers weekend go-kart competitions, open practices for those who have their own kart, rental karts, private track rental for events, driver coaching and more.


Edinburgh


Blues Canoe Livery

Enjoy canoe, kayak and raft trips down the beautiful Driftwood River.

Edinburgh Aquatic Center

Enjoy swimming, slides and more at this aquatic center.

Indiana Premium Outlets

Features 85 stores where customers can enjoy savings of 25 to 65 percent every day.

Not Just Popcorn

Enjoy a popcorn bar and more than 400 flavors to choose from.


Throughout Festival Country, visit dozens of parks and walk along more than 35 miles of trails. Greenwood is home to the Play Pocket Trail, where you’ll find four separate playgrounds along the trail, each with its own theme. There are bee, tree, butterfly and firefighter play pockets that offer a fun interactive stop along your walk. Find more information about trails and parks here.