Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy all sorts of events and activities, and in Indianapolis, many of those are low-cost or free to the public.  Throughout the city, Indianapolis Public Schools families can find many fun ways to give their wallets a “summer break”!
Indy Parks & Recreation has everything from educational and physical fitness classes to concerts and arts opportunities at all its park locations. Some cost, but many are free. Full details can be found in the Indy Parks & Recreation Fun Guide.
Indy Parks also has a low-cost summer day camp program offering a wide variety of opportunities—swimming, arts, nature, science, sports and recreation. All camps follow a set of high program standards and are accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).  To secure your camper’s spot, just complete all registration forms and pay a $15 non-refundable registration fee per registered week per child at the time of registration.  If you have any questions, click here or contact Indy Parks at 317.327.PARK.
The Indianapolis Public Library has branches throughout the city, and each branch offers a variety of free programs during the summer. They are offering their annual summer reading programs, but there are also creative events such as a pack and hike event where kids make their own trail mix before setting out on a hike.  Other events include free movies, animal workshops, craft projects and story times for all ages. Check out the library’s website for more information.
Indianapolis is proud to boast about having the largest children’s museum in the world.  When it comes to places to take your kids in town, The Children’s Museum always tops the list! While regular admission can be costly, admission is free from 4:00-8:00 p.m. the first Thursday of each month.  This is a great money-saving way to enjoy one of Indy’s top attractions.
Check out a movie for just $1 at Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express program!  The movies are rated G or PG and start at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  Start dates vary for each theater, so check here for more information.   
We encourage you to enjoy the many free and discounted activities around Indianapolis and have a great summer!