In September we found many things to do with your kids in the Indianapolis area that won’t cost you anything.
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Children’s theater festival in the fort – See six theater, magic and music acts from noon to 6 pm on September 15th at the Theater im Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. There will be face painting, outdoor games and food trucks.
Family game day– Card and board games are available for all ages from 2pm to 4pm on September 15 at the Warren Branch Library, 9701 E. 21st St., Indianapolis.
Global festival – Children can learn about other cultures through free and paid activities such as giant piñata smashing, henna painting, soccer, bouncy castle, and more at Northwood Christian Church, 4550 Central Ave., Indianapolis, from noon to 10 p.m. Food and drinks can be bought.
movie night – See “Black Panther” under the stars from 6:30 PM to 11 PM on September 21 at Tarkington Park, 45 W. 40th St., Indianapolis. Food and drinks can be bought.
Circle City Classic Parade Celebrities, floats, and marching bands take to the streets in downtown Indianapolis from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 22nd.
Family celebration – Celebrate Latino culture by making paper flowers, creating metal art, listening to a mariachi band, and enjoying festive dancing. Admission to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is free from 10am to 5pm on September 23 at 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis.
September 28th to 30th
Chuck Wagon dinner and movie – Visit the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art for the movie “City Slickers” on September 28th at 8pm under The Sails on the Downtown Canal in Indianapolis. Bring your own chairs, blankets, food and drinks. Authentic feed wagon maggots can be bought from 6 p.m.
2018 Indianapolis Chinese Festival – Celebrate Chinese Culture with Art and Music from 11am to 5pm on September 29th at Wood Plaza, West New York Street and Blake Street, Indianapolis. Activities include handicrafts, yo-yo, skipping rope, Chinese checkers, and more.
Pacers Fan Jam – Enjoy activities, games, prizes, the chance to meet Pacers players and more at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 125 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, September 16-19. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free Pacers t-shirt, hot dog, bag of chips and a Pepsi product. The doors of the event open at 3:30 p.m. Fans can reserve free tickets at Pacers.com/FanJam starting at 10 a.m. on September 10th.
Hamilton and Boone counties
Autumn Jamboree – Hayrides, mini golf, live music, llama hiking, and a llama kissing booth are some of the highlights from 11am to 3pm on September 15 at Allisonville Garden & Home, 11405 Allisonville Road, Fishers. Groceries and drinks available for purchase, as well as fall plants and fall decor. Register here.
Glow in the Park – Black lights, a fog machine and laser lights take center stage with a neon splash wall, graffiti wall, live DJ and face painting from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on September 15 at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr., Fisherman.
Hamilton 16 IMAX Free Fall Films – Users can sign up for a free FMG Rewards card and use the card for up to six free tickets to a show Friday through Sunday at 10 a.m. at 13825 Norell Road, Noblesville. The films include:
Movies in the Park in Forest Park – Catch an outdoor movie at dusk every weekend in September near Shelter 1 in Forest Park, 701 Cicero Road, Noblesville. Movie included:
Movies in the Park of the Nickel Plate Amphitheater – Enjoy a movie with the family at 8pm or in the evening at the Nickel Plate Amphitheater, 6 Municipal Dr., Fishers. The films include:
Movies on the Lawn – Record a family movie from 7pm to 10pm at Clay Terrace Lawn, 14390 Clay Terrace Blvd., Carmel. The films include:
St. George Festival – A bouncy castle village, live music and dance mark the event from 5pm to 10pm, September 21, 1pm to 10pm, September 22nd and 1pm to 5pm, September 23rd in the St. George Orthodox Christian Church, 10748 E. 116th St., Carmel. Food and drinks can be bought.
September 28th to 30th
Movie Night in the Plaza – Experience a dual role of “Sing” and “The Greatest Showman” in the inner square of downtown Carmel at 751 Hanover Place in Carmel from 6pm on September 28th. Food and drinks can be purchased from Books & Brews.
September 22nd to 23rd
Free Museum Day – A variety of museums across the state offer free entry on September 22nd. Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring the 14th annual event. You can get free tickets to some of the participating museums on their website.
Indiana State Museum Library Pass – Ask your local librarian to view this pass, which allows a family to get four free tickets to the Indiana State Museum.
Hunting for Pirate Williams’ Treasure – Find treasure via trails up to a mile and some gravel with naturalist Hendricks County Park September 10-11 at Williams Park, 940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg.
astronomy – Have fun searching for celestial bodies and looking at stars with the help of Indiana Astronomical Society from 8 to 10.30 p.m. September 15 at McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem.
Brownsburg 8 GDX Morning Films Summer Series – Patrons can register for a free FMG Rewards card and use the card for up to six free tickets for a show at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday at 1555 N. Green St., Brownsburg. The films include:
Sensory Friendly Browsing Library Hour – Families with children with special needs can explore the Brownsburg Public Library, 450 S. Jefferson St., with a worry-free visit from 12pm to 1pm on September 16. The library is closed to the general public. A story in preparation for the visit can be found at www.bburglibrary.net/socialstory.
Nature Scavenger Hunt – Get a list from the McCloud Nature Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on September 29 at McCloud Nature Park, 8518 Hughes Road, North Salem. Completed lists that are returned by 4 p.m. will win a prize.
Sugar Creek Township Fire Safety and Life Safety Open Day – Take a jump, ride an antique fire truck, or watch the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 29 at Sugar Creek Township Fire Station No. 45, 3545 S. Co. Road 600 W., New Palestine. The first 100 children receive a free bicycle helmet.
Activities on the south side
Movies in the Park – Watch a movie with the family at 7:30 PM or late afternoon at the Greenwood Amphitheater, 100 Surina Way. The films include:
Hidden Universe: An Extraordinary Journey Into Space – Explore distant galaxies and living nebulae with the help of the Link Observatory on September 15th at 8pm at the Mooresville Public Library, 220 W. Harrison St. If the weather permits, the event will Include a trip to the Link Observatory immediately after the program.
September 22nd to 23rd
Harvest Moon Fall Festival – A parade, live music, and a car cruise will mark the activities from 12pm to 10pm on September 22nd at 24 N. Main St., Bargersville. A beer and vineyard as well as handicraft vendors will offer items for sale.
Fall Festival – A children’s zone, parade, fireworks display, live entertainment and a Dachshund Derby will mark the event from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on September 29 at 70 E. Monroe St., Franklin. A beer garden, Lions Club Fish Fry, and grocers have items for sale.
Family Carnival – Participate in games, crafts and a movie from noon to 3pm on September 29th at the Greenwood Public Library, 310 S. Meridian St. Enjoy popcorn with Disney’s “Dumbo” from 2:15 pm
Heritage Day – Hands-on activities, Civil War and Pioneer Reenactments, and Hendricks Cabin tours are held September 29, 11 am-4pm at the Johnson County Museum of History, 135 N. Main St., Franklin.
Chris Sims is a digital producer at IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisFSims.