Under 21 and looking for something to do this weekend? Check out these 12 places in Indianapolis. Photo courtesy of Flickr.
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Despite the busy downtown and trendy neighborhoods, it can be difficult to find something in Indianapolis if you’re generationally challenged – under the age of 21. When many first graders arrive on campus, they are passionate about ways to get out of the butler bubble on the weekends. Unfortunately, much of the Indy entertainment scene consists of booze, bouncers, and Uber rides. So what is there to do in Indianapolis if you’re under 21?
3631 E Raymond St.
The Healer is an interactive art exhibit, yoga studio, 90s arcade, nautical themed bar, and live music and poetry space all in one neat package. The Healer is open to all ages and offers ticket prices well below the city average – in fact, most of the shows are free. New installations keep popping up and musicians from the USA often play shows. PS – go to the healer soon if the phrase “Santa Claus shrine” interests you at all. It doesn’t disappoint.
721 Massachusetts Ave.
ComedySportz is the longest running improvisation troupe in Indianapolis. They consider comedy a sport and put on 90-minute impromptu shows where two teams compete for the most laughs. ComedySportz has an events calendar that shows the various offers. Prices average between $ 12 and $ 16, depending on the day and time of the show. Be prepared to laugh and don’t worry – audience participation is not required.
Naptown Roller Derby
973 N. Shadeland PMB # 168
Naptown Roller Derby is an internationally recognized roller derby league that is extremely active in the Indianapolis region. For strangers, roller derby is a contact sport on roller skates. The object of the game is to lap the ice rink as many times as possible. The league is home to three competitive travel teams and viewers are very encouraged. The season starts on April 18th at 5:15 p.m.
3902 N Glen Arm Rd
Did the roller derby get you to roller-skate yourself? Don’t worry, Skateland has you covered. The ice rink can accommodate over 500 skaters at the same time and includes a café and an arcade. Check the weekly schedule for hours and entry costs as these vary depending on the time of day.
Action & Atomic Duckpin Bowling
1105 Prospect St.
This bowling alley in Fountain Square originally opened in 1928 and was fully restored in the 1990s, including authentic equipment from the 1950s and 60s. The alley is open every day of the week and has a fully stocked café – even if you don’t want to bowl and just want to eat.
6259 N College Ave.
Vogue first opened as a movie theater in 1938, and while its function has changed over time – at a point when it operated as an X-rated movie theater in the 1970s – their historic marquee at Broad Ripple is always on outstanding feature. Vogue is now a live music venue and still hosts a wide variety of niche events. Be sure to check out the calendar to find the best event for you.
5202 N College Ave.
“A music store for music lovers – since 1994!” That’s the tagline for the College Avenue classic, Luna Music. Stop by to buy records, tapes, CDs or posters by Indianapolis artist Nathaniel Russel, listen to great live sets from Mr. Kinetik, or just chat with the Luna crew about your favorite digs of the week. As their popular stickers claim, “Luna is love!”
Good Earth Natural Food Company
6350 Guilford Ave # 1700
The good earth lies in the heart of Broad Ripple overlooking the canal. The family business has existed since 1971 and houses natural and organic foods, herbs, spices, nutritional supplements and beauty products at a reduced price. For the simple butler student, Good Earth also houses an enormous selection of hydro bottles, and a quick trip upstairs reveals a room filled with birch sticks – often for sale.
1043 Virginia Ave, Suite 214B on the 2nd floor
Do you love pinball Or maybe you just miss the online pinball game Space Cadet that you used to play on your parents’ desktop. In any case, the PinVault can satisfy your cravings with its current range of 18 classic pinball machines. All age groups are welcome every third Saturday of the month from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
3413 W Washington St.
You might have seen it on TikTok – now is your chance to take advantage of it. Washington Discount has a wide variety of housewares, accessories, tools, etc. – often in stores like Target. Stay up to date on Facebook to view products or mark your calendars for the best discount days.
Grounded Plant and Floral Co.
1503 E Michigan St.
Grounded Plant and Floral Co. is your one-stop shop for everything green. Part art studio, part florist, they offer some of the cheapest prices on plants in Indy. Brighten up your dormitory with one Among other things, Sansevieria trifasciata or spider plant. In addition, visitors can take part in the numerous workshops they offer on propagation and plant care.
1339 Prospect St.
Sustainability is the word at Onatah on Prospect Street. According to the owners themselves, Onatah is “a deliberately curated general store and creative studio. “Onatah works with over 100 artisans from Indy and the United States to bring you ethical products that will last a lifetime. If you’re interested in tarot and astrology, the Magic Sisters – Kelli and Hayley – offer fun and approachable readings on-site.