With Spring Break happening as you read this, you might just be feeling a little bored, cooped up, and — let’s be honest — jealous of those who are sitting on a beach right now (me, too.)
But that is no reason to sit around and do the same old, same old. Whether or not you have kids, are a mature adult, or kid-at-heart, there is always something new to try if you just do a little research. We’ve done a bit for you and here’s what we’ve found:
• Swim just like your beach-going friends: The temperature inside any of our area’s indoor aquatics centers is a balmy 78 degrees. You can swim at the Zionsville Aquatic Center or venture a little further out and try Splash Island in Plainfield or Monon Community Center in Carmel. These last two locations have lap pools, water slides, water features for kids, zero entry and are handicapped accessible.
• Play like it’s summer: The Park at Traders Point has six stories of indoor fun. Lots of climbers, slides and basketball courts give your kids a great place to get some activity and burn off energy. There is a toddler area, as well as a quieter area with visual and tactile stimulation for kiddos with special needs or those who get over-stimulated easily. Bring a snack or lunch to eat in the attached break room.
• Go out on a limb (or up on a rock): Did you know we have a newer climbing gym just around the corner? The old Indy School of Gymnastics in Mayflower Park (near 106th and Michigan Road) has been renovated to Hoosier Heights, one of the largest rock climbing gyms in the Midwest. The super helpful and friendly staff is always nearby to instruct, encourage and make sure you feel confident in climbing; and your harness, ropes, carabiners and shoes are all available there. Want to try it out but don’t have anyone to go with you? There are several auto-belay stations that let you climb on your own safely. While you’re there, inquire about their memberships, clubs, and youth summer climbing camps.