10 Free Activities on MLK Day in Indianapolis

Every MLK day in Indianapolis, I take advantage of getting out and visiting one of our city’s attractions for FREE

You have your choice of so many different free attractions on MLK day in Indianapolis, the only trouble you’ll have is deciding where to go.

For free admission to the attractions at White River State Park (numbers 1-5 below)you’ll just need to bring one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction to donate to Gleaner’s Food Bank. Free fun for your family and helping out a local food bank at the same time. Double awesome. Want triple awesome? The attractions at White River State Park are close enough together to pack in more than one attraction on MLK day (see number 3).

1.We just spent the afternoon at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and had a great time. Read my Eiteljorg blog post about our last visit and see more pictures of some of the great activities they have for families. Open 10 am–5 pm.

2.Usually closed on Mondays in the winter, the Indianapolis Zoo will open its gates for free on MLK day. Free days are rare for the zoo so visit between 9 am–4 pm.

3.The Indiana State Museum will be open from 10 am-5 pm. Make sure to visit the Ice Age Giants exhibit if you haven’t already. While you are there, you might as well visit the IMAX theater. If you have older kids, it would be a great deal and a lot of fun to see the premiere of Journey to the South Pacific 3D. Showtimes run at 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:45 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

4.College sports fans in your family? Maybe a visit to NCAA Hall of Champions should be on your list. Open 10 am – 5 pm.

5.Victory Field will be open for visitors. Free health screenings will be offered from 10 am–1:30 pm. Screening participants receive two free tickets to Opening Day at Victory Field April 4.

The additional following activities will be free on MLK Day in Indianapolis:

6.The Children’s Museum will offer free admission from 10 am-3 pm.

7.Indianapolis Museum of Art free admission and parking from 11 am-4 pm. Enjoy family art-making and activities, as well as a featured community art project, One and All, led by Theater of Inclusion.

8.Enjoy free admission from 10 am-5 pm at Rhythm! Discovery Center. My kids love banging drums and playing all the percussion instruments, and I love to take them to the Rhythm! Discovery Center, when such behavior is encouraged! Special presentations for MLK day are planned.

9.Indiana Historical Society will offer free admission from 10 am-5 pm. There will be opportunities to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with hands-on activities and two special civil rights exhibits – Freedom: A History of Us and The Legacy of Civil Rights in Indianapolis. Storyteller Deborah Asante performs at 1:30 p.m.

10.Another activity for your family is to volunteer at Indy Reads Books. My new favorite book store supports adult literacy with its proceeds. Adults and children are invited to help organize shelves and sort through donations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mass Ave bookstore. It’s not always easy to find volunteer opportunities that the whole family can do together and here’s one that would be a perfect way to give back on MLK day.