By Jen Thomas
On behalf of White River State Park
Families who opt to enjoy this year’s Spring Break close to home will find that White River State Park in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, offers a wide array of family-friendly experiences. There’s something for everyone, including movie-goers, sports fanatics, history and culture buffs and animal lovers.
And because everyone likes saving money, White River State Park offers a discount option where visitors can do-it-all for one low price with the WRSP Park Pass.
“The Park Pass can be used to visit all the attractions over one incredible week or long weekend, or visitors can spread their trips throughout the entire year,” said Bob Whitt, White River State Park executive director. “Either way, folks get to enjoy our fabulous attractions and amenities at more than 25 percent off regular admission.”
Why is the Park such a fun spring break destination? Because of all these Park attractions during spring break:
- Indianapolis Zoo:
After such a harsh winter, what could be better than a tropical paradise? You’ll find one at the display of free-flying butterflies at the Indianapolis Zoo’s newest exhibit – Butterfly Kaleidoscope. Beginning March 21, the Zoo’s indoor gardens will be transformed, and guests will experience the flying creatures like never before.
- Indiana State Museum:
Discover a hidden graveyard of ancient elephants uncovered by Hoosiers. The elephants were entombed under Indiana soil for thousands of years. Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons brings to life a world the Indiana State Museum has been digging, discovering, studying and preserving for decades.
- IMAX Theatre:
The Downtown IMAX is showing several 3D movies this spring. Discover the otherworldly frozen landscape 10,000 years before modern civilization at Titans of the Ice Age 3D. Take an adventure to the tropical islands of remote west Papua at South Pacific 3D. Starting April 4, audiences trek to Madagascar for Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D. The film chronicles lemurs’ arrival as castaways millions of years ago, their evolution into hundreds of diverse species that are now endangered, and Dr. Patricia Wright’s mission to help the adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
- NCAA Hall of Champions:
Experience the thrill of NCAA March Madness at the NCAA Hall of Champions. Shoot hoops in the 1930’s replica gymnasium or test your knowledge with a trivia game on all 23 NCAA sports.
- Eiteljorg Museum:
Some of the most iconic black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West were shot by Ansel Adams. In the Ansel Adams exhibit at the Eiteljorg Museum, visitors will see 80 photographs Adams personally chose to represent his work.
- Victory Field:
Pick up a ticket and get set to hear the crack of the bat! The Indianapolis Indians’ Opening Night is April 10 at Victory Field.
- Wheel Fun Rentals:
Explore miles of biking paths and the historical Canal with a fleet of pedal-powered recreational cycles and boats. Bike rentals are located in front of the Indiana State Museum and across from the Visitors Center; boat rentals are located on the Canal Walk at the corner of Ohio and West streets.
- Segway® of Indiana:
Take a scenic tour of the 250-acre Park, including a trip around all of the Park’s attractions and the Canal. The tour price includes a training session and helmet.
- River Promenade:
Enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and feel as though you’ve found a secret passage as you wander along the promenade, a half-mile walkway lined with flowering trees and evergreens that offers unique views of the White River and the Indianapolis skyline. Look for the hand-carved “rose window” and renderings of famous buildings using Indiana limestone blocks along the way.
White River State Park 2014 Park Passes are on sale for $45/adult; $33/children ages 3-12 and may be purchased at the White River State Park Visitors Center or online at http://www.in.gov/apps/wrsp/passes/.
Visitors to any of the Park’s attractions may park in the underground garage located off Washington Street in front of the Indiana State Museum, in the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, and in the surface parking lot across from Victory Field next to the Park’s Visitor’s Center. Parking is not guaranteed and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
White River State Park is located at 801 West Washington Street in Indianapolis. For more information, visit http://whiteriverstatepark.org/, or call 317-233-2434.
Editor’s Acknowledgement: JTPR, Inc.
By Bob Burchfield, Editor
The annual Devour Downtown Summerfest is underway and continues daily through Sept. 1, 2013.
Devour Downtown features more than 50 of Indy’s best restaurants across the downtown area offering dining specials during lunch and dinner hours (this varies by restaurant). There are upscale restaurants like The Capital Grille, Oceanaire or St. Elmo Steak House, American standards like Scotty’s Brewhouse or the Colts Grille, and even newcomers like Cerulean or Bluebeard.
Italian? Try Iaria’s, the Milano Inn, or Iozzo’s Garden of Italy. Steaks? There’s Morton’s, Shula’s, and Ruth’s Chris (and the aforementioned St. Elmo). Pizza? Bazbeaux, California Pizza Kitchen, and Pearl Street Pizzeria. And the list goes on…and on…and on. There’s something for every taste and palate during the Devour Downtown Summerfest.
For a complete list of participating restaurants and their Devour Downtown menus, visit the event’s Web site at http://www.devourdowntown.org/. And for more information, call the Indianapolis Downtown Restaurant and Hospitality Association at 317-673-4211.
DISCLOSURE NOTICE: AroundIndy.com, LLC is displayed as a sponsor on the Devour Downtown Web site.
By Kimberly Harms
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Just because times are tough financially, your family doesn’t have to miss out on rich, educational experiences. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers an Access Pass, which enables qualifying families to pay just $1.00 admission per person per visit! Indiana families receiving state assistance, such as food stamps, Hoosier Healthwise insurance or temporary assistance (TANF) may enroll at the museum box office, with required documentation, and begin utilizing the discount admission immediately.
“The creation of the Access Pass is a wonderful way the museum and its partners, reach thousands of Hoosier families throughout the state to ensure all children and families, regardless of income are able to learn and grow together,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is the most recent museum/attraction to join the state-wide effort, organized by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The Children’s Museum launched the program in 2004 and expanded over nine years to also include Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in offering greatly reduced admission to families in need throughout the State of Indiana.
Those who don’t qualify for the Access Pass still have the opportunity to visit the museum for FREE on Target Free Family Night. The first Thursday of each month is free to all visitors from 4-8:00 p.m.
To qualify for the Access Pass, families must show proof of current enrollment in a qualifying program by presenting a recent Letter of Eligibility from Hoosier Healthwise or HoosierWorks and an Indiana state-issued photo ID. For more information on enrolling in the Access Pass program and more details on the required documentation please visit childrensmuseum.org/communityinitiatives or call 317-334-4000.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children’s Museum, visit http://www.childrensmuseum.org/, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Facebook.com/childrensmuseum and YouTube.
Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, diners will have the opportunity to enjoy specially designed $30 menus during Northside Nights and Savor the Southside. For 13 days, Sept. 11-23, guests will be able to experience scrumptious steaks, flavorful fish, delectable desserts and more from independent and upscale chains on the north side and south side of Indianapolis.
Participating restaurants on the north side include:
- Bella Vita at the Marina
- Blu Martini
- Chef Mike’s Charcoal Grill
- Cobblestone Grill
- Daddy Jack’s
- Eddie Merlot’s
- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
- Grille 39
- Harry & Izzy’s
- Hellas Cafe
- J. Razzo’s
- Kona Grill
- Kona Jack’s Fish Market & Sushi Bar
- Late Harvest
- MacKenzie River Pizza Co.
- Michael’s Southshore
- Mitchell’s Fish Market
- Oakley’s Bistro
- Ocean Prime
- Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern
- Ruth’s Chris Steak House
- Sahm’s Restaurant and Pub
- Sangiovese Ristorante
- Scotty’s Brewhouse
- Scotty’s Lakehouse
- Seasons 52 Fresh Grill
- Shiraz Cafe
- Stone Creek Dining, Noblesville
- Stone Creek Dining, Zionsville
- Sullivan’s Steakhouse
- The Melting Pot
- Wolfie’s Grill, Carmel
- Wolfie’s Grill, Fishers
Participating restaurants on the south side include:
- Augustino’s Italian Restaurant
- Bravo! Cucina Italiana
- City BBQ
- Hal’s Fabulous Vegas
- Indigo Duck
- LongHorn Steakhouse
- The Melting Pot
- Mucky Duck
- Patriot Grill
- Stone Creek Dining
- Buca di Beppo
- Richard’s Kitchen
- Indigo Duck
- La Trattoria
- Vito Provolone’s
- Scotty’s Brewhouse
A complete list of participating restaurants and corresponding menus is online at northsidenightsindy.com and savorsouthsideindy.com. Updates will also be posted on the Northside Nights Indy and Savor the Southside Facebook pages and via the Twitter handles @northsidenightsindy and @savorsouthside.
For more information, contact the Indiana Restaurant Association at 317-673-4211.
By Susan Decker
On behalf of Chow Down Midtown
Everyone loves a good deal and Chow Down Midtown provides diners with just that. Guests seeking to savor a steak, consume some bar food, enjoy comfort food and much more will soon be able to take advantage of the 2nd annual dining extravaganza from June 11 – 24, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
During the two-week event, guests have the opportunity to dine at more than 20 restaurants in the Broad Ripple area while taking advantage of special $30 menus for one person or up to six people.
Participating restaurants include:
- 10-01 Food & Drink
- Broad Ripple Brewpub
- Broad Ripple Tavern
- Corner Wine Bar
- Fire on the Monon
- JT’s Grille & Bar
- Mama Carolla’s Old Italian Restaurant
- Moe & Johnny’s
- Northside Kitchenette
- Northside Social
- Oh Yumm! Bistro
- Old Pro’s Table
- Parcha Sweets
- The Riviera Club
- Room Four
- Sahm’s Place
- Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.
- Union Jack Pub
Midtown serves as an area with a diverse selection of dining options within the following boundaries: 65th St. to the north, Fall Creek Parkway to the south, Illinois St. to the west and Keystone Ave. to the east.
For a complete list of participating restaurants and menus, visit http://www.chowdownmidtown.com/. Also, updates will be listed on Facebook on the Chow Down Midtown page, http://www.facebook.com/chowdownmidtown, and on Twitter under the handle @chowdownmidtown.
Editor’s Acknowledgment: Somnium Media.