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Spring Broke for Spring Break? Visit Indianapolis!

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Brittany Smith
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Forget the over-planned, over-priced and overly-stressful traditional vacations and enjoy a vacation Downtown. You can still find plenty to do without breaking the bank!

Let your little animals run wild at the Indianapolis Zoo! Be transported from the desert to the African tundra all in one day amidst the Zoo’s nearly 70 acres of animal biomes. Peel off your winter layers and stretch your legs at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park. 100 Acres includes woodlands to explore, meadows perfect for a picnic or game of Frisbee and a 35-acre lake! The Indiana State Museum invites you to race your derby car on the tallest, longest and fastest two-story, 126-foot Pinewood Derby track March 27 – April 1. The official race is March 31. Clown around at the Indiana History Center on Circus Day March 31 (see photo above). Admission is FREE and game and refreshment tickets are 50 cents each. Be entertained by live performances, including acrobats and animals along with carnival games and activities like face painting.  Have a budding fashionista? Stroll the shops of Mass Ave, Fountain Square and Circle Centre for the trendiest styles!

Kid-friendly dining options:

Scotty’s Brewhouse – Kids eat FREE every Tuesday & Sunday
California Pizza Kitchen – Award-winning CPKids Menu is a popular favorite with children
Indianapolis City Market– Affordable options with vendors catering to all palettes!

For more options, visit www.indydt.com/search.cfm?menu=restaurant&lm=vd

Stimulating new exhibits

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art will get your motor running with the Steel Ponies exhibit. The exhibit features more than 20 motorcycles including Evel Knievel’s bike he used in many of his famous jumps. LEGO® TRAVEL ADVENTURE invites families to use LEGO® bricks as a vehicle for imagination at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Uncover past secrets of a newly-born country through an Indiana lens at the Science on the Edge: Radical Innovation in New Harmony exhibit, which just opened at the Indiana State Museum last Saturday, March 24.

The show must go on

Experience Indiana’s largest movie screen for the most engaging movie experience ever at the IMAX Theater. Check out the two new IMAX 3D films now playing: Rescue 3D through May 22 and Tornado Alley 3D through May 24.

Free kicks

For a complete calendar of events, a Downtown parking map and hotel and travel information call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317-237-2222 or visit www.indydt.com.

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