During the month of May in Indianapolis, kids can get in on the fun adults have all month long during the Indianapolis 500 Festival Kids’ Day celebration. As downtown Indy prepares during May to celebrate the biggest spectacle in racing, the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race (Indy 500) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, plenty of events are organized to commemorate the race, and most of them are family friendly. Kids’ Day, which takes place in mid-May, is all about celebrating kids in Indy. Indiana’s largest free festival for children, it offers prizes, mini-car racing, arts and crafts, and tons of other fun-in-the-sun activities to allow kids to take part in the action of celebrating one of Indy’s biggest sporting events.
This eagerly anticipated celebration takes place on Monument Circle, where the streets are blocked off for the day of activity. Along with games, face painting, clowns, and favorite local mascots, the 500 Festival Kids’ Day boasts the appearance of some very special guests: the 500 Festival Princesses. These lovelies serve as ambassadors of the 500 Festival and reign over the abundance of events leading up to the Indy 500. In addition, there are special performers each year, such as Batman and Robin celebrating the 2009 day’s theme of “Everyday Heroes.”
While this day is all about the kids, there are several other activities that take place in the few weeks leading up to the race where children and adults can party together as they commemorate Indy’s claim to fame in the sporting world. The 500 Festival Community Day is another similar activity designed to allow Indianapolis citizens the thrill of experiencing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s track first-hand. Revelers can take a lap around the track in their very own car! All of these events build up to the two final celebrations the day before the race: the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini-Marathon, the largest half-marathon in the world, and the Indianapolis 500 Festival Parade, another entertaining event that closes down the streets of Indy and has the whole city watching.
For Indianapolis kids, the month of May is every bit as exciting as it is for the adults. And parents, for the rest of the year when there aren’t quite as many organized activities for your children as in action-packed May, The Indianapolis Zoo and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum are a couple of great options for a Saturday of enrichment and fun at the same time. Indianapolis parks are another great warm-weather option, and all year round your kids can get their fill of Indianapolis culture at the Indianapolis Civic Theater, where acting classes are offered for children as young as the age of four.
There’s never a better time for Indy kids to take advantage of all the Circle City has to offer. In the weeks leading up to the Indy 500, when the sun is shining, downtown opens up its streets for everyone who wants to help celebrate racing season in Indiana. So parents, don’t miss out on the opportunity to bring your children to the Indianapolis 500 Festival Kids’ Day, and the other exciting activities that the city offers during the whole month of May.
For more information, including dates and times, check out the official 500 Festival website.