October Events at Garfield Park: Fun, Affordable, and Educational

Everybody knows that Garfield Park and the Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens are a popular spot in Indianapolis year round. This Indianapolis park contains all sorts of examples of natural beauty, from Indiana and beyond. The park itself, located conveniently in downtown Indianapolis, is the oldest Indianapolis park and features 128 acres of Indianapolis things to do. The Sunken Gardens are even more spectacular, containing tropical flowers, waterfalls, and other exotic sights to see and things to do.

But Garfield Park is also an incredibly active place for Indianapolis events, offering up plenty of good times for Indianapolis children and adults alike. For a few weekends out of each month, something special is going on at Garfield Park; participants can learn about a specific type of wildlife present at the park (in September it was insects), learn a craft or skill like herb growing and flower pressing, take a guided tour of the grounds, or take part in special celebrations that can be a lot of fun for everyone.

October is no different: there are a slew of Indianapolis events taking place at Garfield Park and its Conservatory over the spookiest month of the year, and can help you choose which ones you’d like to attend. First up is yet another Family Nature Day, allowing Indy residents and their children to learn a little something about the world of green all around them. October’s Family Nature Day spotlight is firmly trained on bats, a fitting animal for Halloween. Largely misunderstood as dangerous and malevolent, bats actually play an important part in the food chain, aiding humans by eating pest insects and creating their very own breed of fertilizer, guano. Participants in the October Family Nature Day will make a bat themed craft, learn more about the habits and habitats of bats, and maybe even see some living examples of the nocturnal flier. Family Nature Day: Bats takes place on Saturday, October 9 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., and it only costs $1.

After Family Nature Day, guests to Garfield Park can learn about another not so frightening breed of Indiana life: carnivorous plants. These hungry flora are usually associated with tropical rain forests and other exotic locales, but many species of carnivorous plant can also be found right here in the Hoosier State. Plants that Bite Back is an event at Garfield Park that’ll introduce you and your kids to some of the coolest green things on the face of the planet. Like Family Nature Day, kids are invited to this event to make a cool carnivorous plant themed craft to take home. Participants will also learn more about the many species of carnivorous plants while seeing a few in action right in Garfield Park. Plants that Bite Back takes place on Sunday, October 17 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. and is just $3: yet another affordable and fun October event at Garfield Park.

The final October event at Garfield Park is certainly the biggest, an enormous celebration of All Hallows Eve called Ghoulish Garfield. The park will be decked out in the spookiest of fall attire, luring children and their parents in for a frightfully good time. Three stations spread around Garfield Park will allow for tons of fun activities, from “goblin games” and delicious vittles at the Burrello Family Center to a tour of the chilling Haunted Conservatory. There will also be crafts at the Garfield Park Arts Center; maybe your child can make some creepy Indianapolis art? A hayride (a must for fall fun) will take visitors from station to station. The hayride is just $2 and admission to the Haunted Conservatory is only $1; all the other Indianapolis attractions at Ghoulish Garfield are free, with no registration required. Ghoulish Garfield will take place on October 29 and October 30 from 7:00 to 9:00, a perfect pre-Halloween bash!

If you’re looking for something fun, cheap, and educational for you and your family to do in Indianapolis this October, take a look at the smattering of October events at Garfield Park. Family Nature Day: Bats will focus on the misunderstood flying figures of nightmare on October 9; Plants that Bite Back will introduce kids to many varieties of meat loving flora, both in Indiana and beyond, on October 17; and the finale, Ghoulish Garfield, will bring hayrides, crafts, and a spooky Garfield Park Conservatory to the Circle City on October 29 and 30. Attend one, two, or all of these fun Indianapolis events to see why Garfield Park is one of the best Indianapolis parks!

Garfield Park October Events
October 9 – Family Nature Day: Bats
October 17 – Plants That Bite Back
October 29 and 30 – Ghoulish Garfield

Garfield Park Conservatory
2505 Conservatory Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46203

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