Broad Ripple Village, one of Indianapolis’ most popular cultural districts, is a lot of things to a lot of people. This weekend, the focus is on all of the family-friendly businesses and activities located in this part of the city. From Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, Kids Take Over Broad Ripple will feature the best Broad Ripple offers.
We attended the event last year, and had a great time checking in with assorted businesses. Passport in hand, we collected stamps at various stops. That evening my daughter took part in a kids yoga class, made art on the Rainbow Bridge, did an experiment with a local Girl Scout troop and more. She enjoyed a free scoop of ice cream at Brics, and we stopped into several shops I didn’t even know were there.
This year, in addition to the passport activity, there are special events throughout the weekend. Check out the kids talent showcase at Sabbatical, the Wacky Olympics at Broad Ripple High School, and the Block Party at the Rainbow Bridge.
This year community sponsors include Wide Lens Wellness, Broad Ripple Village Association, Community Health Network, Kroger, Half-Baked Pottery, Brics (pictured above), Indy CD and Vinyl (pictured above) and Nicey Treats. A wide range of activities is planned over the course of three days, so you may want to pencil in some time each day to see what’s happening.
The event is free, and the first 50 families who register get a Kids Take Over starter kit. After registering on Eventbrite, participants will be emailed more instructions before the event begins. Families will receive their passports at a designated check-in point and then they will be free to roam to collect the stamps at Discovery Sites detailed on the passport. If you go:
- Register online- you’ll need to register to get the Passport for the weekend.
- Wear walking shoes- activities take place from Broad Ripple High School all the way to College Ave. It’s a hike.
- Wheels will help kids last longer- strollers for young ones, a bike or a scooter for older ones
- Bring water- several businesses have complimentary snacks and drinks, but even so, a water bottle is a good idea
For more information and to register, visit: www.kidstakeover2014.eventbrite.com