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Fall Break Indianapolis Style

#Indianapolis – As area school calendar’s become more balanced, fall break has gotten longer over the years. Some area schools have only two days for break, but many release for a week or longer. What’s a family to do? There are 101 ways to celebrate fall around central Indiana- here are a handful to get you started. 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch- there are pumpkin patches within the 465 loop like Waterman’s Market. A day at Waterman’s will include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, watching a pumpkin-eating dinosaur, and other fun activities. There are also pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes and more in outlying towns. 

conner-prairie-1Have an encounter with the Headless Horseman- On Thursdays through Sunday in October, enjoy an evening at Conner Prairie. This annual fall event includes a hayride where you will encounter the Headless Horseman, a puppet show, Halloween karaoke, and so much more. Earlier hayrides are less scary and appropriate for younger kids, as the night gets darker, the hayrides get scarier.

Check out more than a book at your local library– Area libraries have beefed up programming in anticipation of fall break. The Indianapolis Public Library including a “Spooktacular Movie” series, STEM activities, martial arts classes and so much more. See what’s happening at a branch near you.

 See the Terra Cotta Warriors before they leave- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has had a special set of visitors this year. An exhibit of Terra Cotta Warriors has been on display since late spring. The museum is the exhibit’s only stop in North America for 2014, and they will be on display through November 2, 2014. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

TCM-Creepy-Carnival-Haunted-House-3While you’re at the Children’s Museum, take in the Children’s Museum Guild’s annual Haunted House. This haunted house is consistently rated one of the best in the country. With friendly and scary hours, it’s something everyone can experience.

Take a Halloween hike- Pre-register for Hauntless Halloween hikes that take place at Holliday Park. Hikes happen on the evenings of October 16, 17 and 18. Hike the beautiful trails of Holliday Park, visit with woodland creatures, and enjoy company around the campfire. Other Indy Parks will also be aglow with fall foliage- visit anyone of them for collecting unique leaves and enjoying the fall air!