Find Affordable Family Fun in Indianapolis

Posted April 16, 2009 by Kate Hamman

IN-Indy-CholdrensMuseum-DEF With a museum devoted to education through entertainment, a hotel with a built-in water park, and a restaurant that serves breakfast all day, Indianapolis is the perfect place for a family getaway that won't break the piggy bank.

The Children's Museum: With 11 galleries displaying exhibits and "hands-on" learning stations, a visit to the Children's Museum is an outing the whole family can enjoy. Here, kids get to walk in the land of dinosaurs, travel through space, become a mad scientist, and hear tales of other inspirational children. Adults will be amazed by the permanent display of Dale Chihuly's 43-foot tall blown-glass tower sculpture. Tickets cost $14.50 for adults and $9.50 for kids, but admission is free for families the first Thursday of every month from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Holiday Inn North: Now, families can literally play and stay under one roof at Holiday Inn. Adults and kids delight in Caribbean Cove, a 50,000 square-foot indoor water park attached to the hotel. Rooms start at $179 per night, and include admission for up to five guests to the water park. The Children's Museum also offers a package deal that includes one night's stay at the Holiday Inn, four tickets to the museum, and admission to the park starting at $209.

Cafe Patachou: Ever since it whipped its first eggs into an omelet, locals have equated Cafe Patachou with fresh and savory breakfasts. Now, with four locations in the city to choose from, you can snack on morning items—including the daily free-range omelet and the cafe's homemade granola—all day long. The restaurant also serves a range of sandwiches and salads. Breakfast items start at $7.25.

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