When the weather cooperates, people who live in Terre Haute find plenty of things to do outdoors. We have great parks, trails, and outdoor play areas! But when it’s too cold, snowy, rainy, or hot to stay outside, families sometimes have trouble finding good indoor entertainment options. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best indoor places to play and indoor entertainment options for the Terre Haute area! Check out these local favorites.
1.) Put on your skates and take a trip to Terre Haute Skate World or the Wigwam Skate Rink.
2.) Get your bounce on at Bouncin’ Barn or Strikerz Play Land.
3.) Bowl a few games at Vigo Bowl or Terre Haute Bowling Center.
4.) Use our Active Classes and Sports Guide to find the perfect tumbling, soccer, martial arts, or swimming class or team.
5.) Why buy expensive Lego kits when you can use the Bricks for Kidz inventory to put together some amazing brick creations? In 2018, Bricks 4 Kidz will be more mobile. You can find their activities at special museum and library events!
6.) Let the kids play while you eat at Chick Fil A Terre Haute. Families are encouraged to join the CFA team for family night and special events throughout the year.
7) Clabber Girl is definitely a Terre Haute treasure. Not only is it a great local place for breakfast or lunch, but the attached historical museum is free! Our girls love to (carefully) pretend in the grocery store and saloon.
8) Barnes and Noble at ISU has a small coloring table and bean bag chairs for kids to lounge in while you browse. They also host seasonal events for kids.
9) Once Upon a Child has special kids’ activities throughout the year. Whenever possible, we include this info in our seasonal calendars.
10.) Keep active at the Vigo County YMCA. Children can hang out in Child Watch, join a class, or spend some time splashing with their parents in the pool during open swim times.
11) For a more somber outing, pay a visit to Indiana’s only Holocaust museum (CANDLES), which is located right here in Terre Haute.
12.) Climb a tree, spy on hissing cockroaches, put on a puppet show, shop at the grocery store, drive a racecar, or splash in the water table at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. You can read why we’re devoted members of the museum in this review (spoiler alert: your Terre Haute membership gives you access to hundreds of other museums all over the country for FREE!). Also, parents with young kiddos should definitely check out Tot Time.
13.) Take a field trip to Atlantis Aquatic Gardens (1550 N 13th St. in Terre Haute, IN 47804). Atlantis is not just a store–it’s also an interesting place to wander around and look at animals. Fan favorites include the bearded dragon, fish (that you can feed), birds, a mountain lion, an alligator, and a giant tortoise.
14.) Need a low-energy activity? Watch a movie at the beautiful Indiana theater or take in a live event through the ISU Performing Arts Series, Rose Hulman Hatfield Hall, Terre Haute Community Theater, or Children’s Theater of Terre Haute.
15.) The Vigo County Public Library remodeled its Youth Services area in 2015. You can read more about this fantastic space HERE.
16.) Watch a wrestling match with New Wave Pro.
17.) The theme (breakfast food) always seems to surprise newcomers, but the Honey Creek Mall play place is a classic place to take the kids to play.
18.) A relatively new business in town is The Hitting Zone, which offers training for speed, agility, football, cheerleading, soccer, hitting, and pitching.
19.) Although it might be a stretch to call it “entertainment,” my young kids like to join the mall walkers at Meadows Shopping Center. This smaller, indoor mall has long hallways that are great for burning off some energy. Bonus: the mall is working hard to attract families with special events such as trick or treating and visits with Santa.
20.) Errands are more complicated when you’re shopping with kids, and I’d be lying if I said the mention of “running errands” at our house didn’t usually results in whining or fits. However, our kids look forward to visiting the chicks and bunnies at Rural King (in the spring and summer), riding the penny horse at Meijer, and looking at the puppies and cats at Petland and PetSmart.
21) From May through October, you can take a virtual trip through the Wabash Valley Railroad Museum.
22) Take a field trip to the Dobbs Park Nature Center. This nature center is a Terre Haute icon. You can watch birds out the window, put together a puzzle, or spend some time hanging out in front of the reptile and fish aquariums. For a very small fee, you can also gather a group of friends for class taught by the nature experts.
23.) Relive history by visiting the Vigo County Historical Museum.
24) Don’t let the fact that the Swope is an art museum keep you from bringing the kids to this local treasure. This museum (admission is free–although donations are accepted/encouraged) is open to the public. On Tuesday afternoons, they offer free classes called “Art Start” for toddlers and preschoolers.
25.) “Escape Terre Haute” is an escape room that opened in 2017! We made it out with 58 seconds to spare!
26.) During our recent visit to French Lick (read about it HERE), our young girls (ages 4 and 6) had a blast playing laser tag. As it turns out, there’s a laser tag facility (X-Treme Laser Tag) in Terre Haute, too!
27.) Bogey’s Family Fun Center has go-karts, an arcade, batting cages, play land, and mini golf.
28.) Up for a swim? Take a dip (and have a scoop) at Yogi’s i Cafe & Funzone in Brazil.
29.) Accushot Virtual Reality is one of the most recent additions to the world of Terre Haute entertainment. They are a small, family-owned business that brings to life the exciting world of Virtual Reality Theme Parks to the community. They are open Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday by appointment only OR for special Holiday/school break hours.
So tell us, what’s your favorite? If we accidentally left out an indoor, family-friendly business that you love, let us know so we can fix our mistake!