Shelbyville, Indiana, a suburb of Indiana state capital Indianapolis, is a fantastic place to raise children. It is a small, close-knit community that relies on family values to get by. It also doesn’t hurt that the Shelbyville education system is top notch and that there’s a bevy of Shelbyville attractions that will keep Shelbyville children entertained and happy.
Shelbyville parks are some of the most entertaining venues in Shelby County for children. These parks have wide open spaces for Shelbyville sports, brightly colored, intricate playgrounds for children to climb, slide, and jump on, hiking and biking trails for kids to take in the beauty of nature, and a variety of venues for tennis, volleyball, and horseshoes. Shelbyville children also have the benefit of the Carl McNeely Civic Center, in which many Shelbyville events are held. The Civic Center has a massive gym and several private conference rooms.
An important and fun part of the Shelbyville parks system is the Meridian Park Aquatic Center, a massive community pool. Though not really a water park like Splash Island in Plainfield, Indiana, the Meridian Park Aquatic Center has a thrilling water slide and a satisfying concession stand. It’s the perfect place to go during those dog days of summer.
In addition to these facilities, the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department also offers several programs just for the benefit of Shelbyville children. In the spring, kids can go on a city-wide Easter Egg hunt, participate in Teddy Bear Tumblers, a program that makes use of parachutes, obstacle courses, hula hoops, and other fun playthings, socialize and learn with other Shelbyville children in preschool, and compete in organized sports leagues.
In the fall, the city sponsors the Halloween Festival at the Shelby County Fairgrounds just for Shelbyville children. The festival features face painting, hay rides, spooky Halloween music, and, of course, candy. Shelbyville sports nuts can also sign their child up for Punt, Pass, and Kick, an NFL sponsored showcase of kid’s football skills. The winner even gets to take the field at halftime during an Indianapolis Colts game at Lucas Oil Stadium!
During the summer, parents can ship their child off to one of Shelbyville’s summer day camps. Shelbyville’s Adventure Camp features speakers, field trips, games, crafts, and more, while Camp Parks participants get to swim, make cool crafts, and experience other traditional camp goodies. Everybody wins with Shelby County day camps: Shelbyville children get to run around, make cool stuff, and see the town, and parents get a whole day to themselves.
The Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department has a ton more activities for Shelbyville children besides just the ones listed above. The city also sponsors a Reading Adventures in the Park series, classes in lifeguarding, volleyball, swimming, dodgeball, tennis, and golf, play dates, birthday parties, and much much more. It’s clear that this small Indiana town knows how to treat its children and parents right.
The local Blue River Bowl is a state of the art family bowling center that offers league play for bowlers of all ages. Indiana Downs, another Shelbyville attraction that some might presume is strictly for adults, has a great playground area and restaurant in its Family Pavilion.
Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department
945 S Tompkins St
Shelbyville, IN 46176
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