Spring Break 2017: Fun Ideas for Families in Wayne County

By KPass | Centerville

Mar 17

Will your family be hanging out in Wayne County IN for Spring Break this year?  The last week in March through the first week in April will be the busiest time for families looking for something fun to do with their kids.  And whether you are looking for a one day or week long experience- you will find something you love here!

Day Camps & Hiking the Great Outdoors

Joseph Moore Museum activities. Picture by Lisa Felsman

Joseph Moore Museum 

Enjoy a tour through the Joseph Moore Museum by one of the Earlham College student guides and meet some dinosaurs and more!  And for extended fun during Spring Break- check this out:

Animal Superpowers! Spring Break Day Camp

Come and be amazed by the skills and strategies animals have perfected in order to survive! Each day we will explore a different environment, from streams and wetlands to gardens and forest, and meet the animals who live there. Find out who can breathe through their skin, make their own food, soar through the skies, see with night vision, and communicate with us! Dress to be outdoors for hikes and games: campers need to bring a water bottle, snacks and a sack lunch.

  • March 27th-31st, 9:00-3:00
  • 1st – 4th grade
  • $115 + $10 for pre/aftercare

Regular hours: 1-5 p.m. M W F  & Open Saturday & Sunday

Nature Center at Hayes Arboretum: even more to explore!

Hayes Arboretum (Richmond IN)

Any time is a good time to hike the trails or drive through Hayes Arboretum with the kids.  For a programmed event to enjoy during Spring Break, you may want to add this to your calendar:

Native American History Hike

3,000 to 1,500 years ago, our region was home to the Adena and Hopewell peoples. Join a naturalist on a hike to explore their culture and visit their ceremonial mounds located on Arboretum property. Dress for the weather and meet at the Nature Center.

  • March 25th, 10am-12pm
  • Members: $3
  • Non-members: $5
  • Children 12 and under are free

One of the wetlands to discover at Cope Environmental Center

Cope Environmental Center (Centerville IN)

Enjoy hiking trails and over bridges at the many acres of Cope Environmental Center. Trailheads are located at the 4910 Shoemaker Rd. entrance and the 1730 Airport Road entrance.   And visit the newly constructed educational center located off of Airport Rd, Centerville, next to two of the property’s wetlands.

If you family enjoys nature, frog ponds, turtles and other animals- a hike at Cope Environmental is a must do for your Spring Break calendar.  Open dawn to dusk every day.

Maps can be found inside the trailheads- hikers are encouraged to return the maps for reuse by future hikers. Cost: Free.

Fun Experiences in Downtown Richmond IN 

A fancy tea at the Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop. Richmond IN

Tin Cup: Tea & Gift Shop

Schedule an afternoon tea or lunch with the kids- during Spring Break!

Bring along your favorite board games and spend some time enjoying the comfy space at the Tin Cup.  Free wifi, plugins and full menu from the Tin Lizzie Cafe.  Hours M-TH 11- 4 |  Friday 11-5:30 p.m.  For tea reservations call 765 962 4441 or stop in to order off a menu for a traditional lunch. 

Oh the colors! Ply Fiber Arts (Downtown Richmond IN)

Ply Fiber Arts

A lovely yarn shop, Ply Fiber Arts also offers classes in knitting for children ages 11 and up with a parent.  Call Sam Purcell to schedule a time to take your creative child in for a lesson during Spring Break.   

Just call a week in advance to set up a class with your budding textiles artist!  Phone: 765 966-5648. Open Tuesday – Saturday.

Veach’s Toy Station

Always a fun adventure with interactive toy stations about the shop.  This is a locally owned and operated toy store on steroids!  Every toy, book, doll or animal your child can imagine can be found in this store that has been in the same family for over 50 years!

Give the kids a little spending money and they will be able to take home a new game, craft or science experiment to keep them busy during their Spring Break.  For a special outing at Veach’s during Spring Break you can enjoy:

Magic!  At Veach’s 

Be entertained by the amazing and magical Tony Truitt at this FREE spring break event hosted by Veach’s. Best enjoyed by kids age 5-95, but everyone is welcome!

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017
  • 2:00 p.m. Cost: Free!

“Bouncing. Running. Climbing. Jumping

Fun at the Reservoir. Richmond IN.

Family FitnessWorks : RecPlex (600 Commerce Road)

Do you anticipate the kids bouncing off the walls over Spring Break? Well here’s a great option!  Let them bounce to their hearts content at the RecPlex.  An indoor fun center which also develops muscle strength and belly laughs.  Jumping into a pit of foam or bouncing on the in- floor trampolines, climbing the walls —literally, or balancing on a beam—so many choices.  Hours of enjoyment and very affordable.  Hours during Spring Break:

SPRING BREAK HOURS (additional)

  • Tuesday, March 28th:  12pm – 4pm
  • Thursday, March 30th:  12pm – 4pm

Regular hours:

  • Friday: 4pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 6pm     
  • Cost: 7.00/child/2 hours

Super Park: Reservoir

Open seven days a week dawn to dusk.  The park also offers cabin and shelter rentals if you are planning a fun cookout with friends and family during Spring Break. You can rent by calling the Richmond Parks Department office.  Picnic tables are also available, so pack a lunch and enjoy eating outdoors!

Children of all ages can enjoy climbing, swinging and running wild at this fun outdoor park. Cost: Free

Glen Miller Park

It may be a little too early for the Splash Pad to be open at Glen Miller Park, but there is still lots to do in the Spring!  Enjoy time at the large playground, walk around the pond and visit the ducks or take a picnic lunch and eat outdoors!  Bring a racket and some tennis balls because-there are also tennis courts available near the playground. 

The park offers a concession stand that is open during the summer season.   At the edge of the park there is also a skate park available. Cost: Free

About the Author

Karole Passmore is a freelance writer who enjoys writing articles and short stories, interviewing local people, and researching non-fiction subject matter– preferably historical. Graduate of RHS, Ivy Tech Richmond, and Earlham College– with a major in History, Karole has spent most of her life in Wayne County and enjoys the quaint atmosphere of a small town.