Will your family be staying in (or visiting) Indiana for spring break this year? You don't have to travel far to find spring break fun for the whole family, and no matter when your school's spring break falls on the calendar, there are some great experiences just waiting for you and your kids here in Morgan County.
Below, we've listed six great things you can do this spring - one of them will surely appeal to your family, so make sure you take the time to get away from work, enjoy spring break and have some serious family fun. Don't forget to check our event calendar as well, for upcoming events like Garden Fest and the Martinsville Train Show!
Take a Sweet Road Trip:
Do your kids have a serious sweet tooth? Indulge them (just this once) with a visit to Hunter’s Honey Farm and the Martinsville Candy Kitchen. These two long-time Morgan County traditions are sure to delight kids of all ages. Let the experts at Hunter’s Honey Farm show you how bees make honey and how that gooey golden sweetness is bottled so you can snack on it. You can even bottle your own honey bear bottle or make a beeswax candle! (Call ahead to schedule a tour.) Follow that up with candy and ice cream – both are available, along with awesome vanilla Cokes and root beer floats, at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen. If you need some real food to go along with all that sweetness, try Come N' Git It Diner or JK's Cheesecake Cafe, both located on the downtown Martinsville square.
Enjoy the Outdoors:
Grab the kids and head for someplace that’s far enough away from the city you can hear (and see) the birds sing. Burkhart Creek Park features paved and gravel surface trails, on both flat and hilly terrain…. and creek access, too! (Be sure to bring the rain boots.) After all that outdoor adventure, you’ll all be ready for some amazingly good pizza and breadsticks form Tomato Pie Pizza Joint in Paragon! Additional trails can be found at Morgan-Monroe State Forest, Jimmy Nash City Park in Martinsville and Pioneer Park in Mooresville.
Shoot for the Stars:
Discover the night skies at Link Observatory Space Science Institute! The observatory hosts a multi-media presentation on topics related to space exploration each month at the Mooresville Public Library. The date for this month's program is March 18. The presentation will be given at 7 and 9 pm, with night sky viewing afterward at the observatory. Shuttles are available from the library to the observatory and back. Trust us - it's much more convenient to take the shuttle. The observatory's parking area is small and this way you have time to talk to your kids about what they've just experienced! Be sure to grab an early dinner before the program - it takes a lot of energy to keep up with the stars. We recommend Ralph & Ava's Cafe, Zydeco's Cajun or Gray's Cafeteria. If you can't make it on the 18th, stop in on March 9th to explore the observatory in the daylight, from 9 am to 3 pm. Daffodils are beginning to bloom in Morgan County as well, so you may see some of Helen Link's prized blossoms while you're there!
Get some Art Therapy:
Got artistic kids? Call Art Beyond Crayons (317-403-7147) in Morgantown and schedule a fun play date with artistic flair for the entire family! The owner is a former elementary school art teacher so she can customize your experience to specific ages and interests. After exercising your artistic nature, head over to Kathy’s Café to exercise your appetite with some fresh baked pie (and other traditional small-town diner fare).
Make a Four-Legged Friend:
Got a kid who’s horse-crazy? Grandpa Jeff’s Trail Rides has the cure – or maybe it’ll make it worse… but either way, you’ll all have fun! It’s the perfect time to be out looking for signs of spring, and the wooded scenery along the trail is beautiful! Call for pricing and to reserve a specific time – Grandpa Jeff is a pro at working with visitors to create the perfect ride for your family or group.
Hit the Links:
If your family is filled with golfing fans, we’ve got a perfect afternoon of family fun on the links just waiting for you! Each of the area’s four golf courses offer beautiful, rolling terrain and great playability for a relaxing round of golf. The well-known Martinsville Golf Club and one of the Indianapolis area’s best kept secrets, and Foxcliff Golf Club, are located just north of Martinsville. Eagle Pines Golf Club is just south of Mooresville and Heartland Crossing is just north of Mooresville.
Celebrate Opening Weekend:
Enjoy an old-fashioned trip to the drive-in, with two great movies and excellent concessions! Okay, so maybe your spring break is before opening weekend, but you don’t really need to be on break to celebrate one of the most iconic signs of springtime – the Centerbrook Drive-in Theater will open for the 2017 season on March 7. They will be showing one of the most anticipated movies of the season, Disney's Beauty and the Beast! Also new at the drive-in this year, even more video games in the concessions building to keep you busy before (and between) movies!
We look forward to seeing you in Morgan County this spring break season! Be sure to contact us if you need personalized recommendations on what to do, where to eat and lodging options while you're in the area. We're always here to help!
(Originally posted 3/2016 - updated 3/2017)