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Spring Break ideas that won’t break the budget

Lots of people, including me, are opting for the “staycation” for Spring Break this year.  But even staying at home can be pricey. Enter Hamilton County, located just north of Indianapolis. From now through April 9, you can find fun and FREE things to do all over the county.

Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve

Thursday, March 31: The Hamilton County Art Center & Birdie Gallery is hosting a free exhibit, “Spring Forward” – perfect theme for Spring Break!

Friday, April 1:
Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve in Fishers has free April Fool’s Family Fun planned from 1-7pm.

April 2: The American Heart Association is hosting a free healthy cooking demonstration at 10am at St. Vincent Heart Center. RSVP here.

April 3: See Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore at the Hamilton 16 IMAX at no cost. Free shows at 9 and 10am today. (Free Movie Sundays through May 1!)

April 4: Get 3 free Bub Holes for with the purchase of an entree at Bub’s Cafe, located on the Monon in the Carmel Arts and Design District. You must present the coupon available here.

April 5: Drop in for free crafts and storytelling at the Carmel Clay Historical Society from 1-3pm.

April 6: Enter to win a Slime of Your Life cruise at Stride Rite Shoes at Clay Terrace. If you win, you could be cruising on a fun Nickelodeon cruise for next Spring Break.

April 7: Trace the Indiana Glass Trail from Hamilton County north to Muncie & south to Columbus.

April 8: Get a free game of bowling when you purchase one at Coopers Stardust Bowl in Noblesville. You must present the coupon available here.

April 9: Second Saturday in the Carmel Arts & Design District starts at 5pm. Check out the great boutiques & galleries in the district and let your inner painter out with a free painting session with Wine and Canvas.

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.