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Saturday, December 1, 2018

5 Indoor Activities to Experience this Winter

Categories: Family Fun, General

Whether it's raining (or snowing) and you're looking for things to do or you just want to try something
different, there's plenty of fun to be had indoors in Bloomington.



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Craving popcorn and a movie? Check out what's on the big screen at the IU Cinema or the movie theater at the Indiana Memorial Union this winter. Movie and a drink sound even better? The Buskirk-Chumley Theater's concession stand has Upland Brewing Company beer on tap, cocktails from Cardinal Spirits, and wine from Oliver Winery. They even have delicious cookies from Blu Boy Chocolate Cafe and Cakery. Upcoming movie show times can be found here.


Do Outdoor Activities...Indoors


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Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can't do outdoor activities...indoors. Hoosier Heights is the go-to spot for indoor climbing. Grab a day pass or take a class and climb to your heart's desire. For simpler routes and no equipment, check out the IU Outdoor Adventures bouldering wall. 


Winner Takes All

Plan to meet up with your pals for a night of video games and beer at The Cade, Bloomington's first arcade bar. Once you've used all your quarters, head upstairs to The Vid for a game of pool, darts, or pop-a-shot.  And if that's not enough, make your way to The Atlas Ballroom for skeeball and shuffleboard. Want to hit a few more legendary dive bars? Check out this list.


Exercise your Brain

Challenge yourself to solve the clues and break free in 60 minutes at one of three local escape rooms or play trivia at The Tap.  If puzzles are more your fancy visit the Lilly Library's Slocum Puzzle Room and get hands-on with the dozen or so brain teasers on display. Love science? Head to Wonderlab to see their giant xylo pipes and bubble-airium.


Glow Golf, Bowling, Laserlite, Rollerskating

What is life without the gentle glow of black lights and rented bowling shoes?  The nostalgia of visiting the bowling alley or roller rink is reason enough to get some indoor exercise. Check out Classic Lanes or the bowling lanes inside the Indiana Memorial Union. If skating is more your thing then head to Western Skateland. If you would prefer to keep your own shoes on, Laser Lite is a fun place to play arcade games and challenge your friends to a friendly game of laser tag. Practice your short game and get your glow on at Glow Golf in College Mall. 


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Erin White

Erin White

Erin is the Director of Leisure Marketing & Media for Visit Bloomington.