Bloomington offers an incredible assortment of outdoor activities for families, but sometimes the weather has other plans in store. When it's cold, rainy, or just too hot, take the kids to have a ball at one of these great indoor attractions.

Frank Southern Ice Arena

Three girls ice skating at Frank Southern Ice Arena
Photo by Matthieu Picard

From October through March, you can rent a pair of ice skates and glide across the rink at the Frank Southern Ice Arena. After the kids have gotten out all of their energy, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at the nearby Soma Coffee House & Juice Bar!

Hoosier Heights

Person clicking the rock wall at Hoosier Heights

Challenge the family to a day of extreme sports at Hoosier Heights — the indoor rock climbing facility offers climbing experiences for all skill levels. Visitors will enjoy free climbing and clinics for new climbers, depending on the previously established skill level or lack thereof.

IMU Bowling & Billiards

Bowling lanes at IMU Bowling & Billiards

The Indiana Memorial Union is the perfect spot for a day of indoor games. IMU Bowling & Billiards features a 12-lane bowling alley, nine billiards tables, a snooker table, several pinball machines, electronic darts, table tennis, and Xbox One consoles. You do not have to be an IU student to join in on the fun! Grab a bite to eat from one of the restaurants inside the Union if you or the kids get hungry.


Arcade area in LaserLite
Photo by LaserLite

Another great option for a day of inclement weather, LaserLite is Bloomington's sole laser tag venue. In addition to laser tag, they also offer the largest arcade in the area, with games like air hockey, Fruit Ninja, Guitar Hero, and more. If your kids are big on arcades and interactive games, LaserLite is a must on your agenda! 

The Pottery House Studio

A family with a toddler and small child painting pottery at The Pottery House Studio
Photo by The Pottery House Studio

Artsy kids and families will love a visit to The Pottery House Studio. Choose from a large assortment of clay pottery items (cups, figurines, vases, piggy banks, etc.), select your glazes, then get to painting! You'll treasure your painted creations for years to come.

Urban Air Adventure Park

The girls navigating an elevated obstacle course at Urban Air
Photo by Rachel Hawkins

Take the kids to burn off some energy by jumping around at Urban Air Adventure Park! The indoor trampoline park features tons of trampolines, a Ninja Warrior course & Wipeout course, climbing walls, a slam dunk zone, and more. Feeling hungry after jumping? Head across the parking lot to El Ranchero for a delicious Mexican meal. 

Western Skateland

People skating on the disco-lit floor of Western Skateland

There's nothing quite like lacing up a pair of roller skates and cruising around the floor while jamming along with some great music, no matter how old you are. Western Skateland offers open skate in the evening on Thursday through Saturday.


Two little boys exploring a bed of nails exhibit at WonderLab Museum
Photo by WonderLab Museum

WonderLab Museum is an award-winning children's museum that strives to cultivate excitement and curiosity for science through interactive exhibits & programs. There's much to be explored at WonderLab, including the Fitzgerald Hall of Natural Science, which showcases live insects, amphibians, and reptiles in their natural habitats, the Bubble Flow exhibits for exploring "soapy science," and much more. It's one of the top attractions for families in Bloomington, and one of the few children's museums in Southern Indiana.

Yogi's Side Bar

The "Side Bar" game room at Yogi's
Photo by Yogi's Bar & Grill

Local-favorite bar & grill, Yogi's, offers more than just great burgers and late-night bites! The restaurant has a variety of fun games, including darts, pool, foosball, shuffleboard, board games, and more, in their Side Bar. Pop in for lunch during your visit, and escape the undesirable weather by playing a few games before or after your meal.

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