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Children's Activities in Muncie, Indiana

by Sarah Bourque, studioD

Muncie is city in eastern Indiana with a population of about 70,000 residents. Muncie is rich in culture and history, and is home to Ball State University. You don't have to worry about children being able to stay active and entertained in this charming city. From arcade games to museums, Muncie offers something for every youngster.

Indoor Fun

When the weather turns unpleasant, head indoors for some Muncie fun. Escapades Family Fun Center (escapadesfamilyfun.com) offers a huge, three-story play structure where kids can climb through tunnels, shoot down slides and jump around in a ball pit. The fun center also has an arcade and cafe. It also has a quiet room with magazines and Wi-Fi for parents. The Muncie Children's Museum (munciemuseum.com) is an interactive play and learning space with tons to see and do. A few of the exhibits include the wet and fun Water Works exhibit, grown up play Schoolhouse, Post Office, and Marsh Mini Market, and animal-based learning centers, including the Bat Cave, Animal Cave and Veterinarian Corner.

Educational Activities

Muncie is a bit of an Indiana cultural mecca, with about five museums and several art galleries. Minnetrista (minnetrista.net) is a site that offers programs, workshops, exhibits and more than 40 acres of landscaped grounds. Minnetrista is also dedicated to preserving the history of east-central Indiana, with more than 10,000 square feet of backroom space full of artifacts and documents. The National Model Aviation Museum (modelaircraft.org) is a must see for your airplane enthusiast. Your kiddo will marvel at the collection of more than 9,000 model airplanes, engines, building equipment, radio systems and airplane memorabilia.

Outdoor Activities

During warm summer months, head outdoors and explore Muncie. McDoogles Family Fun Park (no website; 2921 E. Jackson, Muncie; 765-744-2893) has go-karts, miniature golf, batting cages and water bumper boats. McCulloch Park (cityofmuncie.com) is Muncie's largest park. Kids will enjoy the playground and the soap box derby track. Fishing and boating are available, along with basketball courts, baseball fields and picnic areas.


Kids will excel and stay engaged when they participate in a special interest class. Cornerstone Center for the Arts (cornerstonearts.org) is a space with classes available in subjects all things artistic, including dance, painting, photography, theater, language arts, music, dance and fitness. The Muncie Sports Plex (munciesportsplex.net) offers tournaments, challenges and leagues in a variety of sports. Children will be awed by 11 soccer fields and five softball diamonds.

About the Author

Sarah Bourque has been a freelance writer since 2006 and is based in the Pacific Northwest. She writes and edits for the local publisher, Pacific Crest Imprint and has written for several online content sites. Her work recently appeared in "The Goldendale Tourism and Economic Development Magazine" and "Sail the Gorge!" magazine. She attended Portland Community College where she studied psychology.

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