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Evansville, IN Children's Activities

by Rose Welton, studioD

Evansville, Indiana is located on the Ohio River and had a population of 117,429, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Although Evansville is home to a riverboat casino and a lot of Indiana’s cultural attractions, it also has a variety of options, ranging from educational to athletic, for the kids.

Physical Activity

The kids will likely enjoy visiting Midget Links Golf, an area staple since 1947. Obstacles in this miniature golf course include drawbridges, waterfalls and windmills. There's also a 1,500-gallon aquarium in the middle of the course that's usually a hit with kids. Midget Links Golf also offers Hawaiian shaved ice in the concessions pavilion. Meanwhile, Pump It Up provides large inflatables on which kids can bounce, jump and climb. Pump It Up offers private parties and open events throughout the year.

Food and Games

Kids of all ages can visit GattiTown for an indoor adventure that includes Route 66 mini bowling, skeeball, Frog Hopper and other games in the arcade, many of which offer chances to win prizes. There are also bumper cars, a dinner theater, sports park and a buffet that includes pizza, salad, pasta and desserts. GattiTown offers birthday party packages as well. At KIPPLEE's Party House, kids and adults can enjoy the daily lunch buffet and take advantage of the extensive arcade and prize redemption center.


Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Garden covers 50 acres. The zoo has its animals grouped by region, so kids can enjoy viewing more than 700 animals from regions such as Australia, Asia and North America. There's also AMAZONIA, an indoor rainforest exhibit. The botanicals in the garden areas give kids a chance to learn about all types of plants, from spring bulbs to exotic tropicals -- and also help the wildlife feel at home. You might also want to take the kids to Burdette Park for the day. Here, they can play miniature golf, splash up a storm in the aquatic center, which has a spray park and waterslides, have fun in the playgrounds and fish in the scenic lakes.


The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville covers 18,000 square feet and is chock full of exhibits, galleries and programs. Here, kids have an opportunity to dig for dinosaur bones, play at a pretend bank, get wet at the Wet Deck, and view exhibits such as the Mark Twain talking head and a historical dollhouse. There's also a family dining room on the third floor. Just a few minutes away is the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library, which offers weekly opportunities for kids of all ages to enjoy crafts, reading programs and board games.

About the Author

Rose Welton is a journalism major and a freelance writer. Her education is focused on nutrition and early childhood studies, making her an expert when it comes to writing about health and children's growth and development. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on various topics for online publications and has also worked on an Internet news team.

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