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🍝 “When you’re here, you’re family”
Inside the Pizza King with trains for booths
Did you know Pizza King’s flavor changes, depending on what part of the state you’re in? | Photo via @theevanroberts
Kids got you scrambling for a brunch spot that’s family-friendly? Looking for a place that can accommodate the little ones + keep them busy with coloring books?

We’ve rounded up a few spots for every meal + a couple of places that are typically reserved for adults.

Breakfast/brunch

Happy Days Family Pancake House | 2126 S. Sherman Dr. | Take the crew out on a Thursday + you might catch classic cars cruising in.

Good Morning Mama’s Cafe | 1001 E. 54th St. | Stop in after a Monon bike ride — kids’ breakfast items range from $3-$4.

Lincoln Square Pancake House | Various locations | The local chain serves breakfast all day, in case you need a morning to sleep in.

Lunch

Pizza King Station | 8100 E. US Hwy. 36, Avon | Place your order via intercom, get your drinks from the miniature train + pay a quarter for TV time.

Baby’s | 2147 N. Talbott St. | The kids’ menu offers up mini burgers + a fun-sized side and the parents can get a boozy milkshake.

Trader’s Point Creamery | 9101 Moore Rd., Zionsville | The kiddos will remember stopping by the dairy bar + farm store.

Exterior of Just Pop In!

The modern farmhouse building is decked out on the inside.

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Photo by INDYtoday team

Dinner

The Old Spaghetti Factory | 210 S. Meridian St. | It’s not every day that you find a life-sized train parked inside a restaurant.

Just Pop In! | 6406 Cornell Ave. | For $8, kids can eat fluffer nutters + pasta before you grab some popcorn to go.

Ford’s Garage | 13193 Levinson Ln. #100, Noblesville | The children can marvel at classic cars hanging from the ceiling while they fill up on grilled cheese.

Breweries/Bars

Field Brewing | 303 E. Main St., Westfield | All ages are welcome — adults have their choice of beer, cocktails + espresso beverages.

Half Liter Beer & BBQ Hall | 5301 Winthrop Ave., Ste. B | The kids will love eating outside in the dog-friendly beer garden.

St. Joseph Brewery and Public House | 540 N. College Ave. | You can get a charcuterie board + brew while the children admire the transformed church atmosphere.
 
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Events
 

Thursday, May 25
  • Nitro Extreme | Thursday, May 25-Monday, May 29 | Times vary | Greenwood Park Mall, 1521 US Hwy. 31 N., Greenwood | $30-$45 | Watch an unpredictable whirlwind show, featuring adrenaline rushing elements, speed, wheelies, obstacles, burning rubber, and fire stunts.
Friday, May 26
  • Woodruff Place Fountain Frenzy | Friday, May 26 | 5-8 p.m. | Woodruff Place Town Hall, 735 Woodruff Pl. East Dr., Indianapolis | Cost of purchase | Pluck a duck with your fundraising ticket + enjoy food and beverages from Centerpoint Brewing to restore the Goose Girl Fountain.
Saturday, May 27
  • Firestone Legends Day Concert Featuring Brad Paisley | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park, 801 W. Washington St., Indianapolis | $49.50-$149.50 | Get revved up for the race at this country concert with guest performances by Russell Dickerson + Jackson Dean.
Sunday, May 28
  • Yoga & Beer | Sunday, May 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Daredevil Hall, 2721 E. 86th St., Indianapolis | $25 | Find your flow at this beginner-friendly yoga class followed by a pint of beer.
Monday, May 29
  • Toledo Mud Hens vs. Indianapolis Indians | Monday, May 29-Sunday, Sept. 10 | 6:05 p.m. | Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | $12-$85 | To honor those who died while serving, the team will wear camo jerseys that will be auctioned off until the end of the seventh inning to benefit Indianapolis Indians Charities.
Tuesday, May 30
  • Live Music Tuesdays | Tuesday, May 30-Tuesday, June 27 | 5-7 p.m. | Circle Centre Mall Dining Pavilion, 49 W. Maryland St., Indianapolis | Free | Wind down with colleagues + grab a bite to eat after work or bring the whole family for a family-friendly evening of live local music.
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News Notes
 
Development
  • A surface parking lot downtown could be redeveloped into apartments + retail space soon. Next door Sunoco’s operator Mohammed Hanif plans to spend ~$8 million for the project at 419 E. Ohio St. A former law office building on that corner would also be torn down as part of the project. (IBJ)
  • Conner Prairie is looking to expand into Carmel and asked to rezone 200 acres this week. The living history museum wants to build a restaurant, lodge hotel, education center, cabins, farm, and trails in the area south of 146th Street between Allisonville Road + River Road. Tweaks will be made before final approval. (WISH)
Traffic
  • Public meetings for US 30 + US 31 in northern Indiana are set to take place to study the transportation needs and identify improvements for Hoosier drivers. A total of 180 miles of highway will be discussed and there will be seven opportunities to learn more. See when + where they’ll be hosted. (Inside Indiana Business)
Community
  • Traffic from Bottleworks, Mass Ave. + recent construction has Chatham Arch residents struggling to find parking spots outside their own homes. Because its street parking isn’t metered, it’s become a popular option for those shopping or eating in the area. It’s encouraged for drivers to park in a lot if they can. (WRTV)
List
  • It’s the list you didn’t know you needed. The Indiana Dairy Association rounded up the milk choices of every driver competing in this year’s Indianapolis 500. The vast majority chose whole milk, while only three selected 2% and two chose skim. Learn more about why milk is such a tradition at the 500. (WTHR)
Shop
  • Stuck on what to wear to the race this Saturday? IndyStar put together a list of recommendations, including light clothing, classic jorts, and an outfit that can withstand the dirt of the Snake Pit. Plan your fit. (IndyStar)
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Wellness
  • Pop quiz: What’s the body’s most abundant protein? The answer: Collagen. NativePath’s Certified Grass-Fed Collagen Powder is made from grass-fed, pasture-raised cows and contains 18 grams of protein per serving. Start incorporating it daily to support skin elasticity, joint health, bone strength, and muscle growth and maintenance.*
 
Family
 
🦋 Enter the zoo in a whole new way
Outside the Hilbert Conservatory at the Indianapolis Zoo
The gardens will be in full-bloom when you step inside the new entry this weekend. | Photo by INDYtoday team
The Indianapolis Zoo will be opening its newly renovated doors to the public for the first time this Saturday, May 27.

Now, you’ll enter the colorful White River Gardens as soon as you walk through the gates, with greetings from “Wild Encounter” animal ambassadors like Colt the blue macaw, Chris the 35-year-old tortoise, and a sleepy sloth.

After that, you can choose to stroll through the Hilbert Conservatory and wait for butterflies to land on you or walk into the next area, where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn about the zoo’s conservation efforts + become immersed in a 360-degree video series.

Field trippers (and chaperones) will probably notice a lot less crowding as kids wait to go through the gate, thanks to a much larger main area.

We were invited to a sneak preview of the updated entry, so if you want to see what we’re talking about, check out our Instagram reel.
 
The Wrap
 
Anna Bowman in a black shirt and jewelry Today’s edition by:
Anna Bowman
From the editor
While we’re talking about zoo renovations, I just wanted to remind you that its new chimpanzee complex is set to be completed by Memorial Day weekend next year. On your next visit you’ll be able to see the aerial bridge that will allow the chimps to visit other zoo animals anytime.
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