Memory Lane: Growing up in Indy

I loved growing up in Indianapolis. Thank you, parents! I am grateful for a wonderful childhood and am very appreciative of the city where I got my roots. Let’s roll down memory lane, shall we, fellow Indy natives?

The Children’s Museum- We are so fortunate to have one of the world’s bests children's museum in our city. From field trips to special events, experiences here are a big part of my childhood memories. My favorite was the haunted house- it was actually a house in the 80’s! Read about this fundraiser’s rich history here.  You can find all the old exhibits from our childhood here- the Cave, Scienceworks, Muppets and more here

Broad Ripple- the park and its playground, library and the summer reading program (loved the free pizzas from Pizza Hut's Book It program) and the Tin Star restaurant. It was always a treat to go out to dinner and get locked up in a jail cell in the basement.

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Tin Star Photo Courtesy of Alan Hague and the Broad Ripple Gazette

Tin Star Photo Courtesy of Alan Hague and the Broad Ripple Gazette

Paramount Music Palace- the BEST place to celebrate a birthday. Pizza, organ music, bubbles and requesting your favorite jams.

Roller Skating Parties at USA Skates- Good times in the birthday circles  doing the hokey pokey with the dinosaur on skates.


Benjamin Harrison Home-Lots of field trips and making wooden toy soldier ornaments around the holidays.

Glendale Mall -  shopping and a trip to Hot Sam’s for a snack.

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Haunted Houses at closed Steak and Ale’s



Karma Music- Buying the latest single cassette tapes at Karma Music. Check out Indy Star’s coverage of this 30 year old Indy biz here.

Ambassadair trips- I would flip thru the catalog over toaster strudels in the morning and dream about all the places I wanted to visit.

Thunder Island Water Park- Check out Ronny Salerno's blog post on Queen City Discovery about exploring the grounds. 


Check out Movoto’s  25 Things you’ll never see in Indy again - From the Hoosier Dome to Rosylnn bakery (tea cookies!) #13 will make you laugh out loud :) 


What did I miss? Any Indy nostalgia you want to share?


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