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Top 5 Things For Families to Do in Franklin, Indiana
Drumroll please! Here are the five best things to do when visiting Franklin with your littles, brought to you by someone who’s been there and done that:
Snuggle up with some cute little farm animals.
Oh, and do yoga…or at least, some version of it. Tagalong Farms is a fully operational farm located northeast of Franklin in Fountaintown, Indiana, but its sister shop, Tagalong Boutique, is located in the heart of downtown Franklin. The boutique itself is adorable and full of the most affordable items I think I’ve ever seen in a boutique. During the spring and summer months, Tagalong Farms partners with Studio You Yoga in Greenwood to host goat yoga once a week at the Franklin boutique, and once a month there’s a full-blown farm animal yoga session. I’m not a farm animal person, nor am I a yoga person, but it was an AWESOME experience and my 3-year-old had the time of her life. Goats, chickens, kittens, and rabbits roamed around and snuggled up to us while we downward dogged with the best of them. The yoga routine itself is great for beginners and easy to follow at your own pace. Perfect for the questionable (or nonexistent) attention spans of little ones. When the weather is nice the yoga takes place outdoors and if it’s raining, believe it or not they bring the animals inside to the house they own next door. Tickets are required in advance and so is comfortability with VERY close proximity to farm animals. And maybe some animal poop. Your littles should be old enough to understand how to properly handle and be gentle to animals, otherwise some feathers could get ruffled. No pun intended.
Click HERE for more information on Tagalong Farms Boutique and Gifts
Click HERE for more information on Studio You Yoga
2) Have a family movie date.
You’ve got two options for this in Franklin: the Historic Artcraft Theater (click here) and Canary Creek Cinemas (click here). The Artcraft is a historical building built in 1922 as a vaudeville house to show silent movies. It operated as a movie theater until 2000 and was bought by a nonprofit and restored in 2004. Today, the Artcraft is used for special events, film festivals, and classic movie showings. The Artcraft hosts some pretty awesome family-friendly seasonal movie events so be sure to check the calendar; you’ll be hard-pressed to find another theater showing Hocus Pocus and Muppets Christmas Carol on the big screen! If you’re looking for new releases, Canary Creek Cinemas is your spot. This theater complex has eight indoor screens and…drumroll…two outdoor drive-in screens. I’m STILL a total sucker for a good ol’ fashioned drive-in movie.
3) Fill up on ice cream and candy at the Hoosier Cupboard.
This fabulous, family-owned ice cream and candy store is home to over 600 different flavors of: truffles, chocolates, chocolate covered nuts and fruit, fudge, saltwater taffy, chocolate covered pretzels, suckers, milkshakes, old-fashioned soda, malt balls, gummies, jelly beans, nostalgic candy, pretty much every other kind of candy, 22 different flavors of ice cream, and a partridge in a pear tree. If your child is unhappy here there is something seriously wrong. The delicious ice cream is reasonably priced and the customer service is excellent. Stepping into the Hoosier Cupboard (click here) truly makes you feel like you’ve stumbled upon a good ol’ candy shoppe from the 1950’s!
4) Travel back in time at the Johnson County Museum of History.
Since its opening in 1931, this quaint little museum has been a staple of hometown history and pride for the town of Franklin. Located on downtown’s main thoroughfare and one block away from the Artcraft and Hoosier Cupboard, the museum contains artifacts and reproductions to create a snapshot of Franklin during different periods in history, from prehistoric fossils and Native American history to Victorian life, the Civil War, and the fabulous 50’s. Interactive, hands-on experiences are woven into each exhibit. The littles will have fun dressing up in pioneer and Victorian clothing, playing with nostalgic toys, trekking through the wilderness in a Conestoga wagon (Oregon Trail, anyone?), or touring an 1830’s cabin replica. The museum is on the smaller side and some areas aren’t as suited for kids, but admission is FREE and its proximity to other attractions makes the Johnson County Museum of History (click here) well worth your time to stop and visit.
5) Play and shop local at Toodleydoo Toys.
Brick and mortar toy stores are such a rarity these days that they’re just too good to pass up. Toodleydoo Toys (click here) is a one of a kind speciality toy store in downtown Franklin with a unique product selection, hands-on displays, and an impressive event calendar. A grocery stand, kitchen, and train table will keep your littles occupied while you shop, get ideas for birthdays and Christmas, or just take a minute to yourself. Be sure to check out the online Events Calendar HERE before you visit. Toodleydoo frequently hosts free or low-cost art classes, project days, storytimes, and family game nights. Bathrooms are clean and customer service is excellent!