For the next few weeks, we'll be sharing fun ways to explore our 8 Great Towns if you're planning an Indiana getaway - or if you live in town and are planning a staycation. This week we have more fun, family-friendly activities for you to add to your calendar. The best part: most of them are free!

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park's outdoor areas will open for the season on April 1st. Check out some of the newest offerings like Help Build a Potter's Shop in Prairietown and the Trading Post Horse Packing program. This year the kids can become Junior Aeronauts and learn to fly a balloon with one of Conner Prairie's certified pilots. Admission: $14/Adults, $13/seniors 65+, $9/youth (ages 2-12).

1859 Balloon Voyage and Junior Aeronaut program are an additional fee.  Stop by the Carmel Clay Historical Society for games, crafts and more, April 5 and 7, 1-3 p.m. or April 6 and 9, 9-11 a.m. History buffs and railroad enthusiasts also will want to explore the historical society's Monon Depot Museum to learn about local history and see displays of railroad artifacts and memorabilia. Explore animal bones and learn what bones can tell us at Strawtown Koteewi Park on Tuesday, April 5.

Later in the week, solve History's Mysteries just like a real archaeologist or create your own string and cords in string theory class. Learn about all kinds of creatures, from creepy critters to exotic felines at Cool Creek Park and Nature Center in Carmel, April 4 to 8. On Thursday, April 7, Alligator Aaron will pay a visit to the park and who knows what he might bring this time! There's so much to do, you may not have time to do it all. What else is on your "must-do" list for your Indiana vacation?