The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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With 472,900-square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, and over 1 million visitors each year, we are the largest children’s museum in the world. Sign up for e-news to stay in the loop about upcoming exhibits, events, and discounts: http://bit.ly/enewsfb Since it was first established in 1925, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has expanded to become one of the top-ranked, most-respected children’s museums in the nation, providing one-of-a-kind experiences that range from our immersive Dinosphere© to the exquisite, five-story Fireworks of Glass sculpture by renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The Children’s Museum is at the forefront of creating learning experiences with the power to transform the lives of children and families.

05/30/2020
Making a miniature painting

🏠It's a Mini Masterpieces Weekend!🏠
Humanities Program Manager, Laura Ferries, is here to show you how to paint "miniatures". She grew up loving our Mini Masterpieces exhibit at the museum and found a passion for painting tiny pieces of artwork.🎨

Stay tuned tomorrow for a "mini" scavenger hunt!

We believe Ruby Bridges said it best: “Racism is a grown-up disease.” Talking about racism, prejudice, and discriminatio...
05/29/2020

We believe Ruby Bridges said it best: “Racism is a grown-up disease.”

Talking about racism, prejudice, and discrimination can be uncomfortable. If we want to see real change in our world, we cannot shy away from these difficult conversations with our children. Through our words and actions, we must teach our children to be kind, compassionate, and caring to everyone.

We’ve assembled a list of books that can help start an age-appropriate conversation about race with your child: https://bit.ly/3cgAqjB

05/29/2020
Storytime: A Reading of Orange

📖It's storytime!📖
We have two very special guest readers for you today! Derrick Slack, the author of Orange, and his daughter are here to read his book that is all about diversity, inclusion, the power of words, and self-esteem.

As we pursue a kinder, safer, and more compassionate world, our experienced staff at The Children's Museum Preschool has recommended some books that you can read with your family as part of our Year of Action:
https://bit.ly/3b2qqe4

05/29/2020

🎈It's party time!🎈
We know some of you are bummed you can't celebrate your June birthday's how you initially planned—so we created a totally tubular 90s dance party JUST FOR YOU!

Turn up the volume and dance along with us as we celebrate your birthday on June 1 at 6 p.m. EDT!

05/28/2020
Let's Chat: SPORTS

🎽Put on your favorite jersey, and get ready for Let’s Chat: SPORTS! We’ll be honoring past icons, hearing from current icons, and hosting giveaways—this is sure to be one legendary night. Tune in tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT and get pumped!

Proudly presented by CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans.

05/27/2020
Get Active: Balloon Tennis

If you are missing sports, why not play a little tennis indoors! You'll need just a few things found around the house to play:

➡️Paper plates
➡️Paint sticks or rulers
➡️Balloon
➡️Tape
➡️Some chairs or a couch

05/27/2020

🎽Put on your favorite jersey, and get ready for Let’s Chat: SPORTS! We’ll be honoring past icons, hearing from current icons, and hosting giveaways—this is sure to be one legendary night. Here's what on deck:
-Q & A with Tamika Catchings
-Learn to shoot a lay-up with Reggie Miller
-Practice soccer skills with DaMarcus Beasley
-Hear from Olympians & teammates of Wilma Rudolph

Tune in tomorrow at 4 p.m. EDT and get pumped! Proudly presented by CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plans.

🎊Calling all June birthdays!🎊Does your child have a birthday in June? We know this means you probably won't get to celeb...
05/26/2020

🎊Calling all June birthdays!🎊
Does your child have a birthday in June? We know this means you probably won't get to celebrate as planned, so Rex wants to make sure your birthday kiddo feels extra special. On Monday, June 1, at 6 p.m. EDT Rex is throwing a 90s dance Virtual Birthday Party!

Comment below by May 27 at 5 p.m. with the name of your child and the age they are turning and it will be included on-screen during the show.

Today, we remember all those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms.Wishing you and your family a relaxing Memorial...
05/25/2020

Today, we remember all those who have sacrificed to protect our freedoms.

Wishing you and your family a relaxing Memorial Day!

Missing Rex?! He sure misses you. Although you can't see him in person right now, you can squeeze and hug this plush ver...
05/24/2020

Missing Rex?! He sure misses you. Although you can't see him in person right now, you can squeeze and hug this plush version of Rex!💚https://bit.ly/2Xc3P96

All purchases from the Museum Store help support the museum's mission.

In recognition of National Turtle Day, here's a shout out to our friends at the ΑΡΧΕΛΩΝ-Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protect...
05/23/2020

In recognition of National Turtle Day, here's a shout out to our friends at the ΑΡΧΕΛΩΝ-Archelon, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece, who are helping save the sea turtles. In our Take Me There: Greece exhibit, you can play the role of a conservationist and help ensure the health and safety of endangered loggerhead sea turtles, too!

It's important to do your part even now while at home. Learn how you can help: https://bit.ly/2WMUJk3

05/23/2020
Hello from Sheldon

It's National Turtle Day!🐢 We're throwing it back to this video of Sheldon having a wormy breakfast. Who else loves our ScienceWorks pond animals?!

05/22/2020
How to draw a dino

Dracorex hogwartsia is a new species of dinosaur that bears a close resemblance to a fairy-tale dragon, with its bony head covered in spikes and knobs.

Today we celebrate its 16-year anniversary at the museum. Join Lead Interpreter Mookie for some paleoart and learn how you can draw✏️🐲 your very own Dracorex!

16 years ago today, Dracorex hogwartsia—an entirely new species of dinosaur—was unveiled at The Children's Museum! Harry...
05/22/2020

16 years ago today, Dracorex hogwartsia—an entirely new species of dinosaur—was unveiled at The Children's Museum! Harry Potter fans, does the name sound familiar? When hearing the naming honor, J.K. Rowling said:

"The naming of Dracorex hogwartsia is easily the most unexpected honor to have come my way since the publication of the Harry Potter books! I am absolutely thrilled to think that Hogwarts has made a small claw mark upon the fascinating world of dinosaurs. My credibility has soared within my science-loving family...”

To see J.K. Rowling's full quote and read more about this incredible Dragon King, visit our blog: https://bit.ly/2z5GVbr

05/21/2020
Let's Chat: SPACE

3…2…1…BLAST OFF!🚀We’re taking you out of this world for this week’s edition of “Let’s Chat: SPACE”. Here is what’s on deck:
👩‍🚀Find out how astronauts train for missions
🥦Learn what it takes to grow veggies in outer space from Dr. Gioia Massa
🍓Find out how to rehydrate space food with a fun experiment
🛰️Tour Beyond Spaceship Earth

This weekend the entire state of Indiana would typically be decked out in black and white checkers🏁. Unfortunately, the ...
05/20/2020

This weekend the entire state of Indiana would typically be decked out in black and white checkers🏁. Unfortunately, the race has been postponed—but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop! We created a bundle of racing activities in partnership with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for you to enjoy.

Now start your engines...let's go RACING!🏎️
https://bit.ly/3b02bNq

05/20/2020
Get Active: Red Light Green Light

🚦Who knows the classic RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT game?! Our coach put a fun twist on it for all ages to enjoy.

All you need is someone to call out the colors and a finish line. Have fun playing!

05/19/2020

3…2…1…BLAST OFF!🚀We’re taking you out of this world for this week’s edition of “Let’s Chat: SPACE”. Here is what’s on deck:
👩‍🚀Find out how astronauts train for missions
🥦Learn what it takes to grow veggies in outer space from Dr. Gioia Massa
🍓Find out how to rehydrate space food with a fun experiment
🛰️Tour Beyond Spaceship Earth

05/19/2020

Gather up your fruits and veggies to get ready to make DINOSAURS!🥕🥒

05/18/2020
Building the Sports Legends Experience

It's International Museum Day, and we may be a little biased but we believe we have the BEST museum in the world! Here's a look back to when we expanded 7.5 acres to create the Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience, which opened in 2018.

We can't wait until you can play here again!

05/17/2020
Take Me There: Greece

Take a virtual vacation to Greece!🛩️Since you can't be there right now, we're bringing the experience to you! Enjoy a tour through this culturally-rich area.

05/16/2020
Musical Storytelling: The Tortoise and the Hare

Join us for musical storytelling with homemade instruments! We will be sharing the classic fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare". Gather the below and get ready to be taken on an adorable journey, which proves it's better to go slow and steady than quick and carelessly.
🎵2 cups, or an old plastic Easter egg
🎵Some rice, or dry beans
🎵Tape

Premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT.

05/15/2020

Join us for musical storytelling with homemade instruments! We will be sharing the classic fable, "The Tortoise and the Hare". Gather the below and get ready to be taken on an adorable journey, which proves it's better to go slow and steady than quick and carelessly.
🎵2 cups, or an old plastic Easter egg
🎵Some rice, or dry beans
🎵Tape

Premieres Saturday at 11 a.m. EDT.

05/15/2020
Real Science! Animal Cell Cookie

Time to make cookies🍪 in the name of science!

You’re going to add toppings to turn it from a cookie to an edible version of an animal cell, like the tiny little cells that you are made of. Each topping represents something different.

For more details and instructions to make your own: https://bit.ly/2WrJMUT

05/14/2020
Let's Chat: DINOS

We’re taking you back over 150 million years…when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Join us on Facebook LIVE Thursday at 4 p.m. for a new edition of “Let’s Chat—Jurassic Dinos”. In this show:

🦕Get the inside scoop into our Mission Jurassic project
🦕Hear from our lead paleontologist about what it’s like to dig up real fossils
🦕Learn about the environment during the Jurassic period
🦕Become a paleo artist

Comment along during the show for a chance to win a real fossil—a Gryphaea also known as "devil's toenail"—from our Mission Jurassic dig site!
This is just one more way we’re working to fulfill our mission and bring the museum to YOU.

05/14/2020
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Tonight is about to be DINO-mite! Be sure to set your reminder!

We’re taking you back over 150 million years…when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Join us on Facebook LIVE Thursday at 4 p.m. for a new edition of “Let’s Chat—Jurassic Dinos”. In this show:

🦕Get the inside scoop into our Mission Jurassic project
🦕Hear from our lead paleontologist about what it’s like to dig up real fossils
🦕Learn about the environment during the Jurassic period
🦕Become a paleo artist

Comment within 24 hours of the premier of the show for a chance to win a real fossil—a Gryphaea also known as "devil's toenail"—from our Mission Jurassic dig site!

This is just one more way we’re working to fulfill our mission and bring the museum to YOU.

05/13/2020
Get Active: Alien Invaders

It's Workout Wednesday and...the aliens are invading! Get active with this extraterrestrial indoor game, brought to you by our Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience coaches.

You'll need:
👽 Tape
👽 Water bottles or cups
👽 Balled up socks

05/13/2020

We’re taking you back over 150 million years…when dinosaurs ruled the Earth! Join us on Facebook LIVE Thursday at 4 p.m. for a new edition of “Let’s Chat—Jurassic Dinos”. In this show:

🦕Get the inside scoop into our Mission Jurassic project
🦕Hear from our lead paleontologist about what it’s like to dig up real fossils
🦕Learn about the environment during the Jurassic period
🦕Become a paleo artist

Comment within 24 hours of the premier of the show for a chance to win a real fossil—a Gryphaea also known as "devil's toenail"—from our Mission Jurassic dig site!

This is just one more way we’re working to fulfill our mission and bring the museum to YOU.

05/12/2020
Museum in Minutes: Carousel Wishes and Dreams

Be whisked away on a magical Carousel🎠ride with Indiana roots dating back to 1917. The intricately painted Carousel animals were salvaged from the original ride that operated in Broad Ripple Park in Indianapolis.

Rex misses you and wants to make another REX-tra special visit!💚He is going to surprise a lucky family with a visit (whi...
05/11/2020

Rex misses you and wants to make another REX-tra special visit!💚He is going to surprise a lucky family with a visit (while following social distancing, of course!) If you'd love to win a visit from your friend Rex, comment with the name(s) and age(s) of your Rex fans.

We'll randomly select one winning family* on May 13 and Rex will visit on a day that works best for you.

*Rex can't go too far from his home (the museum) because he's only 3 years old. You must live within a 20 minute drive of the museum to be eligible to win.

05/11/2020
Get Active: Juggling

We know you're juggling a lot right now. Our Lead Actor Matt Anderson is juggling, too—literally.

Take a minute to enjoy this impressive feat as he completes the April Juggling Challenge using apples, oranges, toilet paper, and...watch to see!

05/10/2020
Flower art

Pick some flowers from around your yard or neighborhood to make your mom beautiful artwork for Mother’s Day! It’s simple and makes perfect decor your mom will love! Become an artist today.🎨

05/10/2020
Making paper beads

Looking to make mom the perfect Mother's Day gift? This project requires just a little bit of craftiness and love. Find scraps of paper from around the house and make mom something beautiful.💕

05/09/2020
Stellauna The Musical

It’s SHOWTIME🎭. Grab your popcorn, gather the family and enjoy our previously recorded Lilly Theater showing of Stellaluna The Musical. You’ll enjoy stories about building self-confidence as three misfit animals find wisdom, peace, and friendship.

Premieres: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EDT.

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Is there any information yet about an estimated date of reopening?
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We had just purchased a season pass before the museum closure. Will we just lose the months during which it was closed or will our expiration date be extended?
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Hi Children's Museum!!! Since you're closed - is there any talk of extending the time that the Mo Willems exhibit will be there???
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Is there any talk in the museum closing due to the coronavirus?
When will you have another Museum by Moonlight event again? Thanks