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Santa's sliding into town...

We have visited the Children's Museum of Indianapolis during Christmas time before and my son and nephew and nieces loved the slide! A lot has happened over the last year and a half including the birth of our daughter 18 months ago and losing my Dad a year and a half ago, so making the most of this upcoming Christmas season is very important to me. I hope to make visiting the Childrens Museum during the holidays a family tradition for us and our kids. This will be my daughter's first time down the Santa slide and I know she will LOVE it! I can't wait to show my kids all the decorations!

Name: Mandy Reese-Hufty

Mommy Daughter Love

My daughter and I have been going to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as a Christmas tradition for the past 3 years. I didn't have either of my parents growing up so the holidays are really a sad time for me. But when we go to the museum for Jolly Days it brightens my Christmas spirits for me and my daughter to have so much fun. From coloring sheets to ice skating in our socks we make a full day of our mother daughter times. We pack a lunch and we head out. We go three times, in November, December and January right before the Yule Slide is gone. I don't know how she does it but she always beats me to the bottom of the slide. This year I am prepared to beat her. She loves to go when Radio Disney is there but nothing puts a smile on her face like the sight of that line for the slide.

Name: Crystal Wright





Magic Every Day

Museum FanVisiting The Children's Museum of Indianapolis feels like the holidays for us whenever we go. My four year old daughter squeals when she sees the dinosaurs out front smashing down the walls of the ordinary world to a land of magic. She gets especially excited when they wear their Santa hats. We always start with the dinosaurs (digging for bones), stopping in the trains (hoping the giant engine is about to come to life), and make our way to the new discovery area where she can be an Egyptologist, an undersea explorer and visit China in a matter of moments. If we are lucky, there is a play in the theater. She has met Oz’s Dorothy and Tigger and Pooh in person! Each floor is full of the magical lands, and during the holidays when the stairway is converted into a slide, we will wait through long lines and race to the bottom, only to rush back up and get in line again. Barbie is, of course, popular because there is a never-ending fashion show. She walks down the runway with authority, knowing that she is beautiful in the museum gowns. Getting wet in the science boat area is great, but absolutely nothing is stronger than the love she has for the Broadripple Park Carousel. She screams, “Giddy up" and “Whoa” as though commanding a real steed, even after we have ridden it three times. It's the princess crown on the royal museum land of imagination and education about the world.

Name: Alan Witchey



MY GRANDCHILDREN I AM RAISING

Museum FanWE HAVE A HUGE FAMILY. I HAVE 4 GIRLS AND NOW WE ARE RAISING OUR 3 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN DOWN THE YULE SLIDE AT THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF INDIANAPOLIS. I WANT THEM TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. THEIR AGES ARE 15 ,14, 2, 12, 3, 2, AND AN 11 MONTH OLD. SOME ARE MY FOSTER CHILDREN AS WELL AS MY GREATGRANDCHILDREN. WE WOULD ALL LOVE TO HAVE A TURN AT THE SCAVENGER HUNT. I LOVE MY GRAND CHILDREN VERY MUCH. I THINK THEY WOULD ENJOY THIS VISIT TO THE MUSEUM. WE WENT ONLY ONCE TO THE MUSEUM AT CHRISTMAS TIME. IT IS HARD TO GO WITH SO MANY CHILDREN EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A MEDICADE PASS. I WOULD LOVE FOR ALL MY KIDS TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THE MUSEUM AT CHRISTMAS TIME. OH AND BY THE WAY WE LOVE THE DINASOARS AT THE MUSEUM

Name: Lucille m Ketelhut



Savoring every Christmas

We have been coming to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis every year for the holidays since we moved here in 1994. My oldest son was one year old then. This may be his last opportunity for awhile to go as he is enlisting in the Air Force. I will be sad to see him leave, but I am excited for him and proud of him as well. He just became a dad this year himself and we will be bringing his son to the museum this year. I just really want to savor this time spent with them. I also have a 12 year old son who loves coming to the museum. In 2010, I was diagnosed with cancer. I had 3 major surgeries in 3 months and then did chemotherapy for 6 months and radiation. It was a tough year, but it was worth the battle as I've had 2 clean scans since then. Last Christmas my brother came to visit and I brought his family to the Children's Museum on Christmas Eve. We are very thankful that you open up for free that day. My brother has been unemployed for over a year now and normally would not be able to afford to go. We are very fortunate for all that we have. The Children's Museum has been a big part in our lives and we have great memories. I am not done with making those memories and I am savoring every one of them.

Name: Carolyn Maddox

Oh What Fun....

We simply LOVE Christmas and await each year to enjoy it. I will say we typically have only gone to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis Haunted House and breakfast with the witches but we did not go this year and hope to make it a tradition within our family to participate in Jolly Days. We have an 8 year old and a 3 year old and we soooooo psyched to be a part of Jolly Days this year. We cannot wait to go down the slide and feel the joy that is among everyone. The kids faces, the songs, the decorations....ahhh....CHRISTMAS!!!

Name: Casey Epperson

Memories for us

My family has not been to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis during the holiday season because we are busy buying others gifts. My family is me, my daughter who is 9, and her dad. He is always workings and this would be a great way to start making new memories....Never too late to start. We have been to the museum a few times, once with her school and then two times on our own. We live 2 hours aways. Each time we have taken over 200 pictures while there. My daughter wants to go on the slide sooo bad. I would love to win this for her. Thanks!

Name: Staci Breeck

One Big Happy Family

Museum FanOur family first visited and had a wonderful experience at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis during the holidays last year (2010). We were awed, I mean so amazed, with EVERYTHING! There was so much to do and see. Our family consists of mom, dad, 4 boys, & 2 girls, we were all blown away with the whole musem. The slide was awesome! The kids experienced the snowflake project and were able to make one from paper too. They enjoyed that. There was so much I can't explain it all! We ended it with a visit and picture with Mr. and Mrs Claus. They were very nice looking, warm, and sweet. We definitely look forward to this year and many more to come.

Name: Desarae Webb



Christmas at the Museum

We are excited to spend our first holiday at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis! My children can't wait to race down the Yuletide slide. We were just in for a visit yesterday and we were able to see it. The expressions on their faces were awesome! We love playing in ScienceWorks the best. Trying to stop the water from flowing the kids always have a great time and end up leaving wet from having so much fun !

Name: Melissa Winter

New Holiday Tradition for 3 Florida Girls

My husband and I are taking our three little girls--Katharine (5), Mia (3), and Sophia (1.5 years)--to see their Papa and Grandma in Indiana for Thanksgiving. Papa and Grandma have told us all about The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, and we have been looking forward to taking our girls all year long. Being able to visit during the holidays makes this particularly special! My family always went to the movies together on holidays, and we would love to begin our own family tradition of visiting a museum. Our children love our local museums, as my husband and I did as children (and still do!). And we love that The Children's Museum offers the opportunity to learn and have fun simultaneously. THIS is the perfect opportunity to start our own holiday tradition!

Name: Gina Marie Mullins






Three Little Elves That Did Not Believe!

It all started on a cold winter day in November of 2011. I was sitting around with my three little elf's getting ready to write Santa a Christmas list. All of a sudden, out of the blue, my four year old (Alden the third elf) goes "Santa is not real". This broke my heart to hear this. My other two elves (Ashlynn, and Adrian) said "yeah mom he is not". What got me the most is my elves are the ages of 8, 6, and 4. They are too little to not believe in Santa Claus. So I went to their father and I was asking him how can we change there minds. We came up with the conclusion to make this Christmas a Christmas they would not forget and to try to do as many activities as we can to have our elves start believing again. First activity on the list is to travel to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, ride down the Yule Slide, see Santa, learn, and explore about Christmas. I'm hoping with all the activities we have planned and the excitement we will bring our little elves they will start believing again. I need your help please. This story has been written by a mother concerned that the spirit and the beliefs are disapearing in her house and she does not want this to happen.

Name: Candace Gervais

First Holiday at the Museum

This will be our family's first holiday season at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We couldn't be more excited! Our son, Vincent, is 2 years old and he is at a fun age for the holidays now. We enjoy visits to the museum several times per month. We relocated to Indy this year and the museum has been a comforting haven that made us realize we made the right decision.
This is truly the best children's museum in the world! We look forward to the holidays and many more days visiting.

Name: Rebecca Maldonado

New Tradition

Museum FanMy husband and I are first time parents. We have a 17 month old named Braylon. We are anxious to show him the world. What better place to do that than the Largest Children's Museum, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis! This is the first year we've started going to the museum, and we knew right away we needed to be members! Just seeing our son's eyes light up with excitement and wonderment is one of the best things a parent can witness. We can spend ALL day there and just watch him learn and interact with other children. We really enjoyed Halloween there and we are anxiously awaiting Jolly Days so we can experience it together for the first time. I've always had traditions growing up, and I'm looking forward to starting a few of our own! Our son LOVES slides and we can't wait to race down the Yule Slide!

Name: Christina Cassidy



Making Memories

I am super excited for the holidays at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis this year as my daughter is almost 3 and is really getting into the holiday spirit. She keeps talking about decorating our house and seeing all the decorations at the Children’s Museum. Last year was my first time seeing Santa’s Arrival. I was there with my daughter and we had a blast – I have to admit I even teared up when the whole crowd was singing Christmas songs before Santa’s Big Arrival. My daughter joined right in and made for such a memorable experience. This year I plan to come with my daughter, in addition to my mother and step-dad to join in the memories. We always make memories and experience something new when we visit the Children’s Museum and I am sure this year will be no different.

Name: Kelly Scholtes

Get out of the cold with dad

My husband is in the navy and he will be coming home for the week of Christmas to spend it with his wife and twin 2 year old boys in Lafayette, Indiana. As you may know living in Indiana in the winter is boring. That is the main reason to get a membership to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to get us out of extreme heat and cold and to rid our cabin fever!

Name: Amber McCann

Bittersweet Tradition

Museum FanFor the last eight years, our 6 children, ages 6 - 21, have been blessed with a very special Christmas gift from their Grandma Starks. They were given a family +2 membership to the Indianapolis Children's Museum. The first year she gave them the gift, we started an annual tradition of visiting Santa, getting picture ornaments, going down the Yule slide then going out to eat with Grandma the weekend after Thanksgiving. Our kids would actually spend the night with Grandma after Thanksgiving dinner & decorate her home for Christmas and bake cookies. This left mom & dad with some seriously needed wrapping time! Usually on Sunday, I would pick everyone up and we'd spend the day at the museum. (Yes, she was an awesome Grandmother!) Last year, we repeated this annual tradition. Unfortunately, It was the last time our children saw Grandma alive. The next Sunday, she was rushed to the hospital with sepsis. She passed away that evening. Writing this letter brings tears to my eyes. What a legacy my mother in-law has left for our children. She taught them through her actions how important family and tradition are. The Indianapolis Children's Museum has a role in that story. We have already agreed that we are all going to the Children's Museum to visit Santa again this year. I'm sure there will be a few tears during our visit, but I'm just as sure that there will be a lot of happy memories, smiles and laughs. For that, we are eternally grateful.

Name: Diana Starks



NEW FAMILY ADVENTURE

This will be our first holiday at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. In 2011 we bought our first family membership and we are so glad we did. There is so much to do for every age. Each time we have visited this year, we see something new. The staff is WONDERFUL, always friendly, helpful, eager to remind you of something you might have forgotten was there. The museum is ALWAYS up to date with what is popular and 'the in thing'. We had the privilage of being in the closing parade at the end of one of our visits, and it was soooo much fun watching the smiles on our kids faces as they carried flags and waved at all the other guests. I think our kids favorite area is the Science area. Once we get in that area we know we will be there for hours. They get to 'act out' different activities and learn at the same time. We have a 9 year old boy and a 4 year old girl and the look on their face when we tell them we are driving to Indy to go to their favorite place=PRICELESS. They know exactly where we are going. We think the INDIANAPOLIS CHILDRENS MUSEUM IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

Name: MONICA LYKINS

Looking for the Holiday sparkle in Children's eyes.

We have a temporarily blended family. Dad, Mom, 21 year old son, 17 year old daughter, two great nephews (ages 8 and 4) and a great neice (age 2). We will be making the 2 hour drive to Indianapolis to visit the young one's Mother and will be visiting The Children's Museum of Indianapolis as the highlight of our holiday trip. We look forward to starting a new tradition for our newly blended family and can't wait to see the sparkle in their eyes as they take in the sights and sounds of Christmas decorations at the Museum and laughter in their voices when they see Santa slide down the Yule Slide. We are hoping to make memories for the little ones that will be cherished for a lifetime and to bring the sparkle back to the Holidays for all of us.

Name: Sheila Rethlake

Museum +2

Museum FanAround the holidays is one of the first times I felt ready to venture out again with our expanded family. My young son had been bursting to visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. After having a little sister that summer, we had spent many months adjusting to becoming a family of four. I clearly remember his joyful face when I rode down the jolly slide with his little sister on my lap and Jack beside me holding my hand. I think we realized then: we have this museum +2 kids thing figured out!

Name: Brooke Hooper



Sophie's Story

We love visiting the Children's Museum of Indianapolis during the holidays. The Yule Slide is a huge race for our family. We love the decorations and the holiday feel!

Name: Amanda McGinnis