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Holiday Tradition

Museum FanMy mom is all about starting new holiday traditions with our family. She started when we were just little tykes. She bought my brother and I our own special Christmas tree. We decorate our own tree with the ornaments that we have picked out over the year. It's really cool to have our very own tree. We also have Snowy our elf that come to live with us every Christmas and report back to Santa so that we stay on track and don't get on the BB&G list. (Bad Boys and Girls) Last year we moved from Texas where we would go to several Christmas events every year. So in keeping with tradition Mom decided that our new tradition would be going to the Indianapolis Children's Museum during Jolly Days. We went last year for the first time during a special evening event. My brother and I must have gone down the Yule Slide over 50 times. My mom and her friends also joined in the fun. I got to ask Santa for a bunch of toys and spend time trying to ice fish. I can't wait to go again this year. I cant wait to see Santa and create new memories for our new tradition. Written By Mary Seader for Ryan Seader

Name: Mary Seader



My Children's Museum Memory

One of my most memorable times at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis was when I went down the Yule Slide. I had never done it before and was so excited for it I almost cut in line, but my parents wouldn't let me. When it was finally my turn I couldn't wait so I grabbed my brother by the his shirt, sat him down, and pushed him off. When he got to the bottom I sat my sister down and sat down myself and pushed her and myself off at the same time, so we could race. I beat her by a hair. I stood up and shouted that I had won the race. My sister then stood up and said I had cheated. My parents waited at the top until we got up there. Thank you, Children's Museum for putting up the Yule Slide.

Name: Madison Seef

Memories

Going to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for Christmas is about making wonderful memories. And most of the time the really wonderful memories are the simple things like taking our Grandchildren to the museum for the arrival of Santa Claus, keeping the sweet and simple things about the holidays alive. At 8 and 10, they still believe and isn't that innocence one of the most refreshing and wonderful parts of the holiday?

Name: Barbara Coffel

Meeting of new friends

We look forward to the holiday vacation at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We meet new friends and enjoy wonderful holiday photos and end the day at the Yule slide. We create great memories and it is a wonderful tradition.

Name: Allison Wentzel

Children of Hope and Joy

A few weeks ago it was the first time visit to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis for our three kiddos we care after. Their eyes were filled with amazement when going through the museum. Their hearts filled with joy looking and playing with Barbies and the Egypt displays and to see their look of awe when exploring the dinos. They cant wait for the next visit to explore the holiday hunt and more.

Name: George Alex

Family

I really enjoy taking my family to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The kids feel very welcome when we go and there's never a day that they do not have a wonderful time. The staff makes our trip a very enjoyable time. You make the museum suitable to children of all ages which makes it really nice as familes with different age groups can all go and still have a good time. The kids love to come during Christmas time and ride down the Yule Slide. They talk a lot about this. Not only do we make trips to the museum but we have also recommended the museum for school field trips. We also love the fact that when our budget is tight you allow us to still visit by having a carryin lunch. Thanks for making the museum a place where we create lasting family memories.

Name: Michelle Vinardi

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