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Baking Cookies and Meeting the Big Guy (Santa)!

I love going to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis with my parents during the holidays. I love to play for hours pretending to make Christmas cookies and serving tea. The fire place is so cozy and the little tables are just my size. I also love to meet the Big Guy (Santa). Standing in line to see him is not so hard with all the other nice things to look at. I just love the museum. We end the trip with a slide down the Yule Slide. What a Blast!

Name: Amber Fought

Together with my Family

This past year My husband got out of the army after serving 11 years and receiving 2 purple hearts. We declared Indiana our home. One of the first things we did was go to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and get a season pass. We can never say "There is Nothing to Do" Because there is always something new or something we might have over looked at the Children's Museum. 

In the past we would come to visit my family in Indiana. We would always go to the children's museum. Regardless of how old you are there is always something for everyone.

My daughter who is 13 loves the Barbie exhibit (she might not tell anyone) but we always have to walk through it before we leave. My son who is 2 loves everything, but it is really hard to get him out of the water area where you fish. I am so excited about visiting the children's museum during the holiday. I love the holidays anyways, but reading what the museum has to offer already gives me that fuzzy feeling. I can not wait to see the children's face when they see the yule slide and Santa Claus. I am excited to be a kid again too. I love Santa.

I am also looking forward to watching my kids have fun while my husband standing next to me.  Knowing that we are not just visiting Indiana but it is our home and we are together safe is an amazing feeling.

Name: Katy Holcombe


I first took my son to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis last year while my husband was attending a conference in Indianapolis. The plan was to spend the first day at the Children's Museum and the second day at the zoo. Well, after 7 hours at the Children's Museum, I told Matthew it was time to go. He was heartbroken because we had not made it past the 2nd level. I asked if he would prefer to come back to the museum rather than go to the zoo and he said "Yes Mom, please, please can we come back? Can we come here every day Mom?". We spent 8 hrs there the second day and he still wasn't ready to go. He found wonder and amazement around every corner. I can't wait to take him for the holiday season!

Name: Sally Kelley

Holiday Time at the Museum

My family loves to visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis during the holidays. Along with the various decorations, music, and festive atmosphere, we enjoy the holiday related attractions, culture, history, and sliding down the Yule Slide. It is just one more thing that makes the holiday time in Indianapolis that much more enjoyable and memorable. It is a tradition for us and I hope to someday enjoy it with my grand kids, great-grand kids, etc.

Name: Chris Wendt




Lucy's Santa Experience

Children's Museum FanUnfortunately we do not have any Children's Museum of Indianapolis holiday stories to share but would love to start. We are new members to the museum and we encourage everyone to join. My daughter Lucy is 2 ½ years old and she loves Santa, we have already been watching Santa Claus the movie for weeks now. The Yule Slide sounds amazing and I am sure Lucy would enjoy! I hope that you choose us for the holiday scavenger hunt so that we can start making new holiday memories at the museum that we can continue on as a tradition. We love the museum and I am going to continue to introduce my daughter to all the amazing things the children’s museum has to offer!

Name: Rachelle Gordon

Feel like a kid again

Christmas is a magical and wonderful time of the year. I can't think of a better place to spend the holidays. Just seeing all of the beautiful decorations and drinking some hot cocoa. No matter how old you are you can feel like a kid again at Christmas time at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I'm sure I would treasure the memories all of my life.

Name: Kathy Carlson

First time

This is the first year our family has had a membership at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. My kids Noah, 8, and Bailey, 6, had only been to the musuem as toddlers. We have been wanting to get a membership, and were finally able to do so. My kids LOVED it!! They begged me to go back the next day, so we did. Two days full of fun for them. They (and I) can't wait to see what all there will be during the holiday season! My kids are AMAZING and I would love for them to get a opportunity to do something so fun!! It would mean so much to them and me.

Thanks so much for doing this scavenger hunt and give away! It will sure bring a smile to lots of faces :)

Name: Kelly McConaha

My boys are growing

Children's Museum FanMy name is Lindsey Lamb. I have two boys, one is 9 and the other is 2. I am so blessed to have these boys in my life and I would not change it for the world. We have never been to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis over the holidays. We live in Anderson, Indiana, so it hasent always been easy to get there during the holiday season. We did get to come there this summer and boy did the kids love it. My youngests favorite part of the whole day was the Sesame Street show we saw with the stars in the Planetarium. He had never seen anything like that and he talked about stars for days! I would love to come be a part of this event with my kids...the one thing that I will make sure we do this winter is slide down the Yule Slide. This is something I have been hearing about for years. No matter the outcome of this contest I will get the boys there to slide down the Yule Slide!!!

Name: Lindsey Lamb

The year of The Yule Slide!!

Children's Museum FanOur family adores The Children's Museum of Indianapolis (seriously, we're there all the time!!) and the holidays are no exception. The Jolly Days exhibit, seeing Santa, the fantastic photo ops, we love them all. But what I am MOST excited about this year is the Yule Slide! We moved to Indianapolis from the UK in November 2009, but our babies were just too dinky to go on that year. Last year we queued up, filled with great excitement and anticipation, but when we reached the front our daughter (then aged 2.5) changed her mind and declared in no uncertain terms “DON’T WANT TO”!

So this is it, I can feel it, 2011 is our year to ride the slide. I can’t wait!!!

Name: Seonad Hallam

Winter Wonderland

I enjoy the Children's Museum of Indianapolis during the holiday season because it is like a Winter Wonderland. Lots of fun, laughter, exciting and educational things to do, see and experience. Smiles on all the children's faces, excitement on the parents faces. The museum is very well decorated and filled with the Christmas Spirit. If you or anyone come to the Children's Museum during the Christmas Holiday, and if they do not come with the Christmas Spirit, they will definitely leave with the Christmas Spirit. Wonderful place and various things to do.

Name: Priscilla Simmons

Seeing the world through my child's eyes

My son will be 2 and a half years old this Christmas. We purchased a Children’s Museum of Indianapolis membership this summer so that we could have a place to let him explore and learn. Since we started taking him to the museum on a more-regular basis, we saw our son’s progress take off like never before. Gavin was born 6 weeks early at just 3 lbs 5.9 oz, and has been our little miracle. He has not been ill, nor born with any great health concerns. However, we noticed some speech and developmental delays in him, so we put him in therapy. While that therapy has done wonders for him, Gavin didn’t REALLY come out of his shell until we began going to the Museum. Suddenly, he was making connections, starting to talk more, reciting his alphabet like you wouldn’t believe, and blossoming at an incredible rate. Watching life through his little eyes has been an experience I could never describe in a way anyone would understand. Knowing he has made such progress through the wonder of touch and play is even more awe-inspiring. This holiday season, we look forward to watching his new world come alive as he learns who Santa is and connects with the world through the spirit of sharing and love. This will be our first holiday season with the Museum, and we as parents are excited to see how it helps him “put it all together” in his ever-expanding mind. Whether it be how he interacts with the other children as he continues to understand what giving means, or whether it’s a themed exhibit that sparks something new in him, we know that the holidays with the Museum will give us many more wonderful and treasured family memories.

Name: Carrie Cesavice

Finally, we're here!

We are a U.S. Navy family of five. My husband recently started working at the Navy ROTC unit at Purdue University. Last year, as we waited to receive confirmation that my husband would receive the orders to the job at Purdue, I researched things to do with my family in Indiana. We were living in Italy, and although there were many wonderful things to see there, I really missed the opportunity to bring my family to the wonderful museums we have in the U.S. One of the most appealing activities to my youngest daughter, Emily, and myself were the activities at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis--especially the Holiday activities! She played the games on your website in anticipation of our move when we could go to the museum in person. We joined as members very soon after we arrived to Indiana this summer and are looking forward to all of the special activities planned at the museum.

Name: Michelle Huff

Making Memories in the Neighborhood

As members living in Historic Meridian Park just blocks away, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a regular outing for our family. It's great because we don't feel we have to see every part of the museum during each visit but can savor a few special exhibits.

This is especially helpful at the holidays when Jolly Days sets up shop. We can focus on the fun of the season and make a special trip to visit with Santa. We think the Children's Museum Santa is the real deal and love our collection of photos chronicling the years.

But of course there is no better way to cap the visit to Santa than a quick exit down the Yule Slide. Certainly the kids enjoy it, but I think they are more amused by seeing mom and dad make the trip too!

Name: Alisha Valentine

Holidays Through the Eyes of Children

Children's Museum FanOur family became members of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis this year and have spent several afternoons with our 2 girls, 18 months and 3, taking in the sights. Their favorite areas are the dinosaurs, dragons and the animals of the Carousel. So much so that our 3 year old was a dinosaur and our 18 month old was a purple dragon for Halloween! It is wonderful to watch their expressions each time we visit the museum. A wonderful bonus is that we can take an afternoon away from our busy lives to interact on their level. We play at the water table, do puzzles on the large magnetic wall, get lost in the mirror maze and say hi to each of the exhibit animals. We have never been to the museum during the holidays and are very excited to make it a new tradition. Finances are really tight right now and we are placing a lot of focus on the "non-material" areas of the holidays. Time together as a family is priceless and the museum is a great place to experience new things. I can't think of a better view than to watch our girls experience new things and witness the excitement in their eyes.

Name: Joni Sedberry

Ari's All in One!

Children's Museum FanOur third child, Ariana, was born on New Year's Eve, and for the past 4 years (she's 8 now), she has chosen (on her own!) to include The Children's Museum of Indianapolis in her party planning! With a birthday on a very special day, Ari loves to invite her girlfriends to the biggest "kid" holiday/birthday party we can find. Last year, the Noon Year's Eve Party was a blast, and Ari's crew was all decked out in hats, beads and more! They spent hours laughing and racing through exhibits. Barbie was a big hit! The Children's Museum is the best holiday "all in one" for Ari and makes her birthday very special!

Name: Camille Wiggins

Christmas Memories

This year will be my first holiday visit to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I am new to the holidays in Indianapolis, Indiana. I just got married this past July. I cannot wait to go and check out the Yule slide and take our four year old daughter Amelia. I think she will have a great time and I will too. I can't wait to start a new family tradition. It will be a neat experience to check out the museum during this holiday season. Holidays are great and fun to make new family traditions. Holidays to me are very special. I love Christmas because it is when family and friends come together and spend time together. Christmas has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Family and friends all gathering and enjoy time and listening to old stories of yesterdays and singing carols. And not to forget the yummy foods we sit and get to enjoy!

Name: Rhonda McCabe


My 5 year old daughter's first picture with Santa was taken at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis! She wouldnt sit with Santa so we put her on a stool next to him. In the picture it looks like she's getting ready to take off running! So cute. She still doesn't like to get too close to Santa.

Name: Dawn Dunderdale

First Indiana Christmas

Children's Museum FanOur family moved to Indianapolis from Phoenix, AZ about two months ago, due to my husband's job. While I search for a job here, I'm staying home with our 2 1/2 year old daughter Quinn. We decided to join The Children's Museum of Indianapolis so she and I can come have fun at the museum as often as we'd like, and see all the awesome exhibits. She loves the model trains, the frogs, the sand table, and the little Egyptian cafe. I'm looking forward to our first holiday visit so much, especially the Yule Slide! She loves slides and it will a blast for her. We have limited options for outings these days, operating on one income, and I love that the Children's Museum stimulates her mind and her creative spirit! I can't wait for our next visit!

Name: Amanda Brehmer

Santa hats and Yule slides

From my son's very first visit at a few months old, to today when he's nearly five and his sister is nearly 2, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has been one of the happiest places in the world for our family. During the darkest days of his life, when he was fighting stage-four cancer at the age of 2, and during the brightest, as he enjoys a disease-free life, Armand has always loved the Carousel, the dinosaurs, Playscape, the dinosaurs, crawling through the nature tunnel, and especially the dinosaurs! Now he loves showing his sister the sights, and they always enjoy the museum's decorations during the holidays. He's a big fan of the Yule Slide (even after proclaiming it "pretty scary" two years ago), and she adores running through the Christmas playhouse or ice-fishing for stuffed fish. And they always get a big laugh the first time they see the Santa hats on the dinosaurs outside!

Name: Paul Pogue