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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


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

Christmas

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

Little Sis's First Christmas at the Children's Museum

I remember going to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis every year as a child and now I've been taking my 5 year old since she was old enough to walk. We just had a new addition to our family in August and my 5 year old is so excited for her to meet Santa for the first time. She can't wait to get their pictures taken together. We love the Yule Slide! We wish it could be a year round thing! And sliding around on the "ice" is a blast! Thank you for having such an affordable place for me to take my children year round.

Name: Melanie Barnard

Memories with My Daughters

My two daughters and I love to go to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but especially at Christmas time. My daughters love to race each other down the Yule Slide and last year we included my niece. My girls were so patient with her (she was only two) and I loved watching all of them enjoy the Yule Slide. Their other favorite place to go is the special room where all of the Christmas exhibits are set up. I have never seen my youngest daughter have as much fun as when she got to participate in the snowball fight! I almost couldn't get my oldest daughter out of the kitchen area! I loved watching my niece follow the older girls around, trying to do whatever they did. My niece found her favorite spot in the fishing area. I have so many wonderful pictures to help look back on the fun we had, but more importantly, I have amazing memories to share with my beautiful daughters!!

Name: Sarah Stuckey

Johnson Family Fun

Children's Museum FanMy husband and I have always loved going to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. When we had our daughter in May 2008 we knew we would be coming to the museum often. We took our daughter to Jolly Days in 2008 and found our new tradition. We love the slide and all the activities that the museum has to offer during the holiday season. We became members last year, and have used our membership at least once a month. Having a limited budget and knowing we have the membership we know that we can give our daughter a fun and educational experience at the museum. Our daughter loves to race on the slide and look at all the holiday decorations. This year she is 3 1/2 and very excited for Santa. I can't wait to take her to the museum to see him and tell him what is on her Christmas list. We will be adding a baby boy to our family this December and we can't wait till he is old enough to enjoy the Holidays at the museum, and race his older sister down the Jolly Days slide!
The picture below is from Jolly Days last year.

Name: Nicole Johnson


Once upon a time

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Addisyn. Addisyn loves to slide. One day, Addisyn's mom told her about a huge slide that she could go to. It is indoors and there was tons of things to do like dinosaurs, stories, and even frogs. The big day came. Addisyn could not believe it—Christmas trees, decorations, and the biggest slide that she had ever seen. She went up and down the slide, went ice fishing, baked, got to see Santa, and so much more. Can not wait til it is winter at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Name: Holly Roberts

Annual Tradition

When I was a child, my grandparents always took us to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at Christmas. Riding the Carousel was the highlight for me—we didn't go to amusement parks or carnivals often so it was a real treat.

Now that I'm the parent, I always take my kids to the Children's Museum at Christmas. For them, the Yule Slide is the favorite—they love racing each other (and my husband and I) to see who gets to the bottom first.

As a parent, I still love the Carousel, but I also love the fun memories we make as a family and the great way to spend a snowy December day!

Name: Pam Howard

FIRST TIME CHRISTMAS JOY

My husband and I have been foster parents for the last 3 years. One of our family's biggest holiday joys is taking whatever foster kids we have with us to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We love watching their faces as they slide down the Yule Slide over and over again.

This year we are super excited that we have a sibling group of 5 kids. Ages 5, 4, 3, 18 months and 4 months. We truly are counting down the days until we can take them and watch their faces light up with joy at all the Christmas excitement at the museum. They have never had a decent Christmas and we are thrilled to be the ones to show them how happy a family Christmas can be. We also have 2 children of our own ages 21 and 16 and they turn back into little kids every time we go to Christmas at the museum, which as their mom is a bonus joy for me.

Name: Cheryl Bramblett

Going South for the Holidays

The trip down I-69 for the Holidays is a familiar and welcomed one. Grandma and Poppa lived there! My cousins from out of town would be there! Grandma's deserts would be there! The trip just meant a few days with my large family in a city just two hours away doing nothing but enjoying each others company, catching up, eating, and seeing the city! Included in this was a trip to the Childrens Museam of Indianapolis with my cousins! As I got older, we got away from this, time was spent doing other things and eventualy I would forget about the good times we had there would be replaced.
However, this year we bought a family membership and plan to reignite the memories and include the museum in our holiday plans. I want to introduce my kids to Indy during the holidays and I want the Children's Museum to be included!

Name: Dominic Ortiz