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Always Something New To Explore!

ExplorersMy 3 year old daughter and I visit the Children's Museum of Indianapolis at least once a week - and most of the time with friends! Seems like a lot, I know - but our visits are different every single time we go!

That is the great thing about having a Museum membership. We can visit 5 exhibits in one day or 2 - and it is still a wonderful time for all. One of my most favorite moments is how proud my daughter was the first time she rode a carousel horse that goes up and down all by herself. She was beaming with pride!

She loves the Science Works, with all of the water play and the rocks and "dirt". Every time we go she becomes brave and explores something new. During the last visit she ventured into the underground tunnels in the Science Works and came down the slide. She was so excited and did it again and again. We all did a fun lab at the Dinosaurs exhibit where we sorted out pieces of rock, teeth, bones and scales with a help of a resident Paleontologist. I was having as much or more fun learning about how to identify fossils as my daughter was!

The Playscape area is where we always end our day - she can play with her favorite things, sand, water and crayons!

We LOVE exploring the Children's Museum and feel so lucky to have such an awesome museum in our city.

Name: Jill Wilcox

Our Favorite Memory

ExplorerWe LOVE the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. The kids especially. If I were to ask my two year old her favorite part is the carousel. My five year old is in love with Barbie.

My seven year old could spend 2 hours playing with the Rube Goldberg Machine. He recently discovered the video game section up by the carousel. That night at dinner he went on and on about the "old" Nintendo and how Mario used to look. Boy did his dad suprise him when he dug up his "old" Nintendo from his youth and fire it up. He could not believe they had video games, "Way back then."

Name: Julie Shaver








Mother and Student

ExplorersI am a single mother of three, ages 4 to 17. We have visited The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at least 4 times since moving to Indiana in 2000. My oldest son loves Etch a Sketch and freaked out when he saw this exhibit. My middle child loves Lego and it took two and a half hours to get him away from this exhibit. As a total family the maze was the best. Although I must say that we are not very good at navigating. My sons are very science and math oriented and will pursue careers in this area. My daughter is new to it all, but is highly intelligent as well and is going to love the museum when she gets to go. Through the Titanic exhibit I was able to share and explain this historical event to my sons. Now when they say I am sorry, it was an accident and I did not mean to. My favorite response has always been "so was the Titanic, but thousands died."

Name: DEANA L. BARRUS


Our Favorite Day

Tuesday is my children's favorite day of the week. My boys are 3 and 4 years old and are curious little guys. Every Monday we choose a theme and throughout the week we do projects to learn as much about the selected theme as possible. So why is Tuesday their favorite day? Because every Tuesday we get in the car and go to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis to discover something new about our theme. There are so many exhibits that we can always tie in our theme with one of them. Every week we come with a list of questions we want to find the answers for and search the related exhibit until we find all the answers and more! While we are there we usually come up with more questions and will seek out the staff who have always been informative and really great about answering the kid's questions. Our week of Dinosaurs was an amazing experience for the kid's. We have gone through the Dinosphere countless times but always learn something new. We spent 2 hours in the Dinosphere that Tuesday and my children still talk about it. My children love that the Indianapolis Children's Museum is a place that they can explore and discover new things each and every week.

Name: Ashley Berna

The Big Hunt

I think we are the biggest Children Museum of Indianapolis fans. My kids love going to the museum to see all the different exhibits. My 2 year old absolutely loves the Dora exhibit. We always have to take pictures of each Dora character every time we go, which we have about a hundred of the same picture but on different days. My 7 year old she just loves seeing everything—not one particular thing is her favorite she just likes them all.

Now my 5 year old son was born deaf son it’s a bit different to see him at the Children Museum. One of his favorite movies is National Treasures with Nicolas Cage. My son loves to scavenger hunt. That is more his speed because he can’t here he has to figure things out and that’s how he understand it. It would be exciting for our family to win the trip to Washington but it would be more excitieing to us if we could be selected as one of the 100 hundred families to go on the scavenger hunt that would be something my son would never forget.

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Name: John Calmes

Indianapolis Children's Museum Memories

Im a single mommy of three great kiddos. We love going to the Indianapolis Children's Museum. We go about four or five times a year. We have learned sooo much from the museum, expecially from the exhibit that has Anne Frank, Ryan White, etc. One of the biggest things I try to teach my kids that my mom taught me is that it is never our place to judge anyone. This exhibit has great examples of how people, expecially kids have been judged and treatly badly by people. My kids are half black, so the exhibit really is a great example of how segregation has changed over time. I will admit that my son, who was about 7 at the time of the visit, was balling his eyes out when he saw some of the KKK stuff in the exhibit. It really scared him (he is very sensitive), but at the same time was a great example of how real this stuff really was and still is today. We look forward to continue coming to the museum for years to come and learning more and more from our visits. :)

Name: Candice Baker

My family

We visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis often during the summer, about once a week. My family and I have learned a lot at the museum, my children love it. We all enjoyed the King Tut exhibit, we went three times. My wife loved it. We love to explore new things and places, it is a time for us to bond. We love the dinosaur gallery downstairs, the first time we took our soon he was only a year old and got really scared when the lighting effects came on. Now it's one of his favorite places in the museum.

Name: Richard Geisen

Instilling the Love of Learning

My husband and I, who both have teaching degrees, have the common goal to instill in our girls a love of learning. We try to give them opportunities to discover things on their own whenever possible. We offer guidance to help them get even more from the learning opportunity, but do it in a way that they think they did all on their own. It's so thrilling to see their faces light up when they feel successful.

The first time we visited the Children's Museum of Indianapolis we tried to cram as much as possible into our day trip. We didn't want to miss a thing, and we wanted to get our money's worth! We soon discovered, however, that rushing the kids through the museum made the experience not only stressful on us, the parents, but also on them. We decided to purchase a membership and now when we visit we allow them to decide which exhibits to visit and how long they'd like to stay. We never make it to very many different exhibits in each trip but they, and we, come away with so much more because we took the time to explore every aspect of the exhibit. We discover something new with each trip, even in the Dino exhibit which we visit every single time!

I highly recommend the membership program and have recruited a good number of families to join. The museum has so much to offer for all ages and helps provide learning opportunities in a very fun, interactive environment. It completely matches our parenting philosophy for teaching them to love learning. We just can't enough!

Name: Heather Bennett

Skaggs' Family Loves the Children's Museum

The Skaggs' Family consists of a Shirlene (Mom), Jeff (Dad), Jadyn (7 year old daughter), Jonah (3 year old son), Segan (2 year old son), Sammi (1 year old daughter). We try to visit the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as often as possible at least once per month. The Museum has so many different things to offer to my children. They all love riding the carousel and all of the temporary exhibits. My 7 year old daughter especially loves the Barbie Exhibit. Also, my 3 year old son loves the trains. My younger children always love the hands on nature of the Playscape and ScienceWorks.

I have so many amazing memories of the Children's Museum from all the way back when I was a kid but my most memorable was my most recent. My 7 year old daughter absolutely loves the Disney Princesses. She watched the Princess and the Frog and had a new favorite movie. So in April, I decided to surprise her with a live experience of the Frog Prince at the Lilly Theater. Her face just lit up completely when she saw what she was getting ready to watch. It was a phenomenal experience for her and I. The Skaggs' Family would be the biggest and best Children's Museum explorers because we have discovered nearly everything that the museum has to offer and we absolutely love it.

Name: Jeff Skaggs

Our Family♥

ExplorersOur family consists of three: Mom, Dad and Kaden. We try to come to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at least once a month. We love to just spend the day exploring the different exhibits and activities! We haven't been since the addition of "Bumblebee" which will be a hit for our family.... Transformers is a favorite at our house. Kaden's 5th birthday was in March and the theme was Transformers!! I have wonderful pictures that were taken at The Children's Museum, especially when Kaden was younger in Playscape on a tractor and in the Dinosphere posing with dinos!! We love to be adventurous, often spending spring and summer outdoors at parks or Brown County! Riding the Carousel is a must every trip!! We love to find new things everytime we come and think a scavenger hunt sounds awesome!!

Name: Ashley Seagle


Always something new

ExplorerOur drive to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is always the same: my two daughters are each allowed to choose three exhibits or activities they would like to explore that day. The negotiations can last ten minutes as they weigh all the options and try to add things we haven't seen for a while mixed with old standards (like the carousel).

But once we arrive they are most thrilled when we're able to add a special unexpected activity to our list. The first time we experienced such a detour, we made our own race cars in Playscape. Most recently we joined a class to design a dress in Barbie - my five-year-old now tells everyone that she knows how to make clothes. These unusual museum moments have been the most special and memorable for my kids. We've stood in a crowded room to count down to noon, we've been the only ones in the planetarium, we've drawn dragons, played Egyptian instruments, sung dozens of songs, learned Spanish, and then - perhaps most interesting to me - learned the subtle differences between rock and fossilized bone or wood.

The anticipation of exploring familiar areas keeps my young children excited about returning - but the anticipation of discovering new surprises keeps me excited to bring them.

Name: Heather Lusk

Night at the Museum

ExplorerWe have a membership to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, so we visit about every other month. We have discovered a lot at the museum that we didn't know before the visit. For example: How small the Enterprise model that was used in Star Trek. We learned a lot about Anne Frank, Ryan White and Ruby Bridges.

Our daughter loves to go to the museum. She enjoys seeing all the exhibits. We have so many memorable moments when we visit. We bring family and friends with us. Each trip has its memories. I would have to say that one of most recent memorable moments was the last time we were there. We had watched the movie "The Night at the Museum". As we were wondering our way through Dinosphere My child ask me if I thought that the night watchman throws bones for all of the dinosaurs.

I have made a scavenger hunt for my husband and daughter. It relieved stress for my husband and gave my daughter time with just her father. To have a chance to do a scavenger hunt as a family would pull us together more. To win a trip to Washington DC would be a dream come true for my child. She talks all the time about going to the Museum of Natural History.

Name: Tamara Bayne


Unstoppable Curiosity

ExplorerKatrina and I have two children -- 4-year-old Armand Zefram and his little sister Autumn-Rose. Armand always loved the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, but it became even more important when he was diagnosed with stage-4 cancer in 2009. He was quite often weak between treatments, but he still loved exploring the museum as often as possible during our short home stays. He always brightened up at the chance to go to "Dinosaur Museum" and make his way through Playscape.

Most of the cancer is behind him now, and he's no longer bald, but he still loves exploring, seeing new things, going new places, and showing the world to his little sister. He also loves geocaching -- citywide scavenger hunting via GPS -- and delights in finding new secrets and hidden treasures. His unstoppable curiosity is one of the reasons he made it through his illness, and he indulges it every chance he gets at the Children's Museum. Even now he continues to build up his strength by scaling mighty Playscape mountains and making his way through nature tunnels.

Name: Paul Pogue


Life is an Adventure

With three little monkeys I feel that life is our biggest adventure. My oldest son is 9, daughter is 8, and youngest son is 6. As you can imagine life is busy, crazy, hectic, and wonderful all the time.

My favorite memories of my kids would have to be watching them all "geared up" in dress up clothes "exploring" our back yard. (This would include vests, food, binoculars, hiking bags, food, hats, flashlights, walking sticks and more food.) Scaling up the slide, trekking through the dangerous lilac bushes, climbing the (jungle) trees, and finding new territories to hide out in through the fence...

We are in love with museums! We don't get down to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis as much as we would like to but we make the most of our visits while there. You can't fully explore everything in just one day!

No matter how old my children get their favorite part of being at the museum is the chance to pretend to be someone or something else! Wether they are making their own movie or cartoon, dressing up as a bird in its own habitat, or their absolute favorite (paleontologist) digging up buried (bones) treasures!

Since the release of the movies, Night at the Museum (1 and 2) my children have found a new appreciation for museums. That mixed in with their love for history would make a trip to D.C. a dream come true. What better place to explore and have a new adventure then our nations capital!
I think they are at a perfect age for this. Their little minds are just soaking up new information and they think history is fun. So please help us fuel this love of history and exploration with our own families adventure to D.C.

Name: Jennifer Ilic

What I like about the childrens museum

I think my dad and me have been to the Childrens Museum of Indianapolis over 100 times. I really like the dinosaur puzzle and to build my own dinosaurs on the computer. I like to learn things in the lab. The butterfly room is also cool. I have not climed the rock wall yet but I will when I am old enough.

Name: Robert

Dino Arms

ExplorerAs members of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, we have shared many great experiences with our family. Our kids are always anxious to return as there are always new things to explore.

One of our best memories was the first time we took our family to the dinosaur exhibit. At first my daughter was a little apprehensive, but the "tour guide" saw this as an opportunity to engage her into the story about the T-Rex. After a short story from the guide, my daughter was reciting every fact about the dinosaurs. In fact, she continued to use her "dinosaur arms & voice" to see what it felt like to be a dinosaur.

This is a special memory that our family will hold for the rest of our life. We love the museum and opportunity for families to learn and have a good time. I am a lifetime fan!

Name: James Seay


Worth The Trip

ExplorerWe have been members of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for several years. My sons both attended the preschool--even with an hour and fifteen minute drive! We love it that much! We attend roughly once a month although it varies due to our schedules. We always start out at the dinosaurs and proceed through the trains. Then we start at the 4th floor and work our way down. A stop at the store is always a must and I have gotten lots of Christmas shopping done there in the past. They have an awesome selection of toys and educational products that we all love--plus a rewards program towards future purchases. Of course we always stop for cotton candy too! It would be hard to select a favorite memory but watching my childrens' faces light up at the sights and sounds of the trains is a front-runner. We also really appreciate the handicap-friendly layout of the parking and museum. With a daughter in a wheelchair, it really helps having such an easy space to play in!

Name: Carrie Shahbahrami


Day-Trip Explorers

After a two hour drive to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the junior explorers are ready to stretch their legs and minds. The adventure begins as soon as they step into the walkway over the busy street below. "Watch out for the colors at your feet!" they shout to each other. Only their imaginations can predict what might happen if they inadvertantly step onto a forbidden stripe. The two younger explorers watch intently from the safety of their stroller, waiting eagerly for their chance to set their feet (or in the case of the youngest, hands and knees) on the ground.

ExplorerThe sunlit entrance brings to mind all the adventures of the past. One explorer, still not sure of how the seasons change, asks "where is the slide?" The oldest guide takes adventage of the opportunity for a quick lesson on how winter turns to spring and how many adventures might be had before it is once again time for the return of Jolly Days. And with that, the exploration begins.

The young explorers are still perfecting their teamwork skills, as evident in the brief squabbles regarding which direction to head in first. The oldest prefers Barbie (even explorers should look fabulous, you know!), but perhaps Science Works would be a compromise - so much there relates to things she has studied in the classroom recently. The second votes for Dinosphere - he has conquered his fear of those prehistoric sounds and is ready to delve into all there is to learn. He knows his guides will read the signs to him if he only asks, and he can find out the answers to all the questions he has come up with since his last visit. The third is eager to visit the horses on the fourth floor. She hopes that she will soon be able to ride on one that jumps into the air! The youngest does not share his opinion, for he is fascinated by everything his eyes can take in. The guides know, though, that he would love to crawl about Playscape and explore things at his level with his unique perspective.

The day is spent moving from one adventure to the next. Each explorer discovers something new and exciting at every stop. The oldest even laments that she is a bit too old for exploring with Dora and Diego, but it does look like SO much fun! The water in the clock keeps moving, though, and soon there is very little time left. There is time only for a brief rest and refreshment before that friendly T-Rex (the guides PROMISE he isn't scary!) waves good-bye. For the littlest explorer, the best discovery has been saved for last...his very first ice cream cone!

Name: Valerie Skiles


Learning and Fun Really Can Go Together!

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has been a very important part of our family life for the past 14 years. Ever since I had my first of four children, my husband and I have made sure to take our family there many, many times. My kids have always loved the museum. They love exploring and they don't even realize at the time how educational it is. We don't just take our children. We usually take my sister and her children with us. The last time we came to the museum was a couple months ago and we brought 7 adults and 11 kids with us. We had a blast! We always try to do the trivia and games and things. We did the one where you have to answer a question correctly and then put on one article at a time to become a superhero. The kids loved it!

My very favorite times at the museum though are the holidays. I especially love the Christmas things. We always get a picture with Santa in an ornament to hang on the tree. I love how the kids are all so tuned in. The teenagers can even live without their electronic devices for a whole day and just be a family. It is great! I have always loved the museum and always will. I am looking forward to taking my grandchildren there sometime in the next decade or so. Thank you!

Name: Heather Fulton

Why We Would Love To Go To Washington D.C.

We just purchased a family pass to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We love to take the day and come to the museum. The museum has been our "day vacation" every year since my daughter was born in 2004. This year we spent two days enjoying the "Take Me To Egypt" exhibit. My daughter is now six and truly loves that exhibit. Also, her favorite group class this year has been the "Dora and Diego" exhibit. She loves the small groups we went in to discover where a certain animal lives, what they eat and what was wrong with the particular animal. Melannie loves to explore and do research on different topics with me.

I have been reading the Capital Mystery chapter book series to her the last six months and she loves to hear about different places and things to see in Washington D.C. We absolutely love the "hands-on" learning and exploring at the museum. We always have great memories from each year that we visited.

Thank you,
The Madson Family

Name: Dawn Madson