We try to visit The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
at least once a month. We have two children and they both love their time at the museum. My son is 5 and loves digging for dinosaur bones. Each visit he learns something new about dinosaurs
. My daughter is 8, and will be in the third grade during the next school year. Her favorite adventure in the museum in the science works
One of the best attributes of the Children's Museum is that every visit, no matter how often we visit, is a new adventure. We love to catch the plays
in the basement. We always look through the program to find out play times and plan our trip throughout the museum so that we can watch the play. We always learn something we did not know with each visit to the museum.
In the most recent visit, my daughter and I spent a lot of time in the Ryan White exhibit
. It gave us an opportunity to talk about how we treat others, and how we should treat others. She was able to share stories with me about times she has felt bullied at school, and we worked on developing tools on how to handle situations of bullying while at school. She was able to talk about Ryan's experiences at school and how he was treated when the community found out he was diagnosed with AIDS and how she would feel if she were to be treated in that manner, or how others would feel if she treated them in such a manner.
For my 5 year old, all things are a new adventure and each area gives him the opportunity to learn something new. The best part about it all is that it is so fun, he doesn't even know he is learning. We have been going to the museum from the time my children were infants. We have moved from exploring sand and water in play scapes
to rock wall climbing in Science Works
While I treasure every moment at the Children's Museum with my children, my most memorable moment at the Children's Museum is from my own childhood. When I was in the third grade, my Mother was the Brownie leader for our Girl Scout troop. We all made pink tie dye shirts during a meeting, then she took us to the museum, the only thing was we all had to wear the shirts we had made. It was her way of keep track of all of us girls. I had not been to the museum before that visit and I remember being in complete awe of all of the wonderful exhibits that we explored. I treasure the picture of me and my Mother along with the other girls all in our pink tie dyed shirts gathered around the Indy car, and now have pictures of my husband, children and myself seated around the same car. Memories that can last a lifetime.
Name: Renea Fry