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Let the learning adventures begin! Your preschooler can learn and play in the world’s largest classroom.

  • Immersive, hands-on learning
  • Small classes with a certified teacher and an instructional assistant
  • Museum time before it opens to the public
  • Safe, secure environment
  • Trained museum volunteers and parent volunteers

We are excited to announce that we are now a Level 3 childcare center on the Paths to Quality rating scale. This means that we can accept families who qualify for grants from On My Way Pre-K (for 4 year-olds) or the Indy Preschool Scholarship Program (for 3 year-olds). 

Program Options for 2018-2019:

  • SOLD OUT! Full-time, year round preschool class (start date - Aug. 20, 2018)
    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    $12,000 per year for members; $1,000 for 12 monthly payments (lunch and snacks provided)
  • SOLD OUT! Prekindergarten class (Aug. 20-May 24, 2019)
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)
    $6,620 per year for members; $735.55 for 9 monthly payments (lunch and snack provided)
  • SOLD OUT! Two day AM (Aug. 20-May 24, 2019)
    Tuesday, Thursday (8:30 a.m.–noon)
    $2,720.00 per year for members; $302.22 for 9 monthly payments (snack provided - optional Lunch Bunch available from 12-1 p.m., $12.50 per session, lunch provided)

If you're interested in the 2018-2019 school year, please contact the Call Center at 317-334-4000 or stop by the Concierge desk at the museum to have your child's name added to the waitlist.

Preschool Open Houses

  • Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, 4-6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 1-3 p.m.

When attending an Open House, if you are not a current museum member, stop at the Security Desk to pick up a Preschool Open House ID card which allows you to visit the preschool classrooms.

Hands on. Worlds open.

Every school day is full of new learning discoveries and purposeful play! Children get to explore the museum each day in small, teacher-led groups before it opens to the public. Then they return to their state-of-the-art preschool rooms to focus on creative projects and learning centers in the arts, literacy, sciences, and humanities. Click here to see videos of a typical day in preschool. It’s a one-of-a-kind blend of world-class museum and cutting-edge learning.

Mission of The Children's Museum Preschool

Inspired by the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, The Children's Museum Preschool collaborates with children, families, and museum colleagues to support the natural curiosity and potential for young learners through observation, intentional planning, and active exploration of materials and the environment. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Take Learning to a New Level

Children are naturally curious. They ask questions. They investigate. As children begin to explore topics that interest them, they'll think critically and increase their understanding of the world around them. Math and language development happens naturally and problem-solving occurs logically through play and interaction.

During museum gallery time, children learn by handling real objects and artifacts, talking with experts, and exploring dynamic and engaging spaces focused on the arts, physical and natural sciences, and the humanities.

When you ask your child what he or she did in school today, be prepared for some wonderful answers!