The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis offers family learning experiences that are matched by few institutions in the world. Part of our mission is to provide an accessible, positive learning environment for children and families—including those families that cannot afford the cost of admission. The museum initiated these programs to fulfill that mission.
Access Pass Program
The museum strives to make fun family learning more accessible no matter your family’s income. Access Pass allows qualifying Hoosier families the ability to visit The Children’s Museum for just $2 per family member per visit. Hoosier families that take part in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), SNAP and Hoosier Works, or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance can apply for Access Pass. Even better? The museum has joined forces with other local institutions to offer Access Pass opportunities around the city and state.
Foster Family Membership
In partnership with the Department of Child Services the museum is proud to provide extraordinary family learning opportunities for Indiana foster families. Foster families can sign up for a free one-year membership for adults sharing the same household, their foster children, stepchildren, and biological children under 21. To join, visit the museum Box Office and show a valid foster parent license issued by the Indiana Department of Child Services or a Licensed Child Placement Agency.
Neighborhood Club Membership
The museum loves to give back to its neighbors. All residents who live within one of the museum’s six surrounding neighborhoods qualify for a free membership. Neighborhood Club members also receive exclusive quarterly nights at the museum, reduced cost for StarPoint camp, and newsletter updates. To enroll, visit the museum Box Office with your photo ID, a copy of a utility bill and/or a copy of a lease agreement to verify proof of neighborhood residency.
StarPoint Summer Camp
For nearly 30 years, the museum has offered neighborhood youth an affordable, curriculum-based summer program. StarPoint Summer Camp is a unique, six week long camp available to ages 6–12. Each week is themed according to an extraordinary exhibit or element in the museum and the curriculum is developed by trained museum educators.
$5 First Thurs. Nights
Explore the world’s biggest and best children’s museum for just $5 per person from 4-8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. As always, members visit free.
Mid-North Promise Program
Through museum programs and community partnerships, the Mid-North Promise Program provides academic support for families with children who live in one of the six Mid-North neighborhoods.
Children's Museum Preschool Scholarships
There are a limited number of scholarships available for families who live in the six neighborhoods surrounding the museum for children to attend The Children’s Museum Preschool. For information about scholarships call 317-334-4000 or stop by the Concierge desk at the museum. At the museum preschool, your preschooler can learn and play in the world’s largest classroom!
For more information or questions on any of these programs, contact our Customer Service Center at 317-334-4000.