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Enjoy Museum at Home— The World’s Largest Children’s Museum Offers Family Engagement Ideas While Social Distancing

Monday, March 16, 2020

Museum at Home with The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

You can’t come to The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, so The Children’s Museum is coming to YOU! Families across the country are searching for creative ways to spend quality time with their kids at home while following the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis closed temporarily as a precautionary measure from March 14–28, 2020, based on Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb’s request to limit the number of people gathered in one location. That number lowered on March 16, 2020 due to President Donald Trump’s recommendation of 10 people or less. While the museum will reevaluate its options at that time, it will continue to provide fun, engaging content via social media and on its website for families forced to stay home during social distancing as a result of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The URL is www.childrensmuseum.org/MuseumAtHome

The Children’s Museum has always been a leader in educational experiences. It provides educational Units of Study on its website and is now ramping up with virtual tours and fun, whimsical things to do on its social media platforms. Parents, grandparents and care providers might be surprised to learn the world’s largest museum has resources that can be used in traditional classrooms or for homeschooling. These Units of Study include standards-based curricula that covers a variety of topics and are written by trained educators. Anyone can use these study tools for free to learn more about dinosaurs, trains and transportation, science, archaeology, biotechnology, flight, art, racism and discrimination, food and fitness, health, and more! The units of study are also broken down into school grade levels so adults can choose content that best fits their child’s age and educational level.

The Children’s Museum’s educators and family experience teams are also hard at work creating content that families can access via the museum’s social media channels. It is called the Museum at Home program. A timely topic includes Glitter Germs, a segment about how to wash your hands effectively. Here are some other segments: 

  • Real Science Videos: DIY (do it yourself) science experiments that families can do at home.
  • Facebook Live Chats with Experts: Engage live with museum experts on topics from science to art and more!
  • Preschool storytime: Listen to a story read by one of The Children’s Museum Preschool teachers.
  • Museum in Minutes: This segment presents a quick walkthrough of each exhibit at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
  • Morning workout: Families may be forced to self-quarantine; but, they can keep active by working out with trained coaches from the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® 
  • Curate A Collection: This video series with The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis curators provides tips on how children can start their own collections at home.
  • Museum trivia: Learn some history and little-known facts about The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and the museum’s collection of more than 130,000 artifacts.
  • Interpretive shows: Videos from some of the interpretive experiences in the museum’s exhibits—many of which include trained, costumed actor interpreters.
  • Morning greeting from Rex: Receive a morning high five from the museum’s lovable Tyrannosaurus rex mascot, Rex.

Here are a couple of links to see examples that have posted on social media already:

About The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit www.childrensmuseum.org, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, Instagram @childrensmuseum, YouTube.com/IndyTCM, and Facebook.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is proud to partner with Riley Children’s at Indiana University Health, Old National Bank and Ice Miller LLP.