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Museum at Home

Museum at Home
https://www.childrensmuseum.org/

As we begin to reopen our doors to the public, we will continue to provide opportunities for you to experience Museum at Home. It's one more way we're pursuing our mission.

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As a nonprofit that receives very little city, state, or federal funding, we ask for your support. When the time is right for you and your family, we would appreciate it if you would consider making a donation. These donations will help ensure the museum has the necessary funds to continue to operate and maintain a world-class facility, as well as to create extraordinary exhibits and programs in the future.

Earth Day Activity Bundle!

Dig into these hands-on activities that you can do at home to virtually celebrate!

Presidents Day Activity Bundle

Celebrate Indiana’s presidential heritage this Presidents Day!

Don’t forget to join us on Monday, Feb. 15, as the museum opens its doors with FREE admission. Due to limited capacity, free tickets are required. Please call 317-334-4000 on Feb. 15 to check for day-of availability—learn more.

Let your voice be heard by participating in these activities at home:

  • Listen to Old Whiskers Escapes, the true story of President Benjamin Harrison’s pet goat that lived on the White House grounds—listen to the story
  • Identify the qualities of a good leader with The Making of a Leader family activity—learn more
  • Make your own campaign buttons in the Political Pinbacks activity—learn more
  • Create your own presidential campaign, practice casting your vote, and discover the presidential election process with these resources—learn more
  • Explore some presidential objects with Indiana connections in our Collections—learn more
  • The infoZone Library has compiled a list of books to celebrate Presidents’ Day—get the list here, then check them out at one of The Indianapolis Public Libraries—explore here

Upcoming Virtual Events

Facebook LIVE with Museum Experts

The Children's Museum educators and experts are coming together to bring you fun live content. The full schedule of virtual live events will be released soon!

Let's Chat! Live Shows

Every week we're bringing you interactive activities and conversations with around topics you love⁠—dinos, nature, art, and more!

Virtual Museum Programs

Our trained actors and facilitators are doing what they do best⁠—entertaining and educating families of all ages! Check out your favorite museum programs right from home!

Virtual Birthday Parties

We know kids with birthdays aren't able to celebrate as planned, so Rex wants to make sure your birthday kiddo feels extra special. Check out our monthly virtual birthday dance parties!

DIY Science

Our Science Educators have you covered with these fun at-home science experiments that only take a few ingredients.

Museum in Minutes

We're taking you on a virtual tour of some of your favorite exhibits—each in one minute or less!

Curate Your Own Collection

Go behind-the-scenes with the museum's curators and learn about fossils you can find in Indiana, how to start your own collection, and how to organize and store your collection.

Warm-Up with Our Coaches

The Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience® coaches are here to help you get up and get active! Follow along for fun active play activities for all ages you can do at home.

The Children's Museum Activity Book

Make some art to hang up on the fridge at home! Color in some of your favorite museum memories and brighten up your space. Print these out at home and have a blast!

Museum at Home: Classroom Connections

Need some fun and creative ideas for your e-classroom? Check out our standards-based lessons, covering many topics and written by trained educators.

 

Previous Themed Activity Bundles

Black History Month Activity Bundle

From storytime videos to inventor spotlights, our Black History Month Digital Activity Bundle provides museum resources for you to use without leaving the house.

  • Books and Toys to celebrate Black History Month—learn more
  • 5 Objects to find in the museum celebrating Black History—learn more
  • Discover the impact of Janet Emerson Bashen's pioneering work in the world of computer technology and learn to code your name—learn more
  • Explore the influence of Black musicians on American music—learn more
  • Learn about Garrett Morgan's invention with these Stoplight Activities—learn more

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activity Bundle

The museum opens its doors with FREE admission to all children and families to celebrate the life, achievements, and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18. If you can't visit in person you can still celebrate with activities at home. You can:

  • Join in a Zumba class that celebrates bravery—watch the video
  • Learn 4 ways to spread kindness—read here
  • The Indianapolis Public Library has compiled a list of books that will inspire you to make a difference—get the list here, then check them out at infoZone
  • Play a game the explores Dr. King landmarks across the U.S.—read here

Thanks to our kind sponsors FedEx and Ice Miller LLP.

New Years Eve Activity Bundle

2020 is almost over! We have a few activities for you to check out as we wind down the year in our New Year’s Eve digital bundle. You can:

  • Learn how to build a time capsule—watch the video
  • Watch how to make your own Water Clock—watch the video
  • Make your own 2020 memory journal—learn more
  • Print out “Countdown to Noon” flags—learn more
  • Tune into a performance by Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan

Thanks to our kind sponsors Donatos, Indiana Farm Bureau and Kumon.

Jolly Days Activity Bundle

Celebrate the holidays at home with these fun and festive videos and activities. From “magical snow” to delicious homemade cookies, there’s a little something for everyone to enjoy this season!

  • Andy the Zookeeper shows off four of his very special arctic animals—Watch videos
  • The North Pole Chef Patty Cakes shares two top-secret cookie recipes—Watch video
  • Science Educator Don shows how to make instant snow—Watch video
  • Learn how to make paper snowflakes for home decor—Watch video
  • Write a digital letter to Santa—Send a letter
  • Take a tour of Jolly Days Winter WonderlandLearn more

Chemistry Day Activity Bundle

Happy Chemistry Week! Explore the world of chemistry with experiments and demonstrations that illustrate how chemistry is all around us. Don't forget to join us on Saturday, Nov. 14 for our in-person Chemistry Day activities.

Thank you to our sponsor, KNAUF Insulation.

Summer Fun Bundle

Blue skies. Fresh-cut grass. Singing birds. Fluttering butterflies. Flowers in full bloom. It’s summertime and it’s time to get outside! Give this list of activities a try so you can have an extraordinary summer!:

Racing Activity Bundle

Even though we have to wait just a little longer to celebrate the greatest spectacle in racing this year, May still means racing in central Indiana! Check out our starting grid of extraordinary racing-related activities:

  • Watch 2004 IndyCar series champion and 2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan field questions from kids about his racing career. Watch it here.
  • Complete an activity packet from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Download it here.
  • Watch Let’s Chat: RACING! Virtual First Thursday edition on Facebook. Watch it here.
  • Discover why spoilers are an important safety feature. Do the experiment.
  • Get behind the wheel with the IndyCar e-Learning Pit Stop. Visit the site.
  • Observe how different track surfaces impact a car’s speed. Do the experiment.

Start your engines. Let’s go racing!

Mother's Day Activity Bundle

We know that mom is working overdrive during these unusual and uncertain times. She deserves an extra special Mother’s Day. Let us help you make her day extraordinary. Show mom you care by making one of these crafts for her for Mother’s Day:

May the 4th be with you

Attention all rebels, scavengers, bounty hunters, princesses, farmboys, spies, Jedi, and scruffy looking nerf herders—Happy Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you!

We’ve searched the galaxy for Star Wars content especially for you. No need to jump to hyperspace. We have everything you need right here. This is the Way.

  • Launch your day with Yoda Yoga. Watch it here.
  • Complete your training by following Master Yoda’s example. You’ll need your own set of Yoda ears. Make your own.
  • Create your own creature from a planet in a galaxy far, far away… Learn more.
  • Bring the stars inside with a DIY constellation viewer. Learn more.
  • Hear from our Curator Ashley Hannum about the top 10 items in our Star Wars collection. Watch the video.

Easter activities

Make Easter weekend egg-straordinary with these fun activities!