November 20, 2017

Indianapolis: Super Bowl Size Fun for Your Family

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Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

The spotlight will be on Indianapolis this weekend as the Giants and Patriots go head-to-head in the Super Bowl, but there’s so much more to Indy than being the site of Super Bowl XLVI. There are loads of fabulous activities for kids that are historical, educational and just plain fun. Here are my top-six picks if you plan to visit Indianapolis with your kids.

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site: A wonderful opportunity to learn more about our 23rd president, the Delaware Street home of Benjamin Harrison is open for guided tours Monday through Saturday. If you can, stop by on Presidents Day later this month or on Benjamin Harrison Day for special activities. In the spring, stroll through the various garden areas, including the Freedom Garden and the Hoosier Harvest Vegetable Garden.

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: At the world’s largest children’s museum your kids will love exploring five floors of interactive exhibits that cover science, culture, history and the arts. Recently, Forbes.com ranked this children’s museum in the top spot on their list of the best children’s museums in the U.S. Look out for hands-on science labs, licensed exhibits from Barbie and Mr. Potato Head, a working carousel and the SpaceQuest Planetarium.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: At one of the 10 largest art museums in the U.S., you and your kids will love exploring the galleries and learning about the different artists. Be sure to sign up for one of the free docent-led tours to learn more about the museum, then explore the gardens and grounds of the 26-acre campus. You and your kids can also enjoy free art making activities every Saturday between noon and 4 p.m.

Indianapolis Transportation Museum: If your kids love trains, the Indianapolis Transportation Museum is the place to be. It’s an operating open-air museum that gives visitors the opportunity to see how trains operated and even ride trains similar to those used before highways and airplanes gained popularity. Make sure to check out the family-oriented Pizza Plus Express for a fun train ride into Tipton for a pizza buffet. Perfect for your little conductor!

Indianapolis Zoo: No trip to a major city is complete without a trip to the local zoo, and you won’t be disappointed by the Indianapolis Zoo. Check out the dolphin show, as well as the other marine mammals, like walruses, polar bears and sea lions, then touch real sharks at the Oceans exhibit in the country’s largest shark touch pool. Be sure to also check out the Special Zoo Experiences, like the Adventure Tours and Dolphin In-Water Adventures.

Indiana State Museum: The Indiana State Museum offers a wide variety of changing exhibits. Current exhibitions including “Amazing Maize” on the science and history of corn and “Heartland Art,” which traces 140 years of art created by Indiana natives. Be sure to also check out the IMAX theatre to watch one of four popular IMAX films.

Have you ever been to Indianapolis? I’d love to hear more about your favorite family-friendly activities. Just leave me a note in the comments.

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