Go rock climbing, ride a turn-of-the-century carousel, or check out outerspace at the SpaceQuest Planetarium. The Children's ... More
Children's Museum, The
Go rock climbing, ride a turn-of-the-century carousel, or check out outerspace at the SpaceQuest Planetarium. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is one of the largest children's museum in the world. The 356,000-square-foot facility houses 10 major galleries that explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts. Whenever possible, exhibits are \"hands-on\" or participatory in nature. The museum presents thousands of programs and activities each year.
I have been here many times. I really like that they have a toddler area for younger kids, we have a 2 year old son. They have an awesome dinosaur exhibit too.
Be sure to also check out the egyptian room, lots of interesting facts.
i think it waass pretty cool! It was really really kid friendly, they had a carosoul and they had a house of mirrors, which i thought was awesome, they had all this fun kid stuff on the 5th floor, so if you go check that out!
the dinosaur stuff was kind of boring, but i loved that clock, the first one when you walk in. Oh! The awesome, place where you design a paper sail boat and then sail it! Wow that was cool. Also, the place where you go in on the second floor, you go in and turn left into a room and there's that sail boat thing, then the little marble thing! Ok then there's the little slide thing, that's very fun, there's a ton of things to do there, so definitly check it out, except the haunted house in the light and the dinosaur thing! Oh i forgot, there's all the bookzone, they have a ton of books it's on the second or third floor! You need to go to it! It's totaally cool for a kid and a little bit well a lot cool for adults and older kids! -unknown
Prepare to spend the entire day at the Children's Museum in Indianapolis. It has five floors packed with entertainment and exhibits for children and adults as well. IT IS BEST TO START ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWNWARD, especially if you have children under 12. The top floor will take the most time, over an hour for sure! Just remember to save time for the Dinosaurs, which are in the Lower Level of the Museum.
This place was amazing! They have something for every age. We spent the entire day there and had a blast. It is an excellent trip. We stayed downtown indy and paired the trip with the indy zoo. It was a nice weekend trip. Plan for the whole day at the museum and half a day at the zoo. Also Jillians downtown was a fun place to take the kids for dinner and games/bowling.
I grew up in Indy and moved away in 1976. I will be 55 next month and, since I have family in Indy, I have returned many times through the years with my kids and now my grandkids. I have watched the museum grow from tiny little brick buildings that lined 30th Street between Meridian and Illinois Street to a several hundred thousand square foot, five story wonderland that brings out the child in all of us. I can honestly say I have never had a bad time there, as a child or an adult. Just looking at the wonder on the children's' faces as they learn from the interactive displays at the museum is worth the price of admission, which, while we are on the subject, is quite reasonable. In the lobby you'll see a giant stuffed Polar Bear, one of the original exhibits, and a little while later you will be treated to the viewing of an Egyptian mummy which was also there when I was a kid; I've watched that mummy moved around until it is now part of a fabulous exhibit of ancient Egypt, where one feels as if he/she is walking through ancient Egyptian ruins and then sees the mummy. An x-ray shows the inside of the mummy now, making it even more fascinating than it was 40+ years ago. There are too many hands-on exhibits to even talk about, and each season a wonderfully done new exhibit headlines your visit. This one is a DON'T MISS, folks. I live close to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and the Children's Museum of Indianapolis puts that to shame. Even if you don't go to the Indy 500 track and museum, go to this one. It is a day that you will find goes by too quickly. Even the food is not museum food any more, as the museum boasts a food court that caters to every taste, complete with a large, clean eating area and short consolidated lines to pay for your food from any of the restaurants in the food court at any of the cash registers. How easy is that? Best museum deal in America.
This place is awesome. My kids and I go every first Thursday of the month for their free day. They have a Dino Dome, a planetarium, and much much more. My favorite is the Mummy Tomb. They have a real mummy and have designed the exhibit to look like an actual stone tomb. It is excellent.
What I don't like about it is there food places are too high. Also, they have a new exhibit of the Nazi era. I felt very uncomfortable about its existence in a childrens museum.
I've been going to this museum since I was a little girl & couldn't wait to take my own children there. I live in Illinois, about 2-3 hours away, but I still buy the memberships because my kids love to go there as much as I did. They have five levels of fun, offering an area for train lovers, a "mummy tomb" complete with real mummy, an underwater exploratory area, a huge playhouse area with a fun mirror & black light area, a carousel, the DinoSphere where you can dig for "dinosaur bones" as well as see their skeletons to see how big they really were, an area to learn about how different people live, a play center aimed for babies & toddlers, several choices of places to eat & much, much more. They also change some areas from time to time so my kids like to see what's new & what they remember from last time. Oh, and they always get their picture taken in the race car (bring your own camera) to see how much they've grown from the time before. My only complaint is the price to get in for a larger family (5). The cost of an annual membership is less then the cost of my family getting in twice, so I just by that & if we make it over there twice a year we're saving money. Plan to spend the whole day there, though. When my kids were first old enough to really enjoy it I felt like I had to rush through everything so I could make sure they saw it all, so now we stay the night & go two days if we need to.
The children's Museum was amazing. My 2 year old girl wants to go back! I am from Dallas,Texas and me and my husband decided to take a trip up north a little way! We whent to the Indiana State Fair, the Childrens Museum,and the Indianapolis Zoo!! I loved it all and it was amazing how inexpencive it all most way I was expecting like spending close to $400 but I only spent like close to $150-200 dollers! If you have any other opoinions on the best things in Indianapolis I would love to hear them I would LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to go back for my birthday this year!!!!!!!!!!!!
As a native Hoosier, I've always loved the Children's Museum. Now that I live in another state, I can't wait to get back and see it again. I work in the hotel industry, and when my guests are going to Indy, I always mention the museum.
Don't let the name fool you; there is no age limit on the fun and wonders inside. If visiting the city in October, take the haunted house tour. It's an Indianapolis tradition. Also inside is the merry go round that works and the water clock in the lobby is facinating.
The museum grounds are people friendly and there is a resturant and fast food area that's handy for hungry visitors who don't want to leave the fun. Plan to spend the whole day if you want to see it all, or save some for the next time around.