We have a membership to the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and we love it. Although some of the attractions do not change, they do change a few of the exhibits at least annually. They also have a great haunted house in the fall, a wonderful Christmas theme during the holidays and plenty of hands on fun for the kids. Their Dinosphere attraction is always my kids favorite. They also have fun for the littlest kids, too. A definite do-not-miss for families in Indianapolis.
I made my first visit to the Children's Museum in about 1982. It was an overnight field trip set aside for the big kids in school--the fifth grade! I have several vivid memories from that trip. First, I wore puple overalls and a braided headband with feathers attached. And, a boy who had a crush on me bought me a butterfly necklace in the gift shop. And then there was the museum!!! I especially liked the prairie family, the big polar bear, and the dinosaurs. Some 30-odd years later, I have thoroughly enjoyed taking my own children to visit. Several of my favorite exhibits are still there, but there is also a constant rotation of fresh new exhibits. My girls have explored the world of Barbie, Superheros, and Curious George, and been exposed to historical advancements and great art (check out the Chihuly sculpture that spans several floors). There are so many interactive elements to keep even the most on-the-go kiddos entertained. You never know what you might get to do--dig in the dirt or walk a runway. Even if you don't have kids, you're never too big to have a little fun with science. Highly recommended for families or anyone with an inquisitive nature.
As far as Indiana goes, this is one of the absolute best Children's Museums. There is a wide array of activites for children to participate in, and most of the time you can see adults right along with them, having just as much fun! Although parking can be a bit of a hassle (you might have to walk a little ways there to avoid an expensive parking garage), the walk is worth it. This part of Indianapolis is very chic and interesting. My favorite part of this museum was the gift shop, where they had all sorts of interesting things to buy - including freeze-dried, astronaut style ice cream!
We took our daughter on a little trip to Indianapolis for her 3rd birthday to visit The Children's Museum. This was like the Disneyworld of children's museums! No detail was overlooked. Everything was so well thought out. There are lots of activities there for her age, and so much for older kids as well. I think we spent about 6 hours there. We ate lunch at the museum and it was not outrageously overpriced. We will definitely be back one day!!
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis runs an inner-city social engineering program called "Mid North Quality of Life Plan. http://www.midnorthplan.org/ They are using government HUD money, ObamaStash, and liberal Foundation money for urban planning via transfer of wealth from the suburbs to the inner-city. They want to merge the two together for tax sharing and wealth transfer. Just say no! The makers will fund the takers. This is taxpayer money! Most people have no idea that this is happening. I will never spend another $1 at the museum. I wish more conservatives knew what they were up to. Please see liberal Congressman Andre Carson's recent endorsement of CMIs new government funded low-income housing project going up at the old Winona Hospital site. They are not helping the poor, they are lining their pockets with tax dollars and grant money. TRex LLC is the new company spun off from the CMI. They also support the huge boondoggle Indy Connect transit plan to connect the inner-city to the suburbs. http://www.childrensmuseum.org/illinois-place-groundbreaking , http://www.childrensmuseum.org/node/35523
I've been to countless children's museums around the country. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is not only the largest, but it is truly the best. Incredibly spacious (which is what I find lacking in so many other museums focused on kids). And fun for a really wide range of ages. I even went a few times before I had kids. I wrote a few tips for visiting here: http://www.arrowssentforth.com/2011/01/tips-for-visiting-childrens-museum.html
I have more reviews of specific exhibits at my Indiana Adventures page: http://www.arrowssentforth.com/p/indiana-adventures.html
This was a great museum. I think the thing I liked best is that it was very spacious. There were enough exhibits to keep you there all day, but they were all in large rooms so you didn't feel crammed in with everyone else. We only went there once, but I got the impression that many of the exhibits were traveling and that they were changed pretty often. It seemed like a place you could go again and again and continually see something new. The best part for me was an exhibit called the Power of Children.on It featured Anne Frank, Ryan White and Ruby Bridges. Due to subject matter, these might be better suited to older children. My children liked the Barbie exhibit the most. We spent a couple hours dressing up and designing new fashions. The only drawback to this museum for us is that they didn't offer a discount to museum members from other cities. Other than that, it was a great way to spend the day and we will definitely go back when we are in the area again.
We have spent so much family time here that I feel like I work there sometimes. The best thing about the museum is that there are great exhibits for every age and interest. Right now there is a Dora exhibit and many science exhibits. Rock climbing, carousel, science lab, treasures of the deep and much more. It is really a great place for kids.
While visiting my family in Indiana this month, we decided to check out the country's largest Children's Museum in downtown Indianapolis. It was AWESOME! This museum catered to all ages of children and every interest imaginable. Stroller friendly exhibits offer lots of hands-on activities and learning experiences for all ages.
From excavating dinosaur bones, to an airplane ride to Egypt, to fun water activities, to a planetarium show - it's ALL here. This museum is huge!
We did experience some tears from DD, but only because we were having to drag her away from exhibits that she wanted to spend more time on. We were there all day and even though it felt like we were rushing through most of the exhibits, we still didn't manage to see everything. So if it's at all practical for you, check out getting a membership so you can come back several times and get to see all this wonderful museum has to offer.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is such a cool place! The exhibits change a lot which makes it even more enjoyable. There are many floors with different activities. The people are friendly and it's a cool place to go as a family or on a field trip!
Plan on spending at least an entire day! My daughter was so sad to leave after 6 hours of non-stop fun and there was plenty for my son (8 months) to do as well. My daughter loved all the hands-on activities but she especially loved the Merry Go Round right in the middle of the museum! :) It was a great day together!
I love it here because it obliviously kid friendly but it has something for everyone! I get so tired of going to "kid friendly places that are just for the kids". There are many interesting exhibits that are interesting to both adults and kids. The workers there are very friendly and the facility is clean and well kept up. It's always changing so it will keep you coming back for more fun for the WHOLE family.
WOnderful place to sit back and relax and let the kids imaginations run free. I have four children of my own and love to go and sit on a bench in the playscape area and let them choose what to do while I sit and catch up with friends or join in on the fun.
I have children ages 9 down to 3 months and they all enjoy the museum. We have a family pass because we can never get through everything in one visit. It's a better experience for us if focus on 3-4 exhibits and come back for more later. It's really clean and well organized.
We love this place. We take our kids at least every two years. The activities are so varied that we are constantly going back for activities that we were too young for or didn't appeal at the time. Plus there are always new exhibits to check out. We are sad now because our children have outgrown the preschool room. This was a favorite for years. This is always something for everyone-mom and dad love "playing" & "learning" too.
We have an almost 3 year old, and a one year old. We purchased a membership to the Children's museum, and have been 3 times in the last 3 months. My children absolutely love the place! The Playscape is like heaven for toddlers, and my 1 year old would be happy to stay there all day long. My 3 year old loves the entire museum, especially the Dinosphere, and carousel. My husband really enjoys the museum as well.
This is a great way to spend an afternoon or an entire weekend. There is no way to see and explore the entire museum in a short time, luckily everything is completely divided so you can explore in sections. While it is a bit pricey when you are taking a handful of children, it is absolutely worth it. Seriously one of the best things to do in indy with children
We visited between Christmas and New Year's Eve, so it was very crowded. Even though the parking garage was full, the additional lots they opened were within walking distance and it wasn't a big inconvenience to park outside the garage. If you're able to visit two or three times in a one year period, you'll want to consider purchasing a membership. It was a lot of fun for the kids, and a very clean environment.
We are from CA and went to the museum and had a blast. They amount of activities was amazing. The variation in things to see and do was a shock. I will definantly return when we visit IN again. Love the Star Wars, Bob the Builder, the Slide, the Stars, etc!!!
We stopped in Indianapolis while driving through the state specifically to see this famous kids museum. We were not disappointed. The kids loved the dinosaur area..very hands on..The travelling exhibits were great!
We didnt get a chance to see the planetarium show. There is a lot here for one day. The kids loved the merry-go-round and the hands on work exhibits..and the playground area. We didn't stop the entire day. I do suggest packing a lunch. The cafeteria prices were outrageous! Lots of toruing groups from summer camps (a little tough to navigate with middle schoolers running around). I'm not sure when the best time of year to visit is, but perhaps a normal school day it is quieter.