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Family Fun in Indy

Holiday Fun in Indy

Activities galore for family fun

December 01, 2011
This winter season you can experience loads of fun in the Indianapolis area with your families. Take a look through this list we put together for you of places, events, exhibits and more for you to enjoy.

Indianapolis Zoo

Grab some hot chocolate and get ready for some holiday fun at the Indianapolis Zoo's annual Christmas at the Zoo & Woodland Wonderland, presented by Donatos and Teachers Credit Union, open Nov. 25-Dec. 23. This season will shine brighter than ever with the installment of energy efficient LED lights throughout the Zoo. Come see the beautiful displays of more than one million shining white lights, 150 animated light displays, and 32 picturesque scenes. Also, check out the Woodland Wonderland exhibit at the Hilbert Conservatory in White River Gardens that showcases holiday décor from nature.

For more information, visit www.indianapoliszoo.com

The Children's Museum

You're invited to Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at The Children's Museum, ongoing through Jan. 8th. Take a ride down the Yule Slide and discover the Winter Wonderland Snow Castle. Santa Claus will also be making appearances! Enjoy cookie fun in the kitchen, "outdoor" fun in the Snow Castle and much more. On Target Free Family Night, Dec. 1 from 4 to 8 p.m., guests can visit free of charge! Also, on Christmas Eve, the museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, visit www.childrensmuseum.org

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art

Holidays definitely mean shopping! So get your splurge money ready for the Winter Market all day on Dec. 3. The Winter Market will feature handmade art from more than 40 regional artists, and attendance to the market is included with museum general admission. The Eiteljorg will also feature activities for the whole family, including Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a locomotive wonderland featuring seven trains racing past astonishingly detailed Local and Western landmarks made of natural materials.

For more information visit www.eiteljorg.org

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Get ready for the 26th Annual Duke Energy Yuletide Celebration, Dec. 2-23. Conductor Jack Everly will join the ISO in welcoming sisters and jazz artists Liz Callaway and Ann Hampton Callaway for this great holiday tradition.

For more information visit www.indianapolissymphony.org

Peewinkle's Puppet Studio

Enjoy the performance Christmas at the Puppet Studio, Dec. 10-22 and 27. This is a wonderful music-filled production for the entire family. Mozart and Ludmilla, the ritzy rodents who live in the piano, host a variety of holiday characters...Rag Dolls, Frosty, Rufus the Magic Elf, a live ballerina and much more!

For more information, visit www.peewinklespuppets.com

Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre

Come enjoy the classic Charles Dickens stage production of the Christmas Carol, Dec. 3-19. This one-hour stage production is enhanced with music, beautiful choreography and an intimate setting. Food is included from Chef Odel Wards tasty holiday buffet complete with turkey and all the trimmings—yum! Tickets: $19-32

For more information visit www.beefandboards.com

Indiana History Center

Meet more than 75 Indiana authors at the 9th Annual Holiday Author Fair Dec. 3 from noon to 4 p.m. The Author Fair is a great chance to do holiday shopping for the best in fiction, nonfiction, children's books and more. Activities will also be provided for kids.

Also, connect to the past and celebrate the holiday season at the Winterfest, Dec. 20-23 and 27-30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Step back in time with the Indiana Experience, which will bring thousands of photographs and other historical items to your fingertips. Hands-on activities will be available as well. Cost: Free with admission to the Indiana Experience; $7 adults; $6.50 seniors; $5 ages 5-17; free for IHS members and kids younger than 5. Special: Free admission Friday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information visit www.indianahistory.org

Indiana/World Skating Academy

Santa is coming to Downtown Indy to celebrate the season and show off his skating skills at the Indiana World Skating Academy on Dec. 3 from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Skate with Santa is a perfect opportunity to warm-up your ice expertise with St. Nick before mailing in your holiday wish list. It's perfect holiday fun. Admission and skate rental is $8 for children ages 12 and over, $7 ages 5-11, and $6 ages 4 and under.

For more information visit www.iwsa.org

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