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Summer Fun Without the Sun

Fun ways to beat the heat this summer

Summer Fun Without the Sun in Indianapolis
July 2012

Summer is in full swing and while this is the perfect time to get out and enjoy all of the green spaces Indiana has to offer, there will be times when you find yourself needing a break from the sun. Below are a few suggestions for having fun without the sun this summer.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has ample outdoor space (100 acres to be exact!) for the kids to run free this summer, but when it is time to head indoors, the galleries of the IMA are a great place to foster your child's inner artist. On Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m., stop by the Star(lite) Art Cart to find art-making projects inspired by works of art on display at the museum. July's theme, Go-Go Gadget, will challenge visitors of all ages to design and sketch a gadget for the future.

The IMA's Hold It! Family Activity, held the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., offers docent-facilitated carts filled with art-inspired objects that can be held and inspected close up. Stop by the Welcome Desk to find out where the Hold It! Family Activity is located on the day of your visit.

On Saturday, July 7th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the IMA will host Community Days – a great opportunity to explore the galleries in a fun, interactive atmosphere. Visitors can tour the newly designed Eiteljorg Suite of African and Oceanic Art, create a rain stick, listen to East African music, and take a docent-led gallery tour. All of these museum events are free to the general public.

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center offers another great opportunity to get indoors and get your kids inspired by the history of this great state! This summer, the History Center will continue its Concerts on the Canal series taking place Thursday nights (with the exception of July 5) through August 9, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. As an added bonus on these Thursday evenings, the History Center will host Museum Nights on the Canal, offering free Indiana Experience admission, hands-on activities, and extra entertainment from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is also your chance to take in the History Center's newest offering, You Are There 1955: Ending Polio.

On July 4th, the History Center will host its annual Independence Day Bash – yet another opportunity to enjoy free admission to the Indiana Experience from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and musical performances on the canal from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.

If you haven't done so already, head to your Local branch of the Indianapolis Public Library to sign up for the 2012 Summer Reading Program: Gear Up! The reading program runs through July 28, so there is still plenty of time to earn great prizes for reading (or being read to). While at the library, check out the exciting summer programming lineup, featuring age-appropriate programs ranging from animal chats to science workshops.

The ever-popular Summer Showtime also returns to the library offering an opportunity to take a break from the heat while enjoying family-friendly film favorites like Dolphin Tale and Hugo.

If you prefer to watch your movies with a side of movie-theater popcorn, head to Regal Summer Movie Express, available at Regal Galaxy Stadium 14 in Indianapolis and Regal Village Park in Carmel. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. you can view selected G or PG films like Puss in Boots and The Adventures of Tin Tin on the big screen. Regal Summer Movie Express runs through August 1.

So get out and enjoy the outdoors this summer, but rest-assured, when the air-conditioning calls, that doesn't mean the fun has to end.

Tags: Enrichment, In This Issue, Local, Out & About

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