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Museum Note

Learning Through Play Isn't Just for Kids

11 Galleries, Loads of Fun

April 01, 2010
As parents, we know that when our children are having fun learning they don't even realize what they are doing is educational. At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, we embrace this idea and extend it not only to children but also to the entire family.

Learning doesn't stop after childhood; we continue the process throughout our lives. Learning can be even more exciting as we work together with our children to master new ideas and vocabulary. What fun it is to watch the delight on a child's face as she puts the last piece in a puzzle she has worked so hard to put together, or the first time he proudly ties his own shoe or sings the ABCs song.

To learn more or register for family programs at The Children's Museum, visit the museum online at www.childrensmuseum.org.
At The Children's Museum, it is our mission to create family learning experiences and we embrace this idea through our exhibits and events. Throughout the museum, families can learn together in exhibits such as Dinosphere®, where you discover what life was like 65 million years ago. Both parents and little ones alike have fun learning dinosaur facts and asking questions of the museum's paleontologist and paleo-preparators working in the Paleo Prep Lab.

For an even greater learning experience, families can take part in actually digging dinosaur fossils from the earth as part of the museum's Family Dinosaur Digs, held each summer in Faith, South Dakota. Families can book their summer travel plans around a trip to the Badlands to participate in a real dinosaur dig expedition with the museum's own staff. These families take part in digging for fossils and preparing them for their trip back to The Children's Museum.

With 11 major galleries, there is always something new at The Children's Museum—and family programs are no exception! Offered year-round in the museum, these programs allow families an opportunity to experience the museum's exhibits in a whole new way. This spring, your family can go Beyond the Paleo Prep Lab Window and explore the Paleo Prep Lab with the museum's own paleontologist; learn Egyptian cooking skills and find out how to make a traditional Egyptian dessert in Egyptian Cooking 103; or explore the world of carpentry and construct a birdhouse to take home in Ready, Set, Build.

Family programs are open to both members and nonmembers. Preregistration is required. Programs are offered for a variety of age groups, from preschool to young adult. To register and pay for family programs, visit www.childrensmuseum.org or call (317) 334-4000.

Learning is a lifelong process. At The Children's Museum we encourage families to take part in this by having fun, experimenting together, and exploring all that the museum has to offer.

Jaclyn Falkenstein, Public Relations Coordinator, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

To learn more or register for family programs at The Children's Museum, visit the museum online at www.childrensmuseum.org.

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