Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Have A Holly Jolly Time in Jolly Days
Feast Your Eyes on a Winter Wonderland

by Jaclyn Falkenstein

December 01, 2010

Spring has sprung and fall has fallen, which means winter is almost here. Winter holidays are a time for families to celebrate the traditions together. There are so many fun activities to look forward to at this time of year, including playing in the snow, ice skating and baking sweet treats. What better way to kick off your family’s holiday traditions than with a trip to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to see the annual holiday exhibit Jolly Days Winter Wonderland Nov. 26, 2010, through Jan. 9, 2011.

Jolly Days has become a tradition in itself for many families across Indiana. Whether it is your first visit or already in your holiday plans each year, the exhibit offers many activities that families can enjoy together.

Families will find the museum transformed into a wintry playground with snowflakes falling from the ceiling and sparkling lights hung for holiday cheer. Children will recognize some familiar oversized toys inside and outside the exhibit.

Santa will be at the North Pole in Jolly Days, waiting for children as they pass the reindeer stables, a holiday train and a sleigh filled with toys. Santa won’t be the only one to greet visitors to this magical holiday experience. Jingles the Jolly Bear and all his friends also will be on hand to play with young visitors.

The museum has brought back the Jingles’ Baby Play area for little ones two and younger. This area features padded floors and walls, mirrors and peekaboo doors. Parents will be able to relax on the soft benches that line the area and watch their toddlers explore the activities.

Enjoy the great outdoors inside the exhibit! Children can pretend to ice skate in their socks in the museum’s very own “ice skating rink.” Families also can take part in a museum staff–facilitated snowball fight with fluffy white pompoms used as snowballs. Children can practice ice fishing near the Ice Castle, and Santa’s reindeer will be waiting for families to feed, groom, and harness them for their big night.

After frolicking in the snow and ice, visitors can enjoy playing games, completing jigsaw puzzles, and creating faux holiday treats. They can help decorate a house by lighting lights and hanging garlands across the walls and fireplace. After the holidays, families are invited to the museum to see the postcards Santa has written during his vacation. Jolly Days will be open through Jan. 9, 2011.


Join us at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for a Countdown to Noon! This exciting program lets your little ones enjoy the countdown to the New Year without staying up later than usual. Come Friday, December 31, for special activities, music and the Water Clock countdown to noon. It will be a great way to welcome the New Year with your family.