Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

A Year Full of Fun at the Children's Museum
What to Expect in 2011

by Jaclyn Falkenstein

January 01, 2011

54321匟appy New Year! As the New Year begins, many new and exciting possibilities lay ahead. This is often a time when we look ahead to the coming year with excitement and interest in all that lies before us. At The Children抯 Museum, we are also looking forward to the coming year with excitement for all the upcoming exhibits and events we will be offering this year.

New Exhibits

In 2011, several new and exciting exhibits will debut at the museum including Dora & Diego朙et抯 Explore!, Incredible Costumes from Film and TV, and National Geographic Treasures of the Earth. These three different and unique exhibits are sure to be fun and educational experiences for your entire family.

Your preschooler will delight in exploring the worlds of Dora & Diego as they play along and learn how to be a good friend. Just in time for spring break, Incredible Costumes from Film and TV will offer families a look at some famous costumes from both the big and small screen. And debuting in June, the newest permanent exhibit at The Children抯 Museum National Geographic Treasures of the Earth will provide families a look at the fascinating world of archeology through three unique excavations: the tomb of Seti I in Egypt, the Terra Cotta Warriors in China, and the underwater excavation of the shipwreck of Captain Kidd in the Dominican Republic.

Programs for the Entire Family

Was your New Year resolution this year to spend more time as a family? In addition to all the museum exhibits and events taking place throughout the year, The Children抯 Museum offers programs the entire family can participate in together. Programs include topics such as Beyond the Paleo Window a look at the world of paleontology in the museum抯 Paleo Prep Lab, Girls in Science learning how science helps us change the world, and Let抯 Explore! discovering adventures within the museum.

Or, for a different hands-on experience, join the museum抯 family dinosaur dig that takes place each summer in the South Dakota badlands. This trip provides families an opportunity to take part in a real dinosaur fossil hunt and dig! Family program topics change throughout the year more information on topics and prices for these programs may be found online at

Evening Hours

If your family wants to visit the museum, but often can抰 make it during regular museum hours, several evening hours are offered. The first Thursday of each month, visitors are welcomed during Target Free Family Night from 4-8 p.m. During these monthly hours, the museum opens free of charge thanks to the generosity of Target. Each month features activities centered on a different theme from exhibit openings such as Dora & Diego朙et抯 Explore!, to seasonal topics such as Fall Festival, themes vary throughout the year and offer new and interesting ways to explore The Children抯 Museum.

In addition to the monthly Target Free Family Nights, special evening hours are also offered just for members. Held quarterly, Member Play Late Evenings allow members a chance to enjoy the entire museum during the evening hours. These evenings are a benefit of museum membership and are offered at no additional cost.

Museum Memberships

Memberships are a great way to enjoy The Children抯 Museum year-round. For one low price, your family can visit the museum as many times throughout the year as you would like and stay as long as you want. This is a great way to take advantage of everything the museum offers in a year and with discounts on many of the museum offerings, memberships really pay for themselves.

This year, there are lots of ways to take advantage of your trip to The Children抯 Museum. We are excited by everything we are offering you and look forward to seeing you this year at The Children抯 Museum of Indianapolis!

Jaclyn Falkenstein is public relations coordinator at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.