Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Holiday Offerings Abound at Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center
IHS's Winterfest Celebration Offers Free Admission Days, Extra Activities

November 01, 2013

Anytime is a great time to visit the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, but the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will offer extra opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the facts and fun of Indiana’s history this holiday season, including several opportunities to visit for free. The History Center, home of the IHS and its Indiana Experience, is located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

Now through Jan. 4, guests can step into a scene from A Christmas Story for a fun photo op with the infamous leg lamp—with or without bunny suits—or enjoy Eli Lilly Hall’s holiday transformation into a gorgeous tree-filled white winter wonderland featuring beautiful handmade star lanterns. Visitors can also travel back to many other places and times with the interactive and hi-tech elements of the Indiana Experience, which brings the wealth of IHS’s extensive collections to life in meaningful and enjoyable ways.

IHS will offer free admission and extra activities on the dates of its Winterfest celebration, which includes Saturdays between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, as well as the weekends immediately following Thanksgiving and Christmas. Winterfest includes the annual Holiday Author Fair, which will take place Dec. 7 from noon to 4 p.m.

In another effort to make the holiday season a little brighter, the IHS is collecting items for the annual RTV6 Toy Drive. Each guest who donates a new, unwrapped toy for a child (infant through age 12) at the History Center between now and Dec. 14 will receive free admission to the Indiana Experience (one toy per admission). While Winterfest admission is free, guests are still welcome to bring in a donation—all who do will receive a free ticket for a future Indiana Experience visit.

As always, IHS’s Basile History Market is the perfect place for one-of-a-kind holiday shopping this season, from handmade Indiana products and art to books like the newly released Crown Hill: History, Spirit and Sanctuary. The Stardust Terrace Café (operated by Hoaglin To Go) offers some of the best soups, salads and sandwiches in town.

All IHS holiday activities are included with admission to the Indiana Historical Society’s Indiana Experience. Regular operating hours for the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the holidays, the History Center will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For more information, call (317) 232-1882 or visit

Winterfest Schedule:

Friday, Nov. 29

Join us for a day of creativity and card making! Stop by the IHS Holiday Card Workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to make your own heartfelt greetings. Guests are welcome to keep their cards or write a note of thanks to military personnel serving overseas through A Million Thanks.

Saturday, Nov. 30

Radio Disney will be here from 2 to 4 p.m. for an afternoon of high energy music, dancing, and games!

Saturday, Dec. 7

IHS’s Holiday Author Fair features more than 70 Indiana authors in a fun-filled day of book signing and mingling from noon to 4 p.m. Meet basketball legend Bobby “Slick” Leonard, bestselling authors Philip Gulley and James Alexander Thom, former Indianapolis Star columnist Dan Carpenter and award-winning writer Helen Frost.

Author Fair includes a wide variety of fiction, nonfiction and children’s titles, from local treasures like L.S. Ayres and Company, Crown Hill Cemetery and the Indianapolis Colts, to history, music, cooking, media, nature and more. The Holiday Author Fair is presented by CSO Architects.

Saturday, Dec. 14

Join IHS at 2 p.m. for a screening of the iconic movie A Christmas Story. Come dressed as your favorite character and stop by our living room vignette to pose for a photo! As additional entertainment for the day, the Logansport Children’s Choir will perform at 12:40 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 21

Teachers from Trade School Indy will help guests with last-minute holiday crafts from noon to 4 p.m. This date is part of Indianapolis Downtown Inc.’s “12 Free Days in Downtown Indy” promotion.

Thursday, Dec. 26

Curious about cursive, codes, and creating invisible ink? Join IHS from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and become a Holiday Handwriting Detective! Activities include how to decipher handwriting, tips for writing in code, and how to write (or read!) a top-secret message written in invisible ink.

Friday, Dec. 27

The holidays are a great time to reconnect with family and friends, and what better way to do that than with your our personalized stationary! Create your own stationery set using new and recycled materials between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 28

Teachers from Trade School Indy are at the History Center from noon to 4 p.m. to help guests ring in 2014 with New Year’s-themed crafts!