Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Stay Warm with Indoor Fun this January

by Amanda Dorman, Communications Manager, Indianapolis Downtown, In

January 01, 2014

Unwind into 2014 by visiting some of downtown Indy’s best attractions and venues! Now is a great time to bring the family indoors, get warm and enjoy the sites and sounds of Indianapolis. Here are our top five picks for family-friendly fun this January.

Cheer your heart out

Thaw yourself out at downtown’s hot sporting events! Catch one of five Indiana Ice home games Jan. 3 – 30 at Pan Am Plaza or Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Indiana Pacers hit the hardwood of Bankers Life Fieldhouse numerous times in January (4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, & 30). Also at Bankers Life Fieldhouse: the world famous Harlem Globetrotters on Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. For 88 years, the Globetrotters have thrilled audiences around the world. This year’s show, Fans Rule, lets fans decide which new Globetrotter rule they will add to the game.

Warm up inside a museum

Underneath Indiana’s soil lies a hidden graveyard of ice age giants, and the Indiana State Museum has been hard at work bringing this hidden graveyard to life. After decades of discovering, digging, studying and preserving the remains of mammoths, mastodons and other ice age animals, Ice Age Giants: The Mystery of Mammoths and Mastodons is ready to be explored!

Make sure to visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art – especially for two special events happening in January. On Jan. 11, take the family to Story Pirates, student-authored stories inspired by the Matisse exhibit. Then celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 20 with community artwork, films, musical entertainment and more!

Find your rhythm

Channel your inner rock star and visit Rhythm! Discovery Center to explore the latest exhibit DRUMset: Driving the Beat of American Music. Interactive exhibits allow visitors to travel back in time and experience the history of American music and the evolution of the drumset. Drumsets from Swing, Be-Bop, British Invasion and Eighties Pop will be on display, highlighting the progression of music and how it affected American culture through art, sound and style.

Entertainment for the whole family

Let your imagination soar at Disney On Ice: Princesses & Heroes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Jan. 22 – 26. Watch Disney characters come to life on the ice, performing flying jumps, acrobatics and breathtaking skating. For more adventure and action-oriented entertainment, Monster Jam comes to Lucas Oil Stadium Jan. 25. Included in the show is a 16 truck line-up of custom-designed machines that sit above 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Monster Jam has a wide-variety of ticket prices with affordable family deals.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar returns

Back by popular demand, the Eric Carle stories return to Clowes Hall Jan. 29. Watch the Very Hungry Caterpillar transform into a beautiful butterfly and the Mixed-Up Chameleon as he learns the importance of being true to himself. This extraordinary puppet adaptation features black light technology to capture the charm and visual style of three favorite books by Carle.