The ultimate children’s museum is not in New York or California. No, it is in Indianapolis, Ind. We’ve been to many children’s museums so when I heard about the one in Indianapolis I considered not even going. Been there, done that.
Then my sister went and said it was cool and totally worth a visit. We were staying two nights at the Indianapolis State Fair Grounds. Being about 40 degrees outside, I figured we might as well go check it out. I’m so glad we did. It was AMAZING!
The museum has four stories and each floor has multiple areas you can visit. My kids range in age from 2 to 7 and there was something for everyone. I saw a lot of older kids having fun, too.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Get there when it opens, bring lunch, and stay until closing. Right before closing they do a parade from Level 4 down to the first floor. Don’t miss it!
If you don’t want to pack a lunch, they also have a food court. The food court has everything from salads and pizza to mac and cheese, and dessert, of course. https://www.childrensmuseum.org/visit/food-court
We spent a lot of time in the section called Take me There: China. I could have sat in the corner and read a book. The kids were so engrossed in what they were doing, they didn’t even know I was there. The exhibit has a grocery store, house, veterinarian clinic, and restaurant area.
There’s also a dinosaur area where the kids can dig for fossils and see a display of the Cretaceous period and a dinosaur mummy.
The 130-seat, full-dome planetarium has a show with Big Bird which is perfect for younger kids. This is also a great way to take a break from the day and just sit back and relax.
Are your kids into trains? They have that covered, too! Climb aboard a life-size train and man a conductor booth with tickets and costumes.
For younger kids there is the playscape area with water play, sand play, and climbing. What kid doesn’t love these three things?
By 3:30 p.m. I was wondering where did the time go? I hurried the kids so that we could check out the next level. We headed up and were amazed again by the awesome exhibits.
I had to promise we would be back again in order to get the kids to leave. It’s worth going for a weekend getaway just to spend a couple of days at the museum. Or, if you are driving in that direction, it would be worth a couple of hours detour to experience it.
The Indiana State Fair Grounds is a great place to stay for the night. It is very easy to get in and out, unless you’re visiting during the fair or another large event.
The museum charges $18.50 for kids and $21.50 for adults. Unfortunately, they did not participate in any reciprocal membership programs when I was there.
Located right off of I-65, it’s super easy to get to and well worth the stop! There is also RV parking located right past the parking garage. So you could pull in and stop for a few hours or the day while you are traveling through.
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