This past summer, I visited the Children’s Museum in Indianapolis. While some may think this museum is only for children, adults can have fun here too. From now until January 2nd, they are hosting the Jolly Days Winter Wonderland. You can also visit with Santa until December 24th.
During the Jolly Days Winter Wonderland, you can:
- Make it snow in the Giant Snow Globe
- Meet extraordinary Jolly Days characters, from Scrooge to Ms. Claus
- “Ice skate” in your socks
- Explore the Ice Castle
- Share memories with your family and friends
- Bring your letter to Santa and have it sent from our Letters to Santa box
- Due to health and safety protocols, the Yule Slide will not be active this season.
For more information about Jolly Days Winter Wonderland and visiting Santa, please visit the Children’s Museum website.
While you are at the museum, check out these other fantastic exhibits.
The Children’s Museum has 5 floors of fun and interactive learning as the world’s largest children’s museum. This huge interactive kids’ museum includes a planetarium, carousel, science labs, library & much more. We were fortunate enough to be there when they had a special dinosaur exhibit in from the Field Museum in Chicago, “SUE meets Bucky.” This is a cast of one of the largest, most complete and best preserved T-Rex skeletons. SUE is 40′ long and 13′ high. Bucky was a rambunctious 34′ teenage T-Rex.
Beyond Spaceship Earth was one of our favorite areas. This immersive exhibit tells the dynamic story of space exploration from NASA’s Project Mercury program, which sent the first Americans into space, to the International Space Station (ISS). In Beyond Spaceship Earth, families can see astronaut artifacts, learn space-travel history and immerse themselves in the life of an astronaut.
You can’t miss the 5 story, 43-foot-tall blown glass tower, Fireworks of Glass. It’s one of the largest permanent sculptures by Dale Chihuly. It has over 3,200 pieces of blown glass. This spectacular piece can be viewed from all sides as you ascend or descend the ramp to all of the various floors. Make sure you start at the lower level and view it from below.
Also be sure to check out the 27′ tall water clock in the atrium. There is so much to see and do at this museum, plan a full day!
For more things to see and do in Indianapolis, check out our other blog posts by visiting our Indianapolis Travel Information page. Here we list places to eat, stay and play along with links to our featured blog posts.