Experience the best of Indiana, all over the state, by participating in our events and programs. Choose a category or date to find something specific or browse the calendar to encounter something new.
JULY 16 – 20; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available
Registration deadline: July
$175 per camper; $150 for members
Have you ever watched a movie like Swiss Family Robinson or The Hunger Games and wondered how the characters lived off the land? Answer these questions and more as you learn about how the ancient Mississippian people survived and thrived. Learn how to start a fire without matches, discover ways to track animals, and build a shelter from materials you find in the woods.
There’s something new to do every day at the Indiana State Museum. Here’s what activities you’ll find on this day:
R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab: Animal Adaptations 15-minute activity
Discover how native Indiana animals adapt and change to survive in their ever changing habitats.
11am, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Creativity Studio: Blackout Poetry 15-minute activity
Explore your creative side and try your hand at this unique form of poetry using works written by Hoosier authors.
11:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Join Corydon State Historic Site every Friday night June 1 through July 27 (except for July 6) for a summer concert series. This series, featuring regional bands, has been a tradition in downtown Corydon for over 30 years. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the concert may be cancelled. Food service opens at 6 p.m.
June 1 Holy Name Concert Band
June 8 Moonlight Big Band
June 15 Kosair Dance Band
June 22 Rosie & the Rockabillies
June 29 Crawford County Community Band
July 6 No concert
July 13 Corydon Dulcimers
July 20 River Cities Concert Band
July 27 Bomar & Ritter
Dust off those gardening tools and join Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site staff and volunteers as they work in Gene’s historic gardens. Staff will be available to help and direct volunteers, and gardeners of all levels of experience are welcome.
Please call us at 260-854-3790 to let us know you're coming.
Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. Our monthly program will build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement, art and gallery exploration.
During this month’s class, little ones can learn all about butterflies and moths.
Ages: 3 - 5 years old and adults
Cost: $9/members; $12/non-members. The registration deadline for paid programs is 3 days prior to start date. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join Richmond, Indiana, author Randall Wisehart for a special guided tour of the Levi & Catharine Coffin house in Fountain City. The site is celebrating the re-release of his young adult novel Luke’s Summer Secret. While on a guided tour of the Coffin house, Wisehart will talk about how the house and the Coffin story are used in his novel. Tour participants will also learn how the Coffin home was used as a safe place for freedom seekers, or runaway slaves, on their journey through Indiana.
Programs at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Price: $12/adults; $10/seniors; $7/youth; $2/members. RSVP here.
Be a big kid and join us for these 90-minute drop-off classes that encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination.
In this month’s class, little ones will learn about the animals they can find in their own backyards.
Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Cost: $10/members; $13/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in its first ever summer music series. Visitors are invited to enjoy summer nights of music inspired by Gene’s own “Music of the Wild” series. Bluegrass at the Barn will showcase traditional bluegrass music from the Jughuffers in the setting of the historic Sower Barn. Pack a picnic, blanket and lawn chairs, and enjoy a night of great music in a beautiful location.
This event is free, but donations are gladly accepted.
JULY 23 – 27; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., extended care available
Registration deadline: July 9
$175 per camper; $150 for members
At Angel Mounds, we understand the importance of play. And this end-of-summer camp is all about play! Anything goes during this week celebrating the end of summer! Kids will love our 70ft long slip & slide and participate in a host of other team building challenges. Inspiring curiosity, creativity, and camaraderie, this camp is sure to be the highlight of the summer!
Date: July 23 - 27, 2018
Ages: 8 - 13
Price: $210 member, $235 non-member – Max: 30. Before and after care are available for an additional fee.
Registration deadline: July 9, 2018; Advance registration is required by calling guest services at 317.232.1637 or online.
From habitat hikes to getting down in the dirt, campers will explore nature from the ground up! Join the Indiana State Museum and the Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park to discover the wildlife, plants and fossils found in our city's parks and backyards. Discover how the environment has changed from the time pioneers settled here and compare it to today’s Indiana. Use field techniques like identifying poisonous plants, hike an urban safari, and learn how to protect our natural resources for the future.
Not available this week? Click here to see additional camp options.
Grab a trowel, get in the dirt and unearth Indiana’s past! Discover how the people of Indiana once lived by studying the artifacts they left behind. Be an archaeologist for the week and learn about Indiana’s exciting past examining cultural artifacts. Get your hands messy while learning to surface collect, excavate and identify artifacts.
Date: July 23-27, 2018
Ages: 6 - 9
Price: $210 member, $235 non-member – Max: 25. Before and after care are available for an additional fee.
Registration deadline: July 2, 2018; Advance registration is required by calling guest services at 317.232.1637 or online.
Calling all roustabouts and ringmasters: come explore life under the big top! Try your hand at juggling and magic as you give skills of balance and imagination a workout. Discover the secrets behind some of the most spectacular circus acts. Hands-on activities, popcorn Olympics and a pie-throwing contest all combine to create an exciting and memorable camp. The grand finale comes at the end of the week as campers put together their own circus showcase for friends and family.
R.B. Annis Naturalist’s Lab: Fluorescing Minerals 15-minute activity
Did you know that some minerals appear to glow under a black light? Find out why in this 15-minute demonstration.
11am, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Creativity Studio: Lego Coding 15-minute activity
Interested in computer programming? Learn the basics with this fun and hands on Lego coding activity!
11:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate summer nights out on our Canal Terrace for free activities and family fun Wednesday evenings in June and July from 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy games, art, science and fun! Exercise your competitive side on game night or discover the science of bubbles through wacky water experiments. Each Wednesday offers a different kind of hands-on experience!
June 6 – STEAM Night
June 13 – Nature Play Days
June 27 – Build It!
July 4 – Boom and Sparkle (Art and science inspired by fireworks)
July 11 – Water Science
July 18 – Game Night + Member Night
July 25 – Jump, Skip and Play (fitness night)
Canal nights are free and open to the public, though museum galleries remain closed. All activities take place outside on the canal side of the museum. In case of rain, the event will relocate inside to the Gov. Frank & Judy O'Bannon Great Hall. Parking is available in the White River State Park underground garage, and visitors will receive $5 parking with validation.
Youth ages 8 through 17 are invited to turn artwork into an interactive experience during this program. In our NEW Creativity Studio, computer coding will combine with tactile materials to bring a piece of art to life using a Makey Makey – a tool that lets users connect everyday objects to computer programs. Participants will draw pictures using different conductive materials, then use laptops to interact with what they’ve drawn. Youth should bring their own laptops for this program.
Cost: $20/members; $25 non-members; $80/members; $85 non-members (includes a Makey Makey). Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site’s interpretive naturalist in exploring the Hemingway Wetlands. Visitors will use Wetland Exploration Backpacks to learn about all creatures great and small who reside in the wetlands. From birds to macroinvertebrates, you never know what you’ll find!
Tickets are $10 per family. You can purchase tickets by calling 260.854.3790. Attendees will get muddy, so please dress accordingly.
Was it Colonel Mustard in the library? Or Mr. Culbertson in the Blue Room? Can you figure out the real-life game of Clue? Make your way through the Culbertson Mansion and find the hidden clues to reveal who-done-it, where, and why. Costumes are HIGHLY encouraged. This costume party hosts light hors d'oeuvres and batch cocktails associated with the film, which will also play during the event. Prizes will be given for solving the mystery and for best costume.
Price: $30/person; reservations required by calling 812-944-9600
Join facilitator Cari Lewis Tsinovoi and an expert scientist at this monthly book club to talk about a popular science-themed book and sip a signature cocktail mixed by Centerpoint Brewing.
This month, join the discussion with guest Pat Goodmann, Head Animal Curator at Wolf Park, as they discuss the book, “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West,” by Nate Blakeslee.
Books, Booze & Brains is a program of the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Humanities, and the organizers of March for Science Indianapolis. The event is free and for ages 21+.
Find a new treasure or perfect gift at the Gene Stratton-Porter Society’s fundraiser to support educational programming and restoration projects at the site.
To rent space or donate items to the sale, please contact the site at 260-854-3790 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This event is part of the Rome City town-wide garage sale weekend.
This event is free for visitors, and no RSVP is required.
Enjoy 16 days of thrilling performances and engaging activities, all while learning about Indiana’s history during the most anticipated event of the summer. Play along with Raggedy Ann, volunteer to help dig Indiana’s canals with Sully, peek under the hood of Elwood Haynes’ first automobile, and shake hands with Abraham Lincoln himself. Don’t forget to make a paper flower for that someone special, write them a letter with your newly-learned calligraphy skills, or take them to watch the inaugural broadcast of Indiana’s smallest radio station, WISM, as they sing, dance, and joke their way into your hearts.
Located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in the Pioneer Village.
Registration deadline: July 21
$50 per camper
End your summer with a bang! Literally. Camp Reunion Overnight features fireworks, games, movies on the big screen, a weenie roast, and s’mores. Exclusively for 2018 Angel Mounds camp participants, this is one evening of camaraderie and reminiscing campers won’t want to miss. Must bring own pillows and sleep gear for this rare opportunity to spend a night at the museum. Drop-off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, August 4; pick-up at 9 a.m., Sunday, August 5.
Enjoy a presentation on chimney swifts in the Limberlost Visitor Center classroom, and then walk downtown to watch swifts enter a chimney to roost for the night.
During this behind the scenes tour, you can get an exclusive look at all the nooks and crannies of the beautiful Lanier Mansion in an experience that will go beyond the typical tour. You’ll have a chance to see the rooftop cupula for yourself, tour the historic basement and more. Because of the nature of this tour, participants should be prepared to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces.
Price: $12/adult, $10/senior, $5/youth; reservations can be made by calling 812-265-3526.
Enjoy free summer nights of music outside of the beautiful Lanier Mansion. Bring a blanket or chairs and pack a picnic to enjoy while taking in the sounds of different bands in a gorgeous location.
This month’s theme will focus on the five senses and help little ones explore the world around them.
Cost: $9/members; $12/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Join us to celebrate Gene Stratton-Porter’s birthday with an open house! Visit Gene’s cabin at Wildflower Woods and enjoy a special celebration in honor of her birthday. Visitors will enjoy the cabin, birthday cake in the Carriage House and the beautiful gardens and grounds.
This event is free and no RSVP is required.
Be a big kid and join us for these 90-minute drop-off classes that encourage creativity, exploration, and independence in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination. This month, participants will learn to explore the world around them through all of their senses. This class is for 4- to 6-year-olds.
Ages: 4 - 6 years old
Cost: $10/members; $13/non-members
Join Corydon Capitol State Historic Site for a killer time at the popular murder mystery dinner. You’ll become a character in the mystery and travel back in time to Ancient Rome, spending the evening trying to discover the murderer. A delicious full-course dinner featuring Roman fare will accompany the evening’s events. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 812-738-4890.
Price: $25/person, includes dinner; for those ages 15+
The site’s naturalist will lead visitors through Sower’s Woods to introduce them to the creatures of the night! Bats, owls, moths and other critters may make an appearance. Depending upon the clarity of the sky, star gazing will then give attendees the opportunity to learn how to identify major constellations, satellites and other celestial bodies by telescope, courtesy of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society. Visitors are invited to bring binoculars for a closer view of the stars.
Tickets are $4 per person and can be purchased on-site.
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