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.
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.
Every day, find new and exciting ways to explore the world around you through hands-on activities at the Indiana State Museum. Here's what you'll uncover today:
Physics of Flight 15-minute activity
August 19 is National Aviation Day! Be prepared by learning all about the physics of flight in this activity series. This week is all about lift!
11 a.m., 1 p.m., & 3 p.m.
Indiana Trivia Make 15-minute demonstration
What is a Hoosier? Which famous celebrities are from Indiana? Test your knowledge of our amazing state!
12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
Cardstock Airplanes 15-minute activity
Celebrate the spirit of aviation by creating an airplane with cardstock. Use one of our templates or design your own!
11:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.
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.
This month’s theme will focus on the five senses and help little ones explore the world around them.
Ages: 3 - 5 years old and adults
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. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
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.
Volunteer musicians will gather on the site to play a variety of bluegrass, gospel and folk music. Bring an instrument to join the musicians, or bring a lawn chair to sit back and enjoy the tunes.
This event is free, but donations are encouraged. No RSVP is required.
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