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By Hannah Kiefer
At the Indiana State Museum, we want you and your family to be able to explore your interests – whether they have to do with science, culture, art, history or something else entirely.
New this year, we have classes for all ages, from toddlers to adults. Take a look at all of our offerings below and sign up for your favorites today by calling (317) 232-1637.
Early Childhood Programs
We get it: Young children can be tricky to entertain. That’s why we’ve tailor-made two programs to fit their needs. During Small Wonders (July 18, 21) this month, little ones ages 3 to 5 years old can attend with a parent or caregiver to learn all about butterflies and moths. Hands-on activities, storytelling, music, movement and art will keep them busy during this one-hour program. Tickets are $9 for members, $12 for non-members.
Young Explorers (July 21) lets 4- to 6-year-olds test out independence during a 90-minute drop-off class. They’ll explore the museum and enjoy a program that fosters curiosity and imagination. Tickets are $10 for members, $13 for non-members.
Looking for something more immersive? Sign your 4- to 6-year old for Indiana Animals camp, a half-day camp where kids will learn about Indiana animals – from the Ice Age to their own backyards. The class is from July 9 to July 13, 9 a.m. to noon, with before care available. Cost is $105 for members, $117 for non-members.
If you’re looking to keep your child engaged – and learning! – this summer, we’ve got you covered. Our NEW event, Building Indiana (July 14), is perfect for all ages, but especially kids and teens. Attendees can explore architecture, engineering, construction and more by doing hands-on activities with professionals in the field, as well as getting up-close with some real construction equipment. This event is included with general admission and is FREE for members.
If art is more your teen’s thing, sign them up for Exploring Abstraction (July 15) with art therapist Lauren King. Teens 13 to 17 are invited to explore the artwork of Lois Main Templeton to see how it relates to their own lives and how art can be used as a means for self-expression. Each participant will leave with their own unique artwork. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
For the child or teen who loves art and technology, we have Interactive Poetic Art (July 28) – an experience where youth ages 8 through 17 are invited to turn artwork into an interactive experience, combining computer coding with tactile art materials using a Makey Makey. Cost is $20 for members, $25 for non-members.
What’s better than beer? Beer and science! During Discovery on Draft (July 18), join science experts and enthusiasts to talk about various science topics and engage in a conversation. This month’s theme is Hollywood Heroes: Indiana Jones, and the event will be at Bier Brewery. This event is FREE and is for those ages 21 and older.
If you love to read, try out Books, Booze and Brains (July 31) – another free event for those 21+. This month join the discussion of the book, “American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West.” Pat Goodmann, head animal curator at Wolf Park, will lead the discussion of the book by Nate Blakeslee. This event takes place at Centerpoint Brewing.
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