Our early childhood public programs get kids curious about the world around them. With age appropriate and themed activities, you'll watch your little one engage in a whole new way. Class sizes are very small, allowing lots of one-on-one time with our early childhood specialists.

Early childhood/daycare teachers, be sure to check out our Preschool Journeys in the School Programs section of the website. 




Firefly Landing is a new early childhood learning space just for the littlest museum visitors! Here families with children ages 6 and younger will experience interactive story time, sensory tables, hands-on activities and more. Visit Tuesday through Sunday (entry included with paid admission) from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for daily fun, or check out the various early childhood programs (see below) also taking place in this new space.






We have new half-day camps just for your preschoolers! These camps are filled with age-appropriate activities, imagination play, story time, art projects and gallery exploration. Camps are filling quickly so register soon!  Learn more >>



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Hayley has both formal and informal early childhood education experience. With a master’s degree in museum studies and an emphasis in education programming, she has been an early childhood program facilitator at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and a Head Start Pre-K teacher.
Hayley loves watching little ones grow in confidence in the classroom. “There is something amazing about preschoolers—they are so open to learning new things and exploring,” she said. “I love watching them have that ‘aha moment’ when trying something new—it inspires me to be a better educator.”



Evan’s early childhood experience includes facilitating early childhood programs at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and summer camps throughout Indiana and Texas.
Evan loves helping kiddos dive deep into their learning—literally! A typical day for Evan isn’t over until he has a paint stain on his pants and a smile on his face. “A tremendous amount of learning happens when kids get to experiment in a new space,” said Evan. “Sometimes this means painting their entire feet for an art project or slathering on shaving cream for a lesson."




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