Early Childhood Public Programs

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. 

Small Wonders (3 – 5 year-olds)

Small Wonders invites parents, grandparents and caregivers to bring their 3- to 5-year-olds to learn, play and discover in the museum. This monthly program will build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, movement and art. 

Cost

$9/members; $12/non-members.

Register

Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

Playing with Patterns|Children will be inspired by art created with plastic bricks. After an interactive storytelling time, children will be able to experience print making with blocks and paint. Other activities include, engineering with blocks and color sorting. Register >>

  • Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.


Matter Mysteries: Solid or Liquid?
|Prepare to get messy as the kid scientists try to solve the matter mystery! Children will create a mysterious substance called “oobleck” and conduct experiments to try to get to the bottom of the case. Other activities include ice melting and water play. Register >>

  • Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.
     

Young Explorers (4 – 6 year-olds)

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. 

Cost

$10/members; $13/non-members.

Register

Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

Dates and Themes

Simple Machines|Children will become inventors and engineers as they discover simple machines. Children will make their own blueprints of their designs and create their own simple machines such as a wind power car or explore ramps and inclines. Register >>

  • Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, 1 – 2:30 p.m.


Building Blocks|Children will be inspired by art created with LEGOS. After an interactive storytelling time, children will be able to experience print making with blocks and paint. Other activities include, engineering with blocks, color mixing, and exploring an exhibit. Register >>

  • Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.


Winter ExplorationRegister >>

  • Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
     

Messy Mondays

Looking for something fun to do with your little one over fall break? Join us for Messy Monday, where your 2- to 5-year-old can get a little messy while enjoying STEM and art activities on a variety of topics.
Dates:

  • Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 10  – 11 a.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, 1 – 2 p.m.

Ages: Families with children 5 and under
Cost: $7 members/$10 non-members (Cost does not include general admission to the museum)
Register: Members can register online here, and nonmembers can register online here. Or, call us at 317.232.1637 to register by phone.

What others have said about our early childhood programs

“This was my favorite; I’m coming back!” -Child participant
“I want to be a beekeeper now. I’m going to tell my dad about bees!” -Child participant
“This is my favorite museum now because you are here. I love this place!” -Child participant
"What most impressed me about the class was the amount of individual attention each child received. Throughout all of the activities, the instructors spent time actually sitting down with each kid, asking them questions about what they were doing, and listening attentively to the information the kids wanted to share. None of the activities were too long, so we stayed on the mark for the 3 – 5 year old attention span." -Katie Windes de Puente, in a CityMoms Report


As a reminder, the registration and cancelation date for all programs is three days (72 hours) prior to the event. Review our registration, cancelation and bad weather policies here.