Family and Camps


Canal Nights

Family Backpacks

Summer Camps

 

Family Programs

Small Wonders

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 class is for 3- to 5-year-olds and an adult.
Ages:  3 - 5 years old and adults
Cost:  $9/members; $12/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Dates: 

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

 

Young Explorers

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. 
Ages:  4 - 6 years old
Cost:  $10/members; $13/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Dates:

  • Saturday, June 16, 2018, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Bees & Bugs
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Backyard Animals
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM – Sensing the World Around Me

 

Exploring Abstraction with Art Therapist, Lauren King

Teens ages 13 to 17 are invited to explore the artwork of Lois Main Templeton, how it relates to their own lives and how it can be used as a means of self-expression. Participants will engage with the artwork on display – visually, verbally and through their own artistic response. The first portion of the workshop will be in the experience, where participants will study Templeton’s original pieces, followed by artmaking and discussion led by an art therapist. Each participant will create his or her own unique artwork using line, shape and color to express emotion. 
Ages:  13 - 17 years old
Cost: $20/members; $25/non-members. Call us at 317.232.1637 to reserve your spot!
Dates

  • June 10, 2018, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
  • Sunday, July 15, 2018, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Canal Nights

Canal Nights at the Indiana State Museum are nights of free, family-friendly fun along the canal just outside the museum entrance. Enjoy games, engineering activities, science challenges and more. 

Wednesday, June 6: STEAM Night
Explore the relationship between science and art and everything in between with hands-on activities, engineering challenges and games!

Wednesday, June 13: Nature Play Day
Come play with natural materials, stroll through the Watanabe Gardens, and discover the wonders of nature in our very own backyard!

Wednesday, June 27: Build It!
How high can you build it? Or how fast can you knock it down? Try building, making and constructing at Build It night!

Wednesday, July 4: Boom and Sparkle
Enjoy art and science programming inspired by fireworks!

Wednesday, July 11: Water Science
Cool off with science experiments and activities all about water!

Wednesday, July 18: Game Night + Member Night
Join us for fun games and activities for the whole family! Work together as a team or bring out your competitive side at Game Night. There also will be bonus activities for members!

Wednesday, July 25: Jump, Skip and Play 
Explore fun ways to get moving with games, activities and challenges. 

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.

Family Backpacks

Travel back in time to explore Indiana’s Ancient Seas and Ice Age with a Fossils Family Backpack! This interactive museum adventure gives you a chance to touch the fossil remains of sea creatures living several hundred million years ago and construct a mammoth skeleton similar to those roaming Indiana when humans first entered this land. Family Backpacks offer fun for all ages as they guide you through an enhanced gallery experience filled with hands-on activities, games and crafts. Reserve your Family Backpack at the ticket counter for just $3.

Summer Camps

Is your camper Indiana’s next fashion star or a budding architect? Are they interested in crime scene investigations, exploring the natural world and discovering more about Indiana? This summer we’re offering 13 weeks of camp for ages 4-14, including four new ones — two of which are half-day sessions. Book today for a summer adventure of behind-the-scenes looks, exploring the museum, friend-making opportunities, and discovering new things!

CAMP DATES
Weekly camps run beginning May 29 and run through the week of July 23.

CAMP FEES
Full week (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.): Members pay $210 per week; Non-members pay $235 per week.
Half-day, full week camps (9 a.m. - noon): Members pay $105 per week; Non-members pay $117 per week.
Sibling discount: A $5 additional discount for siblings attending the same camp is available. The first child in the family pays full price, and each additional child receives $5 off.  All reservations must be made together in order to receive the discount.

LUNCH/SNACKS
Campers should bring their own water bottles, non-refrigerated lunch and two snacks per day. Half day campers should bring their own water bottle and one snack. 

REGISTRATION
Advanced registration is required. To register, call visitor services at 317.232.1637 or register online.

BEFORE AND AFTER CARE
Camp days begin at 9 am and end at 4 pm. Before and after care is available for an additional fee, and pre-registration is required. Camper initiated activities and games will be provided. 

  • Before care: 8 – 9 am $30 per week ($6 per day)
  • After care: 4 – 5:30 pm $45 per week ($9 per day)
  • Combined before and after care: $75 per week  ($15 per day)
  • *For half day camp, only before care is offered. 


CANCELLATION POLICY
Refunds will be given if a child is withdrawn from camp more than two weeks prior to the camp’s start date. If a program is canceled, every effort will be made to contact participants 24 hours in advance.

Advanced registration is required and is now open. Call visitor services at 317.232.1637 oregister online.

INDIANA ROCKS! (NEW)
May 29 - June 1, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 8 - 13
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 30
Deadline: May 14, 2018

Have you ever wondered why Indiana has so many fossils, why limestone is our state stone, or why no one has found a dinosaur bone (yet) in Indiana? Grab your gloves and a trowel and travel back to a time before humans inhabited Indiana, and discover what stories Indiana’s rocks and fossils can tell us. Become a paleontologist or geologist for the week and discover Ice Age animals, amazing geological specimen, and ancient sea fossils. Excavate an Ice Age site, hunt for microfossils, and learn about the formation of rocks and minerals in Indiana. 

FRONTIER SURVIVOR CAMP 
June 4 - 8, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 8 - 13
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 30
Deadline: May 21, 2018

In 1816, the new state of Indiana became part of the United States’ western frontier. Now you must think like a pioneer. Make decisions as your group plans, builds and navigates in the densely forested terrain of southern Indiana. The goal — survive!

INDIANA FASHION RUNWAY CAMP 
*June 4 - 8, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 10 - 14
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 20
Deadline: May 21, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own clothes, this camp is the place for you! Discover how to create your own designs, make a pattern and complete a totally unique garment. Use tools of the trade and explore the museum’s collection of clothing and costumes. See if you have the skills to become Indiana’s next fashion star!  *(Also offered June 11 - 15, 2018.)

BUILD IT CAMP 
June 11 - 15, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 8 - 13
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 25
Deadline: May 28, 2018

Design your dream city! Learn how to build architectural masterpieces, plan cities and construct viable bridges. Exploring Indianapolis’ architecture and interacting with architects, historic preservationists and civil engineers are a few of the ways campers will be inspired while creating a city they can call their own. 

INDIANA FASHION RUNWAY CAMP 
*June 11 - 15, 2018 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 10 - 14
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 20
Deadline: May 28, 2018

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own clothes, this camp is the place for you!  Discover how to create your own designs,  make a pattern and complete a totally unique garment. Use tools of the trade and explore the museum’s collection of clothing and costumes. See if you have the skills to become Indiana’s next fashion star! *(Also offered June 4 - 8, 2018.)

MICRO-CULINARY ARTS CAMP - SOLD OUT
June 18 - 22, 2018; 9 am - 4pm
Ages: 6 - 9 
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 20
Deadline: June 4, 2018

Learn how to help out in the kitchen by practicing mixing, measuring and kitchen safety. Discover sources of local food around the city and in your neighborhood. Try new foods and experiment with kitchen science. Explore what it takes to be a chef!

CULINARY ARTS CAMP
June 25 - 29, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 10 - 14
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 20
Deadline: June 22, 2018

Learn the basics of cooking including mixing, measuring, handling a knife and kitchen safety. Expand your palette by trying a variety of international cuisines and participate in a daily foodie challenge. Explore local food, molecular gastronomy, culinary careers and food science. Prepare to become Indy’s next top chef!

CRIME SCENE INDIANA STATE MUSEUM CAMP
July 9 - 13, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 10 - 14 
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 30
Deadline: June 25, 2018

Pieces of valuable art are missing from the museum! Think you have the skills to find the crooks? Use your powers of deduction to become a super sleuth as you solve this and other mysteries. You’ll work as a team of investigators to gain experience with evidence examination, identifying fingerprints, ink analysis and documenting mock crime scenes. See how insects can be used at a crime scene, meet professional forensic experts and discover the science behind investigative techniques.

INDIANA ANIMALS (NEW; Half-Day Camp)
July 9 - 13, 2018; 9 am - Noon
Ages: 4 - 6
$105 member, $117 non-member - Max: 20
Deadline: June 25, 2018

What are the fiercest predators of the Ice Age? Which Indiana animals are endangered? Where do animals live? From the Ice Age to your backyard, you’ll learn all about the animals of Indiana’s past and present. 

ECO-EXPLORERS CAMP 
July 16 - 20, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 8 - 13
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 30
Deadline: July 9, 2018

From habitat hikes to getting down in the dirt, you’ll explore nature from the ground up! Join the Indiana State Museum and the Earth Discovery Center at Eagle Creek Park to see 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 natural resources for the future.

SECRETS OF THE CIRCUS CAMP 
July 23 - 27, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 6 - 9
$210 member, $235 non-member - Max: 25
Deadline: July 2, 2018

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 you put together your own circus showcase for friends and family.

DIGGIN’ IN: ARCHAEOLOGY CAMP 
July 23 - 27, 2018; 9 am - 4 pm
Ages: 8 - 13
$210 members, $235 non-members - Max: 30
Deadline: July 9, 2018

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.