Released May 26, 2021

Canal Nights are Back at the Indiana State Museum

INDIANAPOLIS – Canal Nights, the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites’ popular family event, returns this summer for nine consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning June 2.
All events are free and take place from 6-8 p.m. at the museum’s entrance along the Downtown Canal.

Here is the schedule:

June 2: Ice Age Invasion. Beat the heat of the summer and take a step back to the Ice Age. Discover the secrets behind icy treats and learn through play with hands-on activities and demonstrations.

June 9: Nature Play Day – Biodiversity. Explore the museum grounds and White River State Park. Play and create with natural materials and discover places across Indiana where you can get into nature.

June 16: Color on the Canal. Get inspired by Indiana birds, flowers and insects, and play with color, light and shadow. Make music and dance as we experiment with unique art-making techniques and other hands-on activities.

June 23: Field to Fork. Explore the route Indiana produce takes to go from a seed to becoming something tasty on your plate. Learn about ways you can grow your own food, no matter how small your space. Discover gardening tips and fresh recipes from local experts.

June 30: Archaeology Night. Channel your inner archaeologist and explore Indiana’s rich history of the Mississippian culture through hands-on activity and creative play. Consider how artifacts reveal stories about people who made and used them by minting your own coin, test your powers of observation and more.

July 7: Chemistry Night. Discover the science behind fireworks. Create mini masterpieces with firework chromatography and do experiments alongside real scientists and experts.

July 14: Superhero Night + Member Night. Discover your superpower, write your own comic book storyline and design your own super suit and super-secret hideout.

July 21: Bike Night. Take part in a short bike ride, learn about bike and helmet safety, discover the history of Indianapolis’ own cycling legend, Major Taylor, and meet local biking clubs and organizations from across the city and state.

July 28: Global Gathering. Experience music, art, history and transitions of a variety of nations that call Indiana home.

Masks are recommended for this outdoor event, and social distancing will be required.

Canal Nights is sponsored by Citizens Energy Group.