School Festivals and Events

Enjoy hands-on activities, performances, games and more that will appeal to a variety of your students’ interests while fulfilling select Indiana Academic Standards. Learn more about our school resources in our downloadable PreK-12 Education Program Guide.

2020-2021 school year festivals & events to be announced soon!


GeoFest: the Indiana State Museum Gem, Fossil and Mineral Show

Feb. 21-23, 2020; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bring your students to explore Paleozoic seas, discover mysteries in Ice Age caves, test their knowledge of Indiana’s geology, and investigate the world under their feet. Hands-on activities and million year-old specimens in our galleries help illustrate Indiana’s geological past. Shopping for gems, fossils and minerals from around the globe is available.
Registration is required by calling Visitor Services at 317.232.1637.

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STEAM Days at the Indiana State Museum

March 4, 2020 (grades K-6) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Students will connect to the museum on a deeper level as they interact with hands-on, minds-on activities throughout the museum on these special STEAM Days. The galleries will have 8-10 activities spread throughout all three floors to tinker and discover Indiana’s connections to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Look for a special bonus in the Education Center for a design challenge that will have your students creating prototypes to solve a real-world challenge. There is limited space so register early! Only STEAM-related fieldtrips offered during this time. No self-guided fieldtrips available on Nov. 6, 2019 and March 4, 2020.
Contact: Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or to schedule a STEAM Day field trip.
Cost: $6/student, $2/chaperone, free for teachers

Pinewood Derby®

April 7-12, 2020; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
On your mark, get set…for the second greatest spectacle in racing! The Indiana State Museum and Crossroads of America Council BSA, invite you to race Pinewood Derby cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line! The track will be open to the public all week with the official race on Saturday, April 11. Learn more >>

Eco-Science Challenge

April 24, 2020; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in finding solutions to current eco-science issues. Students can submit science challenge projects on a range of topics including renewable energy, plastic waste, zero food waste, eco-friendly products, air quality, sustainable agriculture, climate change and others. Learn more >>