School Festivals and Events

Enjoy hands-on activities, performances, games and giveaways 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.


Students will connect to the museum experiences on a deeper level as they interact with hands-on, minds-on activities throughout the museum during 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 complement our Cardboard Engineering experience. Students will have a real-world challenge to try to solve using low cost/recycled materials.

  • November 1, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • March 6, 2019, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cost: $6 per student/$2 per chaperone, free for teachers
Get Started: 
There is limited space so register early! Contact Krystle Mangan, gallery programming manager, at 317.509.7679 or to register.

GeoFest: Fossils, Gems and Minerals

Calling all rock hounds, fossil hunters, jewelers, scouts and families for a day of shopping for gems, fossils and minerals, participating in hands-on activities and exploring our natural history galleries through daily activities and demonstrations. 
Dates: Feb. 15 - 17, 2019, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission.
Register: Save your school's spot by calling us at 317.232.1637.  

Pinewood Derby®

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 6.
In collaboration with Crossroads of America Council

Dates: April 2 - 6, 2019, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission, with special pricing of $5 per person for Scouts and their families. 
Register: Save your school's spot by calling us at 317.232.1637.  

6th Annual Eco Science Fair

Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science fair projects on a range of topics including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative energy, and recycling initiatives in their schools and communities.  
Dates: April 12, 2019, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: There is no fee for submitting a project, and the event is free for K-12 students and teachers/chaperones to attend.
Register: Save your school's spot by calling us at 317.232.1637.