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.

Holiday Sounds

Help us celebrate the holiday season by adding your musical talents to our Celebration Crossing event, Nov. 27, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021! In lieu of in-person musical performances this year, we invite you and your students to record a winter-themed song being sung. As long as the video meets requirements, we will share your video with the public to enjoy during Celebration Crossing.

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December 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m. EST
Geared towards students in grade 4

Celebrate Indiana’s Statehood Day on it’s 204th birthday with the Indiana State Library, Statehouse Tour Office and Education Center, Indiana State Museum, and the Indiana Historical Society. You will hear from all of these organizations, some of our state’s leaders, and the 2020 winners of Indiana Center for the Book Essay Competition. Teachers, please register yourself for the webinar. Each teacher will need to register for the class they are ‘bringing’. Students are invited to watch the program live or the recording at a later date on YouTube.

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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.

More information coming in January 2021.

Pinewood Derby

ANNUAL 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 build and race Pinewood Derby cars down the two-story, 125-foot race track and watch them speed across the finish line!

More information coming in January 2021.


Innovative Hoosier students are invited to get involved in becoming the solution to global climate issues. Students can submit science challenge projects on a range of topics including aquaculture, vermiculture, composting, social awareness, urban farming, alternative energy and recycling initiatives in their schools and communities.

As a model of sustainability in business, Subaru of Indiana Automotive is always seeking the next innovative idea for going green. Students who qualify in the first round of judging will be eligible to compete for the Subaru STARS Award. This award comes with a plaque for the winning student as well as a $3,000 grant for the student’s school.

More information coming in January 2021.

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Steam Days

MARCH 3&4, 2021 (K-Grade 6), 10am-2pm Students will connect to the museum on a deeper level as they interact with hands-on, minds-on activities. The galleries will include 8+ activity stations spread throughout the museum to tinker and discover Indiana’s connections to science, technology, engineering, art and math. The Education Center will even include a design challenge that will have your students creating prototypes to solve a real-world challenge. Space is limited, so register early! To schedule a STEAM Day field trip, contact Krystle Mangan at 317.509.7679 or