The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is committed to offering amazing educational opportunities to adults and children in their 472,900 square-foot facility. As the biggest children’s museum in the world, they offer hundreds of incredible exhibits to visitors. Come and explore the world of history, nature, the arts and more! One of their most popular exhibits is called, “Dinosphere: Now You're in Their World” and it features lifelike replicas of dinosaurs in realistic settings that include sensational lighting and sound to immerse spectators in the world of dinosaurs 65 million years ago. The Museum is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reach the children of the world in an entertaining and fun venue that leaves an indelible impression on young minds. They house at least 120,000 relics, specimens and artifacts such as the Minnie Mouse Mask and the Lego Phone. They are located at 3000 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis, Indiana and welcome groups of all sizes.
Take a tour of America’s 23rd President’s home and learn history first-hand. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home offers regular 75-minute tours that give insight into the life of the former president. A perfect activity for organizations and history buffs, the home is open Monday- Saturday for hourly tours. Attend the home during one of their events and participate in themed activities that enrich the educational experience. For special event, you can even rent the rooms and grounds around the home. Whether you enjoy classic American architecture or American history, at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Home, you are sure to find something you love.
Royal Pin?s four bowling centers boast a total of 270 gleaming lanes, but their widely varied facilities offer far more than games of tenpins. At all four locations, cosmic-bowling nights create a psychedelic atmosphere with fog, music, and black lights.
The Woodland location, though, was voted Best Bowling in Indianapolis 2012 by CityVoter and ups the ante with flat screens above the lanes and cushy couches where players recline while waiting their turn to take a ride through the pinsetter. Its adjacent outdoor mini-golf course, Pirates? Cove, sends putters on a salty adventure with 18 Lilliputian fairways populated by streams, waterfalls, and a pirate ship. In addition, the location recently received a makeover, with a new midway, lounge, bar and restaurant. In that same center, there's also the two-story Pirate's Quest laser tag, which combines the excitement of laser tag and swashbuckling.
At the Expo location, the theme relates to another exciting frontier: space. In Laser Storm tag, players battle for rights to moon territories. Besides their alleys, Royal Pin also manages the 5-acre Greatimes Family Fun Park, where kids zip around a go-cart track, bounce through a multilevel playland, or pilot bumper boats equipped with blaster squirt guns and highly sensitive grownup detectors.
The 207 green spaces
overseen by Indy Parks and Recreation aren't just oases of natural beauty in the middle of
the city: they're also the setting for many of Indianapolis' most diverse cultural attractions. Parks throughout the city host events that range from basketball and league sports games to fitness and yoga on the grass to all-ages, hands-on art classes. In warm weather, sounds of outdoor film screenings and more than 80 live concerts reverberate through the hills and trees. Meanwhile, 20 indoor and outdoor water recreation facilities encourage splashing, and picnic shelters and open-air pavilions host events ranging from large-scale family reunions to children's birthday parties.
The city's parks also inject their entertainment with a bit of education. The hilltop Garfield Park Arts Center organizes live performances and classes in visual and performing arts. Eagle Creek Park](http://bit.ly/1j2TWNp)—the parks system's crown jewel—celebrates nature. Its more than 4,300 acres of forested terrain take visitors out of the city, but attractions such as the aerial ropes
course, Go Ape, and the
live reptile and amphibian exhibits at the Earth Discovery Center convince them to stay.
Located in the heart of downtown Indianapolis in White River State Park, the Indiana State Museum showcases the state’s art, science and cultural history from the prehistoric era to now. The museum’s permanent collection tells Indiana’s story, from glaciers to the first settlers, with a Native American exhibit that highlights the various cultures of local and regional tribes. The first floor showcases the state’s natural history while the second floor has its cultural history, with exhibits like The Ancient Seas, Birth of the Earth, Crossroads of America and Global Indiana. Each year, several traveling exhibits pass through the museum, allowing visitors to see something new with each trip. During Christmastime every year, part of the museum’s third floor transforms into Santa’s home, and children can ride the Santa Claus Express train. The museum also contains an IMAX theater, showing documentaries and family-friendly movies.
Located in the heart of downtown, the Indianapolis Zoo allows visitors to immerse themselves in the natural habitat of a myriad of wildlife. The Ocean exhibit features the country’s largest smooth dogfish shark touch pool and a 17-foot underwater dome for viewing dolphins. Nearby, the Desert exhibit raises the temperature to appease the meerkats, iguanas, cacti and poisonous snakes that inhabit the space. The Plains exhibit allows kids and adults alike to check out the lions through thick-gauge glass, explore a pavilion overlooking white rhinos as they play in the mud, watch staff feed giraffes or feed them yourself and
test your legs against a simulation of the zoo’s own cheetahs. Elsewhere, guests can gawk at tigers and fawn over brown bears, then ride the zoo’s mini-train for a faraway look at animals and behind the scenes pavilions, before taking in the sprawling, butterfly-filled indoor garden.