Next time you are in Indianapolis, you have to visit The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Visit the Dinosphere exhibit where you can step back in time to the Cretaceous Period. Check out the Fireworks of Glass blown glass sculpture that stands 43 feet tall. Some exhibits even have family guides to download, that will give you extra information and activities. The museum is consistently ranked in the lists of top 10 Children’s museums across the country and is definitely worth a visit.
Also, for a limited time at the museum, you can now see the Terra Cotta Warrior Exhibit (its cheaper than the long plane ride to China!) The exhibit, which runs through November 2, 2014, contains overs 100 artifacts, and like the rest of the museum, has many interactive activities. We saw Terra Cotta Warriors at the National Geographic Museum several years ago, and it really is amazing to see these life-sized figures and hear the fascinating story about their origin. If you don’t want to pay the extra fee, you can still visit the museum’s China exhibition, where you can learn what it takes to care for baby pandas and also experience ancient Chinese traditions. Take advantage of buying tickets online if you can to avoid the crowds. If you live nearby, there are often free community nights, but get there early to be sure to get in.