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February 22, 2009
From journal Indianapolis Experiences
January 27, 2006
From journal Back Home Again
by tina Haflett
August 18, 2004
The newest area is Dinosphere. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of the Cretaceous period. The Dinosphere entrance is located just outside the food court on level one. Dinosphere has 3 levels featuring: dinosaur’s fossil, a sky that changes from day to night, has a thunderstorm and shows a comet. There is a dinosaur art gallery, a Dino Dig area and a Paleo Prep Lab.
The lower level features: "What if….? This area has an Egyptian tomb (one of my kid’s favorites) with a 2500 old mummy, and a coral reef with living creatures. All aboard: see the Rueben Wells, a 35-foot long steam engine. The SpaceQuest Planetarium is a 130-seat planetarium featuring a DigStar sky projection system. The Lily Theater features their plays.
The first level features: Water Clock – a 33-foot tall water clock, it is the largest in North American. The Food Court featuring Mc Donald, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, Oscar Meyer Café and more. The Children’s Museum Store - the gift shop. Info Zone – the museum’s library. The entrance to Dinosphere is also on the first floor.
The second level features: Passport to the World, discover how people around the world celebrate, communicate, and imagine. Mini Masterpieces – a collection of miniature rooms decorated in Colonial, Victorian and New England styles. There is a sack lunch area on this floor if you want to pack your lunch and eat it there. This floor also has three special exhibit areas; these are traveling exhibits, so something new is always there. During our last visit special area 1and 2 was: Moneyville, where kids can play the stock market, run a lemonade stand, put their face on a million dollar bill and much more. Special area 3 was Mister Rogers Neighborhood.
The third level features Playscape. It is for ages 5 and under. It is a play area. Babyscape is a play area for ages 2 and under. Story Avenue – a gallery of stories to learn lesson on life. Mysteries in History – has a 1850s log cabin, a 1750 French Fur Trading Post and an early 1900s Main Street are just some of the features of this area.
The forth level features Science Works. This is my kids’ favorite area. This area is dedicated to natural and physical sciences. Biotechnology Learning Center – learn about plant biotechnology though hands on activities. Carousel of Wishes - a giant old fashion carousel. Mirror maze" – conquer this maze of mirrors. Ball Dollhouse – a collection of dollhouses.
Outside the museum is Festival Park - an open-air area used for festivals. Plan to spend a day there. It is a terrific family outing for all ages!
From journal The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
February 5, 2003
The museum changes its exhibits periodically. Once they had a walk-in cockpit and half airplane, where you could sit at the controls and pretend to fly. At Christmas they have Santas from all over the world tell stories from every country. There are also exhibits that remain constant, like the playscape for little ones where pre-schoolers can play with water and sand; the dinosaur bone hunt; visiting an ancient Egyptian tomb, learning to write your name in hieroglyphs, and seeing how royalty was mummified; building paper airplanes; and using water, pulleys, and weights at different exhibits. You can also explore cultures from around the world and learn to play board games from Spain, Italy . . . you name it.
A must is visiting Science Works, a display demonstrating basic engineering principles using pulleys and bulldozers, and a creek with changing water flows thanks to locks and pumps.
The museum is fun because not only do you get a hands-on experience, but they have workers stationed around to explain, play, and interact with you to make your visit a true learning experience.
From journal What to do in the Circle City - Indianapolis
December 5, 2002
They have a cafeteria that houses a McDonald's and Pizza Hut along with general food service. They even have facilities to host a birthday party with any theme that you can think of, or design your own. There are plenty of bathrooms so you hardly have to wait in line, and the Employees are helpful and pleasant.
With each season, there is a specific theme room that for that season. During Christmas they have the opportunity to meet and have a photo taken with Santa. You can even visit Santa's shop and have the opportunity to make a craft or a tree ornament.
The Museum also opens doors to other countries and cultures. There are rooms upon rooms focusing in on culture. You can even take a trip back to ancient Eygpt, prioneer days, and Black history. Every thing has a hands on craft, a listening center, or a teacher. They often refer to this museum as a DU-seum!
From journal Circle City is not really a "Nap"-Town
October 20, 2000
From journal Highlighting Indianapolis