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Indianapolis Moms Guide to February

February Family Events in IndianapolisDon’t let the cold and snow keep you from experiencing the fun around Indy this month! Take a look at our list of February family events in Indianapolis and the surrounding cities.

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Indianapolis Moms Event – MARK YOUR CALENDAR!

Bloom A Celebration of Motherhood

Join us for BLOOM: An Event for Mothers. This year’s event will take place on April 26th. Be on the lookout for more information. This year is shaping up to be our best event ever! 

Follow our Facebook page for all the event details and updates!


February (All Month Long)

YMCA (All Locations- Dates vary by location): PARENTS Night Out- 5-10pm

Head to your local YMCA for their KIDS NIGHT OUT EVENT. Parents, this event is perfect to allow yourself a night out on the town and the kids will be having fun too! Program activities include swimming, gym play, arts and crafts, and kid friendly movies. Dinner and snacks provided. Prices and details vary with each YMCA. Call your local YMCA for more details and date information.

YMCA Information


February (Month Schedule of Home Games)

Indy Fuel Ice Hockey Game: Farmers Coliseum Fair Grounds

Join the Fuel as they take on the following teams in February:

2/2- Indy Fuel vs. Toledo Wallaye

2/4- Indy Fuel vs. Cincinnati Cyclones

2/7- Indy Fuel vs. Tulsa Oilers

2/9- Indy Fuel vs. Fort Wayne Komets

2/18- Indy Fuel vs. Fort Wayne Komets

2/28- Indy Fuel vs. Kalamazoo Wings

2/29- Indy Fuel vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Tickets and more information can be found by visiting https://www.indyfuelhockey.com/games


February 6th

The Children’s Museum: First Thursday Discount Evening: 4-8pm

On First Thursday Nights, you can pay $5 per person to visit either the museum or the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. For $7, you can buy a ticket to both! This is only between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m.

Tickets for First Thursday at the Children’s Museum


February 7th

Frozen 2 Party: Carmel Clay Public Library- 10am

Help celebrate Anna and Elsa’s at Carmel Clay Public Library’s Frozen 2 Party! They’ll have games, crafts, and even a photo op with your favorite snowman. Don’t miss this party with all of your FROZEN loving kiddos! Stop by the Storytime Room anytime between 10:00-11:30 a.m. This program is for children ages 3-5 and their caregivers.


February 8th
Elephant and Piggie Breakfast: Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – 8-10 am
 
Elephant Gerald and Piggie, the stars of some of our favorite Mo Willems books, have come to town to have breakfast with you! Join us for breakfast and fun activities. Get your picture taken with Elephant Gerald and Piggie
 
Price:$25 member adults, $19 member youths, $31.25 nonmember adults, $23.75 nonmember youths
 

February 8th

Movie Nights at Penguin Park: Washington Township Parks: 6-8pm

Join Washington Township Parks and Rec for Movies in the Igloo. They will show movies starting at 6pm in one of their heated igloos. Popcorn and hot cocoa will also be served. Cost is $5/person. Register at: https://wtp.recdesk.com/Community/Program


February 9th
 
Skate Warz: Penguin Park: Washington Township Parks
 
Kids ages 7-13 are invited to a Nerf war on ice. All supplies and materials will be provided by the park. Cost is $10 per skater. Register here.
 

February 12th

Love Birds: Eagle Creek: Indy Parks

Take the day to learn about birds in our own Eagle Creek Park as well as their unique courtship dances! Did you know birds flirt too? (wink. wink.) Celebrate the day with bird-themed Valentine’s day cards and other fun crafts! Perfect for the whole family. FREE with park admission.


Winter and Spring Events with the Indiana State Museum 

Below are the upcoming experiences and events for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites.

Tickets for programs can be purchased online at indianamuseum.org, by calling 317.232.1637 or at the door. Events requiring advanced reservations are noted. Museum admission is not included with most programs but can be purchased for a discounted group rate. $5 parking vouchers are provided for all program attendees.

For images of the below events, go here: http://bit.ly/2t8MHW7

Learn more about all of our programs at these links: Early Childhood ProgramsYouth ProgramsPublic and Family Programs and Adult Programs.

Upcoming Experiences

Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit (Jan. 18 – May 10, 2020) 

Explore contraptions inspired by Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg and celebrate his imaginative techniques, humorous storytelling and inventive skills. Like Rube Goldberg, you can activate and create crazy chain-reaction contraptions that use everyday objects to complete simple tasks in the most overcomplicated, inefficient and hilarious ways possible.

FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis (Feb. 1, 2020 – Feb. 7, 2021)

The United States is in the middle of a crisis that is impacting families and communities. This February, the Indiana State Museum plans to talk about it – and you’re invited to join the discussion. Explore the science and biology behind opioid use disorder, then discover true, personal stories from people affected. Walk inside a fabric brain, see artistic responses to the crisis and find hope in learning that recovery is possible as we all work together toward finding solutions.

Cause and Æffect (March 28 – July 6, 2020) 

Women have a long history of fighting for their rights. This spring and summer, explore artworks born of that activism. Discover the artists behind each piece, and learn about the causes they continue to fight for. See works inspired by debate over topics like the death penalty or the environment, then take a moment for self-reflection and an opportunity to react. 

 

Early Childhood Programs

Preschool Fridays (families with children ages 5 and younger)
9 to 10 a.m., Jan. 3
Included with purchase of museum admission

Experience your very own wintery wonderland in Santa’s front yard during this early opening event! Enjoy interactive story times at 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. with North Pole elves, then have a snowball fight, build a snowman and take a ride on the Santa Claus Express train. 

Toddler Time (ages 18-36 months)
Even the littlest learner can find fun at the Indiana State Museum. In this special class just for toddlers, children enjoy circle time, stories, hands-on activities and movement time. Through play, children learn problem-solving, social-emotional and communication skills, as well as develop their fine and gross motor skills. 

10 to 11 a.m.
$8/member child, $11/non-member child; adults free with paid child
Each child must be accompanied by an adult. 

Jan. 30 – Experiencing Seasons

Explore the changing seasons through sensory play and movement. 

Feb. 27 – Life on the Farm

Learn about your favorite barnyard animals and enjoy an interactive reading of “Barnyard Dance” by Sandra Boynton.

March 26 – Using our Senses

Use your senses to explore in this month’s program, where children will create art using various textures, and play with musical instruments. 

April 30 – Mother Earth
Celebrate Earth Day through nature-based activities. Make a nature collage, take a close look at seeds and explore plants. 

Small Wonders (ages 3-5)
Preschoolers are invited to learn, play and discover in the museum during this hour-long class. Build your child’s sense of wonder and playfulness as they engage in storytelling, hands-on activities, music, art and more. 

10 to 11 a.m.
$9/member child, $12/non-member child; adults free with paid child
Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Jan. 7, 8 & 11 – Inspired by Nature

From hungry caterpillars to grouchy ladybugs, children will experience the books of Eric Carle while exploring the art and science behind these childhood classics. 

Feb. 4, 12 & 15 – Minerals Rock!

Explore real rocks and minerals from the museum collection, just in time for the museum’s annual GeoFest (Feb. 21-23). Use scientific tools to take a closer look at the rocks, and create rock-inspired art.

March 3, 11 & 14 – Becoming Paleontologists

Your little one will become a paleontologist and explore the world of Ice Age animals. From digging in the dirt for bones to creating Ice Age art, children will have a blast. 

April 7, 15 & 18 – Simple Machines

Explore simple machines through STEAM-inspired stations and a collaborative project. Construct your own catapult and create a work of art. 

Young Explorers (ages 4-6)
Nurture your child’s independence at this 90-minute drop-off class designed for older preschoolers that encourages creativity and exploration in an environment that fosters curiosity and imagination.

1 to 2:30 p.m.
$10/member child, $13/non-member child
This class is for children to attend on their own. 

Jan. 11 – Backyard Animals

Discover the animals that call Indiana home and explore the museum’s Natural Regions gallery. Learn about habitats and animal adaptations through stations, interactive story time, nature-based art and sensory play.

Feb. 15 – Rocks and Minerals

Little ones can become geologists and take a look at real rocks and minerals from the museum’s collection, just in time for GeoFest (Feb. 21-23). 

March 14 – Simple Machines

Design and engineer your own invention using simple machines after being inspired by the museum’s new experience about humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg. 

April 18 – Spring Time

Celebrate Earth Day by discovering ways to take care of our environment and working on a recyclable-based art project. 

Messy Mondays (ages 2-5)
Feb. 17, March 23 & 30 
10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
$7/member child, $10/non-member child; free for adults with paid child and children younger than age 2
Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Get a little messy and have a ton of fun while exploring a variety of science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) topics.

Literacy Day (families with children age 6 and younger) 
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 7
Included with purchase of museum admission 

Enjoy a day of stories at Literacy Day! From interactive read-alongs in the galleries to storytelling performances, explore books with Indiana connections and maybe even find a new favorite. Storytimes will also be offered in Spanish and ASL. 

 

Youth Programs

Homeschool Tuesdays (ages 6-13)
Take your child’s learning to the museum for a day during this two-hour class exploring different topics in science, art, history and culture. Adults join their learners for an interactive family experience. 

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
First Tuesday of each month
$8/members, $10/non-members
Admission is included for students but must be purchased by accompanying adults or additional children if visiting the museum after the program. 

Jan. 7 – Art in Motion

Students will activate their creative side and spend the morning creating one-of-a-kind, moving masterpieces. 

Feb. 4 – Happy Birthday, Abe!

Celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s 111th birthday, and explore the life of this famous pioneer and president. 

March 3 – Rube Goldberg: Engineering Reactions

Immerse yourself in the wacky world of humorist and inventor Rube Goldberg, and explore chain reactions as you build your own machine.

April 7 – Earth Day, Every Day!

What is ecology, and why is it important? Engage in hands-on activities dedicated to learning how to take care of our Earth. 

Game Jam (ages 12-16)
Learning to make digital games: 1 to 5 p.m., Feb. 8; $15/members, $20/non-members
Game Jam and making games: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 29; $7/members, $10/non-members
Gallery of finished games: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 1; included with purchase of museum admission

Making games is fun, and having others play your game is even better. Spend time learning how to make a game, then join us for Game Jam, featuring digital game developers from around the city. Over the span of eight hours, you’ll go from concept to finished product. Once your game is complete, it’ll be set up for others to enjoy for the day. 

Boy Scouts of America: Investigating Our Past
Wolf Elective Adventure: Digging in the Past – 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Feb. 8 (grade 2)
Archaeology Merit Badge – 12:30 to 3 p.m., Feb. 8 (grades 6-12)
$12/scouts, $1/adults
Registration required by Jan. 25 by visiting indianamuseum.org or calling 317.232.1637.

What is the difference between paleontology and archaeology? Discover the answer and explore how these scientists learn about the past with this hands-on program. Earn your Digging in the Past Badge or complete your requirements for the Archaeology Merit Badge. 

Girl Scout Badge Day: Out of this World
Space Science Investigator – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 14 (grades 4-5)
Space Science Researcher – 1 to 3 p.m., March 14 (grades 6-8)
$12/Girl Scouts, $1/adults
Registration required by Feb. 29 by visiting indianamuseum.org or calling 317.232.1637.

Explore the vastness of space through hands-on activities, and discover more about our solar system, planets and stars. 

Girl Scout Badge Day: Artistic Explorations
Outdoor Art Apprentice – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., March 28 (grades 6-8)
Outdoor Art Master – 1 to 3 p.m. (grades 11-12) 
$12/Girl Scouts, $1/adults
Registration is required by March 14 by visiting indianamuseum.org or calling 317.232.1637.

Be inspired by the beauty of nature to spark creative art making! Girl Scouts are encouraged to bring a digital camera, but it is not required. 

 

Presidents’ Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 17
FREE

Join the presidential celebration! Design a lunar lander for JFK’s mission to the moon, become an inventor like Abe Lincoln, deliver your own presidential speech, and explore Eisenhower’s transportation system and design one for the future. Test your knowledge of vice presidents, conduct a briefing in the White House Press Room and more. 

GeoFest
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Feb. 21-23
Included with purchase of museum admission; $7/person for scouts and each family member 

Rock out at the 17th annual GeoFest! Browse a wide variety of fossils, cut and uncut gemstones, and minerals from all over the world. Purchase jewelry or crafts made from natural materials, and add one-of-a-kind specimens to your collection. Plus, enjoy family-friendly activities around the museum by helping our fossil zookeeper with “feeding time” and exploring Indiana’s ancient seas through a scuba diving scavenger hunt. Make amethyst jewelry or a pet rock, then join the rock and roll race.

 

Adult Programs

Quirky Queries (ages 21+)
Explore the off-beat and unusual in this program series just for adults, featuring different experts from the museum speaking on various topics – from underwear to taxidermy. 

6 to 9 p.m.
     6 to 7 p.m.: Happy hour and activities
     7 to 8:15 p.m.: Program
     8:15 to 9 p.m.: Activities
$10/members, $15/non-members
Ticket price includes one signature cocktail or Sun King beer. 

Jan. 14 – Undies Through the Ages 

Learn about underwear in the museum’s collection! Join our director of collections to learn about these unique artifacts and hear some behind-the-scenes scoop.

April 21 – Pantsuits and Politics

How does fashion play a role in politics? Learn about items in the museum’s collection worn by female politicians, and discover how fashion throughout history reflects societal changes. 

DIY Workshops (ages 15+)
Get crafty and creative during these one-of-a-kind workshops where you can learn to create a craft for yourself. 

2 to 4 p.m. 
$7/members, $10/non-members
All teens must be accompanied by an adult. 

Feb. 10 – Be Mine DIY

Roses are red, violets are blue, the museum has valentines waiting for you! Pop in to create Valentine cards for the special someone in your life. Learn unique card-making skills, and hear stories of valentines from the museum’s collection. Take home whatever you make – and let us clean up the glittery mess left behind. Registration required by Feb. 9 by visiting indianamuseum.org or calling 317.232.1637.

March 16 – Egg Dyeing DIY

Hop on over to learn several unique techniques for egg dyeing, just in time for Easter. Registration required by March 12 by visiting indianamuseum.org or calling 317.232.1637.

Courageous Conversations (ages 15+)
Join your neighbors in discussing real issues impacting your community today, and hear stories from people affected. 
6 to 8 p.m.
Free for members, $5/non-members, $2/students with valid ID

Feb. 27 – Reducing Stigma 

Join the discussion on our newest exhibit, FIX, and learn how to reduce stigma surrounding opioid use disorder. Afterward, ask questions of the panel and experience the exhibit. 

April 16 – Trailblazing Women, the Indiana Suffragists

Learn about the bold and daring women in underrepresented communities that were advocating for the right to vote, in celebration of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial. Then, experience the art of women activists in our new exhibit, Cause and Æffect.

Adult Nights Out: Contraptions and Creations (ages 15+)

6 to 9 p.m., March 12
$7/members, $10/non-members

Join us for an after-hours look at our new experience, Rube Goldberg™: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit, and enjoy an evening of tinkering and engineering. One signature non-alcoholic beverage or signature cocktail included in ticket price. Those younger than age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

 
The Park at Traders Point Northwest:
Location: Trader’s Point Christian Church, 6590 S Indianapolis Rd, Whitestown
Cost: Free
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am – Noon. The Park is closed the first Monday of each month for deep cleaning.
 
Smiley:
Location: 5729 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN 46250
Cost: Prices vary.
Hours: Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10:00am – 10:00pm; Friday, 10:00am – 11:00pm; Saturday, 9:00am – 11:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am – 9:00pm
 
Carter’s Play Place:
Location: 17219 Foundation Parkway, Suite 100, Westfield
Cost: Pricing varies and membership packages are available.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
 
KidCity at Greenwood Community Center:
Location: 100 Surina Way, Greenwood, IN 46143
Cost: $4.00/child and free for adults
Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 6:00pm; Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

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