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Indianapolis Children's Museum a great place to visit

Posted Monday, April 9, 2012, at 11:35 AM

If you're looking for a fun place to take the kids, then look no further than the Indianapolis Children's Museum. With 472,900-square feet, more than 120,000 artifacts, and over 1 million visitors each year, the Indianapolis Children's Museum is the largest children's museum in the world.

Recently, my husband and I loaded up our children -- ages 9, 7, and 3 (twins) -- and headed to the big city for a day at the museum.

My kids were anxious to see the two new exhibits -- Lego Adventures and Mr. Potato Head.

In the Lego Travel Adventure exhibit, children and their families are encouraged to use Lego bricks to create their own imaginary dream machines capable of taking them to some fantastic destinations. The kids even had the opportunity to sit in a race car constructed of Legos.

I was taken back to my childhood when visiting the Mr. Potato Head exhibit. My kids had a ball picking a potato and trying all sorts of combinations for noses, eyes, mouths, mustaches, and hats.

My oldest daughter had to spend time in her favorite exhibit -- The Power of Children Gallery. The exhibit takes visitors on a journey through the lives of three children who faced profound trials and emerged as heroes of the 20th century. The stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White exemplify for children and adults how every individual can make a difference. I love that she takes such an interest in children who have made a difference in the world.

There are so many other exhibits my kids enjoy, including Dinosphere and ScienceWorks. They also love the Fireworks of Glass sculpture -- a five-story sculpture of blown glass. It's beautiful.

A new Hot Wheels exhibit opens May 26. It will feature rarely seen collectible Hot Wheels cars and amazing life-size versions of iconic favorites. My boys will love this one! I guess that means it's time to start planning another trip.

I appreciate the free parking offered by the museum. I've gone to other museums in bigger cities and have had to spend a lot on parking in addition to entrance fees. Free parking is definitely a plus. And, if you don't want to spend a lot of money on food, you can even bring a picnic lunch into the museum. If you want to purchase food at the museum, there's a variety of kid-friendly as well as adult-friendly choices.

There truly is something for everyone at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. For more information, visit the museum's website: www.childrensmuseum.org .

Have you been to the world's largest children's museum? What's your favorite exhibit?

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