Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Last week I told you about how I attended a local blogger meeting at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. After the meeting, we were allowed to tour the museum. I hadn't done that in such a long time since our children are all grown up! It was great fun and there was so much to see - but I will give you just a few highlights of what I saw. 

These Chinese Terra Cotta Warriors are real, from China's Shaanxi Province.



I was familiar with them because Dan brought home pictures of some he saw while he was on a business trip to China a few years ago. Here are some pictures he brought home with him.


Here's my "Warrior Face." The Children's Museum brought out the kid in me, what can I say!


Dinosaurs always seem to be a theme at the Children't Museum. I'm so glad because they are so cool to see! There is a dark room with gigantic dinosaurs in it. My photos didn't come out very well, but here are some skeletons I can show you that were outside of the dark room. 



There was a display of dinosaur eggs so kids can see how big they actually are.


According to the brochure I received about the museum, Artist Dale Chihuly created a 43-foot-tall tower of more than 3,000 pieces of blown glass and a "floating" ceiling filled with 1,600 pieces of glass for a hands-on exhibit.


Before I read the sign, I thought it was a bunch of balloons blown up, the kind used for making animals.


I took this photo while standing under the floating ceiling. It reminded me of the ceiling in the lobby of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. I guess that is because Dale Chihuly designed that one too! 

Who doesn't love trains?


In 1868, Reuben Wells designed a 35-foot-long, 55-ton steam engine to conquer Indiana's Madison Hill, the steepest railroad grade in the United States (again from the brochure).




Madison is a very cute little town in southern Indiana on the Ohio River. I need to visit again and blog about it soon!


And finally, I saw a polar bear, 


a carousel,


and a little theater. 


There is so much more to see at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. If you are ever in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend going for a visit, because it is fascinating for kids of all ages!

This is a sponsored post, on behalf of the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Indy Social Media Moms was given a rent free room for our meeting and admission for us to tour the museum. Oh, and Gigi's provided delicious cupcakes - thank you Gigi's! All comments are 100% my own and true.

9 comments:

  1. Our friends told us how cool Indianapolis Children's museum is and that we should go and visit it. Now I know why, thanks for this tour Patty!

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  2. Patty, Thank you for posting all the picture from the museum. I have always wanted to go there, but have not yet. I would have loved seeing the warriors. You are a cute warrior.:):) xoxo,Susie

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  3. What a lovely site for a blogging conference.

    We stayed at the Bellagio in January on our drive to Utah for skiing and I did not notice the ceiling. I wish I had read your post first so I would have looked up.

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  4. Looks like a very cool museum!

    I got married in Vegas and we stayed in the Bellagio. I love the glass ceiling

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  5. What a great place lots of interesting things, I could happily spend the day there.
    Merle...............

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  6. Oh how fun! Just think in a year or so a special someone can go with you to children museums. Trains and Dinosaurs are always a big hit with boys of all ages.

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  7. Wow, what an interesting museum with so much to see! That pretty carousel caught my eye. I hope you enjoyed the conference.

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  8. Great photos, Patty! Thanks for sharing your experience at the museum! That polar bear still gives me chills - when I was a kid, I would never go near it whenever I went to the museum! :)

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  9. Wow! I wish I were there. So many really neat and interesting things to see. Love the glass display!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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