February Events at White River State Park Attractions, 2012

With prime Indianapolis real estate in the heart of Indianapolis downtown, White River State Park houses a slew of Indianapolis attractions including the Indiana State Museum, the IMAX theater, the Eitlejorg Museum, the Indianapolis Zoo, the NCAA Hall of Champions and the Indianapolis Canal Walk. The White River State Park is a hot Indianapolis locale that hosts a range of Indianapolis events this February from film to art exhibits and event things to do with your Indianapolis kids. Here is a preview of what to expect at the White River State Park in February 2012.

Indiana State Museum

Indiana-State-Museum-exterior-downtown-Indianapolis-IndianaSummer Camps 2012 Registration – It’s never to early to plan how your Indianapolis kids will spend their Summer vacation. Choose from any number of adventures to send your child on this Summer: crime solving mysteries, dirty jobs, fossil hunting and artistry are just a few of the topics to choose from in Summer 2012. You can trust that your campers will enjoy a safe and educational environment that emphasizes hands-on learning, critical thinking and physical activity. In addition, take solace in knowing that before and after care is available to fit your busy schedule. Camp titles include: Indiana Artists Camp, Paleontology Camp II: The Pipe Creek Experience, Exploring Nature Camp, History Alive!, Paleontology Camp: Fossils, Mammoths and More!, Crime Scene Indiana State Museum and Archaeology Camp: The Adventure Beneath Your Feet.

Gallery Search: Sand, Steele and Sculpture – Many artists have made Indiana not only their home but a well-spring of inspiration for their work. From Brown County to the Indiana Dunes and even Robert Indiana, who changed his last name to honor his homeland, see work from the most celebrated Hoosier artists.

REPRESENT: Family Day – The Indiana State Museum’s latest exhibit celebrates African American history and heritage as expressed through the work of Hoosier artists featured in “REPRESENT: Celebrating Indiana’s African-American Artists.” Enjoy inspiration performances from gospel choirs, move to the rhythm of high-energy dancing and learn about different cultural organizations. Plus, create your own adinkra cloth as you celebrate Black History Month with a day of family fun.

Indiana-State-Museum-Indiana-Obelski-sculpture-close-up-Indianapolis-IndianaEndurance Lecture Series: Science on the Ice – Did you know that the southernmost continent is home to the world’s largest outdoor laboratory? Learn how the science experiments there inform our knowledge of the Earth and the Universe. Hear Indiana State University Professor of Geology Anthony Rathburn speak about the incredible things happening in Antarctica.

Indiana Art Fair – Browse the 9th Annual Indiana Art Fair, where Indianapolis artists bring their best to share with, and hopefully sell to, you. Feast your eyes on a smorgasbord of pottery, jewelry and artwork for all tastes. There will be a variety of pieces in different mediums available for sale at this juried show.

How Dogs Have Helped Society – Meet Camille. She’s obedient, has an amazing sense of smell and is ready to help you navigate the world. This working dog will be at the Indiana State Museum with her trainer Greg Hollen to inform Indianapolis people about the history of working dogs. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the socialization, training methods, tools and various jobs of working dogs.

So You Think You Can Farm  – Many don’t realize that the success or failure of farming plans is a bit like rolling the dice. Forget what you think you know about farming, and find out what it actually takes. You must decide when to plant, the seeds for planting, when to harvest and overcome challenges like insects, poor weather and crop loss. Find out what it really takes to be a success in the field.

Boat Building Workshop – Before power tools and model crafts, boat building was a whole different industry. Join craftsman Doug Jones to learn how boat building was done in the days before power tools. Since the 1950s, Jones has kept traditional methods of boat building alive. He has helped build boats with Alexandria Seaport Foundation and leads classes at Eagle Creek Park. This eight week class costs $300 per adult. No prior experience needed.

Indiana State Museum
650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204


Shackleton’s Antarctic Adventure – Sir Ernest Shackleton is a legendary leader. After he and his man were shipwrecked during their unfinished first crossing of the Antarctic continent, he faced frigid weather and waning spirits. For nearly 2 years, he kept all 28 of his men alive. Hear his triumphant story of heroism and human endurance.

Rescue 3D – When a natural disaster strikes, these rescues spring into action. Go behind the scenes in this film that follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action. The film also captures their amazing heroism after an earthquake struck Haiti, creating one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of the century.

Born to Be Wild 3D – Follow this inspiring story of the incredible bond between humans and animals. The film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants as they bond with their human rescuers. Don’t miss this heartwarming adventure that takes viewers into the rainforests of Borneo and the rugged Kenyan savannah.

650 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Eiteljorg Museum

Indianapolis-Eiteljorg-Museum-SculpturesFilm Series: The Urban Indiana – Screen a series of four films presented in conjunction with the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Thaw Collection and the Eiteljorg’s “We Are Here” exhibit. This films reference past portrayals of Native Americans in the context of modern and urban perspectives on Native American life.

Leon Jett Memorial Lecture: Henry B. Crawford – Join Henry B. Crawford, curator of history at the Museum of Texas Tech University. In his lecture “Taking the Mystery Out of Living History,” Crawford shares his experience choosing African American characters to represent in his areas of expertise including: American fur trade, freighters, buffalo hunters, Texas in the 1830s and 1840s, the Civil War and the postwar frontier.

Antique Arms Collectors Show – The Indiana Antique Arms Collectors Association and the Eiteljorg Museum present this special collectors show featuring a variety of historic weapons. The shows focus will be on pre-1898 weapons and accessories that document episodes in American, Western, frontier and Civil War history. Not just for collectors, this amazing showcase welcomes those who want to marvel as well.

Eiteljorg Museum
500 W Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

White River State Park

Canal Walk, Indianapolis, IndianaDirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl – As the Super Bowl heats up in Indianapolis downtown, the 6th Annual DirectTV Celebrity Beach Bowl features sports and entertainment stars in the sexiest Olympic sport around. Don’t miss this Indianapolis sports event.

Indy 500: OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Training Series 5K – Presented by OrthoIndy, this Indianapolis health competition is designed to give runners a chance to prep for the Indy 500 Mini Marathon coming this Spring. Size up the competition as you get use to running a similar track in this training series exercise.

After you enjoy these Indianapolis events at White River State Park, take in the sights and sounds of Indianapolis downtown. Check out these Indianapolis restaurants for some gourmet grub, or unwind with cocktails at any of these Indianapolis bars.

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