February is a month for love. Not just romantic love, but also familial love. Show your Indianapolis kids some love by enjoying any of these child-oriented Indianapolis events in February. From new exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis to performances for kids at Clowes Memorial Hall, there are tons of ways to engage your children in Indianapolis culture and community. Cozy up together at a reading circle hosted by the Indianapolis library. Take in a day of Indianapolis history at Conner Prairie or treat yourself to some good ole’ fashion coloring time. Here are some helpful ideas on fun things to do in Indianapolis with your kids.
Mr. Potato Head Spuds it up at the Children’s Museum – The nation’s largest children’s museum has a new character on the block. Mr. Potato Head, the famed children’s toy, brings wacky adventures to life for Indianapolis kids. Undertake interactive explorations undersea, in outer space, in the jungle and on an archaeological dig. Designed for kids ages 3 to 8, this exhibit encourages confidence, curiosity, humor, respect and school readiness. With dozens of interactive elements, kids are invited to partake in activities like “Spud Overboard!,” “Spud Quest,” “Space S.P.U.D.” and “Spud Safari.” Plus, build your very own Mr. Potato Head.
Celebrate Black History Month at Conner Prairie – Conner Prairie Interactive History Park invites you to join the celebration of Black History Month. Test your knowledge of famous African American business leaders, politicians, civil rights leaders and others. Discover your inner artists at the Craft Corner as you pay tribute to African-Americans. And join in a rousing game of Bingo, based on historic events for African Americans.
Performance and Film Events
Peewinkle’s Puppets Valentine’s Day Show – Sometimes it can be difficult to find a perfect way to celebrate your pint-sized Valentines. Treat your Indianapolis kids to a high spirited marionette show that includes a special sweet treat.
Magic School Bus Live! The Climate Challenge – For decades the Magic School Bus cartoon on PBS has been educating children about science. Now this celebrated kids show comes to life on stage. Staring Ms. Frizzle and the whole gang, buckle up for an exciting adventure about the telltale signs of climate change. Plus, learn how you can make a difference through recycling, conservation and alternative energy. Performed at Clowes Memorial Hall.
Freedom Train – The remarkable story of Harriet Tubman lives on in this theatrical presentation. Though she was born a slave destined to live in a dire situation, she took control of her fate and the fate of those around leading more than 300 runaways to safety. Her incredible story as a conductor of the Underground Railroad has inspired generations of children to greatness. Hear an account of her self-sacrifice, dedication and endurance. Performed at Clowes Memorial Hall.
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. At the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX.
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. At the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX.
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 rain forests of Borneo and the rugged Kenyan savannah. At the Indiana State Museum’s IMAX.
Dinosaur Show With FamilyTime Entertainment! – The Pike Branch of the Marion County Public library system presents a 45-minute magical romp through the time of dinosaurs. Led by FamilyTime Entertainment, this Indianapolis event gets to the bottom of what really happened to the dinosaurs.
Terrific Tales Tuesdays – Families and children of all ages are invited to hear stories from popular children’s books and enjoy songs and rhymes. Plus, kids can complete and take home their very own craft project. Held at Spades Park Branch, east of Indianapolis downtown.
Sunday Coloring Sheets – Every Sunday the Warren Branch of the Indianapolis public library system hosts a coloring fiesta. Have fun with colors as you create take-home-masterpieces that are sure to be fridge worthy.
Ready Readers: Frog and Toad are Friends – Beginning readers are navigators of a new adventure. Join in some friendly, froggy fun at the Franklin Road Branch of the IMCPL as you listen to “Frog and Toad Are Friends,” by Arnold Lobel. Afterward, stick around for crafts, games and phonic activities. This month’s focus is on the letter “F.”
Kids are like sponges. See them suck up new information at any of these family-friendly Indianapolis events in February. Afterward, treat your little one to a meal at any of these Indianapolis restaurants.
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