Top Hats, Tales and Tea Parties at the Benjamin Harrison Home

Story time brings parents and kids together almost every night, transporting them to magical far away lands and teaching important life lessons. But what if story time can transport Indianapolis people and their Indianapolis kids through time? The Benjamin Harrison Home north of Indianapolis downtown presents Top Hats, Tales and Tea Parties Wednesday, July 28 from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm. The cost of this Indianapolis event is $10.00 for adults and $4.00 for students. Indianapolis kids four and under are admitted for free. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis art event as the staff of the Benajamin Harrison Home explores story time through a whole new lens.

Life is a story of us: our families, tradition, children and grandchildren. From generation to generation, popular stories change, but no the underlying themes and morals. Still, our kids and grandkids miss out on the same experiences had by adults, as these stories morph and their messages slip through the cracks. Old fables and nursery rhymes can provide us with a ready link to these fading ideas, reminding us to consider others and learn the joy of giving.

The President Benjamin Harrison Home is pleased to present Top Hats, Tales and Tea Parties, a program designed around sharing Victorian stories about hope and possibility with a whole new audience. Participants will take a guided tour through this piece of living Indianapolis history, collecting nursery rhymes along the way. As the crowd moves from room to room, each rhyme will be recited and discussed. The event continues downstairs, where a Victorian short story is read aloud to the group.

Indianapolis kids are also encouraged to bring their favorite stories to share. The program concludes with a box lunch on the spacious lawn of the former President’s home as kids engage in Victorian games. Activities include hoops, croquet, graces and more. With only two more remaining Indianapolis events on July 28 and August 4, parents and grandparents aren’t going to want to miss this. Especially because the Benjamin Harrison Home has saved the best two stories for last. Wednesday, July 28 Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland sets the scene downstairs sharing a lesson about paying attention. And on August 4 Rudyard Kipling’s How the Alphabet Was Made offers up a fun time for guests with a lesson on being creative.

Tickets to this Indianapolis education event is only $10.00 per person, $20.00 per person with a box lunch. For more information call Roger Hardig or David Pleiss at the number listed below, or email them at education(at) Don’t miss this fun Indianapolis event at the President Benjamin Harrison Home! After the fun, treat your little ones to a snack from any of these Indianapolis restaurants.

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Top Hats, Tales and Tea Parties
Wednesday, July 28 and Wednesday, August 4 at 10:30 am

President Benjamin Harrison Home
1230 North Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202