Polar Late Night: Indianapolis Children Slide into Winter

On November 26, 2010, Thanksgiving will be over. Yes, the turkey will be digested, your relatives will be bundled into cars and planes and trains to make the journey home, leftovers will be sealed away in the fridge for late night snacks, and your children will already be pestering you about their most impossible Christmas wishes. Soon December will be upon us here in Indianapolis, and that means snow, snow, and more snow. Though Indiana gets a little chilly during the winter season, it’s nothing compared to the frigid tips of our planet, something you may forget when you’re struggling to scrape all that ice off your car before work. So for a little perspective and a look at what’s to come this holiday season, why not experience the polar regions like you’ve never seen them before at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum? On Friday, November 26, 2010, the Indianapolis museum will be hosting Polar Late Night, a chance for you and your Indianapolis children to experience two great exhibits and an imaginative play.

Polar Late Night gives Indy families access to two Indianapolis Children’s Museum events, one of which won’t be open until the 26th. Regular visitors to the Indianapolis Children’s Museum are familiar with the Polar Bears to Penguins exhibit, which has been open since October 9 and will run until January 2 of 2011. At Polar Bears to Penguins, families can learn to waddle and slide like a penguin, see how the conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic affect the global environment, measure their girth against the awesome proportions of a polar bear, see the tusks of the narwhal, and visit the hut of an explorer to these inhospitable regions. You’ll also get to see stunning examples of Arctic and Antarctic photography, photos that almost do justice to the epic scope of the polar regions.

Participants in Polar Late Night at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum will also get to experience the 2010 iteration of Jolly Days, an extremely fun exhibit that opens on November 26, 2010 along with Polar Late Night. Jolly Days is rife with interactive activities for you and your kids, including sock skating, races down the speedy Yule Slide, an indoor snow ball fight (hopefully your kids won’t get any ideas), visits with Jingles the friendly polar bear, and even a photo opportunity with Santa Claus himself. It’s the perfect Indianapolis thing to do to forget about Thanksgiving and start gearing up for Christmas!

Video of Santa sliding down the Yule Slide at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum to kick off the 2009 iteration of Jolly Days; visitors to Polar Late Night can experience Jolly Days on November 26, 2010 in Indianapolis


Not only do families participating in Polar Late Night gain access to Polar Bears to Penguins and Jolly Days, they also get to be some of the first Circle City residents to follow Dorothy to the land of Oz in her new adventure, Dorothy Returns. This Indianapolis theater event will take place in the Lilly Theater inside the Indianapolis Children’s Museum starting at 8:00 p.m. After the performance, Polar Late Night guests will get to take photos with the cast (great for including with your annual Christmas letters) and enjoy a light snack. Don’t miss the chance to be one of the first people to take another trip down the yellow brick road with Polar Late Night!

On Friday, November 26, 2010, leave yesterday’s turkey in the fridge and embrace winter with Polar Late Night at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Participants can take in the expansive Polar Bears to Penguins exhibit, have snow and ice filled fun at the opening night of Jolly Days, and witness the premiere of Dorothy Returns at the Lilly Theater. Tickets are just $15 for members of the museum and $20 for non-members, pretty good for a full night of entertainment. This Indianapolis event begins at 6:00 and is recommended for children above 6; it should provide a jolly good time for all!

Polar Late Night at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum
Friday, November 26, 2010 at 6:00; Dorothy Returns begins at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $15/members, $20/non-members

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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