Jolly Days at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Now through January 5, 2014, the museum’s annual Jolly Days celebration offers a families in search of holiday cheer a variety of fun things to do and see.

Leslie Olsen, Public Relations Manager for the museum says, “The most popular thing about this long-standing tradition is the Yule Slide. It is a tradition that kids absolutely love.”


“They’ll line up for quite some time, a half an hour sometimes, just to take a ride down the Yule Slide. Every year the Yule Slide is opened by Santa Claus, who rides it with a special member guest,” she says.


Of course, no Christmas celebration is ever quite complete without a certain someone. After kids a through enjoying the slide, they can head upstairs to sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what they want for Christmas.

Another fun activity includes a special skating rink, where kids can take off their shoes and sock-skate. Let’s face it, who among us never went skidding around the house in socks as kids? This is definitely a fun activity for kids, not to mention far safer and more practical than skating on ice.


The daily “snowball” fights are a fun and harmless activity where kids, under the supervision of a “referee” throw fake snowballs until the time is up.


Other fun activities include a “pond” where kids can fish for fake fish, a kitchen area where they can “bake” treats for Santa’s reindeer as they prepare for their flight, and a “Climb the Ice Castle” exhibit.

“Jingle Arrgh the Way!” is an entertaining play that tells the story of Captain Braid Beard and his pirate crew, who enlist the help of the young Jeremy Jacob to find the “Christmas Treasure.


Other live entertainment includes The Corduroys, a barbershop quartet that sings some of the most recognizable and traditional Christmas melodies known to Christmas.


One of the more interesting pieces of technology on display at Jolly Days is the Water Clock, which stands right next to the Yule Slide and rises 26.5 feet into the air. It was built by a French artist and inventor named Bernard Gitton out of more than 40 glas pieces, specially blown at various factories in Europe. The clock is held together with 100 pieces of metal, and contains some 70 gallons of a water/methyl alcohol mixture. Gitton had to first assemble it and get it working right in France, and then disassembled it and ship it to the museum in Indianapolis, where it took 2 full weeks to reassemble.