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“Must see for kids!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46208-4716
(317) 334-3322
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Ranked #2 of 59 Attractions in Indianapolis
Type: Children's Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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Owner description: The largest children's museum in the world urges children to dig in and touch everything as they explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts through exciting interactive exhibits on five floors. There's also a planetarium and a theater with children's plays and live entertainment.
Williamston, Michigan
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“Must see for kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

I just happened to get in on a free night sponsored by Target (first Thursday of the month from 4-8pm). Saved $60 for a family of 4, which I used towards the purchase of items in their very nice gift shop. Of course, I think the place would've been worth it even at full price. Only thing with a free night is that it is very well attended and there's probably at least several times more people here than normal. Even so, this place is so large that the crowd gets well distributed and you can still enjoy yourself. First thing to do when you get here is get free tickets for the rock-climbing wall and the planetarium shows as there is only a limited number of them available. You have to be 12 or younger for the wall. The kids are safe in a harness and the wall appeared to be a challenge, as I saw no one get to the top. My 6 year old daughter got the farthest, better than much older kids. The place is not only fun, but educational at the same time, if one takes advantage of the opportunites. I enjoyed the Dinosphere and Treasures of the Earth exhibits the most. There was also a dinosaur art gallery that proved to be a quiet respite from the crowd. The Chihuly glass sculpture is also a beautiful work that deserves to be seen. In fact, there's a place on the lower level where you can sit directly under it and just look up and contemplate it. Suitable for kids of all ages from toddlers on up. Give yourself at least 4 hours here. You can bring your own food in, but really, who's got time for eating here?

Visited June 2012
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Justin
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“Must see even if you don't have kids!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

What a fun adventure for three adults, none of whom have children. This museum is amazing, certainly hands on, especially for kids, and very educational. We had a blast.

Visited May 2012
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Belleville, Illinois
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“Almost like an amusement park for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

We were travelling to the Indianapolis area and have a four year old son so we decided to stop by the museum. FYI. They have a free family night the first Thursday of every month from 4-8 P.M which we utilized. Otherwise it would have been about $47 for our family. All I can say is WOW. We spent just over 3 hours there and it really felt like we were a bit rushed because we still didn't get to see everything. Trains, dinosaurs, hot wheels, Lego's, etc. Truly a kid's paradise. I would venture to say this is probably the best and most well done museum I've ever been to, in any genre. Probably top 10 in the country!

Visited June 2012
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“One of the great Museums for Children anywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

The CM has an extraordinary range of exhibits and programs. A planetarium, dinosaur exhibit, a hero's exhibit, a giant Chihuly glass sculpture and community progrms. It's an extraordinary place and the children will want to return again and again. A definite must-see destination when bringing children to Indy.

Visited March 2012
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Indianapolis, IN
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“I can hardly wait to take my only grandson to the Children's Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I just love the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. I love the excitement, laughter and educational opportunities you experience. It is truly a place where adults can let themselves go and regress into childhood. It's a "feel good" place. Save time to visit -- it's a must!

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