Kids won’t want to miss The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.  It’s a hands-on world of discovery, which is the largest of its kind in the world.  The museum is home to one of the largest displays of real juvenile and family dinosaur fossils in the world. Dinosphere boasts a teenage T. rex with an attitude, a Gorgosaurus skeleton that actually has a brain tumor, and Baby Louie, the only articulated dinosaur embryo fossil ever found.  Children are even able to dig for faux fossils in the Dinosaur Dig or play interactive video games.

A four story Chihuly blown glass sculpture towers above a suspended glass ceiling. Underneath, children and adults are encouraged to create their own sculpture with pre-formed acrylic orbs. 

Other fun activity includes climbing a limestone wall, sailing a boat, exploring life under ground in the science area, or checking out what’s under wraps in the mummy’s tomb. 

The Power of Children: Making a Difference is a permanent exhibit that shares the extraordinary stories of Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White children whose lives teach us about overcoming obstacles to make a difference in the world. The stories told in this exhibit are intended to show future generations that discrimination and fear can be very powerful, but that everyone, no matter the age, has the power to fight back and make a difference. As visitors learn about Anne Frank, they can reflect upon what it must have been like to hide from Nazi soldiers during World War II. They can visualize being 6-year-old Ruby Bridges as she walked, surrounded by Federal Marshals, through an angry mob to integrate a school. Or, visitors can imagine being teenager Ryan White who contracted a disease which was so new that many people weren’t even aware of what it was, so they were afraid to be near him.

Just opened at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (June 27, 2009): Take Me There: Egypt. Travel aboard EgyptAir to the Children's Museum's newest permanent exhibit, and learn about modern Egyptian life while visiting a home, shopping at a marketplace, or playing a part in a traditional Egyptian celebration. The exhibit features a variety of hands-on activities and family learning opportunities.

If you want a way to treat youngsters to fun and education that is also affordable, the first Thursday of each month is free from 4-8pm for anyone who wants to bring the kids for a visit to the Indianapolis museum for kids – all compliments of Target's Free Family Nights. 

The Children’s Museum helps families celebrate African American heritage and achievements in history, science, art, and music with programs, performances, with hands on activities and exhibits in which children are encouraged to touch.

It has a very large gift shop from which to buy all kinds of educational toys. And, there’s a food court in which visitors have a wide variety of choices from burgers and fries to salads and yogurt.

For more information on The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, please go to www.childrensmuseum.org.