I love living in a big city; there’s always something to do! And that is especially true around the Holidays! Last year for our family’s 25 Days of Christmas Advent calendar, I included lots of local events and activities for us to do. One of those was “Trumble the Train Saves the Day,” a short Holiday play for kids, at the Indiana State Museum. It was the first time (and only time) we’ve been inside the Indiana State Museum. And I know I definitely wanted to check our more of it, especially as they have so many fun Christmas activities going on each winter. This year we’re going to check out more of the Indiana State Museum’s Celebration Crossing!
Celebration Crossing is the Indiana State Museum’s annual holiday festival. This year is runs from November 29 to December 31, 2013. The celebrations include food, sights, sounds, and fun!
Here are 8 reasons not to miss Celebration Crossing this year:
1. Celebration Crossing Opening Day
One Friday, Nov. 29 the celebration opens with holiday merriment from the sounds of bands and choirs to the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on the front lawn by helicopter. Children of all ages are invited to ride the Santa Claus Express, make crafts and rekindle memories of holidays past as they gaze into the recreated L.S. Ayres store windows.
2. L.S. Ayres Tea Room
This year the historic L.S. Ayres Tea Room will be converted into the perfect holiday place to have the perfect holiday meal. From Friday, Nov. 29 through Tuesday, Dec. 31, walk-in diners will be invited to celebrate the season with friends and family and select from a menu of amazing appetizers to devilish desserts, all while enjoying the festive decorations, music and scheduled entertainment. Reservations required.
3. Santa’s Holiday Breakfast presented by Macy’s
During the first, second and fourth weekends in December, guests will get to start their mornings off with delicious holiday breakfast as Mrs. Claus, Raggedy Ann and other holiday characters entertain the young ones before they visit Santa Claus and ride the Santa Claus Express. Reservations required.
4. Santa’s Holiday Brunch presented by Macy’s
On Sunday, Dec. 15, adults and kids alike will join in the fun during this holiday brunch featuring traditional brunch dishes and festive holiday mimosas. Brunch also includes a visit with Santa and access to the rest of the Celebration Crossing activities. Reservations required.
5. Santa’s Playground
Throughout the month of December, guests will be treated to Santa’s (Imagination) playground in the Earl Goode Education Center on level 2. In addition to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based activity area, there will also be crafts and a place for caregivers to sit and relax while their children play.
6. Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940s Christmas
During the first, second, fourth and fifth weekends, guests will get to join the Indiana State Museum Legacy Theater Troupe as they celebrate the holidays with “Hoosier Radio Hour: A 1940’s Christmas.” Original skits and familiar carols are part of this heart-warming production, suitable for Hoosiers of all ages. Audience members will be invited to join the fun onstage as members of the sound effects staff.
7. Holiday Sounds
8. Celebration Crossing: A Family New Year’s Eve
End the year with a bang with a family-friendly, alcohol-free celebration in the Governor Frank O’Bannon Great Hall on Tuesday, Dec. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m. Activities include face-painting, arts and craft, games, door prizes and a special musical performance by Indianapolis band The Tides. A balloon drop at 8 p.m. allows little ones to celebrate the New Year in style. Reservations recommended.
The Indiana State Museum is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture.
Tickets to the museum are $10 for adults, $9 Seniors (60+), $5.50 for children (3-12). Parking at the White Rive State Park Garage is $3 per car for 3 hours with admission to the museum. Some of the above events are included in the cost of admission. Some are not. Some also require reservations.
For specific dates, times and costs associated with programming, or to make reservations, please call 317.232.1637 or visit www.indianamuseum.org.
So, tell me, what’s your favorite thing to do in Indy for the Holidays? Have you ever been to the Indiana State Museum’s Celebration Crossing?
*Disclosure: As a thank you for sharing about ISM’s Celebration Crossing, I will receive 4 free admission to the museum. All opinions above are my own.