I’ve told you all so many times that during the months that it’s nice to be outdoors for an extended amount of time, we find a lot of fun at the 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Some exhibits have an admission charge but if you are looking for free opportunities for your family, the IMA has so much to offer!
On the second & fourth Saturdays of each month, check out Hold It from 1:30-3:30 pm. It’s a hands on experience where your family will encounter carts filled with objects that everyone can hold and see up close. This is a special thing since most museum displays are hands off! Stop by the Welcome Desk on level two to find out where the carts are located on the day of your visit.
The Star(lite) Art Cart is another free activity that you can find every Saturday from Noon to 4pm in the Pulliam Great Hall. Visitors will make and take art projects inspired by works of art on view at the IMA. The projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience. This is a weekly, year round activity and the project changes each month.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art offers free Family Tours on the second and fourth Saturday of each month at 1:30pm and 2:30pm. The family tours are only ½ an hour instead of the regular one hour tour, keeping the attention span of most children in mind! Each month there is a tour topic.
On Sundays through October, drive or walk from the museum down to the 100 Acres Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavillion from noon to 4pm for a drop in project called Art in the Park. Teaching artists will be available to help your family create your own work of art inspired by the natural environment. Mix a little art-making into your nature time with a different art activity each month. Just like the indoor art cart, these projects are designed to be accessible and fun for museum visitors of all ages and all levels of art-making experience.
While visiting the museum exhibits, there are three other opportunities you should be aware of;
1. Pick up a family guide at the Visitor Desk on level two. The family guide provides ideas of how to engage children of all ages in the exhibits you visit.
2. Also, pick up a seek and find sheet from the Visitor Desk. This guide will lead children on a scavenger hunt to find different animals hiding in the exhibits.
3. Right now the African Art exhibit has an interactive area for children where they can create art and learn about the African Art using a magnetic picture and word board. Kids are invited to snap a photo of their magnetic creation and email it to the IMA so that it can be displayed on the television screen in the interactive art area. Children can also create rubbings using materials supplied and create a patterned postcard inspired by the exhibit. Look for new interactive areas for children to be added in the future!
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My name is Katy Mann, and I'm the creator of Indianapolis with Kids. With over 10 years of experience working with children, and my excitement towards the great city of Indianapolis; I offer readers guidance about great events and activities to do around Indianapolis with their kids and grandchildren. Join us on our family travels and adventures across the country!