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You can’t miss the Gingerbread Cafe as you walk into the Sunburst Atrium at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The half fence that corrals the colorful tables and chairs scoops out into the atrium and welcomes everyone over to oogle at the gingerbread men, Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, fruity muffins and fresh baked goods. This is only the beginning of what’s been happening behind those temporary walls.
The Food Court at The Children’s Museum
There’s so much to love about the new Sodexo Food Court at the Children’s Museum, but mostly we’re just glad that the food court has returned! Here are eight things kids and parents will love;
- Starbucks is on tap and this includes their coffees and some of their popular specialty drinks.
- Children and adults love the self-serve frozen yogurt because it’s one price for yogurt and unlimited toppings (YES!!!!)
- The Deli has a great selection of sandwiches and ready to eat salads, plus you can build your own salad to your liking.
- Pizza is cooking in the hearth pizza oven — you can order a whole pizza for your family to share or purchase it by the slice.
- Kids baskets are served with carrots or whole fruit + water or low fat milk (Partnership for a Healthier America commitment). Full size or adult meals offer a Wellness Combo substitution of a fresh fruit cup or Crudite (carrots) and Fat Free Ranch.
- Action stations are where it’s at! Guests can choose to build their own made to order pasta from a selection of meats and vegetables tossed with marinara or Alfredo sauce.
- Children’s meal selections are available at each station (deli, pizza and grill), with the most popular items being available at all of the stations so you don’t have to visit every station in the food court area.
- Check out the food allergy “friendliness” of the new food service at the Children’s Museum. While they still allow everyone to bring their own food and beverages in from home, they’re making every effort to be allergy and nutritional needs-friendly. – Call ahead of your visit and speak to foodservice to make arrangements for special meals and preparation, the friendly cooks will do whatever they can to accommodate and create something you or your child can eat. – Gluten free buns, wraps, soups and pizzas are available. – Dairy free options can be made. – Vegetarian options are available; soups, pizzas, wraps, salad, pasta.
The Gingerbread Cafe? It’s not here to stay. Throughout the year, the cafe area will be “reset” with a new theme revealed just to keep things fresh and interesting. Think of it as a whole new curated exhibit area! You can find me sitting there every week, sipping hot chocolate and using the free wifi. See you soon.