Gorgeous, colorful sculptures are everywhere at Newfields. On June 1st, the installation of Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures will be complete and you won’t want to miss it! Brightly colored (and I do mean BRIGHT) made from recycled plastic are throughout the galleries of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields and in the outdoor garden spaces and the Lilly House.

Nearly 500 of these fantastically beautiful sculptures will be here soon! 500 of them!

Visit June 1 – August 25. Included in admission. Members are free.

My kids love stopping at the all-ages Beer Garden near the Green House. They have cold beer, wine and berry lemonade. Don’t forget to try the delicious pretzels with cheese dip, grilled to order right there in the beer garden.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 12:30pm, meet at the top of the escalator on level two for a tour of Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures. Learn all about the creatures and visit Newfields’ animal residents.

Kick off monthly Family Day on June 2nd with a Cereal Cinema presentation of Alice in Wonderland. The theme for the day is Wonderland and the schedule of activities will keep your whole family busy exploring art and nature.

Schedule of Activities

Wonderfully Fanciful Hat-Making / Lilly Drive (*Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Make a fantastical hat inspired by the wonderful shapes you see inside and out. Check out the exhibit Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago for more ideas.

Lilly House of Cards / Lilly Drive (*Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Try your hand at building card structures fit for a queen and king.

Lawn-O-Games / Lilly Lawn
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Some of the games have been SUPER-sized like the Spectacular Creatures around the Garden.

Family Yoga / Lilly Lawn (*Angel of the Resurrection, Level 2)
11:45 AM, 12:45 PM, 1:45 PM
Breathe, stretch and balance with certified yoga instructor, Erin Morgan
(15 minutes, all ages welcome)
Alice and the Spectacular Creatures / Performances begin near the Four Seasons Garden
noon, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 4 PM – Sign up ahead of performance / 50 person max.
Join the most iconic characters from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland across The Garden of Newfields on an adventure your family will never forget! Alice and the White Rabbit need your help to figure out what happened to the citizens of Wonderland under the rule of the Queen of Hearts! Travel through The Garden, explore the Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures exhibition, and end on the lawn of the Lilly House, all while searching for clues and solving rhymes. Will you help solve the mystery?!

(30 minutes, all ages welcome)

Bes-Ben: The Mad Hatter of Chicago Tour / Welcome Center, Level 2
noon – 12:30 PM

Summer Wonderland: Spectacular Creatures Gallery Tour / Welcome Center, Level 2
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Art Basics Hold It! Cart / Pulliam Family Great Hall, Level 2
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Permanent Collection Public Tour: Portraits, Mirror of the Soul / Welcome Center, Level 2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Ask Me! Docents / Galleries

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Asian Hold It! Cart / Asian Galleries, Level 3
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Special Exhibition Public Tour: Collecting Contemporaries / Welcome Center, Level 2

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM


Lilly House Public Tour / Lilly House, Lower Level

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM