Verizon Innovative Learning Labs
Verizon Wireless is offering a free monthly opportunity for kids ages 8 – 12 years old, to explore technology and learn new skills through hands-on, experiential technology workshops. Designed to foster greater student interest in STEM subjects, workshops expose students to topics like virtual reality, 3D design and printing, robotics, coding and more. This free learning lab is about 50 minutes long and is offered several times throughout the day during one Saturday each month. Parents must register their children in advance, space is limited.
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Mr. Muffins Trains
Just north of Indianapolis is a treasure. Mr. Muffin’s trains moved from Carmel, Indiana to Atlanta, Indiana a few years ago and families are still flocking to this Hamilton County city to see one of the country’s largest miniature train collections and track layouts. Each Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. Muffin (nicknames given to them many years ago because of the muffins they offer to their visitors) open up their storefront and sell trains, a walk down the block takes you to “The Layout” where small trains whistle and steam in and out of beautiful scenes of miniature life. Recently, the Choo Choo Cafe opened, welcoming visitors for a delicious breakfast or lunch. Admission to Mr. Muffin’s Trains is free.
Lakeshore Learning Free Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore Learning store in the Nora area of Indianapolis is well known for having teaching, educational and craft supplies, but did you know they offer free craft classes for kids on Saturdays? This is a drop in activity and everyone is welcome (age 3+) to take part in special themed crafts each week.
Microsoft Store STEM Saturday
Every Saturday, the Microsoft store offers a free STEM activity for kids age 8+. Using Microsoft products they’ll explore robotics, programming and various other STEM related activities.
LEGO Life Meetings
Meet up at the LEGO store monthly for the LEGO Life Meeting, a $10 event for LEGO enthusiast. Attendees will build a mini-model and hang out with other LEGO fans. Each attendee will receive a $5 gift voucher + a goody bag full of LEGO bricks.
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Shoe Tying Clinic at Nordstroms
On the third Saturday of every month, Nordstroms offers a free shoe tying clinic in the children’s shoe department. Recommended for children age 5 and up, bring your kiddos here to learn how to tie their own shoes!
Free Home Depot Kids DIY Workshops
Every month, Home Depot offers a free kids’ workshop in their stores. Pre-registration is recommended. Kids will assemble, build or paint various projects each month. On their first visit, children are given a Home Depot kids orange apron. At each workshop guests will receive a special pin to affix to their apron.