Our family travels a lot. During our travels we end up visiting quite a few children’s museums. Despite the fact that the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the largest children’s museum in the world, it doesn’t have everything. GASP! TCM Indy has a lot of exhibits and unique spaces for children to play and learn, it has some of the best offerings in the world but every now and then our family visits a museum and discovers something we love and can’t find back home.
The all new Take Me There: China exhibit changes everything. The best features we’ve fallen in love with in Evansville, Indiana and in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and in Rochester, New York…they’re here in Indy! Take Me There China offers children even more spaces to explore and pretend and imagine. They can touch and move and create. There are so many areas to figure out and learn about new things, I never thought I’d get the kids out of the museum. Every time my girls found a new “center” I thought to myself, “Well, we’ll be right here all night. Right here in the Panda Research Center/Market/Opera House/Tea Party/Restaurant/Airplane/Train.”
Families visiting the Children’s Museum will love Take Me There China. Board a plane and jet down the runway. Upon arrival in Beijing, learn how to say hello, then take a train to your next destination. Stop by the restuarant and let the kids serve you up a meal from the full kitchen. Afterwards, purchase items from the market as your child runs the cash register. You might need to stop by the ATM! Spend time nursing baby pandas back to health in the Panda Research Center. Dress up in beautiful clothing and apply makeup to your face digitally (and then send it home via email). Make delightful sounds on musical instruments and learn how to serve tea traditionally. Learn some Chinese characters from your guides and write your name on the magical paper or with water on the stone floor.
Have you had a chance to visit yet? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is open Mon.–Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed on Mondays Sept. 8, 2014–Feb. 28, 2015 with the exception of Dec. 22 and 29, 2014. Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Admission prices: Youth under 2: Free Youth (ages 2–17): $14.50 Adult (Ages 18–59): $19.50 Senior (60+): $18.50
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