The brand new Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is beautiful and it’s jam packed with learning opportunities for all ages.
Four interactive centers are set up for your learning enjoyment. Using innovative technology and interactive processes, your entire family will enjoy learning about where the food you eat comes from (with focus on the soybean). Don’t forget to stop in at the welcome table and get started on the BeanGo Scavenger Hunt to win prizes!
When you first enter the Glass Barn through the front door, you’ll immediately notice the multi panel big screen with a single television screen to the side — it is here that guests can take a seat on the carpet or atop a giant soybean seat and learn about farming through video stories about three Indy area farmers. But wait! Three times throughout the day, you’ll get to be a part of a remote video chat with one of the three local farm families featured. See their barns, ask questions about their crops or animals and hear what they have to say about the important job of producing food for Indiana families!
During our visit, we were able to Facetime with Heather Hill on her hog farm. Lulu and Scout were fascinated by the pigs and so excited to see some adorable piglets live on the screen with Heather! The chat was short enough that the kids were able to sit through much of it and I didn’t feel awful if they got up and walked around to burn off energy in the studio area.
The centerpiece of the Glass Barn holds a multiplayer video game. Maybe you’ve played Farmville? What about Sim City? Play farmer right here against other players as you race to see who can produce the most food — but watch out for weeds, pests and mother nature!
Are grocery games your thing? No coupons required at this interactive grocery store! Learn about where your food comes from and connect it with the farmer who grows it. Lulu is really into the touch screens and video games lately (what kid isn’t) and I’m thrilled to see this technology used in learning opportunities throughout the Glass Barn.
Say cheese and pose for a fun photo with your favorite people. pictureU has an easy to use photo booth with options for different postcard designs that you can email to yourself or your family! Lulu wanted to do this all.day.long.
I was pretty excited to learn that after the State Fair, the Glass Barn and the activities it houses would remain and become a part of the State Fair’s Education Program. It’s open to schools statewide for field trips. Whatever you do, don’t forget to stop in with the kids. I guarantee that you will be surprised by at least one tidbit of info that you learn while there, especially as you learn about all the things in your home that contain soy! Have fun and see you at the State Fair!
This is a sponsored post. Indiana Soybean Alliance asked our family to come check out the newest feature of the Indiana State Fair and share it all with you!
Check out some great free activities and freebies at the fair!
Deals and Dollar Stretching Days for the State Fair.