Monday it is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day and it’s a school/bank/government/library holiday. Children all over the city are thinking, “Yes! No school!”, and parents all over the city are looking to see if maybe they have the day off, scrambling for childcare and planning a day one way or another.
Luckily, the city of Indianapolis has you covered. Several venues are offering free admission in honor of Dr. King and as service to families everywhere. Take your children, or send your babysitter with your crew- it’s free!
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis That’s right, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum is free on Monday, January 16, 2012. Whether your children are three or thirteen, there’s something for everyone to do at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Be sure to ride the historic carousel, take kids 6-12 on the rock climbing wall, and catch a planetarium show while you are there!
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park Conner Prairie, Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institution Affiliate is free for visitors on Monday, January 16, 2012. Discovery Station, the Science Lab and Craft Corner will all be open and ready for you…as well as the Conner Homestead, the Lenape Indian Camp and the Golden Eagle Inn! If your family loves tromping the Conner Prairie grounds, Monday is the day to do it (the grounds are typically closed until late April)! See a more detailed list of events here. Donations of canned goods are being accepted to benefit Third Phase food bank.
The Indiana History Center Visit the Indiana History Center for free in honor of Dr. King on Monday, January 16, 2012. Experience You Are There 1968 : Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, learn about the Civil Rights Era, and make some special crafts. While you’re there, be sure to pop into the Cole Porter room to hear some smooth tunes.
White River State Park Attractions: All attractions are offering free admission with the donation of a canned good (to benefit Gleaners Food Bank) on Monday, January 16, 2012. You can find details here, and see below for event highlights.
The Indiana State Museum Live music, poetry, and performance art will all be taking place in honor of Dr. King. See Indiana history up close and personal. If it’s nice, when you’re done, take a walk along the canal out back! The IMAX is also showing free movies on Monday!
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art Children will love the vibrant colors and beautiful displays at this museum. Downstairs is the R. B. Annis Family Experience, one of Indianapolis’ best kept secrets.
The Indianapolis Zoo and White River Gardens See the animals on exhibit, a dolphin show and all the zoo has to offer!
NCAA Hall of Champions I’ve never been here before- maybe Monday we’ll go check it out!
What are your plans for this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday? If you head out, will you report back here to let us know how your experience was? Was it super crowded? Were there special activities not mentioned here or on the venue’s website? There’s no way the two of us can get to all of these places ourselves, so we need your help!