TERRE HAUTE —
With discounted admission, new exhibits featuring a race car and the “Spirit of Competition” and programs involving ice cream and music, this is a perfect time to visit the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum reopened on Tuesday after being closed for a week for cleaning and maintenance. To thank the community for its patience, the museum is offering a discounted admission of $5 for adults and kids age 2 and over through Sept. 29. Kids under age 2 and museum members are admitted for free.
In addition to the discounted admission, the museum also has some special exhibits and programs.
Many guests may not be old enough to drive, but even the smallest NASCAR fan can enjoy the sport at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. Hulman & Co. recently donated its Clabber Girl stock car replica to the museum, and Vigo County School Corp. employee Doug Dillion and his son Douglas spent the summer modifying the car so children can see and feel what it's like to be behind the wheel. The new exhibit is on display now on the second floor of the museum.
Another new exhibit at the museum is “Spirit of Competition.” Hop on a bike and try to match Major Taylor’s blistering track speed. Have a civil debate about city vs. country. Watch a short film about Philo Farnsworth, an inventor from Indiana that some credit with inventing the television.
All of this is possible at the interactive “Spirit of Competition” exhibit that features stories about Hoosier competitors. The traveling exhibit, created by Indiana Humanities, will be on display at the museum through Sept. 29 thanks to the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau.
On Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., join the museum for an ice cream social where guests will get to build an ice cream sundae and learn about the value of money at the same time. Using play money, kids will get to build a real ice cream sundae, but they only have limited funds.
One scoop or two scoops? Sprinkles, whipped cream or a cherry? Chocolate, caramel or strawberry sauce? Kids will have to choose carefully to build a delicious sundae without breaking the bank.
The event, which is being co-sponsored by the Indiana State University Go Figure team, the ISU Center for Mathematics Education and the ISU Old National Bank Financial Health Program, is free with museum admission.
In addition to the ice cream social, the museum will be hosting Family Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. Sir Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Motion indicates that “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” So, what happens if you put water and an Alka-Seltzer tablet in a film canister and then put the cap on it? The Family Friday “Alka-Seltzer Rockets” activity will answer the question. The activity is free with museum admission.
And, on Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Terre Haute Symphony and the Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra will celebrate Music in Outer Space!
During this special program, museum visitors will have the opportunity to meet the musicians of the Crossroads of America Youth Orchestra, make musical instruments and listen to a musical performance.
Guests can also learn more about the symphony’s 2013-14 season, which kicks off on Sept. 28 with a performance by teenager Stephen Kim, a violinist virtuoso.
The Music in Outer Space activities are free with museum admission.