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December 15, 2011

Holidays have arrived at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum

TERRE HAUTE — We might not yet be dashing through the snow, but the holidays have arrived at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Celebrate the holiday season at The Children’s Museum with the return of seasonal favorites such as Jolly Days Winter Wonderland, visits with Santa, and the ever-popular Yule Slide.

Activities through the holidays:

• Jolly Days Winter Wonderland — through Jan. 8

Visitors to the annual Jolly Days exhibit will take part in a number of seasonal favorites including skating in their socks on an indoor “pond,” climbing and sliding on the Snow Castle, trying their luck at “ice” fishing, and pretend-baking holiday goodies in the Tradition Kitchen.

For many visitors, a highlight of their trip to Jolly Days includes a visit and photo with Santa, who will be waiting to hear the wishes of young museum visitors.

• Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz — various dates, through Jan. 8

The classic tales from The Wizard of Oz continue in Lilly Theater. Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Wizard as they experience new adventures in strange new lands. Dorothy once again finds herself far from home, and it will take wit, friendship, and magic to get her back where she belongs. Performance dates vary; a full list of performance dates and times may be found online at childrens

museum.org/lilly-theater.

• SpaceQuest Planetarium — through Jan. 8

Visit The Children’s Museum’s SpaceQuest Planetarium for special offerings this holiday season. Cosmic Canopy reveals how to find stars and planets in the Indiana night sky. Season of Light takes you on a special journey through the winter holidays and its many cultural traditions. Go to childrensmuseum.org/planetarium to see the full list of show times.

• Christmas Eve free admission — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 24

In celebration of the season, The Children’s Museum presents a free admission day on Christmas Eve. Children are invited to visit Jolly Days to get in those last-minute requests with Santa before he leaves for his big night.

• Countdown to Noon — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 31

Families are invited to participate in the excitement of an early countdown by celebrating the New Year with a Water Clock countdown to noon. Activities will begin at 10 a.m. with an exciting countdown taking place in the Sunburst Atrium at a reasonable hour for the younger members of the family. More information on museum exhibits, performances and events may be found online at childrensmuseum.org, or by calling the museum at (317) 334-3322.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary family learning experiences that have the power to transform the lives of children and families across the arts, sciences and humanities.

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