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Free Weekend Events, November 30 – Dec 2

A lot of hands on activities this weekend, remember they are all free.  If you are looking for more festive activities, check out the list of Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

 

Friday, Nov 30:

Not much going on today….

Saturday, Dec 1:

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic @ Lowe’s stores

Bring your kids into Lowe’s to build Sandman’s Plane from DreamWorks Animation’s new movie Rise of the Guardians!

10 a.m.

School Age Children

Free (must register)

Lilly Scientist in Residence Series: Discover the Amazing Human Body@ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to learn how our muscles and bones work together in perfect harmony to enable us to do amazing things.

2 – 3:30 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Dec 2:

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1-4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Journey Through Eastern Europe: Romanian Folk Masks @ Nora Library

Children ages 5 and up and families are invited to explore Romanian folk tales and sculpt their own mini mask puppet using a variety of materials during this two-hour program.

2 p.m.

5 and up

Free

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Free Weekend Events, November 23-25

Thanksgiving weekend is full of family time.  If you are looking to get out with the kids try these free events.  If you are looking for ways to celebrate the season, don’t forget to check out all of the Free Holiday Activities in Indy.

Friday, Nov 23:

Circle of Lights @ Monument Circle

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on that Friday.

Entertainment beginning at 6 p.m. | Televised show 7 – 8 p.m. |  Light-up 7:45

All Ages

Free

Saturday, Nov 24:

Santa’s Arrival 2012 @ Indianapolis International Airport

Santa is making a special stop at the Indianapolis International Airport.

11 a-2 p

All Ages

Free

IMA Community Day: A Feast for the Eyes@ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Enjoy activities and tours highlighting works of art depicting food, objects created for serving food, making art that looks like food, and hearing a taste of spicy music.

11 a- 4p

School Age

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a- 4 p

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Nov 25:

 Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

1 p- 4 p

All Ages

Free

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Free Holiday Activities in Indy

All of the following Christmas and Holiday events are Free.  These could make a great start to holiday traditions.  Are there any family traditions you enjoy this time of year?

IMA Winter Solstice

Nov. 23

More than 100,000 spectators are expected for the FREE Circle of Lights® presented by the Contractors of Quality Connection and Electrical Workers of IBEW 481 ceremonial lighting and holiday kickoff on that Friday.  Live entertainment, chosen from statewide auditions and national acts, begins at 6 p.m. with the televised show running from 7 – 8 p.m.  The actual Monument light-up will occur at approximately 7:45 p.m

Nov. 24

Did you know Santa practices his route every year to make sure his reindeer are ready for the main event? It’s true. And as part of his travels around the world, he’s making a special stop at the Indianapolis International Airport on November 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dec. 6

Sponsored generously by Target, the first Thursday of each month The Children’s Museum opens free of charge from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn about winter traditions from all over the world, the people who celebrate them, and the toys that help to make them special. Take a ride on the Yule Slide and visit Jolly Days.

Dec. 7-9

FREE outdoor ice skating, local artisans, holiday performances, a live nativity scene, fresh-cut Christmas trees and Santa all come to Georgia Street!

Dec. 8

Oh what fun it is to visit the Conservatory to meet Santa and see Conservatory Crossing, the holiday train and poinsettia show.  Jingle all the way to the Arts Center to make toys with Santa’s elves.  You can also dash through the snow to the Burrello Family Center where Mrs. Claus will have some tasty treats.  All activities are free.

Dec. 8

Rowdie will have art projects and crafts for kids from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m inside
Victory Field suite level.  Enjoy festive food and drinks and get a free photo with Rowdie Claus.

Dec 8.

Families are invited to PNC Bank in historic Fountain Square for carriage rides, photos with Santa, and a craft program at the Fountain Square Branch.

Dec. 8, 9, 12,15

Individuals of all ages are invited to enjoy their favorite holiday classics and carols performed by a chamber ensemble of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

Nov 14 – Dec 13

Little boys and girls send a letter through Santa’s Mailbox on the Circle! Each year, this holiday mailbox is placed for children of all ages to drop off their letters addressed to Santa. From the North Pole, Santa himself will personally answer each letter with a return address… faster than Rudolph the reindeer can fly! Note – it’s very important that each letter has a return address so Santa can send his reply. (A self-addressed, stamped envelope is also appreciated.)

Dec. 20

Celebrate the season with IMA’s annual Winter Solstice celebration. Step outside for an ice carving demonstration, art-making, and music. Warm up in the Lilly House with historic holiday decorations music, then finish up your shopping at the Greenhouse and Museum. Cozy up to the bonfire with hot chocolate and holiday treats available for purchase from Nourish Café. Free parking.

Dec 24

Enjoy free admission and holiday activities on this special day at the museum.

Dec 26-29

Enjoy family-friendly crafts and activities, face painting and special performances each day from jugglers, magicians, dancers and musicians.

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Week Ahead November 19-22

Even with the Thanksgiving Holiday, there are several FREE children’s events this week…

Don’t forget to check your local library for story times.

Mon., Nov 19:

Paws to Read @ Eagle Library: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Ages 6-11

A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Zombie Stage Makeup @ Garfield Park Library: 6:00 pm, Ages 12-17 (must register)

Tues., Nov 20:

 A Beginner’s Guide to Zombie Apocalypse Survival: Apocalypse Food Preparation @ College Ave Library: 6 pm, Ages 13-17 (must register)

Wed., Nov 21:

Preschool Art Workshop presented by Art With a Heart @ Brightwood Library: 11 am,  Ages 3-6 (must register)

Thurs., Nov 22:

 

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Free Weekend Events, November 9-11

This weekend brings a large festival with opportunities for everyone.

Friday, Nov 9:

Couldn’t find anything, but Saturday and Sunday are full.

Saturday, Nov 10:

Just Say Play, Spirit & Place Festival @ Ruth Lilly Health Education Center

Bring the whole family for a whirlwind of physical fun! Test your hula-hooping skills and dribble basketballs around cones. Learn balance and strength exercises.

9 a.m.- 12p.m.

All Ages

Free

“Live the Game!” Spirit & Place Festival@ Garfield Park 

Imagine that YOU are the game piece in life-sized board games!

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Horse Play!, Spirit & Place Festival @ United Methodist Church

Kids can wrangle their reading skills as they embark on horse adventures to improve literacy.

1p.m.-4p.m.

All Ages

Free

Hold It! Family Activity @ Indianapolis Museum of Art

Discover carts filled with objects everyone can hold and see up close.

1p.m.-3p.m.

All Ages

Free

Science Odyssey Activities: The Human Body Puzzle @ Central Library

Children of all ages, teens and families are invited to join Activity Guides in the Learning Curve for a variety of brain-building activities using laptops, webcams, drawing tablets, books and more.

11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

All Ages

Free

Sunday, Nov 11:

The Great Pumpkin Fling Thing, Spirit & Place Festival @ Garfield Park Arts Center

Watch as pumpkins are flung across the sky by catapults created by Ivy Tech students. Children of all ages can make their own miniature catapults and trebuchets and decorate their own pumpkins to join the pumpkin flinging fun.

11a.m.-2p.m.

All Ages

Free

Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully @ Central Library

Families and children of all ages are invited for a performance of “Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully” by the resident company of the Indianapolis Opera.

3pm.m

All Ages

Free

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