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magical mornings

Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9 - 10 a.m.

During this early-opening on Friday mornings for families with young children, you can visit with Santa, engage in interactive story times (9:15 and 9:45 a.m.) with North Pole elves, and experience Santa’s Front Yard. Check out the interactive Reindeer Barn to learn more about these four-legged wintry friends, plus take a ride on the Snowfall Express! Recommended for children ages 5 and younger. View our Santa Schedule to see which Santa will be attending these events here.

*Santa will be back at the North Pole and not present on 12/30. 

Price: Included with museum admission

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Winter Wonderland Workshop
Dec. 3 and Dec. 8, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Celebrate winter festivities with this hands-on, STEAM-inspired workshop. Step into a winter wonderland as kids design and engineer their own inedible cardboard gingerbread homes. Recommended for children ages 4 to 6. Each child must be accompanied by an adult.

Price: $14/youth, 25% discount for members; museum admission not included



Sensory Friendly Afternoon
Dec. 11, 3 - 5 p.m.

Experience the magic of the holidays in a sensory-friendly environment for families with children and adults with autism, or individuals with other sensory or developmental needs. During this time, Celebration Crossing will be made more welcoming by reducing overhead music, dimming lights and providing sensory-based activities throughout the experience. The Autism Society of Indiana will be present to assist families as needed. This program is presented in partnership with the Autism Society of Indiana.

Price: Included with museum admission

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Snowflake Pajama Party
Dec. 13, 6 to 8 p.m.

Explore Celebration Crossing during a night full of fun just for the little ones at the Indiana State Museum. Take a ride on our Snowfall Express and see woodland animals preparing for wintertime. Get a special photo moment and one free printed photo with Santa – all while dressed in your PJs during this evening filled with wonder. Meet Hedgehog Hannah and some of her animal friends as you learn about critters from all over the world. There will be plenty of hands-on holiday activities too! Santa Josiah and Mrs. Claus will be here for the Snowflake Pajama Party. Recommended for children ages 6 and younger.

Price: $12/person, 25% discount for members, $5/Access Pass members, free for children younger than age 2


new year

Family New Year's Eve
Dec. 31, 6 - 9 p.m.

Ring in the New Year and welcome 2023 with glittering tattoos, music, a dance party and more! Explore all three levels of the museum and visit activity stations in the galleries. Strike a pose at one of the photo ops, get your face painted, ride the Snowfall Express and so much more. End the night with a balloon drop and countdown celebration at 8 p.m.! This is an alcohol-free event.

Price: $18/person (ages 3+), 25% discount for members, $8/Access Pass members, free for children younger than age 3


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