Monday, January 22, 2018

Homeschool Day at the Capitol

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Books With Bean will return next Monday. 
In the meantime, feel free to read any of her past reviews you might have missed!

Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins

The Mother - Daughter Book Club 

Michael Vey

The City of Ember

The Redheaded League

The Hardy Boys Mysteries

The Healer's Apprentice

The Eye of Minds

Murder on the Orient Express

The Blue Cross

Deadly Disclosures

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Bad Kitty

The Sisters Grimm

The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Wizard of Oz

Peter Pan

Pride and Prejudice


Today we are spending the day at our State Capitol building, and meeting with our Legislators. The freedom to homeschool is important to us. We feel compelled to ensure those freedoms are continued for the next generation.

If your state homeschool association hosts a homeschool day at your Capitol, we encourage you to go.  If they don't, then suggest one, and in the meantime, contact your state Representatives and Senators. It is important that both our local Legislators and our national ones know who we are, that we support the freedom to homeschool, and that we are not going anywhere.

Parents should always retain the right to choose how their own children are educated. For some families, that means public school, for others, private school, and for some, like us, home education.

Parents, let me encourage you to hug your children today, and realize what a great gift from God they truly are. 
Be involved in their education, wherever that happens.


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Preparing for a Homeschool Graduation ~ Ordering Announcements



January is in full swing and all of the sudden... you realize...  your child is going to graduate this year! 
ACK- what do I do now?!? Do not fear dear parent - this has happened before - to thousands upon thousands of homeschoolers - and there is help available !

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One of the defining moments in a person's life occurs when they graduate from high school. For those in the public schools, this is a large ceremony with caps and gowns, formal diplomas and sophisticated graduation announcements. 

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Far too often, for those who have chosen to homeschool their children - graduation is a rather unimpressive time. This should not be the case! We have spent years investing in the lives, hearts,  and minds of our children, and now it is time to mark that achievement. Graduation should be a time of celebration, of memory making, and of great joy!

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We chose to make a big deal about our daughter's high school graduation, and I'd like to take a few minutes to tell you why - and to encourage you to do something special for your graduate as well.

Homeschoolers need a diploma. Not just a nod from Dad and Mom that "you're done" - but an actual diploma. Did you know that even in this day of technology, there are still jobs that require you to present your diploma as proof of graduation? Although this is not as common as it was 15 years ago - it still happens. But more importantly - your child - now a young adult - needs a physical reminder of what they have accomplished. They need to be able to find joy in the accomplishment of this huge task - this finishing of their childhood and the passage to adulthood that accompanies high school graduation here in the US.

There is something else your graduate will need - an event to remember. Now, your event may be really small - only 20 people, or it may be really huge - 200 guests, but you need to plan some sort of event to mark this graduation, and use it to give them that diploma. Too often homeschoolers fail to give their children this special event. It need not cost a lot of money, or require a lot of time - but you - the parents - need to take time to cherish this moment with your graduate. 

There are several options as to how to host your graduation event. Many homeschoolers have a group graduation ceremony - all the local (city or county-wide) graduates work together to put on a event similar to what public or private schools host. Another option is to have a private ceremony at your home, community center, or church that you invite family and friends to. 

But what if your graduate does not want a formal ceremony? Then work with them - not against them - and find a way to celebrate. Many times we have been invited to homeschool graduation Open Houses when there was no formal ceremony beforehand. At the beginning of the open house, the parents (or at least the Dad) stood up front with their graduate and said a few words before handing them their diploma. Sometime your graduate is really shy, and wants to invite their friends for a party - but does not want the speeches. Then consider having a family graduation time before the open house begins and tell them then how much joy their accomplishments have brought you, and then pray for your graduate and their future.

But please - PLEASE - have some sort of event for your graduate. You have invested 12 or more years in their education, invest some time, and a little bit of money in this milestone. Make it a day for memories. Make it a day of celebration with family and friends. We have attended so many various homeschool open houses, and public school ones too, over the years that I want to share some of those ideas, and a way to announce them well.

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Graduation announcements are the first thing you will need to order, and the sooner you get started on it - the easier it will be. If you are joining a group graduation ceremony, you can either all order matching announcements, or you can order your own style (but include your graduate's personal flair to theirs.) When our oldest daughter graduated in 2016, we ordered her announcements from HomeschoolDiploma.com. They have a really wide array of styles to choose from. 

Over the years we have received many graduation announcements that I know originated from HomeschoolDiploma.com. Their Tri-Fold announcements and their Christian Education announcements have been the most popular. These cards are the classic styles you probably remember from your own graduation, but updated a bit, and these come with the option to include your own wording - so you can give the credit where it is due - to God. The Christian Education announcements open like a traditional greeting card, and have a slot for your graduate's name card (which is included in the price.) The Tri-fold announcements are the vertical style ones that unfold to reveal the details of the events and have the graduate's name in elegant script at the bottom. Both of these are priced around $3 per announcement, but offer discounts on orders of 30 or more. These volume discounts can lower the price to $1.88 a card for the Christian Education announcement, or as low as $1.14 for the Tri-Fold announcements . 

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One of the best reasons we have found to use HomeschoolDiploma.com is that their graduation announcements are available in quantities as low as 20, with additional ones available by the 10's. They have a relatively new photo graduation announcement option. These are lovely and highly customizable, and are offered in groups of 25, with add-ons by the 5's. These options allow you to purchase as many, or as few announcements as you need, without breaking the budget.

There are some important steps to take when getting ready to order your announcement, the first being this: make a list! We were on a tight budget when Emily graduated, but we knew it was important to make a big deal out of her graduation, so we opted for finger foods and an afternoon graduation party, instead of an evening dinner-style event. When we had made the list of who Emily wanted to invite - both family and friends, we looked at the various announcements on HomeschoolDiploma.com and decided to purchase their Simply Stated announcements for her Open House. Our budget would allow for a lot of this style, or a much smaller number of the traditional announcements, and we went with letting more family and friends know about her accomplishment!

The Simple Stated announcements are available in three colors: white, black, and navy, and a variety of foil printing colors. We let Emily choose her own, and she went with Hot Pink letters on the white cards. While this is a less expensive option, it is not a cheap card. It is elegant and formal, and you can use one of their popular texts, or create it entirely on your own. There are several fonts to choose from, so this card truly is customizable even while being easy on the budget. This card still comes with the traditional two envelopes, and can be upgraded to foil lined envelopes, just like the other styles.
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Recently HomeschoolDiploma.com has added a hand-lettered Hope and a Future announcement option that I think will appeal to a lot of homeschoolers. It is much less formal on the front, while still retaining the elegance of a traditional graduation announcement on the inside.

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HomeschoolDiploma.com has a team that is dedicated to making your graduate's day special from beginning to end. They have volume discounts available for Co-ops and Schools that want to order announcements, caps and gowns, and diplomas for the entire gradating class. Whether you are all ordering together, or individually, they will work with your group or school to get you the best products to fit your needs.

Remember I said there were some steps? Making the list comes first, because you want to order all of your announcements at once, along with any other add-ons like foil seals,  or invitation cards for the open house if you are using the formal group graduation ceremony announcements. The second step is to order the announcements. Third is gather the address of the recipients. While your teenager may just want to send a text to their best friends reminding them about her graduation party, the Grandparents and Great-aunt Jane are going to expect an announcement in the mail. You cannot mail them if you don't know where to send them. ;) Fourth is to sit down and address the invitations and mail them out. 

For some more thoughts on announcements, and why to send them, read this thoughtful post.

Whichever graduation announcement design you choose with your graduate, know that these announcements should bring a smile to the face of the recipients, and the event you are planning for your graduate will hold many memories for all of you!


Next time, we will talk about choosing a diploma, and why you should order one for your graduate that fits their personality! Can't wait? Check out this post about when we ordered Emily's diploma.


Isaiah 26:4



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Thursday, January 18, 2018

SchoolhouseTeachers.com 2018 Fresh Start sale reminder

I just wanted to pop in and remind you that the Fresh Start sale over at SchoolhouseTeachers.com is still going on - but it ends at midnight on January 31st, so don't miss checking it out!



We like the flexibility to choose a course at random for something new and different when we get tired of our core subjects and want a change of pace. Did you know SchoolhouseTeachers.com has 147 courses for High School? That is a lot of options! As a working and homeschooling mom, I don't always have time to go find something new in the vastness of options online, but I can find something on Schoolhouseteachers.com fairly easily.



Maybe though, you're just getting started with this homeschooling journey. There are 42 preschool classes to choose from. Does your preschooler need to be using this all the time - of course not. They need love, play, and for you to read to them. What comes next? SchoolhouseTeachers.com has some solid ideas. You - the mom or dad - might like some great ideas, and some encouragement along the way. SchoolhouseTeachers.com has a wide variety of choices for every age. They also have a great Literacy Center with graduated help - from pre-readers all the way through fluent readers.



If SchoolhouseTeachers.com had been around when our girls were little, we would have used it. Even now, with our last one in high school we still use it. If your children are young - you are in prime spot to use Schoolhouseteachers.com well. Now, next year, and later in the future. The Fresh Start sale allows new members to join with an Ultimate Yearly membership for only $90. That's half off the regular price. Use the coupon code: NEWYEAR18 for the Yearly membership, or if, you're still not sure, check it out for a month for only $9.95 with the coupon code: MONTHNEWYEAR18.



Don't delay -go find something fun to do with your children on SchoolhouseTeachers.com today!


Wondering what other great resources they have for parents? Checkout our review from earlier this month.



Tuesday, January 16, 2018

My Picture My Story ~ Alaskan Brown Bear



Here is another look back at our life through a picture...


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This is picture of an Alaskan Brown Bear. There is some debate in our household over whether this is actually my picture, or Arlene's. Since it was taken on my camera, and downloaded to my computer, I'm going to claim ownership and tell you about it today.

The Indianapolis Zoo is a place the girls have enjoyed visiting since they were wee tiny things. My parents first got us a membership the year Arlene was born. Way back then the Indy Zoo had Kodiak bears in their Forests exhibit. Eventually those bears died, and there were no more bears to visit (expect the polar bear in the oceans exhibit.) 

Then, two Alaskan Brown Bear cubs were orphaned in Alaska in 2008 because their mother had been causing trouble - attacking people and other trouble, and the Fish and Game officials were forced to kill her to protect the people. The Indianapolis Zoo became home to this brother-sister duo and there were bears again. As the bears grew up, so did our girls. This one looks like such a fun, touchable, huggable bear - but in reality, when you see its teeth, you know it is the real thing - not a toy from FAO Schwarz. 

We have seen this bear dozens of times. When we moved too far away to use our membership often, my Mom got herself one and now we go with her. We still go through the Forests exhibit almost every time we visit the zoo. While I wish I could some day visit Alaska (in the summer), to see the wildlife, in the meantime, I'll see the bears at the zoo and be reminded that God has put some amazing creatures all around the world. When I look at this picture, it reminds me of all the happy memories I have of taking the girls to the zoo. We rarely did any of the extra educational activities while there, and I don't think the girls ever wrote a paper about what they saw at the zoo. We went because we wanted to have fun. Sometimes Daddy went with us, sometimes Grammy went, and sometimes it was just us three girls. Always, there were fun memories to be made!

Ever since they were little we would sing this song with Daddy at dinner the night before:




Going to the Zoo by Peter, Paul & Mary

What is your favorite zoo to visit? Tell us in the comments below!





Monday, January 15, 2018

Books With Bean ~ Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins Series ~ Book 1: Death Cloud


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Title: Death Cloud 
Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins Series, Book 1

Author: Andrew Lane

Published: 2010

Genre: Young Adult/ Historical Fiction/ Mystery 

Summary: Sherlock Holmes is 14 and getting picked up from boarding school by his brother Mycroft at the end of the school year. He learns that many changes are about to take place in his life. His father is in the British army and has been sent to India, and his mother's health is not well. So instead of having the fun summer at home that he had planned on, he is being sent to live with his estranged aunt and uncle in their home at Holmes Manner in the English countryside. Sherlock is a bit disappointed and thinks that his summer will now be quite dull, however, he finds it to be just the opposite. Upon arriving at the house he finds it run by his aunt and uncle’s housekeeper, Mrs. Eglantine, who seems a little off. Then one day while sitting and listening to the sounds of the forest, a boy named Matty, who is about his age, approaches him saying he had seen something strange. A body covered in what looked like boils. Not wanting to go to the police Matty had come to Sherlock as he looked like he might be able to find out what happened. 
Sherlock initially doesn’t think much of what the boy says, but when he and his newly arrived American tutor Amyus Crowe find another body that looks like the one Matty told him about Sherlock becomes more curious to find out what happened. 

What I liked about it: I really liked the settings and the characters. Sherlock really feels like the famous Sherlock Holmes if he were that age. Not as amazing as he will eventually become, but still very good and always learning. Over the books Mr. Lane has him learn things that become a part if the personality that we know as the grown up Sherlock of 221B Baker Street. Deduction, violin, marshal arts, and other things. 
One of the other things I liked about it is the new set of characters. One of the things all the other kid Sherlock books and movies I have seen or read try to do is add in the characters we know from Doyle’s stories to give us a sense of the familiar. Such as a young Dr. Watson and that sort of thing. Lane does not do this. He realizes that Dr. Watson and Sherlock don't meet until A Study in Scarlet and so gives Sherlock new friends and enemies to deal with which I very much enjoyed. 

Language: Hardly any.

Romance: Sherlock’s tutor has a daughter named Virginia who Sherlock finds himself attracted to but as far as actual romance they briefly share one kiss in the fourth book and that is it.

Violence: There is a bit of violence and some of the villains do die but its not really graphic. There is some fighting as he follows criminals over the series. Fights with swords, bears, and sometimes just hands and fists.  

Magic: None

Recommended Age: Sherlock is 14 in the first book and I think that that is a good starting age. 

Note on order: There are as of right now 8 books in the series. They were originally published in England and then published here. Because of this it can be a bit hard to find copies of the later 4. The second book was published with a different title in America but it is the only one.

1. Death Cloud

2. Red Leach (Rebel Fire in America)

3. Black Ice

4. Fire Storm

5. Snake Bite 

6. Knife Edge

7. Stone Cold


8. Night Break


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Friday, January 12, 2018

Simplify...


Today's post brought to you by the word: Simplify from Kate's Five Minute Friday writing prompts

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Simplify...

A word with such promise, but so much hard work to make it a reality. We stretch and pull and fit every last thing into our schedules, and then we feel overwhelmed and realize we need to simplify. But getting there? That's the challenge.

You cannot just one day decide to simplify your life and wake up the next day and have your schedule and life fixed. It takes time to step back and evaluate what needs to go and what needs to stay. The only way to simplify in a hurry is to have heart attack and be relegated to the hospital and rehab - not the way anyone I know wants to simplify.

So in the meantime, how do we go about simplifying our lives? We take stock of what is working well, and what is not. Those things that do not work well - we find a way to change them, or get rid of them. 

Here is an example: you cannot just stop doing laundry because it is not working well, but, you can implement some procedures that make it easier to get it done. Buy three laundry hampers, one for darks, one for whites, and one for in-between colors. Train your family to go to the laundry room and sort their dirty clothes into the correct hamper (it helps if you get them in white, black, and a colored one instead of all white ones!) Laundry at your house just become simpler.

What about the things you can kick to the curb? How do you decide which outside activities to ditch and which ones to keep? Have a heart to heart with your spouse, pray, and then have an honest talk with your children. Sometimes game night needs to get cut back, or a sport needs to be dropped. We cannot do it all, and we should not be trying to do it all, but we can choose a few things and try to do them well. If you are needing to simplify, ask each person in the family what is the one thing they want to keep - and then everything else is a possibility to be dropped. Sometimes even that one thing has to go - maybe your three year old wants dance classes, but its just not going to fit your schedule, or your budget. Find her something that is going to fit, and wholeheartedly do it with her.

Simplifying frequently requires us to get rid of stuff, so we have less of it to clean and put away. Find a local shelter or charity resale shop for those clothes and blankets that are still in good shape. Don't be so tied up in your possessions that they end up possessing you. God wants you to spend your time focused on His word, and His work, not on how many totes of clothes you have stashed for the elusive 'someday.'

Simplifying takes work, but oh, the glorious freedom it brings is well worth it!





Tuesday, January 9, 2018

SchoolhouseTeacher.com Yearly Membership ~ a Crew Review

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Have you used SchoolhouseTeachers.com yet? If not, I'm wondering why not. This resource has over 360 online self-paced classes for students from preschool up through high school. During the month of January there is a sale on the Yearly Membership for new members, only $90/year with coupon code NEWYEAR18. That is a huge savings over the standard rate of $179!

If you have been reading the blog for a while, you'll know that every year I like to give you an update about some of the new features on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. This year is no exception! For this review I want to focus on a few of the available resources I have found most helpful while homeschooling high school. They have a lot of Homeschool parent support available on SchooolhouseTeachers.com.



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There are two things you need before your student can graduate high school, a transcript, and a diploma! Yes, I know, your student needs to complete (and understand) a lot of basic and elective courses to earn those two, but for the moment, let's focus on the parents ok?! From past experience, I know that some parents cower in fear at the thought of making a transcript. I've even seen parents put their kids into a traditional school for high school because they thought themselves ill-equipped to compose a transcript. Don't fail your kids now! High school can be a wonderful jumping-off point to their adult lives, or it can be a disaster. It is up to you, the parent, to decide which course of action will give them the best shot at that jump. We chose to educate our girls all the way through graduation. One is a successful college student, and the other is a high school senior. 

One of the best resources available with a Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com is the Gold level of Applecore Recordkeeping! Seriously people - this makes the last step before you hand that child a diploma so much easier. I am a paper record keeper. All of the girls' high school classes and grades are scrawled upon pages in my purple binder. It is the place where I keep all the random, and not so random, lists and records from high school. Planning, doing, and recording. But when it came time to make Emily's transcript, all it took was about an hour of quiet, my binder, and Applecore. It takes you step by step through entering your child's courses and grades, then it figures their GPA for you, and asks you how you want to save or print the transcript. Super easy compared to trying to do it yourself! Another great option is being able to go back and edit that transcript and print or email it again as needed. There is a 12 minute instructional video on SchoolhouseTeachers.com that is big help. watch it before you get started!



There is also a High School Help section on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. It explains what weighted classes are, helps you understand the scope & sequence of the high school classes available, and helps with career exploration. This section also has high school planning printouts, and the High School Schoolhouse Planner, an all-time favorite of ours. This digital file has just about every high school form and calendar page you could think of.


Now, back to the students...


What if your high schooler wants to take a class you don't know how to, or do not want to teach? Check out the available offerings on SchoolhouseTeachers.com and see if you can find something there for them to use. There are the standard offerings you might expect, like math, science, history, and language arts, but there are also great electives to choose from. Maybe your student is interested in accounting, or wants to do a unit study on maple syrup? Those are available. They can also access the World Book libraries with your SchoolhouseTeachers.com membership and follow timelines of transportation, or the history of sports and games. While many of the World Book offerings are geared for younger students, your homeschooled high schooler can find a lot there as well.

Do your state's graduation requirements include speech or foreign language credit for your high schooler? SchoolhouseTeachers.com has those too! 

Arlene likes watching videos, and some of our favorites are included with the Right Now Media videos on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I am pretty sure she would sit and watch Drive Thru History all week long if I would let her!




If you would like more details about individual courses available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com that we have used, or looked into, feel free to read this review we did in 2017.


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Monday, January 8, 2018

Books With Bean ~ The Mother-Daughter Book Club


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Title: The Mother-Daughter Book Club

Author: Heather Vogel Frederick

Published: April 24, 2007

Genre: Middle Grade/ Young Adult

Summary: Books, books, books. Emma loves books and with a mom that is a librarian it's not hard. When her mom decides to start a book club you would think Emma would be thrilled. But when your mom invites your best friend  Jess who has been a bit off lately because her mom left to find herself in the roll of Larissa LaRue - a soap opera star, your former best friend Megan - who left you for the annoying and rude cool kids, and the new girl in town Cassidy - who really only cares about playing sports (especially hockey) it doesn’t seem like the recipe for a good time. But all the moms think its a great idea so the four girls are now stuck together for at least an hour each week reading Little Woman. All while still trying to stay apart and with their own friends when they are at school and it's not easy. Navigating middle school and life the girls learn that while some books may be old, there is still a lot to learn from them. 

What I liked about it: The book goes through different chapters from the perspectives of each of the four girls. I liked all the girls for different reasons. Each one is unique and has different interests that make her stand out from the others so that they don't all become one uninteresting group. The setting is cool and while I have read most of the books that the girls read in the series I was introduced to new ones that I have since read and enjoyed. One of the cool things about the books is that all the books they read over the series are real books  - which if you haven't read them, make you want to read along with the girls and find out what happens. I also love that each book is a new school year so you can grow up along with the girls. 

A note for parents: As they get older they do read books that are more mature. When they start in 6th grade they read Little Women and in 7th grade Anne of Green Gables. However when they get to High School they read books such as Pride & Prejudice and Jane Eyre. I didn’t start reading the books until I was in high school so I had already read Pride & Prejudice. But if you let your kids start reading the series at a younger age (like 6th grade) and they are a fast reader and want to read the whole series you might want to wait to read the books the girls are reading until your child is a bit older which is ok! You don't have to read the books the girls are reading to still understand what they are doing. (I will admit I have still never read Little Women and loved the first book!)

Language: None

Romance: Almost all the girls by then end of the series end up with boyfriends or at least major crushes. There is occasionally a kiss or two in each book but not until the girls are in High School, except for one surprise kiss to one of the girls by one of the other girls' crush in the second book

Violence: The kids live in Concord Massachusetts and they have an annual Revolutionary war re-enactment but its just a re-enactment and not real. 

Magic: None 

Recommended Age: The girls are in 6th grade in the first book and I think that that is the perfect age to start these books. 

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Want to know about other great books to read, hop over and see the book link-ups at the Homeschool Review Crew's weekly post!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Road Trip ~ The Children's Museum of Indianapolis


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On Thursday, the girls and I, and their friend Zed spent the evening at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. On the first Thursday of each month they have a special discounted rate of $5/person from 4-8 p.m. To give you an idea of the savings, daytime hours are normally 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the tickets range from $13 to $23 depending on the date, and if you purchase in advance. 

The Children's Museum has been in its present location since I was a wee tiny thing, and though it has grown (at least three times) since then, it still has some of my favorite things, along with new and changing exhibits. When our girls were younger, we would go to the Children's Museum with friends, and spend the day. There are five floors to explore, and it is easy to spend the entire day and still not see everything well.

Zed suggested we go for the $5 First Thursday Night and we all had a lot of fun - at least I did. While it is billed as the world's largest Children's Museum, there really is something for everyone. There are hands-on activities on each floor, as well as in-depth learning in each area, so you, or your older kids, will not be bored. Since it was the last week of Jolly Days, the winter-holiday fun program that the Children's Museum has put on for a long time, we got an opportunity to ride a potato sack down the Yule Slide. Yes, I went too! You can see my silly video on our Facebook page.

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What were the other areas we visited while there? The Carousel, the National Geographic: Treasures of the Earth, American POP, Circus - Starring YOU!, Beyond Spaceship Earth, All Aboard!, and Fireworks of Glass. The three teens also visited the Dinosphere. 


The girls reminisced about our past visits, and I had fun reliving their memories with them. I think Zed had fun too, at least he didn't run away from us - LOL! It is a good museum to stroll around in, take in some great exhibits, and talk with your friends, whether they be 9, 19, or 90. Definitely a place to make some memories.



Overall, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a wonderful place to visit with your family. If you're not going to be in Indianapolis on the first Thursday of the month, you can save a bit on admission by purchasing your tickets online ahead of your visit, or if you live close by, it is worth the cost of a membership to be able to visit again and again.

To see more photos and videos from our visit, stop by our Facebook page, or check us out on Instagram.

Don't let a little Winter weather stop you from having an adventure! The Children's Museum offers garage parking, a covered skywalk, and gentle ramps for strollers or wheelchairs. Lockers or the coat check are available for a small fee. There is a restaurant on the ground floor, just know in advance its prices are the typically higher ones found at most museums.

Find your inner kid again, at The Children's Museum!