New programs at the Children’s Museum combine science, arts and hands-on fun
Whether today's students go on to be artists, doctors or politicians, we know that the challenges their generation faces will demand creative solutions. To help kids explore their creative sides, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is introducing a new series of programs that combine science, art and lots of hands-on fun!
The programs, which will kick off in November, will feature the talents of local artist, Becky Hochhalter. Hochhalter is a self-taught, lifelong artist who has been creating art since childhood. Her works cover a variety of artistic mediums, including digital drawing, painting and illustration, traditional oil and acrylic painting and fine detailed pencil drawings, photography and faux finishes.
Hochhalter and the Museum are coming together to offer “Creative Factory” events and “WeeArt Workshops,” which will be offered at a variety of times for different age groups.
- Creativity Factory for Homeschool students ages 7-12: Wednesday, Nov. 5 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., $20 per child
- WeeArt Workshop for children ages 2-5: Thursdays, Nov. 6, 13, 20 - 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., $15 per child (adult participation required)
- Creativity Factory for children ages 5-8: Saturday, Nov. 15 – 10 a.m. to Noon , $20 per child
- Creativity Factory Kids' Night Out for children ages 6-12: 6-9pm on Friday, Dec. 12, $25 per child
During all of the workshops, kids will experience fun, hands-on science based experimentation and exploration while also creating cool works of art that they get to take home and enjoy! Snacks will be provided for participants. For the WeeArt Workshops, parent participation is required. Creative Factory events do not require parent participation, but parents are welcome to stay and participate alongside their children.
“We’re very passionate about STEM education and its importance, but we also see that arts education can play a critical role in growing capable scientists, app developers and statisticians,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. “Arts education fosters creativity, and that creativity is essential to innovation. It’s going to be exciting to watch that creative energy integrated with science lessons here at the Museum.”
To register for the Creativity Factory or WeeArtWorkshop events, click on the links above. To learn more about the programs, contact Rachael Nickel at 812-235-5548 or
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THCM and Wabash Valley Girls Softball League host Daddy Daughter Dance
The bond between a girl and her father is not just special, it is crucial. It is often the first male-female relationship in a girl’s life and can form the foundation for how she approaches her future relationships with men. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum and the Wabash Valley Girls Softball League recognize the importance of this relationship, and they are celebrating it with an evening to remember.
Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and father figures are invited to treat their little sweethearts to an evening of dress-up, hors d'oeuvres,dancing, live entertainment and fun when the Terre Haute Children's Museum and the Wabash Valley Girls Softball League host a Daddy Daughter Dance on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Terre Haute Children's Museum.
Advance tickets for the event are $35 for a father/daughter couple and $10 for each additional daughter. Individuals and organizations can also support the event by serving as an Angel Sponsor for those fathers and daughters who need financial assistance to attend the event.
Additional sponsorship and partnership opportunities are also avaialble. Click HERE for tickets! For more information, contact Lynn Hughes at 812-235-5548 or
Terre Haute Children’s Museum joins Access Pass program
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is pleased to announce it will be joining The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society, and the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in offering greatly reduced admission to families in need throughout the State of Indiana.
As part of its ongoing effort to provide extraordinary learning experiences for as many Indiana children and their families as possible, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis created the Access Pass program in 2004. This successful statewide initiative provides low-income Hoosier families with opportunities to visit at the reduced rate of $1 per family member per visit. Conner Prairie joined the program in 2009, the NCAA Hall of Champions, the Indiana Historical Society and the Eiteljorg Museum all joined in 2010. The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is the first institution outside of the Indianapolis area to join the program.
“The creation of the ACCESS Pass is a wonderful way the Museum and its partners like the Terre Haute Children’s Museum, reaches thousands of Hoosier families throughout the state to ensure all children and families, regardless of income are able to learn and grow together,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
“The Terre Haute Children’s Museum believes that all families – regardless of income – should be able to visit the Museum and access its resources, so we are thrilled to be bringing this program to the Terre Haute area,” said Lynn Hughes, executive director of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum.
“Through philanthropic contributions, the Museum has been able to offer program discounts and field trip scholarships to children in need, but we didn’t have an organized program to offer discounts to families,” Hughes continued. “When we discovered the Access Pass program, we knew that this was the perfect way for us to ensure that our local residents, and Hoosier families through the state, could take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by our facility and all of the other wonderful institutions involved in this program.”
Indiana families with at least one member who is 18 years of age or older and who are part of the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), food stamps or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance are eligible to participate in the Access Pass program.
To enroll in or renew an existing Access Pass program membership, qualifying families can visit any of the participating venues with required documentation and a completed Access Pass application. They will be issued an Access Pass card that is renewable annually and provides family members the reduced rate throughout the year. To learn more about the Access Pass program, or to download an application, visit http://thchildrensmuseum.com/accesspass/.