Children’s Museum to feature live reindeer, discounted admission during downtown Miracle on 7th Street event
On Friday, Dec. 7, downtown Terre Haute will celebrate the holidays with the 4th Annual Miracle on 7th Street event, and the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will join in the festivities with discounted admission an appearance by a live reindeer, holiday-themed experiments and crafts, music provided by the ISU Holiday Choir and an opportunity to write a letter to Santa.
From 6 to 9 p.m., there will be a wide variety of activities throughout the Museum. Guests will get to make their own snow, create an ornament to take home, and there will be snacks and storytelling! In addition, the ISU Holiday Choir will be greeting guests with song as they perform outside of the Children’s Museum at 6:30 p.m.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., join Silly Safaris for “The Indiana Reindeer Reserve!” One of Santa’s elves will be on hand to share all the secrets of life in the workshop and at the reindeer barn. Guests will get to meet the reindeer and take photos, but this experience is limited to the 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. hour, so bring your camera and make plans to get to the Museum early!
While you’re at the Museum, be sure to also stop by the Old National Bank Science Store! All Science Kits in the store are 20 percent off, and varieties of kits include Perfume Making, Physics Discovery, Remote-Controlled Machines, Human Anatomy, Bubble Gum Making and Crystal Mining! And, you never have to pay admission just to shop in the Science Store, so be sure to stop by to do some holiday shopping for the kids in your life!
Children's Museum Science Store to donate 10 percent of Dec. 3 sales to United Way
On December 3, the Old National Bank Science Store in the Terre Haute Children’s Museum wants people to Shop United! The Science Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 10 percent of sales that day will be donated to the United Way of the Wabash Valley.
“On Mondays, the Museum is typically closed, but we are opening up the Science Store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 3 to give people a chance to do some kid-free holiday shopping while also supporting the United Way,” said Jamie McDowell, Director of Membership and Guest Services.
The Old National Bank Science Store in the Terre Haute Children’s Museum is an official retailer for Melissa & Doug, Knex, Aurora, and Zoob. The Science Store carries a variety of unique gift items for both boys and girls, including dinosaurs, building kits, costumes, animals, trains, books and science experiments.
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Terre Haute Children’s Museum plans special activities during Vigo County Fall Break
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum has some special activities planned to help keep your kids entertained during the Vigo County School Corporation Fall Break October 12-15.
On Friday, Oct. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., Museum guests can learn all about blood during our Family Friday event, sponsored by UAP Clinic. Museum guests will learn about the different types of cells in their blood, and kids can participate in a blood flow activity so they can see how blood moves through the heart. The Family Friday activity is free with Museum admission. The Museum will be open on Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., the Museum will partner with the Indiana State University Center for Mathematics Education to kick off the fall 2012 edition of the "Go Figure" program! The unique, five-week math program is designed for third, fourth and fifth grade students, and during this year’s program, titled “Decision 2012,” participants will see how math relates to the elections! The cost to attend all five “Go Figure” sessions is $40 for members of the Terre Haute Children's Museum and $50 for non-members. Class size is limited. To register for the program, or for more information, contact Rachael Nickel at
or 812-235-5548. The registration form can also be downloaded online at http://thchildrensmuseum.com/images/stories/GoFigure_Fall_12.pdf. "Go Figure" receives support from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.
Also on Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Indiana State University student chapters of the American Chemical Society and Tri-Beta will visit the Museum to teach students about science relating to Bones, Bodies and Brains! Guests will get to see a variety of anatomical models and they’ll get to look under a microscope to take a look at slides taken from human tissues. The activities are free with Museum admission. The Museum will be open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On Sunday, Oct. 14, the Museum will be open from noon to 5 p.m., and, on Monday, Oct. 15, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On both days, Museum guests can learn more about their bodies during a fun scavenger hunt. It’s Bones, Bodies and Brains month at the Museum, and kids can earn a prize by finding fun facts scattered around the building!
The Terre Haute Children's Museum is located at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute. Admission is $7 for children age 2 and over and adults. Children under the age of 2 and members of the Museum are admitted for free. For more information about the Museum, visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com
, or call 812-235-5548.
Mural Unveiling at the Terre Haute Children's Museum
The public unveiling of the mural "Flightful Fantasy: We Can Fly, We Can Fly!" is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 5, at 4:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Terre Haute Children's Museum. Created by David Erickson, professor emeritus in the department of art at Indiana State University (ISU), the work demonstrates our known history of flight in reality and fantasy. It is a creation of the artist with help of local children and ISU art students. The mural was produced through the Gilbert Wilson Memorial Mural Project and supported by ISU's Energize Downtown initiative. For more information on the project: YouTube
Museum partners with ISU Center for Mathematics Education to show kids that math is fun!
The Terre Haute Children's Museum and the Indiana State University Center for Mathematics Education are preparing for another fun-filled session of their popular "Go Figure" program! The unique math program is designed for third, fourth and fifth grade students, and for the past three years, it has helped students gain enthusiasm and excitement for mathematics.
"Go Figure" is a five-week math encouragement and enrichment program, and each week of the program has a different theme. This fall "Go Figure" participants will see how math relates to the elections during our "Decision 2012" program. Themes for the fall sessions include Election History and the American Democratic Process, The Race to the White House, The Candidates, Campaign, Issues, Media and Your Decision, Election Day - Get out and Vote, and The Thrill of Victory, the Agony of Defeat.
"'Decision 2012' participants will register to vote and get a voter registration card during a mock registration exercise," said Katelynn Moats, one of the ISU student leaders of the program. "Then they will go to the polls to cast their votes, participate in an exit poll, and learn the results of the class vote as compared to the actual election results for the county, state, and the whole USA. Last but not least, they will find out what happens from the time a Presidential candidate is declared the winner on Election Night until the inauguration in January 2013."
Students with varying ranges of mathematics experience and achievement are encouraged to participate in the program, which strives to create a sense of excitement about being math-savvy in everyday life. This year, the program also hopes to get kids excited about the election process.
"The goal of this 5-week session is to inspire our 3rd , 4th and 5th graders to become active participants in the American Democratic Process who not only understand the how the process works but also understand why every vote is important," said Marissa Goins, who is also an ISU student leader in the program. "And, yes, we do want them to know that it takes 270 Electoral Votes to win the Presidency!"
The "Go Figure" program, which will be facilitated by Moats, Goins and other Indiana State University student docents, will take place every Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., beginning Oct. 13 and ending Nov. 10 at the Terre Haute Children's Museum, 727 Wabash Ave.
The cost to attend all five sessions is $40 for members of the Terre Haute Children's Museum and $50 for non-members. Class size is limited. To register for the program, or for more information, contact Rachael Nickel at
or 812-235-5548. The registration form can also be downloaded online at http://thchildrensmuseum.com/images/stories/GoFigure_Fall_12.pdf.
The Terre Haute Children's Museum is located at the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute. For more information about the Museum, visit www.thchildrensmuseum.com, email
, or call 812-235-5548.
Museum to close early on Friday, Sept. 21
This Friday, Sept. 21, the Terre Haute Children's Museum will close at 4 p.m. for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience.
THCM Annual Shutdown and Maintenance Days: Sept. 3-11
The Terre Haute Children's Museum will be closed for its Annual Shutdown and Maintenance Days Sept. 3-11. We take this time to do extensive cleaning, painting touch ups, review policies and procedures, and make updates to our exhibit areas. We will reopen on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. Dates are subject to change. Please call 812-235-5548 to confirm open dates and times before you visit. Thank you!
Children's Museum offers discounted admission & Kids Zone during Downtown Terre Haute Block Party
On Saturday, Aug. 25, downtown Terre Haute will be filled with music, food and arts and crafts as part of the 2012 Downtown Block Party, and to celebrate, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will offer a discounted admission of $5 that day. There will also be number of kid-friendly activities in front of the Museum, including the Colts In Motion interactive traveling museum.
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is located on the corner of 8th Street and Wabash Avenue in downtown Terre Haute, and it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission on Saturday will be $5 for adults and children age 2 and over. Children under the age of 2 and members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum will be admitted for free.
In addition, as part of the Downtown Block Party, there will be a Kids Zone featuring face painting, balloon animals, crafts, games and experiments in front of the Children’s Museum from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Activities will be provided by The Fundazzlers, One Planet Solar, Hobson’s Fun Farm, the Vigo County Office of Purdue Extension, the Indiana State University student chapter of the American Chemical Society, Bridges of Indiana, Go Figure/the ISU Center for Mathematics Education, and Woody the Clown! And, from 4 to 6 p.m., the Kids Zone will feature Colts In Motion, a 42-foot trailer equipped with interactive videos, a chance to feel the field turf and a behind the scenes look at the Indianapolis Colts!
Stretching from Fourth to Ninth streets on Wabash Avenue, the Downtown Terre Haute Block Party will begin at 1 p.m. and feature five stages for entertainment and more than 100 vendors of arts and crafts. The numerous restaurants that line the block party route will offer a variety of foods, and local nonprofit groups will have an opportunity to share information about the work that they do. There will also be a cruise-in car show, a motorcycle cruise-in and a cornhole tournament.
Plenty of parking is available downtown, with two parking garages open, and several area parking lots and on-street parking available. Wabash will be closed from Fourth to Ninth streets. Also closed will be the connecting side streets from Cherry to Ohio streets.
To learn more about the 2012 Downtown Block Party, go online to www.downtownterrehaute.com and click on the Block Party link.
Learn about the science behind reality shows and superheroes and heroines during THCM summer camps
Would your child enjoy building a catapult and launching items across the Children’s Museum? Maybe superheroes are more interesting to your child, and he or she would enjoy learning about their own super powers! If so, be sure to check out the final two weeks of Summer Camp at the Terre Haute Children’s Museum!
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum (THCM) camps, which are packed with themed activities, experiments and lessons from all areas of science, are designed to inspire children and awaken their curiosity in the exploration and interaction with science, technology, engineering, math and health. And, thanks to the generous support from the THCM Summer Camp sponsor, Duke Energy, a limited number of summer camp scholarships are available, based on financial need. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Reality Camp, which will take place July 24-27, is a chance for children to learn about all the stunts and games in Reality TV. Campers will learn about the science of baking and decorating, like on Cake Boss, and they will compete in Survivor-like challenges such as building the tallest tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows or building their own shelter! Each day will even feature different Minute to Win It games.
During Heroes and Heroines Camp, which will take place July 31 through Aug. 3, campers will learn about the super powers of their own bodies, and super powers of some of the animals that are often associated with superheroes, such as bats, spiders, wolverines and turtles! But, every super hero has a super villain. Campers will participate in villainous experiments with dry ice, and they will even get a chance to make their own pirate ship!
Terre Haute Children’s Museum Summer Day Camps run Tuesdays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Reality Camp and the Heroes and Heroines Camp are designed for children entering second through fifth grade. Cost is $90 for members of the Terre Haute Children’s Museum and $100 for non-members. Discounts are given for good grades. Applications are also being accepted for summer camp scholarships that support free and reduced registration rates. Support from Duke Energy, along with individual contributions, funds the scholarship program.
Camp registration forms and scholarship applications are available at the museum’s front desk, on line at www.thchildrensmuseum.com or www.facebook.com/terrehautechildrensmuseum. For more information, please contact Abby at