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Circus Day at the Indiana History Center, March 24, 2018 @indianahistory

March 11, 2018 1 comment

Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Rachel Hill Ponko
Indiana History Center

The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) invites families to celebrate Indiana’s circus tradition with Circus Day, an annual event featuring family-friendly carnival activities, live performances and access to the Indiana Experience.

The 17th Annual Circus Day takes place Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center, located at 450 W. Ohio St. in downtown Indianapolis.

All Circus Day guests will receive free building admission, which includes live performances from the Hampel Family Circus, Hedgehog Hannah, and comedian and juggler Krembo K.

Admission also includes access to the Indiana Experience, featuring IHS’s newest offering, Indianapolis Colts: The Exhibit. In addition, free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families may purchase tickets for carnival activities, games and refreshments. Activities include face painting and balloon sculptures, while carnival-themed concessions include cotton candy, popcorn, snow cones and more.

As a special addition for Circus Day, the History Center’s Stardust Terrace Café, operated by Hoaglin Catering, will offer kid-friendly meal options.

For more information about Circus Day, the Indiana Experience or other IHS programs, call (317) 232-1882 or visit IHS online at


Circus Coming to Children’s Museum Feb. 18, 2017

February 14, 2017 1 comment

Photos provided by the Children’s Museum and used with written permission.

By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Have you ever thought about running away to join the circus? Now you have a unique opportunity and you don’t even have to pack your suitcase!

“Circus — Starring YOU!” is a colorful, highly interactive exhibit filled with the sights, sounds and even some of the enticing food smells of some of the greatest shows on Earth.

Opening at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on February 18, 2017, children and families are invited to step right up and join three rings of circus fun and history under the big top.

See the circus world as it was decades ago when it served as a rare form of exotic entertainment. Experience what has changed, and what has remained the same including the highly skilled athletes and performers who dazzle and amaze. Become part of the circus family as you dare to walk the virtual tightrope, learn to juggle, or practice your rigging skills.

“Visiting the circus has been a family tradition for millions over the centuries. Nowhere will you see such teamwork and talent that is passed from generation to generation,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “We want our visitors, which often consist of multiple generations to share those circus memories, create new memories, and practice teamwork and build confidence as they conquer circus skills together.”

Here is a sampling of some of the fun families will experience when they join The Children’s Museum circus experience:

· Virtual Reality Tightrope: Experience the thrill of the high wire when you put on a headset and walk along a “wire” from one basket to another in a realistic simulation of a classic circus act.

· Lyra Rings: Practice a real circus aerial act using real equipment in a safe and secure environment.

· Rigging Knots: Learn to tie and secure knots similar to those used in real circus rigging.

· Juggling: Work together as a family on a stationary roller board to learn the rhythm and timing of basic juggling then try your new skills using scarves or beanbags.

· Roman Ladders: Two sizes of ladders allow you and all members of your family to practice acrobatic skills on special ladders created just for circuses.

· Clown Car: Dress in clown costumes and see how many of your family members you can “fit” in a simulated clown car. Don’t forget to take your family selfie!

Clown Face-Painting Touchscreen Game: Create your own clown face after learning the different types of clowns. Email your finished product to yourself.

Circus — Starring YOU! is presented by Chick-fil-A. It is supported by Purdue University and Aquafina. For more information, visit, or call 317-334-3322.

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 21-27, 2014

July 20, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

21st Brickyard 400, July 27, Indianapolis Motor Speedway. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. SUN: 21st Running of the Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  2. THU-SUN: ‘Cirque du Soleil: Varekai’ at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  3. THU-SUN: Kroger ‘Super Weekend at the Brickyard’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  4. THU-SUN: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  5. WED: Panic! at the Disco in Concert at The Lawn at White River State Park
  6. MON-SAT: 11th Annual Indianapolis International Film Festival
  7. THU-SAT: 6th Annual Dixie Days Festival and Art Fair in North Webster
  8. THU: Lady Antebellum in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. THU-SUN: 17th Annual BBQ Ribfest, Indianapolis Edition at Military Park
  10. MON-THU: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  11. FRI-SUN: Bass Lake Summer Splash Festival in Starke County
  12. FRI-SUN: Whiting Pierogi Fest in Lake County
  13. FRI-SAT: 17th Annual Indiana Gospel Music Festival in Noblesville
  14. FRI-SAT: Frankfort Hot Dog Festival in Clinton County
  15. MON-SAT: Madison County 4-H Fair in Alexandria

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or check out the mobile version on your smartphone or tablet PC at Thank you for using as your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

Things to do in Indianapolis, July 14-20, 2014

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20.
Photo provided by the circus and used with written permission. Logo

15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana

  1. MON-SUN: 44th Annual Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. THU-SAT: 77th Annual Mid-Summer Festival at St. Christopher Parish in Speedway
  3. SAT: Inaugural ‘Tenderloin Throwdown’ Competition in Greensburg
  4. SAT: Indy Eleven Pro Soccer at Michael Carroll Stadium at IUPUI
  5. FRI: Indiana Black Expo Music Heritage Festival I at American Legion Mall
  6. MON-SAT: Johnson County 4-H Fair in Franklin
  7. MON-SAT: 46th Annual Three Rivers Festival in Fort Wayne
  8. TUE-SUN: UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall
  9. THU: 26th Annual WTHR Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Convention Center
  10. SAT: 19th Annual Indiana Microbrewers Festival in Broad Ripple
  11. TUE, THU: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  12. MON-SAT: Circus City Festival in Peru
  13. MON-SAT: Hendricks County 4-H Fair in Danville
  14. SAT: Anthony Hamilton in Concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. WED: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Live at Holliday Park

To see thousands of upcoming event listings and things to do in Indianapolis and Indiana, visit our main Web site at, or visit the mobile version on your smartphone or tablet PC at Thank you for using as your #1 source for things to do around Indy!

UniverSoul Circus at Lafayette Square Mall, July 15-20

June 23, 2014 Leave a comment
UniverSoul Circus Firedance

UniverSoul Circus Firedance.
Photo provided by UniverSoul Circus and used with written permission.

By Kay Feeney-Caito
UniverSoul Circus

In 2014, UniverSoul Circus celebrates a major milestone – 20 unforgettable years of its unique brand of family friendly entertainment featuring a multicultural, multinational, blend of music, theater and circus arts under the big top.  Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus redefined the center ring with an amazing combination of fun-filled, high-energy with an urban vibe, distinctive artistry, and audience interaction.

The 20th anniversary celebration of the UniverSoul Circus returns to the circle city Tuesday July 15 thru Sunday, July 20 at Lafayette Square Mall located at 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis IN 46254. Tickets, starting as low as $16, are on sale now via or 1-800-345-7000.

UniverSoul Circus has partnered with the Indiana Black Expo to offer Hoosiers a “Two Events, One Price” discount ticket.  For $20.00, the ticket is good for admission to the Indiana Black Expo at the Convention Center and the UniverSoul Circus at the Lafayette Square Mall.  UniverSoul Circus “Two Events, One Price “ tickets are available at the Indiana Black Expo office located at 3145 North Meridian Street.

Circus goers in Indianapolis will be treated to some of the most breath-taking and sought-after circus acts from around the world. As has become tradition throughout its 20 year history, UniverSoul Circus has virtually circled the globe to find the best and most unique talent to showcase under the big top. “Twenty years ago, UniverSoul Circus started as a dream,” said CEO and Founder Cedric Walker. “From a single tour stop in 1994, to amassing a worldwide audience of millions, our steady growth, popularity and critical acclaim has exceeded my wildest expectations.  My dream of producing a singular entertainment event for the entire family to enjoy has turned into a reality, ten-fold,” Walker added.

UniverSoul Circus 2014 Tour plays Indianapolis, Indiana

Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

Lafayette Square Mall, 3919 Lafayette Road, Indianapolis, IN 46254

Tuesday, July 15 at 7:30 pm

Wednesday, July 16 at 10:30 am and 7:30 pm

Thursday, July 17 at 10:30am, and 7:30 pm

Friday, July 18 at 10:30am and 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 19 at 12:00pm. 4:00pm and 7:30 pm

Sunday, July 20 at 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 6:30 pm

Tickets, starting at $16, are available now at and 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster). Children under 1 are free. Visit for more info, show times, and schedules.  Also follow us on  and