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Free Admission at Conner Prairie on Jan. 20

January 18, 2014 Leave a comment
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. staff photo, (c) 2009, all rights reserved.

By Lynelle Mellady
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Celebrate the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park with free admission on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

Because King was an advocate of community and education, the public is invited to participate in educational, hands-on and fun activities that will honor his life, beliefs and impact on today’s world.

Activities include:

  • Meet African-American entrepreneurs from Indiana’s past, including George Knox, who was born into slavery in Tennessee then obtained freedom in Indiana where he opened a barber shop in Greenfield and bought the Indianapolis Freeman, the first illustrated African-American newspaper in the United States. Listen to their business ideas and see if you think they have what it takes to succeed. Would you choose to invest in their business?
  • Challenge your assumptions about material artifacts. See if you can recognize possessions from people of different cultures and distinguish who they belonged to.
  • Let your creativity run wild! Add your own splash of color to our community mural honoring civil rights, make cards for soldiers and create your own personalized piece for addition to our “We Are Alike” quilt.
  • What is a civil right? Think about this weighted question, hear personal stories and share your own story expressing a civil right in Lilly Theater.
  • Step on the “Anything Can Happen” stage and take part in a show.
  • Watch Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech along with Robert F. Kennedy’s speech, both playing continuously throughout the day.
  • Participate in historical games, such as hoop-and-stick and nine-pins, or gather your family to enjoy an array of board games. Play an old favorite or learn a brand-new one.
  • Try on costumes and take on various roles in Discovery Station, build something in Imagination Playground, experiment with wind, electricity, energy and motion in Create.Connect and much more.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Indiana’s only Smithsonian Affiliate, will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 20, and admission is free to everyone. Lunch will be available for purchase. To view the menu offerings, visit

All activities are included in the free admission. For more information, call 317-776-6006, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ConnerPrairie.


Free Indy Events on Martin Luther King Day

January 15, 2014 Leave a comment
Crispus Attucks Museum

Crispus Attucks Museum. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Central Indiana residents will have the chance to celebrate the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by taking advantage of special offerings in Downtown Indianapolis on the holiday. Free admission to Downtown’s top attractions, appearances by local celebrities and more help make this year’s tribute to the iconic civil rights leader a fun, meaningful one for the family.

Don’t forget: metered parking Downtown is free on certain holidays, including MLK Jr. Day.

White River State Park: Free admission to the following attractions with donation of one non-perishable food item per person, per attraction for Gleaner’s Food Bank.

  • Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Indianapolis Zoo – open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • IMAX Theater – enjoy the premiere of Journey to the South Pacific 3D. Showtimes run at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m.; 12:45, 2, 3:15 and 4:45 p.m.
  • Indiana State Museum – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • NCAA Hall of Champions – open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Victory Field – Free health screenings from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Screening participants receive two free tickets to Opening Day at Victory Field on April 4.

The Children’s Museum: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be filled with fun and family learning opportunities including six showings of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech film in the Lilly Theater. Experience the slaves’ flight to freedom in a planetarium show that connects to the challenges faced by Dr. King and some Americans today. Join storyteller Portia Jackson as she tells tales of courageous children in the Civil Rights Movement.

Indiana Historical Society: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King by visiting You Are There 1968: Robert F. Kennedy Speaks, viewing special collection items in the library, watching films on the Civil Rights era and making specialty themed crafts. The Stardust Terrace Cafe is offering family-friendly options.

Indianapolis Museum of Art: Free admission from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Discover common threads and make visual connections as you explore the IMA collections. Enjoy family art-making and activities, as well as a featured community art project, One and All, led by Theater of Inclusion. All activities and parking are free for the day.

Rhythm! Discovery Center: Free admission from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Enjoy a special presentation with the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation about Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue, a presentation of Speak Out and Be Heard by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist Paul and more. 

“Day of Service” volunteer opportunity through IUPUI

From 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., the IUPUI Day of Service will gather hundreds of students, faculty and guests to volunteer in multiple capacities at various sites around Indianapolis as a tribute to Dr. King’s fervent commitment to social freedom and justice. Volunteers will meet at the IUPUI campus center for registration starting at 8 a.m.

Dr. King Celebration at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School & Museum

On Friday, Jan. 17 from 10 – 11 a.m., Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King with their 33rd Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  On Jan. 20 from noon to 4 p.m., visitors to the Crispus Attucks Museum (see photo above) can experience the newly enhanced Civil Rights exhibit entitled “The Man and the Movement” and view a rarely-seen history documentary on the Legacy of Dr. King.  Also enjoy a rare Dr. King international stamp collection now on display.

Volunteer at Indy Reads Books

Downtown’s newest used bookstore supporting adult literacy offers another way to give back on MLK Jr. Day. Adults and kids alike are invited to help organize shelves and sort through donations from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mass Ave bookstore. Visit for more.

Harlem Globetrotters at Bankers Life Fieldhouse

The Harlem Globetrotters, the biggest family show in America, comes to Bankers Life Fieldhouse on MLK Jr. Day for some afternoon fun and laughter. The game tips off at 2 p.m. and tickets start at $23. Ever seen a 4-point shot in basketball? You just might. 

Indiana Historical Society “Indiana Black History Challenge” kicks off

Hoosiers are invited to participate in this special challenge for a chance to win great prizes. The first 5,000 entrants will receive two tickets to the Indiana Experience and 30 players will win four tickets to see the Indianapolis Indians. One grand prize-winner will receive a “Family Fun Pack” that includes an overnight stay and breakfast for four at the Omni Severin Hotel and four tickets to The Children’s Museum. Investigate outstanding black Hoosiers in a medical care and advocacy-themed study guide then test your knowledge by taking the online quiz at The Challenge runs through Feb. 28.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off

“Open wide” for Devour Downtown, launching on MLK Day and running through Feb. 2. More than 30 downtown Indianapolis restaurants will offer special priced 3-course menus. View the locations and menus on the Devour Downtown Web site at

For the listing of events online, visit For more information, call 317-237-2222.

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December/January Events in Downtown Indianapolis

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment
IMAX Theatre at the Indiana State Museum

Free admission at the IMAX Theatre on Jan. 20. staff photo, (c) 2013, all rights reserved.

By Amanda Dorman
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Holidays winding down

Still searching for one last dose of holiday cheer? Downtown opportunities are plentiful. As the holidays wind down in Downtown Indy, make sure to check out our Holidays Happenings page to stay up-to-date on events at the end of December: A fan favorite, 12 Free Days in Downtown Indy, ends Dec. 24.  Ride the Yule Slide at Jolly Days Winter Wonderland at the Children’s Museum. Get decorating ideas from the early 20th century at Christmas at Lilly House. Take the Santa Claus Express train at Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum. Enjoy dazzling twinkle lights at Christmas at the Zoo. See the landmarks and trains at the Eiteljorg Museum’s Jingle Rails.  The Circle of Lights display will remain lit through Jan. 10. 

Ring in the New Year Downtown!

Whether you are looking for live music, good food or family-friendly festivities, there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate the New Year Downtown! Visit for a list of Downtown New Year’s Eve events. Check back for updates as more Downtown events and specials are announced.

2014 Beautification Calendar

Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. (IDI) is planning for Downtown’s beautification in 2014. IDI’s Beautification Calendar is distributed to hundreds of Downtown businesses to encourage clean properties and colorful landscaping. Different color themes are created to add variety and a cohesive, sophisticated atmosphere as each season changes. Businesses and landscapers can be creative and choose flowers appropriate to site conditions. Find 2014 color themes here (think: blue, yellow and orange for spring). Also, IDI recently planted 15 new trees thanks to IPL’s Trees for Tomorrow program, helping to keep Downtown green and vibrant! 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day promotions and events

Hoosiers will be able to choose from wide range of FREE or inexpensive events taking place Jan. 20 for MLK Day. Some of these special events include FREE admission to White River State Park attractions, including the Indianapolis Zoo, Indiana State Museum, IMAX Theatre, Eiteljorg and NCAA Hall of Champions. Also enjoy FREE admission and activities at Victory Field. Visitors are asked to bring one canned food item per person for donation to Gleaner’s Food Bank.

Gather the family and enjoy a FREE admission to the Children’s Museum. The IMA will host a community day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. with art, film, music and a celebration of the Theater of Inclusion’s community-built art project, One and All. The IUPUI Campus Center hosts its 13th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hundreds of students and faculty will volunteer at various community sites around the city.  As most kids will have the day off from school, many families are expected to spend the day taking part in one or more of these activities.

Devour Downtown Winterfest kicks off Jan. 20
Anticipate more Downtown diners as 50+ Downtown restaurants offer specially-priced menu items. Participating Downtown restaurants will offer guests $30 – $35 per-person menus plus gratuity and tax while showcasing specialty dishes and highlighting popular items from their menus. Several lunch and dinner menus are two for $30!  For a list of participating restaurants, visit 

Big names take the stage

Harlem Globetrotters, Jan. 20, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Disney on Ice Princesses & Heroes, Jan. 22 – Jan. 26, Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Rock of Ages, Jan. 26, Old National Centre 

Downtown bustling with sports action

Downtown will stay busy with several Indiana Pacers games and Indiana Ice matches throughout December and January. Pacers fans will be packing Bankers Life Fieldhouse Dec. 28 & 31 and Jan. 4, 7, 10, 14, 16, 18, & 30. The Indiana Ice play at Bankers Life Fieldhouse Dec. 30 and Jan. 3 & 11 and at Pan Am Pavilion Jan. 4, 10 & 30. The iconic Harlem Globetrotters return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse Jan. 20.

For more information, visit, or call 317-237-2222.