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3rd Annual Curiosity Fair at Conner Prairie, June 13-14, 2015

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Thousands of curious minds of all ages will explore science, physics and nature through hands-on experiments and interactive activities in mid-June at Conner Prairie. The third annual Curiosity Fair runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. June 13-14, 2015.

New this year, the Smithsonian Institution’s Places of Invention affiliates project, in partnership with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and with support from the National Science Foundation, will guide guests through what it takes to build a pipeline from Kokomo, Ind., to Chicago with its Indiana Gas Boom activity.

Guests can help Purdue University assemble and design race cars and test them on a track. And 3D Parts Manufacturing, Club Cyberia and Nickel Plate Arts will engage guests in building a large 3D sculpture in a maker’s space.

>> A complete list of Curiosity Fair activities: http://bit.ly/1HTJU09.

>> Photos from last year’s event: http://bit.ly/1AyL6qf

>> Video: http://bit.ly/1e1eHhz

The Wonder Wheels BMX Stunt Show will perform at 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. Dow Agroscience will provide interactive opportunities to explore chemistry and science while Eli Lilly and Co. will present its “Chemistry is a Blast” show at noon, 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Indianapolis Engineering for Kids will offer hands-on engineering activities.

Returning favorites will include IndianaFirst Robotics, which will host hands-on robot demonstrations, and Indiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute, which will demonstrate the inner workings of computers. Kroger will reveal how ice cream is made, Pace Dairy will demonstrate how cheese is made and Fair Oaks Farm will share how milk is produced.

Other attractions will include Cirque Amongus, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra which will help guests explore making music with a variety of instruments and share how instruments are designed and function. And Columbian Park Zoo will showcase its exotic animals and share what they eat, how they live and more from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

Presented by Dow Agroscience with support from Kroger, Curiosity Fair is included with paid admission to Conner Prairie and free for members.

Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institution Affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

For more information, visit http://connerprairie.org/, or call 317-776-6006.

Civil War Days at Conner Prairie, May 16-17, 2015

Morgan's Raiders reenactment at Conner Prairie.

Morgan’s Raiders reenactment at Conner Prairie. Image provided by Conner Prairie and used with written permission.

By Duane Brodt
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

Thousands of guests from throughout Indiana and neighboring states will be immersed in the Civil War era May 16-17, 2015, as more than 500 re-enactors will help transform Conner Prairie into the 1860s Union and Confederate camps for the weekend.

Conner Prairie’s annual Civil War Days runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. Guests will be immersed in life as it was on the Hoosier homefront during the Civil War and can interact with soldiers, march in the infantry, study battle tactics with soldiers, help doctors at field hospitals, witness artillery and cavalry demonstrations and watch a daily battle between the North and the South at 2:30 p.m. each day.

More about Civil War Days:
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During the two-day event, Prairietown is transformed into 1863 and guests can learn about Union and Confederate camp life, battle tactics, foods of the time, technologies used during wartime, medicine and how artillery of the time worked. Guests can witness the firing of an authentic Civil War-era cannon and fire an authentic rifle. President Abraham Lincoln will be on hand to talk about his presidency and what it was like leading the country during the Civil War.

New this year, short plays will be performed each day depicting the women who served in uniform, the effect that the war had on free blacks in Indiana and how spies decoded and deciphered intercepted messages.

One feature attraction each day will be a 15-minute play titled “The Right to Fight: African American Pioneers in the Civil War,” presented in partnership with Asante Children’s Theater. Throughout the day in Featherston Barn, the play portrays life on the Roberts Settlement, the first mixed-raced settlement in Hamilton County in 1863. The families of the Roberts Settlement have survived the journey from inhospitable North Carolina and built successful farmsteads in Indiana and the Civil War may jeopardize the current lives they live.

Civil War Days are free to Conner Prairie members and with paid general admission to Conner Prairie. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors, $11 for youth ages 2-10 and free for children ages 2 and under. For more, visit http://connerprairie.org/, or call 317-776-6006.

Guests are reminded that Conner Prairie’s “1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana” experience is also open throughout the weekend. The nationally acclaimed experience puts guests in the middle of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s cavalry raid on Indiana.

Spanning 850 wooded acres in central Indiana, Conner Prairie welcomes more than 360,000 guests of all ages annually. As Indiana’s only Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, Conner Prairie offers various outdoor, historically themed destinations and indoor experiential learning spaces that combine history and art with science, technology, engineering and math to offer an authentic look into history that shapes society today.

Things to do in Indianapolis, Aug. 11-17, 2014

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Madison Ribberfest

Madison Ribberfest, Aug. 15-16.
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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. THU-SUN: Gen Con Gaming Convention at the Indiana Convention Center
  2. MON-SUN: 158th Indiana State Fair at the State Fairgrounds
  3. THU-SUN: 10th Annual Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival in Indianapolis
  4. SUN: 5th Annual Dig In, A Taste of Indiana at White River State Park
  5. WED-SUN: LPGA Legends Championship at the French Lick Resort
  6. FRI-SAT: 10th Annual SausageFest at St. Thomas Aquinas Church
  7. THU-SAT: ‘City of Forking Paths’ at the Indiana Convention Center
  8. SAT: Miranda Lambert in Concert at Klipsch Music Center
  9. FRI-SUN: Elwood Glass Festival in Madison County
  10. FRI-SAT: Madison Ribberfest BBQ and Blues in Jefferson County
  11. MON-WED: Indianapolis Colts Training Camp at Anderson University
  12. THU-SUN: Greensburg ‘Power of the Past’ at the Decatur County Fairgrounds
  13. SAT: 6th Annual WAMMfest at Craig Park in Greenwood
  14. THU, SAT: Indiana Fever WNBA Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
  15. FRI-SAT: Symphony on the Prairie at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park

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Things to do in Indianapolis, July 28-Aug. 3, 2014

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Things to do in Indianapolis, June 30-July 6, 2014

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Fireworks Burst

ABOVE: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show, July 4, Downtown Indianapolis.

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15 Public Events in Indianapolis and Indiana
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  1. FRI: Freedom Blast Fireworks Show in Downtown Indianapolis
  2. FRI: Glorious Fourth Celebration at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
  3. FRI-SUN: Pokemon US National Championships at the Indiana Convention Center
  4. THU-SUN: National Powwow XVI at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds
  5. FRI: 4th Annual Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival in Downtown Indianapolis
  6. FRI: 4th of July IndyFringe Picnic on Massachusetts Avenue
  7. MON-SAT: Linton Freedom Festival in Greene County
  8. MON-SAT: Shelby County 4-H Fair in Shelbyville
  9. TUE: Community Tuesday at White River State Park
  10. WED-SUN: Shoals Catfish Festival in Martin County
  11. FRI: Firecracker 6 Run and Walk at the Indianapolis City Market
  12. SAT: 3rd Annual ‘Taste of Indy’ at White River State Park
  13. FRI-SUN: Madison Regatta in Jefferson County
  14. MON-TUE, FRI-SUN: Indianapolis Indians Baseball at Victory Field
  15. SAT: Motley Crue in Concert at Klipsch Music Center

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