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The Greens Of Spring

By troycarpenter

We Midwesterners finally got a taste of Spring this past week, with a quick jump in temperature that melted the last of the early-March snow, and a close inspection of our front yard shows the tulips have noticed the change, and have started poking their noses out to take a whiff of the changing... Read More

From Oceans to Forests: 2 IMAX movies and 2 books that will captivate your kids

By Anna Shirley

I'm a big fan of the IMAX theater in the Indiana State Museum. There's always something interesting playing that is great for me and my children. IMAX movies are beautiful and educational and there are two films I'd recommend along with a couple of our favorite books. Combine them together and get y... Read More

What's My Job?

By troycarpenter

At a New Year’s party, a neighbor introduced me to her father by saying “He’s so good at it – every day I see them pulling out of the cul-de-sac, headed for some exciting adventure.” By “it,” of course, she meant my job – one she shares with me - as a stay-at-home parent. I was f... Read More

Brickworld 2015 - Indianapolis {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

The love of building with bricks isn't something you grow out of. When my son opened his first LEGO set and started his fascination with building, I was happy to have an excuse to join in, bringing me back to my childhood. What if we never stopped building and let our imaginations grow as we grew? ... Read More

3DS on the Bus Goes Round and Round

By Anna Shirley

The school bus is a different world. The first time I rode the bus, I was in 7th grade. I felt like riding the school bus aged me. Not much good came from those bus rides. My son started riding the bus in Kindergarten. Putting my little 5-year old on the bus tugged at my heart strings. On his first ... Read More

6 Favorite Books For Young Readers

By Anna Shirley

I have a kid who is a voracious reader. He's eight years old and in third grade. He's loved Diary of A Wimpy Kid since first grade (and has re-read them a handful of times) and has read those commonly read series of books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson (another favorite series is How To Train Y... Read More

The Weekend Before Christmas - 5 Things to do in Indy

By Anna Shirley

'Twas the weekend before Christmas and all through Indy, all the creatures were stirring, wanting to get out of the house. You've got your shopping done, and the kids are out for vacation. Do you need something to do in Indianapolis this pre-holiday weekend? Here are 5 things to do in Indy that are ... Read More

Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg

By Anna Shirley

Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure is now open through January 19, 2015 at the Eiteljorg Museum in downtown Indianapolis. Model trains carry with them a whimsical Christmas spirit and this exhibit captures all that and adds the adventure of traveling through the West with beautiful recreation... Read More

2014 Top Toys from The Children's Museum Store {Review 3}

By Anna Shirley

The final review on top toys from the Indianapolis Children's Museum Store 2014 Top 10 Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toy list is the Fashion Spotlight Magnetic Playset, #10 on the list. This was a perfect toy for my 4 year-old girls. My girls loved playing with the two different dolls and creating all ... Read More

Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toys: Snap Circuits Motion {Review 2}

By Anna Shirley

I introduced the Indianapolis Children's Museum Store 2014 Top 10 Kid-Tested Kid-Approved Toys in my last post. For our second post, we will be reviewing #5 on the list - Snap Circuits Motion. I had heard vaguely of Snap Circuits before. I don't know why people weren't screaming in my face, "THIS IS... Read More