Anna is originally from Utah. She moved with her family to Indianapolis in 2007. Her 9 year-old son and 5 year-old twin girls keep her very busy and her house a little bit more messy. Anna likes to take photographs (even though she can't use Photoshop), appreciates good music (although she cannot sing a note) and always likes to find new, fun things for her family to do (except skydiving or bungee jumping because that's never going to happen). Contact ohhbetsy at hotmail dot com. Instagram @ohhbetsy Twitter @ohhbetsy

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Celebration Crossing 2015 – Indiana State Museum

By Anna Shirley

This year’s Celebration Crossing at the Indiana State Museum has many of the familiar traditions but also some new additions to compliment the exhibit. We’ve been going to Celebration Crossing for years and it is definitely on our must-do list during the holidays. With highlights all over the museum, it provides plenty for your family […]

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Rad Science at the Indiana State Museum

By Anna Shirley

Rad Science, the new exhibit at Indiana State Museum breaks down the physics behind skateboarding. The exhibit is engaging, fun and sneaks in some awesome science. I had the chance to preview the exhibit with my twin 5-year old girls and I had to pull them away from the exhibit – they would have stayed […]

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P&G Gymnastics Championships in Indianapolis {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

Our family is new to the gymnastics world. Well, at least as far as having a child taking gymnastics classes. I’ve always loved watching my college team. Going to gymnastics meets have always been memorable. The arena is full of energy and it is remarkable to see the top athletes compete and show off their […]

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19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s Present and Past at the Indiana State Museum

By Anna Shirley

The first quilt that I finished was a traditional log cabin quilt. My favorite part of the quilt are the four stars in the pattern. Stars are a common pattern in quilts and for good reason. Stars are a perfect choice for theme of the Indiana State Museum’s new exhibit, 19 Stars: Quilts of Indiana’s […]

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Eiteljorg Museum Juneteenth Celebration and Indian Market {Giveaway}

By Anna Shirley

This year, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has scheduled a huge day full of festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. If you didn’t know (I didn’t), Juneteenth is the commemoration of the end of slavery in the state of Texas celebrating emancipation and freedom. The Eiteljorg museum is offering […]

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Donuts are Serious Business Around Here

By Anna Shirley

Donuts are no joke. Doughnuts either. I’m not sure when I recognized the deep importance of donuts to my soul, but it may have been when I began discussing the virtues of different donut shops that can be found around Indianapolis. This is worthy of great consideration. With the arrival of National Donut Day on […]

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5 Family Friendly Festivals in June – Indianapolis

By Anna Shirley

Indianapolis always has at least one festival per weekend going on during the summer. Or, at least it seems that way. Here are 5 family friendly festivals happening in June in Indianapolis that you might enjoy.  All of them have something different to boast. Here’s the lowdown. Italian Street Festival is June 12-13, 5-11 pm. […]

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Indianapolis Museum of Art FREE Admission Days

By Anna Shirley

If you haven’t heard yet, the Indianapolis Museum of Art is no longer offers free admission. You may still visit parts of the museum at no cost, including The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres. Your best option if you visit at least a couple times a year is to purchase a […]

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The Color Run – 2015 Shine Tour

By Anna Shirley

The Color Run is by far one of the most memorable family activities we’ve ever done. It’s been more than a year and a half since our family ran The Color Run as our first 5k. And what a 5k to do. My kids still talk about it and even put on their t-shirts so […]

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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 your kids excited […]

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