Hours of Fun at the World’s Largest Children’s Museum – The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis was on my list to take the boys to for a while. During a visit to Indianapolis, we worked a visit into our schedule.

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Take Me There: China – at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

 

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My boys LOVE Asian food and culture! In fact it’s their favorite. They were really excited about the “Take Me There: China” exhibit that teaches kids more about Chinese culture at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

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“Fireworks of Glass” – A 43 ft. Glass Tower at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

"Fireworks of Glass" - A 43 ft glass tower at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

During a visit to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, I was in awe of one of the displays.  I loved the 43 ft Glass Tower “Fireworks of Glass” so much that I decided that it would be better to dedicate one blog post to showcase all of my pictures of it.

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Mummies of the World – The Exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum Center

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I previewed the Mummies Exhibit with my friend Jamie. She loves history and we both were interested in learning more about this new rare exhibit. We were given special permission to take pictures for promotional purposes.

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Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art

Antique Christmas at the Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is one of Cincinnati’s hidden gems. During the holiday season you can see an amazing collection of Christmas decorations that date all the way back to the late 1800’s in their “Antique Christmas” exhibit.

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Transfigurations at Wexner Center for the Arts

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My family visited the Wexner Center for Arts this fall during a trip to Columbus. It was our first visit to the art museum. I was really interested in checking out the current exhibit because a very large collection of pieces from the artist Pablo Picasso would be on display.

Here is a little more about the exhibit.

“A collection of this caliber and magnitude requires rare discipline, passion and discernment,” says Storr, who further notes, “Those who take the opportunity to view and absorb this exhibition will count themselves incredibly lucky to have looked over the shoulder of such avid collectors.” Transfigurations will be complemented by lectures and symposia featuring preeminent art historians, critics/cultural commentators, and contemporary artists.

Wexner Center Director Sherri Geldin notes, “Presenting the exquisitely focused Wexner family collection allows us to offer audiences—especially university students and scholars—an unparalleled look at some of the pioneering artists whose work in the first half of the 20th century transformed the cultural landscape of their time, and continues to resonate in our own.

We are so grateful to Leslie and Abigail Wexner for providing this singular opportunity to illuminate the creative continuum between early 20th-century masters and contemporary artistic practice.”

“This is the ideal moment to celebrate the profound and continuing impact of the WexnerCenter, a multidisciplinary laboratory for new ideas, creativity, and freedom of expression purposefully situated at the gateway of The Ohio State University—a great land grant institution and my alma mater,” says Leslie H. Wexner, Wexner Center Foundation chair and chairman and founder of the Limited Brands.

“Abigail and I are happy to share the collection that we have the privilege and pleasure to live with every day. We are so grateful to the Columbus community forits generous support of the center over 25 years. At the same time, the exhibition creates an opportunity for Ohio State to be an incubator for new scholarship and critical dialogue surrounding these remarkable artists, their work, and their influence.”

“The art center represents a unique public/private partnership that directly links a major research university with the world’s most creative innovators in arts and culture,” notes Wexner. “It serves as both a local and global hub that connects with virtually every academic department and student association on this campus. The Wexner Center for the Arts serves as an important portal to the university, with a presence and impact felt the world over.”

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*No photography is allowed while you are visiting the exhibit but there is a book that you can purchase in the bookstore that showcases the artwork that you see.

It’s one thing to learn about the art in school and it’s another experience to see it in real life. I was really glad that my kids and I had the opportunity to see the works of such a famous artist. It’s really interesting to learn about the history behind the work of art and the artist who created it.

Transfigurations Exhibit will be on display from September 21–December 31, 2014

Admission

Student FREE

OSU Faculty & Staff $6

Adult $8

Member FREE

Senior $6

**Free for visitors on Thursdays after 4 PM and on the firstSunday of each month

(must be reserved in advance). 

*All Transfigurations tickets are timed and must be purchased or reserved in advance

The Wexner Center for the Arts is located at 1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH

You can find out more from the Wexner Center for the Arts website. 

Disclosure: I was given admission for my family for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky

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During our trip to Bowling Green, Kentucky, we visited the National Corvette Museum.

National Corvette Museum Bowling Green, Kentucky

The museum opened in 1994 but has recently had national attention after a 60 foot sink hole at the museum on February 12th damaged eight irreplaceable vehicles on display at the museum.

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A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland

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One of the places that I was SO EXCITED about visiting during my media trip with Positively Cleveland was the house from the movie “A Christmas Story.” It was actually even on my adventure list.

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The movie is such a fun tradition to watch every year around the holidays. So many of the scenes from the movie are classics.

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A Christmas Story Bloggers

Here are all of us bloggers together- Nick from “Breakfast with Nick” from Columbus,  Heidi from “The Steel Trap” (Pittsburgh), me, Melinda from “30 Something Therapy” (Pittsburgh) and Heather from “The Food Hussy.” (Cincinnati)

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The home still displays the leg lamp in the window for visitors to view.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to take the tour but we did take time to peak in the windows and check out the gift shop.

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A Christmas Story House Gift Shop is just across the street from the house where you can purchase just about any kind of novelty item that is themed around the movie.

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

I had to fight the temptation to bring home a leg lamp Halloween costume and of course my very own leg lamp.

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Check out this adorable mini village scene that is A Christmas Story themed.

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There is a gift to purchase that represents pretty much every aspect of the movie.

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A Christmas Story Museum showcases memorabilia that has to do with the movie.

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Tickets and Admission

Adults: $10.00
Children 7 to 12: $6.00
(Children 6 & under: FREE)
Seniors: $8.00

 

A Christmas Story & Museum is open year round.

 

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 12pm-5pm

(Open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays in December)

(Early close on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 2pm)

A Christmas Story House, Museum and Gift shop are closed, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and all other Major Holidays.

Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 (12:15 on Sundays)
The last tour is at 4:30pm.

Admissions information: (216) 298-4919 or info@achristmasstoryhouse.com

***Tickets include access to both A Christmas Story House and the accompanying museum.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum gift shop or in advance through our online gift shop.

 

A Christmas Story House Museum is located at 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44109.

 

 

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Disclosure: Positively Cleveland provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their social media driven trip. All opinions are my own. 

Heinz History Center – Sports Museum in Pittsburgh

 

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On the last day of our hosted trip to Pittsburgh, we stopped by the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.

 

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My husband and boys LOVE sports!  There is always a sport to watch or play all year round.  I knew that they were really going to enjoy this museum.

 

The Museum is located in the Strip District which is close to a public market and not far from Priminti Brothers.  It was also an easy commute from the Hampton Inn where we stayed because it was directly across the street from our hotel.

 

The museum has over 70 interactive exhibits which gave lots of opportunities for my kids to enjoy hands on learning.

 

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The Sports Museum has a great variety of sports that are highlighted with memorabilia.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

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During a visit you get two museums, The History Center is Pennsylvania’s largest history museum and is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

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There is over 250 years of Pittsburgh history along with history from the French and Indian War.

 

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Kids will love the interactive exhibit near the cafe that lets you exit down a slide. It took me a while to finally get them out of that exhibit when it was time to go.

 

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This museum has something to see for all ages and interests!

 

 

Senator John Heinz History Center

  • Adults: $15
  • Senior Citizens (62+): $13
  • Retired & Active Duty Military: $6
  • Students with a valid school ID: $6
  • Children ages 6-17: $6
  • Children ages 5 and under: Free
  • History Center Members: Free

All rates include admission to the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, the Detre Library & Archives, and all exhibitions at the History Center.

 

 

Disclosure: Visit Pittsburgh provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their media trip. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

The Heinz Sports Museum is located at 1212 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.