Family attractions arrive for fall vacation


GREENFIELD – Fall vacation and sweater season are upon us, and area destinations allow families to have fun and learn together without having to leave home.

Here’s a look at the exhibitions, attractions and family events in the first two weeks of October.

The children’s museum presents a new exhibition

The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner who dared to stand up to the Taliban in a fight for education and equal rights is featured in the latest exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.

Malala Yousafzai’s story and the experiences that shaped her are on display in the “The Power of Children Make a Difference” experience.

It is the only permanent exhibition in the world to showcase her story, and the museum worked directly with the Yousafzai family and Malala Fund to tell about her intense desire for education which was so strong that she attended school in secret and used henna to decorate her hands. with mathematical equations instead of models. Her dream of getting an education could have come to an end when she was attacked by the Taliban for daring to speak out about the right of girls and young women to receive an education, but she refused to be silent.

The Power of Children Gallery, which also includes exhibits on Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and Ryan White, is recommended for ages 8 and up. Admission is $ 6 if you go to the museum’s next first Thursday at a reduced price from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. October 7. General admission to the museum includes all four levels of attractions, as well as outdoor sports exhibits. Visit to find out more.

Greenfield parks hosting an arts camp

Create a magical, miniature world of castles, kings and queens at a fall arts camp hosted by Greenfield Parks Department. Will it be a spooky, haunted lair or a fanciful princess palace? It is up to each student at the four-day camp to transform simple wooden castle dollhouses into their own creation through design and decoration. The camp is open to children from Kindergarten to Grade 6 from October 11-15. The cost is $ 90 for residents and $ 95 for non-residents. For schedules or to register, visit or call (317) 477-4340.

Riley Festival includes favorites

Grab some fresh flowers and bring the kids downtown on Friday, October 8 for the Riley Festival Flower Parade. Since school is on fall break, the parade is open to all children who wish to pay tribute to the poet Hoosier in the Greenfield tradition of laying flowers on the courthouse statue. Moreover, if you yourself participated in this tradition as a child, rekindle the memory with your own children. All children must be accompanied by an adult; meet at 12:30 p.m. on the Pennsy Trail at State Road 9.

The rest of the festival features many other family favorites, from vendors and food to a community parade on October 9. Visit for a schedule.

The James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home is also offering extended tours this weekend, as well as a cake and punch birthday reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 10.

Farms offer fall pleasures

Apple picking may be almost over, but there are still plenty of pumpkins to choose from, as well as tractor rides, playgrounds, and more at nearby farms.

Tuttle Orchards, Lark Ranch, Piney Acres, and Pleasant View Orchard all offer something for all ages and abilities. Whether it’s heading out to a pumpkin patch and finding your own future pumpkin lantern, playing on swings and slides, or just picking out apples or spicy treats from a store, it’s the perfect time to visit an agritourism destination.

For times, prices and attractions, visit their websites:

Tuttle orchards,

Lark ranch,

Piney Acres,

Orchard Pleasant View,


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Discover hands-on learning activities for preschoolers at the Indiana State Museum. A pumpkin party for kids ages 4-6 will be on October 9 and Messy Monday for kids 5 and under on October 11. Visit and click on “programs” to find out more.

Comic book convention is coming to Indy

Children 12 and under enter the Indiana Comic Convention for free from October 15-17. Held at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis, exhibitors include comics, magazines, toys, Star Wars games, Star Trek, cartoons, manga, cosplay and more, as well as comic-related celebrities that attendees can meet and greet. For more details and adult rates, visit

Train journeys

ending October 16

October 16 is the last day of the season to ride Johnson County mini trains called Live Steamers. From noon to 4 p.m., it costs $ 3 each way to board an eighth-scale train for an 18-minute trip to Johnson County Park. See for more details.


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