FREE MLK Day Events at White River State Park

WhiteRiverStatePark_07We are just 9 days in to 2013 {or twenty firteen as Princess Youngest, age 4, has taken to calling it}.  I don’t know about you but our family calendar is quickly filling with dates, times, and places.  January is going to be a busy month for us.  Perhaps it is the same for you?  With that in mind, I wanted to bring to you a whole host of events coming up very quickly on January 21st – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Indianapolis has a number of fantastic celebrations that offer your family the opportunity to learn a little something while you spend absolutely nothing.  In fact, there’s so much to do, we’ll be rolling out THREE posts outlining all of the fun you can have over the next couple of weeks.

The area with the most offerings is one place is definitely White River State Park. Every single White River State Park Destination will again be offering FREE admission on January 21st.  That means whether you want to visit the Eiteljorg Museum, IMAX® Theater, Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Zoo, NCAA® Hall of Champions or Victory Field, there will be a FREE fun family opportunity for you.  You simply need to bring a canned food donation for Gleaner’s Food Bank {one per person per attraction} and prepare to have a fun filled day!  Here’s what each destination has to offer:

Indianapolis Zoo:  This is the perfect time of the year to see the animals who love cooler temps or visit the Deserts Dome where it’s always a warm 82 degrees!  Don’t forget your canned food donation for Gleaner’s Food Bank!

IMAX Theater:  Both Born To Be Wild and To The Arctic {our royal review of this flick can be found here} will be shown for free until 5 pm.  Be sure to get there a bit early to make your donation and secure your seat.  Double bonus: if you donate blood, you can snag FREE concessions, too!  But you’ll definitely want to plan a little more time for that, too.

NCAA Hall of ChampionsFree hot cocoa or coffee, a children’s story time, a visit from Butler alum Ronald Nored, and screenings of “Game of Change” a documentary all about how basketball sought to bring about racial equality all feature in this attraction’s celebration.  Sports fans will find special significance at this museum!

Indiana State MuseumFrom poetry readings to live performances, the Indiana State Museum offers experiences for audiences of all ages on MLK day.  Of special note is “Tragedy, Trains, Truth & Tales,” performed by Arts for Learning actors as part of the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences.

Eiteljorg Museum:  Family fun activities are never hard to find at the Eiteljorg.  And if you haven’t already, the day’s free admission will give a chance to glimpse The National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibit.

Victory Field:  No the Indianapolis Indians aren’t quite ready to play ball yet.  But Wishard Hospital will be offering a great health screening day from 11 am to 2 pm.  AND participants will receive 2 FREE tickets for Opening Day at Victory Field (April 4).  Your little ones are sure to enjoy the opportunity to snag an autograph from Rowdie, the Indians mascot, too!

Even parking is FREE – both in the underground garage and the surface parking lots – {but not guaranteed} in White River State Park on January 21.

Which White River State Park attraction are you most looking forward to visiting on MLK Day?

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