What to do this weekend May 25-27 (or, Indiana State Museum, How I Love Thee!)

Memorial Day Weekend is here! This is the kickoff of summer and that means there is more stuff to do than I can possibly list.  Here are a few of my picks for the weekend:

TONIGHT at Eagle Creek Park is the Friday Night Frog Watch from 9-10:30.  From the site, “at the Earth Discovery Center.  Learn about frogs and frog calls, and visit a pond to search for the frogs themselves!  Bring bright flashlights, old shoes/boots, and a rain jacket if it’s raining.  Recommended for ages 5 yrs. and up, not recommended for kids that aren’t allowed to get dirty.  $5/person,  Call 327-PARK or 327-7148 to register, or register online at indy.gov/parks by entering course code #204510.”

Tomorrow also at Eagle Creek Park from 10-2 they will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day.  Free with park admission, this will take place in the Ornithology Center and will include plenty of bird-themed activities including games, owl pellet dissection, and guided hikes.

Saturday is also the 500 Festival Parade downtown.  This is one of Indy’s biggest claims to fame and I am a little ashamed to admit I have never been.  Also, I made other plans so I won’t be there this year either.  Next year, though!  The parade starts at 12:00, but I’m pretty sure you need to get there way before that in order to get a good view.

*also, a note:  this is 500 weekend.  You probably already know this, but unless you are doing 500-related events, you might want to avoid downtown for most of the day Saturday (due to the parade) and Speedway/ the west side all weekend.

This weekend marks the opening of the highly anticipated Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibit at the Indiana State Museum.  They will have a midnight opening gala tonight, and it will be open until Sept. 2.  I will definitely be going to this eventually, but I might wait a week or two to see if the hype dies down a little.  Tickets for this are $10 for members, $15 for kids, and $18.50 for adults.  The non-member price does include general admission to the rest of the museum.

*another side note:  The Indiana State Museum is one of my favorite museums in the city.  It is very rarely as crowded as some of the others, so the kids have a little more freedom to roam around and focus on whatever they want for as long as they want.  The canal is right outside so you can take a break from your museum going for some fresh air and a beautiful view.  They have the best IMAX theater in the state (in my humble opinion).  And the employees and volunteers are all friendly and helpful.  I cannot express enough how much I love this museum.  If you don’t have a membership, consider purchasing one when you buy your tickets for the Star Wars exhibit.  Between taking in everything the State Museum has to offer, discounts at the IMAX and gift shop, and amazing reciprocal benefits (think Field Museum in Chicago), you will definitely get your money’s worth.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art also has some fun activities this weekend.  Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 they have Make & Take art in the Star Studio.  Kids can come in and create their own art work to take home with them.  This is free.  The May theme is bubble art.  Also, on Saturday from 1:30-3:30 they will have a Hold It cart set up where you can interact with items either used in the creation of some of the featured art or objects like the art on display.  Just stop by the Welcome Desk and ask where the cart is located.  Sunday from 12-4 is Art in the Park, where you can create art inspired by nature.  This is available in the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion located in 100 Acres.  The May theme is Sticks & Stones.

Head to O’Bannon Woods State Park for 1800’s Living Pioneer Farmstead Days this weekend.  You can see 1850 Hay press demonstration Saturday & Sunday.  Or head to Spring Mill State Park for their annual Civil War Days.

Last but certainly not least, many area pools are opening this weekend!  OK, so it MIGHT be a little cool for pools, though with Indiana weather you never can tell.

For the Indy Parks, Broad Ripple, Brookside, Ellenberger, Garfield, Indy Island, Krannert, Northwestway, Perry, Sahm, and Thatcher will all be opening tomorrow.  More info here.

The splash area in the Civil War area of Conner Prairie opens Saturday as well.

The Waterpark at the Monon Community Center in Carmel will open this weekend as well.

That’s all for me today.  There are so many more things going on, let me know what you will be doing this weekend!

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