As you know, I am a girl of traditions. I love them. If I find something that works, I stick with it. We have tons of Christmastime traditions, but the one that kicks them all off is Celebration Crossing.

CCX1I love the familiarity of seeing things like the L.S. Ayres window display and the 92 county tree, and watching my kids ride the Santa Claus Express. And, let’s be honest, my kids are 8 and 10, I probably don’t have too many more visits to Santa. For this reason I want each one to be really special. Celebration Crossing gives us that. Visiting Santa’s house, having a private moment with Santa and Mrs. Claus, makes me really, really happy. New this year, there are special activities in Santa’s Front Yard. Kids can write letters to Santa, color, and make crafts after their visit with the Big Guy.

CCX2Back again this year is Santa’s Playground, located on the second floor of the museum. In here kids in preschool and lower elementary have the chance to get hands-on with STEM-inspired activities. This area has things like giant blocks and building materials and crafts for the littles, plus it has some places for the grownups to sit and chill for a minute.

CCX3Also on the second floor is something that REALLY appeals to my video game loving children and my nostalgic soul: the brand new pop-up arcade! This area has twenty two game stations including classics like Q*bert, Asteroids, and Donkey Kong, plus the ever-popular Star Wars Arcade and Excalibur. The arcade does come with an extra cost, but you get unlimited play which my boys loved. We played for a while, took a break to visit Santa, and visited again before we left. The cost is $7 for museum members and ticket holders, $10 without museum admission.

Celebration Crossing 2015Celebration Crossing is open at the Indiana State Museum now through January 3. Everything except the arcade is included with museum admission, so make a day of it and check out Rad Science and all the other awesome exhibits at the Museum. Also, the L.S. Ayres Tea Room is open daily through December 31 and, while reservations are encouraged, you can walk in and try a delicious treat.

And now, time for a surprise! I’m sending you to the museum FOR FREE! That’s right, guess what folks… I’ve got FOUR tickets to the Indiana State Museum right here in my hand, and I’m going to give them to one of you. You’ve got until midnight next Friday, December 11. Good luck!

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