National Kids Music Day is celebrated each year on the first Friday in October. Studies show that making and being exposed to music can have a positive impact on children’s listening skills and cognition, so if you’re looking for a place to take your kids to experience music, here are six fun ideas in Indy:
If you are visiting The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and have a child that’s aged five and under, look for the “Making Music Together” experience in the Playscape area most days between noon and 3 p.m. (you can visit the museum’s website for exact dates and times). This 15-minute experience encourages your kids to make music and engage their mind and body while exploring tunes, beats, and rhythm. Activities may include singing, clapping, and dancing, all in a fun and supportive atmosphere.
Treat your kiddos to the Indianapolis Children’s Choir’s (ICC) “Journey” concert on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at the STAR Bank Performing Arts Center in Zionsville. This is the ICC’s first concert of the season, and singers from 12 different ICC choirs will present a full-length concert. Tickets are $14, and kids five and under are free.
The Music Playhouse is an early childhood music education company that offers classes for children from birth to age five. With two locations, one in Carmel and the other at the JCC in Indianapolis, The Music Playhouse is a great way to introduce your kids to the benefits of music education and movement at an early age. They also offer group keyboard classes that are designed to be a stepping stone to private piano lessons, two children’s choirs, and a music class for children with disabilities.
On Saturday, Oct. 8 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., you can take your family to Dia Latino de Lawrence, a free community festival featuring Latin music, dancing, art, food, and community vendors. Located at the Fort Ben Cultural Campus on Otis Avenue, the event is presented by the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township in partnership with Arts for Lawrence, the City of Lawrence, and the Lawrence Township School Foundation.
Rhythm! Discovery Center is currently the world’s only interactive drum and percussion museum. Located in downtown Indianapolis, the museum has hands-on percussion instruments for kids to experience and try, as well as a collection of historic artifacts. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children aged 6-16, and kids five and under are free. You might want to visit their website Rhythmdiscoverycenter.org to make sure it is open when you plan on attending; it is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Created by Ashley Robertson, Ms. Ashley’s Music Circle is action-packed with fun for infants to four-year-olds. The interactive class allows kids and their caregivers to sing and dance, as well as practice letters, counting, following directions, impulse control, and more. Ashley says, “these dance parties are free to attend so that everyone has equitable access to high quality early childhood programming.” Check Ms. Ashley’s Facebook page for more information.
Stephanie Groves is the Executive Editor of Indy Maven and she is excited to share these activities with her six-year-old daughter.
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