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And we all fall Down
---town, that is.

The heart of the city offers an abundance of backyard vacations and fall break adventures

 Stroll the leaf-covered sidewalks. Drink a hot cocoa from The South Bend Chocolate Company. Yep, it’s time again to throw on an extra layer and soak in the flavors of fall Downtown. Grab the youngsters and make Downtown your fall break destination!

Pop in to Downtown!
Think you know everything about corn because you live surrounded by fields of it? Think again. The Indiana State Museum’s latest exhibit, Amazing Maize, explores the relationship between people and corn. You will be a-maized at the scientific, economic and cultural significance and impact of corn on daily life, past and present!

Barbie just can’t get enough of Downtown
Due to popular demand, the successful exhibit Barbie™: The Fashion Experience will be back for a six-month encore at The Childrens Museum of Indianapolis. After hanging out with Barbie and Ken, leap into the colorful world of frogs in the eye-popping exhibit, Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, featuring live frogs from around the world!

Where the sidewalk ends…
Don’t let the cooler fall temperatures keep you from enjoying Downtown’s trails and scenic outdoor views. Pack some hot cocoa and set out to see the 46 for XLVI mural project in-the-works at several Downtown sites. Visit the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ website to map out your walk: http://www.artscouncilofindianapolis.org/murals/

Live in the Past
“Such a dear little street it is, nestled away
From the noise of the city and heat of the day”   --James Whitcomb Riley,
Lockerbie Street”

Experience the oldest surviving neighborhood in Indianapolis, Lockerbie Square, and the life of Hoosier poet, James Whitcomb Riley, at the James Whitcomb Riley Home Downtown.  What better way to delight in the fall foliage than a stroll on the cobblestone streets of Lockerbie Square? www.rileykids.org/museum

Mmmm….smells like Fall Break Downtown
Take your little foodies-in-the-making on an epicurean adventure at some of Downtown’s kid-friendly dining spots. Treat yourselves to gourmet hot dogs fit for a king at King David Dogs at their new location on Pennsylvania Street. Have a hard time agreeing on where to eat? Avoid the fuss. Everyone wins at Indianapolis City Market; choose from over 15 food vendors! Opa! Travel to Greece at Greek Islands Restaurant – the kiddos will love the flaming cheese (Saganaki). Fill their tummies without emptying your wallet at Scotty’s Brewhouse Downtown! Kids eat FREE on Tuesdays and Sundays! Craving pizza? Make a pit stop at Downtown’s Bazbeaux Pizza and California Pizza Kitchen for unique takes on savory pie.

Vampire Vacation
Don’t miss The Children’s Museum Guild’s 48th Annual Haunted House! The exhibit will take vacationers on a tour of the nation’s spookiest destinations, including Count Rushmore, the Ghoulish Gate Bridge, Horrorwood, San Fang-cisco, New Gore-leans, and much more! http://www.childrensmuseum.org/hauntedhouse 

Good vibrations
Drum roll, please. Spend fall break experiencing sound vibrations by striking the eight-foot gong drum at Rhythm! Discovery Center. Learn the three basic sound properties of percussion: wood, metal and skin, while interacting with four rhythm-based exhibits. Test your musical ability and live life as a drummer in the interactive area for children and adults.  http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/

Strings attached
Scare up some Halloween fun during a performance of the Slightly Haunted Puppet Show at Peewinkle’s Puppet Studio. Wacky witch Gertrude will introduce you to her funny and spooky marionette friends now – Oct. 30. http://www.peewinklespuppets.com/  

Goblins, witches, and ghosts, oh my! Dress up the little ones in their scariest (or cutest) Halloween costumes and visit the Indianapolis Zoo’s annual Halloween ZooBoo event, presented by the Indianapolis Honda Dealers Oct. 21 – 23 & 28 – 30.  Kids will enjoy activities in the two pavilions, rides featuring a Halloween twist, the new obstacle course and costume parade, and of course trick-or-treating!  http://www.indyzoo.com/

Day of the Dead
No plans? Scary. Honor the lives of the deceased and celebrate the continuation of life during the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) event Oct. 29 at The Eiteljorg Museum. Add personal mementos and messages to the public altar (ofrenda), and make a small altar to take home. http://www.eiteljorg.org/

Attend the Indiana State Museum’s Día de los Muertos Festival: A Celebration of Remembrance Oct. 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors can join hands-on activities, make paper marigolds, drop in on demonstrations, discover the significance of the Monarch butterflies’ migration to this celebration, and more. http://www.indianamuseum.org/

A tea-riffic way to entertain
Drink spookily this fall break during the Children’s “Haunted Tea” event Oct. 22 at the Indianapolis Propylaeum. Continue to please your taste buds all-season-long with Autumn Afternoon Tea now – Nov. 30 (select days). http://www.thepropylaeum.org/ After participating in the Day of the Dead event at the Indiana State Museum, raise a pinky for tea at the L.S. Ayres Tea Room. Children can enjoy the classic Hobo Lunch and Ice Cream Clown.  http://www.indianamuseum.org/visit/info/dini.html

Harvest up a good time
Looking to celebrate the bounty of a Hoosier harvest? One large order of autumn coming right up! Savor apple cider, pick out your favorite pumpkin to carve or browse the freshest fall produce and artisan foods at the final Original Farmers’ Market at Indianapolis City Market Oct. 26, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. http://www.indycm.com/  

Truly haunting
Oh, the horror! Be thrilled with spine-tingling terrors at the Earth House Collective’s 2nd annual Earth House: Haunted! event Oct. 27. Listen to the kid-friendly-but-definitely-spooky tale of the downtown building that's really haunted! http://www.earthhousecollective.org/


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