I had a couple of MUST DOs around Indianapolis this summer and one of them was to go to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit at The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
So I took a day off of work, convinced my sister to use her family pass to take her boys, our three nephews and, of course, me.
And it was awesome. My sister and I enjoyed it. Our 12-year-old nephew liked it. And my other nephews - aged 5, 6 & 9 - liked it. The baby seemed to enjoy it too, but who knows with babies.
In addition to all of the history shared in the exhibit - including some of the actual warriors - it had enough hands-on exhibits to keep the boys interested. I could have done without the giant drum that they could play, but that's just me and my ears!
I could only get the two youngest to put on masks and pose...
They were able to put together the pieces of a warrior like the archaeologists had to do.
Never a serious pose from the redhead...
They could put on armor and post next to a couple warriors.
Not sure these are authentic poses...
They could even put their face on one of the warriors and email a postcard to their mom.
They all got sent but G-man's...luckily I captured a shot of it on the screen...
Here's a collage of the other 4 boys, including the baby.
If I sent out Christmas cards, this would be it!
There is so much more in the exhibit that I didn't capture on camera, including making their own clay Terra Cotta Warriors!
The exhibit is open until November 2, 2014 and this is the ONLY place to see it in the U.S. this year!
The museum is really embracing China with a new Take Me There: China exhibit (see my post about it here) and the Great Wall of China Slide in the foyer (the slide usually only makes an appearance during the winter holidays).
So, if you have a day in Indianapolis, I definitely recommend checking it out. There is an additional charge and timed tickets are required to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. Find out more here.
I'm definitely going back with a couple of friends - sans kids - so I can explore the exhibits a bit more AND get my own photo as a Warrior!