Looking for a fun day trip, but don’t want to fight construction and Indy traffic? My advice is, “Head west, young mom!”
A little over an hour away, Terre Haute is an easy country drive from Bloomington and a great escape with plenty to do for kids of all ages.
Terre Haute Children’s Museum
The Terre Haute Children’s Museum is three stories of fun that can easily fill a whole day. Big kids (and maybe some grown-ups) will love the ropes course at the museum. Soaring above the exhibits like acrobats, kids will be challenged to use all their muscles to balance on planks, ropes, steps, and even a zipline while safely harnessed to an overhead anchoring system. Little kids will adore all the interactive exhibits like the dinosaur dig, cow milking demo, hands-on grocery store and splashy water table (aprons provided). There is even a preschool area for the four years old and under set. Take a break at the reasonably priced snack bar or a breather at one of the book nooks that can be found on every floor. Your kids will be begging to return to this fun place and with so much to do and affordable ticket prices, you won’t mind taking them.
Clabber Girl Baking Powder Factory and Museum
If you need a break from the Children’s Museum, just a few blocks away is the Clabber Girl Baking Powder Factory and Museum. You can learn so much about both local and Indiana history in the museum and then stop for a coffee, sweet treat or lunch at the Bake Shop Café. (My 12-year-old highly recommends the “brookie”. A delightful combination of brownie and cookie from the Bake Shop.)
Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center
If you have older children, teenagers or are looking for some more grown-up activities. I encourage you to visit Candles Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Founded by the late Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor, and Terre Haute community member, the museum seeks to fight prejudice and hate by educating the public about the Holocaust. A visit to Candles is a worthwhile and moving experience that will grow you and your family towards more love and understanding for others in these divisive times.
Other Terre Haute Fun
You could also choose to visit a myriad of other educational and interesting institutions and museums during your Terre Haute adventure! The Swope Art Gallery, Veterans Memorial Museum of Terre Haute, Native American Museum, Eugene V. Debs Museum, Vigo County Historical Museum (home of the Indiana Coke bottle history), Wabash Valley Railroad Museum, Police and Fire Museum, Indiana Track & Field and Cross Country Hall of Fame Museum….the list goes on and on. There is literally something for everyone, not to mention several beautiful college and university campuses, parks and libraries.
So if you are looking for something new and fun to do with your people this fall, head west to visit our neighbors in Vigo County for some Indiana fun for all ages.