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Family Fun and Holiday Events for Children

The Indianapolis Zoo will hosts its 48th year of Christmas at the Zoo through January 3, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. with holiday lights and displays. Hot drinks will be Indianapolis Zooavailable to sip as guests visit the animals and see the lights in the outdoor zoo grounds, as well as two campfires.

Activities for all ages include cookie decorating, caroling, a find-the-mistletoe challenge, holiday photo ops, carousel rides, 4-D theater featuring the Polar Express, and zoo-themed shopping. The Indianapolis Zoo was the first zoo in the United States to hold a holiday lights event.

Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, in Fishers, will present Breakfast with Santa from 9 to 11 a.m. on Conner Prairie Interactive History ParkDecember 12. All ages are welcome and there’ll be a hearty breakfast, time with Santa and cookie decorating.

Christmas with Santa is part of Holidays on the Prairie, a four-part event that Conner Prairie is hosting through January 3. Conner Prairie’s historic grounds are closed for the season, but open during the holidays to host Gingerbread Village, a tour to see locally created gingerbread houses; “Holiday’s Adventures,” a walking reenactment of the holidays as celebrated in the 1800’s with storytelling, singing, dancing and games; and Conner Prairie by Candlelight, a 90-minute guided tour at night.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is hosting Countdown to Noon on New Year’s Eve, December 31 Childrens' Museum of Indianapolisfrom 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sunburst Atrium. Children of all ages are welcome to celebrate the final day of 2015 with a countdown to 2016 at noon and 1 p.m. as a way to share in the holiday fun at a reasonable hour.

There’ll be a live performance from Grammy Award-nominated musician Zak Morgan. While supplies last, party favors and hats will be given to children to wear during the countdown.

The Indiana State Museum offers a festive Family New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31, from 6 to 9 Indiana State Museump.m. with activities for all family members. This is an alcohol-free celebration with music, face painting, jugglers, clowns and a balloon drop at 8 p.m. for the younger family members to participate in the fun. The holiday town of Celebration Crossing, with rides on the Santa Claus Express train, and The Farmers Market Café will also be open for the event.

Admission for Christmas at the Zoo: youth ages 2-12, $8.20; adults, $10.70; seniors, $9.70; free for zoo members. Receive $1 off admission when you bring a new hat, scarf or glove donation for the Mitten Donation Tree that supports the local St. Mary’s Child Center. Location: 1200 W. Washington St, Indianapolis. For more information, call 317-630-2001 or visit to purchase tickets.

Admission for Breakfast with Santa: youth ages 2-12, $10.95 ($8.95 for youth member); adults, $19.95 ($16.95 for adult members). Location: Conner Prairie, 13400 Allisonville Rd., Fishers. For more information on Conner Prairie holiday events, call 317-776-6000 or visit

Admission for Countdown to Noon: Included with museum admission: youth ages 2-17, $18.50 (must be accompanied by an adult); adults ages 18-59, $21.50; seniors age 60+ $20.50, Location: Sunburst Atrium at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, 3000 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. For more information call 317-334-4000 or visit

Admission for Family News Years at the Indiana Museum: youth ages 3-12, $8.50; adults, $13. Reservations are recommended. Location: 650 West Washington St., Indianapolis in Gov. Frank O’Bannon Great Hall. Call 317-232-1637 to reserve your spot or visit

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