By Jaila Marie

It’s no secret that children thrive from being able to express themselves freely. As kids, we wanted nothing more than to participate in hands-on activities. This allowed us to have fun while also providing education. When we saw something that sparked interest, we were eager to try it for ourselves.

Today, we want the same for our little ones. If you’re in the Indianapolis area looking to create and enjoy art with your kids, keeping reading.

Rhythm Discovery Center

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Rhythm Discovery Center is an interactive drum and percussion museum. This center is the perfect place to take children who love playing musical instruments. Rhythm Discovery Center’s mission is to create a space where people can learn about musical instruments and their role in cultures. They have an upcoming family friendly event called Community Drum Circleon Saturday, March 9 at 11AM and again at 2 p.m. You can learn more about this event here

If you’re interested in visiting this museum, they are located at 110 West Washington St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204. Tickets for general admission can be purchased here.

The Youth Media Institute

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The Youth Media Institute is a program designed for youth who have an interest in media production. They have an afterschool and summer program where they host training courses and workshops. This is a free program that runs every Saturday from 9AM to 1PM for 12 weeks and is geared towards youth ages 13-19. You can learn more about this project and how to apply by following this link.

Cookies & Canvas

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Painting isn’t just for adults! Cookies & Canvas offers fun, interactive paint sessions for children and parents. This allows kids to tap into their inner creative while spending quality time with their parents. Classes are located at the Wine & Canvas studio at 5151 E. 82nd St, Suite 700, Indianapolis, IN 46250. Prices to attend are $20 per seat. For upcoming classes or more information visit their website here  or speak with someone by dialing 317-345-1567.

The Blue House

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The Blue House hosts a film camp for youth ages 10-18. Their goal is to educate young people on the basics of film production. During this time individuals are encouraged to utilize their creativity and collaboration skills. They learn about how to create film, how to create scripts, pre-production, editing, and more. This is a great opportunity for those interested in film production. The Blue House is located at 12175 Visionary Way, Suite 700, Fishers Indiana 46038. You can find more information by visiting their website .

Hot Jazz for Cool Kids

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This event is for families looking to have a fun time while enjoying jazz music. Featuring Indy’s top jazz musicians, Hot Jazz for Cool Kids is free and takes place Sunday, March 10 from 3PM-4PM. Head to the Central Library, located at 40 East Saint Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204 to take part in the festivities.

Indianapolis Art Center

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The Indianapolis Art Center offers high-quality classes for young artists. Their mission is to engage, enlighten, and inspire the Indianapolis community through art. They offer a wide range of classes for children and are located at 820 East 67th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220. You can find a list of upcoming events and prices here  or contact the Indianapolis Art Center by phone at 317-255-2464.

Want more art in Indy? Consider candle making at Fab Flames. 

Jaila Marie is a freelance writer from Indianapolis. She blogs at itsjaimarie.wordpress.com. Want to share your story and write for Heartbeat Indy? Email heartbeatindy@gmail.com.