Cardboard Engineering at Indiana State Museum :: CityMoms report

//Cardboard Engineering at Indiana State Museum :: CityMoms report

Two exhibits arrived this fall to the Indiana State Museum: The Art of the Brick {a LEGO-inspired experience} and Cardboard Engineering. In this CityMoms report, writer Katie details the second half of her recent visit to #IndianaMuseum, where she and her kids were dazzled by all-things-cardboard. Read on reader!


After all the artistic inspiration my family received in the Art of the Brick exhibit during our last visit to the Indiana State Museum, we headed over to the Cardboard Engineering experience. After all art + engineering under one roof? It makes for the perfect STEAM-inspired outing!

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms  

First, this completely interactive, free range-type exhibit will be open for families to create to their hearts’ content through next summer. It’s on display until May 27, 2019! 

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

In the 3,000 sq ft room, families can engineer absolutely anything they want using a mountain of recycled cardboard {the pile literally goes from floor to ceiling}, colored tape, pipe cleaners, crayons, scissors, and small plastic saws – all kid-friendly! A quick laugh for you: My daughter, wide eyed and with much excitement, did inform a museum staff member, “I’ve never been able to use a saw before!”


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You can sit on the floor anywhere you want and build things large and small. When you’re done, take creations with you, or leave at the Museum. And if you’d like it to be part of the guest display located in the center of the room, simply ask a staff member for assistance and they will add it to the display for you – how cool!

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Cardboard Engineering Indiana State Museum - theCityMoms

Both my children were so absorbed in this free play environment that we almost couldn’t get them to leave, even though all 4 of us were starving {Yes, I’m saying my kids were actually choosing this exhibit over the snacks I had in my backpack. My reality fell apart for a moment.}. When it was all said and done, my daughter had lived out an elaborate “house” experience inside some giant pieces of cardboard that we found and added to, my husband and son created a standing robot and a Pac Man {the first thing my son shouted when he saw a yellow piece of cardboard} and we walked out with a “to go pizza order” that they played with in the car the entire way home.  

Fun facts about Cardboard Engineering:

  • The mountain of cardboard will be replenished as needed with recycled cardboard, so they will always have plenty for you to create.  
  • Other supplies will also be purchased as needed, although Indiana State Museum Staff ordered 2,3000+ pounds of tape just to get the experience started!
  • Special programs for both adults and children will take place in the Cardboard Engineering exhibit.  
  • Adult programs include both engineering challenges and cardboard painting classes.
  • There will also be cardboard painting offered for children, as well as special preschool programs: See the Museum website for dates, pricing, and more information!

MORE INFO: The Indiana State Museum is located at 650 W. Washington Street, in downtown Indianapolis – look for this experience on the 3rd floor. Cardboard Engineering will be on display thru May 27, 2019 and is included with general admission. Visit the Indiana State Museum website for additional details or call {317} 232-1637.  

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Katie Windes de Puente has been a member of theCityMoms for as long as we can remember! As momma of Isabel and David, she’s a frequent hostess for our monthly outings to splash pads, parks and Newfields for the wee Wonders preschool art class.

We can also safely say that Katie is never seen without her bright smile. She’s a frequent contributor to theCityMoms bank of local photos as she wields a keen eye with her iPhone, and we’re blessed to have Katie on our team of volunteers and writers.

2018-11-03T13:09:01+00:00November 3rd, 2018|
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