We love Christmas in the Bobenmoyer house. In addition to going a smidge overboard on home decor, we’re the fam who indulges in all-things-Indianapolis-area-holidays. We hit the Children’s Museum Jolly Days, drive around the ‘tree’ on Monument Circle. We love Jingle Rails at the Eiteljorg Museum and Celebration Crossing with the Indiana State Museum. We’ve added the newbies to the calendar like Winterlights at Newfields and Tiny Wonderland thanks to Try It Tiny. Christmas at the Zoo is a fave even though we haven’t visited in a couple years. 

One thing that hasn’t changed though:

Our love for off-the-beaten-path Conservatory Crossing at the Garfield Conservatory and Sunken Gardens. 

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If you’ve never visited the Garfield Park Conservatory, that’s worthy of a post entirely on its own. But suffice to say this is a must-add for your list of get-me-outta-the-house adventures. The Conservatory building is beautiful, made entirely of glass, contains the perfect amount of greenery to kick out your drab winter blues, and their kiddo programming is fantastic

Conservatory Crossing is Garfield Park’s special holiday exhibit: It’s a large display of poinsettias, an enormous miniature village and model trains. {BONUS: We’re talking at least 30 minutes of entertainment here!}

Upon arrival at the Conservatory on Indy’s south side, visitors are greeted at the front desk where admission may be paid. Large coat racks line the back wall, perfect for stashing your winter wares {because believe me, once inside, the Conservatory’s heat will warrant coats unnecessary!}.

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CityKid Parker takes in the scene at the Garfield Park Conservatory Crossing setup.
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The area where Conservatory Crossing is setup is just inside the front lobby. It isn’t very large but the big picture windows and hundreds of poinsettias make it feel like its own mini museum.

While staring at all of the intricate details of the mini village are awe-inspiring, here’s what we come here for:

The scavenger hunt.

Each year, Garfield Park puts out a large, 20-item scavenger hunt of things that can only be found in their Conservatory Crossing room. And because the village is so expansive and detailed, it takes time to find each item. In otherwords, no grab-and-go. You’re committed! While we visited this year, a group of seniors had already been on the hunt for 40 minutes and were stuck on one final thing. 

{Hint: The front desk greeters were wonderful with clues!} 

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And in case this activity isn’t enough, head into the rest of the Conservatory to explore all of the plants, mini ponds and even a bonus train table. But for something a little off the beaten path, this will definitely be an enjoyable stop for your crew.

MORE INFO: The Garfield Park Conservatory and Sunken Gardens is located at 2505 Conservatory Drive. Admission prices run $4/pp or $10/family. Visit their website for additional details or call {317} 327-7183.



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Jeanine Bobenmoyer – like many moms – wears numerous hats including wife, mother of 2, trail runner, yoga-addict, Michigan native, die-hard Wolverines fan, Thai food enthusiast and avid reader. After years spent in the world of advertising agencies, she now curbs her Mad Men tendencies as a freelance communications and marketing consultant. 

Jeanine is also the Chief Mom Officer and Founder of theCityMoms. Find Jeanine on TwitterInstagram and in the sale section at Anthropologie.