Exploring Downtown Indy’s Central Library

It’s easy to fall victim to cabin fever this time of year (especially with a baby at home). Last Saturday was a rainy, grey, gross day, and we had absolutely nothing to do. When you have a 4-month-old, your outing options can seem a bit limited. We could go walk around the mall, maybe go hang out with the grandparents for a bit, or just stay home and play with our toys.

Then we thought of something new we could try: Central Library.

So we packed up the diaper bag and headed downtown. We decided the best way to lug the baby around the library would be his baby carrier. He is finally big enough to go in front facing and he would really be able to get a good look at everything. This ended up being a great decision. Our first activity at the library was riding the escalators up to the very top. The escalators are next to glass windows so you can see the lobby the whole time you ride. JJ loved looking at all the glass and bright lights as we rode. At the top there were even more windows that looked out across downtown.

After we made it back to the main level of the library, we went to check out the Learning Curve. We were blown away with everything the Learning Curve had to offer. Of course there were books, but they also had a tech lab, think tanks, a theater, a baby zone, and more!

Central Library Vortex

The baby zone had activities for all levels of babies. The main focus is the giant activity wall filled with different gadgets. We decided to try out a few different puzzles and took a look in the crazy mirror. Next we grabbed a few books to go read under the vortex light. JJ could look at lights all day, so the vortex was a huge hit for him.

The Learning Curve offered even more sections for toddlers and bigger kids. We watched some bigger kids act out a few scenes in the theatre up against the giant green screen. Then saw some other children playing games in the tech center. We can’t wait to continue to take JJ back and let him explore these other sections as he grows.

Family Tech Center

After about an hour we made our way back to the car, where JJ fell asleep almost immediately. Even though he is only 4 months old, I think he really enjoyed his first adventure to Central Library.

More details about Central Library:

Central Library is located in downtown Indy at 40 E. St. Clair St. Central Library is open Monday – Wednesday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am – 6:00pm; Friday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; and Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00pm. The Learning Curve is a high tech, hands-on information environment designed for children. Children and their families can visit “The Curve” to develop the interpretive and critical thinking skills needed to gain a deeper understanding and knowledge of the information world.

Wendy Hasser
Wendy Hasser
Wendy has been the digital publisher of Indy's Child Magazine since 2011. She loves exploring Indy with with her husband, two kids, and a big group of nieces and nephews.

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