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Discover the Rhythm! Discovery Center in downtown Indy

Rhythm! Discovery Center_Indy's Child MagazineSpringtime is all about re-discovery. The perennial flowers popping up in the garden, rediscovering your favorite parks now uncovered from winter and your favorite warm-weather spots. For us, it’s rediscovering the fun and magic of Rhythm! Discovery Center in downtown Indy, and IC Insider Shelly is reporting in:


The extent of my musical talent reaches back to 7th grade when I learned to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder. I had no motivation to learn an instrument so instead I sang and danced (because it was far easier). My husband on the other hand, played for Purdue’s drumline and has three guitars hanging on the wall next to his drum set. Like many parents, we want to give our daughter every opportunity to follow whatever dream she has in life, including hours of migraine induced drum session. One of my favorite hidden gems in Indy is the Rhythm! Discovery Center where she is able to play all sorts of percussion instruments.

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Rhythm! Discovery Center is divided into three categories – wood, skin and metal. Throughout the museum there are exhibits explaining the history of percussion instruments, how sound works, and how to play the instruments. The displays inform guests in the form of digital media, museum signage, hands-on play and demonstration of various percussion instruments.

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My biggest highlight was the soundproof rooms that host a drum set and other percussion instruments for people to rock out in and even record their music. I’m also excited to sign up for the Behind the Glass Doors Tour where visitors get a chance to see hundreds of rare and unique percussion instruments, including one of the first metronomes. Rhythm! Discovery Center also hosts an array of events from Birthday parties to corporate events to weddings. How cool would it be to have your ceremony in the Arts Garden and go play on instruments during cocktail hour at Rhythm! Discovery Center?!

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All ages welcome to visit and get their groove on at this hidden gem. We will definitely be visiting for the new exhibits that open in May – Found Percussion (think STOMP) and an exhibit on electronic music. Who knows, maybe I’ll start learning an instrument. It’s never to late to learn!

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MORE INFO: The museum is located at 110 W. Washington Street, Suite A, Indianapolis, directly below Weber Grill and Panera Bread. General admission has a fee but children 5 and under are free! For more information call {317} 275-9030 or visit rhythmdiscoverycenter.org.


Shelly Bergman - Indy's Child WriterShelly Bergman is a freelance writer who began writing in 2013 after the birth of her daughter. After being away from Indiana for 6 years, she has brought her family back to the place her heart belongs. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Indy, working on projects for her new home, or planning yet another Disney vacation. Above all, her deepest passion is her family. She loves adventuring with her travel sidekick Sophie (2), playing board games with her husband Jeffrey, and enjoying the park with her dog Lexi. When she’s not crafting or writing for her blog DIY Mama she is working as a personal home organizer. Follow along in her adventures at @shellybergman on Instagram or @shelly_bergman on Twitter.

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