• Seek out massive hidden mastodons
  • ​Uncover sculptures built into a museum’s exterior

No tablets or phones are needed to engage kids at the Indiana State Museum, just three blocks from the Conrad Indianapolis. In-the-know parents grab a worksheet (yep, it’s old-school fun) at the admission desk and follow the organized seek-and-find activities. Stuffed mastodons are hidden throughout the three-level exhibit spaces, and once kids have tracked them all down, they can turn their worksheet in for a prize. Next, head outside and take the “92 County Walk” and see if you can spot the 92 sculptures (each one representing a county in Indiana) in limestone, sandstone, and steel studding the museum’s exterior. There’s a map inside if you need an assist (insider intel: the trickiest sculpture to spot is suspended over water).

Head west on Washington Street for three blocks. Cross West Street, and enter White River State Park, the city’s museum campus.

​​INDIANA STATE MUSEUM: 650 W. Washington St.; 317-232-1637;; $10 adults, $7 kids 12 and under