Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mr. Potato Head at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Whenever we visit my mom and dad's house, the first toy that Big Arrow digs out of their toy chest is Mr. Potato Head. Does it get any more classic or more fun for a 2-year-old? So I think I let out an audible gasp when I heard that the Children's Museum of Indianapolis was hosting the Adventures of Mr. Potato Head exhibit for a few months.

As you know if you're a regular reader of this blog, that museum is already one of my favorite places for adventure with little kids. So last week when my parents offered to watch Little Arrow for a bit, I decided checking out the exhibit would be a perfect way to spend some much-needed one-on-one time with Big Arrow.

As you enter the exhibit, you're given the chance to play with Mr. Potato Head.

They had more "accessories" than you could ever imagine. I just wanted to spend hours digging through the piles of parts!

Our finished creation. (Who needs a mouth and nose when you have a police belt?)

But playing with the toy is actually not the main feature of the gallery. It's really an opportunity to go on four different adventures with Mr. Potato Head. In one area, he's an archeologist, and you can learn to make tatoglyphs (which you can take home and show to daddy... hello free souvenir!).

In another, you board a space ship and blast off for the stars.

You can also go un an underwater adventure and a safari. We happened to visit while a little show was taking place in the Spud Studio. If you get a chance, do check it out. It helps the exhibit come to life and is really interactive. This is Big Arrow putting on his binoculars so he could *see* all the animals on the safari.

I wrote more about The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis for Visit Indiana here.

And while Little Arrow missed out on the fun this time, much like Mr. Potato Head, he's holding his own head up quite well these days.

This post is a part of Photo Friday at Delicious Baby.


  1. Boy does Little Arrow ever look just like Big Arrow!
    It looks like a lot of fun, but I'm with you in not knowing how they expect you to get past that giant bin of Potato Head parts out front. That would be as far as my review would get.

    1. Steve, they are carbon copies of each other! And I concur, the bin of parts is a real highlight (even for the adults!)

  2. That was my first thought too - he's such an adorable miniature version of his big brother! I love Mr. Potato Head and I would love to see this exhibit - it looks like so much fun!

  3. I had to do a double take on Little Arrow. I thought I was looking at a pic of Big Arrow as you were tearing him away from Mr. Potato Head :-) Great post as always. My own little guy was playing with his bucket of Mr. Potato heads that he got for Christmas just this morning.

  4. That looks fabulous. I don' think we would make it past the first tub of Mr Potato Head bits either. We stayed in an apartment in Paris recently that had a giant bucket of Mr Potato Heads. Hours and hours of fun.

  5. What fun! I love Mr Potato Head. Little Arrow sure is a cutie!

  6. This looks like a blast! And I can't get over the look on your son's face when he's in the space shuttle. Just a tiny bit excited, right? :)

  7. Looks like a great place to take the kids!