Indy Experiences At Home

To make the most of time at home and to practice social distancing during COVID-19, check out our guide below for some ways to experience Indy at home. #LoveIndy #INthistogether

In This Together

NOW PLAYING

Now Playing

  • Listen to Dear Hank and John, a comedy podcast by the award-winning author of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green, and his brother, Hank.

  • Watch Netflix’s new Self Made mini-series about Indy’s Madam CJ Walker, who started her beauty empire in Indianapolis, becoming the first female self-made millionaire. After the the show, read more about Madam Walker's legacy in Indy here

  • Binge watch HGTV’s Good Bones, where mother-daughter duo Karen Laine and Mina Starsiak work to revitalize properties throughout their hometown of Indy.

  • Can't get enough of Indy's own David Letterman? Check out his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.

  • Our friend Seth Johnson at Indy Monthly put together a couple of Spotify playlists highlighting all Indiana artists. The newest one, ‘Essential Indiana: Chill Edition’ is perfect for all of us stuck at home.

  • Stream Indiana Humanities' roundup of short documentaries known as the INseparable Films. These five films explore how Hoosiers cope and grow with social divides. 

  • Learn the ins and outs of Indy with local podcast Drink Culture, strengthening and inspiring our community through storytelling. 

  • ESPN’s #1 movie of all time, Hoosiers, is based on a true story and filmed in Indiana with the movie’s final scenes shot in Indy. Did you know the NCAA is headquartered in Indy? Given March Madness isn’t available, watch this iconic movie to be inspired.

  • Watch UPPITY: The Willy T. Ribbs Story, a Netflix documentary about the man who shattered auto racing’s color barrier.

  • Get your true crime fix by tuning in to weekly episodes of Crime Junkie, the national podcast hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat.

ON YOUR BOOKSHELF

Indy At Home Bookshelf

  • New York Times best-selling author John Green lives in Indy. His book The Fault in our Stars was adapted into a box-office hit. Green was included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Watch or read this moving story.

  • Enjoy the daily comic from Indiana-based cartoonist Jim Davis and America’s favorite cat, Garfield.

  • Indy native and author Kurt Vonnegut would likely say “so it goes” to the challenges we are facing today. Become unstuck in time while listening to four of his arguably most popular works (Slaughterhouse 5, Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and Welcome to the Monkeyhouse) for free on Spotify.

  • Read the best-selling novel Going All the Way, written by Indy native Dan Wakefield, about two young men returning home to Indianapolis after the Korean War.

  • Discover the story behind the now-streaming Netflix hit Self Made and read Walker's great-great-grandaughter's book by the same name, originally published as On Her Own Ground.

VIRTUAL VISITS & EDUCATION

Virtual Visits

  • The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is bringing the museum to you, with daily virtual tours and activities for you and the family. Learn more here.

  • Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Indianapolis Zoo’s animals and care staff as they conduct daily #BringingTheZooToYou Tours on their Facebook page.

  • Living room concerts, virtual gallery tours, streaming performances, and special vault content are all being shared on social media with the tag #IndyKeepsCreating.

  • Enjoy conversations with curators, peruse some of the best collection pieces, and learn new arts and crafts with the Eiteljorg Museum: More to the Jorg Online programming. 

  • The Indianapolis Indians AAA baseball team produced baseball-themed interactive educational workbooks for students in grades 2-8 that can be downloaded and printed at home.

  • Explore the wonders of the Indiana State Museum through daily videos on their Facebook page.

  • Take a deep dive into theatre with Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre's pop-up classes, and learn some new acting tips and tricks.

GAME NIGHT

Monopoly

  • Host your own virtual trivia night with these Indy-themed trivia questions and answers.

  • Take a time out from COVID-19 economic news and play a virtual game of Monopoly. An early 1930 version of Monopoly was created in Indianapolis, and at the time was called The Fascinating Game of Finance (later shortened to Finance).

  • See some of your favorite Indy scenes up close with these digital Indy-themed jigsaw puzzles.

  • Think you know a lot about the Indiana Pacers? You can show it by playing Turbo Trivia, airing live on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 pm.  Open the Pacers app, head to the Arena tab, and select Turbo Trivia. 

IN THE KITCHEN
  • Kurt Vonnegut grew up in Indy and wrote some of his famous novels from here, like Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five. Make this Vonnegut cocktail at home – brought to you by Ryan Gullett, head bartender at Bluebeard restaurant (which just happens to be named after a Vonnegut novel). Recipe:

    • 3/4 oz Laird's Applejack

    • 3/4 oz Amaro Montenegro

    • 1/2 oz Amaro di angostura

    • 3/4 oz honey

    • 3/4 oz lemon

    • 1 oz Apple Jack half and half

    • Sugar and Wheaties rim

    • Add ice and shake it vigorously for 16-20 seconds, and strain into a coupe

  • Refine your cooking skills with 1,000+ recipes curated by nationally recognized food bloggers and Indy natives, Sonja and Alex Overhiser from A Couple Cooks, who share what they love about the Circle City here

  • You miss St. Elmo as much as we do. Buy their world-famous cocktail sauce and spices to hold you over until they reopen here.

  • The Hoosier pork tenderloin is iconic and there is no better time to try making one at home. Food Network has a recipe that will have you enjoying this Indiana classic at home. 

SELF CARE
  • We could all use a boost of tranquility in our lives right now. Take a minute (or twelve) to watch the above video showcasing spring scenes from the Circle City.

  • Share this quote with friends, “And, after all this beautiful emblem of liberty never shines so well as when its background is dark. It has been loved best when the clouds were low.” - President Benjamin Harrison, Indiana’s only sitting President.

  • Robert Indiana’s original LOVE sculpture (1970) was put into place in Indy at our 150-acre art museum, Newfields.  You can find notecards to send loved ones here.

  • Download and print pages from our Indy Coloring Book and put your artistic spin on Indy’s monument Circle, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture, or the Central Canal.

  • Renergize your mind and body by partaking in a yoga class with Invoke yoga studio.

 

 

 


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