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Castle Builder

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On display May 12 – October 21, 2018

Summoning all castle builders! Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build, and play in the Children’s Museum’s new travelling exhibition—Castle Builder!

In this exhibition, guests are transported to a kingdom where they become castle builders, building their own toy castle brick by brick. In Castle Builder, builders of all ages and skill levels can construct castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets, and plan their ideal castle’s defenses. Guests can even explore the inside of the royal castle, test their fortress designs with a catapult, and spot a dragon.

Castle Builder was produced by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


Exhibition Sponsors

Local tour sponsored by
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Local support provided by
Len Dubois Trucking Inc. Qualico Logo Toromont CAT Logo 103.1 Virgin Radio Logo Global Winnipeg Logo Prairie Public Logo


Related Special Events & Programming

Please choose one of the following events or programs to learn more:


Castle Builder Summer Day Camps

Dates: Monday, July 2 – Friday, August 31, 2018
Times: 9:25AM – 4:00PM
(Early drop-off from 8:15AM – 9:25AM and late pick-up from 4:00PM – 5:00PM available at no additional cost)
Rates: $175*/week (*Note: Short weeks will be pro-rated)
(Children’s Museum Members save 10% on registration!)

Join us for a summer break full of fun activities and exploration time in our 12 galleries! To coincide with our 2018 travelling exhibition Castle Builder, each week of Day Camp will feature its own theme and hands-on activities, crafts, and games (as well as a field trip in summer weeks!) – all designed to spark kids’ creative learning. More specific information about each week’s activities will be published as it becomes available.

To register or to learn more about Summer Day Camps at the Children’s Museum, please click here.


Summer Programming

Dates: July 2- September 2, 2018

Castle Builders, gather round! Join us this summer for a variety of crafts and activities themed around our special summer exhibition, Castle Builder!

Weekly Themes

  • Week 1: July 2 – July 8, 2018 | Castle Construction
  • Week 2: July 9 – July 15, 2018 | Knights In Shining Armour
  • Week 3: July 16 – July 22, 2018 | Dancing Dragons
  • Week 4: July 23 – July 29, 2018 | The King’s & Queen’s Court
  • Week 5: July 30 – August 5, 2018 | Catapults, Go!
  • Week 6: August 6 – August 12, 2018 | A Kingdom For Kids!
  • Week 7: August 13 – August 19, 2018 | Princes & Princesses On Parade
  • Week 8: August 20 – August 26, 2018 | Medieval Magic
  • Week 9: August 27 – September 2, 2018 | Royal Ball

Castle Builder Birthday Parties

Dates: May 12 – October 21, 2018

Calling all Castle Builders! The Children’s Museum kingdom is growing and we need your help to build a BIGGER and better castle! We supply the blueprints and bricks, and you bring the building crew. After the castle is built, you get to create a majestic crown or a knight’s shield and take a royal photograph with our Instax camera.

Choose from one of the following activity themes:

  • Royal Builders
    (Recommended for children ages 0-3.)
    We dub thee royal builders! The birthday host and crew will use a blueprint and colourful bricks to build a castle almost as tall as them! The builders will then transition to royalty and design their own crown with the help of a LEGO drawing arm.
  • The King & Queen’s Court
    (Recommended for children ages 3-6.)
    The birthday host and crew will use their favourite blueprint and colourful bricks to build a castle as tall as the birthday child! A builder’s job is never complete – once the castle is built, the partygoers will decorate a royal crown or a knight’s shield to protect their newly built castle.
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    (Recommended for children ages 6-9.)
    A façade? A turret? A dungeon? So many options! The birthday host will help the building crew design their own castle, choosing and combining blueprints of fantastic castle elements. After the castle is built the party goers can decide to protect their castle with a decorated shield or become royalty with their decorated crown.

To book any of these Birthday Parties or to learn more about Birthday Parties at the Children’s Museum, please click here.


Castle Builder School Programs

Dates: May 12 – October 21, 2018
Price: $4.75 per student
Fall Special: $3.75 per student

Summoning all castle builders! To coincide with our 2018 travelling exhibition, Castle Builder, the Children’s Museum presents a series of curriculum-linked school programs individually tailored for grade levels N-5. Builders of all ages are invited to explore, build, and play in the travelling exhibition — Castle Builder!

In this exhibition, students are transported to a kingdom where they become castle builders, building their own toy castle brick by brick. In Castle Builder, builders of all ages and skill levels can construct castles, learn about real-world castles and their building secrets, and plan their ideal castle’s defenses. Students can even explore the inside of the royal castle, test their fortress designs with a catapult, and spot a dragon.

Program Details

  • Nursery/Kindergarten: Colourful Creations
    One, two, three, colours and bricks reach as far as the eye can see! Construction and art collide as students use science and math to create their own working paint machine, and experiment with their own colourful creations!
    Supports Science, Math, and Art learning outcomes
  • Grade 1/2: Ships & Bricks
    Stormy weather is on the horizon! Students will band together with their classmates as they join and combine bricks and recycled materials to design their very own boat! Test and perfect your design to keep your boat afloat and your passengers protected!
    Supports Science learning outcomes
  • Grade 3: Build It Up!
    How fast can you build? Students’ skills will be put to the test as they race to replicate a variety of structures. Later, they’ll team up to build a sturdy castle using bricks and recycled materials, but watch out…something might be coming to knock it down!
    Supports Science and Math learning outcomes
  • Grade 4: Mirror Mirror
    Students dive head first into mirrored fun as they work together to take turns creating and following lines of symmetry. Later, they’ll experiment with light and fractions as they construct their own symmetrical castle inside a mirror box!
    Supports Science and Math learning outcomes
  • Grade 5: Master Masons
    Get yourself ready for the ultimate building challenge! Students will become the architects of their own castle as they integrate simple machines into their design. Be sure to build your machines carefully, they’ll be put to the test as you defend your castle from an enemy invasion!
    Supports Science learning outcomes

To book any of these Castle Builder School Programs or to learn more about School Programs at the Children’s Museum, please click here.


Castle Builder Spring Break Day Camp

Dates: Monday, March 26 – Thursday, March 29, 2018
Times: 9:25AM – 4:00PM
(Early drop-off from 8:15AM – 9:25AM and late pick-up from 4:00PM – 5:00PM available at no additional cost)
Rates: $175*/week (*Note: Short weeks will be pro-rated)
(Children’s Museum Members save 10% on registration!)

Brave Little Builders can join us for four days of time in the galleries, fun with our Spring Break Line-Up, games, crafts, building with bricks, and more. Our action-packed week has a different theme every day!

To register or to learn more about Day Camps at the Children’s Museum, please click here.


Castle Builder Members Night Preview

Date: May 11, 2018
Time: 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Members are treated like royalty at the Children’s Museum! On Friday, May 11 from 6:30PM to 8:00PM, Children’s Museum members and their guests (up to two FREE guests per active member) are invited to attend a sneak peek of our 2018 travelling exhibition, Castle Builder, before it opens to the general public. Guests will be transported to a kingdom where builders of all ages can construct castles brick by brick, learn about real-world castles, and even spot a dragon!

This after-hours experience will also feature complimentary beverages from the museum’s Old-Fashioned Refreshment Stand, a take-home Salt Puffy Paint craft, a free gift, as well as an opportunity to enter our draw for a museum membership.

No registration required. Maximum event capacity is 400.

Additional Details

  • All active members are invited to bring up to two guests EACH. Guests must be accompanied by a museum member for free admission.
  • Members should be prepared to show identification (either a valid Children’s Museum membership card or photo identification if applicable) for admission to this event.
  • The Children’s Museum reserves the right to restrict admitting children unaccompanied by adults as well as adults unaccompanied by children.

Click here to learn more about this event.


Castle Builder Grand Opening Event

Date: May 12, 2018
Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM

Hear ye, hear ye! The Children’s Museum is proud to present Castle Builder! Join us on Saturday, May 12 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM for the Grand Opening of this exciting summer exhibition. Returning guests Bricks 4 Kidz will guide you in building some LEGO creations of your very own, then participate in fun and exciting experiments with Let’s Talk Science.

 NOTICE: MEDIA MAY BE PRESENT AT THIS EVENT
Attendance at this event constitutes guardian consent of participants to be photographed and/or videotaped and to the use of said images, likenesses, profiles and otherwise in print, broadcast, or electronic materials by the Manitoba Children’s Museum Inc. and by third parties promoting the Manitoba Children’s Museum Inc. and releases the Manitoba Children’s Museum Inc. from any claim released to such usage.

Click here to learn more about this event.

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