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Castle Builder

Castle Builder Photos
On display May 12 – September 3, 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 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!

**NEW FOR 2018!**
The Children’s Museum Day Camp is now open to children in Kindergarten through Grade 4.

Daily Themes

  • March 26: Masterpieces In The Making
    Building and art go hand in hand as we spend the day crafting incredible creations! Join us as we kick Spring Break off by designing, building, and defending our very own castles!
    Focus on the Arts
  • March 27: Builders From Far Away Lands
    Join us on a whirlwind trip around the world as we explore all the different ways people build! Create the blueprints for your very own building, and later use our Tumble Zone blocks as we watch our own city come to life!
    Focus on Social Studies
  • March 28: Hard Hats & Thinking Caps
    Put your thinking caps on, it’s time to experiment! Today will be filled with discoveries as we explore the science behind what we build! Keep the scientific fun going by building and decorating your very own lava lamp to take home!
    Focus on Science and Mathematics
  • March 29: Builders In Motion
    Day Camp might almost be over, but we’re not slowing down! Join us for our final day filled with fun and games! Help build part of our very own Spring Break Carnival, and put your skills to the test with our carnival games!
    Focus on Physical Education

*Please Note: There is no Day Camp on Friday, March 30 due to the Good Friday holiday.

To register for Spring Break Day Camp 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.


Castle Builder Birthday Parties

Dates: May 12 – September 3, 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 – September 3, 2018
Price: $4.75 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 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.

**NEW FOR 2018!**
The Children’s Museum Day Camp is now open to children in Kindergarten through Grade 4.

  • Week 1: July 2 – July 6, 2018 | Busy Builders
    Put on your hard hats and get ready to build! Help us create and master our very own life-sized maze. The sky is the limit as we get moving and have fun!
    (Focus on Physical Education)
  • Week 2: July 9 – July 13, 2018 | Dream, Draft, Design!
    Hypothesize, test, and experience the wonders of science in this week filled with experiments! Join us as we put on our thinking caps and experiment to create our own personalized potions.
    (Focus on Science)
  • Week 3: July 16 – July 20, 2018 | Artful Artisans
    Unleash your creativity in this week filled with art! Showcase the many different sides of you as we create our very own emotive masks, and experience and experiment with a variety of artistic styles. There’s no end to the masterpieces you’ll make!
    (Focus on the Arts)
  • Week 4: July 23 – July 27, 2018 | Time Travelling Tinkerers
    Travel back in time as we explore buildings throughout the ages! Venture into the great outdoors where we’ll observe the world around us, and use what we see to create our own miniature community.
    (Focus on Social Studies)
  • Week 5: July 30 – August 3, 2018 | Busy Builders
    Put on your hard hats and get ready to create! Help us create and master our very own life-sized maze. The sky is the limit as we get moving and have fun!
    (Focus on Physical Education)
  • Week 6: August 7 – August 10, 2018* | Dream, Draft, Design! (*short week)
    Hypothesize, test, and experience the wonders of science in this week filled with experiments! Join us as we put on our thinking caps and experiment to create our own personalized potions.
    (Focus on Science)
  • Week 7: August 13 – August 17, 2018 | Artful Artisans
    Unleash your creativity in this week filled with art! Showcase the many different sides of you as we create our very own emotive masks, and experience and experiment with a variety of artistic styles. There’s no end to the masterpieces you’ll make!
    (Focus on the Arts)
  • Week 8: August 20 – August 24, 2018 | Time Travelling Tinkerers
    Travel back in time as we explore buildings throughout the ages! Venture into the great outdoors where we’ll observe the world around us, and use what we see to create our own miniature community!
    (Focus on Social Studies)
  • Week 9: August 27 – August 31, 2018 | Creative Critters
    Calling all animal lovers! What kind of critter do you like best? Adopt and care for your own toy critter as we help build a habitat for our animal friends.
    (Focus on Living Things)

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