The best-selling videogame of all time will come to life at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Minecraft: The Exhibition is an interactive experience that allows visitors to explore the limitless possibilities of the game.
What is Minecraft?
Minecraft is a video game that combines exploration, construction, architecture and survival skills. It offers a variety of modes to meet the skill level and age of the gamer. Minecraft can be played in four different modes: creative, survival, hardcore, and adventure. The player can choose the mode and level of difficulty they want to play at. One of the things that makes the game so popular is that kids can use their imaginations to create their own worlds and make up the rules as they go along.
When does Minecraft: The Exhibition open at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis?
Minecraft: The Exhibition will be open March 11-August 6, 2023
What can you expect to experience in Minecraft: The Exhibition?
The museum will transport visitors into the three-dimensional world of Minecraft while surrounded by 15 life-sized characters. Including the explosive Creeper, the mysterious Enderman, Llama, Alex, Panda, Tamed Wolf, Creeper and Cow for fun photo opportunities. Families will learn how to dig, mine, build, craft and enchant things within the game. At the craft table, families can use tiles that represent building materials in the game like wood, iron and obsidian.
For those who have not yet played can learn the fundamentals of Minecraft at game stations inside the gallery, then start building their own worlds. In addition, there will be time-lapse videos of some of the most amazing builds for the kids to use as inspiration in creating their own worlds.
Minecraft as an educational tool
It might surprise you to learn that schools are using Minecraft as an educational tool in some classes. The Minecraft: Education Edition website offers lesson plans and downloadable worlds to help teachers create lesson plans and parents to share at home.
Here are five ways Minecraft can support a child’s academic growth:
- The game prompts children to develop problem-solving skills in order to be successful.
- In the process of building a world, children use creative skills such as design and architecture.
- Playing the game can encourage children to discover new design concepts and inspire some of them to seek out information about careers in design or architecture. Families can talk about math skills involved in creating buildings and communities, such as area and perimeter. They can discuss how these skills were necessary to create a house or landscaping or a pool.
- Minecraft teaches children learn to solve problems by encouraging them to experiment and create their own pickaxes. The game walks the player through getting a stick for the handle and reminding them they need wood from a tree to make the stick.
- The game teaches kids about the benefits of teamwork as they work together to build a new world.
Visitors will have the opportunity to take part in Minecraft STEM-related activities during their visit, as well. To learn more about what is being offered, please visit childrensmuseum.org.
For the best experience, you may consider familiarizing yourself with the video game in your home by downloading it on your phone, iPad or computer. Then walk through it with your child and let them tell you what they would like to learn more about. It is a unique way to talk to your children about building a better world in the game and in real life.
Minecraft: The Exhibition is organized by the Museum of Pop Culture in partnership with Mojang. The exhibit is presented by F.A. Wilhelm Construction and supported by OneAmerica.