Donate Food On MLK Jr. Day, Explore White River State Park For Free

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Donate Food On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Explore White River State Park For Free

Welcome in the New Year by giving back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and explore White River State Park attractions for free. Yes, you'll be able to walk on the wild side at the Indianapolis Zoo, get in the game at the NCAA Hall of Champions, plus explore history and more at the Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum all for a canned good donation to support Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.

Admission is one can per person, per attraction, and will help Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana feed the hungry throughout the community. And, since it started 18 years ago, the Park’s partnership with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana on this one-day, annual event has resulted in more than 100 tons of non-perishable, canned food donations. That's a lot of food!

“This year, we’re also encouraging people to donate to Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana online in exchange for free admission,” said Sampson Levingston, marketing manager at White River State Park. “Because of its buying power, Gleaners can buy $7 worth of food for every $1 donated, so your contribution goes farther. All you’ll need for admission to Park attractions is a donation receipt on your phone.”

Enjoy More On MLK Jr. Day At White River State Park:

* NCAA Hall of Champions: A new permanent children’s exhibit “It All Begins With A Dream” by artist Jingo Illo, will make its debut. Illo will be on hand to talk to guests about the mural he created. There will also be an opportunity for children to post their dreams to the display. For those interested in a little friendly competition that involves using your thinking skills, visitors will find two new interactive exhibits on the second floor: “Make the Grade” and “Trivia Blitz.” Guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt and register for hourly raffle prizes.

* Indianapolis Zoo: Visitors can walk the grounds and see animals, especially the ones that love the cooler temperatures. Favorite activities will include petting sharks, looking eye-to-eye with orangutans at the Simon Skjodt International Orangutan Center, and gazing at dolphins.

* IMAX Theater: Amazon Adventure (presented in 2D) will be shown for free as space permits throughout the morning and early afternoon. Make sure to get your IMAX tickets early that morning as there is limited seating. Tickets are typically gone before noon. This film is Rated G and 25 minutes in length. Film title is subject to change. The film tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates' fascinating 11-year journey through the Amazon rainforest, as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850s. As in any great detective story, audiences will experience the compelling clues Bates unearths in his discovery of the phenomenon of mimicry, whereby certain animals adopt the look of others that helps them deceive predators and gain an advantage to survive.

* Indiana State Museum: Explore all that the Indiana State Museum offers for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. There will be an inflatable game with the Indianapolis Indians, roaming historical characters, paper flower and chain crafts, coloring sheets, Indiana Trivia, videos of Dr. King’s speeches and more. Plus, take part in a health screening performed by Eskenazi Health. The Farmer’s Market Café will offer lunch.

* Eiteljorg Museum: Visitors can immerse themselves in Native American and Western cultures with the museum’s many exhibits. It’s your last chance to visit Jingle Rails: The Great Western Adventure, a one-of-a-kind G-scale model train experience. See trains wind past treasures of the American West and Indianapolis, including Hollywood, Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite, the Golden Gate Bridge, Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Lucas Oil Stadium and much more. Jingle Rails features trains that chug along nearly 1,200 feet of track through a network of trestles, bridges and tunnels with detailed replicas of national treasures.

The Park is also offering complimentary parking on MLK, Jr. Day on a first-come, first-served basis and not guaranteed. You may also park in one of the following locations: The underground garage located off Washington Street just west of West Street, the surface parking lots at the Indianapolis Zoo and Victory Field, or the surface parking lot across from Victory Field next to the Park’s Visitor’s Center.

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By Melody Schubert

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