The coronavirus (COVID-19) has put a stop to almost everything. Most of the conversation has been based around the closure of schools and stores or even entertainment and fun like the NBA and concerts. These things are coming back, albeit in a different form than we may be used to. However, there is another casualty of COVID-19 that has not been getting as much attention. The opportunities that enlighten us.
Places such as museums, zoos, and other field trip destinations have been struggling all over the country. Indiana is no exception. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has lost millions in revenue due to the pandemic. While these types of places typically receive funds from donations and endowments, those streams on income cannot make up for all of the losses. One example is The Children’s Museum chose to end its popular preschool program due to financial considerations.
Many of these local attractions are in the process of reopening. Conner Prairie has planned to open on June 16. The Indianapolis Zoo is set to open a couple days later. The Children’s Museum has announced plans for its own reopening in late June. Just like schools, however, these places will be open in a limited capacity. A trip to any of these places will likely still yield a fun afternoon, but the experience will probably be decidedly different than the last time you visited.
Coming off months of closures to a severely limited reopening would be hard enough for most places, but these particular attractions will likely have to go without one of their biggest revenue streams for a long time. Even though most COVID-19 guidelines allow for schools to reopen, almost all of them caution against taking field trips. Such a loss can’t be understated. This is on top of the losses from typical summer camp field trips as well.
This situation is not anyone’s fault. There is no villain to blame or entity to yell at. It is unfortunate these local attractions that kids have visited for years are having a hard time. If you appreciate these places then you should show it by taking your kids when they open up.
Attraction reopening dates:
Conner Prairie – June 16
Indianapolis Zoo – June 19
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis – June 29 for Member and Donor Families
Please Note: All openings are limited capacity and some features may not be available.