Upcoming Saturday Programs

John H Boner School in a Drum Circle

Drum Circle

Rhythm! Discovery Center presents three straight weeks of Saturday Programs starting on February 15. All programs are great for families, highly educational, and very interactive. Price of admission to the museum gives you access to each program that day.

February 15, 11am: Johnny Lee Lane joins Rhythm! to deliver and high-paced, energetic drum circle sure to put smiles on every face and an extra hop in each step.

February 22, 11am: Join the Rhythm! staff for an informative glimpse into The Science of Sound. Learn how sound is created, how it moves to the ears, and what it looks like; all through the introduction to drums and drumming.

March 1, 11am: the Children’s Build-A-Drum Workshop returns! Join Rhythm! as your child decorates and builds their own drum. Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing us or calling 317-275-9030.

Museum closing early Monday, January 27th

Rhythm! Discovery Center will be closing at 3:30 pm on Monday, January 27th for a private event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our normal hours of 10 am to 5 pm will resume Tuesday, January 28th.

Special Programs at Rhythm! in January

Celebrating the legacy of MLK Jr. and Indiana Jazz

Celebrating the legacy of MLK Jr. and Indiana Jazz


Rhythm! Discovery Center and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, in association with The NAMM Foundation, present a special discussion and performance on Monday January 20, 2014 at 11am in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In addition to this great joint program, Rhythm! Discovery Center is offering free admission to the Center from 10am to 5pm on Monday, January 20 to honor the legacy of Indianapolis jazz and Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Rhythm of Indiana Avenue, the third year for this well-received program, includes a brief presentation by the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation discussing Indianapolis’ jazz tradition and Indiana Avenue, a mile-long street just northwest of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle once filled with jazz clubs, restaurants, cafes and theaters. Indiana Avenue served as a training ground for Indianapolis jazz masters and some of the greatest musicians in the history of jazz, including Wes Montgomery, J.J. Johnson, Slide Hampton, David Baker and Freddie Hubbard.  Also discussed will be the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his words on the importance of jazz. Following the discussion, drummer, Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Hall of Fame member, and Indianapolis Jazz Foundation President Gene Markiewicz will lead a group in a performance of jazz standards, many written by Indiana composers and musicians.

In addition to the January 20th MLK presentation, Rhythm! Discovery Center is pleased to partner with the Indianapolis Public Library Learning Curve for a double presentation of Speak Out and Be Heard by Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra percussionist Paul Berns. On Saturday, January 25 at 11am at Rhythm! Discovery Center, Paul Berns presents a program that includes using rhythm and music to assist children in becoming comfortable with reading and speaking out loud. This informative and educational presentation includes an interactive reading and speaking portion for all attendees to enjoy. Berns will also present this program at the Central Library on Thursday, January 16th at 10am for kids ages 3rd through 6th grade.