Planning a spring break ‘staycation’

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Many students throughout the area are in the middle of their spring break. If you don’t plan to leave town for spring break but still want to do something fun with the kids, there are plenty of things to do right here in Indianapolis.

Travel and Leisure has listed Indianapolis as one of 50 cities on the globe to visit in 2017.

The city is home to the world’s largest Children’s Museum. This season they have a new exhibit called, “Circus-Starring YOU!” Attendees will learn about what it takes to be an acrobat. There are plenty of interactive displays like a virtual reality tightrope, lyra rings and rigging knots.

Some other exhibits in the museum are Take Me There China, Dinosphere and Beyond Spaceship Earth just to name a few.

The Escape Room in Indy is another option for family and friends wanting to get out and have some fun. It is ranked number one by Trip Advisor.

The way it works is a team gets locked in a room for 60 minutes. In that time frame they have to search for clues that lead to answers for how to get out of the room. The team only has an hour to find all the clues and escape the room.

Mass Avenue also has a lot of to offer in terms of shops, restaurants, and things to do. Pacers Bike Share has a location on Mass Ave, along with 26 other locations throughout the city. For $8, users can rent a bike and explore the city.

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Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.