Professor Watermelon

Course Four: James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home

Join us on December 1st (10am-1pm) for the fifth course of Watermelon University. Scholars will take a guided tour of JWR’s home, an I870’s Victorian mansion. After that, they will explore the concept of TIME TRAVELING and design their own time-travel devices to include in a fictional tale. Scholars will leave with a complete idea and the beginnings of a story inspired by this true Victorian time capsule. 3 MUSES (Credits)


About Watermelon University

 Watermelon University occurs on about two Saturdays each month at different educational sites. These locations are chosen by Professor Watermelon to provide the optimum springboards for creativity and storytelling. As young scholars complete courses, they will earn MUSES (credits) towards a Certificate of Museology. Four levels of certificates are given: 3-12 MUSES = Emerald Level, 13-24 MUSES = Ruby Level, 25-36 MUSES = Diamond Level, 37 or more MUSES = Goldstone Level

This flyer includes the first five courses. Tuition is $75 for each course or $65 each when 3 or more courses are purchased at the same time. The sites for January - June are being finalized. To enroll your child in Watermelon University, call or email Professor Watermelon at or 317-200-6029.  If you received an enrollment form, you may mail it to the address provided.



Course Three: The Eiteljorg and Jingle Rails

Join us on November 17th (10am-1pm) for the third course of Watermelon University. This month of THANKSGIVING, we’ll focus our minds and imaginations on American Indian art and artifacts at the Eiteljorg Museum. Scholars will take a guided tour of the exhibits and use their newly uncovered knowledge as inspiration for stories and art. And before we’re through, scholars will have the chance to explore the highly anticipated JINGLE RAILS - a locomotive exhibit with more than 1,200 feet of train tracks. 3 MUSES (Credits)



Course Five: Union Station Grand Hall

Join us on December 15th (10am-1pm) for the sixth course of Watermelon University. This month we’ll go ALL ABOARD at the Indianapolis Union Station Grand Hall. Scholars will tour this magnificent structure and discover Indianapolis railroad history. From there, scholars will take their inspiration and turn it into stories and art. 3 MUSES (Credits)



Course One: Indiana Wildlife Safari

Join us on October 20th (10am-1pm) for the first course of Watermelon University at the Holliday Park Nature Center. Scholars will become young naturalists as they participate in a wildlife scavenger hunt and observe the natural habitats of Indiana wildlife. Scholars will use their observations as inspiration for stories and art. 3 MUSES (Credits)


Course Two: The Art of the Brick 

Join us on November 3rd (10am-1pm) for the second course of Watermelon University at the Indiana State Museum’s Art of the Brick exhibit. Scholars will be astounded at Nathan Sawaya’s talented ways of turning LEGOS into impressive works of art. This astonishment will be used as inspiration for our own stories and art. Bring your LEGOS! 3 MUSES (Credits).