Every year, the Smithsonian Institute joins together with museums across the country to offer a free admission day the last Saturday in September. This year, we went to the Rhythm! Museum in Indianapolis. It's a hands-on percussion discovery center. Really, what could possibly go awry with letting 2 preschoolers in a room full of drums?! :-)
They had a sound proofed room with a full drum set. You could try out what it sounded like in various performance spaces from as small and dead as a practice room to as large and lively as a cathedral.
Miriam had more fun in the larger part of the museum that was filled with examples on the science of sound.
And before we left, Chris and the kids got to participate in an ethnic drum circle!