Free Fun – February 19

Exhibit explores themes of identity, freedom

INDIANAPOLIS — Mexican-born, Chicago-based painter and muralist Hector Duarte explores themes of migration, identity, freedom and culture in an exhibition inspired by a Mexican game of chance called Loteria (or lottery). The display features more than 20 paintings, some of which are greater than 10 feet wide. Loteria is on display through March 20 in the University of Indianapolis’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, and admission is free. Visit for more info.

State poetry recitation event marks anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS — On Saturday, the 2015 Poetry Out Loud state finals will mark the 10th anniversary for both the state and national poetry recitation program. “Participating schools represent a good mix of rural and urban districts from virtually every region of the state,” said Sarah Fronczek, IAC’s Poetry Out Loud project coordinator. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, Central Branch, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis. The program is free and open to the public.

Free entry for children at Chicago science museum

CHICAGO — During February, the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago will offer free museum entry to kids ages 3 to 11. Visit to claim the free kids entry voucher, which allows for two free kids per paying adult. The voucher must be redeemed on site at the museum ticket counter; it cannot be used for online ticketing. This is a perfect time to escape the house, beat the winter blues and experiment in fun at MSI with the whole family. For more information and specifics, visit