Pokemon — Gotta catch ’em all

As the Pokemon Go! epidemic sweeps the country, kids in the Indianapolis area have one more place to play the location-based reality mobile game.

Wild Pokemon are now appearing at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Pokemon Go is based on fictional cartoon-like creatures called Pokémon, which humans (known as Pokemon Trainers) catch and train to battle each other.

The entire museum is home to a myriad of catchable Pokemon — including Pikachu, Jigglypuff and the super-rare Snorlax. And, the museum also houses a Pokemon Gym. The symbol for the Pokemon Gym resides at the museum’s Fireworks of Glass sculpture — a 43-foot blown-glass sculpture at the epicenter of the museum designed by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly.

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Museum visitors can also drop lures to attract a variety of Pokemon, and they can power-up their Pokemon at 10 coveted Pokestops at the museum.

The Pokemon phenomenon is like former kids pop culture exhibits at the museum of Barbie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers and Rock ’n’ Roll. Relating to these characters and cultural icons opens dialogue and creates memories for families.

Kids are encouraged to come to the museum with their families to play in a fun, safe way while becoming Pokémon masters. Pokemon and PokeStops can be found both inside and outside of the museum.

Complete information on museum hours and admission is available at childrensmuseum.org.