The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis just got even better with its newest addition the Sports Legends Experience! I’m sharing tips on how to make the most out of your first-time visit.
What is the Sports Legends Experience?
It’s a 7.5-acre expansion to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis where families can enjoy and engage in 12 outdoor sports experiences and 3 indoor experiences.
Here is a summary of the sections
Work on your passes, punts, and touchdowns skills on a mini football field with goal posts of different heights.
Practice your street hockey skills with two-goal height options.
Soccer fans can practice their footwork and score on two different size practice goals.
Kids of all ages will love playing on the courts with basketball hoops set to heights ranging from toddlers to teens. Beat the shot clock with the highest score and you take home bragging rights. Shoot a scoring buzzer beater and you might want to remind your kids about that for years to come…just saying.
Practice your hitting and catching skills on the Baseball field with turf.
There are 5 tennis courts ranging in court lengths to give families of all ages a great experience with tennis. Singles can also work on their form against a special walled court.
Pedal as fast as you can on the Drag Strip Experience and around the race track.
Kids and adults can walk, race, or workout side by side on equipment along the track that is geared specifically for both sizes.
Play a round of golf on one of two signature 9 hole courses. Many of the holes are inspired by famous course and hole designs around the country. Toddlers also have a course just for them.
Treehouse of Sports
This 60 ft tree has hidden slides and a wheelchair accessible lift that leads to platforms with a great view. Each side of the tree showcases a variety of sports-themed symbols.
National Art Museum of Sport
View incredible sports art and then get inspired to create your own.
Learn about sports history and also enjoy the interactive exhibits that encourage sports-themed play.
Before You Visit
To make the most out of your visit, it’s really important to plan ahead. This will help you save the most money and make the best use of your time during your visit. The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is the World’s Largest Children’s Museum which means that you will want to take in all that it has to offer
Two Attractions for One Price
The cost of the Sports Legends Experience is covered in your admission price to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis which means that your kids could literally play at the museum all day long.
Get the Best Pricing
For the best price for your admission, you will want to use Plan Ahead Pricing at least 1 day in advance. Find discount rates with the lowest prices offered farther in advance during the week. Also, check the website for Evening Only Rates and First Thursdays each month. (I wouldn’t recommend First Thursday for your first visit because you will want to have more time to explore without large crowds in a shorter window of time.)
Wear Gym Shoes
The Sports Legends Experience requires close-toed shoes for several of the activities. It’s also like playing in a giant sports themed playground which means that gym shoes will give you the most mobility and comfort during your visit.
Bring a Plastic Water Bottle
If you plan on enjoying the Sports Legends Experience for any length of time you will definitely get thirty fast! Only plastic water bottles are allowed in that area. I would also recommend labeling nicer ones because they can be forgotten very easily. There are water bottle filling stations available near the water fountains.
Have a Plan for Your Meals
There are food concessions within the museum and the museum does allow outside food in the food court area only. Food is not allowed inside the other parts of the museum. There are lockers available for rent for a small fee and the large locker can fit a cooler inside. There are outdoor concessions also available at the Sports Legends Experience.
Keep Your Ticket
If you want a break in between museum sections, another option is to go offsite for a bit and then come back. You must have your ticket to be admitted again. Depending on the ages of your kids, you might also want to determine if it’s worth the hassle of leaving and then coming back vs. just purchasing something onsite.
Park for FREE
I really appreciate that the Children’s Museum doesn’t charge for parking. There is a garage located across the street from the museum that has a walkway at street level and a skywalk for upper levels.
The Sports Legends Experience Supplies the Equipment
The museum supplies all of the equipment that you would need to play during your visit. You can bring your own helmet if you want but the museum has helmets provided for the kids as well. (The museum has won awards for cleanliness and takes that very seriously)
The Sports Legends Experience will be open later than the indoor musuem at select times throughout the year. Make sure that you check the website for operating hours during your visit.
You can find out more information from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis website.
Where to Stay
You can find deals on local accommodations during your visit check out the Plan Ahead Pricing
Thanks again for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for inviting us to their media preview event. All opinions are my own.
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