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The Sports Legends Experience at Indianapolis Children’s Museum is great for older kids!

With four kids between the ages of 10 and 15, we are at a stage where the youngest still enjoys doing “kid stuff” more than the other three.  Often we are going places for the youngest and the three older ones are just along for the ride because they have to, ha!

We LOVE the Indianapolis Children’s Museum!  It is still one of my favorite places to go, even as an adult!  Our 10 year old still loves to visit, however, the older three have teenitudes about it, stating they are just too old (regardless of still catching them having fun and checking out the exhibits, but that’s just between us…).  Then the Sports Legends Experience arrived and everything changed!

If you aren’t familiar with the Sports Legends Experience, a newer exhibit at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum, I highly recommend you checking it out.  It’s one of our favorite spots in Indianapolis!  With 12 outdoor sporting experiences and 3 indoor, you can easily spend an entire day here.  We allow at least 4 hours when we visit, and even more if it’s busier or during peak hours.  And the older kids really enjoy it, there is so much for them to do.

The Avenue of Champions represents sports legends from throughout the nation with ties to Indiana and currently, there are 16 of these legends on display. The National Art Museum of Sports is one of the indoor exhibits and has nearly 1,000 pieces on display, which highlight moments and athletes in history!  Children can become an artist and create their own masterpieces at NAMOS.  Here they can make a sports card, illustrate sports through motion, or shape a favorite sport or athlete with putty!

The Tree of Sports is a gigantic tree house that is over 25 feet high!  Kids can climb the stairs or ramp into the tree house, explore the inside, and take the slide down to exit (tree house is also handicap accessible).  Kids can even jump in a pedal car and try some drag racing at the Racing Experience!

Other exhibits include basketball, tennis, baseball, soccer, hockey, football (in Indianapolis Colt’s style!), and golf.  Personally, we love the mini-golf courses that are set up for the entire family.  The 9-hole course has challenges for both beginners and pros alike!

And if sports aren’t your thing, you might really enjoy the Fitness Path & Track area!  A 2/5th of a mile track is available for running or walking and is equipped with fitness equipment along the way.  Any of the five fitness stations are great for warming up!

General admission to the museum INCLUDES the Sports Legends Experience.  You can plan an entire day visiting the museum and sports experience, I suggest doing the museum first and then the Sports Legends (since it is open later).  The museum is open from 10am-5pm and the Sports Legends is open later from 10am-7pm.

Tips for visiting:

  1. Sports Legends is open weather permitting, so check the weather in advance!
  2. Don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats!  There are shaded areas to rest, but the majority of the time you’ll be exposed to the sun at all of the outdoor experiences.
  3. There are concessions available in the Sports Legends, however, you are welcome to bring in our own food and drinks (no glass)!  Just make sure you bring it in something portable to carry around with you (rolling soft cooler, stroller, wagon, etc. – you can park this outside of the experience stations).   Several picnic tables with umbrellas are available for snacks and lunch.  It’s a great way to save money!
  4. Free wifi is available.  I work from home and was able to still go with my kids and husband, I worked on my laptop from one of the tables while my husband and kids explored.
  5. Wear closed-toed shoes.  While there isn’t a rule, it is suggested and much easier for the kids to play sports, use the track, etc. if they have tennis shoes on.
  6. Dress like you are going to the gym.  This is totally okay!  And suggested if you plan to do the sports experiences and/or track with the kids.
  7. If you can, the best times to visit are during the week.  You’ll get discounted tickets and it will be less busy.  Additionally, if you book tickets online at least 2 weeks in advance you’ll receive up to a 25% discount.
  8. theCityMoms of Greater Indianapolis recently posted an awesome article on the Access Pass available here in Indiana.  The Access Pass is available for Hoosier families experiencing hardship and allows families to visit museums like The Children’s Museum for an admission around $2 per person (this varies per location).

    To qualify, one family member in the household must receive TANF {Temporary Assistance for Needing Families}, SNAP {food stamps}, or Hoosier Healthwise Insurance. The benefit? The Indiana Access Pass allows ALL Hoosier families to experience culture, art, and history, regardless of their socioeconomic standing. In other words, it makes family fun available to more Indiana families.

  9. Check out more tips from the Indianapolis Children’s Museum here!
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3 thoughts on “The Sports Legends Experience at Indianapolis Children’s Museum is great for older kids!

  1. What an awesome resource to have! And those giant dinosaurs!? Whaaaat! That’s an attraction in itself. This place looks absolutely awesome!

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