Indianapolis Children’s Museum Expands
Big before, bigger now
BY TERRI MARSHALL — Summer 2018
ince 1925, families have flocked to the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for transformative learning experiences across art, humanities, and science platforms. With more than 130,000 artifacts housed in a 487,000-square-foot facility spread over 29 acres, it has long been the world’s largest children’s museum. Now, with its just-completed Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience, the museum ups its game even more. This $38.5 million, 7.5-acre expansion combines physical fitness, health education, and sports history in a variety of family-fun indoor and outdoor experiences.
Highlights include a replica of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where you can do Mario Andretti proud in the Pedal Experience. The cars look like stock cars, but the racing thrills come from 100 percent pedal power. In the Indianapolis Colts Football Experience, legends-in-training learn to safely pass, catch, run, and kick field goals. Golf takes center stage on two nine-hole putting courses, replicas of holes from around the world designed by noted golf course architects Pete and Alice Dye. The entire family can practice putting skills or play a round. Through the museum’s partnership with the state’s professional sports teams, sports legends such as NBA star Oscar Robertson sometimes mingle with visitors during special events to inspire every member of the family. 800-820-6214; childrensmuseum.org
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