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The Insider’s Guide to Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience

By now, you’ve probably visited Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. (And if you haven’t… go! It’s truly amazing.) A permanent addition to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, it features 12 outdoor and three indoor sports experiences where visitors can run, jump, drive, putt, get active and learn more about sports history, health and physical fitness.

Making your way to each sport on the 7.5-acre campus will keep you and your family busy all day. But there are several new and unique ways to experience the sports exhibit this year, says Caleb Bailey, manager of Sports Legends Experience. “Season two of the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience has a ton of new things to do and see,” he says. Here are a few things that guests might not know.

Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame

1. Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies

Every day, guests can help induct a sports legend into the Sports Legends Hall of Fame. Weekdays at 3:30 pm and weekends at 12:30 and 3:30 pm, visitors can help unveil one of the sports legend statues in the Avenue of Champions, where an actor portraying the legend comes out and talks about what it took for them to become legendary. It’s like being a part of sports history!

2. Legendary Grand Prize Contests

Every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm and 4 pm, two families can volunteer to compete in “halftime” games for fun prizes. The games are zany and challenging, such as the Dizzy Egg Race, where families spin around on a baseball bat and race while balancing a giant egg on a giant spoon.

3. New, Fun Programs

This year, each sport at Sports Legends Experience includes new and fun programs. “For example, in the baseball area, we have the Hammerin’ Hank Home Run Derby Challenge, where guests can play homerun derby and learn about the inspirational story of one of the greatest homerun hitters of all time,” Bailey says.

4. New Food

Sports Legends Experience has revamped the food menu for 2019, for a true ballpark feel. Try delicious brats or walking tacos, among other new food items.

Sports Legends Experience
Sports Legends Experience

5. New and BIGGER Equipment

Ever played soccer with a 4-foot-tall soccer ball? How about a game called Soccetball(PsstIt’s a game with an oversized basketball hoop and a ball that is half soccer ball, half basketball!) You can try these new games and equipment this season. 

6. Event and Rental Opportunities

Did you know that you can rent Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience for your own private event? Talk about the ultimate sports party experience!

7. Home of Hot Wheels

The wildly popular Hot Wheels: Race to Win exhibit is now located exclusively in Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. Race Hot Wheels cars down a custom-made race track, design a turbocharged race machine, pose for victory photos in the Winner’s Circle and more. Hightail it into the exhibit before it ends on July 28!

Bonus: During the summer, Sports Legends Experience offers extended hours, so you can play overtime! Through September 2, the exhibit is open daily from 10 am to 7 pm.  

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