INDIANAPOLIS — The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum, is expanding.
Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is a brand-new 7.5-acre expansion that officially opens Saturday. The $38.5 million project includes outdoor and indoor elements.
“Our goal is to have an immersive outdoor and indoor family health, fitness and sports experience that will inspire visitors to be active together in a non-competitive way while creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
Included in the 12 outdoor sports experiences are The Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience Presented by Henry and Christine Camferdam. Kids and grownups can practice putting skills or play a round on one of the two signature 9-hole putting courses designed by Pete and Alice Dye. The holes replicate some of the Dyes’ most famous course and hole designs. There’s also a green just for toddlers and a putting practice course.
The Dr. Cory SerVaas Fitness Path is where a family can exercise the upper body, lower body and core. Adults and children can work out together on various pieces of adult- and kid-size fitness equipment positioned along the trail.
The Children’s Museum Guild’s Fantasy Tree House of Sports stands 60 feet tall. An interior spiral staircase goes up 25 feet and leads to several platforms. Visitors will be able to look out over the outdoor exhibits. Plus, the tree house contains hidden slides.
Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions will feature 12 bronze sculptures representing 16 sports legends. All have inspiring stories and Indiana connections. Sculptor Brian Cooley created the bronze sculptures, which will be installed later this spring.
Key indoor elements at Riley Children’s Health Sorts Legends Experience at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis include The National Art Museum of Sport presented by The George and Peggy Rapp Family, The World of Sport and History of Hoops.