Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The largest children's museum in the world just got even bigger with the addition of a new 7.5-acre outdoor health and fitness area that encourages activity through multiple sports. The new space, called Riley Children's Health Sports Legends Experience includes basketball, football, hockey, soccer, pedal car racing (drag strip and oval track), golf, baseball, and tennis. The indoor portion of the new area includes the National Art Museum of Sport along with the World of Sport and History of Hoops. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis itself is made up of 500,000 square feet with exhibits and activities that are fun and interesting for the entire family as they explore the physical and natural sciences, history, world cultures and the arts through exciting interactive exhibits on five floors. Families will discover some of the most rare dinosaur fossils in the world and see what it's like to live and work in space. There's also a theater with children's plays and live entertainment.
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,661 contributions
Apr 2022
I can't say enough good things about this place. My girls 10 & 8 absolutely loved each. There are a ton of different exhibits to include dinosaurs, space, pop culture and many others. There is free parking within walking distance. The sports exhibits where kids can try a variety of sports like baseball, tennis, and football is a bit win for my kids. They have a food court area with limited choices at a hefty price, but if you eat before you go you won't even need that.
Written May 10, 2022
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Alan N
Concord, CA404 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
For kids it’s definitely worth it. The fossils of the dinosaurs itself was worth the price of admission as my grandson enjoyed it. Slow the kids down and gave them “experience” the entire museum. They had a tendency to rush from one exhibit to another. Lots of things to do in the outside area. You could shoot hoops, golf, race cars, play soccer or hockey or just run around the track. Cost was reasonable.
Written April 4, 2021
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TangledWeb_Unwoven
Indianapolis, IN284 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
Simply stated this is the best family attraction in the city. If you don’t already know it’s the worlds largest Children’s Museum. Constantly renewing itself and holding rotating exhibits to compliment the constants of the carousel, dinosphere, trains, and science area. There are “extras” but there is so much to do without getting buckled and dimed on top of entrance fees.

We’ve been members for about 15 years and although my oldest have aged out of frequent visits, they still like going once or twice a year to relive childhood memories.

The staff is amazing and always helpful. They clearly understand the mission of catering to families. And if you have a special needs child, they need not be left behind.

There are age appropriate activities for all ages from toddlers to young teens. Rarely have I seen issues with bratty kids or older kids over running younger ones. There’s a clear expectation and protective air to the parents and families and I’ve seen more acts of kindness here than most anywhere else we’ve been as a family.

If you’re trying to figure out how to spend your family entertainment dollar, whether for a day or annual membership - Indy has lots of great values. This is not a knock on all the other things to do in the city and surrounding areas, but the Children’s Museum is my top pick by a mile.
Written February 17, 2020
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mbseuf
Strongsville, OH94 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Maybe my expectations were set too high given the ticket price and national attention, but they weren't met. In terms of critical feedback to the museum, the outdoor Sports Legends Experience desparately needs some playground shades or sail shades to make it more comfortable for children. The indoor attractions are alright, but it didn't feel good as a parent to hear my 4, 7 and 8 yo children complain of boredom. My 7 yo liked playing tennis the most, but many communities provide free access to courts. I don't recommend this museum for tourists, but this opinion is tied to my sense of value for cost.
Written July 6, 2021
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Jennifer H
Columbus, OH502 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
Given how large it is, I thought this would be a great museum. It’s not. My seven year old was bored and so were my husband and I. The exhibits aren’t that interesting and there isn’t as many interactive activities as at other museums. Considering how expensive this museum is, I would expect it to be much better. The dinosaur exhibit was closed, which was very disappointing. Maybe younger children would like it better. I think it’s geared to smaller kids. The building itself also seems very dated and the gift shop is so expensive, as most museum gift shops are. Our favorite part was the outdoor sports area but being summer, it was unbearably hot. They have very little shade, which seems like it could be remedied easily and install some outdoor fans. The turf is even hotter than regular grass so it was uncomfortable. I would not come back.
Written July 23, 2021
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onesmileygirl
chicago28 contributions
Mar 2021
All of "hands on" activities are closed. They are closed with a combination of things block entrance and notes stating "This hands on activity is temporarily closed for your safety.") There is a very little beside "touch screen" activities for kids to do here.

Why does the museum think somebody can sanitize a touch screen, but not a fishing pole or play food? Whatever the reason, the result is paying a lot of money so that your kids can play on screens (on games much less inventive than any ipad app...)

The few items that remain open are poorly done. The carousel has every other row of animals marked off for spacing - fine. But, which row did they mark for spacing - the row that actually goes up and down. Why choose to make the carousel as lame as possible? Who knows, but that general theory of suck as much fun of everything permeates the museum.
Written March 7, 2021
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MrH0bbes
Grand Rapids, MI103 contributions
Jun 2021
We spent much of the day here during our visit to Indianapolis, having heard a lot of good things about the museum. It was enjoyable, but for the price and reputation we were somewhat disappointed.

It is a nice facility with interesting exhibits, but many activities require enough time that we spent much of the day in lines, despite limited capacity due to COVID. The activities themselves were fun, but there wasn't much opportunity for older children to learn things. Having more panels with information would have made the experience more enjoyable, especially while waiting in lines.

The outdoor area was the most enjoyable, but here, too, the lines were somewhat frustrating. I'm glad that we went, but I don't think we would spend the money to go again.

(FREE parking is a nice bonus, though!)
Written July 1, 2021
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Pam T
Mansfield, OH217 contributions
Jul 2021
I truly enjoyed parts of the museum with my 9 year old granddaughter, yet other parts were for younger children and she did not want to go into those areas. She did enjoy the speaker near the fish habitat on the fourth floor. Most of the outdoor sports area was not her thing. I would have liked to have seen more for her age group. We had a good day but could have been better. Food is costly so just know that. Some brought in snacks etc. You have to check in each time you go from the museum to the sports side. Downloading my tickets to show them was quite slow at times. Upload early while in line. Arts and crafts classes are a sign up at the Concierge stand. I did not know that and sat there waiting. Glad I walked over to ask. There was one small sign saying I was expected to see to know to sign up. I had gotten there another way and had not seen it. So, sign up. LOL Dinosaur area wasn't much.
Written July 25, 2021
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The Cars Forever
Cascade, MT6 contributions
Jul 2021
This was such an incredible experience - there is not enough time in a single day to do it all. They are serious in saying this is the largest children's museum in the world. It starts with a giant Egyptian statue in the parking structure and then TONS of funs things to see and do. We went with a 12 year old and while she absolutely loved it, the experience was as interesting for the adults. There are tons of hand's on experiences, live performances and experiments as well as exhibits of a wide variety of topics. When we visited they had a DC comics exhibit, pop culture items, Barbie history, giant Transformer and more! You seriously will have a hard time doing it all in a single day.
Written September 10, 2021
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Cathy L
Maryland140 contributions
Jun 2021
We were driving cross-country and this looked like a cool place to visit. It was very disappointing that much of the museum was roped off. You'd think they'd either steeply discount the tickets or at least warn you. I really wanted to see those dinosaurs though and they were kind of cool. I didn't expect to be be moved by the 'children in history' displays. It was deserted as everyone was in the more show-y parts of of the museum but I just stood and soaked it in. Enjoyed that part.
Written July 2, 2021
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