Children's Museum of Indianapolis

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
About
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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  • DanKan
    Dayton, Ohio239 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun one time experience
    We took advantage of one of their free days (they have them 4 times a year) and were so glad we did. We, as a family of 4 (2 adults and 2 young children, ages 5 and 9), had a great time. Parking is free in the parking garage and in the overflow lots as well. We do recommend having quarters (at least 4) if you plan to use lockers there to hold your items while there. Also if your little one wants to ride the carousel ride, you will need to have $1 bills. So there are 4 floors to the museum, we recommend starting on the top floor (4th floor) to see the animals and do the carousel ride. It is less busy up there, especially if you go early in the day. The 3rd floor is a playscape for kids age 5 and under (water, sand, music, and more.) This floor also has the Power of Children exhibit featuring stories of how children have made an impact like Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges, and more more. There are no graphic images, but be aware there is some content that have sensitive topes that could need further discussion with kiddos. 2nd floor had a few exhibits, Take Me to Greece and Scooby Doo (temporary exhibit). On the first floor is the Dinosphere exhibit and the Riley Sports Experience. The Dinosphere has a great combo of hands on and visual only with 2 levels of activities. The Riley Sports Experience was very fun and full of hands on activities. One odd thing was that the food count on the ground floor was out of several food items by 3:30pm, so plan ahead if you need to get food from the Food Court. Overall we enjoyed our visit, spent about 5 hours, and had more than enough time to visit everything we wanted. We drove over 2 hours to visit, but honestly probably won't visit again anytime soon. We do recommend families checking it out at least once.
    Visited February 2023
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Brad
    Naples, Florida11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A place you have to go and see indeed !
    This is one of the most amazing places to visit with five floors for kids, teens, adults and family to play and interact with all kinds of things with nature, life, discovery, and just plain fun for anyone. They’ve done amazing job with all the sections on all floors from memberbilla to play art and drawing. It will take you a whole 4 to 5 hours to see everything and if you want to play out on the sports complex which we didn’t even go to due to weather at the time. It is so worth your time and effort to go being the worlds largest children’s museum in the world. Go and see !!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • MomofAPN
    Matawan, New Jersey105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great visit - even for adults and teens
    We recently visited Indianapolis and our teenage kids suggested visiting the children’s museum . We adults were sceptical at first, especially given the somewhat steep entrance fee. But we soon discovered our inner child and had a ton of fun.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • cacnie
    Odenton, Maryland56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    High ticket price
    Expensive to get in. Two adults and one child was over $100. That said there is a lot to see and do. Our 5 year old seemed to have a good time, but I don’t see us going out of our way to go back. If we were local I see this being a great place to get a membership and go often, as out of towners the price seemed high.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 26, 2023
  • David R
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for everyone
    Drove in from Kansas City specifically to do this for our family vacation. From beginning to end, the entire experience was amazing. Parking was a breeze, they skywalk from the garage to the musuem was a great touch, we bought tickets online and it sped things along quickly, all the exhibits were staffed and working properly. Outside, the staff assisting with the sports experience were all friendly and engaging with the kids. The entire day was great. A good problem to have is there’s so much to do, you have to decide what you really want to do. We showed up short after opening for the day and stayed until it was closing and didn’t make it to the top floors inside. It’s a little pricey, but well worth it
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Indiana2024
    Evansville, Indiana280 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    First time at the children's museum of Indianapolis
    Parking garage with a walk over in to the museum. We got the best parking spot. Admission is expensive 36 dollars I believe it was. But the experience was first rate. Real dinosaur bones being exhumed at the lab. Fossils about. Items of nostalgia. Outside you are welcome to play different sporting events do not miss that. Will definitely return.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written July 1, 2023
  • Harbour21
    United States95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun filled day.
    A FULL day of activities at this children's museum. Got there at 10:10 and didn't leave until 4:30 pm. So many things to do and to see. Able to bring your own food and/or drinks but some areas don't allow open drinks. The highlight of our trip was all the dinosaur bones and space/aeronautics. The cafeteria had spoiled milk and they apparently weren't aware. They allow strollers and free parking in a covered garage. Will return when my second child is older. On another note, they do have a special area for babies to play in. That was great!! Well thought of.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Pamela K
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    9 year old LOVED ir!
    Went here on Tuesday with my 9 year old granddaughter. She had so much fun! First sheloved the sports activities. The young people working these activities were so warm and friendly to the kids. Next we went to the exhibits. So many fun ibteractive things to do and see. Loved the dinosaurs. Taking a tv broadcast was fun. Minecraft was cool. The Taverna at Greece exhibit was a real highlight. There were tons of kids working together to "serve the customers". They were all having so much fun! The Food Court was a little pricey but food was good and Starbucks prices about the same. Close, free parking. Other reviews mentioned crowding, but even though there were lots of people there, we were able to see all exhibit and do all activities with only a few short wants Overall a fabulous time for me and my granddaughter. So worth the money.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written July 26, 2023
  • 6Lucky
    Indianapolis, Indiana261 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat place
    We spent the majority of a day wandering around the Children's Museum. We had a few free vouchers through work but would pay to go again to see the new exhibits when they are available. We were a group of adults and were able to find things of interest wherever we went.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Teresa S
    Napa, California24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Generations
    Always a hit with our family over the past 30 years. I attended as a kid, my children loved it and now my grandchildren do too. There was something for everyone from ages 3-12. They had a ticketing software change that messed up my pre-paid tickets so was glad I arrived early to straighten it out. Don’t miss it!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 8, 2023
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deborahk1970
Anderson, IN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
For Christmas, I bought a donor membership for $300, so that I can take all three grandchildren (6,8,10) as well as two other ppl. With that, you get -10% at the gift shop and the food court, and a free stroller. A stroller is great, to carry your coats, a backpack, water bottles etc. You can refill your water bottles at some of the water fountains, as well.
The first thing we do when we go is to ask the concierge to print out a daily schedule of events, which includes any demonstrations, any programs, any craft opportunities and any shows like at the Lilly Theater (which is great! Love those shows). We've been many times, and we never have seen it all. The girls absolutely love Greece, the Winterfaire slide, the crafts, the Playscape and everything in the museum. They do love the carousel and we ride for free with our membership.
This is a wonderful experience. Bring water bottles, sandwiches, snacks and change for the centrifugal change whirly-thingy.
If your family gets SNAP or any state assistance, you can get an Access Pass and get in for $2.
Written December 28, 2023
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Mallory A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Makes for a great day with kids of all ages. We could spend 4 hours there easily. Love the floor with the play center for younger kids.
Written December 19, 2023
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mvyver1022
South Bend, IN2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Everything about this place is great we can’t wait to go back Simple food for crazy prices but super cool place
Written November 8, 2023
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jmolt14
Milwaukee, WI83 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This place is HUGE. You can easily spend 4+ hours there with your kids. Lots of interactive things to do, most of them are for kids older than 4 but there was still more than enough for my 2 year old to do. If it's nice out make sure to go outside and check out everything that they have out there, that is probably the coolest part of the museum so don't miss it! Parking is free across the road with a bridge that goes from the parking garage to the museum. Prices are pretty steep so be prepared for that, but overall this is by far the best children's museum I have been in.
Written October 21, 2023
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Philomena D
Branch, LA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
My two granddaughters LOVED it. WOW! More interesting. No boring! It is a must for bringing your children or grandchildren. Period! Yes it was very worth to visit it.
Written October 9, 2023
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katie126
Illinois37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We’re from out of town, and spent one whole day at the museum, pretty much from open to close. We loved it! Our favorite exhibits were:

-outdoor sports area!! The kids could have spent all day here. It was chilly and cloudy, so not crowded at all, and we didn’t have to wait for anything. All of the employees out there were fantastic as well-this was our favorite part!

-The Power of children. Our daughter (8) had learned about Ruby Bridges in school and was really into that part of the exhibit. It’s a lot of reading and not as hands on, but all of the kids showcased had compelling stories that our kids (6 & 8) were captivated by. This was a true learning part of the day, and so interesting to all of us.

-dinoscape. I think my husband and I were more into this that the kids, but it’s huge and everyone will be amazed by it!

-Treasures of the Earth-make sure to take the elevator down to this one from the second floor-it adds to the fun!

-the water clock-if possible, try to get there a little before 1:00. We were able to hear a little about how it works, and watched it reset from 12:59 to 1:00-super cool!

Although we were there all day, there were quite a few areas we didn’t get to. It’s less hands on than I anticipated, but for our family that was fine because we kept going outside to run and play-it was a good balance. Might be trickier to keep younger kids engaged in the winter.

We also ate at the food court and didn’t find the prices absurd as others have mentioned. A slice of pizza is $6, kids nuggets/fries meal is $8. A la carte items are more expensive, but not everything is overpriced. We brought our own drinks and I think you’re also allowed to bring in food to avoid that expense if needed!

It is expensive to get in, but living a couple hours away, we wondered about buying the membership and trying to go twice a year-that would easily cover the cost of the membership and we would have plenty to see and do!
Written October 8, 2023
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Brandon W
Columbus, IN56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Very hands on museum. A lot of activities you can do with the kids. Outdoor and inside they have fun things to do. Enjoyed very much!
Written September 20, 2023
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Mark B
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Maybe put up a sign no solo adults. Yeah I know it is a children museum, but I am a family entertainer and I love to present new ideas to my audience. I wasn’t stopped at the ticket counter. I was stopped at the gate. My daughter has a membership and I am part of it. ONLY if I am with the family. Kinda sucked. I like dinosaurs too.
Written September 15, 2023
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kdsldolph
Christiansburg, VA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A review from a couple of grandparents looking to purchase a birthday present for our grandson who loves science - they would NOT let us into the gift shop to buy a gift (yes we knew it would would be more expensive here but we’re traveling through Indiana and wanted to find him something unique. We live in Virginia and our grandson lives in Idaho.) The masked gentleman at the front admission counter would not allow us into the gift shop even though the gift shop is to the left of the admission counter. We were to buy tickets to go spend money in the gift shop! If he was worried about us trying to see the museum without paying he or another associate could have walked us over to the shop. It was 3:30pm on a Friday afternoon with no one else in line. He just told us to go online and looked away. Not acceptable and we will not recommend this Children’s Museum to family especially after reading several other reviews about broken and/or blocked off exhibits.
Written September 10, 2023
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David H
Wisconsin44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went recently on a Saturday Morning. We had no issues with parking as we got there right as the doors opened. The first and primary exhibit was the Dinosaurs. As an adult, I found it interesting to well put together but for my kids, maybe just ours, it didn't grab their attention as much as the other exhibits. Once we got to the Greece exhibit with all the play areas, that's when the kids really lit up and enjoyed their time. We watched a traditional Greek cookie recipe presentation. Presenter was great but they didn't actually make anything. The American Pop and Gaming areas were big hits. They were very interactive. The blown glass exhibit was a cool visual. Once we got outside, the crowds really showed. Everything was full but at the same time, was quite efficient to ensure everyone could participate. i saw attendants working the basketball courts trying to drum up group games and there are plenty of smaller hoops to allow younger kids to feel their basketball dreams coming alive. The minigolf courses were great value as it was included in the price of admission. I was expecting a bit more from the pedal kart track but i understand as there is a lot of people they are trying to push through and give opportunity to. The massive sports themed tree was a hit for the kids as we took a break in the shade. i could see the outdoor space being even more entertaining as the summer heat moves out. As for Food, the cafeteria/Food Court had many options between salad and sandwiches to pasta/pizza and burgers and chicken tenders. Quality is about as expected for a large event space like this. Overall, we spent 6 hours here. It was definitely worth a day trip once and i see the value of having a yearly pass if you were local as there is enough variety to keep the kids entertained year round.
Written August 21, 2023
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