New attraction offers interactive sporting experience for all


Hoosiers are crazy about their sports, and officials at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have created a gametime paradise on its campus to cater to all types of fans. The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience devotes more than 7 acres entirely to fitness, exercise and activity.

Visitors can take part in 12 themed sports areas, shooting hoops on Pacers-themed rims, kicking footballs on a Colts playing field and scoring goals on a replica of the Indy Fuel’s hockey rink.

Learn about the history of Indiana sports at all levels, then take part in interactive games demonstrating and encouraging fitness.

The concept of a sports-centric new addition to the museum has been percolating for more than a decade. In 2009, museum leaders worked with Mark Rosentraub, an economic impact expert at the University of Michigan and one of the nation’s foremost endowed chairs in sports management.

Rosentraub studied ways that the museum could engage entire families — children, parents and grandparents — in physical activity. Leveraging Indiana’s reputation for sports excellence and its collection of sports legends at all levels, the plan was to fill a void for health and fitness attractions that bonded families together through activity, Patchen said.

Read the full article in the Greenfield Daily by Ryan Trares here: