The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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On our recent road trip, we were able to spend a day at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! I still remember visiting this museum when I was a child, and I made sure we had time for this on our drive. It was the perfect way to spend a day of summer vacation!

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Visiting The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis with Young Children

This place is huge, so a stroller or carrier for babies is a good idea. The Children’s Museum has family restrooms around the facility along with changing areas. The Playscape area is especially for children ages 5 and under with a soft play area just for babies. Read more about this later in my post!

A Full Day of Fun

We had a great time, spending about 6 hours there, and we still didn’t see everything! We did get to spend a little bit of time in their new outdoor sports exhibit.


This dinosaur exhibit was really cool and held the interest of all of my kids. There was a pretend play area, some dinosaur skeletons on display and a spot to dig.

Protecting their Eggs

Looking for Dinosaur Bones

Chihuly Fireworks of Glass

This amazing glass sculpture can be seen from above or below. Kids can even create their own piece of art using plastic pieces.

View from Above

View from Below

My Little Artist


My three year old could have spent all day in this preschool area featuring sand and water play.

Sand Play Area

Water Play Area

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Climbing Structure

The Outdoor Sports Area

This outdoor area is brand new and really awesome. Temperatures were 90+ degrees on the day of our visit, so we didn’t spend too much time outside. We got to try a few of the different sports, but would have definitely spent more time there in more tolerable temperatures.

The kids pedal their way to the finish line.

Their first experience playing hockey. We appreciated the pointers from the staff!

There were areas with different challenges along with hoops of different heights.

There were several areas that we didn’t see including golf, tennis and baseball. You could easy spend several hours in the outdoor area alone.

Other Exhibits

Hot Wheels Exhibit

Beyond Spaceship Earth
I didn’t get a ton of pictures in this area, because we were so busy! But, my 10 year old said it was his favorite part.

Treasures of the Earth

Water Clock

This was such a fun visit to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis! Have you been there? What is your favorite area of the museum?

6 thoughts on “The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis”

  1. This looks so neat. We just went to the children’s museum in Nebraska this past week. I love all of the hands on opportunities. We will have to add this one to our bucket list

  2. We love going to discovery places like this. My oldest who is on the spectrum and obsessed with Dino’s, would not leave that dinosaurs section

  3. When I was growing up, there weren’t any museums for kids like this. I’m glad my kids has the opportunity to go to museums where they can discover and explore the artifacts/exhibit with their hands.


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