Sports Legend Experience at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum Promotes Exercise

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Over a third of US children and adolescents are overweight or obese, and that figure is expected to continue to rise. American adults are not doing much better, with more than 80% failing to get the minimum recommended amount of daily exercise.

The Riley Children’s Health Center and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum are teaming up to do their part to change that figure with the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Creating healthy habits during childhood is the surest means to a healthy adulthood. The new addition to the museum, which was already the world’s largest facility of its kind, is aimed at encouraging young and old alike to move their bodies and create healthy exercise habits.

The center features indoor and outdoor play areas that are designed to help visitors recognize the mental, physical, and social rewards of movement, according to Riley Children’s Health. That focus is evident in the exhibits. The new addition to the museum is split up into several spaces themed for the state’s sports franchises that will allow visitors to learn about the state’s sports legends while participating in the sports in which they excelled.

The Sports Legends Pavilion and Plaza will include rotating exhibits on nutrition and the history of sports in the state, while the Old National Bank Sports Legends Avenue of Champions will feature statues of famous Indiana athletes. There will also be a zone dedicated to basketball called the Indiana Pacers and Indiana Fever Basketball Experience where children of all sizes and their parents can shoot hoops while learning about the state’s teams.

There are also soccer, hockey, tennis, football, and golf zones that are scaled down to allow kids to experience each sport in a non-threatening and fun environment while taking in the history of Indiana sports greats. The track and field zone called the Jane and Steve Marmon Running Experience features a rubberized running track, and connects to the Family Fitness Path, where visitors can stop to try out a variety of exercise equipment and discover which ones they enjoy the most.

Rounding out the facility, the Children’s Museum Guild’s Fantasy Tree House of Sports Climbing Experience includes a 60-foot climbing area, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pedal Car Racetrack Experience and Pedal Car Drag Racing Experience let kids and their families work up a sweat while burning rubber.

The Riley Children’s Heath Sports Legend Experience at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2018.