10 Things You Need to Know Before you Visit The Children’s Museum Indianapolis
Planning a trip to The World’s Largest Children’s Museum? We finally checked it off of our bucket list – it was a BLAST! Here’s a few things to know before you go!
- Grab your tickets ahead of time The museum uses a Plan Ahead Pricing model, which allows you to save up to 25% by buying general admission tickets at least two weeks in advance! Get Your Tickets Here!
- Park in the FREE garage across from the museum
Park on levels 2 or 3! The skywalk is between those floors and makes it easy to cross the street and head into the museum!
- Get there early!
This is my tip for anywhere we go honestly – zoo, museum, theme park – early bird gets the worm. If you arrive about 15-20 minutes before the museum opens the main atrium is open early so you can use the restrooms and pick up your tickets!
- Take a look at the schedule ahead of time There are several dozen interactive experiences throughout the day!You can totally experience the museum on your own timeline – and don’t need to follow a schedule – but you may want to check out what’s going on during your visit! You can easily hop online and look at the schedule before you arrive.
- Show your kids an employee badge Just in case you get separated from your child, it’s a good idea to show them what a Children’s Museum employee ID looks like! We typically come up with a meeting spot everywhere we go – but this is also a great tip as it helps your kids know who to ask for help from and the employees are trained in the lost child policies of the museum.
- On hot days – Visit the Sport Legends Experience early in the day The museum’s largest expansion in 40 years, is an indoor and outdoor play space featuring 15 new exhibits that invite kids and grown-ups to play together. The boys loved this play space! The tree was their favorite! We did this before heading home and it was HOT! My big tip is experiencing this space before the day heats up!
- Family restrooms are located throughout the museum + A private nursing area can be found In the Playscape area on Level 3 I love knowing where the nursing areas are before we go! It’s a great space to feed the little ones and catch a break!
- Don’t rush! You won’t be able to see it all Don’t try and rush from one exhibit to another to fit it all in. You’ll end up missing all of the great details and joy of playing that make children’s museums so special.
- Bring water & snacks! A reusable water bottle is such a great idea! Just make sure you are eating and/or drinking in designated areas!
- End your visit with a trip to the InfoZone! This is a wonderful place to wind down before heading out! There is a special branch of the public library located inside the museum. InfoZone was one of the nation’s first- and remains the only free, fully serviced library located inside the museum. The library can be located in the main atrium before entering the museum.
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