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11 Tips for the Sports Experience

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience gives families a chance to get in the game! Featuring 12 outdoor and 3 indoor experiences across 7.5 acres, the sports experience offers fun while teaching about sports legends and the health benefits of an active lifestyle. Keep these tips on hand as your team sets out for your legendary visit!

Can’t-Miss Coaches

Check out our coaches in orange! They’re here to inspire your team with action-packed facts about our legends and lead you in drills to develop your own skills. 

Hydration is Key!

Staying active is thirsty business and we have water fountains around the experiences to keep every member of the team hydrated! We don’t allow glass in the sports experience, but you can bring your own plastic bottle from home to reuse in the park. 

Don’t Hold It

Bathrooms are available in both indoor and outdoor areas! In the sports experience, restrooms are located in the Kohler and Efroymson Pavilions. The bathrooms inside the Efroymson Pavilion are family bathrooms and both the Kohler and Efroymson Pavilions house handicap accessible facilities. The Kohler Pavilion is the large white building next to the golf experience and the Efroymson Pavilion is attached to the Welcome Center and houses our indoor History of Hoops, The World of Sport, and National Art Museum of Sport

Have a Reunite Plan! 

As always, our policy is for children under the age of 18 to be accompanied by an adult in all areas of the museum—and this is especially important in the sports experience. If your family does become separated, it’s important to have a “reunite plan”! Decide on a central location to gather if you lose each other (the Tree of Sports is a great landmark for this). Safety is our top priority and all staff are trained to safely reunite families, so family members can always approach a “Coach” in orange or any staff member wearing a museum badge for help to be reunited.

Pro tip: Take a clear photo of each of your kiddos' in the clothing they're wearing so you can easily show staff who they're on the lookout for!

No Band-Aid? No Problem!

There’s so much to do in the sports experience, but be careful not to trip over yourself trying all the sports. Whether you get a scraped knee or your tennis elbow flares up, we have first aid-certified staff available on-site for all minor aches and bruises, as well as EMTs. Safety is always our top priority! 

Don’t Get Lost! 

To get to our mini yard of bricks in the Racing Experience (and the rest of the sports fun), first head for the WALL of bricks in the Welcome Center! The entrance to the sports experience is on the opposite side of the Box Office from the regular museum entry gates. Once you pick up your tickets in the Welcome Center, turn back towards Bumblebee to head into the sports experience under the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience sign!

Download Our App

Have you downloaded the app yet? Plan your day and see which programs are happening, track your activity with the step counter, then share your day with the #atTCM hashtag and fun museum stickers! Download the app today!

Keep the Receipt

Be sure to hang on to your ticket! You’ll need it to get into the sports experience. Just pull out your printed copy from home or our ticket office and present it to our Visitor Services staff. Did you download the App like we suggested? GREAT! Then you can log into your account on your phone to access your digital copy—just like that!

Buy Ahead and Save!

Avoid the Box Office lines by buying your ticket ahead of time! Check the Plan-Ahead Pricing calendar and save time and money when you plan your visit in advance! Don’t forget—the sooner ahead you buy, the more you save!

Check out our Amenities! 

Parking is always free at The Children’s Museum! Use our skywalk to start your visit to the museum safely. WiFi is available during museum hours, and be sure to stop by and rent lockers or a stroller, and check any coats in our coat check!  

Stay for Evening Hours

Depending on the time of year you can stay late in the sports experience! The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience stays open for extended hours from 5-8 p.m. prior to Memorial Day on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, evening hours take place daily. Check out our Evening-Only tickets for reduced price, late night admission to the sports experience! 

There is so much to do in the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience—run, kick, walk, dribble, and putt—all while learning health tips and good habits! Are YOU ready to be legendary? Buy tickets today, or join as a member and get unlimited access to the sports experience and the museum for a year!

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