Indianapolis Children's Museum

Dinosaurs crash into the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.. Photo credit: Cindy Richards/TravelingMom with Teens

There’s a reason Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is one of the best in the world. Anyone visiting Indianapolis with kids should not leave town without a visit (and honestly, even if you’re traveling without kids, it’s worth a stop).

I’m not just talking about a quick stop — plan to spend at least half a day of your visit to Indianapolis there. The Children’s Museum in Indy the world’s largest children’s museum, so you just cannot skimp. With interactive exhibits for all ages, the museum seems more like a wonderful indoor playspace. My kids love the Scienceworks area (hello, climbing wall).

This fall, the Children’s Museum re-opened Playscape, the hugely popular, newly remodeled (completely redone) toddler and baby play area. Designed for kids age 5 and under, Playscape appealed to my kids’ curious side with water, sand, air and building. It appealed to their artistic side with both an art studio AND a music studio. It appealed to their active side with an indoor climber and a large area for inserting balls into the wall and fetching them when they return in another area.

For Babies and New Moms at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

I loved the Babyscape area, which is a very large, soft, padded area with many different play areas that encourage playing between parents and baby.

Indianapolis Childrens Museum

This Dale Chihuly sculpture is a central point of the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Photo credit: Cindy Richards/TravelingMom with Teens

Moms with nursing babies or who just need a quiet space to feed or change their tiny ones will absolutely appreciate the brand new Mother’s Room with three private nursing areas. Each has a rocker and ottoman, a television with Sesame Street playing and toys that were perfect for my older toddlers to play with while I fed their baby sister. Each private room also had adjustable lighting and outlets available for mothers who are pumping. And, of course, the Mother’s Room also has a diaper changing station with a sink.

A practical addition to this area was the restrooms located within the exhibit. I can’t tell you how many times we have to leave museum areas and walk a good distance to find a bathroom — this is very difficult for a small child who is potty training.

Another safety concern has been addressed with the remodel, I was able to see my children from across the room in almost any area within the exhibit. As a mom of more than one toddler, this was comforting since they often are interested in different activities.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is something you MUST have on your list when visiting and Playscape is only one reason. Your whole family will find so many things to enjoy while visiting the world’s largest children’s museum and now even the tiniest of your tribe will have a space to learn and play all day.

Tips for Visiting the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

  • Try not to visit on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings, the preschool groups generally have their field trips on those days.
  • Bring a change of clothes for your children in case they get a little too wet or sandy or artsy.
  • If there is a line to get into the exhibit, check in with the Playscape Greeter and get a “QuickTick”, a front-of-the-line pass for a later time.
  • Save some money by packing a lunch to eat in the cafeteria downstairs.

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Indianapolis has a really great children’s museum, but other cities have pretty terrific children’s museum too. Check out our roundup of Seven Great Children’s Museums in the South. And, while you’re in Indy, check out these 12 free things to do with kids in Indianapolis