It’s cold, but those kids still have a ton of energy! Looking for a unique way to spend the afternoon without having to spend time outdoors? Try the NCAA Hall of Champions. We recently took advantage of a Groupon deal to check this place out.
Even though it’s right downtown and shares space at White River State Park with some of my favorite places, such as the zoo and Indiana State Museum, I never knew much about it.
It’s rather small, just two floors. The first floor houses a small gift shop, a fun statue of early football players, a movie theater playing a short film about the NCAA, and displays featuring all the different NCAA sports.
Speaking of, did you know there are 23 NCAA sports? TWENTY THREE! I had no idea! Each sport is represented in its own display featuring a small touch screen where you are able to see clips of the sports being played. Honestly, we all got pretty distracted watching bowling. There are other interactive aspects of the displays as well. Did you know the size of the balls differ between men’s and women’s NCAA basketball? They have one of each mounted on the basketball display so you can put your hands around them and feel the difference.
Upstairs is all hands-on. The highlight is the retro gym featuring a half basketball court. You can’t play a rough-and-tumble game of one-on-one up there, but a game of HORSE is encouraged. We visited on a Saturday afternoon and it was pretty quiet, so the boys and their dad were able to practice their shots for quite a while. I dodged stray basketballs and cheered them on from the bleachers.
If you can drag yourself away from the cool gym, you can practice your baseball pitch or soccer kick. Or jump on the ski machine. Or be the ref as you watch clips from real games and decide what call you would make, and learn what call the real ref made.
There is so much packed into this space that you and your kids can stay busy for a few hours. It’s a great way to get out of the house on a cold afternoon, and it won’t set you back too much money, it’s only $5 for adults, $3 for kids (5 and under are free). Their hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 – 5:00, Sunday 12:00 – 5, closed Mondays. You can visit their website at www.ncaahallofchampions.org.