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Dinosaurs and Basketball! What more could you want for March Madness?

Heather Raulerson

March Madness is finally upon us, and if you are a basketball fan, this is your time to be glued to the TV! Did you know that this is the first time in March Madness history that they play all the tournament games in one city? Indianapolis is the one place where dinosaurs are getting in on the action and busting out of the Children’s Museum to be a part of March Madness and play the game!

Photo from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

March Madness

March Madness was created in 1939 and has become one of the most popular annual sporting events people look forward to every year. This event is a single-elimination tournament played each spring in the United States, currently featuring 68 college basketball teams from the Division I level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association to determine the national championship. In 2021, there will be 98 college basketball playoff games in 29 days played in Indianapolis. That’s an average of three games per day. Lots and lots of basketball in the next couple of weeks!

Photo from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

There are some must-visit places for the families making their way to Indy while you are here for the basketball tournament. The Children’s Museum and Sports Legends Experience are showcasing how they are supporting March madness in Indianapolis. First off, you have to get your photo taken with the three life-size Alamosaur dinosaurs (Yvonne, Greg, and Diana) and their giant 4-foot diameter basketball at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis at the corner of 30th and Illinois in Indianapolis. Then head over to the Sports Legends Experience for more basketball fun!

Sports Legends Experience

The Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience® (RSLE) is a 7.5-acre sports complex that brings multiple generations together to explore a wide variety of sports and fitness activities using uniquely designed equipment to encourage people of all ages and abilities to get into the game. The museum has partnered with the state’s professional sports teams to create authentic playing fields, courts, and tracks from football to basketball, hockey, soccer, pedal car racing, golf, baseball, tennis, and more that are full of heart-pumping sports and physical fitness experiences. Families will want to plan for a whole day of fun family games at the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience®. And in celebration of March Madness being held in Indianapolis, they will have dance activities (in honor of the Big Dance) along with a variety of basketball skills, drills, and lots of fun for all ages!

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum is home to the Dinosphere, where you can see real dug-up dinosaur fossils, a mummified dinosaur, and the Devil’s toenails! Don’t know what those are? You have to go to the museum to find out and trust me when I say they are cool! In addition to the abundance of dinosaurs, there are tons of other exhibits that will excite everyone in your family.

You can find the 2nd largest collection of Batman items in the DC Superheros exhibit and the Barbie You Can Be Anything exhibit, showcasing over 200 career opportunities in the museum. Other exhibitions include: The Experience, SUE Meets Bucky, Take Me There:® Greece, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth, American POP where you can see Lady Gaga shoes and Taylor Swift’s dress, Beyond Spaceship Earth, the Power of Children, Corteva Agriscience ScienceWorks, Fireworks of Glass by Dale Chihuly, Mini Masterpieces, Playscape, Carousel Wishes and Dreams, and All Aboard.

Photo from The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Hoosier basketball hysteria can be found on every corner in Indy. And you can see more of it in this video,

which includes shots of dinosaurs with March Madness face masks and a giant basketball, followed by drone footage of Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience (the 7.5-acre health and fitness park featuring basketball, football, hockey, soccer, pedal car racing, golf, baseball, tennis), followed by little ones playing basketball at the miniature basketball court – all sizes of athletes are welcome to the Sports Legends Experience from toddler to standard collegiate height.

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