Family Fun for the Win at The Mascot Hall of Fame

The Mascot Hall of Fame will delight the whole family with sports mascot entertainment and educational STEAM activities rooted in fun.

Are you looking for an entertaining, educational and affordable family activity this summer? Look no further than The Mascot Hall of Fame!

Located in Whiting, Indiana, just 30 minutes from downtown Chicago, this one-of-a-kind interactive children’s museum offers scientific learning, engaging activities and a deep dive into the world of a sports mascot. Another parent-approved feature: it’s affordable. This includes reasonably priced tickets, free on-site parking and free Fridays sponsored by Notre Dame Federal Credit Union, a Mascot Hall of Fame partner

“We’ve got exhibits and activities for all ages so that you can bring your whole family. Everyone will find something they enjoy,” says Karen Anaszewicz, Executive Director of The Mascot Hall of Fame.

Mascot fun through a STEAM lens

Brutus, Southpaw, Bucky Badger – whatever your favorite sports mascot, you probably have wondered what it’s like to be one. At the Mascot Hall of Fame, you will find out exactly what it takes to be a mascot, from how to keep fit to how to stay smelling good after a long day inside a hot and heavy costume.

“Our entire museum is dedicated to the mascot theme and incorporates STEAM learning. Each exhibit shows an aspect of what it means to be a successful mascot, which gives lots of opportunities for fun,” Anaszewicz says. 

For example, in one exhibit, kids learn about eating right with a game using four large screens that display food choices. If you choose the healthy option – a piece of fruit versus a piece of cake, for example – you advance in the race. 

“Kids love this game and get very competitive about choosing the right healthy food to win,” Anaszewicz says.

Live your sports dreams

Want to live your dream of being a sports mascot? One exhibit allows you to put on a mascot costume and “perform” for the crowd in front of a green screen with action prompts. Your antics are projected onto large screens so everyone can see you and cheer you on. Anaszewicz says this popular exhibit draws all ages. “We’ve even had our fair share of parents get in on the act.”

Additional Mascot Hall of Fame activities to help visitors get moving include dancing exhibits (after all, mascots love to dance!) and the kid-safe Sport Court, an indoor sports park complete with a jungle gym. For maximum safety, the Sport Court is Nerf-based and socks-only, so your kids will feel free to have a blast. Pro tip: be sure to bring socks! 

Of course, the Mascot Hall of Fame wouldn’t be complete without its own mascot  – Reggy! “You never know when Reggy might show up so keep on the lookout during your visit,” Anaszewicz says.

Exceptional Mascot Hall of Fame experiences

In addition to appearances by Reggy, the museum offers planned mascot activities that include major league, minor league, professional and collegiate mascots. Mascot visits happen once a month and include a dance party, photo opportunities and lots more.

If your kids want to build their own mascot, you can visit the museum’s Build-a-Bear Workshop, the only store of its kind in the area, where you can recreate Reggy or another furry friend. The museum also offers children’s entertainment like magic shows, makers classes and appearances from children’s book characters.

The biggest event of the year is The Vote, an opportunity for participants to determine who will be the next set of mascots inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. Winners are announced at a massive party called Cue the Confetti on June 23.

“We announce our newest inductees at Cue the Confetti, who will also be joining us. But that’s just the beginning,” Anaszewicz explains. “Our Induction Ceremony is August 12. It features a mascot-sized Ring Ceremony. Our guests will be treated to food trucks, vendors, a DJ dance party and confetti – lots of confetti. The ceremony is followed by Mascot Mania, a meet and greet with the Inductees where you can interact with the mascots, take photos, and get autographs!”

With year-round activities and exhibits that attract visitors from 49 of the 50 states as well as 11 countries, Anaszewicz believes that The Mascot Hall of Fame offers a museum experience like no other. “Mascots are ambassadors of fun and that’s exactly what we want to be to our guests.”

Learn more about what the museum has to offer at The Mascot Hall of Fame.

Jennifer Kales
Jennifer Kales
Content editor Jennifer Kales has been in the business of writing for more than 20 years creating advertising copy, blogs, books and everything in between. She loves helping Chicago Parent clients tell their stories in a way that resonates with audiences.

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