The month of May in Indy–the flowers are blooming and the sound of race cars fill the air. My family is crazy about the Indianapolis 500. In fact, my oldest is named “Mears” after four-time winner, Rick Mears.
Racing Experiences for Children in Indianapolis
Our kids are too young to partake in many of the Indy 500 rituals, so we make every effort to instill a love of all things racing. And, we’re lucky that Indianapolis is home to many race-inspired places to play.
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
One of our favorite stops for a racing experience is The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Here you’ll find the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pedal Car Racetrack Experience and Church Brothers Collision Repair Drag Strip right inside the Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience. Stop by the replica of the Pagoda to learn racing and Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, and then get ready to race. That’s right, you can race family members on pedal cars and take your photo in the winner’s circle.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum is located inside the famous Indy 500 oval and features more than 25 winning cars, including the first winning car from 1911, the Marmon Wasp. The museum also houses the famous Borg-Warner trophy, featuring sculpted likenesses of each winner of the Indianapolis 500. Don’t forget to take a ride on the oval and get your picture in a race car or kiss the bricks!
Indianapolis Soap Box Derby May Rally
Indianapolis is home to the largest soap box derby track in the United States. Wilbur Shaw on 30th Street is a hot spot for local kids to race their soap box derby cars. During the month of May, you can attend a rally (race) as a spectator. The cars release from the top of the hill and travel to the bottom in a quiet ride. The next local race is the May Rally on May 22nd & 23rd, 2021.
Indy RC Raceway & Hobbies
Indy RC Raceway offers indoor RC Car racing inside their 7000 square foot, air conditioned facility. Take your favorite 1/18, 1/12, and 1/10 scale cars and trucks to race Oval, On Road, or Off Road. If you don’t have an RC Car, their hobby shop is available to help you select the perfect model.
The Dallara IndyCar Factory
Less than a half mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is The Dallara IndyCar Factory, a major attraction for any IndyCar fan. The Dallara Factory offers an interactive racing experience, as well as race simulations. In the interactive zone, you’ll find a lot of Dallara and IndyCar history and learn more about the science and engineering of racing. Please note, due to COVID 19 restrictions, the Dallara Factory is not open to the public at this time.
Fastimes Indoor Karting
Do you want to get behind the wheel? Head over to Fastimes Indoor Karting for go kart action on a bilevel track. That’s right, two levels of racing! Adults race 9 hp karts and juniors (must be 4’5”) race 6 hp karts. Juniors must race with their adult. Call before you head to an open track time, as they are sometimes booked for private events.
K1 Indoor Go Kart Racing
Another amazing venue for Go Kart racing in Indianapolis, K1 Indoor Go Kart Racing, is a race fan’s dream! Real racing décor and memorabilia fills the establishment, along with leather sofas and big screen televisions. The track is professionally designed and all the karts are electric. Hold on to your hats, these karts go fast!
Speedway Indoor Karting
Speedway Indoor Karting features two distinct tracks–a European-style track with a multi-level road course and an oval slick track. A favorite for any Indy fan! They offer several types of karts, including a two-seater, driven by a staff member, so kids 4+ can take a ride in a kart.
Rascal’s Fun Zone
Mini-golf, bumper boats, bowling, and go karts are all part of the excitement at Rascal’s Fun Zone. They offer indoor and outdoor go kart racing, including a two-seater option for both the indoor and outdoor track for dads and moms to take the little kids out. For kids 44”-55”, check out the rookie track with smaller go-karts.
Whiteland Raceway Park
America’s oldest kart track, Whiteland Raceway Park, is rumored to be a breeding ground for future racers and is currently owned by former Indianapolis 500 driver, Sara Fisher O’Gara. Although this track is more well known for its competition, they have karts for rent for participants over 14 years old. This outdoor track is available for team building, birthday parties, and other private events.