Glazer Children’s Museum and Tampa Bay Rays announce Big League Fun traveling exhibit

Take the family out to the ball game by exploring a new special exhibit opening January 22

January 12th, 2022

TAMPA, FL – (Jan. 12, 2022) — Glazer Children’s Museum is partnering with the Tampa Bay Rays to bring Big League Fun, a traveling exhibit that will immerse visitors in the exciting world of baseball. The 2,000 square-foot hands-on experience, partly funded by the Rays Baseball Foundation, will feature fun activities, simulated game experiences, and trivia challenges that promote important educational concepts for children and engage fans of all ages. From Spring Training to the World Series, explore the ins and outs of baseball season.

“Visiting the Glazer Children’s Museum and cheering on the Tampa Bay Rays are both beloved traditions for families in Tampa Bay.” said Sarah Cole, President and CEO of the Glazer Children’s Museum. “We’re so excited to partner with the Rays, giving families a new way to bond over their love of the game and celebrate their Tampa pride.”

Exhibit activities will emphasize the science and math behind the sport, reflect national academic standards for school-age children and support developmental milestones set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

“We’re very excited for this partnership with the Children’s Museum,” said Rays President Brian Auld. “The Big League Fun exhibit is a wonderful opportunity to enhance the love of baseball among the children and families of central Florida using the power of play and science.”

Test your skills! Get tips for proper pitching, throwing, fielding, hitting and base-running. Head to the bullpen and pitch into the strike zone; perfect your swing and step up to the plate; lead off, run to second or back to the bag; throw from the infield or outfield with simulated plays; and grab a glove for catching practice.

Explore the world of professional baseball. Snap your photo in front of a special backdrop, and customize your own team logo, player name and uniform using the graphic design station. In the clubhouse, check the schedule, roster, batting order and stats; explore the history of the game; and learn about the diverse backgrounds of MLB players. Pretend to be the announcer and deliver a play-by-play using real game clips and sound effects. Learn about the teams that make up Major League Baseball, vocabulary and rules, and how to calculate statistics.

There’s nothing like the ballpark experience! Tune into radio broadcasts, fill out your scorecard, and gear up with pre-game activities. Then head for the stadium arches and hear the ballpark come alive! Catch All-Star information, bloopers and more on the scoreboard, then join the crowd for the seventh-inning stretch. Answer trivia questions, calculate batting averages and solve physics-themed challenges. Recreate the ballpark experience with props, costumes, and fun math and literacy activities at ticket sales and concessions.