What was presented to City of Whiting Mayor, Joseph M. Stahura, as a fun and innovative idea back in 2014, has officially become a reality.
Northwest Indiana’s newest children’s attraction, the National Mascot Hall of Fame (MHOF), will be opening its doors this December in Whiting, Indiana. The 25,000 square foot, multi-million dollar facility will be a state-of-the-art, interactive, family fun zone, with a wide range of exhibits, activities and events that celebrate mascot fun. Original and memorable mascot interactions and performances will entertain, teach and enthuse children and their families year-round.
Located just 30 minutes from Downtown Chicago, the MHOF will feature a number of interactive exhibit areas designed by Cincinnati-based Jack Rouse Associates (JRA). This award-winning firm has designed world-class family museums and attractions such as the Coca-Cola Museum in Atlanta, the Crayola Experience in Pennsylvania, and the Green Bay Packers’ Hall of Fame. Guests will experience exhibits such as the “Department of Furry Arts”, the “Science of Silliness Lab”, and the “Phuzzical Education Department”. In addition, the venue will host the MHOF’s annual induction ceremonies as well as many other mascot programs and events that will attract visitors from all over the country.
More than just a giant fun factory, the MHOF will house interactive, educational displays and activities that will incorporate S.T.E.A.M. education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) to compliment state and local curriculums. There are nearly 1.7 million students, within a 100-mile radius of the MHOF, whom could be positively impacted to engage in healthy-active lifestyles. The MHOF will be the perfect destination for school field trips and youth organizations.
The MHOF is located at the very east end of Whiting’s beautiful 119th Street Downtown Business District and serves as the corridor to Lake Michigan and Whiting Lakefront Park. The exterior of the building will feature a huge rendition of Reggy, the official mascot of the MHOF. Once inside, visitors will be able to use their imagination to design and physically build a mascot, audition as a mascot, and perform excitin mascot stunts including firing t-shirt and confetti cannons. The MHOF will surely provide a unique opportunity for an affordable, shared, family experience.
To learn more about the MHOF and its opening this December in Whiting, Indiana, visit www.mascothalloffame.com.