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As a mother, my world often revolves around the interests and passions of my two children. One of those passions, basketball, has taken center stage in our family life. While I may not be as interested in the sport as they are, I wholeheartedly embrace their enthusiasm. That’s why, on a recent trip to New England, we visited the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Our journey to the Basketball Hall of Fame was a reflection of our shared love for family adventures. While my boys eagerly packed their basketball jerseys and sneakers, I brought along a sense of curiosity and openness, ready to embrace their world.
Stepping into the Hall of Fame, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of reverence and excitement. The boys’ eyes gleamed with anticipation, and their energetic chatter filled the air. As I purchased our tickets, my sons explored the front area filled with displays of game-worn jerseys and floor plaques showing the shoe sizes of well-known players through the years.
As we strolled through the exhibits, my sons eagerly explained the significance of each artifact and the stories behind the legends. I may not have known every player’s name, but I cherished the opportunity to learn about the history of the game alongside them. We spent a couple of hours exploring the Hall of Fame’s galleries, filled with jerseys, basketballs, and memorabilia of the men and women who have been a part of basketball. I marveled at the passion and dedication of these athletes and the impact they had on the sport.
Watching my sons participate in the interactive exhibits was a highlight. They engaged in friendly competitions, shooting hoops, and testing their slam dunk skills on a variety of hoop heights. Our favorite part of the experience was stepping onto the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams. My boys transformed into miniature basketball stars. I stood by, cheering them on and capturing the moment in photos and video.
Tip: Make sure to wear sneakers, as only those with sneakers are allowed to play on the court.
Our family adventure also included lunch at the on-site Subway, where we discussed our favorite parts of the visit. After lunch, we took our time looking through all the souvenirs available in the gift shop.
Our visit to the Basketball Hall of Fame was a heartwarming journey into my sons’ world of basketball passion. It reinforced the idea that sharing in their interests can create lasting memories and strengthen our family bond. While I may not be the biggest basketball enthusiast, witnessing their delight and being a part of their excitement was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. The Basketball Hall of Fame is not just a place for sports aficionados; it’s a place for families to connect, learn, and create cherished memories together. I encourage all parents, whether you share your child’s passion or not, to embark on such adventures—they hold the magic of family unity and joy.
1000 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105
Open daily 10am-5pm
Tickets can be purchased online or in person.
Adults (16-64): $29.00
Seniors (65+): $25.00
Youth (5-15): $20.00
Student (must show HS or college ID): $25.00
Children 4 and younger are free
There is plenty of free on-site parking available.
September 3, 2023