Jan 06, 2021 5:11 PM

Discovery Center: New exhibit inspires youth to get active

Posted Jan 06, 2021 5:11 PM

Manhattan, Kan. – The Flint Hills Discovery Center (FHDC) will welcome a new temporary exhibit opening January 16. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ invites visitors to step into scenes right out of action-adventure stories and jump into action star training.  This includes playful activities that kids and families can do together to build strength, coordination, balance and endurance. The exhibit will be open to the public from January 16, 2021 through May 2, 2021. It will be offered in both English and Spanish.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ encourages visitors to try out activities that may be new to them while also revisiting familiar activities in new ways. Cultural spotlights and real-life examples of young people who are passionate about the activities further encourage visitors to get into action. As visitors move through the exhibit having fun with physical activity, they gain ideas for how they can become more active in everyday life. By creating an immersive environment in which kids and adults can merge their imagination with real physical activityRun! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ demonstrates how physical activity is fun.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ features four adventure scenes, an action star training center, and a toddler pyramid. Each adventure scene provides an imaginative setting in which kids can try out a high appeal physical activity. The adventure scenes include surfing/snowboarding, kung fu, a climbing canyon, and flycycles (flying bicycles). Each area highlights a specific physical challenge of balance, strength, coordination or cardiovascular endurance. Selected scenes also spotlight cultural origins of the activity.

Throughout the exhibit, kids and accompanying adults stamp the activities they tried on Action Trackers. Visitors can also take home 3-Day Mission Action Tracker – activity logs that encourage people to get physically active for a total of 60 minutes a day.

The exhibit aims primarily at children ages 5-12, while children 2-5 will also be able to join in the fun at many of the activities. Additionally, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ developers worked to make the exhibit activities accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs.

The FHDC will offer public and virtual programs that focus on health and wellness topics throughout the duration of the exhibit. Please visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/101/Programs for program information updates.

For more exhibit details, visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org/rjf, call 785-587-2726 or visit 315 S. 3rd St. in Manhattan.

Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ was created by Minnesota Children's Museum.  This exhibit was made possible by funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and local sponsor Ascension Via Christi. 

The Flint Hills Discovery Center is located at 315 S. 3rd St near downtown Manhattan, KS.  For more information, visit www.flinthillsdiscovery.org