Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham to Host 5K Run Through Downtown Rockingham

Discovery Place KIDS - Rockingham

The Big Fun Run 5K will take place on Saturday, March 29 with an entire day of family-friendly fun at the Museum.

ROCKINGHAM – On March 29, 2014, Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham will hold its first annual Big Fun Run in downtown Rockingham, in partnership with the City of Rockingham. Participants can choose to race in the Big Fun Run 5K beginning at 10:00 a.m. or enjoy the 1-Mile Little Fun Run beginning at 9:00 a.m.

After the race, everyone can join Discovery Place KIDS and the City of Rockingham for family-fun activities, music and local food vendors. Then head to the Museum for a day filled with rich play experiences that will engage families’ imaginations and inspire learning. Participants will receive free Museum admission, and all other guests will receive half-off admission on race day.

The Big Fun Run race is named after Discovery Place KIDS’ dance party, Big Fun, a daily show where guests get to “shake out the sillies” and sing songs to make them move and groove. It’s part of the I CAN Be Healthy program which celebrates healthy and active lifestyles.

“Big Fun is a great way for children to jump, move and exercise in a fun way that feels like play. Our I CAN theme areas are developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination. In I CAN be Healthy, we highlight healthy nutrition and exercise,” said Katie Rohleder, Director of Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham. “We want the Big Fun Run to celebrate these programs, and also show just how much fun everyone in our community can have while participating in an active lifestyle.”

Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham operates as a 501(c)3 non-profit, and proceeds from this event will go towards continuing programs like this in the local community. Registration for the Big Fun Run 5K is $30 through March 1, and $35 after March 1. The 1-Mile Little Fun Run is $10 to register.  All registrations include a t-shirt, race timing and Museum admission on race day. To register, pick up a Registration Form at Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham, or register online at rockingham.discoveryplacekids.org.

About Discovery Place KIDS

Discovery Place KIDS is an innovative model in regional children’s museums developed by Discovery Place, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum.  Discovery Place KIDS is built on the theme of “I CAN” and offers unique opportunities for learning through play for children and their parents or caregivers. For more information about Discovery Place KIDS, call 704-372-6261 or visit discoveryplaceKIDS.org. Connect with Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham on Twitter at @DPKRockingham.

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science and nature.  The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities. Nearly a half-million people from all over the United States engage with Discovery Place and its IMAX® Dome Theatre each year. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit discoveryplace.org or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum and Discovery Place KIDS and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

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“Big Fun is a great way for children to jump, move and exercise in a fun way that feels like play. Our I CAN theme areas are developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination. In I CAN be Healthy, we highlight healthy nutrition and exercise. We want the Big Fun Run to celebrate these programs, and also show just how much fun everyone in our community can have while participating in an active lifestyle.”
Katie Rohleder, Director of Discovery Place KIDS–Rockingham