Worcester, Mass. – This summer, children and families can channel their inner action heroes together at the EcoTarium’s summer exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™. Moving through imaginative adventure scenes, kids can surf the big waves, snowboard down mountain slopes, practice kung fu like a master, scramble out of a climbing canyon, and more. The exhibit, which is free with museum admission, remains at the EcoTarium, 222 Harrington Way, on June 7 and remains through September 21, 2014.
As they move through the 1,500 square foot exhibit, kids and adults stamp each activity they try on “Action Trackers.” Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action features four imaginative adventure scenes that test balance, strength, coordination and endurance.
Visitors don Hawaiian shirts or down-style vests and choose a balance board— to see how long they can stay on as they snowboard down a mountain, past pine trees and lakes, off a cliff and into the clouds and landing as a surfer in the ocean. Then it’s time to strap on a bike helmet and climb on a flycycle— a stationary bike with wings or propellers that lights up the sky as visitors pedal.
In the Kung Fu Forest, visitors discover the three principles of kung fu: strength, peace and respect—along with animal stances, from rooster to snake to tiger. In the Climbing Canyon, a trailhead marker takes kids and families down four cave trails: the Toddler Trail, Beginners’ Bend, Rugged Ridge and the Extreme Expanse. Hand and footholds guide the visitors across the horizontal walls as they search for hidden treasure.
The Action Star Training Center provides challenges of balance, strength, coordination and cardiovascular and muscular endurance through simple activities such as yoga, strength training and dance.
Exhibit promotes an action-filled experience for all ages
Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ encourages families to try out new activities (and old favorites) in a fun, safe environment, says Betsy Loring, director of exhibits at the EcoTarium. “As visitors move through the exhibit and have fun with these physical activities, our hope is that they will get ideas for how they can become more active daily,” said Ms. Loring. The exhibit, created in response to the U.S.’s growing obesity epidemic, promotes having fun and being physically active in a noncompetitive environment.
Although aimed primarily at children ages 5-12, children 2-5 (and adults!) are able to join in the fun at many of the activity stations. Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™ is also designed to be accessible to visitors with varying physical abilities and developmental needs. The exhibit also includes a Toddler Station, so that all ages can get into action.
When they’re done, visitors can take home a 3-Day Mission Action Tracker – an activity log that encourages being physically active for 60 minutes a day. Cultural spotlights and real-life stories of young people and families who are passionate about their favorite activities deepen visitors’ motivation to get into action.
The following events will be held in conjunction with Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™:
Run! Jump! Fly-days!
Thursdays, June 26-August 28 at 12:30 p.m.
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Tuesdays, July 1- August 19 at 1:00 p.m.
Practice your moves with interactive demonstrations by local “action heroes.” Find out where your family can get active in the greater Worcester area. Check web site for activity schedule.
About the EcoTarium
The EcoTarium is New England's leading science and nature center, an indoor-outdoor venue dedicated to inspiring a passion for science and nature in visitors of all ages. The center offers a museum building with three floors of interactive exhibits and is home to live animal habitats, interpretive nature trails through forest and meadow, the Alden Digital Planetarium, a tree canopy walkway (seasonal) and a narrow-gauge railroad.
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, Mass., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $8 for children 2-18, $10 for seniors 65+ and students with ID. WOO card holders receive $2 off one adult admission and $1 off one planetarium show. Parking is free. For more information, visit www.ecotarium.org.
Director of Institutional Advancement