At 1,600 square feet, the Move It exhibit is an expansive play space featuring a challenging obstacle course, an adventurous dig pit filled with recycled material, a cushioned mat area for yoga and stretching, and a multi-use space for jump roping and hula hooping. Children will love the new Move It exhibit because it encourages them to develop gross motor skills through fun physical activities.
60 minutes a day of play and exercise is recommended for children, and with all that jumping, balancing, hopping, crawling, sliding, stretching, and digging in Move It, those 60 minutes are easily guaranteed!
Executive Director Laurie Hopkins remarks, "On behalf of the Discovery Gateway team, I'm proud to share another new exhibit with families in our community. For nearly 40 years, Discovery Gateway Children's Museum has been a source for engaging exhibits and programming that enhance learning through play, and with Move It we are happy to be able to create an environment for children to learn about their own health through fun physical activity."
The Move It exhibit is part of a national health initiative guided by the Association of Children's Museums to activate children and families through special programming called Good to Grow. This programming features key messages such as eating healthy foods, getting plenty of exercise, reducing screen time, and connecting with the outdoors. Discovery Gateway Children's Museum is one of eight designated Good to Grow children's museums nationally.
Discovery Gateway annual membership holders are invited to preview Move It at 10 am before the public opening.
Discovery Gateway's Good to Grow Yoga teacher Charlotte Light will lead a yoga demonstration in the Move It exhibit during the opening at 10:30 am for members, and again at 11 am for the public opening.
The new Move It exhibit is part of Discovery Gateway's three-year plan to redesign and upgrade museum exhibits. After serving almost 3 million visitors since opening in September 2006, patrons can look forward to a fresh new way for families to play together at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum.