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Oh Wow! Opens Exhibit Focused on Movement

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Video games and cartoons take up a lot of children’s time, and Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology ’s newest temporary exhibit, Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, is designed to combat childhood inertia.

The exhibit runs through mid-January and motivates children and adults to explore activities such as kung fu, surfing, snowboarding, yoga and horizontal climbing. The primary goal is to get kids into action by playing and doing things they like to do.

Featuring the theme of action adventures popular in children’s books and movies, the traveling exhibit invites visitors to jump into action star training – play activities that build strength, coordination, balance and endurance.

Cultural spotlights and real-life stories of young people and families who are passionate about a particular activity aim to deepen visitors’ motivation about fitness. As visitors move through the exhibit and have fun with physical activity, they will get ideas for how they can become more active daily.

Throughout the exhibit, kids and accompanying adults stamp the activities they tried on action trackers. Visitors can also take home action tracker three-day missions, which are activity logs that encourage people to get physically activity for a total of 60 minutes a day.

The exhibit aims primarily at children ages five through 12, while younger children 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.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.