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Parents, let your kids fall into Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham this month and explore autumn as they engage in hands-on activities.

This month the theme is “Fall into Discovery: Ready, set, fall!” and kids will have the opportunity to learn various things related to autumn.

“Activities this month focus on autumn and we’re incorporating everything from acorns and leaves to pumpkins and apples,” said Katie Rohleder, director of Discovery Place KIDS Rockingham. “Guests will enjoy hands-on learning through play as we make pumpkin oobleck, create works of art with leaves and apples, experiment in our spooky science lab, and much more. Kids will learn about autumn and will get to explore the structure of leaves, the insides of apples and the beauty of pine cones.”

Oobleck is a cornstarch and water mixed with the insides of a pumpking that helps provide an experience for the senses

If you would like your child to use their creativity and create something fascinating, come participant in the annual Global Cardboard Challenge on Saturday, where kids from around the world design and build amazing creations using cardboard and their imagination.

“We’re starting off the month by participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge and inviting the community to come out for a day of designing and building using recycled cardboard and their imagination,” said Rohleder. “Our challenge is just one of more than 64,000 events in 34 countries.”

“The Global Cardboard Challenge all started with a boy named Caine who spent his summer creating a cardboard arcade in his father’s auto parts shop,” said Rohleder . A filmmaker walked into the shop and was so amazed at what Caine had created that he made a short film about Caine’s cardboard arcade. The video sparked what is now the Imagination Foundation, and the Global Cardboard Challenge was born. We are so excited to host a Cardboard Challenge and be part of worldwide play event that will inspire children in our community to come out and get creative.”

Rohleder is looking forward to seeing what the kids will come up with as they work on their cardboard challenge.

“I’m so excited about the Cardboard Challenge because I never cease to be amazed at the things kids can think up when their imaginations are sparked,” she said. “And, what’s so cool about this event is that we’re encouraging them to ‘think out of the box’ by literally giving them boxes to think with,” she said.

The event will be held in the parking lot of the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and kids of all ages are welcome to come and be apart of the challenge. No museum admission is needed to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge.

To learn more about the Global Cardboard Challenge and Caine’s Arcade, visit www.imagination.is/cardboard_challenge.

Some of the upcoming activities at Discovery Place-KIDS Rockingham for this month are listed below.

Weekend Activities

Weekend activities take place at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Saturdays and 2:15 p.m. on Sundays.

• Oct. 5-6 – Cardboard Challenge: We’re celebrating the Global Cardboard Challenge all weekend.

Saturday’s event will be from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. in our parking lot. The fun will continue all day Sunday in

the Studio.

• Oct. 12-13 – Pine Cone Bird Feeder: It’s not Earth Day, but that doesn’t mean we’re not

environmentally friendly. Visit the Lab and help us turn pine cones into treats for our feathered friends.

• Oct. 19-20 – Apple Stamping: Apples are for eating, but they’re also for stamping. Stop by the Studio

for this great fall craft that is sure to get applesauce.

Wonderful Wednesdays

Wednesday activities take place at 11:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

• Oct. 2 – Pumpkin Oobleck!: It’s slimy and messy with an autumn twist. Stop by the Lab for

this real pumpkin oobleck.

• Oct. 9 – Leaf Rubbing: Bring nature indoors to the Studio by creating beautiful artwork with


• Oct. 16 – Fall Crunch & Punch: What’s fall without a snack? Come to The Hub to unwind and

enjoy a crunchy snack and some pumpkin punch.

For more information about upcoming events, call 910-997-5266 or visit rockingham.discoveryplacekids.org.

— Staff Writer Iris Hunter can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at ihunter@civitasmedia.com.

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