Mobile Learning Adventure

Bringing the Magic of Early Education to Cities Around the Country

Mobile Learning Adventure

Video: About Mobile Learning Tour

The Mobile Learning Adventure (MLA) is a traveling exhibit that provides an opportunity for parents and caregivers to learn about the importance of early childhood education while having fun with their children. The MLA is part of PNC Grow Up Great® – a $500 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare young children for success in school and life.

The educational exhibit allows parents and children to engage in unique, interactive activities — whether visiting a learning kiosk, imagining the future, or exploring the difference between a need versus a want. It's a great way to discover how everyday moments are learning opportunities.

The educational materials within the MLA are appropriate for children from age 2 to age 5.

Upcoming Events

The Mobile Learning Adventure attracts participants at community events to the cheerful, engaging setups, either outdoors under bright orange tents branded with PNC Grow Up Great or indoors with activities located within the space. Each season, multiple tour vehicles and their staff serve PNC markets through visits to community events and festivals. The exhibits travel from spring through autumn.


Event Name


Event Times

Event Address

CA - San Diego

ECS Annual Head Start Art Expo 

April 5th

1pm - 4pm

373 Park Way, Chula Vista, CA 91910

CA - San Diego

Be My Neighbor Day

April 6th

9am - 12:30 pm

5200 Campanile Dr. San Diego, CA 92182

TX - Austin


April 6th

11am - 4pm

Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave
Waco, TX 76701

TX - Austin

Morning Glories at Waterloo Park

April 9th

9am - 11am

Waterloo Park
Meredith Heritage Tree Deck
1301 Trinity St
Austin, TX 78701

CA - San Diego

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum 

April 9th

10am - 2pm

320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

CA - San Diego

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum 

April 10th

10am - 2pm

320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

CA - Greater Los Angeles

Long Beach Adaptive Sports Fair 

April 13th

10am - 2pm

3932 Faculty Ave, Long Beach, CA 90027

TX - Austin

Kite Fest 

April 14th

10am - 5pm

Zilker Metropolitan Park
2207 Lou Neff Rd
Austin, TX 78746

CA - Greater Los Angeles


April 14th

10am - 4pm

Row DTLA 777 S Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA 90021

CA - Greater Los Angeles

Free Hours at The Autry Museum

April 16-17th

10am - 4pm both days

4700 Western Heritage Way Los Angeles, CA 90027

TX - North Texas - Dallas/Fort Worth

Fort Worth Art Festival

April 18th - 21st

Thursday 4/18: 10am - 8pm
Friday 4/19: 10am - 8pm
Saturday 4/20: 10am - 8pm
Sunday 4/21: 10am - 6pm 

1st and Main Streets
Fort Worth, Texas, 76102

CA - Greater Los Angeles

LA Times Festival of Books

April 20th - April 21st, 2024

April 20th: 10:00am - 6:00pm  

April 21st: 10:00am - 5:00pm

3551 Trousdale Pkwy Los Angeles, CA 90089 (Mccarthy Quad)

NJ - New Jersey

NY Giants Draft Party

April 25th

5pm - 12am

MetLife Stadium
1 Metlife Stadium Dr
East Rutherford, NJ 07073

CA - Orange County - Inland Empire

Riverside Cinco de Mayo

April 27th

12pm - 8pm

3091 Esperanza St, Riverside, CA 92504

NJ - New Jersey

Rutgers Day

April 27th

2pm - 4pm

Rutgers Football Stadium 
1 Scarlet Knight Way
Piscataway, NJ 08854

CA - Orange County - Inland Empire

Tustin Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 3rd

2:30pm - 6:30pm

Frontier Park 1400 Mitchelle Ave Tustin, CA 92780

DE - Delaware

Dover Days

May 4th

9am - 3pm

Legislative Mall
410 Legislative Ave
Dover, DE 19901

CA - Orange County - Inland Empire

Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Festival

May 4th - 5th

12pm - 8pm

1151 N La Palma Pkwy, Anaheim, CA 92801

DE - Delaware

Wilmington Flower Market

May 9th - 11th

10am - 5pm

Lookout Drive
Wilmington, DE 19806

OH - Dayton

Aullwood Spring Festival

May 18th - 19th

10am - 5pm

Aullwood Farm
9101 Frederick Pike
Dayton, OH 45414

PA - Central PA

Jubilee Day

June 20th

10am - 7pm

2 East Main St
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Passport Booklet Features

At the beginning of the adventure, families receive a Passport Booklet that guides them on a journey to activity stations (see below) and upon completing each activity, children receive an achievement badge sticker for their passport.  

  • Making Choices Disc Run

This activity helps parents and caregivers teach children about “wants” vs. “needs” as a foundation for making good financial choices.

  • When I Grow Up Photo Station

Children select the profession of their choice for a photo opportunity. Career choices include astronaut, athlete, ballerina, chef, doctor, firefighter, pilot, scientist, member of the military and more! 

Following the activity, families receive the photo and a frame – along with an opportunity to request a digital photo.

  • Paper Hat Occupation Station

Children select and decorate a paper hat that corresponds with the various professions. 

  • Story Telling Tree

This station encourage dialogue between the parent and child as the child will answer the following prompt by writing on a leaf and attaching it to the tree: “When I grow up, I want to be (blank) because (blank).”

  • Educational Resources for Families & Caregivers

At the conclusion of the adventure, parents and caregivers receive free educational resources and a PNC Grow Up Great reusable tote bag.

Meet Our Tour Managers

Hear anecdotes from our tour managers, who are creating fun and immersive experiences for children across the U.S.

Freddy B.

Freddy B. | Crystal Lake, IL

"I believe that as children think in their heart, so they are. What they learn now about themselves and the world around them they take with them for the rest of their lives. It's a great responsibility and an opportunity to encourage and edify children and their families. Although our experience is brief, the impact we make has the potential to go a long way."
Liz B.

Liz B. | Johnson Creek, WI

It’s been almost 10 years working with the PNC Grow Up Great team and I can’t believe how much good I’ve seen it bring to the communities. What a gift to see families all over the U.S. supported for giving their kids the tools and experiences to succeed!
Aly S.

Aly S. | Battle Creek, MI

I love that you can see the passion PNC Grow Up Great has for their communities and for the children through the MLA. I’m happy I get to be a part of that.
Matt S.

Matt S. | Louisville, KY

There is no “catch” when you visit the Mobile Learning Adventure. There is no hidden agenda. We are here to make the lives of those we interact with better.
Dennis G.

Dennis G. | Toronto, Canada

The feeling that I can leave a positive and exciting impression on a young child’s mind at the Mobile Learning Adventure is amazing!  To see that glimpse of happiness in their smile is a reward in itself.
Charlotte N.

Charlotte N. | Portsmouth, UK

The Mobile Learning Adventure is not only building and supporting communities but imprinting on childhood memories. Seeing the many little faces light up with joy and happiness makes my day!