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.

 

Market

Event Name

Dates

Event Times

Event Address

CA – Northern California

Sacramento Children’s Museum

May 29th – 30th

10am – 2pm

Sacramento Children’s Museum
2701 Prospect Park Dr
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

MI – Southeast Michigan (Detroit)

Detroit Grand Prix

May 31st – June 2nd

8am – 5pm

Hart Plaza
101 W Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48226

CA – Northern California

Kids Discovery Station

June 1st – 2nd

10am – 2pm

Kids Discovery Station
350 W Yosemite Ave
Merced, CA 95348

CA – Northern California

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose

June 4th – 6th

9:30am – 12:30pm

San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum
180 Woz Way
San Jose, CA 95110

MI – Southeast Michigan (Detriot)

Cranbrook Institiute of Science First Friday

June 7th

11am – 5pm

Cranbrook Institute of Science
1 Institute Way
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

CA – Northern California

Fresno Chaffee Zoo

June 8th – 9th

9:00am – 3:30pm

Fresno Chaffee Zoo
894 W Belmont Ave
Fresno CA 93728

MI – Mid-Michigan/Lansing

Juneteenth Lansing

June 14th – 15th

4:30pm – 7:30pm

Juneteenth Festival Kid Zone
117 W South St
Lansing, MI 48910

CA – Northern California

Children’s Fairyland

June 15th – 16th

10am – 4pm

Fairyland
699 Bellevue Ave
Oakland, CA 94610

PA – Central Pennsylvania

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

June 18th

10am – 3pm

Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
222 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

OR - Portland

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19

11 am – 5pm

MESO Market
376 NE Sumner Street
Portland, OR 97211

PA – Central PA

Jubilee Day

June 20th

10am – 7pm

2 East Main Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

OR – Portland

Tigard Festival of Balloons

June 22

11 am – 5:30 pm

Cook Family Park
17005 SW 92nd Avenue
Tigard, OR 97224

MI – Western Michigan/Grand Rapids

Great Start Collaborative Family Coalition

June 27th

5:30pm – 7:30pm

First Christian Reformed Church
651 M.L.K. Jr St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507

OR - Portland

Clackamas County Children’s Commission (ClackCoKids) Community Day

June 28th

10am – 2pm

Clackamas County Children’s Commission
16518 SE River Road
Milwaukie, OR 97267

MI – Western Michigan/Grand Rapids

National Cherry Festival

June 30th
July 3rd – 6th

11am – 5pm

National Cherry Festival
108 W Grandview Pkwy
Traverse City, MI 49684

OR - Portland

Oregon Museum of Science (OMSI)

July 5th – 6th

10am – 4pm

Oregon Museum of Science
194 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214

WA – Washington State/Seattle

KidsQuest

July 12th

1 pm – 7 pm

KidsQuest Children’s Museum
1116 108th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

WA – Washington State/Seattle

Wedgewood Art Festival

July 13th – 14th

10:00am – 5:00pm

Our Lady of the Lake
3544 NE 89th Street
Seattle, WA 98115

WA – Washington State / Seattle

BAM Kids Fair at Bellevue Arts Museum

July 26th – 28th

11am – 5pm

Bellevue Arts Museum
510 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

CO – Denver

Denver Public Schools Day – Pascual Ledoux Academy

August 7th

1:30pm – 7pm

Pascual LeDoux Academy
1055 S. Hazel Ct
Denver, CO 80219

CO – Denver

Children’s Museum of Denver

August 9th – 10th

10 am – 3 pm

Children’s Museum of Denver
2121 Children’s Museum Dr
Denver, CO 80211

PA – Northwest

Celebrate Erie

August 16th – 18th

11am – 7pm

East Perry Square
571 State Street
Erie PA 16501

KY – Louisville

Be My Neighbor Day

September 29th

9am – 6pm

E.P. Tom Sawyer Park
3000 Freys Hill Rd
Louisville, KY 40241

KY – Louisville

Louisville Zoo – Boo at the Zoo

October 3rd – 6th

5pm – 10pm

Louisville Zoo
1100 Trevilian Way
Louisville, KY 40213

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!