May 31, 2016

Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville Welcomes 1 Millionth Visitor

Children’s museum reaches milestone after celebrating fifth birthday

HUNTERSVILLE – Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville today welcomed its 1,000,000th visitor to the Museum. Yolanda Zheng, age 3, and her parents Jiangxia Sun and Yuan Qin Zheng, of Charlotte, were the lucky visitors that arrived Tuesday, May 31 at 10:30 a.m. to find themselves becoming part of the Museum’s history.

Discovery Place KIDS staff surprised the family with applause, confetti and balloons as they entered the Museum. Yolanda was presented with a special prize package to mark the occasion, including a one-year family Membership to the Museum. The Museum’s mascot, Can Can, then gathered everyone for a commemorative group photo.

“We are so lucky!” said mom, Jiangxia Sun. “This is our first time visiting the Museum with our daughter, Yolanda. We were so surprised when we walked in to all the excitement. We can’t wait to share this with all of our friends and family.”
Since opening its doors in October 2010, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville has seen over 70,000 students from schools, conducted over 2,200 birthday parties, taught nearly 700 school classes and currently serves nearly 5,000 Member households.

The Museum marked its fifth birthday in October 2015.

About Discovery Place KIDS

Discovery Place KIDS is an innovative model in regional children’s museums developed by Discovery Place, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum. Discovery Place KIDS is built on the theme of “I CAN” and offers unique opportunities for learning through play for young children and their parents or caregivers. Discovery Place KIDS has locations in Huntersville and Rockingham, NC. For more information, visit or call 704-372-6261.

About Discovery Place

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions, interactive educational programming and hands-on activities.
Discovery Place is located in uptown Charlotte at 301 N. Tryon Street. Convenient parking is available in the Museum’s parking deck – the Carol Grotnes Belk Complex – at the corner of Sixth and Church Streets. For more information about Discovery Place, call 704.372.6261, visit or connect with Discovery Place on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Discovery Place, Inc. owns and operates Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham and is supported, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council.

“We can’t wait to share this with all our friends and family”
Jiangxia Sun, Charlotte mom