Bring the kids!

Let your littles experience history in a new way while you run!

Seek and find

History is a word that means lots of things. … State history, family history, health history. At the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS), we know a lot about history, but with our half marathon, 10K and 5K, we want you to create YOUR history with us. 

It’s a time when you can conquer your goals, set your personal records and create a lifetime of memories and family history. 

But what do you do if f they can’t run with you? Bring the kids with you! We’ve got you covered with two options to keep your children engaged while you keep your mind on the race:  our drop-off camp called “Racing through History,” or our self-guided Seek & Find gallery activities that children can enjoy with their chaperone. 

Runners and their families are welcome to wander the Hall of Governors and explore A Kentucky Journey exhibit after the race, too.

Racing through History details

Our drop-off camp, Racing through History, is from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. In a safe and fun environment, children will design a race logo inspired by Kentucky’s history and our museum exhibits. 

“We have a lot of exciting activities planned for the children on the morning of the race,” said Megan Sauter, KHS’s Museum Programs Manager. “We will visit the museum to gather inspiration and create a race medal, logo and poster to cheer on the runners at the finish line!

“We engage children in Kentucky’s history by teaching them about the successes and failures of our past in order to improve our future,” she added. “Kentucky history is not just a timeline of facts, but an intersection of people’s lives. The museum provides an opportunity to learn the stories of scientists, politicians, immigrants, artists and others who shaped the way Kentucky is today.”

The camp is designed for children ages 5-12 and held in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History at the corner of Broadway and Ann Streets in downtown Frankfort. Cost is $30 per child, which includes a snack.

Register here!

Seek & Find – FREE with race registration

With A Kentucky Journey Marathon: Seek and Find!, children and an adult chaperone Artifact Analysisgallery will follow a track that covers the period from prehistoric times to the present as they participate in an amazing race to find facts and artifacts throughout history. The Seek and Find guides guests through the museum, searching for artifacts and following clues. Participants are rewarded with a prize at the end of the exploration. 

All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Seek and Find is located in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History and runs from 8 a.m. to noon.

Register here!

Grab a tasty lunch on Chick Fil A!

Bonus for both activities – Chick Fil A will be at the finish line handing out FREE chicken sandwiches, so parents – lunch is also covered thanks to our Chick Fil A friends! 

Explore the museum – A Kentucky Journey

KHS’ signature museum exhibit, A Kentucky Journey, will also be open exclusively for runners and their friends and families during race time.A Kentucky Journey

The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) has been preserving Kentucky’s historical treasures since 1836, resulting in a collection of more than a million items ranging from President Lincoln’s pocket watch heard in the movie Lincoln to a conjure chest reported to have claimed 16 victims, and so much more. In this permanent exhibit, you can interact with thousands of artifacts that tell 12,000 years of Kentucky’s story – beginning with “Thomas Barlow’s Orrery,” a massive mechanical model of the solar system built in the 1840s.

These exhibits are located in the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, which also houses the Hall of Governors and Kentucky’s premier library for genealogy research. The Clark Center, Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum make up the Kentucky History Center & Museums, home to the Kentucky Historical Society. All are within a short walk of one another and admission to all is free to runners, their friends and families during packet pickup and on race day. Simply present your race bib for entry. 

KHS will also have a behind-the-scenes tour on race day starting at 2:30 p.m. We will offer a special reduced rate to runners, families and friends. The cost $15/person (it’s normally $25 for non-members). 

After race day

KHS has tons of activities for families and kids, going on all year long! Click here to learn about all the ways you and your entire family can learn about and learn to love history!

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