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November 23, 2020

Get Your Christmas PJs and running shoes ready! The Glazer Children’s Museum Gingerbread Crumb Run is here!

By Laura Byrne

Get ready to lace up your running shoes and sport your best Christmas pajamas…the Glazer Children’s Museum Gingerbread Crumb Run is a virtual family fitness event that will allow your family to go the distance to support the beloved children’s museum in Tampa. It runs from November 28 through December 5, 2020.

It’s super easy to participate and can all be done virtually! You can sign up as a family for $50 or as an individual for $25 (send this over to your favorite FUNcle or Auntie)!

REGISTER YOUR FAMILY TODAY: Gingerbread Crumb Run

We caught up with Kate White of Glazer Children’s Museum…virtually, of course…to find out more about the Gingerbread Crumb Run and why it’s more important than ever to support causes like this.

My family has never participated in a virtual run before–how does it work?

Kate: Get your family out and moving with distance running goals and playful video challenges. Follow the fitness adventures of Crumb the Gingerbread Kid throughout the week on the museum’s social media pages and join in by posting your own progress. You can sign up as an individual or work together as a family to reach your fitness goals.

For the distance challenge, track your miles using the distancing tracking app of your choice and upload your final mileage screenshots. Download the Zigazoo app to view and complete the video fitness challenges. Film your responses to the challenges and post them in the app. And don’t forget to snap photos of your family in action completing these challenges and post them to Facebook or Instagram tagging @glazermuseum and using #gingerbreadcrumbrun. Holiday pajamas are sweetly encouraged!

Any favorite areas for families to walk and run in Tampa Bay?

Kate: Since we are located in Downtown Tampa, I am partial to running or walking along Tampa’s beautiful Riverwalk. I love it for families because you don’t have to worry about car traffic or crossing the street. And the best part? Running past all of the cultural attractions like the Glazer Children’s Museum and all the playful public art along the way.

This is a fun activity, but also an important fundraiser for the museum. How has the pandemic impacted Glazer Children’s Museum and your normal fundraising efforts?

Kate: Right now, 1 in every 3 American museums faces a significant risk of closing permanently because of financial duress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our doors are open, but our ticket sales cover only a little over half of what it takes to provide our programs and play opportunities.

We continue to stay true to our mission of creating a learning laboratory where children play, discover, and connect with the world around them to develop as lifelong learners and leaders, despite the challenges of this pandemic. We know that families need play now more than ever and we look to the support of the community to us keep the play going.

You can help by making a donation, becoming a member or gifting a membership this holiday season, by selecting GCM as your Amazon Smile charity of choice, and by participating in events like the Gingerbread Crumb Run.

Why are fundraisers like this so important to organizations/non-profits like yours?

Kate: Non-profits like the Glazer Children’s Museum are working to meet the needs of our community during this uncertain time, and we need funding to help make this happen. The Gingerbread Crumb Run will help raise funds for our Social Responsibility Initiative which provides access programs for families with financial needs and accessible programs for children and families with disabilities. Fundraisers like this help us ensure that every child has a fun, safe, and inclusive space for imagination and discovery.

Glazer Children’s Museum is so much more than a museum–you all offer some really great programming for families too!

Kate: Absolutely! During any visit to the Glazer Children’s Museum, you can enjoy robust and socially-distant Family Play Projects designed to support social-emotional wellbeing, enhance skills, and deepen family connections. We offer daily play-based story times, art activities, and STEM challenges that are fun and enriching for the whole family. And of course, we offer exciting seasonal events like the Gingerbread Crumb Run throughout the year for families to look forward to!

Anything else you want to add about the Gingerbread Run? Anything else you want our readers to know?

Kate: First of all, since we all need a little holiday cheer we encouraging families to complete their challenges and post their pictures while wearing holiday pajamas! We hope your readers will follow along and join in the fun.

Secondly, many families are choosing to stay home for the holidays this year but the perk to a virtual event is that anyone around the world can join in! I have family members who live in other cities across the country who will be participating. It’s a fun way to stay connected even while we are apart. And you better believe we all have our holiday pajamas picked out!


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