This weekend we had the opportunity to visit Kennedy Space Center as a family. During our visit, we were able to experience the all-new Angry Birds Space Encounter that opened its doors this Spring. Being the huge tech lovers we are, the kids are well aware of the Angry Birds characters and couldn’t wait to experience the attraction.
KSC mentions, “Angry Birds Space Encounter is the first comprehensive, interactive Angry Birds attraction in the United States designed for people of all ages. The 4,485-square-foot Angry Birds Space Encounter, which is included in regular Visitor Complex admission, brings to life the space adventures of the Angry Birds as they follow their kidnapped eggs into an inter-galactic wormhole, come face-to-face with Space Pigs and gear up with heroic superpowers.” There are six interactive stations designed to immerse guests in a new dimension of Angry Birds Space:
- Create Your Own Angry Bird
- Eggsteroids Slingshot
- Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle
- Danger Zone
- Red Planet Lazer Challenge
- Angry Birds Game Zone
A favorite of my bigger boys was the Lazer Challenge where they helped the Angry Birds find their golden eggs while avoiding the laser beams. Just think of Catherine Zeta Jones in the movie “Entrapment”. My husband said it was one of the funnest experiences, and definitely a must-do while at KSC. The game zone was fun for the entire family, and bringing the game to life with Eggsteroids Slingshot was a huge hit!
Afterwards you can head to the Angry Birds Gift Shop to buy special merchandise.
My boys were excited to bring home a favorite Angry Bird toy.
Located only 45 minutes from Orlando, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex features many attractions and year-round interactive programs, including meeting real astronauts. The bus tour is included with admission and explores the history of the Apollo moon and space shuttle programs, including a stop at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, where visitors see an authentic 363-foot Saturn V moon rocket,and even touch a piece of moon rock (like my little guy featured in picture 2).
Other KSC Visitor Complex attractions include the Shuttle Launch Experience, an incredible simulated journey of vertically launching into space and orbiting Earth aboard the space shuttle, as well as the Astronaut Training Experience, Rocket Garden, two IMAX® theaters, Children’s Play Dome, Astronaut Encounter, and Exploration Space: Explorers Wanted.
We had an amazing time there! Like many other visitors, we are anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the new $100 million home of Space Shuttle Atlantis on June 29. We were able to see the exhibit from afar, which is still under construction.
A full-scale external tank and twin solid rocket booster replicas will stand at the Atlantis exhibit entrance, preparing to launch guests deep into the 30 year history of the Space Shuttle Program. Here’s an idea of what it will look like once completed next month:
KSC is an educational experience for both adults and children alike. It’s a great attraction for school field trips, summer vacations, and year-round visits. Expect to spend a full day visiting the attractions, and afterwards you may feel just like our lil guy did….