Back in early June we made the trip down to Huntsville, Alabama to visit the U.S. Space & Rocket Center as one of our space themed week activities. Other things we did that week were making planet pizzas, painting light-up planets and visiting the Adventure Science Center.
While we were at the Nashville's local science museum, we learned the U.S. Space & Rocket Center was a reciprocal museum, meaning that we'd get free admittance to the Space Center with an Adventure Science Center membership. That, combined with how awesome our trip to Adventure Science Center was, sold us and we purchased a family membership that day. We were able to apply the cost of our tickets from that day's visit to the membership, so it's pretty much already paid for itself and we still have a whole year to use it!
We left mid-morning on a Saturday for our trip to the Space Center and it was a 2 hour drive exactly. It was a nice sunny day and pretty uneventful trip down there. When we got there the kids were all pretty hungry, so we got lunch out of the way first! They have a cafe to eat at there or you can also bring your own picnic lunch.
After lunch, we walked around the first inside building and checked out some of the model rockets, international space center, and an astronaut manned maneuvering unit (space chair).
Then we headed outside to look at all of the HUGE rockets! There were tons and they were very impressive!
Outside they also have a kid's area with a little playground, a G-Force Accelerator/Simulator and a Space Shot.
In the next building we checked out a huge model space ship, astronaut suits, a real moon rock, space gear, a space capsule that John and Jackson climbed inside of, and more!
The Space & Rocket Center was a very cool place and we all had a great time exploring it! There are so many neat things to check out there and lots of hands on activities as well. The outdoor rides (for bigger kids) looked really cool too and and we'll definitely have to check them out when Jackson is a bit older (they are even included in your admission!). There is also an IMAX theater and hold various space camps there every summer which would definitely be cool to try in the future! That trip concluded our space week... I can't wait to show you what else we've been up to lately. We just turned our dining room into a playroom/craft room for the kids and they are loving. I'll share more on that soon!