Carnival Partners with Kennedy Space Center to Launch Children’s Space Program at Sea

Carnival Partners with Kennedy Space Center to Launch Children’s Space ProgramIn celebration of World Space Week, Carnival Cruise Line announced on 06OCT that it is partnering with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to launch a children’s space program with activities inspired by NASA science, which will debut on Carnival Celebration this NOV.

As part of Camp Ocean’s science and discovery programming, the Space Cruisers curriculum, supported by NASA, is designed to be as educational and fun, and will enable children of all ages to explore the universe and the planet Earth in an array of hands-on learning experiences. Children will be able to complete “missions” (activities) to earn a special, themed mission patch representative of the program.

A summary of the Space Cruisers programming can be viewed here. Highlights include:

  • Optimal Orbit (ages 2-8) – learn the pull of gravity and how planets, satellites and other objects move through space in a hands-on experience with a giant trampoline.
  • Design Your Own Mission Patch (ages 6-11) – join the long-standing tradition among astronauts and design a take-home mission patch to tell your story.
  • Space Cruisers Rocket Workshop (ages 6-11) – follow in the footsteps of NASA’s engineers and build your own paper rocket to fly high to the sky.
  • Mars Base Connect (family-friendly) – explore the steps it takes to build a Mars base and come together with family members to create your own.
  • ASTRO! (family-friendly) – call out constellations as they’re displayed on a star projector in a space-themed BINGO game for the chance to win special giveaways.

“Space Cruisers will truly take our offerings to the next level with the perfect balance of fun and education to give both our younger guests and their families something to be excited about,” said Melissa Mahaffey, director of youth experience for Carnival Cruise Line. “Kids are always looking to explore new things, and this program gives them the chance to discover many of the awesome aspects of space through fun activities while taking away unique learnings.”

“Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex is where the epic story of the U.S. space program is brought to life through fun and inspirational activities, exhibits and educational activities,” said Therrin Protze, chief operating officer, Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. “We’re excited to bring a piece of that experience aboard Carnival Celebration for the Space Cruisers program.”

An area of Camp Ocean will feature an illuminated space wall that showcases the planets as well as a display of light-up constellations on the ceiling. Featured will be actual constellations as well as special Carnival-themed constellations such as a ship model and the line’s iconic funnel.

The program will debut on Carnival Celebration when it sets sail on its inaugural voyage from Miami this NOV, and will then be rolled out to the Space Coast with Mardi Gras in Port Canaveral in time for the holiday season. Various activities from the program will later go fleetwide in time for spring break.

For more information, visit Carnival Cruise Line's web site.

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