*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
My son Jason always loved space when he was growing up. He would turn on the NASA channel and just have it on in the background while he played. We visited The Kennedy Space Center once before a few years ago and he got a lot out of it, but at his young age we felt it lacked a draw to get us back. I personally love the Imax movies and would visit every time they changed those if given a chance but for the younger crowd the attraction needed a little something extra. Enter Angry Birds Space Encounter, a playroom full of Angry Birds games for the young and young at heart.
The Eggsteroid Slingshot was Jason’s favorite exhibit in the Angry Birds Encounter. In this exhibit players lined up and were told to slingshot the birds at either a red or blue pig target. The IRL game mimics the video game and allows players to really feel the power behind the sling in a way they can’t when playing on the computer or a phone.
The Cold Cuts Tile Puzzle really stumped Jason, my tiny genius. He could not get passed one puzzle and it drove him nuts. Basically you use the tablet to move around the tiles to tr and complete the puzzle which is displayed on a large screen in front of you. The puzzles get harder and harder each time. Each puzzle is a different Angry Birds scene with which your or your child may be familiar.
Create your own Angry Bird was my favorite exhibit because I was able to get artsy. You use a tablet to choose different bird body shapes, eyes, beaks and all the rest including fun things like hats and glasses. You can make each item bigger and smaller to really customize your look. It says that you can print your creation but there was no printer to be found. A tip for KSC would be to allow families to email their creations back home to themselves.
There are other parts to this exhibit as well including what my husband and Jason called the coolest “Mission Impossible style laser game”. I think it is actually called Red Planet Laser Challenge and I warn you the wait can be quite long so get in line quickly. It’s completely worth that wait. I don’t want to give the entire exhibit away so I’ll stop here and let you experience the rest for yourself. It’s really fun and adds that element Kennedy Space Center has been needing all along, a draw for youngsters that makes them keep coming back for more.
Oh and before I forget to mention there are numerous tablets available in the exit to play Angry Birds the game. In case you have been living under a rock and have never played the game and want to familiarize yourself with the hype or your kids are acting up and you need to take a much needed break in the air conditioning this is a much appreciated addition to the park. Kennedy Space Center Angry Birds Space Encounter Exhibit in Cape Canaveral, FL is a fun extra for a day spent learning about space. Visit Kennedy Space Center at http://www.kennedyspacecenter.com
*I received media tickets. All opinions are my own.