Carnival Cruise Line launches children’s space education programme

Carnival Cruise Line launches children’s space education programme

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Children will be able to complete hands-on activities as part of the Space Cruises curriculum

Carnival Cruise Line is partnering with Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to launch a children’s space programme with activities inspired by Nasa science onboard Carnival Celebration.

The ‘Space Cruisers’ curriculum will teach childten about earth and the universe through hands-on learning experiences. Children will be able to complete activities to earn a themed mission partch representative of the programme.

Highlights of the porgramme include ‘Optimal Orbit’, a session for children aged 2-8 where they will learn about gravity and the movement of objects through space with a giant trampoline. Children between 6 and 11 can design their own take-home mission patch, while the ‘Space Cruises Rocket Workshop’ will allow them to build their own paper rocket. Families can partipate together in ‘Mars Base Connect’ to build their own Mars base, while ‘Astro!’ is a space-themed bingo game in which players call out constellations as they’re displayed to win prizes.

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

An area of the Camp Ocean children’s area will also feature an illuminated space showcasing the planets as well as a display of light-up constellations on the ceiling.

“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 programme gives them the chance to discover many of the awesome aspects of space through fun activities while taking away unique learnings.”

The programme will debut on Carnival Celebration when it sets sail on its inaugural voyage from Miami this November and will then be rolled out to Mardi Gras as she sails from Port Canaveral. Various activities from the programme will later go fleetwide in time for the US spring break holiday during March and April 2023.

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Alex Smith
By Alex Smith
10 October 2022

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