The Cosmosphere

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Looking for something different to do with your family? How about a short drive to Hutchinson, KS to check out The Cosmosphere.

I have to be honest, this was my first time visiting the space museum and STEM education center in probably thirty years. It’s been so long that I forgot everything that was there. As a kid, I was always fascinated with space as were many kids my age.

Ticket prices vary depending on the package you want. Kids can range around $5 and adults $8-14 depending on the amenities you want to visit. I’m always for splurging a little and All-Access Mission Passes. After all, it’s not often we make the drive to see the Cosmosphere. I wanted to make sure we got our money’s worth and support a very fine establishment that’s been around since 1962.

I don’t want to give away everything as seeing is believing. The Cosmosphere does a fantastic job of giving families an idea of what it’s like in outer space. It’s a world that’s completely foreign to 99% of us so getting a sneak peek into that is more than just educational.

Here’s bits and pieces of what you can expect.

There were real life artifacts scattered throughout the place.

There was even a scale that showed how much you weighed on Earth compared to other areas like the moon. I ate tacos before this, so my weight was a bit skewed.

They had a showing at the Carey Digital Dome Theater. It’s worth checking out if you go. The theater is a two-story Dome with an astonishing 4K digital projection system.

There was an actual chair from one of the shuttles you could sit in. It was probably less comfortable than the old school wooden desk & chair combos from back in the day. I couldn’t imagine being in that thing for intergalactic travels.

They had samples of what food looked like for astronauts. The shrimp cocktail didn’t look too appetizing and cans of beef in mayonnaise and liver paste sounded worse. Would I try it though? No doubt!

All in all, everyone loved it. It’s just one of those places, every family should experience once.

They are located at 1100 N. Plum St. in Hutchinson, KS. To purchase tickets in advance or learn more about the Cosmosphere, check out their webpage or call 1-800-397-0330.


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