Ali had researched and managed to book seats for us to see a rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center (tickets sold out in two days apparently), I was SUPER excited!!
We arrived at the center in the morning and had a look at the various attractions while waiting for the 6pm launch.
They have an unused rocket, outdoor museum, with various model pods you can climb into.
Some even fit me
After an iMax movie experience we adults had a break and the kids ran around like lunatics in this cool ISS themed soft play area.
After lunch we headed towards the unmissable rockets and fuel tank of a shuttle.
They are seriously tall
In the building behind the rockets is a really cool introduction to the shuttle program, before they present Atlantis:
It's quite a sight!
The surface particularly is really unusual when you're used to the smooth aerodynamic surface of planes, having been built to survive the heat of re-entry.
While a lot of the attractions at KSC are targeted at slightly older kids, the whole shuttle area was great for F&G. You could sit on space toilets, see bedrooms, go down slides, flight simulators, sit in a model flight cabin, etc...
If we were to do it again we would defininately head for the shuttle area first.
By the time we came out it had started to rain. A lot. To get to the shuttle launch site you had to queue for a bus (in the rain). There was a constant queue since around 2pm and not many people coming back, so with me queuing (soaked), the forecast looking worse, everyone tired and a quick calculation that it could take 1-3hrs to get back from the launch site. We decided to head towards Tampa and look at the launch from a distance on the off chance that it went ahead. We found a great place to see it which had a load of locals already there.
Unfortunately (but vindicating our decision our decision to leave early) the rocket launch got postponed 24hrs. By which point we will be in Brooklyn...