Challenger Space Center Arizona, Peoria

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Challenger Space Center Arizona Reviews
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  • We went there today to visit, and the sign on the door said they were closed and moving. Their reopening will be announced at a later date.  more »
  • Great place to see what NASA did in promoting space travel. Pictures, exhibits and touching real meteorites are thrilling for all. The interactive exhibits are great for children and adults alike. Enj...  more »
  • For a good scientific outing and family gatherings look no further than the Challenger Space Center! They are first rate, very educated staff members and it's a great time for the kids and the parents...  more »
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  • 3 stars for the Interesting information. However, no one was around to guide us or open up the interactive portions. Maybe it was just a bad time of day? Exhibits all look about 15 years old. Maybe update the place and/or make guides more accessible...or stop charging an admission fee.
  • We were at the Challenger Space Center for their STEAM Fashion Show Fundraiser on 11/12, and we said this would be a great place to visit with our grandchildren. Lots of pictures, art, info on space missions and communications. Jordan Goddard put on a demonstration using liquid nitrogen that was really cool! The fashion show was great!
  • It will entertain for about an hour. There's not much to do here
  • The kids had a great time, and we all could have spent the whole day here! But I was surprised at some of the reviews I've just read...and, I don't think that many people do their homework and read up on this place before they get here. I think that they expect it to be like the Phoenix Science Center or the Children's Museum. There is nothing wrong with those places (we have memberships), but they are geared to the entertainment and engaging of younger, elementary school-aged children. The Challenger Space Center is more of an educational experience for older kids and adults. It also appeals more those who already have an appreciation and understanding of the Space Program and its' history. We took the tour and went to the Light Show in a group with about 10 adults and 15 kids... But like I mentioned, everyone (including the kids) already seemed to have a lot of knowledge and interest -- There were many chances for questions and answers and most of the kids were very involved and had some real good questions! All in all, we enjoyed ourselves there, and we will be returning.
  • My family and I visited last weekend before we headed home to San Diego. We were SO glad to have stopped. We received a personal tour fro ma gentlemen named Bob who was so knowledgeable and patient with my two sons....especially my 12 year old who asked question after question. We weren't able to go on the simulators as it wasn't available that day (check schedule in advance for this) but we will most certainly be back. Our family couldn't have been more pleased. We left with smiles on our faces and a better understanding of the space shuttles that flew and NASA. We will certainly be back!

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