A Day at the Beach for those with Special Needs

Everyone deserves a day at the beach, right? That’s why special needs individuals are encouraged to come out to a beautiful day at the beach with Moody Gardens and Texas Adaptive Aquatics to participate in free adaptive sports designed just for them.  The 28th annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival will be Sept. 8 from 10 am to 4 pm at Moody Gardens Palm Beach.

Weather permitting, all guests ages eight and up who have special needs will have the opportunity to water ski, sail, kayak and paddleboard with special equipment and instructors at no charge. The annual event gives individuals a chance to experience water sports. For some it’s the first time to experience any sort of sport of this kind, which makes it a very rare and unique opportunity.

Individuals are also encouraged to bring their family along too to share the experience. Up to 4 immediate family members and caregivers are welcome to accompany guests who are participating and can enjoy free admission to Palm Beach. Extended family and friends can participate in the fun by purchasing a regular admission to Palm Beach, however only the lazy river and wave pool will be available to guests during this time.

The event reaches hundreds of families each year with the generous help of adaptive equipment and instructors from Turning Point Gulf Coast, Galveston Community Sailing, Island Paddle, Sun Time Watersports and Texas Adaptive Aquatics as well as volunteers from around the community including UTMB.

“This event gives individuals with special needs the opportunity to enjoy an array of water sports, which is not something that they get to do very often,” said Moody Gardens Volunteer Coordinator Molly Willems. “Seeing the thrill and excitement that it gives them is the most rewarding thing about this event.”

Registration for the event is required and will be open from Aug. 2 through Aug. 30. All activities are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Adaptive Water Sports Festival is one of several Hope Therapy events held at Moody Gardens every year. For event RSVP or volunteer registration, please contact Moody Gardens at 409-683-4108 or email volunteers@moodygardens.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Green in 2018

Looking for a New Year’s resolution? Why not commit to doing your part for the environment. Check out these ten tips to get started.

  1. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth. Leaving the water running for two minutes can waste up to five gallons a day.
  2. Take a travel mug to your favorite coffee shop instead of using paper cups. Replacing one disposable cup goes a long way; 58 billion paper cups are thrown away annually in the United States alone.
  3. Use a water filter to purify tap water instead of buying bottled water. (Also, use a reusable water bottle.) Americans spend about $1.22 per gallon on bottled water every year while tap water costs less than a penny per gallon on average.
  4. Bring your own reusable bags to the store when doing your shopping. A plastic bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1,000 years to break down, depending on the environment.
  5. Buy items in bulk. These larger containers reduce the amount of trash that ends up in landfills.
  6. Sign up for paperless billing. The average American uses about one 100-foot-tall Douglas fir tree’s worth of paper per year.
  7. Unplug unused chargers and appliances. The United States uses approximately 23 percent of the world’s energy, but only has about 5 percent of the world’s population.
  8. Wash your clothes in cold water whenever possible. As much as 90 percent of the energy used in a wash cycle goes in to heating the water.
  9. Try cooking meals using small appliances such as the microwave or toaster oven. These appliances use 30 percent less energy than a full-size oven.
  10. Try carpooling or taking public transportation to and from work. An average American spends 40 hours each year stuck in traffic, why not have some companions along for the ride?

Here’s to an eco-friendly 2018!

Summer, Summer, Summertime

A variety of unique adventures await your youngsters and teens as the 2016 Spring/Summer Pyramid Kid’s Camps kick off for the season! These interactive day camps give children the opportunity to become explorers and learn about wildlife and conservation at Moody Gardens.

For nearly 20 years, the Moody Gardens Education Department has continued to create interesting and engaging camps in which children are taught about the amazing worlds of oceans, rainforests and much more. Come and observe animal behavior from the various exhibits and participate in interactive stories, crafts and games.

Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance.  For additional information or to register, please call 409-683-4325 or email education@moodygardens.com.pyramidkidscamps_kidsattable2_small

The fun continues with the following camps below:

Preschool Camps

3-4 year olds

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • June 18 – Out of My Shell
  • July 9 – Funny Bones
  • July 23 – Sea Slimers
  • August 6 – Bits & Bites

Non-member: $20.00/camper (includes adult)

Member: $17.00/camper (includes adult)

Kid’s Camps

5-6 year olds

7-9 years olds

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • June 13-17 – Moody Views
  • July 11-15 – Moody Views 2
  • August 8-12 – Best in Shows

Non-member: $250/camper (Full Day-Weeklong)

Member: $212.50/camper

Non-member: $160/camper (Half Day-Weeklong)

Member: $136/camper

Non-member: $60/camper (Full Day-Two attraction visits)

Member: $51/camper

Non-member: $40/camper (Half Day – one attraction visit)

Member: $34/camper

Junior Keepers

10-11 year olds

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 21
  • Tuesday, July 19
  • Tuesday, August 16

Non-member: $75/camper

Member: $63.75/camper

Jr. Garden Artist

10 to 11 year olds

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Tuesday, June 21
  • Non-member: $75/camper
  • Member: $63.75/camper

Garden Artist

12 to 13 year olds

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, June 23

Non-member: $75/camper

Member: $63.75/camper

Keeper for a Day

12 to 13 year olds

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Thursday, July 21
  • Thursday, August 18

Non-member: $75/camper

Member: $63.75/camper