Launch Unwanted Holiday Fruit Cakes and Recycle Christmas Trees at Moody Gardens on Jan. 2

Moody Gardens will host a Fruit Cake Launch and Christmas Tree Chunk on Jan. 2 with a mission to recycle and have some fun.

Conservation is a key part of our mission at Moody Gardens and this event is an example of something simple we can do to raise awareness and be  environmentally friendly in our community. Each year, Moody Gardens collaborates with the City of Galveston in an effort to recycle Christmas trees.  Visitors can bring their bare trees from this holiday season and “chunk” them into a pile to be recycled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  The fresh mulch will be used in plant beds around Moody Gardens and throughout the city. Those who wish to can also bring some mulch home with them.

An entertaining new tradition is being added to the event this year.  Visitors are invited to participate in the first annual Fruit Cake Launch from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Rather than re-gifting their unwanted fruit cakes, we welcome people to bring them to launch on one of our two launchers for the chance to win a prize for the furthest flying cake.  The winner will receive a four-pack of tickets to all Moody Gardens attractions along with a Penguin Encounter where they will meet a real penguin. To enter the Fruit Cake Launch contest, visitors need to bring one nonperishable food item or $1 in cash to be donated to Gleanings From The Harvest. Guests may also purchase water balloons to launch for a donation of $1 per two balloons, also to be donated to Gleanings From The Harvest.

The festivities are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. in the Moody Gardens west parking lot.  The event is open to the public.

At a Glance

Event: Fruit Cake Launch and Christmas Tree Chunk

Date / Time:  Jan. 2, 2010, 2 p.m.

Admission: Free and open to the public, to participate in Fruit Cake Launch please bring one nonperishable food item or $1 cash to donate

Name the Baby Penguin Contest!

Submit a name and you could win a penguin prize package for four and meet a real penguin!

Moody Gardens Penguin ChickEnter one of two ways:

1)    Submit your entry in the Registration Box at the Moody Gardens Aquarium Pyramid
2)    Email your entry to namethepenguin@moodygardens.com (Be sure to include your name, age, phone number and address with your email entry)

Contest dates:  Dec. 18, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010
Prize Awarded:  King Tux the Moody Gardens Penguin Mascot will choose the winning entry Jan. 3

Please note: Contestants must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older to use their prize.

Free 12 Days of Christmas at Moody Gardens Starts Monday

We are celebrating the 12 days of Christmas by offering you the Free 12 Days of Christmas.

Here are simple steps to receiving the free offers:

First, follow us on twitter at twitter.com/moody_gardens or by searching @moody_gardens on your Twitter account

We have a different offer every day for 12 days, starting Monday, Dec. 14 through Christmas Day, Dec. 25. You can find out what we are giving away the evening of the day before on Twitter.

All you have to do is show the tweet at the Aquarium Pyramid Lobby cashier on the day of the offer. The first 12 people to do so will receive the daily free gift from Moody Gardens. Remember, the offer is only good for the day! The Aquarium Pyramid Lobby ticketing counter opens at 9:30 a.m. every day except for Christmas Day at 12 noon.

Happy Holidays, everyone!


Introducing New Moody Gardens Blog

Holidays are near, and this is an exciting season for us here at Moody Gardens. This year in particular, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for. Our Festival of Lights will be back with more lights and more activities after the island’s remarkable recovery one year following Ike. Newly released, Disney’s A Christmas Carol 3D is a new attempt for us to provide a better visitor experience. We are also pleased to host our new traveling exhibit, Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island, right here in Galveston. Above all, we are extremely thankful for all our guests and community members for their support that has allowed us to be where we are today.

In this holiday spirit, we are proud to introduce our Moody Gardens Blog just in time for the season. Our new blog discusses anything and everything about Galveston’s family destination. From the depth of four oceans, the delicate beauty of the rainforest to the three-dimension giant screen, Moody Gardens insiders are here to share with you all things Moody Gardens. We hope to give you new ways to connect with us and share your ideas.

Happy Holidays!