Arctic Fun at Moody Gardens: Snow Tubing

 

During this year’s Festival of Lights, Moody Gardens is bringing in a new holiday experience: snow tubing! Texas doesn’t have a lot of snow or sledding opportunities, especially down by the Gulf coast. However, with this addition to the arctic fun at Moody Gardens, even Texan kids can experience this fun winter past time.

 

Glide along the ice and into the holiday season. Snow tubing features a 100-foot ice slide set up in the Moody Gardens grounds. Guests will glide down the giant ice slide on a tube, experiencing an icy thrill unlike any in the region.

 

Snow tubing is fun for almost all ages! The gravity propels the tubes down the slide at exhilarating, yet safe, speeds. Since there aren’t many snow-covered hills in Texas, it is hard to experience this kind of holiday fun without traveling up north. Now you can have snowy hills and Gulf coast beaches, all in the same vacation.

 

From over a million lights to giant ice slides, you can’t find a holiday experience quite like the Festival of Lights. The snow tubing will start on Saturdays during the Festival of Lights (November 10-December 5), and then open daily from December 22-January 5. The hours are noon to 10pm, and admission is only $12.00. You and your family will have plenty of time to get down to Moody Gardens to experience this new seasonal attraction.

 

Snow tubing is just one of the many fun holiday events in Texas going on at Moody Gardens this season. The holiday lights, Christmas events in Texas, and other attractions are constantly entertaining all our visitors. Plan your next family holiday at Moody Gardens, and plan to stay at the Moody Gardens Hotel. Enjoy our special holiday deal, a Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17! Also, don’t miss out on the ice skating in the area’s only outdoor skating rink, here at the Moody Gardens!

Family Friendly Accommodations at Moody Gardens Hotel

 

While the Moody Gardens Hotel is known for its spectacular rooms and amenities such as the spa and convention center, it is actually a wonderful place for kids to stay. The Moody Gardens hotel has a ton of activities and perks for the kids. Read on to learn more about our family friendly accommodations.

 

Kids Eat Free: Yep, you read that correctly, free! Everyday, with the purchase of an adult entrée at the Terrace Restaurant, your little one, under the age of 12, gets a free meal! The free meal includes anything off the kid’s menu or buffet for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll have a well-fed family and a well-fed wallet.

 

Pools: The swimming pools are a great time for kids of every age! While parents relax amongst the lush gardens and waterfalls, the children are jumping in the water or grabbing afternoon treats from the poolside snack bar. Summer and holiday time call for special poolside fun such as face-painting clowns or a tropical bounce house. The outdoor Jacuzzi is enjoyable for everyone year around, so no matter what season you visit Moody Gardens Hotel be sure to bring your bathing suit!

 

Kid’s Crew: Kid’s Crew activities will keep your children busy and entertained throughout their visit. The activities include arts and crafts, a bounce house, kite flying, scavenger hunts, karaoke, Wii competitions, movie nights, clown face painting, and more. Kids can also play on the outdoor playground or test their logic skill with the Giant Chess Game. The best part is, all the Kid’s Crew activities are free for hotel guests! Activities are seasonal and change daily, so the fun is always different.

 

The Moody Gardens Hotel is the perfect place if you’re looking for family friendly hotels in Texas. Our family friendly hotel is sure to please every member of your family. Don’t forget to check out the Moody Gardens Attractions, such as the Aquarium Pyramid and the Rainforest Pyramid, while you’re here for more entertainment! We’re also offering a special holiday deal at the spa! Take time to relax while your kids are out having a great time.

The Flavors of Moody Gardens Holiday Buffet

At the Festival of Lights you can experience the sights, sounds, smells, and flavors of the holidays. The Holiday Buffet covers the tastes and smells with its delicious variety of holiday soups, salads, entrees, accompaniments, and desserts.

The Holiday Buffet is the perfect place for date night or a family outing. With two delicious options for the kiddos (Spaghetti Marinara and Mac & Cheese Supreme) the whole family is bound to be satisfied with this holiday feast.

The Holiday Buffet is the perfect way to start or finish your visit to the Festival of Lights. You can fuel up on all the different delicious foods offered, such as the Pasta Shells with Ricotta over a Bed of Tomato Basil Cream Sauce accompanied with Grand Marnier and Cinnamon Glazed Carrots. Follow your meal with one of our Chef’s assorted desserts. Yum!

The Holiday Buffet is a great place to take out-of-town guests who are in for the holidays! You don’t have to do any of the decorating, cooking, or cleaning. Leave it all to us to feed your guests a delicious meal during their stay. The buffet is also a great option if you are already at Moody Gardens exploring. You don’t have to drive, park, and wait at another restaurant. You can just stroll right into The Garden Restaurant.  It’s not just a meal; it’s a seasonal experience for everyone.

The Festival of Lights Buffet is served only on nights the Festival of Lights is open. It also excludes Thanksgiving and Christmas due to the special holiday menu on those days. The price of admission for adults is $15.95, and for children ages 5-12 is $7.95. Take a look at our delicious menu!

If you’re looking for Galveston or Houston holiday events, look no further than Moody Gardens. Our holiday lights festival is the perfect family entertainment this season. Don’t miss out on our Festival of Lights Arctic Package deal for your family weekend getaways in Texas this season. Be sure to check out the family friendly accommodations at the Moody Gardens Hotel.

Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights

If you’re only going to go to one holiday festival this season, make sure it’s the Moody Garden’s Festival of Lights. This holiday celebration is one of the largest in the area. The entertainment is nonstop, making Festival of Lights a holiday tradition for many families.

 

At the Festival of Lights you can enjoy:

-One million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated displays

-Live entertainment each night

-The area’s ONLY outdoor skating rink

-Pictures with Santa Claus

-Holiday films at the Moody Gardens 3D, 4D Special FX, or Ridefilm theaters

 

Experience even more holiday fun this year with the addition of snow tubing! Ride down a 100-ft ice slide set up in the Gardens. Snow tubing is open from noon to 10 pm on Saturdays, November 10 through December 15, and daily December 22-January 5. Admission is $12.00.

On Friday nights, if you bring a non-perishable food item, you’ll get 2 for 1 admission to the Festival of Lights. The food drive proceeds go to the Galveston County Food Bank. So while you’re enjoying the holiday entertainment, you’ll also be spreading the cheer throughout the community.

Dive into a holiday feast at the  Festival of Lights Holiday Buffet in The Garden Restaurant. The buffet has options for the whole family, including a special “Kid’s Favorites” section. The buffet is served on nights the Festival of Lights is open.

Master Illusionist Curt Miller and friends bring A Magical Christmas Dinner and Show to the Moody Gardens during the Festival of Lights. The dinner and show are held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center on December 17-20 and the 20-27. The admission price includes a buffet dinner, performance, Festival of Lights ticket, tax, gratuity, and parking.  You don’t want to miss this fun family friendly event! Get your tickets today!

The holiday lights and Houston holiday events at Moody Gardens are the best way to spend your family vacation this year! Don’t miss out on these events in Galveston and our special holiday deal, a Festival of Lights Arctic Package for only $17! Moody Gardens is the place to be this year for Christmas events in Texas!

The Holiday Experience at Moody Gardens

Experience the holidays in a whole new way at Moody Gardens. Our unique seasonal activities provide the best holiday entertainment in the Galveston area. Join us this year for  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve!

Thanksgiving: Join us Thanksgiving weekend for a shopping spectacular! The Home for the Holidays Gift Market features more than 100 of the region’s gift vendors for you to choose from. Their unique gifts include home décor, candles, craft foods, accessories and more. Get a head start with your Christmas shopping while experiencing Moody Gardens.  Don’t miss out on the VIP lounge access to the Gift Market! For only $35 you can spend time in our lounge that overlooks the showroom floor and enjoy specialty holiday hors d’oevres, featured beverages, wines and hot cider. The Market is open November 23 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., November 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and November 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00. Also, let us do all the cooking and cleaning this Thanksgiving! Join us for the  Moody Garden’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet.

Christmas: The Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families in the region. We throw one of the largest holiday extravaganzas in the area, with more than one million lights sparkling throughout Moody Gardens. The Festival of Lights is from November 10 to January 5. Enjoy ice skating, snow tubing, holiday films and hot cocoa along the trail. Also, don’t miss Moody Gardens presents a Magical Christmas Dinner and Show. This magical holiday experience is held in the Moody Gardens Convention Center December 14-17, 20-27.  Get your tickets today.

New Year’s Eve: The best New Year’s Eve party is here at Midnight in the Gardens! Enjoy non-stop entertainment as you ring in 2013!

 

If you’re looking for family weekend getaways in Texas this holiday season, then look no further than Moody Gardens. Our holiday events in Galveston and holiday deals combine to create the perfect way to spend your season. Don’t miss out on our special Festival of Lights Arctic Package if you’re looking for a great deal on Christmas events in Texas.

Moody Gardens Golf Course: November Specials

Tee off with some great specials this November at the Moody Gardens Golf Course!
*Prices shown are Per Person, Include Cart

Military Appreciation in November
Show Active or Retired Military ID
$20 Anytime Mon-Fri & After 1pm Sat-Sun

$20 Ladies’ Day Wednesdays

Family Golf Sundays
Kids 18 & Under FREE
w/Paid Adult Round after 3pm
Adults Play for Just $20*
*Only Valid if Golfing w/ 18 & under

$10 for 5 Holes After 4pm
Valid Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sun

$20 Senior Rise and Shine
Seniors 65+, Before 10am Tues & Thurs

$9 for 9 Holes
Start Between 8-9am, Mon-Thurs

Specials are subject to availability.
Not valid Nov. 22-23, 2012
Must call for tee time reservations.

 CALL 409-683-4653

 

Mr. Awesome

 

Sunday was Reptile Awareness Day and we’d like to make a belated tribute to one of the reptiles in our Rainforest Pyramid — Mr. Awesome.

Mr. Awesome, or more commonly known as the Crocodile monitor, can be found in mangroves and rainforests in Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, they are facing pressures of habitat destruction and pet trade.

So what makes him so awesome? Well, he’s one of the longest lizards out there. Including his tail, he’s about eight feet long.

Mr. Awesome is a fast runner and a great climber, making it hard for his prey to run away. And if you’re lucky, he’ll smile and show you his long teeth — the longest of any monitor. He eats a variety of prey, from mammals to birds to eggs and even carrion.

But the best part, like all of the animals in our Rainforest Pyramid, is his behavior. Mr. Awesome is quite attentive to our keepers. We’re in the process of teaching him basic husbandry behaviors, for maintenance and emergencies, and he’s showing signs of intelligence similar to a dog – but in his own stubborn way.

Bats for Bats Weekly Online Auction

2012 is Year of the Bat and we’re celebrating it with Bats for Bats! We’ll be having a series of online auctions for the coming weeks. Each sports memorabilia was generously donated to support bats and their important role in the environment. The money raised from these items will be donated to Bat Conservation International to fund crucial education and awareness.

ITEM 1
(SOLD!)

Houston Astros Maxwell & Johnson Autographed Baseball


ITEM 2
(SOLD!)

Dynamo Fan Pack with Two Tickets for any 2013 game

 

ITEM 3
(SOLD)

Texas Rangers’ Michael Young Autographed Photo

 

ITEM 4
(SOLD)

Authentic Texas Tech football autographed by Tommy Tuberville
ITEM 5
Bid here: 
http://bit.ly/Bats4Bats5
(bidding ends 11/13)
UT Football with authentic Mack Brown autograph

Madagascar Giant Jumping Rats

Meet the newest members of our Rainforest Pyramid: Madagascar Giant Jumping Rats

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

These guys are the largest endemic rodents in Madagascar. They find food by foraging the forest floor for fallen fruits. These nocturnal animals live in dry and deciduous coastal forests. Jumping rats often communicate in trills and barks, and are extremely active and curious creatures.  Despite the name, they don’t really jump unless they’re startled or frightened. Both of our new additions are male.

Moody Gardens is fortunate enough to provide a home for the Jumping Rats, as we are only one of six North American zoos and aquariums to have these species. These endangered species are threatened by habitat loss and hunted by feral cats and dogs.

With these newest family members, we are now a part of the large European Endangered Species Program (EEP), equivalent to the North American’s AZA Species Survival Plan.

Sports Fest Attendees Share Inspiring Stories

For the first time in its 22-year history, Moody Gardens’ annual Adaptive Water Sports Festival is teaming up with the U.S. Paralympics for a unique experience for individuals with special needs. This event allows participants to experience several water sports, including water skiing, sailing and kayaking, with the assistances of special equipment and instructors. The U.S. Paralympics team, TRR Texas, will also demonstrate its skills with a kayaking time trial as part of the Paralympic Experience.

Here are three inspiring stories from some of the people attending this weekend:

 

Kelly Allen, Age 20:

My name is Kelly Allen. I was born with Proximal Femoral Focal deficiency (PFFD) type D. This is a rare, non-hereditary birth defect that affects the pelvis and the femur. However, because I am a type D I am totally missing my left femur, patella, and fibula, along with a fully developed hip socket. Because of this birth defect I have learned to adapt to everyday life using my prosthetic leg. Basically, the left side of my lower body didn’t develop and I look like I only have one half of a leg. Doctors told my parents I would not be able to sit or stand let alone participate in any sports.

However, today I am more active than ever! Having taken home 4th place at the 2012 ICF Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland for kayaking I am now considered an elite athlete. Along with kayaking, I am on my way of living my dream of becoming a world class ski racer and an athlete in the 2014 Sochi Russia Paralympic games!


Dylan Brown, Age 23:

Dylan is ranked 6th in the world for ParaCanoe V1 TA after representing the United States this past May at the ICF Sprint World Cup in Poznan, Poland. Brown, a native to Pensacola, Florida started his promising career as a US Marine during his junior year in high school. Taking on the role as a Platoon Radio Operator, Brown was deployed to Afghanistan in March of 2011. Only a few months on the job Brown suffered serious injuries in the field after being electrocuted. He has been recovering since in the Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.

It is here in Texas that his kayaking career has only just begun. Dylan participates in the Red River Racing Kayak program on base held at the Center for the Intrepid. It is there that he took his kayaking skills from intermediate to the elite level. Brown took second at US Nationals in Oklahoma City qualifying him for the national team. Brown is now working with a Military Paralympic program to help him reach his full potential on the water in hopes of making the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Tacey Raulerson, Age 12:

Tacey was diagnosed with an extremely rare cancer, Retinoblastoma, when she was 7 ½ months old. Retinoblastoma causes malignant tumors to form in the eyes of infants. When she was diagnosed, the doctors were not very optimistic that Tacey’s eyes could be saved but they were willing to attack the disease with some aggressive chemo in the hopes of saving at least some of her vision, but more especially, her life. Only six weeks into the chemo, the doctors realized her left eye could not be saved. Her left eye had to be removed and years later, after fighting to save her right eye and as much vision as possible, the doctors and her parents came to the realization that in order to continue to save her life it was necessary to also remove her right eye. One month before her 7th birthday, Tacey underwent the surgery that would leave her blind.

Cancer may have taken her sight, but it has not taken her courage. Soon after she lost her second eye, she rode her first horse and a new passion and dream was fueled. Now those dreams are being realized as she reigns as the first ever Miss Tough Enough To Wear Pink Four States Rodeo Queen. During her reign, Tacey has many duties, but her primary task is to spread her uplifting spirit and to encourage others to set their sights high. Wherever Tacey goes, she spreads hope, inspiration and encouragement with her joy and zest for life. She shares her story and courage with all she meets.

 

It’s not too late to register or to volunteer! This event is scheduled for Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach. It is free of charge to the individual with special needs and immediate family members on a first come, first serve basis. For more information please contact volunteers@moodygardens.com or call 409-683-4108.