Looking for a family review of the Apollo 13: Mission Control show at the Tacoma Dome? You’ve come to the right place!
Update: The ticket contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered, and read on for my family’s review.
My big kid is still sleeping, so I asked Henry for his review. The verdict? “Nine thousand!” I guess you could say he enjoyed it!
The show itself is like watching a play where the actors interact with the audience. You’re seated at a console just like what the members of the real mission control team would have been using. You’ll see lights going off, maybe have a phone to answer, and you might even find yourself trying to answer questions and think on your feet as part of the mission control team. Each console has a different function, and how much interaction you have depends a bit on your job. We ended up having an equation to solve, and a bunch of switches to flick, but for the most part, we were doing more observing than participating. It still felt very exciting, and both the boys were wide-eyed the whole time. The actors do a great job with their parts and recreating the atmosphere of the early 70s. You can take pictures with the, “Astronauts,” or, “Walter Cronkite,” after the show, too.
The boy who loved it the Most was the 42 year old, but I saw audience members of all ages enjoying it. I do think it’s best for kids 8 and up with an interest in science/space/history (think more Discovery Channel than Star Wars). While Henry had a lot of fun, much of it was definitely over his head.
You’ll also want to bring along a spirit of adventure. There is lots of noise and light and sometimes the boss is yelling directions at you! The folks who had the most to do seemed to be those in the front couple of rows. If you can’t get one of those seats, you might try for an aisle seat with a phone, or my husband thought the folks who got to talk with the Navy or interpret with the Russians were having a lot of fun, too. I would definitely suggest buying a console seat. The “Press,” is seated in chairs around the show. While these seats are less expensive, and they can see everything, I thought it looked like a lot less fun. The night we went some of the folks in the press section got to move into empty console seats, but I don’t think that’s something you could count on.
Overall, we all really enjoyed ourselves. My husband, in particular, thought it was one of the most unique things we’d done as a family. Console tickets are 52.00, but you can get a free child’s ticket with each adult’s purchase by using code MOM. While not a bargain, this is right in line with other interactive productions. It’s in the exhibition hall next to the dome, and it’s a small, theater style atmosphere. There was tons of simple, free parking.
If you’d like to go too you can head here for tickets. There are 12 shows to choose from. Huge Deal Alert:Use Code, “MOM,” and take advantage of the, “Kids Fly Free,” special, which is a free child’s ticket with every full priced adult (maximum of two free kids tickets per family).
Disclosure and Boring Legal Stuff: I was provided with tickets for the purpose of reviewing the show, and the Apollo 13:Mission Control team is providing the ticket prizes. This post includes provided text and my own opinions. I was not compensated in any other way. Facebook is not associated with this giveaway.