This is the first time I have a travel contributor who is a single guy. I love getting different perspectives on how families share in the travel love. Not only is Rudy an excellent writer but he has an eye for photography and design. Our friends at Moody Gardens gave my guest contributor the opportunity to tour both exhibits. They had a blast. I’m glad he got to enjoy this activity with his family while the kids and I were out of town. Here’s some great photos and how it all went down. A 17% discount is available for Dallas Single Mom readers for tickets. Discount Code is below.
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If you’re looking for a holiday event for the family, Moody Gardens in Galveston, TX is hosting Festival of Lights and Ice Land Ice Sculptures featuring Sponge Bob Square Pants. This past weekend I enjoyed this event with my nephew, sister and her husband who came home for Thanksgiving from the Army.
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It includes a discounted combo ticket to ICE LAND, Festival of Lights and the MG 3D Theater for $34.95 for adults and $23.95 for kids. This is approximately a 17% off discount!
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Here are some additional Ice Land Fun Facts:
ICE LAND FUN FACTS
- Moody Gardens will transform into the premier holiday destination in the Southwest with the debut of ICE LAND: Ice Sculptures with SpongeBob SquarePants on November 15, 2014.
- 900 tons of ice will be used to create SpongeBob SquarePants-themed ice sculptures.
- Some sculptures within the exhibit will tower over 30 feet tall.
- The ice sculptures will be housed within 28,000 square feet of conditioned interior space which can hold up to 800 visitors, storage for 1,000 parkas and a gift shop.
- There will be 17,000 square feet of chilled exhibit space.
- The tent will be kept at a chilling nine degrees throughout the holiday season.
- 300 Tons of cooling will be distributed by seven air handling units.
- It will take 42 truckloads to transport the 6,000 ice blocks from Downtown Houston to Moody Gardens in Galveston.
- It takes 42 specific colors of ice to create SpongeBob SquarePants.
- It will take 31 professional ice carvers traveling 6,633 miles from Harbin, China, 45 days to create the sculpture scenes.
- More than 50 ice sculptures will be carved.
- ICE LAND planning began several years ago. Preparation began in February 2014 when the first block of ice was frozen.
- It has been 115 years since the last time the temperature was recorded near 9 degrees in Galveston.
- If you lined up the blocks of ice end to end it would stretch 3.79 miles. If you stacked the ice blocks it would be taller than 13 Empire State Buildings combined.
- It will take nearly 1,080 hours for the ice carvers to complete the sculptures in ICE LAND.
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