Celebrate an Unforgettable Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens

A guiding hand, a gentle kiss and the warmth of unconditional love are among the many gifts Mothers have given us through the years. This Mother’s Day, celebrate Mom’s special place in your life with a spectacular getaway to Moody Gardens Hotel.

– Mother’s Day Buffet
– Mothers eat free (1 mother, per guest room)
– Mothers get a rose
– Mother’s Day menu
– Mother’s Day prices

On Sunday, May 10 treat Mom to a hassle-free Mother’s Day Buffet filled with a delightful selection of breads, soups, salads, entrees, desserts and more. Enjoy Chilled Strawberry Soup, Omelet and Waffle Stations, an assortment of fresh fruits, salads and vegetables, Roast Sirloin Au Jus, Chilled Gulf Shrimp and Blue Crab Fingers, Nut Crusted Atlantic Cod with Apple Vinaigrette, Roast Pork Loin with Mango Salsa, Chicken Cordon Bleu, a decadent dessert table, a flambé station and more! As an added bonus, moms eat free*. Prices for the Mother’s Day Buffet are $48.95 for Adults, $38.95 for Seniors, $24.95 for Children 4-12, and Children three and under are free. Seatings for the Mother’s Day Buffet are available every half hour from 11:00am to 3:00pm. For Buffet reservations call 409-683-4466.

*One mother per hotel room.

Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens

Mother’s Day ought to be memorable and serve as a reminder of the love and appreciation moms need year-round. What better way to create joyful Mother’s Day memories than with a weekend getaway at a Galveston Island resort?

Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston is an ideal location for Mother’s Day celebrations. With its wide selection of activities and luxurious accommodations, the resort offers moms a chance to take a well-deserved break from work and responsibility. So what can they enjoy at Moody Gardens over Mother’s Day weekend?

Mother’s Day Treats at Moody Gardens Hotel
The chief highlight of Mother’s Day at Moody Gardens is the Sunday buffet, which opens at 11 a.m. and continues well into the afternoon.

Moms eat for free and can indulge in a wide selection of delicious food. These include waffles, salads, chilled strawberry soup, fresh fruit, and omelets prepared the way she likes. If she loves seafood, she can enjoy chilled Gulf shrimp, blue crab, and nut-crusted Atlantic cod served with an apple vinaigrette. Meat dishes range from chicken cordon bleu to a roast pork loin prepared with mango salsa. She can also help herself to freshly baked breads and an assortment of vegetable side dishes.

Make sure she saves room for dessert. Desserts include cookies, cakes, chocolate mousse, French pastries, and richly flavored offerings from a flambé station.

Along with the high-quality buffet, Moody Gardens Hotel offers other treats for visiting moms. They will receive a complimentary rose and the chance to participate in free yoga classes on Saturday and Sunday. The hotel’s spa also provides them with opportunities for rejuvenation and stress relief.

More Moody Gardens Fun on Mother’s Day
Visiting Moody Gardens on Mother’s Day weekend means you get a chance to explore Galveston Island’s beaches and parkland. Moms can go for a swim, work on their tan, or enjoy an invigorating hike.

As a guest at Moody Gardens Hotel, you won’t have to travel far for a variety of recreational activities. On Mother’s Day weekend, the resort will host the Red Cat Jazz Festival, which features renowned performers and a special event honoring the mothers of jazz legends. Moody Gardens is also well-known for its numerous family-friendly activities. Visit the Rainforest Pyramid, where you can observe exotic monkeys, otters, and alligators up close. The Aquarium Pyramid introduces you to a host of aquatic wildlife, including sharks and seals. And why not enjoy world-class theaters, a recently renovated golf course, and a thrilling zip line over a beach?

For more information about planning your Mother’s Day visit at Moody Gardens, be sure to check out our website. With our well-earned Certificates of Excellence from TripAdvisor, we have a reputation for offering a high-quality vacation experience.

 

Spongebob Subpants Adventure at Moody Gardens Lets Guests Choose Their Own Submarine Adventure Beginning This Memorial Day Weekend

Moody Gardens guests can visit iconic destinations and meet their favorite underwater characters from Nickelodeon’s global phenomenon  SpongeBob SquarePants when the SpongeBob SubPants Adventure debuts in the Discovery Pyramid this Memorial Day weekend.

The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure will take guests through all the stages of a submarine voyage, complete with live animals and their captain, Patrick Star, who takes them on a wild and silly deep-sea adventure where they help choose their path through the experience.

The doors open to a pier-themed pre-show area filled with hands-on activities and tanks full of remarkable sea life. Guests will be transported back in time through L’Oceanauts Submarine Explorations’ vintage “mission briefing” film that explores the beauty of coral reefs and highlights the different animals within the tanks surrounding them. The audience will encounter real sea stars, jellyfish, sea sponges and squids while also learning about the importance of sea-life conservation.

Once the briefing is completed, the doors will open for guests to step aboard “Le Plunger” submarine and take their 3D glasses and their seat before departs from the dock for open water. The SUB then descends to a familiar underwater town as SpongeBob SquarePants and your tour guide, Patrick Star, appear through the front window of the SUB.

Guests will be part of the experience as they have improvised, real-time interaction with Patrick while he takes them to destinations of their choosing through Bikini Bottom. They can have their fortune read by Patrick in Goo Lagoon, try the jellyfish dating call in Jellyfish Fields or learn a special dance from Sandy Cheeks. Guests will also try to stop Plankton from taking over the SUB in his evil plan to steal the Krabby Patty secret formula.

The nautical adventure comes to life as guests are able to smell the sunscreen, pop bubbles above their heads and hit around a beach ball when the 3D images on the screen transform from digital to real time through exciting 4D sensory elements and live narration. The SpongeBob SubPants Adventure is a non-stop whirlwind of surprises that is fun for the whole family only at Moody Gardens.

For more information, call (800) 582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.

Moody Gardens® is a public, non-profit, educational destination utilizing nature in the advancement of rehabilitation, conservation, recreation, and research.

 

Celebrate Upcoming Holidays at The Moody Gardens Hotel

Mother’s Day

Stay in our updated guest rooms
Mother’s eat free at our special mother’s day buffet*
15% off signature spa services
* some restrictions apply

Memorial Day

$50 resort credit on a two night stay**
Visit SPEED: Science in Motion and investigate the technology of Formula One auto racing. See a pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments.
Kids Crew: Scavenger hunts, movie nights, Wii competitions, bounce house, s’mores and more
Meet Sunny the Penguin- The King of Cool every morning and Friday night
Test your agility on the new ropes course and zip line
Explore the Rainforest, Aquarium and Discovery Pyramids
Play at Palm Beach and the Lazy River
Lounge at our Texas-sized heated outdoor swimming pool
Blossoms Ice Cream serving Blue Bell Ice Cream
** must book by calling 1-888-388-8484

Summer

Plenty of Squeals, Smiles and Excitement for the Entire Family

Take a much needed break from the daily grind and enjoy a jammed packed summer getaway that the family will remember forever. Start your mornings at Café in the Park and eat breakfast with our resident King of Cool, Sunny the Penguin, or pop into Moody Brews and enjoy a signature Starbuck beverage and pastries. Then head out for a day of fun-filled excitement for the whole family.

Kids will delight in the Kids Crew Club. Moody Gardens Hotel’s complimentary activities provided to all guests. Throughout the day, children will be able to make balloon art, arts & crafts, sing karaoke, participate in Wii competitions, watch movies under the stars, play musical jump rope, outdoor activities such as soccer, tug of war and s’mores.

For some friendly competition, rack’em up for a game of pool in the Garden Cay Activity Room or play a round of championship golf at the Moody Gardens Golf Course.

Discover an underwater world in one of the world’s largest displays of marine life in our Aquarium Pyramid. Our 1.5 million gallon aquarium is teeming with creatures from tuxedo-clad penguins to seals, stingrays, sharks and more.  Get up close with a real penguin at The Moody Gardens Public Penguin Encounter. The 45-minute program is designed to allow guests to get up close to one of the penguins from the Aquarium Pyramid South Atlantic Exhibit. Participants will experience the cool climate, sounds and even smells of the exhibit and witness a penguin create a work of art as part of an enrichment activity for the animal. Walk along the Rainforest Pyramid and enjoy a rare, up-close and interactive experience with endangered plants and animals ranging from Giant Amazon River Otters to Saki Monkeys and Chinese Alligators. Visit the MG 3D theater and see the latest movies on the world’s first museum-based 4K 3D giant 6 Primary laser projection system. Engage all of your senses at the MG 4D theater. The 3D projection, audio and show control systems along with wind, seat sensors, leg ticklers, scent, misters and snow put you in the action. Live the high-life on an hour-long cruise aboard our Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, a replica of an 1800s paddlewheel boat. Dinner and private cruises are available for groups of 65 or more (Weather permitting).

Take a break from all of the adventure and relax by the pool at Moody Gardens Hotel. Our Texas-size heated tropical pool with adult lounge area, swim-up bar and cabanas and relax with a giant scoop of ice cream from Blossoms.

Special Spring Break rates are available. On March 8-9, rates begin at $189 per night plus tax.* For more information or hotel reservations, call 888-388-8484 or visit moodygardenshotel.com.

*Does not apply to discounted rates, packages, promotions or group rates.

Create a Memorable Spring Break at Moody Gardens

Enjoy a Fun-Filled Family Vacation in Galveston

Heading to a warm, sunny climate with plenty of water fun makes for the perfect spring break getaway. Families planning trips can find countless things to do in the nation’s southern reaches, but no Texas destination offers more charm than Galveston. If you’re planning a spring break trip for your family, explore the memory-making options that Moody Gardens offers.
Building a Custom Spring Break Experience
Making the most out of a family spring break trip means planning activities that will please kids and parents alike. While this can be difficult to do, you’ll find that Moody Gardens offers plenty of options. As you plan your trip, be sure to map out activities just for you, activities just for your kids and activities for the whole family. We offer a golf course, zip line, ropes course, huge pool and more.

For parents, consider spending time at the spa or enjoying a romantic dinner at Shearn’s Seafood and Prime Steaks. Kids can enjoy fast-paced fun with their peers at the Kid’s Crew. Check your kids into the club for activities, a bounce house, arts and crafts, face painting, water play and treasure hunts. If you’re looking for something to do with the whole family, consider heading to the Discovery Museum or catching an educational film in one of the 3D or 4D theaters on the grounds.

Of course, Moody Gardens is also the perfect choice for your vacation because it’s more than just a hotel. We offer a variety of benefits for families who visit during spring break, including:

•  Newly renovated and redesigned guestrooms
• A 15% discount on individual spa services every day except Saturday
• Free meals for kids (with some restrictions)
• Docking privileges at the Moody Gardens Marina
• A full-service coffee bar
• Close proximity to Schlitterbahn Water Park

Enjoying Your Time in Galveston
If you’re planning to stay at Moody Gardens for your spring break, you may want to head out and enjoy everything the community of Galveston offers. You might enjoy spending time on a sunny beach or ride the Galveston Island Ferry. Outdoor enthusiasts can fish, hike and take photos of the beautiful landscapes on the island.

History buffs will enjoy visiting one of the area’s historic buildings, including the Hitchcock House, Ashton Villa and Garten Verein. A variety of art galleries can be found in the downtown area as well. Arts and culture enthusiasts can head to the Galveston Ballet or take in the Galveston Symphony Orchestra. You’ll also find great shopping and dining opportunities in Downtown Galveston.

Making great spring break memories is as easy as planning a vacation to Moody Gardens in Galveston. Browse our website to learn more.
________________________________________

The 2015 Celebrating Women Conference Comes to the Moody Gardens Convention Center

Rejuvenate Your Mind, Body and Spirit in Galveston

Everyone needs to take a break from life and enjoy a weekend away with friends, and there is no better place to do so than the yearly Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit Conference in Galveston.

The eighth annual event is celebrating women Texas Style this year with a bigger, better conference than ever before. An estimated 800 guests are expected to descend upon the Moody Gardens Convention Center on April 17, 2015, for a full day of professional and social networking.

The festivities kick off at 8:30 a.m. with a warm welcome from keynote speakers Amie and Jolie Sikes. The spunky sisters are the stars of “The Junk Gypsy” on the Great American Country Channel, an interior design show that follows the Round Top, Texas, family business that turns junk into treasures.

Nourish Your Brain and Body

Sponsored by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and UTMB Health, the conference offers professional development sessions and cutting-edge workshops on women’s health. New this year is the business development headquarters. The Galveston County Small Business Development Center plans to offer free consulting on sales, customers, financing and long-term planning.

UTMB physicians will lead discussions on choosing a healthier lifestyle and on timely topics, such as, “Teen Sexting, Cyberbullying and Other Trends in Social Media.” Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star of TLC’s “The Little Couple,” is slated as the featured speaker. Standing at 3-feet 2-inches tall, Dr. Arnold has a rare type of dwarfism. Surpassing all odds after more than 30 surgeries, she has achieved a well-deserved reputation as a leading neonatologist and pediatrician. She now serves as the medical director of the high-tech training center at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Lighten Up Your Soul

Topping off this perfect girls’ day are the opportunities throughout the event to browse the vendor market for unique jewelry, clothing, cosmetics and gifts. For an additional $100, guests can purchase an all-access pass that grants entry into the Lone Star Luxury Lounge. The VIP retreat will offer refreshments, neck massages and storage for purses and shopping bags as well as exclusive meet-and-greets with The Junk Gypsies and Dr. Arnold.
Contact us at the Moody Gardens hotel reservation desk to book the ultimate getaway weekend.

Get Ready to Discover the Ice Age at Moody Gardens!

Explore the ancient wonders of nature at this unique resort hotel

Located in the bay area of Galveston, TX, Moody Gardens Hotel is a unique resort that features more than just your standard amenities. Its 242 landscaped acres house everything from an enclosed rainforest to a Giant Screen 3D theatre. The Discovery Pyramid plays host to a multitude of interesting exhibits. This year, Moody Gardens welcomes you and your family to Discover the Ice Age.

Exhibit Attractions
Designed to be an immersive experience, the Ice Age exhibit features life-size animatronic Megafauna—animals that lived during this unique period in history. You’ll see mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant birds, bears and more along with cast skeletons to give you an idea of just how “mega” these creatures were.

Ice Age also includes information about Neanderthals, Cro Magnons and other “Ice People” that are theorized to have lived during this time. A Tar Pits gallery as well as a collection of extinction theories are also featured so you and your family get a full picture of what the Ice Age was like. Lifelike scenery contributes to the realism of the exhibit.

Inspiration and Design
Created by Imagine Exhibitions and Aurea Productions, the Ice Age exhibit owes its accuracy to Dr. Gregory M. Erickson. Professor Erickson is a leading expert on extinct mammalian biology and acted as both curator and advisor for the exhibit.

Making the Most of the Experience
To see Ice Age for yourself, head to the Galveston area and book a room at Moody. Make the exhibit the focus of at least one day of your stay. Walk through each gallery and pay attention to the information presented as you marvel at the stunning landscapes. Experience stages of the period in chronological order and be sure to ask your kids questions as you go. Spend some time in the Ice Return Gallery musing over the possibility of another age of ice descending on the world. Most of all, though, have fun!

At $14.95 for adults, $11.95 for seniors and $8.95 for kids, Ice Age is an affordable way to mix a little education into your next vacation.

When you’re ready to start your Ice Age experience, visit the Moody Gardens Hotel website to find just the right room for you and your family. If you need more information, feel free to give us a call and we’ll answer any questions you may have about the exhibit, hotel accommodations or the unique amenities we offer.

 

Moody Gardens Launches First Institutional Giant Screen 6P Laser Theater

The laser theater experience comes to this unique resort hotel in Galveston

Moody Gardens is known for a number of attractions spanning our 242-acre campus. To add to the lure, we’re about to launch the first-ever institutional giant screen 6P laser projection theater system.

In partnership with D3D Cinema, Christie Digital Systems, MDI and Infitec GmbH, Moody Gardens is proud to present this stunning new technology that will change the way you enjoy movies.

Laser Theater Technology

Thanks to advances in home theater systems, more people are beginning to enjoy the cinema experience at home rather than going to a movie theater. In response, the movie industry is looking for new ways to wow audiences. Laser projection is the latest development in the fast-growing world of cinema technology. Optimized for 3D films, laser projectors are meant to deliver a clearer, crisper picture that makes the movie experience more immersive and exciting.

The Laser Experience at Moody Gardens

Using a 6P laser illuminated 4K 3D dual projector provided by Christie Digital Systems, the Moody Gardens theater will show films on an 80-foot by 60-foot 1.4 gain premium white screen made by MDI. The equipment includes 4k laser projection heads and a 6P modular light farm with fiber-optic delivery to give filmgoers the ultimate cinema experience. 4k 3D high-bitrate IMBs and 90% efficient 6P glasses from Infitec add to the package. Together, the theater’s components deliver movies in a way that goes beyond the industry standards for “ultra-bright” screens. The result is unlike anything that can be found in a standard movie theater, even those with modern laser projectors.

The Future of Film?

This type of laser theater is new ground for the movies, but Moody Gardens is no stranger to testing out the latest technology. For years, the Galveston hotel has been working with D3D to present the latest in projection imagery. Though you’ll find laser projectors in other theaters, the 6P system at Moody is cutting edge. Even industry professionals are beginning to recognize the projector’s superiority for delivering an unforgettable movie experience.

To see this spectacular laser theater for yourself the next time you’re in the Galveston area, contact Moody Gardens for a reservation. Not only will you be able to experience movies with crystal-clear laser projection as you’ve never seen them before, but you’ll also have access to a wide array of other attractions found only at Moody Gardens. From the Aquarium Pyramid to the Moody Gardens Golf Course, there’s something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

 

 

 

Sources:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/consumer-electronics/audiovideo/lasers-coming-to-a-theater-near-you