Destination: Space Playlist
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Challenge One: Big Bang Bowling
Join us back on the Recreation Deck for a round of Big Bang Bowling!
Materials from your Destination: Space Date Night Box:
- Comet Crusher Cards
- Card Stands
- 2 Asteroid Balls
- Find a long empty table or span of floor space to create your alley way.
- Place each Comet Crusher card in a card stand.
- Set the cards up at the end of the alley in a triangle formation with 3 at the back line, 2 in the middle, and 1 at the point.
- Take turns rolling the asteroid balls down the alley to knock over as many comet targets as you can.
- You each have two chances per turn to knock over the cards before passing the asteroid balls to your partner.
- Once you’ve rolled twice, choose one challenge for your partner to complete and one challenge for you to complete from the backs of the cards you knocked down.
- Count up the cards you knocked down and track your points.
- The first person to 40 points wins!
Challenge Two: Magic GAIL
Absolutely no trip to space is complete without your personal Galactic Artificial Intelligence Liaison, GAIL! She knows so much about the vastness of space and time and is wise far beyond her light-years. GAIL’s neural network has learned a lot about love from the many wonderful couples who have taken Crated Galactic journeys so she’s here to help answer your questions!
Are you having trouble deciding on a movie to watch for your date night in? Tired of making a decision on where to grab dinner? Maybe you’re having a bit of an argument and need GAIL to provide some guidance.
Ask your Yes or No question out loud and press the button below to activate GAIL and hear your answer!
Challenge Three: Create Your Own Astro-Food
While astronaut food has come a long way in the past 50 years, there is still a lot of room for innovation in space food science. With your expertise in intergalactic travel, now is your chance to become celestial chefs! Most space foods are either partially or completely dehydrated to prevent them from spoiling on long journeys through space. Using your oven or toaster oven you can try dehydrating your own space food!
Turn your oven to the lowest setting, cut your favorite fruit or veggies into ¼ inch slices, and put them in a single layer on a lined sheet pan in the oven for as long as they need, usually 6 to 8 hours depending on thickness and water content.
You can also use the toaster oven, but they do vary from model to model, so the timing will change for each chef. Put the toaster oven on its lowest setting and leave the door slightly open to avoid unwanted condensation. Keep your eye on the food you're dehydrating, and you'll eventually end up with a pretty perfect dried snack. You can also try this with meat to make a yummy jerky in the toaster oven!
Give it a try and see what experimental space food ideas you might create! This is a good lazy day cooking project, when you feel like being in the kitchen, but don’t want to take on anything too involved.
Challenge Four: Plan Your Next Galactic Trip
Now that you’ve made it to and from the outer edges of the galaxy it’s time to plan your next trip around the sun! Where will you go together as a couple this upcoming year? To infinity and beyond? On your phone or a computer go to Google Maps and search places on this planet you would like to visit together. To create a list, open and find a location on Google Maps. Then, tap or click on the place name and the save icon. This will bring up several pre-set lists like "Want to Go" or "Favorites." There you can choose to create and name a new list - we suggest giving it a themed name like “Shoot for the Stars Destinations”, or “Best Spots in the Galaxy”.
Take turns searching ideal destinations and share why you think it would be fun to travel there together. GAIL suggests the island of Fiji, the base camp of Mount Everest, or the new restaurant that just opened in your town! Nothing is too out of this world or off limits! You have an entire planet to choose from!
Date Night with the Kids: Paper Airplane Contest
Gather some materials and supplies to develop your very own asteroid obstacle course. Each player must find a cup or bowl and also choose 5 items from the list below to build their course:
- Frying pan
- Stack of 5 books
- Computer mouse
- Tissue Box
- Cardboard Box
- Fitted Sheet
- Soda Can
- Dog or Cat toy
- Roll of toilet paper
- Ruler or Yardstick
- Cereal Box
- Wooden Spoon
Build an obstacle course using the various items that you’ve collected so that you can drop the asteroid ball at the start and it will land within the cup or bowl at the finish. Tip: Start your course on a table or higher location so you can use gravity to your advantage! Test out your obstacle courses and see who can make theirs work while incorporating all of their chosen materials. For an extra challenge set a timer for how long you have to make the course, or see who can have their obstacle course run the fastest - or the slowest! Then, combine all of the gathered materials and work together to make one big obstacle course for the asteroids!