Cosmic CAMP: A Galactic Wonderland

By Amanda Elshahawi, Creator, Enchanted Literacy September 8, 2021

If you have ever looked up at the sky and longed to visit the stars, the perfect exhibit is opening just for you and your family! CAMP 5th avenue’s new Cosmic exhibit is sure to give each of your little explorers an adventure. Walking through a secret door, your crew receives a special mission from astronaut Scout and is sent off to space! Leaving New York City behind, you enter a galactic wonderland. 

Along your journey, you will encounter splashing lava, twirling galaxies, crystal puzzles, robotic rovers and more! This experience encourages family play, working as a team to collect digital coins as you complete each challenge. You can choose your own adventures as you wander this immersive outer space world. 

You will encounter physical and digital experiences that use AR and projection-mapping through a unique space watch each team member is given at the beginning! 

Some of the adventures your crew can navigate include:

  • Cosmic Launch Pad: Families enter through a tunnel to arrive at the LaunchPad, and with the press of a button, explorers will see smoke billowing and flames erupting around them as they take off into space. 
  • Space Station: An elevated space that kids will climb up into, extending throughout the entire experience to serve as an interactive teleportation tube. 
  • Deep Space: Here families will throw asteroids into black holes to collect coins before they disappear. 
  • Remote Rovers: Within the Space Station is a command center where families can use joysticks to control Remote Rovers and collect coins on an alien landscape. 
  • Ice Caves: Nestled into a hard-to-find corner, the ice cave is a secret room offering mind games and visual awe. This cave is home to illuminated symbols on the wall that match crystal-stalagmite-like drums in front of them. 
  • The Floor is Lava: Families will be challenged to traverse fields without touching the virtual lava in this 360-degree      immersive space, featuring both projection-mapped lava pools and physical obstacles.

Be sure to check the scoreboard on your way out to see how your crew did. They have daily, weekly and monthly boards so you can come back to see how your crew has held up! The range of activities makes it the perfect event to bring a multi-age group of kids. Children three and up will find something that inspires their inner astronaut, engineer, or stargazer. We love the idea that your family and friends are working together to complete missions. Every adventure encourages movement, play and imagination.

My little one particularly enjoyed the spaceships. Inside the multi-room ship were many opportunities to blast asteroids, navigate the ship and coordinate with other astronauts. Kids will love this digital aspect and adults will be given a throwback to the joystick video games that is sure to launch nostalgic happiness. Parents who have young kids can also rest assured that it is easy for you to navigate, as well as for your child. Giving them space to play and you the comfort to know you can see them no matter where they are!

The lava pits were a fun adventure that gets your whole body moving as you avoid falling in and losing coins you’ve worked hard to collect! Driving the rovers and creating robots and spaceships in another hands-on activity encourages future architects, engineers and dreamers. Surrounded by the stars it is easy to get carried away with the dream of possibilities. 

An interactive show happens several times a day that your team can participate in for additional fun. CAMP also allows for party’s and events which can make it a great spot for your child’s next space-themed birthday party!

Cosmic CAMP opens on September 6, 2021. You can get timed tickets here for $35

Expect to spend the full hour enjoying all the activities!

Cosmic CAMP leaves NYC on October 31st so be sure to check it out before it's gone!

Important things to know:

  • Astronauts 12 years and older must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination in accordance with NYC guidelines.
  • This galactic experience does contain flashing lights and loud sounds

Amanda is a preschool teacher, mother and avid Central Park picnicker. She values community and is an advocate for families in the foster care system. One day she hopes to publish a children's book of her own. In the meantime, you can follow her Instagram, Enchanted Literacy, which encourages imagination and passion for reading.

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