Saturday, July 11, 2015

Wonder Works Myrtle Beach!

During this Myrtle Beach vacation, we treated the kids, after they begged and pleaded, to Wonder Works.  Wonder Works is an amusement park for the mind with 50,000 square feet of "edutainment".  The attraction combines education and entertainment with more than 100 hands on exhibits that challenge the mind and spark the imagination. We have been tto Wonder Works before, 2 times, so Darren and I wanted to wait and to something different, but the kids LOVE going there.  It was actually really nice because we walked into the building at 8:00 pm and it closed at 10:00 pm, but they let you stay until 11:00 pm. Our family was literally the LAST family in the entire place.  Haha, so basically it was NOT crowded AT ALL! In the middle of July... that's remarkable. From the photo below, you can tell why my kids call this place the "Upside Down House".
It's hard to really tell what's going on in the below photo, but you start off your experience by stepping inside the inversion tunnel where you are turned right side up. You can also see video footage at the end of the post. They offer a door for those who get dizzy easy.  I chose the door.  The rest of my family chose the tunnel entrance. I guess you could say I am a wimp.
Next up, the extreme 360  bikes.  Only Darren and Ty were brave/tall enough to try them out.  Buckle into your bike and start pedaling! The movement of your bike depends on how fast and how hard you pedal.  The point is to try to generate enough power to spin a complete 360-degree revolution right back to where you started! Do you think that the boys did it?  YUP!  Darren pedaled them to the top. where the bike pauses in an upside down position. EWE!!!!!!
Virtual sports included basketball, baseball, soccer, and a few others.  This is always a favorite spot for our family and the boys especially spend a ton of time here. It's a spot where you can test your athletic ability.  We each learned our pitch speed: Darren 65, Ty 48, Jax 31, Kristin 24 (haha), and Lilah 23 mph.  
The XD Theater 6D extreme motion simulated thrill ride features three movies. The 12-seat theater takes visitors along on an amazing adventure that transcends time, space and imagination by combining the 3D film with special effects and full motion seats. Guests enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience created by a variety of motion simulation that ranges from subtle sensations to intense vibrations. All combined, the XD Theatre 6D experience virtually transports audience members from their theatre seats into the big-screen action and adventure. I was also a wimp and sat this one out.  Once I get dizzy, I don't feel well the rest of the night, so I respected my limitations/boundaries.  
BED OF NAILS: You lie down on a bed of 3,500 nails and see how it feels.  When you step on a single nail, your foot puts a large amount of force onto the small surface area of that nail, easily piercing your skin, but things are different when you lie down on a bed of 3,500 nails.  It hurt, but not nearly as bad as stepping on ONE nail.
Bubble Lab
If you are anywhere between the ages of 1 and 101, you will love this exhibit! You get to create bubbles the size of basketballs, blow bubbles through a bubble sheet, or make a bubble big enough for you to fit inside! Look at all the pretty colors in the bubbles as they float around. They are actually reflections and refractions of the light around the bubble. The colors show how thick, or thin, the bubble wall is. I even fit in a large bubble. So fun!
Assimilated Roller Coasters - Design your own roller coaster from a computer and take a ride on it. GROSS! I refrained from this too.
Mind Ball - This challenging bio-feedback game for two tests your mind capacities based on EEG Technology. I lost because the way you win is by being calm.  The ball is in the center of the playing field and whoever is the calmest (measured by brain activity)  pushes the ball to the more high strung person's playing field.  The calmest person wins when the ball is to the end of the more high strung person's side.  I lost in literally 8 seconds.  The couple before us took about 8 minutes to complete the game. Clearly, I am VERY high strung.
My cute and goofy astronauts.  
Glow-In-The-Dark Ropes Course - 30 feet high, 20 courses, 3 stories.
Momma was getting scared watching them up this high.
Giant light brite.
Crazy cool staircase!
It's all about the #Benjamins baby!
This was NOT even the half of what we were able to experience, explore, and enjoy, but at some point I knew these photos would NEVER be printed and I knew enjoying everything with the kids would be better than capturing it on camera. If you really need more, haha, enjoy watching the videos below.