TEMPORARY HALT ON CMSC FLIGHTS
The Space Center will not be operating regular group missions during the temporary suspension of school activities. Due to the unknown duration of COVID-19 restrictions and while construction on our new facility is completed, no new reservations can be made with the CMSC.
Alternate Experiences Available
Many of our employees have been hired by Reality’s Edge, a space simulator program similar to the CMSC. During the Summer of 2020 you can check out the options they are offering by visiting realitysedge.org
2.5 Hours – $180
5 Hours – $360
2.5 Hours – $165
5 Hours – $330
2.5 Hours – $105
5 Hours – $210
2.5 Hours – $120
5 Hours – $240
2.5 Hours – $90
5 Hours – $180
2.5 Hours – $120
5 Hours – $240
AGE REQUIREMENT: 10 YEARS AND OLDER
Reservations are currently unavailable. Check back in August!
WHAT IS A SPACE CENTER EXPERIENCE?
SUGGESTIONS FOR BOOKING
- Step 1 – Determine your group size and the length of mission you want. Changing the ship after you’ve registered isn’t impossible, but can be difficult. Double check how many people you are inviting and don’t forget yourself in your crew count.
- Step 2 – After selecting your ship and length of mission, find an available date and open time slot. If you can’t select the date you want then the ship you chose might already be reserved.
- Step 3 – Process payment and write down the details of your reservation. A confirmation email will be sent so you can add to any digital calendar.
MONDAY-FRIDAY AFTER SCHOOL
ALL DAY SATURDAY
- Mission experiences range from 2.5 to 5 hours in length in one of four simulators. For longer flight times check out our camp options.
- Parents are not required to stay during the group mission. Our simulators are staffed by Alpine School District employees and monitored by cameras the entire mission.
- No food is provided. When you arrive you can make arrangements with your flight director if you want to take 15-20 minutes to eat during a 5 hour mission.
- Reservation windows close 48 hours ahead of event start times in order to process booking and staff your mission.
Each crew member gains flight and class experience for their service protecting the galaxy. Returning officers can work their way up through the ranks from Ensign to Fleet Admiral in an online database that tracks these hours of progression.
-Printing your rank certificate in case a Targ ate it.
-Notes typed during your mission are saved to your online officer’s log.
-History of flights – Can’t remember what missions you’ve done before? Now you have a record to track your progression as a defender of freedom across the galaxy.
All these features are absolutely FREE via the external services of spaceedventures.org. Consider signing up before your next group mission or camp. If you forget to plan ahead we will provide a unique code you can use at home to connect your account to your mission information.
*spaceedventures.org is not an entity of the Christa McAuliffe Space Center or Alpine School District.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
YES! We have been offering some of the most memorable birthday parties for over 29 years. Unfortunately we don’t have the ability to host cake, ice cream, and presents. Though there are some nice picnic tables at the North end of the building many groups use.
We have no upper age limit for our group missions and we frequently cater to our more seasoned fans. High school dance groups, surprises for your sci-fi significant other, business training & team building, or just about whatever other excuse you can come up with as an adult works for us. You aren’t the only adult who has wanted to come.
Our simulators offer a heart pounding and exciting experience that has often been overwhelming for younger patrons. The controls for the simulator are also too complex for them to grasp in the limited time they have to learn them. We want all who participate to get the full experience and make sure you are getting your money’s worth. Please be responsible and do not bring anyone under 10! You may be turned away without a refund. Don’t make us do that, plan ahead and consider all who are attending. Like a rollercoaster height limit, there is a reason we do things this way. It is worth the wait, so please don’t think that your child or situation is the exception.
For participants in wheelchairs the Odyssey simulator is built to accommodate those needs.
Beginning June 2020 all simulators will be wheelchair accessible.
We invite parents to stay and observe the mission from our control room security cameras or even be a part of the crew, but you are not required to remain with the group. We do ask that you be prompt when picking your group after the flight.
There are two main differences: first is the size of the crew each ship can handle and the other is the type of missions they run (deep space, stealth, special operations, etc.). Many crews select a favorite ship because they were on it for a field trip or previous experience.
Visit our Fleet page for more details about the ships.
We feel we are one of the best values you can get in both quality and price. Below is a quick comparison of other popular activities in the area.
- CMSEC – 2.5 hours – Average of $15 per person
- Laser Tag – 1 hour – $9.50 per person
- Skating Rink – Unlimited – $6 per person + rental
- Bowling – 2 hours – $13 per person
- Indoor Paintball – 300 shots – $30 per person
- Movie – 2 hours – $7.50 per person (Appropriate content not guaranteed)
Information gathered in 2015
Yes, the simulators and planetarium often have dramatic changes to lighting or other content which is more likely to trigger seizures due to flashing lights or other causes. When you arrive you can request for our staff to mitigate some of these effects. Though it should be noted that some elements are automated and difficult to eliminate completely.
No. All of our crew sizes are based on the positions that are used to operate the ship. Some times ships can operate with less crew if they are more experienced or older, but we don’t operate with additional crew members. Please read our Terms and Conditions page.
In a 5 hour experience there are more opportunities for interactions with actors, away missions, greater story depth, and a more full sense of immersion into the experience (forgetting you are in a simulator). Some crews feel like they were just getting the hang of things by the time the 2.5 hour mission ends. The more time our flight directors have, the more opportunities to create an amazing experience with many memorable moments.
No. Participants aren’t put into potentially harmful situations and so a health waver is not required. We do ask that you inform us of any known health conditions that might be affected by flashing lights or loud sounds.
It is possible to fly if you have less crew than the ship recommendation. We do recommend you try to get within your ships recommended numbers and encourage parents to fill in the gaps to maximize the experience quality. It is a great experience to share with your children, even if they are too cool for you normally.
Yes, we are located inside of Central Elementary in Pleasant Grove, Utah. We operate all year round as a program supported by Alpine School District.
Here’s the full policy: spacecenter.alpineschools.org/cancellation-policy
The basic guide to follow is contact us quickly so we have plenty of notice and we can almost always work something out to get you rescheduled. If it is just a few days before that puts us in a bind so plan ahead and confirm all that are participating as best you can. We do have to pay for credit card processing fees and our staff, so the closer to the day of the reservation the higher the portion of the deposit that can’t be refunded.