WonderWorks and Destiny USA Invite Public to Meet NASA Astronaut

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For Immediate Release:

June 13, 2018


Media Contact:

John Fazio, 315.466.6000, jfazio@destinyusa.com


--Retired NASA Astronaut to share his out-of-the-world experiences at annual WonderKids Awards Program-- 

Syracuse, NY - If you or your child have ever dreamt of traveling to a galaxy far, far away, don’t miss an otherworldly opportunity at WonderWorks Syracuse in Destiny USA during their fifth annual WonderKids Awards Program Saturday, June 16, 2018. Dr. Donald Thomas, a former NASA Astronaut, will be sharing stories from his more than 1,040 hours spent in space.

The WonderKids Program honors kids from the community in student achievement, community service and excellence in science. Dr. Thomas, who spent time in safety, operations and payloads branches of the astronaut offices, served as a spacecraft communicator for several shuttle missions, and went on four space flights, will serve as the guest speaker. He and WonderWorks Syracuse will also be visiting six Syracuse City School District schools to advocate the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as part of their education.

“So many people fantasized of becoming an astronaut when they were younger,” said John Fazio, director of marketing, Destiny USA. “Being able to help share those experiences with guests of Destiny USA and our local youth is something of which WonderWorks can be incredibly proud.” 

“Everyone who visits WonderWorks during this event has a chance to meet an astronaut,” added Nicole Montgomery, director of operations, WonderWorks Destiny. “This is going to be an exciting day. We are happy to meet and hear from Dr. Thomas, as well as recognize this year’s WonderKids recipients.”

Event details:

  • Date: Saturday, June 16, 2018
  • Location – WonderWorks Syracuse, Destiny USA, third floor of the canyon
  • Dr. Thomas Meet & Greet: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Awards Program: 1:00 p.m.


About Destiny USA

Destiny USA is New York’s largest shopping, dining, outlet and entertainment destination and the sixth largest shopping center in the U.S. Centrally located in Syracuse, Destiny USA is visited by 26 million guests annually and consistently draws from a 4-hour drive and attracts tourists from all 50 states, Canada and worldwide. An unparalleled mix of shopping, dining, outlet and entertainment—all under one roof—combined with its new, onsite Embassy Suites by Hilton hotel cement Destiny USA’s reputation as a premier tourist destination. Plan your next visit to Destiny USA, Trip Advisor’s #1 travel destination in Central New York, today at www.destinyusa.com.

About Pyramid Management Group, LLC

Pyramid Management Group, owner of Destiny USA, is one of the largest, most innovative, privately-held shopping center developers in North America. Headquartered in Syracuse, New York, Pyramid's portfolio of retail-based, tourist, and entertainment destinations dominate the northeast, with 16 properties located throughout New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. For over 40 years, Pyramid has lead the industry by combining the best elements of traditional retail with world-class dining and entertainment, all under one roof. For more information, visit www.pyramidmg.com.


About WonderWorks

WonderWorks, a science-focused indoor amusement park located in Destiny USA, combines education and entertainment with over 100 hands-on exhibits. There is something unique and challenging for all ages. WonderWorks is also home to two indoor ropes courses. Open daily at 10:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.wonderworksdestiny.com


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Jun 13th 2018