World of Coca-Cola
If there ever was a "Now for something completely different....." prize, it would go to this. We needed a mental break from some of the heaviness of the center, and this was just the ticket.
Entering, each ticketholder received a cold bottle of Coca-Cola. After politely refusing (these kids are trained so well), we decided "when in Rome..." (idiom lesson for the day) and split two bottles between the four of us. The Marketing part of our lesson could not have been better planned, because the 'introductory film' is a compliation of the best of the best advertisements for Coca-Cola.
They had several different exhibits that we enjoyed exploring-- we learned all about the invention, initial marketing plan and then how Coca-Cola became widely distributed. We saw a 4-D film (from stationary seats because....really.... crazy movements!), and we even me the Coca-Cola bear! There was one exhibit devoted to the "secret recipe" that is in a vault in that very museum. The favorite room, by far, though was the tasting room. There were over 100 different options, including five tasting stations arranged geographically – Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America!
Since our sugar/corn syrup consumption was already at an all-time high for a school day, we figured we'd go ahead and experience! The kids were actually really good about just taking a sip of each flavor (unless it was awesome). The girls thought it was pretty funny to stage a "stomachache" photo when we finished up. No worries-- no stomachaches here!