2013 Marks the “Summer of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” at Nickelodeon Universe®
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (June 2013) – Get ready for a Turtle take-over as Nickelodeon Universe® in Mall of America® hosts the Summer of Turtles June – August 2013 to celebrate Nickelodeon’s hit TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The Turtle excitement will be non-stop throughout the summer with daily costumed character appearances, special promotions and monthly merchandise discounts. To celebrate the Summer of Turtles, Nickelodeon Universe has the following events planned for guests over the next few months:
Shell Shock Ride Challenge
Thrill-seekers can test their spinning skills at the Shell Shock Ride Challenge. Riders will be judged on how many times they can “spin” their seat during one cycle of the ride. A public scoreboard will display the top ten “spinners” throughout the day and competitors can ride as much as they’d like to defend their title. Rides on Shell Shock are free until 1 p.m., even for riders who aren’t competing.
Saturday, June 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Artists Meet-and-Greet
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle super fans can meet Nickelodeon artists, who will create custom Turtle art for fans from noon – 3 p.m. near the south entrance of Nickelodeon Universe. Nickelodeon Animation Studio artists will create custom Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art for Mall of America® guests June 29 – 30. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles super-fans of all ages will see their own unique ideas come to life through the versatile skills of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio artists. The artists will be at the South entrance of Nickelodeon Universe from noon – 3 p.m. each day. For more information about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Animation Studio Artists event, click here.
June 29 – 30
Noon – 3 p.m.
South Entrance of Nickelodeon Universe
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Recipe Challenge
Everyone knows the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles love pizza. Beginning June 21, kids can submit their favorite pizza recipe on the Nickelodeon Universe Facebook page for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza Recipe Challenge. Eight finalists will be selected to participate in a cooking competition taking place in the Rotunda on July 27. Each entry must use a Schwan’s starter pizza crust, at least three ingredients of which, the total cost cannot exceed $25. Local celebrity judges will rank the pizzas on taste, creativity, presentation and use of healthy ingredients. One grand prize winner will be honored with a plaque emblazoned with their title, displayed at the “Eats” concession stand in Nickelodeon Universe.
Saturday, July 27
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costume Contest
Nickelodeon Universe will wrap up the summer with a bang by hosting the first-ever Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume contest. Turtle enthusiasts of all ages can show their Turtle pride by dressing up as their favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character. At the conclusion of the contest, three winners will be chosen, one from each age group.
Saturday, August 22
2 – 5 p.m.
- The first 100 ride tickets purchased by guests each day will receive a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comic book.
- Each week guests will receive a different collectable button, featuring one of the show’s popular characters, while supplies last.
- Daily appearances by Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo
- Total Turtle Saturdays: Every Saturday in June, July and August, kids can receive temporary Turtle tattoos at the South Entrance and participate in Ninja Training sessions in the Midway at Noon and 2 p.m. in Nickelodeon Universe.
About Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series, and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases, delighting fans around the world for the last 30 years. Nickelodeon acquired the global intellectual property rights to the wildly successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise in September 2009. The re-vamped CG-animated television series premiered on the network, Sept. 29, 2012, and was an instant hit, drawing almost 12 million viewers during its premiere weekend. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, currently the number-one new series with boys 2-11 year to date, is based on four mutant teenage turtles–Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo–trained in the art of ninjutsu by their mutant rat sensei, Master Splinter, who teaches the brothers to battle evil from the New York City sewers. The property also has translated into a billion dollar consumer products business with DVDs, video games, toys and more.
About Mall of America®
Mall of America is the nation’s largest retail and entertainment complex. At 4.2 million square feet, MOA is home to more than 520 world-class shops; Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor family amusement park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a 1.2 million gallon walk-through aquarium; Moose Mountain Adventure Golf; Theatres at Mall of America® – a 14-screen movie theater with VIP theatre and more. The Mall opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. Follow Mall of America on Facebook and Twitter or visit our blog.