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Give Kids the World Village Celebrates Grand Opening of Henri’s Starlite Scoops, a New Space-Themed Ice Cream Location

Hi everyone!

Give Kids the World Village celebrated the grand opening of Henri’s Starlite Scoops yesterday! I posted an article showing the interior last October and will be updating that by tomorrow with a few more photos.  Henri’s Starlite Scoops replaces the former Ice Cream Palace, where kids have been able to get ice cream from about 7:30 a.m. through 9:30 p.m.  We were there yesterday as the official grand opening took place. Here are photos, video and information! Give Kids the World also is celebrating 35 years.

Here is our grand opening video, and we have a video walk-through of Henri’s Starlite Scoops later in the article.

Give Kids the World Village has been providing week-long dream trips to critically ill kids and their families for 35 years now.

When entering the village, Mayor Clayton is front and center.

Give Kids the World President and CEO Pamela Landwirth says, “Children with critical illnesses face countless appointments, treatments, and hospital stays, and they are often told ‘no’ due to limitations of their illness. Unlimited ice cream is an important part of giving wish children and their families a week of ‘yes’ where they can forget their worries, experience joy, and spend priceless time together”.

Speakers included Former NASA astronaut and Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Board
Member Chris Ferguson.


Mayor Clayton and Ms. Merry arrived in their space outfits. Henri’s Starlite Scoops was created in partnership with many companies, including Walt Disney Imagineering for the original design concept and Universal Creative for creative input. Kern Studios created the flying saucer.

Landwirth cut the ribbon with children by her side.

Here is our video walk-through!

Ms. Merry posed next to an astronaut figure.

Mayor Clayton held his space hat.

And they posed together.

Stellar the Star Fairy joined them.

If you’ve seen the show “The Right Stuff” on Disney+, you will recognize the logo. Give Kids the World founder Henri Landwirth also managed the Starlite Motel in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The Mercury 7 astronauts stayed there and that is shown in “The Right Stuff”.

Chris Ferguson posed with Mayor Clayton. Also, the moon rover from Kennedy Space Center (behind Ms. Merry) that was here for Night of a Million Lights has an extended stay (I don’t know for how long). It makes for a great photo op!

There is a flying saucer on top of the building. It is 30 feet in diameter and weighs 8,500 pounds!


Of course, the main star here is the ice cream just like the former Ice Cream Palace. There are a variety of different choices! I love the themed containers and napkins.

Memorabilia and other items line the walls. This is a look at items and a photo from the Starlite Motel, including a menu.

Mayor Clayton loves ice cream, and this is fun artwork!

Congratulations to Give Kids the World on opening Henri’s Starlite Scoops!