We are fortunate to live right between NYC and Philadelphia, which allows us wonderful educational opportunities for our kids. One of the best science centers is Liberty Science Center, which is located in Jersey City, NJ about 50 minutes from our house. Last Saturday we braved bitter winter temps to check out the new Star Wars and Sid the Science Kid exhibits that just opened at Liberty Science Center.
Not only is Liberty Science Center close to the Statue of Liberty, but you get an amazing view of NYC, including the finished Freedom Tower:
Before we explored the Science Center, we were able to get a private meet and greet with R2D2 (my favorite droid) and we got to meet Storm Troopers, Imperial Guards, Tie Fighter pilots, Jedi Knights and more. For a Star Wars geek like me, it was the BEST! For a limited time you can learn how to fly a drone, make your own light saber and more – but you’ll want to arrive early. The lines for the Star Wars exhibits were really, really long!
We spent a lot of time in the Sid the Science Kid exhibit. If you aren’t familiar with Sid the Science Kid, it’s a show on PBS that follows Sid and his friends who want to know how things work. Sophie started watching it a few years ago and now Sam loves the show too! The exhibit space is great – it’s set up with all the places that Sid explores: his house, the backyard, the school, the treehouse and the playground. Bella and Baby I really liked the huge TV screen that played the theme song over and over (and over again!). This interactive exhibit will be at the Liberty Science Center until May 16th, 2016.
Much to my delight the traveling Titanic exhibit is still at The Liberty Science Center! It features more than 100 authentic artifacts set within replicas of cabins and other areas within the famous ill-fated ship. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors will be drawn back in time to April 1912, when the ship embarked on its maiden voyage. They will receive a replica boarding pass, assume the role of a passenger, and follow a chronological journey through life on Titanic—from the ship’s construction to life on board, to the moments of impact and sinking, and the modern day efforts to recover and conserve the wreckage for future generations. Visitors can even touch an “iceberg” to feel just how cold the water was at the time that the ship sank. The Titanic Exhibit is here until May 30, 2016 so make sure to visit before it leaves! Note: you are not allowed to take any photos in the exhibit!!
Sophie and Ken were able to enjoy the Tesla Lightning Show, which sounds like it was amazing! Explore the excitement of electricity with singing Tesla coils, robotic drums, and wireless illumination. Twin solid-state, one-million-volt Tesla coils produce bursts of musical lightning in our electrifying live show. They even got to see a Storm Trooper dance in the Tesla Coil! Sophie has been fascinated by Tesla Coils since she was 3, so this was perfect for her. Note: The lightning show contains very loud noises and strobe lights and we were told it is not suitable for children age 2 or under, which is why only Ken and Sophie went.
Both Sophie and Bella couldn’t wait to climb into the Infinity Climber, which is the strangest thing I’ve ever seen! The Infinity Climber is a suspended multi-story play space that dares you to climb, crawl, and balance your way through pathways as high as 35 feet above the atrium floor. Ummm yeah. My momma heart was having palpitations but the girls LOVED it!
While the girls were climbing 35 feet above the floor, Ken and the boys were in the Infection Connection learning about diseases. At Infection Connection, you’ll see how the choices we make every day–as individuals and a society–contribute to the spread of infectious diseases. (Did you wash your hands before eating?) You’ll explore the connections between humans and microbes and emerging diseases; and discover how science develops tools and technologies to prevent and treat infections. They also took a look at Energy Quest where they explored different ways we might power our futures? How can we balance our ever-growing energy needs with environmental impacts?
Our last stop was the Eat or Be Eaten exhibit. Eat and Be Eaten is filled with real animals that have adapted in amazing ways to survive in the wild. Some hide in plain sight while others turn themselves into toxic treats. Many of these creatures have unique behaviors that keep them from being captured or help them to escape. Sam was in love with the Tamarin Monkeys who were jumping from branch to branch all over their space, and the turtles who kept coming over to say *hello* to him.
In short, we LOVED our day at the Liberty Science Center and can’t wait to go back and explore some more! Would you like to explore the Liberty Science Center? I have a Family Four Pack of Passes to give away to one lucky reader!! You can enter using the rafflecopter below. Winner will be notified by email.
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Disclaimer: I received passes to the Liberty Science Center in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The End.