Exploring Our Backyard: Liberty Science Center

by Cate on February 22, 2009

Liberty Science CenterLast Monday, since I was off and Nick‘s school was closed, I had told him that we’d go to a museum involving the Presidents, which seemed only fitting since it was President’s Day.  Well, then the flu hit and I was down for the count … and then some.  I felt terrible because I knew he was so looking forward to going, but I was determined to make it up to him.  SkyscrapersWe didn’t go learn about the Presidents this weekend, but we did go visit the Liberty Science Center.

When it comes to going out to eat or when finding things to do with the kids, it seems we always tend to overlook what’s right here.  Even though I remember when the Center was built back in 1993, this was the first time any of us had been to it.  As soon as Madeline woke up from her morning nap on Saturday, we set off to explore.

Snapping Alligator TurtleThroughout the four floors of the center, there are opportunities for interactive play around every corner, starting in the very first exhibit.  The first room was all about skyscrapers, why they’re made the way they are (did you know that they’re supposed to sway a bit?) and even featured an area where you could walk across narrow construction beams high overhead complete with harness (we weren’t brave enough for that one!).  After the building area, we headed up to the third floor to catch a show in the Eat and Be Eaten area.  The kids were fascinated with the very ugly Snapping Alligator Turtle.

Eat and Be EatenThe next spot was the bacteria and germ section (perfect for a germophobe like me!).  There is this spot where a giant blue plastic nose sneezes every minute or so, spewing air and (I’m hoping!) water on anyone close enough.  Blech!  Around the corner, you can feed a tube into a “mouth” and watch real live video as it goes down your esophogus.  Equally blech. 

Contagion StationWhen we came out of that section, we ran into The Neighbors, coincidentally enough.  What are the odds that we all ended up in the same place on the same day, without having any conversations ever about the Liberty Science Center?  Apparently greater than we thought!  The kids were excited to see each other and raced back to the germ section to get sneezed on again and again.

BacteriaWe were there for about three hours and still only managed to do a section of the first floor, and a section of the third, so I think we’ll definitely have to plan another trip soon.  Their 3D movies and exhibits change all the time, so even if you manage to get through the entire center (as if!), there is always something new and different.  A reasonably priced, educational outing that’s right in our backyard… perfect.

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Claire February 23, 2009 at 12:23 am

I LOVE places like this…even I have fun! History type museums are not my deal but science and children’s museums, oh yes! Glad you could find such a fun place so nearby!

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Kris February 23, 2009 at 9:45 am

We haven’t been in years! After seeing this, I think it’s time to pull out my employee ID and get me in for free.

Last week with my handy dandy badge, I got myself and 5 others into the Museum of Natural History for FREE.


NYCity Mama February 27, 2009 at 5:13 pm

Oh, I wrote up about this place too! It was sooooo much fun from the 11 year old to the 2 year old! So great to read about your experience too!

NYCity Mamas last blog post..Kid-Made Adventures (Entertaining Mama), NYC


Jeff Miele June 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Thank you for the great blog and kind words about our institution, it is always great to hear about our mission coming off as a success.

We would love to see you here again soon, and as you said our movies are always changing. Now until July 5 we are showing Star Trek in our IMAX which is a great trip for the family!

I would love to hear back from you and receive more of an insight on your thoughts of the Science Center.

Hope to hear back soon.

Jeff Miele
PR and Marketing Department


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