Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ opened its doors in 1993. I was in high school at the time, so I figured I was too old to go to what I perceived to be a children’s museum. Once I had my son I kept thinking we should head down there as a family, but I just never got around to it for a variety of reasons. I’m happy to report that I have finally rectified this situation.
LSC was spectacular. It’s four floors of hands on learning fun with something for all ages. It is definitely not *just* a museum for children.
Our first stop was to the Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibit which celebrates the famous cube’s 40th anniversary with 7,000 square feet of excitement and fun. The room is filled with interactive games, robotics, a solving station, and more. Nathan’s favorite item was the world’s most expensive Rubik’s Cube, a gold and jewel encrusted masterpiece. I particularly enjoyed the robotic arm capable of solving a cube in a matter of seconds by taking pictures of each side then systematically performing the necessary twists and turns. Each time it solves the puzzle, it does a little victory dance to show spectators just how amazing it is. This exhibit will be open through November 2014.
Also open until November is the Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog. Inspired by the beloved PBS KIDS TV series, this exhibit provides lots of hands on fun for the little ones. Nathan (age 7) wasn’t very interested in most of the exhibit as I do think it’s geared towards the preschool set. However, even Nathan enjoyed the conveyor belt used to fill Clifford’s bowl with giant bones. If you have younger kids who love the show, they will love the opportunity to dress up as Clifford and his pals, explore his doghouse, and climb up on Clifford to slide down his tail.
Nathan had a great time building in the Block Party area which is filled with all sorts of oversized foam shapes and tubes. We both learned so much in the Infection Connection exhibit on communicable diseases. Eat or Be Eaten, an exhibit featuring animals and snakes and bugs and such was fascinating and just a bit creepy. We finished off our visit with the Tesla Lightning Show which features two one million volt Tesla coils, music and lightning.
One afternoon simply wasn’t enough to see everything we wanted to see. We will most definitely be headed back soon to continue with the learning and fun of science.
Would you like to visit Liberty Science Center with your family? I have four (4) general admission passes to give away to one lucky winner. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post. Comments must be left by 5pm on Friday, August 8th, 2014, in order to be eligible.
Special thanks to Liberty Science Center and Jersey Moms Blog for the giveaway passes. As a Liberty Science Center Blog Ambassador for the day, I was provided with vouchers for my visit. All opinions expressed above are my own.
EDITED (8.13.14): And the winner is… Kristin! Kristin, I’ll be emailing you shortly so you can claim your prize. Congratulations!