During our kids winter break we ventured over to Newark, New Jersey to visit the Liberty Science Center. One of the coolest exhibits there is a touch tunnel that is completely dark inside. The kids have to find their way through using only their sense of touch (or sound if they listen to the chatter of their siblings too). There are cameras placed strategically throughout the tunnel so that you can watch the kids on a big monitor as they crawl their way through, as well as the attendant that works there can assist any kids who are starting to panic from being inside- and can immediately open a side panel of the tunnel to allow them to exit.
When we were there they also had a really awesome Avatar exhibit with props from the film. And although only my older kids saw the movie-everyone loved seeing how movies are made, what the actors do, and how they work with a green screen, comparing that to the the way the final movie looks. It definitely inspired the budding filmmakers in my family!
We ate lunch there- and it was nice to see an offering of healthy options including soup, sandwiches and a salad bar- but it was pretty expensive.
Skip the live show being offered on the first floor that has to do with animals from Avatar- it was pretty awful! (Although my 7 year son giggled the whole time... so maybe I am just too critical!)
But don't miss the skyscraper exhibit on the first floor- it was amazing. My older son's favorite part was getting harnessed in to walk the girders just as an iron worker does when building the skyscrapers!
We visited on a Saturday in July. We arrived around 11:30am despite my efforts to arrive earlier. There was no line for tickets but my guess is that if it wasn't quite as nice out that it would be busier. At the ticket booth they give you a wristband and a map with an experience guide which includes: Things to see, things to do and things to sign up for. I knew the touch tank was only open until noon so we rushed up to the fourth floor and I was slightly disappointed by this exhibit. The touch tank was only one child at a time and had a couple creatures and shells in a basket. Besides the touch tank being pretty lame we LOVED the whole "Our Hudson Home" exhibit. It had large fish tanks and my 21 month old loved it. After we visited all the exhibits on the 4th floor we got hungry and decided to visit the Cafe Skylines. Beware the prices are pretty expensive. They offer sandwiches, pizza, chicken fingers, a salad bar, etc. The food is average for a place like this. After lunch my son (12) and my husband decided to take a ride on the simulator (Extra $5 per person) and I took my daughter (21 month old) to the "I Explore" area which is only for children ages 2 - 5. I was worried that the attendant would not allow us in because my daughter is under 2 and a non-paying guest so I was super delighted when she let us right in. This section was cute and included a rice table with measuring cups, race car tracks, coloring, paint with water, a ball area, aquariums with little creatures plus more. After that we finished up by visiting the exhibits on the third floor which included Infection Connection which was all about the body, diseases & germs and Eat and Be Eaten which was a nice animal exhibit. We did not visit the IMAX dome theater. The Skyscraper area on the first floor is a definite must- see. I read alot of the reviews on here suggesting that this is better for older children but my daughter loved it. She enjoyed the fish, animals and I explore area so there is plenty to do for the little ones. My 12 year old also had a blast. He enjoyed the Hudson area, Communication and his mathematical mind loved “Wonder Why”.
Entry price in my opinion was fair they offer free child admission in the kids stuff book so that takes off 12.50 if you can get one. The live science demos were the highlight of the day. Most of the place is geared to older children but they do have some spots for the younger set. We did find a good amount of their exhibits weren't in working order. Layout is great even though it was very crowded you didn't get that over crowded feel. The touch tunnel , I could have done without it - def not what I thougt it was going to be, it was a bit of a disappointment and the line is long and slow moving. As it was our first visit we did not take in any of the movies so we would have time to walk the entire place. I am glad we did because although we went early we found we were rushing toward the end of the day to finish. The staff was very polite and helpful they even offered up their lunch table for us while they were still eating, we declined but it was over and above what you would expect. The gift shop is extremely large however, like other places you are not forced to walk in on your way out. I did find the prices not crazy high as some others, for under $10 the little ones can get a decent item. I will return but after my daughter is 7.
Younger kids (5 and under) can have an ok time, but the activities are really geared for older kids (6+). When I took my kids who were under 5 at the time, they had one room where they enjoyed (I Explore room), but not the rest. The place is somewhat limiting for younger kids. Can't say firsthand, but older kids will enjoy Liberty Science Center much more.
I went here with students (12-13 y.o.) on a class trip and must say that I had far more fun than they did. We did not have enough time to cover the whole place, it would take a full day to get to every exhibit.
I loved the layout of the museum, it was interactive and informative without being preachy or boring. Information was presented in an easily understood way.
The highlights were the communication exhibit, where they learned about methods of communication over time (think smoke signals and on!) and the grossology exhibit, all about bodies and bodily functions.
We ate our bagged lunch in the cafeteria set aside for school groups.
I think younger children would enjoy it less than the older kids. I'd recommend the LSC for ages 7 and up.
Beautiful facility with lots of interactive fun. The Liberty science center is generally geared toward older children, but there are fun activities for all ages (and a few made just for the little visitors). My family really enjoyed the touch tunnel and the bat exhibit.
There are so many hands-on exhibits that the kids are sure to be entertained and curious all while learning new things. They especially loved the Wonder Why exhibit where they got to climb a rock wall and play with large bubbles. The bubble exhibit kept them occupied for quite some time! Another favorite was the In Our Hudson Home where they enjoyed the fish tanks and playing with the river. The river exhibit was interactive and they could change the flow of it by re-distributing the sand. For the littlest visitors there is the I Explore exhibit which is specially designed (and age restricted) for kids age 2-5 giving them the chance to explore and discover.
Another favorite was the live demonstrations. We saw a demonstration on Dry Ice and another on surgery where the kids got to participate. Check the schedule of events when you arrive for a list of demo's and their time and location.
The IMAX theater had a lot of shows to choose from. They offer combo tickets for admission and IMAX.
Be sure to stop on the landings and look out the windows to check out great views of the Statue of Liberty!
I brought my 4-year old to this, and while he was able to enjoy the Construction exhibit (using a crane to move dirt here and there) and appreciate the small live creature section of the museum, it was clear that this is a museum which would be far more enjoyable for kids 8 or older, where they can learn about physics, chemistry and other sciences in an entertaining way.
I love, love LSC! We've been going there for years and it never disappoints! it is pricey for a family of four but worth the expense for a fun day for all ages. There are many activities and learning opportunities. Try searching for coupons online, they always have something around.
This museum is great and provides lots of different activities for kids. Things they can build and interactive exhibits all over. It has an IMAX dome that shows different movies. Its not far from other attractions in Jersey City like Liberty State Park where you can catch a ferry to go to Ellis Island.