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My family and I were invited to the Liberty Science Center in NJ this past weekend (another sweet hook-up from the NYC Moms Blog) to see the 3D space cartoon Fly Me to the Moon, as well as some other cool exhibits and demonstrations. We’d been there once before, over a year ago, but hadn’t been back despite the great time we’d had (I had even gotten to walk on a steel girder 30 feet off of the ground, in the skyscraper exhibit, which is still up now). I’ve never thought of the Liberty Science Center as being particularly convenient to Brooklyn, but we got there in about half an hour, which is pretty amazing. Knowing now that it can be a quick drive, I have a feeling we’ll be more likely to go in the future. We were only there for about three hours this time, but managed to pack a lot in. Still, there was a ton more that we wanted to see. It would be impossible to do it all in one visit even if you showed up when they opened and stayed until closing.
We started out catching a live animal show, Eat and Be Eaten, which had Jake enthralled and Fiona squealing with delight every time the handler brought the animals near (a tarantula and a snake, then later a big toad and a huge, funny turtle that the kids got to walk up to and pet on the table). He was really good, making the kids laugh and getting them to answer questions.
Next up was Sub Zero, which was a really fun half-hour show about liquid nitrogen. A bunch of the kids got to participate, which always goes over well, especially with a ham like my son! (You can see details for all of the live science encounters here.)
Sub Zero ended with with the presenter going around and blowing a “cloud” over everybody, which thrilled adults and kids alike. She even blew the cloud over a sleeping toddler in a stroller in the corner – she said she couldn’t resist. :-)
We split up for a while after that, with The Ass taking my son upstairs to look at some other exhibits while I took my daughter into a very cool inflatable planetarium to see a movie about the stars, with Elmo, Big Bird, and their friend, Hu Hu Zhu, who was visiting from China. My daughter loved this.
After that we all met up for the 3D movie Fly Me to the Moon, about three flies who want to stow away with the Apollo 11 crew. My kids have a bad history with 3D movies. My son claims to hate them, and my daughter tends to scream a lot. My son said he really didn’t want to see it, so we told him that if he wasn’t having a good time after ten minutes, I would take him back to the exhibits.
Maybe they’re getting older, maybe it helped that this was a cartoon, but for the first time my kids stayed almost completely quiet and watched the whole 3D movie! We didn’t hear a peep out of my son, and my daughter stopped screaming after the first ten minutes (she still grabbed at things that appeared in front of her face, though!). This movie is not included in the price of admission, but my kids had a really good time. You can see admission and ticket details here.
Science centers were always a favorite of mine when I was a kid, and I’m thrilled that the kids share my enthusiasm. This is an incredible place just a short drive away from us. Check out the paperwork that came with all of your other memberships, because we found out that we had a reciprocal membership from another local science center.
Incidentally, we went out to dinner afterward at a cute diner in Jersey City, and I discovered yet another deliciously bad thing to put on french fries: melted cheddar cheese with feta and oregano. Unbelievably good. Has nothing to do with the Liberty Science Center, but definitely worth noting!
Originally posted on Selfish Mom