Engaging Our Curious Kids

Andrea Stanley - New York
January 29, 2017

Have a mini-Einstein on your hands, one who has diabolical plans to turn your kitchen into a messy laboratory this summer? Hold your beakers, parents! Before you erupt thanks to the explosion of a science experiment gone wrong, we've discovered a breakthrough formula of our own. Check out our scientifically tested (mom approved counts as scientific, right?) list of the top five spots around that city that will quell your little lab rat's curiosity. Eureka!

New York Hall of Science

We spy with our little eye over 450 hands-on educational exhibits at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Your little Louis Pasteur can stare down a microscope and study barely-visible life forms at the Hidden Kingdom exhibit or your itty-bitty Marie Curie can explore organisms at the Search for Life Beyond Earth exhibit. There are brainy features even for the small tikes of the bunch like the Preschool Place. 

Liberty Science Center

E=MC2 fun at this science mecca. If you are willing to dash through the Holland Tunnel, the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City is a land ripe with learning for kids of all ages. Exhibits like Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Our Hudson Home and the Touch Tunnel will easily fill a brain-bending day. And if your kids are at least six they can play scientist for a day and complete a scavenger hunt.

Science Barge

If you are looking for an educational experience off the beaten path, literally, the Science Barge is an urban farm floating on the Hudson River in downtown Yonkers. The hydroponics greenhouse prides itself on operating "off the grid," as it runs on solar panels, wind turbines and biofuels with zero carbon emissions, runoff or pesticides. The fruits of its scientific ingenuity are evident by crops of melons, lettuce and tomatoes. Workers are happy to talk to kids about carbon footprints, biodiversity, botany and green building. There is a suggested donation of $3 for adults, kids 10 and under are free. Note: the barge is only open on the weekends. 

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