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On a particularly wet and cold Saturday morning in December, my family had the opportunity to play, climb, explore, and of course, learn at the Liberty Science Center. No matter how often you visit there is always something new at the Liberty Science Center. This winter there are 6 things to do at Liberty Science Center. Check out our list of and plan your next visit.
6 Things to do at Liberty Science Center This Winter
Our day began with a special showcase of scientific concepts by the very personable and knowledgeable staff. You know the day is off to a great start when you learn how to make ice cream using liquid nitrogen (along with cream, vanilla, and sugar…lots and lots of sugar) and then enjoy the delicious treat. The kids joined a group of children who ooh-ed and aah-ed as the liquid nitrogen mist overflowed the bowls of ingredients. About 5 minutes of stirring and a few additional pours of liquid nitrogen later the mixture solidified into a treat for all to enjoy. Who knew science could be so tasty?
Get caught up in a different kind of blizzard
The showcase ended with a toilet paper blizzard. Yes you read that correctly – the staff members created a blizzard using (clean) toilet paper to demonstrate the concept of Bernoulli Principle. As I haven’t studied Bernoulli’s Principle in a double digit number of years, I’ll leave you to google that or better yet, visit the Liberty Science Center and learn about it through play
Immerse yourself in a Sherlock Holmes mystery
We continued our adventure in the Liberty Science Center and headed to the new International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes where visitors are transported back to 1890s London to solve a thrilling mystery. This immersive and interactive adventure brings a Sherlock Holmes-style story to life as we traversed the crime scene and the streets of London to solve a crime. We started the time travel by learning about various developments in science and technology in the 1890s, before being transported to Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watsons’s sitting room at 221B Baker Street.
We each received a detective notebook that we used to stamp, punch, draw, and emboss in an effort to solve the mystery. We searched for clues, examined splatter patterns, and learned about toxins all within an impressively detailed atmosphere. Even though we received a little help from the gracious staff, we all felt like Sherlock Holmes himself and had a great time solving the mystery while pretending to be detectives and learning about the field of forensic science.
Launch into space at the Jennifer Chalsty’s Planetarium
Following our brief stint as detectives, we changed career paths to become astronomers as we entered the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere to learn about black holes. Various shows play daily at the planetarium that appeal to kids of all ages, but we chose to travel inside the black hole at the center of the Milky Way. We all enjoyed learning about the formation of these massive and mysterious cosmic entities and I came out with many facts to spout off at my next dinner party to help me sound particularly knowledgeable about astrophysics!
For more information on the planetarium check out our blog post about the Liberty Science Center planetarium.
Play doctor and perform check-ups at the McStuffins Toy Hospital
Put on a doctor’s lab coat, pick up a stethoscope, and perform check-ups on toys at Liberty Science Center’s newest exhibit for young learners, Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit! While we didn’t visit this exhibit you can learn more about it at the science center’s website lsc.org/explore/exhibitions/doc-mcstuffins-the-exhibit.
Floor Hop through the Liberty Science Center
With so many interactive, hands-on exhibitions at Liberty Science Center, we started from the top floor and worked our way down for a fun-filled and educational day. My son particularly enjoyed crawling and climbing through the Infinity Climber, exploring various routes along the suspended play space.
My daughter favored the Touch Tunnel, a crawl-through pitch-black maze. I watched on the TV monitor as she felt her way through the dark tunnel, emerging victorious. My husband was fascinated by the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit featuring animals like naked mole rats, cotton-top tamarin monkeys, leaf-cutter ants, and an alligator snapping turtle. The Skyscraper exhibit captured my attention as I learned about the engineer and technology behind the amazing structures. I tested my balancing skills by walking across a steel beam positioned 18 feet above the gallery floor (harness required).
With so many adventures and activities at the Liberty Science Center, we spent 6 hours there and still have plenty more to explore in future visits.
Plan a winter break getaway to the Liberty Science Center
The Liberty Science Center is hosting its annual “12 days of Science” beginning on December 26. During that time they bring science to life through festive adventures such as a giant snow globe, slap shot hockey, live owl and penguin shows, and many other interactive experiences, along with our favorites like liquid nitrogen ice cream shows and toilet paper blizzards. Also take some time to test your detective skills at the International Exhibition of Sherlock Holmes, which will be at the Liberty Science Center through May 27, 2019. In addition to traveling back in time, take a trip through space in the comfort of your seat at the Planetarium, while enjoying shows like Black Holes, Wonders of the Night Sky, or One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure. We are so fortunate to have the largest interactive science center in the NJ-NY metropolitan area nearby bringing the power of science and technology to kids from ages 1 to 121.
Learn more about the Liberty Science Center
The Liberty Science Center is open from 9:30 AM -5:30 PM daily. Regular admission tickets are $22.75 for adults and $18.75 for children ages 2-12, combination and premium tickets are a few dollars more.
- For more details about the all the great exhibits at the Liberty Science Center, please visit the Liberty Science Center website.
- For more pictures from our visit to Liberty Science Center, see our Facebook Photo Gallery.
- To learn more about our visits to the Liberty Science Center visit our Liberty Science Center series.
- The Liberty Science Center is located at 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City.