What can Toddlers and Preschoolers do at Liberty Science Center?

Posted on: June 21st, 2021 by

We finally got to go back to Liberty Science Center this past week. It’s one of my children’s favorite NJ family attractions and they have missed it so much. Even though some exhibits are closed because of COVID, there were still plenty of ways to have fun with toddlers and preschoolers at Liberty Science Center. 

The last time my 3 year old visited Liberty Science Center he was a baby and just stayed in the stroller all day. This was his first time getting to explore and interact with the exhibits.  

Thank you Liberty Science Center for providing us with tickets to explore. We had a great day and can’t wait to go back.

Liberty Science Center Exhibits and Play Areas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

The Liberty Science Center is committed to making learning science a hands-on experience. That makes it a great place for toddlers and preschoolers. They are naturally curious and here toddlers are able to touch and explore. Here are the exhibits that your toddler and preschooler will definitely want to check out.

SUE The T-Rex Experience

  • SUE The T-Rex Experience is a temporary exhibit available at the Liberty Science Center until January 9, 2022.
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 4th floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is an add on to your regular admission for $8.00 per person.

About the SUE The T-Rex Experience

This new exhibit is an introduction to SUE the most well preserved T-Rex fossil ever discovered. You can see a replica of SUE, learn about what SUE ate, what it looked like when she was alive, and learn about some other dinosaurs as well. There is even a multisensory show that plays every 30 minutes to show you what life was like for SUE. 

Toddler poses with the Sue T.Rex Experience sign at the Liberty Science Center

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in the SUE The T-Rex Experience?

  • Check out the T-Rex skeleton
  • Watch the multisensory show to learn about SUE
  • Feel life size models of T-rex’s head and other dinosaur bones
  • See a life size T-rex eating lunch as well as a giant triceratops
Toddlers and preschoolers enjoy the new dinosaur exhibit at the Liberty Science Center.

Hot Wheels: Race to Win

  • The Hot Wheels: Race to Win is another temporary exhibit available at the Liberty Science Center, that toddlers love, until September 6, 2021.
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 3rd Floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.
Hot wheels is another exhibit and play area for toddlers and preschoolers at the Liberty Science Center.

About Hot Wheels: Race to Win

In this exhibit you get a behind the scenes look at the world of racing and the science behind making fast cars. The exhibit is interactive and fun for the whole family. You get a hot wheels car to experiment with when you enter the exhibit and there are many different tracks to test your car on. You can also practice being on the pit crew with a life size race car.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in the Hot Wheels: Race to Win?

  • They can race their Hot Wheels car on the many different tracks to explore what makes cars fast.
  • They can sit behind the wheel of the simulated car and pretend to drive in a real race.
  • They can practice being on the pit crew and fill the life size car with gas and change the tires.
A sister and brother work on a Hot Wheels car at Liberty Science Center

Wild About Animals

  • Wild About Animals is a permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 3rd Floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About Wild About Animals

This exhibit is like visiting a zoo within the science center. There are many different kinds of live animals to observe and learn about. They have birds, turtles, monkeys, and more!

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in Wild About Animals?

  • They can check out the live animals and watch them in action
  • They can learn about the animals through signs and Liberty Science Center employees who are always happy to answer questions.

I Explore

  • I Explore will only be open until July 25, 2021.  Then it will close to make room for a great new exhibit for the youngest visitors.
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the first floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About I Explore

I Explore is a special area of the science center that is only for guests 5 and under. Children are free to explore several science concepts in a hands-on way. They can see how scarves go through an air powered maze, or watch the path balls take through a maze. They can learn about sound with the giant xylophone.

The I explore exhibit at Liberty Science Center has play spaces for toddlers and preschoolers.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in I Explore?

  • Race scarves in the air powered race
  • Follow plastic balls through various tubes and targets
  • Play a giant xylophone
  • Paint with water
  • Build a car and watch is race on the track
  • Build with legos

Our Hudson Home

  • Our Hudson Home is a permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 4th floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About Our Hudson Home

This exhibit introduces visitors to the land around them. You can see the fish and other creatures living in the nearby river. You can learn about the Hudson River and why it’s so important to us.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in Our Hudson Home?

  • Check out the giant fish that can be found in the river
  • Visit the observation touch tank and see what’s on display
  • Learn about the hudson river by using the cranes and sand and seeing how water flows

Block Party

  • The Block Party is a permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 4th floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About the Block Party

Adults and kids love taking time during their visit to build in the giant block party.  These foam blocks are huge and make it easy to build giant towers. They have also added foam dinosaur parts so you can build your own dinosaur skeleton as well.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in the Block Party?

  • Create a tower out of foam blocks
  • Knock down their tower and rebuild
  • Create a dinosaur skeleton

PixelArt

  • The Pixel Art is a permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 4th floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About Pixel Art

Pixel Art is a giant wall with over 900 individual pixels. Those pixels can be turned on or off in different colors. Visitors can create a work of art by playing with the pixels.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in Pixel Art?

The lowest rows of pixels are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers to reach. So they won’t miss out on the fun.

Liberty Science Center pixel art wall

Pixel Palooza

  • The Pixel Palooza is a permanent exhibit at the Liberty Science Center
  • This exhibit is indoors.
  • The exhibit is located on the 4th floor.
  • Admission to the exhibit is included with admission.

About Pixel Palooza 

Learn about how computers analyze motion while racing the clock to uncover the hidden picture. See if you can jump around and clear all the pixels to reveal the hidden picture before time runs out.

What can toddlers and preschoolers do in Pixel Palooza?

Pixel Palooza is a game for the whole family. It will take all hands on deck to clear all the pixels in time. Toddlers and preschoolers can run and jump to clear the lower areas of the screen.

Liberty Science Center Shows for Toddlers and Preschoolers

In addition to the great Liberty Science Center exhibits for toddlers and preschoolers, there are also a few shows going on throughout the day that younger children will enjoy. Be sure to check the schedule when you get there to see what’s going on during your visit.

Boom Time

  • Approximately 15 minutes (the show takes place several times during the day)
  • Boom Time is located on the 2nd floor.

About Boom Time

Have you ever wanted to see what an explosion looks like? This is your chance. Liberty Science Center staff set off controlled explosions throughout the day in a clear room. You can watch things like watermelons explode several times a day. This show is a little loud so if your little one is bothered by loud noises you might want to skip this one.

One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

  • 30 minutes long
  • One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure is located at the planetarium

About the One World One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure

This engaging planetarium show teaches young visitors about the sun, moon, and stars in the sky. The familiar characters explore the night sky together and learn that no matter where you are in the world we are all looking at the same sky.

Of the Liberty Science Center shows for toddlers and preschoolers is a planetarium show with Sesame Place characters.

More things Toddlers and Preschoolers can do at Liberty Science Center

The exhibits we described above are not all the things toddlers and preschoolers can do at the Liberty Science Center. Look out what else there is.

Animal Feedings/Demonstrations

Make sure to check the schedule when you get to the science center. There are often demonstrations and animal feedings at different exhibits during the day. You want to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Pose for adorable pictures

In addition to all the fun your toddler or preschooler will have there are some great photo opportunities throughout the center. Here are some of my favorites:

  • There is a dinosaur backdrop set up near the ticket windows
  • There is a giant car outside the front entrance
  • The stairs going up to the 2nd floor look like a giant T-Rex
  • You can take your picture with the Hoberman Sphere behind you
  • You can pose with thousands of bees right outside the elevator on the 3rd floor.
The steps of the Liberty Science Center present a really unique spot for a photo.

Quiet spaces 4 Toddlers and Preschoolers at Liberty Science Center

The Liberty Science Center can be fun and exciting but it can also get overwhelming for young visitors. There are a few spots to find some peace and quiet.

  • The outside deck in the Our Hudson Home exhibit is quiet and has great views of the New York Skyline and the Statue of Liberty.
  • The area outside the planetarium is quiet and empty.
  • The spaces outside the stairwells are quiet places to hang out and take a break. They also have quiet activities like brain games to pass the time.
The outside space of the Hudson Home exhibit can provide a quiet space for toddlers and preschoolers at Liberty Science Center

Dining with Toddlers and Preschoolers at Liberty Science Center

The Dining Area of the Liberty Science Center is currently closed. The group dining room is open and you can bring your own food to eat there.

Information for grownups taking Toddlers and Preschoolers to Liberty Science Center

How much does it cost to take Toddlers and Preschoolers to Liberty Science Center?

  • Adult tickets cost $27.99 and child tickets (ages 2-12) are $22.99. Tickets can be purchased online at the Liberty Science Center website.
  • Special exhibits and planetarium shows cost extra.

How much is parking?

  • Parking costs $7.

How much time can I spend with my toddlers and preschoolers here?

I would plan on spending several hours at the Liberty Science Center. Our visit lasted about 4 hours and we were able to explore all the exhibits that my 3 year old was interested in.

Do toddlers and preschoolers have to wear masks?

Masks are still required for all guests 2 and over at all times.

Strollers at Liberty Science Center

Liberty Science Center is very stroller friendly. There are 2 elevators to take you to all the floors and most exhibits are spacious enough to maneuver around. If it is crowded it can get a little difficult to push a stroller in certain areas.

Can I bring my own stroller to Liberty Science Center?

Yes, you can bring your own stroller.

Are there strollers I can rent?

There are no strollers to rent. You will need to bring your own.

Can we bring in outside food at Liberty Science Center?

Outside food and drinks are allowed but they must be eaten in the group dining room. Masks are required at all times in the other areas of the science center.

Liberty Science Center special days for toddlers and preschoolers, Junior Days

The Liberty Science Center loves their littlest visitors so much that they have set aside special days just for them. Every Thursday and Friday are Liberty Science Center Junior Days. On those days there are specials shows and activities designed for visitors under 6. So those are great days for toddlers and preschoolers to schedule their visit.

We had such a great time at Liberty Science Center. There are so many exhibits that are built with young visitors in mind. My 3 year old got to run around and touch things as he explored. Even though a few of their regular exhibits are currently closed there was still so much to do. We will definitely be visiting again very soon.

Looking for more things to do with toddlers and preschoolers?

Check our our guide to What can toddlers and preschoolers do at Sesame Place.

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