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The Best Way to Visit the Liberty Science Center With Kids

The Best Way to Visit the Liberty Science Center With Kids

Liberty Science Center reopens to the general public Labor Day Weekend, on Saturday at at 10am.

Known as New Jersey's first major state science museum and having the largest IMAX Dome Theater in the United States, the Liberty Science Center is quietly tucked away in Liberty State Park, albeit a stones throw from downtown Manhattan and accessible within New Jersey via Light Rail. It will reopen to members on Labor Day weekend, Friday, Sept. 4 from 10am-4pm and to the general public Sept. 5-7, 10am-5pm.

Liberty Science Center will protect your family from coronavirus with online, advance ticketing, advance parking purchases, mandatory face masks, social distancing, hand sanitizing stations, increased disinfection, adjusted capacities, temperature checks, improved air quality, and more.

Liberty Science Center has been serving the community for over two decades providing interactive, educational fun for generations of families and children. This four floor, nearly 300,000 square foot facility appeals and caters to children and adults of all ages, be they a science aficionado, a budding botanist, a tech enthusiast, an animal-lover, or just a person looking to spend the day in one of the most entertaining, enthralling, thought-provoking museums in the NYC area.

Exhibits at the Liberty Science Center

The 1 Million Volt Tesla Coils are a pair of Tesla coils donated to the museum by magician David Blaine. Blaine donated these Tesla coils in 2012 after a 73-hour endurance stunt where he stood on top of a 22-foot high pillar at Pier 52 in Manhattan, surrounded by a system of seven Tesla coils. The coils will teach visitors about Nikola Tesla, a pioneer of electric power. 

The Energy Quest exhibit offers an opportunity to explore and harness energy from various sources, including using your very own legs by peddling on stationary bikes to try and generate enough energy to power a fan, a radio, a blender, and cool plasma globe. One of the most impressive booths is the very largely-scaled Tidal Power station, where you can open and close valves to release streams of water collected in a reservoir through a turbine to generate renewable energy. Another cool feature is the Power-Hungry Machine, where plugging in everyday items like a phone charger, a 40-inch LED TV, and cable box, reveals just how much energy and money we could save if we were only more judicious when using power-hungry gadgets at home. The results are displayed on this tall and colorful LED screen, visually relaying this information in a way that children can grasp and understand.

Another interesting exhibition is Communication, where the Language Karaoke station allows guests to choose a language and then try to speak it using a video prompt and green-screen technology. Be it in Mandarin, Italian, or Arabic, your voice and efforts are played back to you in fun and unexpected ways. The light-up brain sculpture is controlled by guests via touch screen to highlight the regions of the brain where communication signals are sent, received, and interpreted. The How You Hear station explains how your ears and brain turn air vibrations into electrical signals and sounds by speaking into a beige cone resembling a cochlear ear piece and having your voice transmitted onto a screen. 

Other exhibits to get excited about include:

  • Angry Birds Universe— This exhibit takes guests into the world of Angry Birds for adventures in science, tech, engineering, arts, and math
  • Wild Kratts: Creature Power— Based on the popular PBS Kids series, this exhibit is all about discovering wild animals and their creature powers
  • Wild About Animals— Naked mole rats, red-footed tortoises, a rose hair tarantula, and more! 
  • Microbes Rule!—Step into a microscope lens and discover these organisms in a new way.
  • Our Hudson Home—The Hudson River is home to thousands of species. Discover the importance of this river.
  • Boom Time—Who doesn't like to watch things explode?
  • Hoberman Sphere—Hundreds of scissor-like connectors expand and contract the globe all day.
  • Kitty Hawk Flyer—See some revolutionary tech, including the Flyer from Kitty Hawk. 
  • Pixel Art—A giant wall installation made of 952 pixel dials, each containing more than 1,000 possible color combinations which you rotate to turn on.
  • Wonder Why—Create, think, observe, and explore!
  • Bees to Bots—Peer inside the honey bee hive to see real bees at work.
  • Universe Revealed—Take a selfie with some of the most gorgeous sights in the universe.
  • Pixelpalooza—How do computers analyze motion? Wave and leap around to clear pixels and uncover a hidden picture.

Know before you go:

  • The Liberty Science Center is located at 222 Jersey City Boulevard in Liberty State Park, New Jersey.
  • It is accessible by all modes of transportation, including via the Liberty Landing Ferry from Manhattan.
  • On opening weekend, it will be open 10am-5pm
  • Beginning on Thursday, regular hours will be Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm
  • Parking can be purchased in advance and is highly recommended
  • Admission: Premium pass (general admission + two planetarium shows), $34.99; $29.99 children 2-12; $31.99 seniors 62+. Combination pass (general admission + one planetarium show), $29.99; $24.99 children 2-12; $26.99 seniors 62+ . General admission (LSC exhibits, free science demos and labs, all-day admission) $24.99; $19.99 children 2-12; $21.99 seniors 62+
  • No eating or drinking in the building. Some snacks and drinks will be available for purchase with picnic tables outside

Main photo courtesy of Liberty Science Center



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