Queens, New York
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and evolved into a center for interactive science. Sometimes it’s age shows, but fun hands-on learning opportunities, intriguing new exhibits, awesome 4D films, an engineering-themed outdoor playground and interesting family programs make it worth the trip to Queens.
$: $15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors
Annual Memberships: $85+.
Free Hours: Friday 2 – 5 pm & Sundays10 – 11 am.
Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:
•Bon Appétit (through May 13)
Explore your personal eating habits, as well as the eating habits of other cultures in a fun and interactive exhibition. Learn about physical activity versus food intake, the workings of the digestive system, creating a balanced diet, and the origin of foods that populate grocery store shelves through games and life-sized (and oversized) interactive and energetic activities.
•Connected Worlds (through Dec 31)
Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.