What do you do with your kids on summer days when you’re tired of going to the park, beach, library or movies? What about on rainy days? While the Hubs and I might want to go to a museum, the kidlets prefer places where they can have lots of fun and get “hands on.”
The Liberty Science Center is just the place to meld our parental & kidlet preferences. It’s a 300,000 square foot fun learning center located on the banks of the Hudson River in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park. You should make the trip over there just to see the spectacular and unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan, including the Freedom Tower.
Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center (LSC for short!) features 12 museum halls featuring ongoing exhibitions such as Skyscraper!, Infection Connection, Energy Quest and Communication. They also host a live animal collection with 110 species and giant aquariums where you can actually touch sea creatures. The Center also houses a 3D theater, the nation’s largest IMAX Dome theater and tornado/hurricane-force wind simulators.
The Center is currently featuring two exhibits that will delight children and bring back fond memories for adults. We got the chance to check them both out this past weekend at a #ScienceSummerFun event hosted by LSC & #JerseyMoms.
Beyond the Rubik’s Cube is the world’s first museum exhibition about that colorful 3D combination puzzle/toy that swept not only the nation, but the entire world, in the early 80s. This year the Rubik’s Cube turns 40 and this 7,000 square foot exhibit is divided into three discovery zones: Invent, Play and Inspire. It includes games, puzzles, art, music and hands-on activities aimed at having fun from child to grown up.
Even before you step foot in the exhibit, you’re greeted by a 26-foot tall illuminated Groovik’s Cube that hangs in the atrium. The dazzling installation, created in 2009 b a team of artists for the Burning Man arts festival, encourages visitors to work collaboratively to solve the Cube, creating a light and sound show that can be seen and heard on all three floors of the Center.
Some of our favorite parts of Beyond the Rubik’s Cube included an interactive mosaic, where visitors are asked to create a cube pattern to help complete a huge American flag; a display of a one-of-a-kind 18-karat gold, jewel encrusted fully functional Rubik’s Cube worth about $2.5 million dollars and Robot Race, where we got to scramble up Cubes and challenged a robot to solve them. We scrambled several cubes and that robot had it figured out in under a minute or less. Personally, I thought he was pretty vain, he did a crazy victory dance every time he solved one of our cubes – but decide for yourself with this video:
My daughter loved having her photo taken with Clifford, as well as making music with Mary Elizabeth and creating “mail” that she took to Birdwell Island’s post office and put it in Clifford’s very own mailbox!
Beyond the Rubik’s Cube exhibit stays in the game at Liberty Science Center until the end of November, before traveling the world internationally for seven years.
Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog plays around until September 7.
Want to check out these two fab exhibits at Liberty Science Center with your family? One lucky reader of The Harried Mom will win a 4-pack of complimentary exhibition passes, courtesy of Liberty Science Center.
All you have to enter is use the easy Rafflecopter form below. The more options you complete, the more chances you have to win. The Harried Mom’s Liberty Science Center giveaway is open to U.S. residents and must be at least 18 years old to enter. The giveaway kicks off today and runs thru 8/6 at 11:59 PM, ET.
Now it’s your turn to share. Did you have a Rubik’s Cube growing up? Did you ever solve all the colors on the cube at the same time?
For Full Disclosure: As a Liberty Science Center Blog Ambassador for the day, The Harried Mom was provided vouchers for a family visit. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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