Who says the learning has to stop in the summer? And who says learning can’t be fun?
Play and exploration are critical components to a child’s social and creative development, and Liberty Science Center gets this right for children of every age. Play is also pretty important for adults, as it can bring people together, boost our happiness and productivity.
JerseyMomsMEDIA had the great opportunity to host a Blogger tour Liberty Science Center recently – along with a fun and fabulous group of Social Moms and their families. We were there to experience 2 new LSC Exhibits: Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog and Beyond Rubik’s Cube, and to learn about the full programs offered by this amazing 300,000 square foot educational establishement located on the Hudson River and practically in our own backyard, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. (Liberty State Park Exit 14B off the NJ Turnpike)
Our tour started with a luncheon and an interactive presentations by LSC staff. Clearly, the kids were ready to roll with the fun.
Next stop… Birdwell Island to meet Clifford and Friends, and immerse in interactive play and discovery. This exhibit, while primarily for the little ones, engaged older kids too – especially those who grew up with a connection to these lovable PBS KIDS® show characters. Clifford’s been around for 50 years and our group had the great pleasure to meet this lovable guy in person.
The interactive play space centered around Clifford’s “Big Ideas” philosophy: Share, Play Fair, Believe in Yourself, and Help Others. Great lessons for us all, I’d say.
This 80’s gal loved the Beyond Rubiks Cube exhibit and could have literally spent the full day in there. It was beyond fun to share stories of this single puzzle that became a cultural trend with my own children, and discover things I never knew about Ernő Rubik’s fascinating puzzle – like the fact that it was originally crafted in bronze, and that there exists a 2.5 million dollar version of “The Cube” encrusted in jewels and gold. This tribute, bling version was unveiled in 1995, but never displayed publicly until now at this exhibit.
It didn’t take long for the kids to immerse themselves in the fun, and this exhibit ensured anyone, of any age could play and be challenged, with informed LSC staff all around to engage and assist.
We watched robots complete the Rubik’s cube in mere seconds, got assistance from the Cube Lab and enjoyed some friendly competion. Also, I may have owned a pair of these at one point in my life… and matching, multi-layered tube socks. Like… Totally.
We met the newest Tamarin arrivals, boy/girl twins born on June 18, 2014. They weren’t much up for chatting with the crowd but we got a peek at their furry little faces and wished them a very Happy Birthday and learned a little about their habitat.
LSC exhibits are very accessible and give everyone, big and small, an opportunity to get up close, personal and hands-on. In the iExplore exhibit, little one get to stretch their legs, climb and express themselves through tactile stimulation like water-wall painting and other features that are just their height.
Enroute to our next destination, my son stopped and took some time to appreciate the people behind the scenes of Liberty Science Center. This man, Clifford V. Crooks, was a Construction Worker at the site for over 15 years and was honored for his contributions. These bits and pieces that add to a greater learning experience do not go unnoticed.
My soon to be 5th grader seemed to benefit from his last school year of an immersive STEM curriculum. Glad to see LSC reinforcing those practices.
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Our Blogger Family tour had a fun and playful day at Liberty Science Center. Here’s a collective social peek below at our #ScienceSummerFun!