Local Love | Liberty Science Center

Local Love | Liberty Science CenterIt’s no secret that we love science in our house (I mean, who doesn’t love exploring why and how things work?!), so when Liberty Science Center invited us down to check out their Science, Sabers, and Star Wars weekend we were all “Oh, heck yes!”

My husband had to work at the last minute (which was a major bummer because he’s a huge Star Wars geek), so the girls and I made the trek down to New Jersey ourselves, happily listening to Harry Potter the whole way. It was brutally cold but totally worth it!

We started our trip out with a brunch and special meet and greet with R2D2 followed by a whole slew of Storm Troopers and other characters in the coolest outfits (complete with voice modifiers!). The kids were sort of in awe at first and it took a little while for them to walk up for photo opps but there were some intensely excited kids once they warmed up a bit. Also, the view of Manhattan was gorgeous!

Liberty Science Center | meeting R2D2 at Science, Sabers and Star WarsLiberty Science Center | Storm Troopers at Science, Sabers and Star WarsLiberty Science Center | view of Manhattan

Afterwards there was a special Jedi Training Camp where you could design and build your own light saber, learn about “the force” while exploring simple machines, and fly a Millennium Falcon drone. I absolutely loved that they built off of the excitement surrounding Star Wars and channeled that into being excited about science. It was brilliant!

After checking out all of the cool Star Wars stuff, we started exploring the rest of the exhibits. The motion simulator ride was awesome (I think the other mom inside and I screamed louder than the kids). Ellie absolutely loved the Sid the Science Kid exhibit (which will be there through May 15, 2016). Samantha was entranced by the Infection Connection exhibition and they both totally enjoyed exploring the Communication exhibition, where they could learn a little sign language, write with quills and try their hand at graffiti. They also thoroughly enjoyed the insane Infinity Climber, which is pretty much the coolest indoor play space in the history of the universe.

Liberty Science Center | Sid the Science Kid ExhibitLiberty Science Center | Sid the Science Kid Exhibit: exploring measurementLiberty Science Center| Infection ConnectionLiberty Science Center | Communication exhibitionLiberty Science Center | infinity climber

There wasn’t nearly enough time for us to explore everything (especially since the girls were still recovering from mono and tired pretty easily), but next time we definitely want to check out the Tesla Lightning Show and catch either an IMAX or 3D movie.

We can’t wait to go back soon with my husband, who is sure to get a kick out of all of the hands-on activities—and who can help split the girls up when the activities they’re interested in just don’t mesh.

Liberty Science Center | exploring the hands-on Nano mini-exhibitionLiberty Science Center | simple machines in the Our Hudson Home exhibition

Do you want to go to Liberty Science Center? They were cool enough to give me a family 4-pack to give away to one of you lucky readers.

All you have to do is leave a comment below letting me know which exhibit you’re excited to check out. Do you follow me on Facebook and Instagram? You can get an extra entry for each by leaving separate comments with your user names. I’ll choose a winner next Monday and contact you via email. Good luck!

 

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.