My kids squeal when we get out of the car. The New York Hall of Science is one of their favorite places to spend a morning.
I know what's you're thinking - You take them all. the. way. to Queens? It is SO far away. Is it really worth the drive?
Before moving to New York City I completely underestimated the largeness of the city. Obviously I knew there were tall buildings and lots to do, but it's a tiny little island right?
There is some truth to that. The whole city is only 305 square miles. That is tiny really. London, for a little comparison, is almost twice as big at 606 square miles.
That being said, with the intense traffic and population conjestion (over 27,000 people per sq mile), it takes far longer to get across a few miles than anywhere else I've been. A fact I am still adjusting too.
However, I'm wandering off the point. It might take you a while to get there, but the NY Hall of Science is worth the drive and here's why...
There are so many things to love about the New York Hall of Science, but there are some things that stand out. The things that my kids adore time and time again. The things you should make sure not to miss when you go. And the things that make the drive out there entirely worth the trip.
This is by far the coolest use of technology I have ever seen for kids. This interactive exhibit allows you to interact with huge projections of environments.
I don't know about you, but I don't want a huge vatt of bubbles in my kitchen. Many experiments are too messy, big, or expensive to reproduce at home, but at the Hall of Science your kids can dig their hands into some really big projects. This huge bubble area was a favorite the last time we visited. There are a huge variety of STEM related projects to try throughout the museum.
There is a five and under space for the littlest scientists. It is just as full of hands on things to maniuplate, create, and build with and my kids are clinging onto every month they can still visit this area.
The museum definitely engages the mind, but it also encourages you to move. We love this exhibit Sports Challenge exhibit right now. In the summer they also have an awesome outdoor exploration space and mini-golf. You can see the full list of exhibits here.
There is always something new and always something going on at the NY Hall of Science. Right now through the holidays you can see these amazing gingerbread house on Gingerbread Lane, but there are constantly new things popping up. We got every month or so and there is always something new to explore. You can find them all on their events page.
Overall, if you have a kid who loves to explore and ask questions (that's all of them right?!) they will have a blast at the New York Hall of Science.
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