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Published August 27th 2012
Where kids learn science through interactive exhibits
Children learn the most when they're having fun with activities that engage their senses and spark their creativity. When you're looking for a place where innovation and fun are key components to learning, travel to Jersey City, New Jersey and spend a day at Liberty Science Center.

Liberty Science Center in New Jersey

How to Get There

There are various options to get there from New York, such as driving, boarding the PATH and Amtrak trains, plus a picturesque ride via the waterways. Click here for directions and details on the mode of transportation that suits you best.

If you decide to take a Liberty Landing ferry from the Financial District in Lower Manhattan, you're in for a very scenic ride across the Hudson with many photo opportunities, especially if you sit at the top level.

Beautiful New Jersey waterfront.

Once you disembark at the Liberty Landing Marina, you'll have a fairly level 20-minute walk along Liberty State Park's waterfront.

Check your walking route and enjoy your stroll.

At Liberty Science Center, your entire family will have many hands-on exhibitions to keep everyone busy for a whole day. Check the website for the latest ones taking place during your visit. You may want to start on the fourth floor and work your way down.

Fourth Floor

Learn how we harness energy from geothermal, surface, bio-stored, nuclear and ocean sources through themed interactive activities at Energy Quest.

How do we capture geothermal energy from our planet's interior?

Let the kids expend some energy by climbing across the rock wall as they pretend they're scaling Mount Everest via the Wonder Why exhibit.

Kids love this wall.

Maneuver your way through the pitch-dark Touch Tunnel by crawling your way around and along the maze using your senses of touch and very limited visibility. For this activity, adults will need to accompany young kids. Or observe your older children via the monitors by the tunnel entrance/exit.

Touch Tunnel is on the 4th floor.

Watch where your kids are via the external screens.

Find out who's outside when it gets dark via the In the Dark exhibit (until September 3, 2012).

Ask your kids what animals are out at night.

A stop at the Our Hudson Home exhibit will highlight the creatures that call the waterways home, such as turtles and striped burrfish. Read about the progress being made in cleaning up the Hudson River.

Turtles live in the estuary.

Striped burrfish

Third Floor

Participate or have your young ones take part in a presentation about neutrons, protons and electrons at Breakthroughs, which is an ever-changing multimedia experience.

Demo on electricity.

Cycle away until it's all lit up.

At the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit, observe the animals contained in glass displays, and find out how snakes, lizards, geckos and the Madagascar hissing roaches survive in the wild.

Lizard and a bearded gecko

Drop by the Infection Connection exhibit and discover which microbes are helpful and those that cause harm. Learn how diseases are spread and how man has learned to eradicate most of them.

The Contagion Station demonstrates how easy it is to spread germs as this giant nose actually sneezes and sprays passersby with water droplets.

Kids enjoy getting sprayed via a sneeze.

Second Floor

Children ages 2 to 5 years old revel in the I Explore exhibit with age-appropriate hands-on activities while accompanied by their parents.

Stroller parking at the I Explore section.

After an activity-rich day, take a break and enjoy a meal at Cafe Skylines where burgers, hotdogs, fries and more are available. Then head on down to the remaining activities on the first floor.

First Floor

Make sure you spend time at the Skyscraper exhibit where your family will learn all about the trend of building upwards, especially in urban environments.

Future architects design buildings with blocks.

For safety, only those with closed, rubber-soled shoes can walk the I-Beam. No sandals or flip flops.

As you conclude your visit and head home, don't be surprised if the young ones ask insightful questions. Who knows, your day trip may have ignited the beginnings of an interest in the sciences, research, the healthcare field, engineering or urban design. For now, it's enough to know you've spent the day bonding with the kids.
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Why? Bond with the kids with educational activities
When: Hours & closures vary. See website for latest info.
Where: Liberty State Park - 222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ; 251 Phillip Street, Jersey City, NJ (use former address for GPS)
Cost: Single tickets, $16.75 & kids under 2 to 12 yrs old, $12.50. See site for more details.
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