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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.