I’m definitely a geek at heart. I have as much fun, if not more, than the kids whenever we go to children’s and science museums. I can tell you that this past weekend, at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ, was my best time yet, kids be damned!
My family and I were invited by Momtrends to check out the currently featured exhibitions, watch a film at the planetarium (the largest in the Western hemisphere!) and write about my experience. Let’s just say, it was an offer my geeky heart could not refuse.
So from the top, we left early in the morning and the drive from where we live in Eastern Nassau took about an hour. Not too bad.
Once in, we were ushered to the Dino Dig exhibition, which is where all the fun began. The exhibit opens into a canopied sand pit where there are more than 60 dinosaur fossils buried in 35 tons of sand! Max and Alexa were able to channel their inner paleontologist by using brushes to dust the sand off and reveal the hidden fossils.
Besides being fun because my kids love playing with sand in general, it was also very educational. There were “paleontologists” throughout the pit that were constantly sharing interesting dinosaur and paleontology facts with all the children.
Our next stop was to the Grossology exhibit which is considered a premium exhibit. (You have to pay an additional fee on top of the regular admission.) We were able to learn about the grossest parts of the human body – you know, boogers, burps, mucus, vomit – all right up a four year old boy’s alley.
This exhibit took up an entire wing of the museum and was jam packed with different activities (wall climbing, pinball machines, ping pong ball shooting machines, and a gigantic “operation” game table, among many other things.)