If your kids love all things trains, then a free visit to the New York Transit Museum at Grand Central Terminal is a must. While there, check out its newest exhibit, which explores the history of the 7 train and the diversifying effects it had on neighborhoods along its route. Kids will get to know all about Queens first subway line—and the city’s only purple subway line—through photographs and items in the museum’s collection. Afterwards, hop on the 7 for an elevated tour through Queens. All ages.
See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.
Put some of the world's quirkiest myths to the test with this Mythbusters-themed exhibit! Kids will learn if you can really huff, puff and blow a house down, pull a tablecloth off a fully-set table or if your toast lands butter-side down every time. You'll experience live demos that include visitor participation, plus cool sets and props from the show. Available with Premium Pass or Combination Pass. All ages.
If your kids are a fan of all things Angry Birds, then they’ll get a kick out of the New York Hall of Science’s news exhibit Angry Birds Universe: The Art and Science of a Global Phenomenon. The interactive exhibit will feature 20 hands-on activities based on the popular mobile game that explore mass, energy, architecture, simple machines and other science topics. Propel balls bearing the faces of the game’s characters using giant slingshots and test the strengths of various structures, race handheld vehicles, create stop motion animations and learn about different birds, their wingspan lengths and egg sizes. This exhibit truly takes ones of the biggest games in mobile history and turns it into a giant learning experience that kids will love. All ages.
With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how actions like creating dams, growing plants, and cutting trees impact the larger environment. All ages.
Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.
Learn about pilotless aircraft in this 6,000-square-foot pavilion on the Museum's Pier 86! The exhibit covers topics such as drone history, new drone technology and the role drones play in helping to solve large-scale humanitarian challenges. You'll see drones small and large, plus things like computer renderings, model airplanes, historical artifacts and even the world's first flying dress (worn by none other than Lady Gaga). All ages.
Learn all about NYC’s water system at Dynamic H2O, an outdoor interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that follows water’s journey from the clouds to the city. Along the way tikes can pretend to fish, use a fountain to experiment with water pressure and build waterfront Lego hi-rises to add to the exhibit’s miniature replica of NYC, which includes tiny Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, of course. All ages.
The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.
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